Virginia (Jenni) Te Winkle
Jenni was born in Seldon, TX on June 23, 1934. She spent her childhood in Lubbock, TX and attended Texas Tech University, where she was a sister at Zeta Tau Alpha. On June 6, 1953 she married Wesley Te Winkle at Ft. Benning, GA, where he was attending Air Force combat training school, before being assigned to Japan. While seven-months pregnant she travelled by naval ship to Japan where Wesley was stationed at the end of the Korean War. After returning to the US they lived in several places before settling in Broomfield, CO where they lived until 1994.
Over the years she delighted in a menagerie of pets which included Appaloosa horses, dogs, cats, peacocks, ducks, finches and fish; in addition to the assorted pets her children brought home such as salamanders, chickens, mice, and a turkey (which everyone enjoyed after she roasted it).
In addition to her family, her great joys in life were gardening – which for many years meant making jars and jars of chokecherry jam as well as canning and baking countless rhubarb pies; sewing – including several party dresses in the 1950s and numerous prom dresses for her daughters; painting – she spent many hours and days painting with oils or drawing in charcoal; sports – she was an avid golfer, a hesitate swimmer, an enthusiastic rope-jumper; music – she played violin and piano, performed opera and sang in church choirs, appreciated everyone from Mozart to Elvis to The Who; reading – she devoured novels, poetry, religious studies, National Geographic and Smithsonian, perhaps especially cookbooks; travel – from her first step out of Lubbock she never got tired of meeting new people from every corner of the world and visiting new places; education – she always relished the chance to broaden her horizons, gain a new perspective and learn something new.
Having always regretted not completing her BA at Tech, she went back to school at the University of Colorado, where she absolutely loved the challenge of Chaucer. She was an elected member of the International English Honor Society Sigma Tau Delta, and received her BA in English in 1992.
Wesley and Jenni retired to Horseshoe Bay, TX in 1995 where he enjoyed boating and fishing and Jenni also enjoyed herself (as long as a life-vest was handy) but most particularly, eating fresh-caught bass.
After moving to Estes Park in 2005 she was a member of the Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies, Newcomers Club, Friendship Force, Red Hat’s, Women’s Club, and frequently joined friends for Bridge. She reveled in watching the hummingbirds flit about, the elk, deer and occasional moose, but was always happy to be on the other side of glass when a bobcat, coyote, or bear passed through the yard. Together they enjoyed drives through Rocky Mountain National Park, walks around Lake Estes, and eating out with friends.
Jenni was a kind, generous, loving woman and will be greatly missed by family and friends, and everyone who met her. Her legacy is one of Christian love towards humankind, gratitude for a life well lived, and devotion to her husband and family.
A memorial service, followed by lunch, will be held on Saturday, March 16th at 11:30 at the Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies, 1700 Brodie Avenue, Estes Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church.