Obituary – Gerri Lynn Pinkelman

Pinkelman, Gerri Lynn


WYNOT — Gerri Lynn Pinkelman, 54, Wynot, died at her residence July 12, 2014, following a battle with cancer.

Visitation and a Vigil service were July 15 at Holy Family (Sacred Heart) Catholic Church, Wynot, and will continue Wednesday one hour prior to services.

Mass of Christian Burial will be July 16, at 10:30 a.m., at Holy Family (Sacred Heart) Catholic Church, Wynot, with the Rev. Eric Olsen officiating.

Burial will be at Sts. Philip and James Cemetery, St. James.

Pallbearers will be Kyle Kramer, Neil Kramer,  Zach Kramer,  Jacob Pinkelman, Cletus Kleinschmidt and Tom Pinkelman.

Honorary pallbearers are Joyce Hans, Kathy Noecker, Karen Heimes, Debra Harms, Alice Byler and Vicki Koch.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home, Hartington.

Gerri Lynn was born Nov. 6, 1959, in Crofton, to Martin and Mildred (Arens) Kramer. She grew up in Crofton and graduated from Crofton High School in 1978. She worked for Kline’s Fox Jewelry, Yankton, S.D., after high school. Gerri married Eugene Joseph Pinkelman Oct. 6, 1984, in Constance. She raised her boys and then in 1990 she worked for Wynot Public School as the food service director until 2007. In 1997 and 1998, she also worked as the housekeeper for the priest at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. In 1998, Gerri and Eugene started Crossroads Catering with their sons, Vincent and Mitchell. In 2008, she also worked during the week at Walmart, Yankton, as a baker and in the food department. She then transferred to the Walmart store in Vermillion and worked in the clothing department. In 2012, Gerri Lynn’s health changed and prevented her from being active in the workforce.

She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Christian Mothers and St. James Choir. She also served as an EME and was a CCD Teacher for 10 years at Wynot.

Gerri Lynn is survived by her husband Eugene, Wynot; two sons, Vincent Pinkelman, Laurel, and Mitchell Pinkelman, Yankton, S.D.; eight brothers and sisters, Gary Kramer, Bloomfield; Mary Lou and John Addison, Newcastle; LaDonna and Tom Kuchta, Crofton; RoseAnn and Keith Newman, Lawton, Iowa; Francis and Deb Kramer, Yankton, S.D.; Randy and Sandi Kramer, Yankton, S.D.; John and Sue Kramer, Hartington; and Marty and Bonnie Kramer, Hartington; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Martin and Mildred Kramer, and brother, Norman Kramer.