Clarence “Pete” Winegardner, Jr., Obituary from Mecca, Ohio

MECCA, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Clarence “Pete” E. Winegardner, Jr., of Mecca, age 99, died Tuesday, May 21, 2024.

He was born May 4, 1925, son of the late Clarence E. and June Miller Winegardner, at his family’s home in Fishertown, Pennsylvania.

He graduated from East Saint Clairsville High School in 1943.

Pete played in the Fishertown Community Band, along with his father and younger sister, Doris Winegardner Oldham, and met his future wife at band practice.

On September 30, 1945, he married Dolly Stine Winegardner. They were together for 56 years until her death on September 19, 2001, and raised their only daughter, Doris Marie Winegardner Vine, in Claysburg, Pennsylvania.

Pete drove apple trucks, school buses and coal loads before working with the Highway Department in Holidaysburg, Pennsylvania. He accepted a job at General Refractory in 1963 and the family moved to Champion, Ohio.

She retired in 1988 and Pete and Dolly moved to Mecca to live next door to their daughter and her family. She enjoyed many years of gardening, carpentry, fishing, bird watching, and spoiling several beloved dogs.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, beloved family members and many friends.

Memories of his long life will be cherished by his surviving family: his sister Doris of Fishertown, Pennsylvania; daughter and son-in-law, Doris Marie and William Vine of Mecca, Ohio; grandson, Scott Vine (Karen Bousquet) of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and great-grandson, Alex Vine of Norfolk, Virginia and granddaughter, Sarah Vine (Mark Snyder) and great-granddaughters, Colleen and Barbara Vine of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Pete attended church faithfully for the first 98 years of his life, first at the Fishertown Friends Meeting and, over the years, at Claysburg Church of the Brethren, Bristolville Church of the Brethren, Ohio ), Covenant Presbyterian Church in Warren, Ohio, Otterbein United Methodist Church in Champion and most recently at Cortland (Ohio) United Methodist Church. Although his health ultimately kept him home in recent months, many people will remember him for his colorful jackets and his warm welcome.

The family would like to thank Gillette Nursing Home and Akeso Hospice for the care provided.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to Cortland United Methodist Church, 155 N. High Street, Cortland, OH 44410.

Calling hours will be held this Friday, May 24 at Lane Family Funeral Homes, Shafer-Winans Chapel, 164 N. High Street in Cortland beginning at 10:00 am; At noon, Pastors Joan Purnell and Jonathan Williams will lead a funeral service at the funeral home, followed by burial at West Mecca Cemetery.

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A television tribute will air on Thursday, May 23 at the following approximate times: 5:17 am on WKBN, 8:39 am on FOX, 5:21 pm on WYTV and 6:35 pm on MyYTV. The video will be published here on the day it is broadcast.