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Rosemarie Winckler

Rosemarie Winckler

Female 1920 - 2010  (90 years)

  • Name Rosemarie Winckler  [1
    Birth 1920  Elsoff, Westfalen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location   [2, 3
    Death 14 Sep 2010  Vigneau, Lachapelle, Seyches, France Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 2, 3
    • My wife, Rosemarie Wedell, who has died aged 90, was one of the group of intrepid women who, in the middle of the second world war, prepared themselves to help churches in wartorn Europe rebuild their parishes and congregations at the end of the conflict.
      Born Rosemarie Winckler, in Westphalia, Germany, she came to Britain in 1939 to improve her English. On the outbreak of war she decided to stay there. In 1943 she joined a course in Wistow, Leicestershire, sponsored by the British and Foreign Bible Society.
      In the event, Rosemarie returned to Westphalia, where her father was the vicar at Holzhausen. She used her skills to rebuild the work with young people in the parish which had been prohibited during the Nazi years.
      In 1948, the year of our marriage, she returned to Britain and was asked by the YWCA to launch a youth club in Chorlton-on-Medlock, which at that time was one of the most deprived areas of Manchester. She worked intensively with young people who had never had anyone to take an interest in them. Her willingness to go the extra mile to realise their potential was the hallmark of her work in those years.
      In 1964 Rosemarie was appointed as religious education specialist in two of the toughest secondary schools in the area. She also became a magistrate, but she did not like to sitting in judgment of people, many of whom she thought were more sinned against than sinning. So she resigned and concentrated on her personal work in the classroom.
      In the 1970s, I was seconded to the European commission in Brussels and Rosemarie was put in charge of English-speaking religious education at the European School, run by the commission. She was interested in the inter-faith character of her work in schools and developed it further. In 1980 she became a founder member of the board of the faculty for the comparative study of religions at the Vrije Universiteit of Brussels.
      Later, she spent several years travelling in India, China and Africa to enhance her understanding of the major world faiths. Her experiences and insights were set out in a book Halfway Round the World (2006). On her return Rosemarie taught comparative religion in the Manchester College of Adult Education and in the University of the Third Age.
      Rosemarie is survived by myself, our three sons, Martin, Crispin and Philip, daughter, Rebecca, and four grandchildren, Thomas, Chanya, Emily and Lina.
      [The Guardian, Obituary by her husband George Wedell] [2]
    Person ID I4727  Tatham | Morris branch | Parent of spouse
    Last Modified 10 Aug 2011 

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  • Sources 
    1. [S18] Who's Who / Who was Who.

    2. [S11] Newspaper, The Guardian, 31 Oct 2010.

    3. [S05] The Times, obituary, 01 Nov 2010.