Mae S. Wingenroth

By on October 9, 2013

95, retired teacher, principal,

supervisor, active club member

Mae S. Wingenroth, 95, of Lititz, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at United Zion Retirement Community in Lititz.

She was born Feb. 3, 1918, in East Earl Township., Lancaster County, daughter of the late Norman and Elizabeth (Burkhart) Slater and was the wife of the late Clair Wingenroth, who passed away in September 1999.

Mae was a graduate of Millersville State Teachers College, now Millersville University with a bachelor’s of science degree in education, and from the Temple University with a master’s in education. She started teaching in the Muddy Creek School of East Cocalico Township in 1937. She also taught at Vera Cruz and East Denver in one room schools, and 3rd and 4th grades at Schoeneck School of West Cocalico Township in Reamstown. In 1948, Mae opened the primary room grades 1-4 as a substitute. She was appointed head teacher or building principal of the Schoeneck Elementary School when it opened in 1956. In 1958, she was appointed elementary supervisor of all elementary schools of the new Cocalico Union. She retired from this position Dec. 31, 1978.

She was a Charter Member of the Woman’s Club of Denver, a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, a Society of Woman Educators, life member of NEA and Penna. Assoc. of Retired School Personnel, life member of Millersville Alumni and Emeritas Member of AASA. She enjoyed traveling, sewing, reading, and collecting books and postcards of schools and colleges. She researched various diaries of teachers and pupils (from the 1800s) in Landis Valley Farm Museum. Mae was also fluent in the language of the Pennsylvania Dutch, and was involved in preserving that language whenever she had the opportunity. She was very proud of the "Mae S. Wingenroth Award," which is given to a boy and girl in each elementary grade, at the end of the school year in Cocalico School District, for outstanding citizenship, scholarship and sportsmanship.

Mae is survived by a daughter: Lynne, wife of Dave Schreffler of Everett; two grandchildren: Donna, wife of Harry Yazbek of West Virginia and Scott Wingenroth, married to Patricia of California; six great-grandchildren: Lea, Kevin, Ryan, Alexandria, Connor and Jessica and two great-great-grandchildren: Cameron and Amaya.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a son: Lee Wingenroth and brothers: David and Paul Slater.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family.

Interment will take place at Terre Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mae’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater PA Chapter, 3544 N. Progress Ave., Suite 205, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

Arrangements by Roseboro Stradling Funeral & Cremation Services., Inc, Denver. Online condolences can be given at

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