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The Sheboygan Press - Saturday - August 10, 1974 - P. 1 & 10

Woman, 80, Victim of Crash


An 80-year-old Sheboygan woman was killed and 10 other persons were injured - two of them critically - in a two-car crash Friday night on U.S. Highway 141 at Playbird Road north of Erdman.

The victim is Mrs. Lana E. Winkel of 1608 N. 18th St., a passenger in a car driven by John A. Pfister, 18, of 520-A S. 8th St.

Pfister was listed in critical condition at a late morning hour today in St. Nicholas Hospital, having received a possible neck fracture. Karen Winkel, 23, of 1408 Grand Ave., also a passenger in Pfister's auto, is also in critical condition in St. Nicholas with "multiple injuries".

A hospital spokesman said x-rays were being taken to determine the extent of their injuries, but had no report.

13th County Fatal

The traffic fatality was the 13th in Sheboygan County this year and the third one in two weeks. The 13th accident fatality last year, when a total of 14 occurred, took place on Aug. 12.

According to sheriff's deputies, who received the call at 9:50 p.m., the accident occurred when Pfister drove his car from Playbird Road into the path of an auto operated by Calvin K. Peterson, 43, of 1911 N. 15th St., Sheboygan, which was headed north on 141.

Others Injured

Others in Pfister's car receiving injuries were Sephora J. Pfister, 46, of 2307 N. 40th St., facial lacerations, and Thomas Winkel, 42, of 1408 Grand Ave., chest and abdominal injuries. Both are reported in satisfactory condition at St. Nicholas.

Another passenger, Kenneth J. Kregel, 41, of 516 S. 8th St., received lacerations to his forehead and was treated and released.

Peterson was reported in satisfactory condition in Sheboygan Memorial Hospital, with a possible facture of his right wrist.

Also in Memorial are two passengers in Peterson's car, Pauline M. Wagner, 27, of 1424 S. 8th St, and Janet L. Gorr, 44, of 1911 N. 15th St. They are also listed in satisfactory condition, with x-rays to be taken to determine the extent of their injuries.

Treated and released at Memorial were two other passengers in the Peterson auto, James A. Wagner, 37, of 1515 New Jersey Ave., and Jodine A. Gorr, 14, of 1911 N. 15th St.

Died From Shock

Mrs. Winkel was pronounced dead at St. Nicholas by deputy coroner Dr. Robert Keller. The doctor said her death was due to shock, and deputies reported she also received broken legs.

All of the victims were taken to the hospitals by Sertich ambulances. Robert Sertich said the accident scene was "a mess - I haven't seen on like that in a long time."

One lane of traffic was blocked on 141, and a sizeable crowd of onlookers was attracted to the scene, he said.

No charges have yet been issued by the Sheriff's Department, pending further investigation.

Funeral Tuesday

Mrs. Winkel, the widow of Anton, was born July 7, 1894, a daughter of the late Arthur and Mary Mason.

Her marriage to Mr. Winkel took place Nov. 17, 1916, in St. Mary Catholic Church, Stockbridge.

Following marriage the couple farmed near Stockbridge. Mr. Winkel died in 1956.

Mrs. Winkel came to Sheboygan last month to live with her son, Thomas.

She was a member of St. Mary Parish, Stockbridge.

Surviving, in addition to the Sheboygan son, Thomas, are two other sons, Arthur of Manitowoc and Cyril of Two Rivers; 23 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; a brother, Louis in Florida, and a half-sister, Mrs. Addie Blanchard of New Holstein.

The funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Mary Church, Stockbridge, with the Rev. David Koehn, pastor, celebrant. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Friends may call at the Fargo Funeral Home in Stockbridge after 6:30 p.m. Monday.


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