CAMBRIDGE — Winifred “Winnie” Meixner Keplinger White, widow of the late Ulman W. “Buster” White, passed from earth to her heavenly home on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, to be with her Lord Jesus, husband Buster, son Keith, and other family and friends. She died at home, peacefully in her sleep. She was 91 years of age.
Winnie was born in Cambridge on Feb. 22, 1929, the daughter of the late Fredrick Meixner and Mildred Willey Keplinger; paternal grandparents Martin Ludwig and Magdalene Keplinger and maternal grandparents Joseph A. and Emma McGraph Willey.
She attended Peachblossom Elementary and Upper Elementary schools and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1946.
Commercial courses in high school prepared her for the secretarial profession of her life’s work. She learned to play the piano at an early age and took part in musical programs at her church and sang solos from the very first day of school until her graduation. She was a member of the high school Glee Club and sang at many weddings, funerals, and gatherings.
While her children were in school, Winnie served as secretary to the PTA’s at Appleby Elementary and Upper Elementary and served as secretary to the Dorchester County Council of PTA’s. In 1965 she was awarded life membership in the Maryland Chapter of PTA’s in honor of her years of service.
Winnie’s first employment was at the Cambridge Gas & Electric Company, the Phillips Packing Company, Airpax Electronics and Chun King packing plant. She entered state employment in 1970 at Salisbury University then transferred to State Department of Education, Division of Rehabilitation Services in Cambridge where she remained for twenty one years until her retirement in 1991. Working with the clients was a special joy as helping people was just what she loved to do.
On January 26, 1968, Winnie married the late Ulman “Buster” White, who was blessed with a beautiful baritone singing voice and after their marriage they sang at different churches and events. Buster passed away on October 25, 2004.
Winnie serviced as an election judge at Sandy Hill Elementary School for twenty years. She served as an Auxiliary Member at Dorchester General Hospital, and was a member of Baywater Animal Rescue. She loved her beautiful Dorchester County and all animals and wildlife. She was known for her ready smile, compassion and Christmas spirit.
Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Care Center held a special place in Winnie’s heart, where she volunteered as a phone operator, entertainer and made yearly scrapbooks of their events and happenings.
Winnie loved being a mother and as a single parent saw to it that her sons had the opportunity of Boy Scouts, Little League, music lessons, and most definitely their church.
Winnie became involved in the Cambridge Church of God as a toddler, gave her heart to Jesus at age twelve and was a devout Christian. She was not ashamed to talk about her faith and trust in God, witnessing to others and writing of such in her periodical writings in the Dorchester Banner.
She started teaching Sunday School at sixteen years of age, starting with the small children and lastly the seniors, ending over seventy years of this ministry.
Winnie is survived by a son, Kerry M. Kahl and wife Dianne Willey Kahl of Cambridge; five grandchildren: Melissa Kahl LeCompte (Jody) of Church Creek, Kevin Kahl (Lisa) of Cambridge, Kerry Ann Todd (Denny) of Cambridge, Kimberly McGinnes (Jerry) of East New Market, and Kaitlyn Kahl (fiancé Kyle) of Delmar. She is also survived by numerous great-grandchildren along with a great-nephew, Lee Lednum (Beth), black lab Annie and kitty Lacey.
Also surviving are three children by marriage; stepson Gregory U. White and wife Cande of Berlin; two stepdaughters and their husbands, Susan and Roland Pete Jr., and Christine and William D. Foxwell, both of East New Market, numerous step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.
Preceding Winnie in death besides her parents and husband of over thirty six years was a son, W. Keith Kahl; a sister and brother-in-law, Sylvia Keplinger Lednum and L.E. Lednum and her first husband, William C. Kahl.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, at Souls Harbor Church of God, 718 Peachblossom Avenue where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Beulah.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Souls Harbor Church of God, 718 Peachblossom Avenue, Cambridge MD 21613.
Arrangements are in the care of Zeller Funeral Home in East New Market.