Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Christine Ann Wheeler-McKinney

Christine Ann Wheeler-McKinney, age 61, went to be with her Savior on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at her home. She died of a broken heart and COPD, due to a 40 year smoking habit.

Christine was born June 9,1951 at White Cross Hospital (Riverside) in Columbus, Ohio, the daughter of the late Vera (Stokes) Wheeler. A 1969 graduate of Upper Arlington High School, Christine worked for General Motors for 30 years in Parma, Lordstown and Mansfield. Christine retired from GM in 2008 and started a company called Appletree Cabinet in Lexington.

One of her most precious moments, other than witnessing her children’s firsts, was being born again and baptized in 2004. She was very active with Boy Scout Troop 152 in Lexington and helped five Eagle Scouts with their Courts of Honor. Christine raised a family of five, with three of them being raised at Hillcrest Farm, the Lawrence/McKinney family farm, in Lexington. Besides being a talented seamstress, she enjoyed canning produce from the garden, writing short stories and poems, and raising chickens. However, her greatest joy by far was delighting in her children.

She is survived by her husband, a man she loved dearly for 28 years: Loren J. McKinney of Lexington; her children: Wenona (Scott) Wichlinski and their children, Cameron and Eli, of Powell; Joseph Stankiewicz and his children, Tatum and Mathias, of Lexington; Phillip McKinney, fiancé Morgan Brooks and their daughter, Kiersten, of Plain City; Joshua McKinney of Lexington; Elizabeth (Matthew) Taylor, of Lexington.

The middle child of 6, she is also survived by the best brothers and sisters a sibling could have: Helen (Gary) Swanson of Chicago; Dewey (Sandy) Wheeler of California; Vera (Jim) Spencer of Marysville; Collin (Linda) Wheeler, (whom she regarded a sister by love), of Grandview and William Wheeler of Texas, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Also surviving is the most wonderful mother by love (mother-in-law): Betty McKinney of Shelby; and cherished friends: Cindee Shealy and Sheila Kennard. She was preceded in death by very dear mother and fathers by love (mother and fathers-in-law): Maria and Antoni Stankiewicz, and Dale McKinney.

Friends may call on Tuesday July 31, 2012 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday August 1nd by Rev. Jeff Pennington of Grace Bretheren Church in Galion. Memorial expressions may be made to Boy Scout Troop 152.

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  1. Guest says:

    To The Family of::
    Christine McKinney
    Your Name: :
    Ben Keller
    Your Condolence Message::
    Loren and Family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May you know that Christine is at peace, and resting in the arms of the Lord. Never forget the wonderful times that you have shared together, for it is these times that will last forever. If there is anything you need please let me know.

    Ben Keller
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    To The Family of::
    Christine McKinney
    Your Name: :
    Terri Perry
    Your Condolence Message::
    Loren & family,
    so very sorry for your loss. my prayers are with you and your family.
    Terri Perry
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    To The Family of::
    Christine McKinney
    Your Name: :
    Paula (Yetzer) Chope
    Your Condolence Message::
    Loren and family,
    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Though it is comforting to know that Christine is now with the Lord, it is still hard for those who are left.

    Paula (Yetzer) Chope

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    To The Family of::
    Christine McKinney
    Your Name: :
    Eliana Sorrenti
    Your Condolence Message::
    Liz and Family,
    I’m so sorry for the loss of Christine. She will be greatly missed. You and your family are in my thoughts.

    Eliana Sorrenti

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    To The Family of::
    Christine McKinney
    Your Name: :
    Darl Sutter
    Your Condolence Message::
    Loren and Family,
    I’m so sorry to hear that Chris passed away.
    She was such a wonderful, compassionate person.
    May your hearts heal quickly.

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    To The Family of::
    Christine McKinney
    Your Name: :
    Amy (Albert) Brown
    Your Condolence Message::
    Loren and Family,
    I am very sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Treasure your memories you had together.

    ***********************************************************************************************************************To The Family of::
    Christine McKinney
    Your Name: :
    Kris (Brown) Smith
    Your Condolence Message::
    Loren,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss – your wife and best friend for so many years. May God give you strength over the coming months and may you and your family find comfort in each other and those who knew her so well.
    Kris Smith

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