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Rose Winkleman was born to Sophie and William T. Vanderpool in April 1920 in McGrath, Alaska. Her mother was originally from Anvik and her father had come to Alaska from Montana during the Klondike Gold Rush. Rose grew up on a homestead about a mile up the Kuskokwim River from the village in a family of ten children, and was sent out for high school to the Jesse Lee Home in Seward, Alaska. She married a man she met in Seward, but after they divorced, she moved back to McGrath in 1942 with her two children. She became McGrath's community health aide in 1969, and retired in 1985. She moved to Anchorage around 2003 because of health issues. Rose Winkleman passed away on August 26, 2012 at 92 years old.