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Van vagabond: Woman spends years on the road
Jean Winkler, 87, smiles as she sits in the back of the camper van she lives in during her summers in Wisconsin, splitting time between Browntown and Apache Junction, Ariz. (Times photo: Anthony Wahl)
BROWNTOWN - Jean Winkler said it's her "playhouse," her "bread box," or her "cookie box," and by any other name it's the van she lives in over the summer. Winkler used to drive to Browntown from Apache Junction, Ariz., where she spends her winters, but as she nears her 88th birthday this Halloween, she said she would much rather fly back and forth and leave the van at her son's house. Winkler has been on the road since her husband John retired.