Esther Winters, 86Esther Regine Winters, age 86 of West Union, died Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at her home.
Esther Regine Winters, age 86 of West Union, died Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at her home.
Esther was born January 4, 1926 in Sauk Centre to Albert and Elizabeth (Meyer) Bromenshenkel. She was united in marriage to Verne Winters on May 14, 1946 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. She was an active member of St. Alexius Catholic Church in West Union and the Christian Mothers for 64 years. Esther was also a member of Senior Adult Ministry. She was a caring, compassionate woman who touched so many hearts.
Esther worked at Pine Villa Nursing Home in Melrose for 25 years, as both a nursing assistant and LPN. She also worked at Crown Gas for 10 years. Esther was well-known for her positive attitude by greeting people with a smile and kind words. She became a Eucharistic minister at the nursing home to bring Communion and spiritual needs to the residents. Esther is truly an inspiration of Christ’s love in action; and how to be Christ’s instrument by doing what we can, where we can, with what we have.
Survivors include her children, James (Mary) Winters of Sauk Centre, John (Cathy) Winters of West Union, Ron (Nancy) Winters of Osakis, Rita Winters of Alexandria, Gary (Susan) Winters of West Union, and Elizabeth (Mike) Melby of Brooklyn Center; 19 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; sisters, Verena Steffes of Sauk Centre, Irene (Ray) Trisko of Sauk Centre, Jane (Cyril) Meyer of Sauk Centre, Evelyn (Allen) Siegle of Long Prairie, and Lillian “Tootie” (Eli) Lucas of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; sisters-in-law, Leona Bromenshenkel, Hildegard Bromenshenkel, Elsie Bromenshenkel, and Mildred Bromenshenkel, all of Sauk Centre; and many nieces and nephews.
Esther was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Verne Winters on June 27, 1995; daughter, Beverly Friedrichs on March 7, 2010; brothers, Robert, Allan, Leonard and Victor Bromenshenkel; sisters, Dorothy Bromenshenkel, Rita Bromenshenkel and Mary Gritzmacher Langer; infant brother, Lawrence Bromenshenkel; and brothers-in-law, Ed Steffes, Norman Gritzmacher and Dan Langer; and son-in-law, Richard Friedrichs.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, December 15 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Alexius Catholic Church in West Union with the Rev. Andrew Marthaler officiating and the Rev. Sylvester Kleinschmidt concelebrating. Interment will be at the parish cemetery.
Visitation is Friday, December 14 from 4 to 8 p.m. with parish prayers at 4 p.m. and Christian Mothers at 7 p.m. at Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Sauk Centre and one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.
Serving as casket bearers are Pat Winters, Isaac Winters, Matt Winters, Kevin Winters, Joe Melby, and Paul Winters. Cross bearers are Cassondra Winters, Kristine Winters, Michelle Winters, and Amanda Melby and scripture bearer is Ashley Winters.
Arrangements are with Patton-Schad Funeral and Cremation Services in Sauk Centre.
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