William W. Winterhoff|
February 9, 1933 - February 17, 2014
Resident of Danville Formerly of Lansing IL
William W. Winterhoff, trusting in God, passed away after a long illness. He influenced many lives with his remarkable intelligence, determination and generosity. Bill grew up in Lansing, Illinois the grandson of one of the village's pioneer families. He earned a B.S. in Commerce and Law from the University of Illinois and a J.D. from Valparaiso University. In his early legal career, he served as a Cook County Assistant States Attorney and was an elected Justice of the Peace for Thornton Township.
Bill founded the law firm of Winterhoff, Anderson, Kiedaisch and Bergstrom in Lansing, and was the senior partner for over 40 years. He was also a faculty member, author and lecturer in Estate Planning, Estate Administration and Corporate Law for the Institute for Continuing Legal Education of the Illinois Bar Association for 25 years.
Despite becoming legally blind at the age of 32 from a rare form of macular degeneration, Bill was a world traveler, avid snow skier and community leader. His faith and Christian values shaped his life and gave him the courage to persevere in spite of his limited vision. Above all, he was a faithful and devoted husband, father and grandfather, known as "Guy" to his six grandchildren.
Bill is survived by Deedee, his loving wife of 60 years, devoted daughters, Pam Edrington (Peter) of Walnut Creek, California, Sha Clark (Michael) of Walnut Creek, California and Sally Goodman (Glenn) of San Ramon, California and grandchildren, Adam and Dylan Edrington, Ryan (Christie) and Megan Clark, and Sarah and Anna Goodman.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the wonderful caregivers from LivHome and Hospice of the East Bay. A Celebration of Life service will take place at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lansing at a later date. Donations in his memory may be made to Guide Dogs for the Blind Foundation, Donations Department, P.O. Box 3950, San Rafael, California 94912-3950.
Published in Contra Costa Times on Feb. 21, 2014