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UNION GROVE Winifred Gilbertson (née Pankratz), 91, passed away on June 4, 2014 in the loving presence of her family. She was born March 2, 1922 in Scotland, South Dakota to David and Hulga (Graber) Pankratz. Winifred was a proud Military Veteran having served in the Cadette Nurse Corp during WWII. In 1942, she moved from South Dakota to Rochester, MN for training as a Registered Nurse at the Mayo Clinic. She lived in Eau Claire for a time working in Pediatrics and a doctor office before settling in Union Grove to work at the Southern Colony in 1960. She retired from State Employment after over 27 years of service. Winnie was very involved in her community and her Parish, St. Paul Lutheran Church. She was a Board Member of Union Grove Food Bank; she participated in the St. Paul's Ladies Guild, Quilters Club, and bible classes; she was one of the "Bag Ladies" cleaning up cans around town; she volunteered at the Lutheran High thrift ship in Racine; and she provided home health care for other church members in need. Winnie was a world traveler and every other year from 1974 on she would travel overseas visiting Germany, England, Wales, Scotland, France, Austria, Lichtenstein, Switzerland, and Belgium to name a few places. In 2006 she fulfilled the dream of traveling to Kenya, Africa. But Winnie's favorite adventure was her family. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother: always involved in their lives and even making sure to attend her great-grandson's soccer games and baseball games. She was an avid knitter and created sweaters from nursery rhyme stories leaving many wonderful heirlooms. Winnie's family will remember her for her spirit of adventure, her loving and giving heart, and her strong will to get through anything. She suffered a major car accident in 1974 going through the windshield. She even survived cancer in 2010 undergoing chemotherapy and radiation and then having esophagus and colon surgery. Winnie is survived by her daughter, Kathy (Bill) Culshaw; her granddaughter, Debbie Cul- shaw; her great-grand- son, Christopher Henzel; her sister-in-law, Metha; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Winnie was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Lester; her sister, Ardis; and many relatives and friends Visitation for Winifred's family and friends will be held at June 9 from 10:30 - 11:30 am at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Union Grove. Funeral services will begin at 11:30. Burial at West Lawn Cemetery will be held at 2 pm. Miller-Reesman Funeral Home 620 15th Ave. (262) 878-2500 www.miller-reesman.com
Miller-Reesman Funeral Home - Union Grove
620 15th Avenue (Hwy 11) Union Grove, WI 53182
Published in Racine Journal Times on June 8, 2014