PEORIA - Winifred L. Ganda, 95, of Peoria died on Monday, June 2, 2014, at 10:40 a.m. at Manor Court in Liberty Village. She was lovingly surrounded by her family and staff as God welcomed her into heaven.
Born on Oct. 2, 1918, to James Willis and Tamazon (Keller) Church in Cameron, Wis., she married William C. Ganda on April 20, 1944, in South Bend, Ind.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, and her beloved son, Peoria Police Officer Craig W. Ganda, who was killed in an auto accident in 1993. Winnie was so proud of his dedication as a crime scene technician.
Also preceding were her brother, Don Church; her sister, Hula Wiley; her niece, Nancy Hanley; her nephew, James Wiley; her great-niece, Laura Hanley; and her daughter-in-law Maryanne's father, George S. Shatkus.
Surviving are her daughter-in-law, Maryanne (Shatkus-Ganda) (Rev. Ron C.) Miller of Edwards; her granddaughter, Jennifer Ganda of Santa Monica, Calif.; her "adopted" grandchildren, Jennifer (Shoaib) Hannani of Bloomington, Jeff (De) Miller of Louisville, Ky., and Julie (Bo) Cheesman of Dunlap; and five "adopted" great-grandchildren, Nadia Hannani, Callie and Reilly Aten, and Hayden and Griffin Miller; good friend, Rose Ackerman of Salinas, Calif.; and so many other friends too numerous to name.
She was a C.P.A. in Monterey, Calif., where she met her good friend, Norma (Mike) Miller, now of Bend, Ore., and became godmother to their sons, Andrew and Greg. They, too, are part of her extended family, who will miss her greatly.
She first was a member of Good Shepard Lutheran Church in Salinas, Calif., where she was a member of various women's circles, was a hospice volunteer and assisted many disabled friends.
She then moved to Illinois and became a member of the former Epiphany Lutheran Church in Dunlap, where she met the family of Terry and Jim Vester (Tabby, Bob and Mike), who "adopted" her, her daughter-in-law Maryanne, and Maryanne's father, George, after Craig's death and became a member of their family. They all then joined Redeemer Lutheran Church in Peoria, where she helped diligently with the food pantry at Redeemer's Care Ministry, was a member of Women of Redeemer and lead a prayer group in her home in Dunlap.
She was a member of the Chillicothe Home Extension and a volunteer at the Church Mouse clothing resale store, sponsored by the Lutheran Women of the Peoria Area. She also was a volunteer tutor for adults and children and taught English to immigrants wanting to become U.S. citizens.
To know Winnie was to love her and everyone did. She always looked at the bright side of life, never complaining, always praying for others. The love and light of Jesus Christ, her Savior, shone brightly in her.
We would like to thank the wonderful staff at Liberty Village, both at the Estates and Manor Court, and the warm and caring Transitions Hospice team for their tender care of our beloved Winnie.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at Redeemer Lutheran Church on Allen Road, Peoria, with visitation one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Ron C. Miller will preside. Arrangements have been provided by Davison-Fulton-Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Redeemer Care Ministry or any
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