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Tom Winterstein


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Tom Winterstein Obituary
TOM WINTERSTEIN Tom Winterstein passed away December 22, 2014 in Chico, CA. He was 78. Tom was born and raised in Sacramento with his two younger sisters Rosemary and Rayanne. He graduated from Grant High School in 1954. His father, Herb Winterstein, was an educator in Sacramento, and the Winterstein School was named after him. Tom was in the automobile business for 40 years. He got his start early as a wash boy for Harrold Ford, then moved into the sales department for Downtown and Lafayette Ford. In 1971 he moved to Gridley for an opportunity to partner with Ed McConnell Ford. Tom eventually became the owner of Gridley County Ford until his stroke in 2001. In the Gridley community, Tom was known as, "The Voice". He was the sports announcer for the Gridley Bulldogs and Twin City Cougars. He also performed the role as Master of Ceremonies for many community events. He was a big supporter of the town of Gridley, donating his time and talent whenever asked. Not only did Tom love his community, he loved his country and was passionate about politics. Stationed in Germany, he proudly served in the Army as a young man. Tom loved to travel and play golf! He was privileged to swing his clubs on some of the most prestigious golf courses in the world. His favorite, one close to home, was Graeagle. At age 65 while on a golfing vacation in Arizona, Tom suffered a stroke that left him paralyzed on one side of his body and put him in a wheel chair. After the stroke, he continued to hit the golf ball one handed, becoming a spokesman for "Savings Strokes", a Rehabilitation Through Golf Program. Because he knew well the signs of a stroke, he became involved with the American Stoke Association. Tom made friends wherever he went. He was a great communicator, story teller and captured an audience when he told a joke. He loved people, parties, good food, and great jazz. Tom's hope is that those who knew will remember him fondly and continue to share his stories. Tom is survived by his wife Marilyn of 48 years, his daughter Mary Kay, and his three grandsons, Kyle, Eric and Chad Ricketts. His immediate family will memorialize him privately according to his wishes. Tom was raised as a Catholic and found great comfort in his faith in his later years. If you would like to send a memorial donation in Tom's memory, you can contribute to the or Hospice. Arrangements entrusted to the Neptune Society of NO CA, Chico Branch.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Dec. 30, 2014
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