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Winifred M. Heinen Bower

94, of Indianapolis, departed this life January 24th. Winnie was born March 31, 1917 in Ambia, IN to the late John M. and Ella (McGuire) Heinen. She earned her teaching certificate in 1939 from Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN. In 1968 she received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Butler University. Her teaching career spanned 30 years, mostly at school #54 in Indianapolis Public Schools. She retired from teaching in 1980.

Winnie was a dedicated member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church. She volunteered as a Eucharistic Minister and assisted the Bereavement Committee in addition to being active with the women's group. She also enjoyed playing bridge, bowling and traveling with friends. Winnie was an active member of the Alumni Association of St. Mary's of Notre Dame and a devoted volunteer of the Guardian Angel Guild.

Winnie was preceded in death by her husband, William R. Bower; daughter, Margaret Ann Baase and brothers, Jack, James D. and Edward Heinen.

She is survived by her daughters, Sue Ellen (Carmen) Grap and Ann (Mike) Holmes; sons, Michael J. (Diane) Bower, Wm. Patrick (Lynn) Bower and J. Fred (Sara) Bower; son-in-law, Andy Baase; sister, Genevieve Swoyer; thirteen grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Friday, January 27, from 4 - 8 Pm at Fee ney-Hornak Shadeland Mortuary. Mass of Christian Burial will be at Noon Saturday, January 28th in Holy Spirit Catholic Church with calling there beginning at 11:00AM. Interment in St. Joseph Cemetery, Kentland, IN. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts are suggested to Guardian Angel Guild. Memorial tribute at

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Jan. 26, 2012
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