Anita Thiel Winters of Bethesda passed away August 22, 2018, in Seattle after a short illness. She was 78.
She was born November 7, 1939, in Bad Axe, Michigan, to Harold P. and Julia A. (McCormick) Thiel. She graduated from Bad Axe High School in 1957, later receiving a B.A. in English from Central Michigan University and a master's in social work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
She moved to the Washington, D.C., area in 1960 and went to work for WRC-TV/NBC before starting a family. She wrote fiction, poetry, and songs, co-founding the Songwriters' Association of Washington in 1979, whose first meetings were held in her living room.
Anita retired from the American Association of Blood Banks in 2004, but continued volunteering with the Rockville Concert Band, book clubs, singing, traveling, and writing children's poems and a mystery novel. She moved to Seattle in November 2017. Even as her health declined, she approached life with grace and good humor.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Thomas Perry Thiel, and her beloved Aunt Mary McCormick, all of Bad Axe, Michigan. She is survived by her brother Jerald H. Thiel and his wife Mary of Chicago; son Chris and his wife Annamari of Seattle; son Jason and his wife Bethany, and their two sons, Zane and Rex, of Los Angeles; and hundreds of lifelong friends.
Private services will be held at a later date. Donations may be made in her name to the .

Published in The Washington Post on Sept. 7, 2018