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IRMA (MCCARTHY) WINTER

In Loving Memory of  Irma (McCarthy) Winter

Irma Winter was born in Glenwood City, Wisconsin on July 3rd, 1920 to Edith & Lester McCarthy. Irma was one of eight children.

Irma grew up surrounded by family. She was a country girl. Growing up she played sports, helped her teachers after school and was a bit of a tomboy. She hiked everywhere, in the winter she cross country skied and spent lots of time at her Grandparents Carl and Augusta Dettman’s home. There she learned to cook, sew and knit. Irma lived in Glenwood City until shortly after graduating from high school. She then moved to St. Paul, Minnesota. While in St. Paul, she worked for the Dean of Women’s Studies at the University of Minnesota.

In 1942 she was united in marriage to George Winter. Within the next year their first daughter Karen was born. Twenty five months later Larry arrived and Gail arrived after another nineteen months. The happy family was content for eight more years. Karen was twelve, Larry ten, Gail had just turned eight and then Neal was born. With a family of six Irma and George moved the four kids to Faribault, Minnesota. She was a baker, a canner of everything, a seamstress, a homemaker, a member of PTA, a girls’ and boys’ scout leader and she and a neighbor custom created and silk screened cards for local businesses. Irma always made time to be involved with church. She was involved with multiple church organizations and activities throughout her life.

Another five years passed and Dan was born. The family of seven was very happy and then Irma had one last surprise. Janelle was the last to arrive. Jan and the oldest daughter, Karen are twenty years apart. Irma was a very busy and loving mom.

Irma successfully juggled family and work for eight years. After Jan graduated from high school, Irma and George retired and moved to Loveland, Colorado. For the next sixteen years Irma traveled extensively with her husband to places such as Montana, California, New York, Minnesota, Canada and many points in between. There were also trips to Paris, England and cruises to Russia and Alaska.

After fifty years of marriage, George went to be with Jesus. Through the help of her children she sold the house, travel trailer and then moved to Mesa, Arizona. Living in Mesa was great during the winter months, but during the summer months Irma visited her family. On and off she lived with Jan on the west coast. They would often make local trips to the ocean and the mountains. Then off to see Karen in Colorado and making many new travels with her. There would be other great visits with Larry, Dan, Gail and an occasional visit back to the homeland of Wisconsin and Glenwood City to visit relatives.

In these later years, she continued crocheting, knitting, reading, word puzzles and making home-made cards. During the last five years she resumed painting. Irma had painted when in junior high school. She published a book of her paintings in 2013.

Jesus called on Irma to take her home on April 30th, 2015 while she was in Arvada Colorado and surrounded by her loving family.

Irma (McCarthy) Winter is survived by her only remaining sibling, Raymond McCarthy of Glenwood City, WI; three sons: Larry (Sheri) Winter of MN, Neal Winter of AZ, and Danny (Shelly)Winter of MN; three daughters: Karen Chandler of CO; Gail (Pat) Smith & of WY, and Janelle (Don) Trueblood of OR; as well as seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A local Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, May 24th, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Boyceville, WI. Pastor Brad Peterson will be officiating. Family and friends are welcomed to gather afterwards at the former Raymond and Ruby McCarthy home (currently Dan and Melissa Larson’s) for a time of fellowship and reminiscing.