Ina Winter

Ina Winter

Ina Winter of Plainwell (formerly of Otsego) went to be with her Savior on Sunday, September 16, 2012 at home, surrounded by her family. She was born January 5, 1930 in Petersburg, Delaware, to Gustav and Martha (Schwenk) Ziebutski. Ina graduated from Caesar Rodney High School in Camden, Delaware. She attended Beacon Business College in Wilmington, where she took classes to become a secretary. She worked for The DuPont Co until she met the love of her life, Harold, in Ocean City, Maryland. They were united in marriage in Dover, DE on September 19, 1953 and lived in Chicago before moving to Otsego in 1956. After 18 years of service as a secretary, she retired from Otsego Public Schools in 1987. During retirement, she enjoyed traveling, crafts, spending time with family and friends and visiting Indian reservations. Ina was an active member of Peace Ev. Lutheran Church.

Surviving are her 4 children, Dawn (Paul) Welke of Winona, MN, Andy (Trish) Winter of Otsego, Cindy (Roger) Commissaris of Portage, and Janice (Dave) Rockhoff of Kenosha, WI; 12 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Frieda Pinkavitch of Dover, DE and Wanda Bernier of North Attleboro, MA; a sister-in-law, Janice (Ernie) Cochran of Allegan; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 57½ years; 3 brothers, 2 sisters and a daughter-in-law.

Friends may meet with Ina’s family from 4-7 P.M. Monday, September 17, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. Funeral services will be held 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, September 18 at Peace Ev. Lutheran Church, 805 S. Wilmott St., Otsego, with Reverends Jason Thiel and Joshua Olson officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Peace Lutheran Air Conditioning Fund.

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  1. Karen Kile says:

    Ma Winter was a remarkable woman. She touched my life in countless positive ways, and allowed me into her home so many times throughout high school. Her spirit will live on through all those whose lives she touched and enhanced. Condolences to her wonderful, loving family.

  2. Sonny & Lynn Taylor says:

    Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Bill & Brenda Standish says:

    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your loved one. Ina was a wonderful lady. We were so lucky to be able to know her. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you.

  4. Pastor & Kim Heyer says:

    Dawn, Andy, Cindy, Janice et al,
    We’re saddened by your mom’s departure from this life. She was a blessing to us while at Peace, and I know even moreso to all of you throughout your lives. I’m sure she was ready to go to be with Jesus and with your dad and all the Lord’s saints. I know there have been a few times in the past she was ready. May the promise of that glorious reunion in Christ be your comfort, confidence, joy and strength!

  5. Judy and Rich Haugh says:

    We are very sorry we will not be able to attend the services for Ina. Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Ina and Harold. To know them is to love them. They have set such a wonderful example of a loving family life. They will both be missed by many, continuing to bring smiles and kind thoughts with each memory.

  6. Jonathan Rockhoff says:

    I always appreciated the welcoming and humorous spirit Ina displayed towards me and my family, even though we didn’t get to spend all that much time with her. I affectionately called her “Ida,” after slipping up once and doing so. I told her I must have been thinking of the “Ore-Ida” french fries! She got a kick out of that and let me call her “Ida” from then on! She will be missed, but only for a time. “Because I live, you also will live.”

  7. Terry Bonnell says:

    Ina was always very nice to Char and I. I will carry nothing but kind thoughts for her, forever. Ina set a great example of love and caring for everyone. It was truly special to know her and call her a friend.

  8. Tammy Bailey says:

    Saddened to hear that we will no longer be able to share the smile that Ina always had to offer. She was very special and it was truly a blessing to know this special woman.

  9. Pete and Markie VanPutten says:

    Amy always spoke with love about her mother-in–law, and now she and her dear husband, Harold have been welcomed into Heaven by Amy. The are all free of suffering and looking down on all of you with love.

    Pete and Markie VanPutten

  10. Sue Higgs says:

    My condolenses to your family. I’m sorry I could not make visitation or her service due to work constraints. Ina and Harold were my neighbors for years and they were wonderful people. I have missed seeing them out and about.

  11. Julie Levett says:

    Ina was a very special lady to me and my family. I will never forget her smiling face and her kind words, She will surely be missed by many.She is with her Savior now and in the the loving arms of her best friend. I love you Ina and I will never forget you!
    Dawn, Andy, Cindy, Janice she will always be by your side everyday. And always remember Pastors words, she has won the jackpot, “eternal life”. Love and prayers to all.

  12. Susan Venen-Bock says:

    Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  13. Kay Miller Snyder says:

    Janice you have Mine and the class of 80’s sincere condolences and to your family also. Not only did I get to know this wonderful lady from my school years but I had the pleasure to take her to her appointments 3 time a week, we had many wonderful conversation about old times and of new one’s. She will be deeply miss by me and all the ACT, Bus drivers. God Bless.

  14. John and Ellen Zack says:

    We were saddened to hear the news of Ina’s passing. She was such a sweet, caring lady with a great sense of humor. She was loved my many. We pray that your loving memories will bring you comfort in the days ahead. Sending love and prayers to the family.

  15. Brian Arehart says:


    Very sorry to about the loss of your mother.

  16. Cheri and Ron Kiracofe says:

    Andy and family
    We are thinking of you and your family and wishing you peace at this difficult time.

    Peace Cheri and Ron

  17. Dawn Forney says:

    I’m sorry to hear about Ina.She was always happy go lucky .She will be missed by all.

  18. Ronnie Marks says:

    My deepest sympathies to the Winter family. Ina was a wonderful person and she will truly be missed by all. I have many great memories of my youth and spending time at the Winter home, where I was always made to feel at home by Ina. May she rest in peace.

  19. Otsego High School Class of 75 says:

    It saddens us as a class to see our friends/classmates losing their parents as we all get older and go thru the cycles of life. Ina was known and adored by many of us and our hearts go out to Andy and all the Winter family during this time of loss.

  20. Bryon Campbell says:

    Cindy / Andy,
    My deepest sympathy to your family on the loss of your Mother. She was a very nice person; I remember her from High School.

    Bryon Campbell

  21. Tom and Janet Pavlak says:

    All our thoughts and prayers are with the family. She was a great LADY and Friend at dialysis. We always enjoyed visiting with her . (The bread lady.)
    She always reminded Tom to tell me thank-you after I helped him with his coat!! As soon as he had it on she would say: Now what do you tell her Tom!:.
    She was so proud of all of you kids!!!!!

  22. Gayle Lee Stevens says:

    Janice and Pastor Rockhoff and family,
    Condolence to you on the passing of your Mother, as I just seen she passed away.
    Gayle Lee Stevens and Margaret Truax

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