Esther A. Dirksen Winner, 81, of Anna, passed away of natural causes at her home Saturday, July 19, 2014.
She was born in Cassella on Dec. 29, 1932, to the late Clarence and Philomena Homan Dirksen.
On June 8, 1955, she married Orville B. Winner at Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Cassella and he preceded her in death Feb. 21, 2007. She also was preceded in death by a grandson, Ezra Winner; two siblings, Herb Dirksen and Helen Wenning; brothers and sisters-in-law, George Wenning, Ernest Schmitmeyer, Ed Evers, John Poeppelman, Harold Thobe, Rosemary and Joe Wood, Joan and Ken Tragesser and Joe Dorsten.
She is survived by six children, Mary (Jim) Billing of Anna, Alan (Renee) Winner of DeGraff, Jane (Jon) Luthman of Botkins, Ted (Jodie) Winner of Sidney, Kate (Ron) Bensman of El Dorado Hills, Calif., and Jay (Colleen) Winner of Lewistown; 31 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren; six siblings, Alma Schmitmeyer of Cranberry, Rita Evers of Burketsville, Joan Poeppelman of Yorkshire, Ruth (Marvin) Evers of Coldwater, Louis (Sally) Dirksen of Portland, Ind., and Dennis (Jody) Dirksen of Cassella; and sisters- and brothers-in-law, Mary Dirksen of Uvalde, Texas, Virginia Thobe of Maria Stein, Jerry and Marilyn Winner of Ft. Loramie, Marlene and Robert Sanders of Hudson, and Carol and Sam Morgan of Kettering.
Esther was a 1950 graduate of Marion Local High School and was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church and its Alter Rosary Sodality. She had been a past member of Shelby County Right to Life.
A devoted farmwife and homemaker, Esther enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also loved nature, especially birds and flowers.
Father John W. Tonkin presides over a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in McCartyville. Interment follows at the church cemetery. Visitation is from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday in the church gathering room.
Memorials may be made to Wilson Hospice Care and Shelby County Right to Life.
Condolences may be expressed at www.gehretfuneralhome.com.