Rosemary L. Winder

DANVILLE – Rosemary L. Winder died June 4, 2013, at Geisinger Hospital for Advanced Medicine, in Danville.

Mrs. Winder was the widow of Robert L. Winder.

She was born in Duluth, Minn., on May 9, 1923 to Charles and Marie (Radcliffe) Lauthers. She grew up in Chicago, Ill., where her father was a high school principal. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Oberlin College, where she met her husband, Robert Winder. They were married on June 26, 1946, in Oberlin, and then moved to Chicago where Rosemary completed a master’s degree in zoology at the University of Chicago.

Later, she attended Riviere College, in Nashua, N.H., acquiring a teaching certificate. She taught high school biology Nashua, elementary school in Elwood, Ill., and middle school sciences in Boiling Springs. She was a dedicated and caring teacher.

Throughout her life, she was a great gardener, amateur botanist, birder and enjoyer of the out-of-doors. She had a number of serious hobbies including painting tollware, quilting and genealogical and historical research. Until very recently, she always had at least one project under way.

She also was a longtime member of the Juniata Valley Quilters Guild and the Tuesday Afternoon Bridge Club. She was a memorable cook and baker. Her grandchildren loved granny food and she loved making fried fish breakfasts, ham loaf, cakes and pies for them.

When she and Bob were much younger, they would pack up their four kids and go on camping trips; he would fish and she would cook up amazing meals over a campfire.

Later, after they had both retired, they traveled widely and frequently. They made several trips to the Dakotas, where they contacted descendants of Juniata Countians who had moved west during the expansion of the United States and added that information to the files at the Juniata Historical Society.

She lived a full and fulfilling life and died without regret. She was not resigned to the loss of independence that had come with advanced old age and she deeply missed her husband, Robert Lee Winder, who preceded her in death by less than six months.

She was preceded in death by two younger brothers, Charles R. and David E. Lauthers.

She leaves four children and their spouses: John H. and Mary Lou Winder, of Silver Spring, Md., Deborah M. and Peter Schultz, of Lewes, Del., Sally Jo Winder and John McCrea, of Newville, and Andrew L. and Mindy Winder, of Mifflintown. She will also be missed by her grandchildren: Nicholas and Benjamin Schultz, Helen Mendez, Alex D. Winder, Samuel Winder, Kate Gregorio, Rebecca Winder and Rosemary and Abigail McCrea, and by her great- grandchildren, Alejandro and Mireya Mendez.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Guss Funeral Home Inc., 20 S. Third St., Mifflintown.

There will be a gathering of family and friends held from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, at the funeral home.

There will be no viewing.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that those who desire make memorial contributions to the Juniata County Historical Society, 498B Jefferson St., Mifflintown, PA 17059.

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