Joanne Lou Winters, 82

Joanne Lou Winters, 82, of Roann, died at 11:07 p.m., Thursday, March 3, 2016, at Miller's Merry Manor West in Wabash. 

She was born June 16, 1933, in Wabash, to Thomas Jefferson and Ruth Ellen (Ressler) Wilson.

Joanne was the 1951 valedictorian of Chippewa High School.  She married John Richard Winters on November 4, 1951, in Richvalley; he died March 27, 2001. 

She was a nurse's aide at the Wabash County Hospital, retiring after 30 years.  She was a member of the Roann United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir, and was a member of the United Methodist Women.  She enjoyed traveling, especially by train. 

She is survived by eight children, Roderick Winters of Roann, Nicholas (Lorinda) Winters of Oronda, Wash., Daniel Winters of Wabash, Robert J. "Bud" (Sally) Winters of Andrews, Sandra Key of Roann, Linda (Randy) Good of Wabash, Deborah (Perry) VanMeter of LaFontaine, and Marcia (Paul) Roberts of Kokomo, Indiana, three sisters, Pauline Gentry and Wilma Van Dyke, both of Peru, Indiana, and Shirley (Rev. George) Green of Whitesboro, New York, 23 grandchildren, and 22 great grandchildren.  She was also preceded in death by her parents, grandson, Michael Key, and two infant brothers.

Funeral services were Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at Roann United Methodist Church, Roann, Indiana, with Pastor Wayne Balmer officiating.  Burial will be in Roann Community Cemetery.  Visitation was Monday at Grandstaff-Hentgen Roann Chapel, 335 S. Chippewa Road, Roann, Indiana.

Preferred memorial is Roann United Methodist Church.

The memorial guest book for Joanne may be signed at


Posted on 2016 Mar 08