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“Thank you Don: > For taking me to my girl scout Farther and Daughter banquets rather than make me sit alone. > For how hard you worked to provide for...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Kathy Kobal

“Rest in peace. Hug Betty of us. ”
2 of 7 | Posted by: Kathy Kobal, niece

“We will miss Dons' "long" stories of everyday life, so blessed that he touched our lives. Don and Betty are finally together again...dancing to their...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Kathleen Nudelbacher - Appleton, WI

“Terry- deepest sympathies to you and the rest of the family. Go bless and keep safe!Mike Ellis..... ”
4 of 7 | Posted by: A friend

“Heads are going to roll in Heaven, God Bless you Uncle Don ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: Twila

“Paula & family,Sorry to hear about your dad. You're in my thoughts & prayers. ”
6 of 7 | Posted by: Katie (Ellis) Plante - Neenah

“Sending Thoughts and prayers your way. Paul and Chris Stinski ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: A friend


Don Winarski, age 93, passed away on March 1, 2017. He was born in Menasha on November 30, 1923, son of the late Paul and Wanda (Sheleski) Winarski. Don married Elizabeth (Betty) Berndt on May 1, 1948 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Menasha. They celebrated 62 years together. Don was employed by Kimberly Clark Corporation, Neenah Lakeview Mill and retired in 1985 after 43 years of service. As a young man, Don played baseball with the Menasha Falcons and umpired for the Wisconsin Dairyland League. He enjoyed baseball, golf, the Packers, collecting coins, watching comedians on television, and time spent at home sitting on the porch and listening to polka music. Don is survived by his six children, Donna Thiel of Neenah, Victoria (Timothy) Bolz of Menasha, Terence Winarski of Menasha, Scott (Mary) Winarski of Menasha, Paula (Kirk Arps) Winarski of Kaukauna, and Lisa Winnett of Menasha. He is further survived by his grandchildren, Tekla Winarski of Madison and Kajja (Josh) Wagner of Fox Crossing, and his great-grandchildren, Mason, Aubrey, and Carsen Wagner, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Don is preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth (Betty) his sister Gertrude Vanden Boom and his brothers Robert, Marvin and Erwin, and Eugene Winarski. Family and friends are invited to gather on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at the Wichmann Funeral Home Tri County Chapel, 1592 Oneida Street in Menasha, beginning at 2:00 PM. At 4:00 PM there will be a time to share memories of Don. The family would like to thank all the wonderful staff at Oakridge Gardens that made Dad's final years as active as possible. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Don's honor to the Alzheimer Association and the Menasha Athletic Association, Menasha Macs.

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