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Gertrude Mildred (Hoffmeister) Winter, 93, of Altamont, formerly of Effingham, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at 12:22 a.m. at Lutheran Care Center, Altamont, Illinois.

Visitation will be Tuesday, November 21, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Kull Funeral Chapel, Altamont, Illinois. A visitation will also be held at 9:00 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church before the service.

Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Johns Lutheran Church, Effingham, Illinois with the Rev. Theodore Gall officiating.

Christian burial rites will be in Arborcrest Memorial Park Cemetery following the funeral service

Gertrude was born May 23, 1924 in Mt. Pulaski, Illinois, the eldest child of Adolph and Martha (Vandre) Hoffmeister. She was baptized on June 1, 1924, at Zion Lutheran Church in Mt. Pulaski. She was confirmed on April 10, 1938 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, rural Altamont.

Gertrude married Samuel Paul Winter at Bethlehem Lutheran Church on Easter Sunday afternoon, April 21, 1946. The Lord blessed their marriage of 56 years with three children, Patricia, Marilyn, and Howard. During this time, the family attended St. Pauls Lutheran Church, west of Altamont, where Gertrude was a Sunday School teacher and a member of the Ladies Aid.

Gertrude was a dedicated wife & mother while also working out of the home during her husbands employment as an over the road truck driver. She was a Cub Scout leader and was a member of Parent Teacher Association and Effingham County Homemakers Association.

In the early 1970s, Sams employer transferred him to Louisville, Kentucky, where they resided for almost 20 years. Gertrude was active in church organizations at Pilgrim Lutheran and Concordia Lutheran churches. Sam and Gertrude made many friends in Louisville, and their home was always open and welcoming to their family and friends.

After Sams retirement in 1990, they returned to Illinois and resided in Effingham where she was a member of St. Johns Ladies Aid, Golden Eagles, and Braille Center. Gertrude was blessed with wonderful neighbors especially her dear friend Mary Ellen Eversman. Gertrude & Mary Ellen remained in contact by phone each day even after Gertrude moved to Luther Terrace Assisted Living in Altamont in 2015. While at the Terrace and Lutheran Care Center, Marsha Nolan also became a devoted friend.

Gertrude leaves to mourn in her passing her daughter, Patricia (husband, Larry) Milleville of Effingham, and her son Howard (wife, Deb) Winter of Altamont; also her grandchildren Brian (girlfriend, Stephanie Rieman) Milleville, Sara (husband Dr. Ryan) Milleville-Jennings, Beth (husband, Cassidy) Winter-Killian, Carie (husband, Corey) Winter-Pals, and Neil (wife, Lynn) Winter; great-grandchildren Atticus and Adia Jennings, Cooper and Chase Pals, and Nolan and Reagan Winter; her dear sister Irene Esch of Effingham; special nieces and nephews, and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents Adolph and Martha Hoffmeister, husband Sam Winter, daughter Marilyn (husband, Marvin) Wendling, sister Leona Reynolds, infant sister Evelyn Hoffmeister, brother in law Harold Esch, and nephew Mark Esch.
Published on November 20, 2017
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