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Winter, Joan
Joan A. Winter, 89, of Wausau, passed away on Friday, March 2, 2018 at home, with her loving family by her side.

Joan was born in Mattoon on December 20, 1928 to the late John and Emma (Hiller) Axmann. She married Eugene Winter in Milwaukee on September 10, 1950. He preceded her in death on March 22, 2011, after 60 years of marriage.

Joan was an avid fan of both the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers. She enjoyed traveling with her husband and friends, taking the occasional trip out to the casino, and spending time up north at the family cottage. She was an amazing entertainer, and loved to cook and host parties. Every year she would put together a big bash for her husband and his co-workers at Otis Elevator Company. Joan was also very dedicated to her faith, sitting in the front left section of church every Sunday. She always looked forward to her time with Pastor Tim; sharing her love of the Lord and all of God’s blessings. But most important to Joan was her family.

She was proud of each of her grandchildren; excited about seeing and spending time with her great-grandchildren, and she was loved supporting both of her children and their businesses; alternating her Friday Fish Fry between PJ’s Log Jam and Winter Haven Bar & Grill in Mosinee.

Joan is survived by her children, Dennis (Debbie) Winter of Mosinee and Dana Buhse of Weston; grandchildren, Heather (Josh) Hahn, Heidi (Lance) Uttecht, Kyle(Chris) Buhse, Doug (Kim) Winter and Don (Amanda) Winter; six great-grandchildren, Dawson, Ava, Kolbie, Mylah, Zayden and Braelee; sister-in law, Geri Harris; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Beside her husband, Joan was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Jeff Buhse.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Rib Mountain Lutheran Church, 3010 Eagle Ave, Wausau. The Rev. Tim Swanson will officiate. Visitation will take place from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church. Entombment will take place at 11:00 am on Monday, March 12, 2018 at Restlawn Memorial Park.

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  1. Richard Hart

    03/05/2018 at 2:41 pm

    Dennis, Dana and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of you mother’s passing. I remember when my dad and your dad and mom would get together for a party. Both your parents were very great at celebrations, no matter what the reason.
    And Dennis, I vividly remember when you had your bachelor party, and ended it early, with you on the front lawn sick. Your mom said you didn’t drink. (that much).
    I will keep both your parents in my prayers.
    God bless both of you and your families.
    Richard Hart

  2. Linda (Hart) Heebsh

    03/05/2018 at 2:41 pm

    Dana and family, Dennis and family;
    I’m so sorry for your loss of a wonderful mom. She was loved by so many people and left the mark of beautiful memories in everyone’s heart. God’s arms are wrapped around her and will help you during this difficult time also. Prayers from our family to yours.

  3. Bjackson

    03/05/2018 at 2:41 pm

    My deepest sympathy to all for your loss of Joan.
    God has promise that those who has passed on are in his memory because they are precious in his eyes. John 4:8.

  4. Dave & Bev Reszel, South Milwaukee

    03/05/2018 at 2:41 pm

    Dennis, Dana and your families: deepest sympathy to you on the passing of your mom. Your mom was a sweetheart and your house on Logan Ave. was the scene of some memorable parties some that she and your dad didn’t even know about back in high school! May all of you be comforted by each other and may the Lord be with each of you at this difficult time.

  5. Randy and Nancy Erickson

    03/05/2018 at 2:41 pm

    We extend our deepest sympathies to the entire Winter/Buhse families. May the soul of Joan be at peace with our Heavenly Father. “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.” We hope that our Lord brings the much-needed peace during this sad time. With all our love, Randy, Nancy, Joel, Jaime, Steven, Jameson, Jessee, Jeffrey, Teagan, and Callan!

  6. Marty Chojnacki

    03/05/2018 at 2:41 pm

    I was saddened to hear that Joan passed away. She always made me feel welcome. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  7. Glenn and Gigi of Muskego, WI

    03/05/2018 at 2:41 pm

    Dennis and Dana families, our sincerest sympathies on your mother’s passing. She and your dad were quite a couple and they are now together again. May fond memories help carry you through this difficult time,

  8. Keith Henke

    03/05/2018 at 2:41 pm

    Very sorry for your loss, we will be thinking about you.
    Sincerely Keith Henke Family

  9. Deborah Klecker

    03/05/2018 at 2:41 pm

    You look beautiful Aunt Joan! Surely God’s Angel’s took you to our Lord in Heaven where you were reunited with all your loved ones including Uncle Geno. I pray for the comfort of the Winter family as you all pass through this difficult time. Each of you has your own special memories. Hold those dear in your hearts as you grow old. I will always be grateful for Aunt Joan sponsoring me as my Godmother. God Bless. Deborah (Hart) Klecker

  10. Kathy John and Hank

    03/05/2018 at 2:41 pm

    So sorry for loss. She was a special lady. Always enjoyed our chats when she was out for fish fry. Hugs.

  11. Kathleen Heming

    03/05/2018 at 2:41 pm

    Dear Dennis, Debbie, Doug, Kim, Don, Amanda & families,
    Sending our Deepest Sympathy, love and prayers to all of you, in the passing of your beloved Joan. May God wrap His loving arms around all of you during this most difficult time, as you say “goodbye for now” to your Mom, Mom-in-law, Grandma and Great Grandma. Rest peacefully, Mrs. Joan…
    Love, Bruce and Kathy Heming, Peachtree City, GA.

  12. Chris Ballschmieder

    03/05/2018 at 2:41 pm

    Dana – May the memories held deep inside your heart, help to comfort you…You’re in my prayers. With Deepest Sympathy – Chris (Ballschmieder) Adams

  13. Jack Graap

    03/05/2018 at 2:41 pm

    Joan you will be missed dearly in the past three years as we got to know you as our neighbor we couldn’t of asked for anyone better . May you be at peace as you are Reunited with your husband again . Jack , Linda and Emily Graap