Winifred E. Minnick, the daughter of Agnes (Fuller) and George Kugler, was born February 22, 1926 in Franklin county, Nebraska. She departed this life on Friday, July 5, 2019 at the Harvard Rest Haven in Harvard, Nebraska at the age of 93 years, 4 months and 13 days.
Winifred was a lifelong resident of the Riverton-Inavale area. She attended rural country schools and graduated from the Riverton High School in 1946. She continued her formal education at McPherson College in Kansas where she earned her certificate in Normal Training. She then taught at the Fairview rural school.
She was united in marriage with Otto "Gerald" D. Minnick on June 1, 1948 at Red Cloud, Nebraska. They were blessed with nine children and raised their family on the farm in the Riverton-Inavale area. Winifred was a dedicated and loving wife, mother and grandmother. She created an environment in their home that made lasting and cherished memories for all of her family and friends. She loved cooking, growing her flowers and listening to music. In her later years Winifred was an enthusiastic Bingo participant and loved the competition of playing her cards. She kept pace with many technological advances and was active with her Facebook page, keeping in touch with family and friends. She especially enjoyed following the activities and interests of her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Gerald on February 21, 2019; her son, Randy, on April 25, 2012; sister, Sharon Hedrick; brother, Gerald Kugler; and an infant sister, Gwendolyn.
Left to treasure her memory are eight children, 26 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. They include her son, Robert Minnick of Red Cloud and family: Cory Minnick, Cody Minnick and children, Shaelee and Kaelee; Katie and husband Kenny and daughter, Nora; daughter, Gayla Minnick of Harvard, Nebraska and family: Melissa and William Stewart; Machelle and husband, Chris and children, Caleigh, Samantha and Kaitlyn; Stephanie Tarkiek and husband Solomon and children Tariek, Tacoya and Tayvion; Alicia Disney and Jordyn; daughter, Joy Chrisman and husband Dick of Franklin, Nebraska and family: Anthony and wife Shannon and children Dillon and Anthony; Patrick Chrisman and John Aargon; and Jeff Chrisman; daughter, Sheila Minnick of Hastings, Nebraska and family, Mike Sigler and wife Sally and daughter, Lillian; Matt Sigler; Miranda Boutin and husband Jeremy and children, Gracie and Brieanna; daughter, Lisa Soflin and husband, Bob, of McCook, Nebraska and family, Dan O’Byrne and wife Casha and Christopher; Alanna O’Byrne and Jamie O’Byrne; son, Rick Minnick of Inavale, Nebraska and family, Tarissa and Callie, Alexis and Linsy Minnick; daughter, Ila Chrisman and husband, Tom of Harvard, Nebraska and family, Celina and Randy and Randy's children, Joey Minnick and Wyatt; Stacy Sanabia and husband, Adan and Cloe Huryta and Chris Minnick; son, Ryan Minnick and Heather of Red Cloud and family Blaine and Addie. Also surviving are sisters-in-law, Colleene Minnick of Red Cloud; Elaine and Valdean Kershner of Hastings, Nebraska;and Martha Kugler of Riverton; brother-in-law, Gary Minnick and wife, Donna, of Hastings, Nebraska; other relatives and a host of friends.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 11, 2019 at the Evangelical Free Church in Franklin, Nebraska with the Rev. Bill Stearns officiating. Interment will be at the Riverton Cemetery.
Visitation is 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Simonson-Williams Funeral Home in Red Cloud with the family present for visitation on Wednesday from 5-7 p.m.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.wmsfh.com.