She was born May 16, 1921, to Thomas and Hazel (Hainsworth) Ginn in Guckeen, Minn. Her family lost everything in the Depression and moved to Wellington to live in an aunt's farm house. Her job at home included handing her mom's quilt pieces to make quilt tops to sell during the Depression. Her favorite memories include riding to school in the winter in a sleigh with a heated brick for her feet. She graduated from Dennis High School, and received her teaching certificate from Parsons Junior College.
Her first job was in a rural one-room schoolhouse. On her first day at work, a student broke his arm and she sought help at a neighboring farm house. During World War II she worked at International Harvester in Wichita (under the watchful eye of her two maiden aunts).
After the war she married Elmo Wintersteen on Feb. 13, 1946. He preceded her in death in 1998.
Mrs. Wintersteen spent many years volunteering at church, in extension, scouting and tutoring adults. She was an excellent seamstress and made all her family's clothes. Later in life she became a quilter. After retirement she enjoyed being an exercise leader and a member of the Hummingbird Stitchers in Sierra Vista, Ariz. Her other memberships include the First United Methodist Church in Crawfordsville, Ind., United Methodist Women and a thrift shop volunteer.
She is survived by three daughters, Wanda Hopper and her husband, Charlie, of Avon, Ind., Wilma Jean Bryant and her husband, James, of Jefferson City, Mo., and Wendy Wintersteen and her husband, Robert Waggoner, of Ames, Iowa; a brother, Donald Ginn of Parsons; a brother-in-law, Clarence Kelly of Littleton, Colo.; a sister, Olive Olson of Sun City, Ariz.; four grandchildren, Caroline Graham of St. Louis, Molly Graham of Jefferson City, Mo., George Hopper and his wife, Christy, of Muncie, Ind., and Jeff Hopper of Avon, Ind.; and four great-grandchildren, Tressie and Mason Hopper of Muncie, Jacklynn and J.J. Hopper of Plainfield, Ind.
Mrs. Wintersteen spent may happy hours writing and talking to her many nieces and nephews and was so proud of them. Besides her husband, Elmo, she was also preceded in death by her sisters, Carol, Elsie, Deanne, Maxine and Neva; and a brother, Harold Ginn.
A memorial celebration will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Plainfield (Ind.) United Methodist Church. A private burial ceremony will be at Fort Scott at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Crawfordsville or to the Arthritis Foundation.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Hampton-Gentry Funeral Home, Plainfield.
Kristy Lynn Casteel
Kristy Lynn Casteel, 25, of Parsons died Monday, Nov. 3, 2008, at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., following a courageous battle with cystic fibrosis.
She was born Nov. 2, 1983, in Texarkana, Texas, to Gary Casteel and Karla Cox. She grew up and attended elementary school in Flower Mound, Texas, was a 2002 graduate of Labette County High School. She had attended Labette Community College.
She loved cats.
Survivors include her mother, Karla Cox of Parsons; her father and second mother, Gary and Donna Casteel of Colleyville, Texas; her fiancee, Tylor Abshere of Parsons; two brothers, Patrick Casteel and his wife, Veronica, of Anna, Texas, and Taylor Staggs of Colleyville, Texas; a sister, Jennifer Fogle and her husband, Matt, of Colleyville, Texas; a nephew, Logan Casteel; a niece, Eden Fogle; her maternal grandparents, Leonard and Jean Nickel of Bartlett, Carroll and Joyce Soles of Dundee, Ore.; her paternal grandmother, Bernice Casteel of Texarkana, Texas; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. She is also survived by cats Tigger, Tatum, Riley, Felix and Pressley.
Following cremation, a memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Friday at St. John's Episcopal Church in Parsons. Burial will be at a future date in Oswego Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to St. John's Episcopal Church. These may be left at or mailed to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, 67357.
CANEY -- Craig A. Thomas, 22, of rural Caney died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008, from injuries suffered in an accident at Jencast in South Coffeyville, Okla.
He was born March 14, 1986, in Joplin to Wayne and Penny (Ludwig) Thomas. He grew up in the Altamont area, where he attended elementary school before moving to Richmond, Va., where he graduated from high school. He returned to the Coffeyville area in August.
He was employed at Jencast in South Coffeyville and was a member of the U.S. Marine Reserves. In his free time he enjoyed working with horses and fishing.
Survivors include his mother, Penny Ludwig of rural Caney; his father and stepmother, Wayne and Julie Thomas of Richmond, Va.; a sister, Tara Thomas of Copan, Okla.; and his paternal grandparents, Charlie and Erma Thomas of Altamont.
His maternal grandparents, Ira and Vona Ludwig, preceded him in death.
The service was Monday at Westside Christian Church in Coffeyville. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery in Coffeyville.
David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville was in charge of arrangements.
Richard R. 'Dick' Greer
A graveside celebration of life service for Richard R. "Dick" Greer, 59, of Erie, formerly of Parsons, who died Friday, Sept. 26, 2008, at Labette Health, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Oakwood Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Greer, of the home.
Services are under the direction of Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home of Parsons.
Gary L. Rich
Gary L. Rich, 66, of Parsons died at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008, at Elmhaven West.
Further obituary details and funeral arrangements will be announced by Carson-Wall Funeral Home.