Grace (Grinager) Winter
Grace (Grinager) Winter, 96, of Sioux Falls, SD passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 after short illness. Memorial Service was Friday, January 5, at Dow Rummel Halladay Peterson Chapel, 1321 W. Dow Rummel Street, Sioux Falls, SD with reception to follow. Miller Funeral Home in Sioux Falls is handling arrangements. For online obituary and guest register go to the website at www.millerfh.com. Grace Ethel Grinager Winter was born in Canton, SD on March 1, 1922 to Lars J. and Ethel (née Kaye) Grinager and passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2018 after a brief illness. She had three sisters and two brothers who all had to take a turn working in her father’s law offices while growing up. Academics, faith, and music (she played the tuba and sang in the choir) were her family’s highest values, so all activities revolved around them. In 1937, during the depression with scarce money, her father fulfilled his dream to take the entire family on a 7,000 mile six week trip to see the west. In 1940, Grace graduated from Canton High School. Her first year of college was spent at the University of Louisville in KY and she later transferred to Augustana College, graduating in 1944 with majors in English and history and a minor in music. Her college was interrupted by WWII, and a call to go to Washington DC to work in the army signal corp. After college, Grace worked as a teacher in Canistota, SD teaching five subjects and directing vocal music. The summer after her first year, she worked in NYC at Schraft’s restaurant in the Chrysler Building so she could sightsee and watch a few Broadway musicals. After two years, she began teaching English and vocal music in Parkston, SD. The second year at Parkston she met a new math teacher, Lewis Winter, and they were later married on June 6, 1948. While in Parkston, they had two children, Pam and Mark, and Grace stopped teaching to become a homemaker. Lewis decided to attend seminary in NJ, so moved the family for two years to Damascus, PA, where he served several churches on weekends. During this time, he would return to NJ during the week and Grace was on her own to care for the two toddlers, and later baby Garry, in a rural setting. In 1954, Lewis was called to a church in Little Ferry, NJ, so he no longer needed to live away from the family. Their fourth child, Douglas, was born in 1956. They lived there for eight years and later moved to River Edge, NJ for four years. In 1965, they returned to their roots in South Dakota, where they lived in Chamberlain for 18 years. Grace taught history and journalism at the high school there for 13 of those years. Lewis completed his ministry in Armour, SD, retiring in 1988. Grace was active in all the churches her husband served. Upon retirement they moved to Sioux Falls where they both did volunteer work for many years. For two years, Grace was the secretary of the UCC conference and for nine years was on the board of Dow Rummel Village. In 2000, they moved into independent living at Dow Rummel. Lewis passed away in 2007. Grace continued to be actively involved in events at church and home until it became more difficult to walk, so she moved into assisted living in the fall of 2016. Grace is survived by her children: Pamela Dillon (James) of Kirkland, WA; Mark of Sioux Falls; Garry (Deborah) of Chamberlain; and Douglas (Mary) of Roseburg, OR; by grandchildren: Jamie Aten, Laura Buchbinder (Robert), Keli Winter-Colon (Philip), Nathaniel Winter, Zachariah Winter (Charity), and Ian Winter; by great-granddaughters: twins Ariah & Ayana Winter and Winter Buchbinder. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Sioux Falls First Congregational Church, Dow Rummel, or an organization of the donor’s choice.