Sue Ann Winter, 81, died Thursday, August 19th,2021, at home surrounded by family, after a long battle with cancer. The daughter of Norbert and Evelyn (Thyes) Terry was born on February 21, 1940, in Green Bay. She had lived in Chase, Oconto Falls, and Green Valley and was a 1958 graduate of Pulaski High School. On May 14, 1960, Sue married her high school sweetheart, Thomas V. Winter, at St. Casimir Church in Krakow. The couple lived in Krakow while Tom worked at the family-owned Pulaski Cheese Factory before moving to Washington Island for two years, where they ran the Island Dairy. They then returned to Pulaski before settling on their farm in Krakow, where they established their family.
Sue attended Accredited Beauty School and graduated in 1959. She owned and operated Country Cut and Curl out of the couple’s home in Krakow for 25 years before retiring. At the age of 50, Sue took a job delivering mail for the USPS, which she enjoyed for 15 years.
Sue loved gardening, growing vegetables for some time before letting her passion for flowers take over. Her home is surrounded by countless trees and flowerbeds, all meticulously tended and well-kept. She was a member of the Northern Gardeners’ Club and was chosen as one of the featured homes in the 2006 Garden Walk.
Sue was an active member of Assumption BVM Parish for 60 years. She volunteered to help decorate the church, served as a Eucharistic Minister, volunteered as a catechist, and was a part of the Bicentennial Committee. She belonged to the Council of Catholic Women and was nominated as Mother of the Year in 1994.
Sue also served as a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #337, holding several different leadership positions, including serving as President for 15 years. She was a skilled seamstress and artist, working with her fellow Auxiliary members to tie blankets or make tray favors for hospitalized veterans staying at Wisconsin’s Veterans Home at King. She also organized several different food and gift drives, including the famous Salad Luncheons during her time with the Auxiliary, raising money for local food pantries and the Relay for Life organization, among other groups in need.
Sue loved volunteering and did so within the church and the community. She served meals to the homeless for 10 years at St. John’s Homeless Shelter in Green Bay. She lent a helping hand in the art classroom of Assumption BVM School and the preschool classrooms of ABVM and Glenbrook. She was an active member of the Red Hat Society. Sue kicked-off the ‘Lick Family Violence’ campaign to raise money for Golden House of Green Bay, using the proceeds to purchase personal items and create ‘birthday bags’ for mothers and their children. She often was seen (and heard) singing songs at Woodhaven Manor retirement home in Pulaski, bringing smiles to the residents’ and workers’ faces alike. Her incredible commitment to service earned her the Community Service Achievement Award from the Pulaski Chamber of Commerce in 2010.
In addition to her dedication to her community, Sue was undoubtedly devoted to her family. She is regarded by her children as the source of great wisdom and advice and is noted to have played a crucial role in the formative years of her grandchildrens’ lives. She was quick to get her family involved in her project of the week, whether it meant they were cutting out pieces of paper for an art project or accompanying her to that week’s endeavors. She was skilled in the kitchen, teaching her family many of her recipes, which were delicious enough to earn her the title of Miss Betty Crocker in 1958. Her family fondly recalls Christmases in the family home, with Sue insisting that everyone perform Christmas carols together before gifts were to be opened.
Sue is survived by her children: Jay (special friend Darla) Winter, Zachow, Thomas (Amy) Winter, Milwaukee, Katy (Doug) VanLannen, Krakow, and Dana (Blane) Hunter, Nebraska; her grandchildren: Eric (Carla) Winter, Tanya Winter, Luke and Grace Winter, Allison and Dustin VanLannen, and Gavin and Halaina Hunter; her great-grandchildren: Steven, Cordell, and Aaliyah Winter; sisters-in-law: Judy (Don) Hartman, Kathy (Charles) Uphaus, and Monica Winter; brother-in-law: Richard (Theresa) Winter; and many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas V. Winter; parents: Norbert and Evelyn Terry; parents-in-law: Victor and Alice Winter; brothers: Wayne, Nick, and Patrick Terry; and brothers-in-law: David and Edward Winter. Sue will be missed by many dear friends and family, especially her card-playing partners and Friday morning coffee clutch. Thank you to all who visited, called, sent cards, prayed for, or thought of Sue during this time.
Friends are invited to gather with the family at Assumption B.V.M. Church, 119 E. Pulaski St., Pulaski, from 4-7p.m. Monday, August 23rd. The Parish Wake Service at 6:30 p.m. Visitation continues from 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 24th at the church. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Fr. Edward Tlucek, O.F.M. presiding.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. John’s Homeless Shelter – https://www.stjohnhomelessshelter.org/donate/ or the American Legion Auxiliary – https://www.legion-aux.org/donate.