Sidney L. Winscher, a resident of Pierz, passed away Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at the Pierz Villa. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Ramey, with the Rev. David Franzmeier officiating. Burial was in the St. John’s Cemetery in Dixville.
Sidney Leonard Winscher was born in Buckman Township, Aug. 7, 1918, to the late John and Elsie (Biallas) Winscher. He attended District #115 country school. Sidney worked as a farm laborer for area farmers and also was employed as a truck driver for Thielen’s in Pierz. He was united in marriage to Rita Waytashek, Oct. 24, 1944, in Pierz. The couple made their home on a farm they purchased near Morrill, where they raised their children, Shirley (Steve) Krause of Tucson, Ariz., Gary Winscher of Pierz, Sally (Robert) Kieffer of Hillman, Allan Winscher of Sartell, Marvin (Bev) Winscher of Rice and Marilyn (Wayne) Burggraff of Pierz. They farmed until their retirement in 1980, at which time they purchased a home on 5 acres near Buckman, where Sidney continued with his hobby of raising horses until age 89 when they moved to an apartment in Pierz. During his lifetime, Sidney enjoyed working the crops and feeding the animals on his farm, hunting, fishing, bowling, playing cards, raising horses (especially playing with the new arrivals in spring!) and spending time with family and friends. He loved joking with the grandchildren and telling his colorful stories. He was proud of the fact that he was married to Rita for over 68 years.
Sidney is survived by his children, Shirley (Steve) Krause of Tucson, Ariz., Gary Winscher of Pierz, Sally (Robert) Kieffer of Hillman, Allan Winscher of Sartell, Marvin (Bev) Winscher of Rice and Marilyn (Wayne) Burggraff of Pierz.
Sidney was preceded in death by his parents, John and Elsie Winscher; daughter, Joyce Winscher; son, Darrell Winscher; grandson, James Winscher; brothers, John, Henry, Reinhold and Carl.
Active pallbearers were Derek Burggraff, Eric Winscher, Nick Winscher, John Winscher, Karla Popp, Krystal Delaney, Tracy Winscher and Kris Kowalzek. Honorary pallbearers were Roman Meyer, Jim Waytashek, Paula Rocheleau, Kim Winscher, Kari Kieffer, Mark Winscher, Amy Winscher and Sara Winscher.
Sidney will be in our hearts forever, may he rest in peace.
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