Columbiana - Winifred Jane Elder, 86, died at 5:10 am, Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center in Youngstown.
Mrs. Elder was born January 29, 1927 in East Canton, a daughter of Lester and Ethel Welsh Martsolf and had lived in this area most of her life.
Winifred was a registered nurse for many years working for Salem Community Hospital and Alliance Visiting Nurses. Winifred is a member and active at Grace Church in Columbiana. She was also a member and Past Worthy Matron of Alma Chapter #498 Order of Eastern Star in Sebring.
Winnie grew up singing with her sisters and continued her love of music in her church choir and trio. She was a Pittsburgh Steeler and Pirates fan for many years and was always present at her family's sporting events, band performances and other events. Her passion in recent years was her family, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be missed by all that knew and loved her, especially her husband, Norman F. Elder, whom she married August 18, 1950; her daughter, Barbara (Delmar) Karlen of Salem; her two sons, Roger (Debra) Elder of Ruffsdale, PA and Gregory (Cheryl) Elder of Sykesville, MD; her sister, Arlene (Louis) Farioli of Darlington, PA; eight grandchildren, Michele (Avi) Rodoff, Stephanie Bondoni, Joshua (Amanda) Elder, Rebecca (Jonathan) Byzon, Chad (Jamie) Elder, Daniel Elder, Jeffrey Karlen and John Karlen; and ten great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her sons, Gene O. Elder and Bradley L. Elder and two sisters, Evelyn McRoberts and Jean Gwin.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 14, 2013 at the Warrick-Kummer-Rettig Funeral Home, Columbiana with Rev. Dr. Robert C. Joy officiating. Burial will follow in Glenview Cemetery, East Palestine. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Contributions in memory of Winifred may be made to the American Cancer Society, Cleveland Hope Lodge 11432 Mayfield Rd. Cleveland, OH 44106-2364 or Grace Church.
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