WINTER, Joseph C., beloved husband of Jean Winter (nee Byrne) for 64 years. Loving father of Donna (Bob) Salmon, Eileen (Mark) Rechtsteiner, Mary Jo (Tony) Schmidt, Tom Winter, Rob (Debbie) Winter and Julie (Bernie) Kluesener. Devoted grandfather of 16 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Predeceased by his twin brother Howard, and brothers Fr. Pius OFM and Charlie Winter. Passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 92 years of age. Visitation on FRIDAY at MEYER FUNERAL HOME, 5864 Bridgetown Rd., from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM followed by Mass of Christian Burial at St. Jude Church, 5857 Bridgetown Rd., at 10:30 AM. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cincinnati, PO Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263. Www.bjmeyer.com
Dad was a man of few words during his 92 years on this earth, but when he did speak, you listened. He was a quiet, humble and devout family man, married to our mom for 64 years, raised 6 children, and had 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Definitely a good Catholic family!
Dad grew up in Westwood as part of St. Catherine parish. He and his twin brother Howard were proud members of the Elder class of 1943. They enjoyed monthly luncheons with their fellow Elder grads for many years at Price Hill Chili. Dad joined the Navy and proudly served during World War II. Following his service, he attended and earned his degree from Xavier University. He worked for most of his career at O.K. Trucking Company as a traffic manager.
He loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed going to Michigan and the Southwest with his brothers and his sons. After we were grown, dad and mom enjoyed golfing, traveling, card games and even square dancing with their good friends.
Even with 6 kids born in 9 years, the family still managed to pile in to the big pink station wagon and head out to the Smokies and Florida. And the family always went on rides on the weekends, often watching the trains at the Winton Place, ice cream at Putz's, riding the Anderson Ferry over the Ohio River, and watching planes from the observation deck at the airport.
Dad always was a sports fan; and especially loved watching the Reds and Xavier basketball games, even the Bengals at times. He always had nitro in his pocket at the ready during big games. Dad was extremely sharp until the end, always current on the news, weather and sports of the day.
As an identical twin, Dad and Howard were inseparable. In later years, they started walking the mall at Northgate where everyone knew them. When Howard passed away 4 years ago, his children received a wonderful gift of one on one time with our dad –walking the mall, meeting new friends there, talking about the latest games and off to lunch at McDonald's 5 days a week. Who knew McDonald's was the key to longevity?! He had regulars there too – veterans from WW2, Korea and Vietnam to share war stories. It was during these times we found out more about dad's history – we talked about family, his WW2 experience in the Navy, a 300 mile bike trip to Michigan with friends at age 12 on their own and staying at monasteries! Dad even landed upside down on an aircraft carrier as a gunner on his plane!
In his final years, he lived the motto "exercise and socialize" which kept him going longer than his doctors would have believed possible. As dad's health began to fail, all of us pitched in to provide relief to mom, who even at age 90 was still primary caregiver, keeping dad safe at home as long as possible. His final week was spent with the wonderful staff of Hospice at Twin Towers where he was given excellent care. And in the end, he passed away as quietly and peacefully as he lived his life, surrounded by many of his loved ones.
May we all be so blessed!