Obituary: Winifred N. Michel

Mrs. Winifred N. Michel

Sister Winifred N. “Winnie” Michel, at age 102, entered her heavenly reward on Thursday, January 13, 2022, from Auburn Manor in Chaska, Minnesota. She was born October 18, 1919, in Bethlehem, Pa., to George and Myrtle Cronce Strahler. She graduated from Liberty High School in Bethlehem.

Sister Michel was united in marriage to Brother Richard E. Michel on February 3, 1945.  She served alongside him in Michigan (Daggett and Unionville), Ohio (Sharon and Dover First), Pennsylvania (Palmer Township), and Illinois (West Salem)—singing in the choir, making sugar cakes, teaching Sunday school, quilting, Ladies’ Aid Society, and Women’s Circles. They retired in 1984 and lived in Gnadenhutten, Ohio and then Chaska, Minn..

Sister Michel is survived by her son, Richard E. Michel, Jr. (Jeannie) of Dover, Ohio; daughter, the Rev. Sharon (Kim Benson) of Chaska, Minn.; granddaughters the Rev. Dr. Jennifer Moran (Paul) and Kristell Benson; and three great-grandchildren. Other survivors include her sister, Millicent and husband Don Zeitner of Bethlehem, Pa., and many nieces and nephews.

Sister Michel was predeceased by her husband, Rev. Richard Michel, in 2012.