Winifred B. Olds

April 25, 1925June 20, 2013

Winifred B. Olds Okemos, Michigan

Winifred Breithaupt Olds, age 88, passed away peacefully Thursday, June 20, at McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital. Win was born April 25, 1925 in Troy, New York. She graduated from Lansing Eastern High School in 1943 and North Central College, Naperville, Illinois, in 1947, minoring in Theatre. She was active in Beta Sigma Phi Sorority for many years. Winifred was a Public Service talk show host with WILX-TV for 22 years, ending in 1981. She also hosted the Copper Kettle Show from 1953 to 1955. Winifred was a group leader and lectured for Weight Watchers for 20 years. She was a tour guide for America by Rail for 20 years. Win also taught private drama lessons for 47 years and acted in countless local productions over the last 65 years, most recently in the Starlight Dinner Theatre’s “Steel Magnolias” last fall. Winifred was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert Blackwood, her parents, Ezra and Ruth Breithaupt, and her husband of 61 years, J. Wesley Olds. Winifred is survived by her children, Robert (Tanya) Olds, Reid Olds, and Julia (Richard) MacLachlan; grandchildren, Laura (Russell) Davison, Wesley Olds, Libby Holder, Dan (Kristin) MacLachlan, Ethan, Evan and Ellie Olds; great-grandchildren, Alexander Davison, Breanna Holder, and Jackson MacLachlan; and her brother, Warren (Edith) Breithaupt. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, June 25, at 11:00 a.m. at Okemos Community Church, 4734 Okemos Rd, Okemos, Michigan. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Riverwalk Theatre, 228 Museum Drive, Lansing, Michigan 48901, and to the Starlight Dinner Theatre, 225 Leland Place, Lansing, Michigan 48917. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 25, 2013

  • Memorial Service

    Tuesday, June 25, 2013


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Robin Lawson

June 26, 2013

Reid & family, we are so sorry for your loss. may your hearts be filled with beautiful memories. Robin & Bill Lawson

Bill Hoffmeyer

June 25, 2013

I will always remember Winifred as Santa Claus. She blessed our family for many years, first at my Grandparents home (Kenneth and Reta Hoffmeyer) and then at our individual families homes as we got older. She was the greatest and the memories of those Christmases and the smiles that she gave to us will be cherished forever. I will try to find pictures of us kids sitting on Santa's lap and pass them along. Thanks to the entire Olds family for sharing her with us.

Linda Granger

June 25, 2013

I have admired and respected Winifred for 41 years through our involvement in community theater. I could write volumes about her and how wonderful she is and how she has touched so many lives in such positive ways. She is irreplaceable as a human being and as an actress. I have never seen anyone in community theater take command of the stage like she did and don't expect I ever will. She is one of a kind. To the family - my heart is breaking for you and you are in my prayers. To Win: THANK YOU SO MUCH for everything you have done for me over the years. For being such a great supporter of my endeavors, a great friend and the best actress to ever grace Starlight's stage. We will all miss you SO much, we can't imagine a season without you. Your biggest fan, Love always, Linda

Ray Lamrouex

June 24, 2013

Sounds like Winifred was a very remarkable and talented lady... no wonder her grandson Dan is so gifted in his music.

Jennifer Wallace

June 24, 2013


I will always remember your quick wit and your warm smile. You were definitely a pillar in the community. Jennifer Wallace~TIP Lady

Barbara Wood

June 24, 2013

I grew up watching Winifred on television. She was a Lansing original and will be greatly missed.

Ted O'Bryant

June 24, 2013

To the family of Winifred Olds,you have my deepest sympathy in the loss of your Mother.She was such a gracious Lady. She touched the lives of so many people and will always be remembered. Ted O'Bryant

Val Lea

June 23, 2013

Winifred was an amazing lady...she taught me so much...I loved working with her...Her talent and insight will be missed...

The Conrad Family

June 23, 2013

We have known Winifred for 50 years, but only as Santa Claus.
She would come into our home Christmas eve, and after patiently answer a barrage of questions she would pass out gifts.
Santa then returned to do the same for our grandchildren.
She will be fondly remembered.

Bobby Wilcox

June 23, 2013

What a joy! She lifted our lives, starting with Copper Kettle, and moving on from there. Another legend of Lansing has left. We don't replace, but just honorably remember. Blessings to her family and to her most gracious memory!