Sylvester Winternheimer

November 10, 1933November 16, 2020

Sylvester A. Winternheimer, 87, passed away November 16, 2020 at West River Health Campus in Evansville after a brief battle with COVID-19. He was born Nov 10, 1933 on a farm in Posey County IN to the late George and Mary (Weigand) Winternheimer.

He graduated from Mt. Vernon H.S. and earned his Bachelors in Engineering from University of Evansville. He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. He retired from a long and successful career with Whirlpool Corporation where he owned and shared ownership of 6 U.S. Patents. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army, assigned to Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville AL as a mechanical engineer in rocket and guidance.

Syl was a kind and gentle soul. He loved music. He sang in a Barbershop Quartet as a young man and in the church choir. He and his late wife Wilma were faithful members of St. Peter's UMC and Old North UMC.

He was predeceased by his parents, siblings and beloved daughter, Karen Arthur.

Sylvester married Wilma Eckerty on December 25, 1956, the only day he was assured leave from the Army. They enjoyed 56 years together before her death on April 9, 2013. He is survived by his Daughter, Jane Ellen Reel (Dale); Son, Mark Alan Winternheimer, both of Evansville, IN; Grandchildren, Dr. Amber Zagrodzki (Maciej) of Longmont, CO, Michael Boring of Evansville, and Amanda Reel of Ann Arbor, MI; Great-Grandchildren, Halina Zagrodzki and Wyatt Boring.

A very special Thank You to all of the kindhearted and devoted staff at West River who cared for Syl over the years.

A Funeral Service will be held 3:00 p.m., Sunday, November 22, 2020 at Alexander North Chapel, 4200 Stringtown Road, officiated by Pastor Mike Monahan, with burial in St. Peter’s UMC Cemetery. Family and friends are encouraged to view a livestream of the service at Friends may visit Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home. Due to the ongoing pandemic, masks and social distancing will be required.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or your local Coronavirus Relief Fund.

Condolences may be made online at


  • Jane Ellen Reel (Dale), Daughter
  • Mark Alan Winternheimer, Son
  • Dr. Amber Zagrodzki (Maciej), Grandchild
  • Michael Boring, Grandchild
  • Amanda Reel, Grandchild
  • Halina Zagrodzki, Great Grandchild
  • Wyatt Boring, Great Grandchild
  • George Winternheimer, Father (deceased)
  • Mary (Weigand) Winternheimer, Mother (deceased)
  • Wilma (Eckerty) Winternheimer (April 9, 2013), Wife of 56 Years (deceased)
  • Karen Arthur, Daughter (deceased)
  • Preceded by Siblings

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  • Public Visitation at Alexander North Chapel

    Sunday, November 22, 2020

  • Funeral Service At Alexander North Chapel

    Sunday, November 22, 2020

  • The service will be live-streamed using the following link,

    Sunday, November 22, 2020


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Wendy Szczuka

November 22, 2020

My best memory was his lighthearted laughter at all our holiday gatherings. He so loved his family!

Amanda Reel

November 22, 2020

I loved playing Tripoli with Syl at family holiday gatherings and hearing his stories of being in the service. He was always so friendly and warm to everyone and incredibly smart.

Juli Collins

November 21, 2020

My dad, Gary, became friends and shared meals with Syl about a year ago at West River. Syl was a kind and comforting gentleman who made life easier for our family during difficult times. I enjoyed talking with him about singing in the choir and his work life. My sisters and I share your sorrow at losing a dad to this cruel disease.

Ken Hortin

November 21, 2020

Very sorry to hear of Syl’s passing. It was a pleasure to work with him for many years at Whirlpool . He was very effective and an extremely pleasant person. He will be missed by those of us who knew him.

Barbara Litschgi

November 20, 2020

My first memory of Syl was his getting ready for a date with Wilma so it went way way back. We , a s newly weds, bought a couple of acres of land from mother Mary back in early1950's. Then I remember he and Wilma going thru the burgo line at Mars School. He always had a smile on his face. I went with Betty Schrible to see him at West River and he still had that smile. Very special person.


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