Gertrud Winter

August 17, 1936August 24, 2018
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Mrs. Gertrud Winter, 82, entered into rest on Friday, August 24, 2018.

Mrs. Gertrud was an avid bowler. She enjoyed gardening, yardwork and shopping. Mrs. Gertrud was also a member of the American Legions Post 205 Auxiliary.

Mrs. Gertrud is preceded in death by her daughter, Jean Ellen Moretto; and her parents Mr. and Mrs. Matzkeit. Survivors include her loving husband of 59 years, Aurelious Winter; sons, Charles E. Winter and Joseph Winter (Jill); son-in-law, William Moretto; sisters, Hilde Camp, Else Mueller and Inge Rideout; and her special adoptive children, Richard Williams (Christie) and Robert Cameron (Brettney Vicain).

The family will receive friends from 5-7 pm, Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at Elliott Sons Funeral Home at 4255 Columbia Road Martinez, GA 30907. Funeral services will be held at 1 pm, Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at the Columbia Road Chapel of Elliott Sons Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Downs officiating. Interment will immediately follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the charity of your choice


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Robert Taylor

August 27, 2018

Great cook. Loved her when she assisted with our OKTOBERFEST ACTIVITIES at American Legion Post #205.

Cheryl Newsome

August 27, 2018

So sorry to here about Gertie. I pray the family will be okay. I will always remember the beautiful dolls she added to my collection. I still have them in my curio cabinet. God will give you the strength to carry on. He did me. Just ask our sweet Lord, he hears your pleas. I love you guys in Jesus name.

Joann Brassell

August 26, 2018

Curley, I am sad that Gertie will no longer be with us here on earth, but I am relieved that she is out of pain. I will miss her beautiful smile. She was a joy to be around. I am praying for the family. May God be with you and give you fond memories of your loved one.



      Gertrud Winter was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed her to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, she possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. She had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and she was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Gertrud always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, Gertrud was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.

       Her parents were Fredrich and Erna Matzkert. Gertrud was raised in Neistat, Germany. Always able to express herself well, Gertrud possessed strong interpersonal skills. She was optimistic in her outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in her communication. Armed with a great wit, Gertrud was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.

      Blessed with a balanced attitude, Gertrud was able to relate well with others. Her occasional role as family mediator gave her the opportunity to ease tense situations when they occurred. Gertrud was raised with seven siblings. She had one older brother, Heinz, two younger brothers, Gerhardt and Fritz, and four sisters Engrad, Hilde, Else and Elke. Gertrud had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return.

      As a young child, Gertrud showed her creative ability in many ways. She was outgoing and animated. Gertrud enjoyed new activities and pursued a variety of interests. She took part in skiing, soccer and swimming. Gertrud's memorable achievements included.

      Friends and acquaintances found Gertrud an easy woman to get to know, and those close to her would often praise her open, practical style of communication and relaxed approach to life in general. Gertrud was uncomplicated and straightforward in her relationships, which allowed her to accept people for what they were. Later in life, she became friends with Ralph and Christal Wildy, and Ron and Maryann Balser.

      On October 30, 1959 Gertrud exchanged wedding vows with Gertrud Erna Matzkeit at the Military Chapel of Straubing, Germany. Gertrud was attentive to Aurelious (Curley)'s feelings, and she charmed Aurelious (Curley) and others with her gift for being able to give freely and generously. A good listener with an engaging personality, Gertrud was able to bring pleasure and unexpected humor to the relationship.

      Very much like a kid herself, Gertrud identified with the inquisitive and creative side of her children’s personalities. She was able to direct her energy and spontaneity towards helping her children acquire added common sense skills. Gertrud was blessed with Three children, two sons, Charles and Joseph, and one daughter Jean.

      Gertrud was a flexible worker who was able to draw the best from others around her. A persuasive individual who was quick to make necessary decisions, Gertrud’s strengths included being able to think on her feet. She could be a leader who sought impact for her decisions. Gifted with an incredible ability to read body language, Gertrud was able to positively manipulate situations and motivate others in order to get a task completed. She was a good negotiator who enjoyed new challenges. Gertrud could multi-task, and she was endowed with entrepreneurial spirit, allowing her to think beyond standard norms when it came to resolving issues in her work environment. Her primary occupation was housewife. She was employed for five years by American Express Bank.

      Gertrud enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. She had something of an artistic flair in many of the things that she did. She put this creativity toward all of her pastimes. Her favorite pursuits were collecting Barbie dolls and Bowling. She was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Because she liked to take risks, Gertrud was a perfect match for athletics and exercise. She was enthusiastic and confident about these activities. Recreational sports included bowling and skiing. Gertrud was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were baseball and golf.

      Travel and vacations were experiences that Gertrud truly enjoyed. She preferred to seek out excitement wherever she went and she was partial to vacations that were casual and laid back with an atmosphere of “live and let live.” She was willing to leave her plans open and flexible, just in case something more interesting came along. Favorite vacations included Italy and the Vatican in Rome.

      Gertrud was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Gertrud’s favorites was Buffy, a Poddle. They were best friends for 15 years.

      Gertrud passed away on August 24, 2018 at Harlem , Georgia in her home. Respiratory failure due to Supranuclear Palsy. She fought a hard and brave battle for eight years. Services were held at Elliott Sons Funeral Home. Gertrud was laid to rest in Hillcrest Cemetery in Augusta, Georgia.

      Gertrud was the kind of person who could win others over easily. A concrete communicator, she relied on her senses to increase her involvement and awareness of others. She was always able to provide amusing repartee to her friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, jokes and stories. If Gertrud had a theme song written about her, it might well have been “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” She enjoyed her life and the experience of living it. This is how everyone will remember Gertrud Winter.