She was born in Miami County, Ind., on Sept. 10, 1926, to Bruce C. and Mildred L. (Barnett) Meyer. On Nov. 19, 1944, she married John W. Winger Jr. He died June 28, 2001.
Eleanor was a graduate of Chester High School in 1944, member of Xi Iota Xi, a former member of Kenopocomo Home Ec Club and Business & Professional Womens Club. She was a member of Eel River Community Church of the Brethren, Silver Lake, Ind., and for many years was a member of the former West Manchester Church of the Brethren.
A homemaker and farm wife, she had also been employed with Heckman Bindery, Peabody Seating Co. and Tri-Wic.
Surviving are a son: Bill (Linda) Winger, North Manchester, Ind.; and a daughter: Peggy (Larry) Herendeen, North Manchester; five grandchildren: Julie (Jeff) Curtis, John Winger, Jim (Heather) Winger, Shelly (David) Strobel and Brent (Lora) Herendeen; four great-grandchildren: Caitlynn and Grant Strobel and Samuel and Emmaline Winger; and a sister: Rosemary Lynch, Silver Lake, Ind.
She was preceded in death by a sister.
Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, in McKee Mortuary, 1401 SR 114 W., North Manchester. Services will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Pastor J.P. Freeman will officiate and burial will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester.
For those who wish to honor the memory of Eleanor Winger, memorial contributions may be made to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, 5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46814.