Winifred (Winnie) Strunk, 68, formerly of Shakopee, MN died peacefully at home in Baldwin, NY on August 1, 2012, following a courageous 15 month battle with cancer, surrounded by incredibly dear friends and a niece, who were lovingly caring for her. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Winifred Strunk and brother, Frank W. Strunk. She is survived by devoted sisters, Ellen (Stan) Hennessy, Pleasant Hill, CA and Nan Lodermeier, Shakopee, MN, sister-in-law, Cathy Strunk, Grosse Pte Woods, MI. She was Aunt “Wink” to 10 nieces, 3 nephews, 14 grandnieces and 11 grand nephews and untold numbers of friends who loved her and whom she loved deeply.
Winnie was born in Shakopee on June 17, 1944 and grew up in Shakopee, graduating from Shakopee High School in 1962 and the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She was awarded a grant from St. Catherine’s to New York University and received her Master’s degree in Psychiatric Nursing of Children from there in 1968. She remained in the New York area since then, initially working in the hospital setting, but eventually in the school system, where her position was a combination of nursing and social work. She loved working with and being with children, and as a continuation of her work in the schools, also did private counseling in her home until the time of her illness in April of 2011.
Winnie was a woman of great insight, who was always there for family and friends, having “answers” for many and giving sound advice. She loved New York and being able to “show it off” to family and friends. We will all miss her forever and feel blessed to have had her in our lives.
A celebration in her honor will take place at a later date in Baldwin.