Phyllis Esther (Kerns) Wininger, age 85, of Crawfordsville, Indiana, passed away on Monday afternoon, May 4, 2020, at the Ben Hur Home.

She was born on February 16, 1935, to Alton and Lillian (Bauer) Kerns, in Martin County, Indiana. On December 22, 1956, she married her husband of 63 years, Gary H. Wininger, in Dubois County, Indiana. He passed away on February 14, 2020.

Phyllis graduated from Shoals High School in 1952. Following her graduation, she was employed by the State of Indiana working with the Indiana Utilities Commission at the State House and later as a secretary for an Indiana Counties History Book Author. After raising her three sons, she was employed by Burkhart Funeral Home for many years providing Office, Insurance, and Notary Services. She also supported Charles Burkhart during his tenure as Montgomery County Coroner as a Deputy Coroner, providing administrative services.

She loved family gatherings being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, gardening, playing cards with friends, doing puzzles, and playing Scrabble. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and was a charter member of the NuValdaec Home Extension Club. She was active with her husband, Gary, at the Montgomery County Retired Teachers Association events.

Survivors include her sons, Brian Wininger and wife Martha, and Brent Wininger and wife Linda, all of Crawfordsville; and Brad Wininger and wife Dondra, of Waveland; grandchildren, Morgan Shanks and husband Dr. Michael Shanks, of Terre Haute; Brittany Hatten and husband Keith, of Zionsville; Courtney Wininger, of Knoxville, Tennessee; Brooke Chapman and husband Kory, of Greenfield; Paige Wininger, of Lafayette; and Peyton Wininger, of Waveland; great-grandchildren, Jane, Miles and Polly Shanks, Henley Hatten, and Brody and Brendan Chapman; her sisters, Maryrose Risner, of Crawfords-ville; and Betty Crays, of French Lick, Indiana.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and brothers, George Walter Kerns, Clarence Edward Kerns, and Ralph Alton Kerns.

Because of the active COVID-19 virus and concern for the safety of friends and family, a private family service with no visitation was held on Monday, May 11th, at Christ Lutheran Church, 300 W. South Blvd., in Crawfordsville, with Pastor Kelly Nelson officiating.

Burial was held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12th, at the Albright Cemetery, near Shoals, Indiana.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Christ Lutheran Church, Crawfordsville, Indiana. The family would also ask for special prayers for the residents and staff of Ben Hur Home.

The Burkhart Funeral Home, in Crawfordsville, was in charge of the arrangements.

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