Winifred Louise “Wini” Morsches, 89, of Columbia City, passed away at 2:05 p.m. Thursday Feb. 15, 2018, at Parkview Whitley Hospital surrounded by her loving family. Born Oct. 8, 1928, in Wheeling, W.Va., she was the daughter of Hildred Blanco and Mary Eugenia (Lambert) Jones.
Mrs. Morsches grew up in Wheeling, W.Va. and attended local schools. She graduated from Triadelphia High School in Wheeling with the class of 1946, and went on to Wittenburg College in Springfield, Ohio where she received a BFA, was a member of Chi Omega Sorority and met the love of her life, Paul J. Morsches Jr.
On Sept. 1, 1951, she married Paul J. Morsches Jr. at Grace Lutheran Church in Columbia City. The couple resided there since.
As a young woman, she was a teacher at Marshall Middle School in Columbia City and also in Huntsville, Ala., where she was so inspirational and fun that to this day students still reach out and remember her. She also worked as an interior designer, where she had an amazing sense of color and design, as seen by her beautiful home and spectacular gardens. She was a master homemaker, but she also excelled at many other interests including painting, bridge, cooking, knitting, needle point, golf, tennis, stilt walking and entertaining. Mrs. Morsches had a great sense of adventure and curiosity, and traveled with her family to unique locations around the world. However, her greatest joy was her family. She was unparalleled in her generosity of love and caring for them. This generosity was on full display at Christmas time.
Survivors include her loving husband, Paul J. Morsches Jr. of Columbia City; sons: Frederick J. “Fritz” Morsches of Franklin, Mich., Hans J. (Stefanie) Morsches of Kansas City, Mo. and Franz E. (Stacey) Morsches of Columbia City; five grandchildren, Turner, Annie, Chloe, Makenna, and Fredrik.
She was preceded in death by her parents, son, William Frederick Morsches, and brother, Lambert Turner Jones.
A celebration for Mrs. Morsches will be held in her beautiful garden this summer. Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.