In Memory

Kristi Wathke (Winrich)

Kristi Wathke (Winrich)


Kristi Winrich

Kristi A. Winrich, 66, of Eau Claire passed away Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at Mayo Clinic Health System-Eau Claire.

Kristi was born on July 10, 1949, to Melvin and Leone (Tollefson) Wathke in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. She graduated from Memorial High School in 1967. She married her best friend and the love of her life, James Winrich, on April 19, 1969, at Hope Lutheran Church. Kristi loved spending time with her grandchildren and her pets. She liked to collect porcelain dolls, crochet, attend stock car races, and visit with her friends up north in Brule. She was also an avid Packer and Brewers fan. Kristi enjoyed watching her sons, Chad ski jump and Jimmy wrestle. She also enjoyed deer and bear hunting and fishing with her husband and four-wheeling with her family and grandkids. After her sons grew up and left home, she would tell people, “I’ve raised my three boys,” and was always ready to party.

Kristi is survived by her husband, James Winrich, of Eau Claire; two children, James Christopher Winrich of Minneapolis, MN, and Chad Michael Winrich of Eau Claire; five grandchildren, Andrew, Justin, Jordan, James Logan and Joseph; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Vicki (Rick) Walker of Eau Claire; and sister-in-law, Sally Bell.

Kristi was preceded in death by her parents; father- and mother-in-law, Elmer and Winifred Winrich; twin brother, Michael Wathke; brother, Greg Wathke; and sisters-in-law, Mary Kragness and Kathy Wright.

Memorial services will be on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Smith Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services on Tuesday at the funeral home.

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02/06/16 01:57 PM #1    

Chris Yule (Lear)

Condolences to the family. A life well-lived.!


02/06/16 02:40 PM #2    

Jean Behnke (Wisnewski)

A loss of another classmate.  Sypathies to family and friends. R,I,P,

02/06/16 03:06 PM #3    

Betty Kubiak (Tricker)

R.I.P.   Remember you from HIgh School.  Seem like such a short time ago.


02/06/16 04:19 PM #4    

Marv Franson

Sorry to hear this.  Condolences to all.  Kirisri was my 2nd cousin. Peace be with you.  

02/06/16 07:11 PM #5    

Carolyn Berg (Kinville)

My condolences to all the family.  Rest in Peace Kristi!

02/09/16 10:16 AM #6    

Bill Beaulieu

Our sincere condolences are sent to Kristi's family, loved ones, and friends.  R.I.P., Kristi.

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