“We just do what needs to be done” was one of the philosophies that Barbara Winifred (Meshey) Wagner chose to live by in her 81 years of earthly life. It was this positive, strong-willed quality that helped her survive the loss of her parents at an early age, the courage to enter the professional world as a single mother to four young children and the resilience to battle a failing body throughout the pastve years. Possessing a humble nature and kind smile, she was a rock and friend to those who knew and loved her. On Monday January 25 she left her home to join her sister, Margaret K. (Roy) and parents, Lewis and Margaret Meshey into the waiting arms of angels. Winnie, formerly of Strasburg and more recently Peach Bottom, PA is survived by her children: Tammy Hinton and Timothy Wagner, Lancaster; Gini (Kelly) Woy, Peach Bottom and Mary Jo Reed, Ephrata. She was known as “Jammy” to her adoring grandchildren: Tahara (Jesse) Delewski, Henry and Stella Woy. Great-grandchildren: Ryan (Nicole) Hensley, David, Hope, Raymond and Charity Delewski all knew her adoration and revelled in her playful antics.
The innate determination Winnie showed in her personal life, shined equally bright in her professional life. She proved herself a personable and capable customer service representative and manager, and later an admired sales representative for the Jay Group, creating a personal bond of friendship lasting beyond her years with the company. Winnie spent the last years of her career as a sales representative for Geiger, Lewiston Maine, where again she paved a path of success and faithful friendships.
In addition to her family and loyal friends, Winnie enjoyed spending her time at home working either on home repair projects or in herower beds.
The family would like to thank the staff at Country Meadows, Lancaster, and Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community and all the home care professionals who have kept her safe and laughing throughout the past several years. If you feel inclined, the family requests in lieu of sendingowers that you make a contribution to Chiques United Methodist Church, 1215 East Main Street, Mount Joy, PA 17552 or Hospice and Community Care, 685 Good Drive, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.
She takes with her a smile that will live in our memories forever and an example of kindness to live by.
I did not know Barbara, but I do know she has a lovely daughter, Tammy.
I read the beautiful tribute to Winnie on lancasteronline, and was so sorry to hear of Winnie’s passing. Never knew her first name was Barbara. We were both graduates of Hempfield H.S. – 1957. And she had the same smile as on her yearbook picture. Forever young…
I worked at Armstrong in the 70’s and we did a huge business with The Jay group. Winnie was my contact on a daily basis. She was professional, courteous and fun to work with. I am so glad I got to know her.
Winnie. as our group (Armstrong Breakfast Ladies) would would call her was truly an angel on this earth. She was gracious, fun to be around and always up beat! And yes, she has to be with the angels in heaven looking over her family and smiling.. God bless, Sandy Freisher
Tammy, my thought are with you and your family. I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. Hold your memories close to your heart and may they ease your sorrows.
To Winnie’s Family,
I was so sorry to hear of Winnie’s passing. I came to know Winnie when we both served on the Strasburg LibraryBoard. We served on various fund raisers for the library together. We shared our love of books and occasionally would meet for coffee or a drink at the Fireside Tavern in Strasburg. She was one of a kind.
Tammy, Gini, Tim, and Mary Jo,
So sorry to hear of the Loss of your Mom, Hold on to all the Memories,
She was quite a lady, and a great mom while we were growing up!
Our Thought and Prayers are with you all.
The Brosey girls, Doris Kuhl, Donna Charles, Dawn Hohenadel
Tammy Gini Tim Jo
So sorry to hear of Winnie’s passing. She was a great woman mother and friend. She will be greatly missed by all of us. I knew her since high school. Now she has a brand new body and is one of God’s children. Be blessed all of you.
Tammy, Gini, Tim and Jo,
Thinking of you during this difficult time.
I worked for your Mom at Jay Advertising in Ronks and I learned so much from her! I say worked “for” but she always made me feel like she was working “with” me.
Winnie had the most beautiful smile and such a calm, easy presence.
May your memories of your Mom make you all smile and give you some comfort.
Cathy Capp Koller
Tim, Tammy, Gini and Jo,
My thoughts are with your family and my memories of your mother’s smile and laugh are fresh. She was always the “cool” mom…
Thank you Shawn. She was still “cool” til her last breath!