Winifred Whalen Micks, 96, died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020 at Elmhurst, Ill.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday morning, Jan. 6, 2021 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Anamosa with interment in the Holy Cross Cemetery. Fr. Nick March officiated the services.

A visitation was held Tuesday, Jan. 5 from 4 - 7 p.m. at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Anamosa. Thoughts, Memories and Condolences may be left at www. goettschonline.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to support maintenance of the historic St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Stone City Iowa c/o Fr. Nick March, 215 N. Garnavillo St., Anamosa, Iowa 52205.

Winifred Julia Micks, nee Whalen was born April 9, 1924 in Towanda, Kan. to Vona K., nee Vaughan and William Patrick Whalen. Winifred was raised on a farm west of Anamosa; attended Chillicothe Business College in Missouri from 1942-1943; worked for Montgomery Ward in Chicago and the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors in La Grange, Ill., where she met Donald William Micks, whom she married on Sept. 14, 1946 at St. Xavier Rectory in La Grange. During the War, she volunteered as a nurse’s aide at Community Memorial General Hospital in La Grange. She and her husband were longtime residents of Elmhurst, Ill., and were loyal members of Visitation Parish. She was a beloved figure known as “Miss Winnie” to generations of students at Jefferson Elementary School in Elmhurst, where she worked as an aide from 1978 to 2015.

She is survived by her sister Kathryn V. Whalen Green (Chris); by her children: Maureen V. Miller (Rodney), Kathleen Anne Micks, Theresa J. Slowik (Kenneth), Wiley Stephen Micks and Alyce Julia Vaughn; her grandchildren: Rodney K. Miller (Angela), Andrew V. Miller (Andrea), Jeffrey R. Miller (Susan) and Catherine V. Slowik; and her great-grandchildren Caitlin Miller, Grace Miller, Zoë Miller and Ainslie Jane Miller.

She is predeceased by her husband and three brothers: John Michael Whalen (Jean), Michael John Whalen (Mary Flo) and Jerry Francis Whalen (Ruth).

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