Janice Winters

Janice Winters

Janice Winters

VOORHEESVILLE — Janice Winters was a homemaker in every sense of the word. She grew vegetables that she canned for her family to eat. She sewed clothes for her children to wear. She even mowed the lawn of her family’s yard.

“Her kids were her life,” said her daughter, Heidi Gran.

Mrs. Winters died on Friday, April 12, 2019. She was 82.

Born on Aug. 24, 1936, she was the daughter of Kenneth Tice and Dorothy (née Croote) Tice and grew up in Voorheesville. Her father ran an excavating business and served as a town councilman. Her mother helped with the business from home where she raised the couple’s three children.

Mrs. Winters was the oldest of the three Tice siblings. Sandra was the middle child, and Kenneth the youngest.

Other family members lived nearby. “After school, she’d hang out with her cousins,” said Ms. Gran of her mother’s girlhood. “After she graduated from Voorheesville’s high school, she worked at the bank in Voorheesville until she married my dad.”

Their union ended only with his death. George Henry Winters Jr. died last year.

“My dad built my mom a cabin near Schroon Lake and they summered there, and wintered in Port Richey, Florida,” said Ms. Gran.

The couple raised their four children — George Henry III known as “Skip,” Kim, Tracy, and Heidi — in Voorheesville.

“We had a big family dinner every night. Mom would cook all afternoon,” said Ms. Gran. “She had a big garden so we had fresh vegetables … She did canning, too, and made her own relishes.”

“She made a lot of our clothes,” said Ms. Gran. “I learned to cook from her. I learned to garden. My mother took care of the house — both inside and out.”

Mrs. Winters also made lots of crafts, especially at Christmas time. She liked to knit and made many afghans. “She knit a Nativity set once, which was pretty cool,” said her daughter.

The family attended the Methodist Church in Voorheesville where the Winterses were married, where their children were baptized, and where Mrs. Winters’s service will be held.

“She was attentive,” Ms. Gran said of her mother. “She came across as quiet but she had very strong opinions. She would stand up for us kids.”

Ms. Gran went on, “My parents went to every one of our events.” This included her concerts, Ms. Gran said, and sporting events to cheer on her brother.

“I took it for granted at the time,” said Ms. Gran. “But now that I’m a mother myself I appreciate how much time it took. I’m like, wow.”

Ms. Gran concluded, “All us three girls miss her.”

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Janice Winters is survived by her children, Kim Behuniak and her husband, Nick; Tracy Sorrell and her husband, John; Heidi Gran and her husband, Richard; and by her daughter-in-law, Mary Jo Winters.

Her husband, George Henry Winters Jr., died before her, as did her son, George Henry Winters III.

She is also survived by her grandchildren, Daniel Winters, Jessica Schifferle and her husband, Chris, and their daughter, Layla Winters; Joni Jones and her husband, David, and their children, Alice, Stella, and Levi; Justin Sorrell and his wife, Julia; Tyges Besch and her fiancé, Melanie, and Kassandra Gran.

Calling hours are at the Voorheesville United Methodist Church, at 68 Maple Ave. in Voorheesville on Friday, April 26, from 3 to 6 p.m.

— Melissa Hale-Spencer

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