Published: Thursday, January 10th, 2013
Winthrop “Winnie” Maciejewski was born April 30, 1931, in Merriman, Neb., to Edward and Ethel (Hubbard) Maciejewski. In 1938, when he was 7 years old, he moved with his family to Martin, S.D., where they lived on a farm raising cattle, pigs, chickens and turkeys and where he attended a country school. It was at this time that Winnie learned to do chores and enjoyed taking care of the animals.
Winnie left home in 1956, moving to Redfield, S.D., and worked on a dairy farm for the next 16 years, taking care of over 100 head of cattle. When the business was sold in 1972, he found work in a carpentry shop, then as a janitor. Winnie left Redfield in 1976 after 20 years and lived near Johnson Siding (S.D.) for a year. He then moved to Gordon, Neb., working on a ranch. Hill City, S.D., was his next move and he spent 13 years there working in the sawmill. He also lived in Mellette, S.D., then Sturgis, S.D. As his health changed, he moved to Colonial Manor Nursing Home, now Custer (S.D.) Regional Senior Care.
Winnie’s interests included horseshoes, playing pool and traveling. He also enjoyed playing cards, bingo, puzzles and outings to the senior center for dinner and being on the resident council. Winnie particularly enjoyed visitors and van rides around the Black Hills area.
Winnie died Dec. 27, 2012, at Custer Regional Senior Care in Custer. He was 81.
Memorial services were Jan. 2 at McColley’s Chapel of the Hills in Custer with Fr. Tim Hoag officiating. Burial will be held at a later date at Lee’s Park Cemetery near Taylor, Neb.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Wanda and Rosemary; and two nieces, Lee Ann and Lori.
Winnie is survived by his brothers, Zigmund Maciejewski of Custer and Leland (Pat) Maciejewski of Hot Springs, S.D.; five nephews; and numerous great-nephews and great-nieces.
Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.
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