Joyce Alane Sipka Winner died on June 8, 2019 in Carmel, Indiana. She was born August 18, 1955 to Margaret Smatlak Sipka and Joseph Arnold Sipka in Warren, Ohio. She graduated with honors from Newton Falls High School in 1973. In 1977 she graduated with honors from Anderson (College) University, majoring in Criminal Justice and Spanish. Her greatest honor occurred on August 2, 1997 when she married the love of her life, James B. Winner (Jimmy).
She was preceded in death by her parents, her father in law, James E. Winner, and her beloved, feisty Bichon, Lily.
While she lived in multiple places in her lifetime, Joyce found Carmel, Indiana and Naples, Florida to be ‘home’.
Joyce is survived by her two siblings. Her sister Sue Sipka Roper (spouse, Ralph) is from Carmel, Indiana. Joyce loved Sue’s sense of beauty, her poise, and her gracious spirit. She appreciated the paths Sue paved for her, and followed several of them, including going off to college in Indiana. Her brother, Timothy Sipka (spouse, Chris) lives in Alma, Michigan. He added a lot of zest to Joyce’s life with his wit and intelligence.
When she married Jimmy, Joyce believed she received a bonus gift – Jimmy’s daughter, Megan Winner. Megan Winner of Eugene, OR (partner Marcus) brought immense joy to Joyce’s life. Joyce enjoyed their blossoming friendship and family bonds, and took great pride in seeing Megan’s hard work make her dreams become a reality. She was grateful to Megan for allowing her to be a part of her life.
Joyce actively loved many ‘nieces and nephews’, some blood-related, and others not:
Phil Sipka; Jeff Roper; Steve Sipka (spouse, Elyse and their daughter Frankie); Sara Roper (partner Cristina); Mark Sipka; Kevin Winner, Jr; Jessica Winner; Tom Page; Jamie Page; Lindsay Page; Meera Page; Rick Hale; Lauren Roller Sirey (spouse David); Lori Fair Layugan; Kimberly and Addison Ross; Simon, Sarah and Macey Elser; Eli, Avery, Amelia Drake.
Joyce was always appreciative of the parents of these special ‘children’ in her life for graciously sharing them with her and allowing her to be a ‘surrogate Auntie’.
Special friends include cousin Karen Durica Roller and Mark Roller, of Westfield, Indiana, along with Monika Nyby and Greg Hale of Carmel, Indiana. Joyce enjoyed her friendship with her partners-in-adventure, Audrey Nelson, neighbors Bruce and Jean Alfreds, Kathy Duncan, and college friend Cindi Webb. She also had three long-term friends, often referred to as the ‘three sisters’: Karen Strege Anderson, Tammy Elser, and Sharon Zehr.
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church has served as a wonderful family and church home for both Joyce and Jimmy. Her participation in the music program and related international travel programs provided her with some of the most rewarding and meaningful experiences of her life.
Joyce was passionate about the Carmel Clay Public Library and their excellence in programming for the needs of our community. Joyce loved reading and wanted to make that possible for others.
She loved living in the Village of West Clay, in Carmel, Indiana. Village residents welcomed the Winners when they first relocated to Indiana many years ago. There she formed many deep friendships and shared joyful social occasions.
There will be a Celebration of Life Service on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 12 pm, at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church (100 W. 86th St., Indianapolis, IN). Calling hours are 9 am – 12 pm, preceding the service.
In lieu of flowers please make gifts to the Carmel Clay Public Library – West Branch (55 4th Avenue, Carmel, Indian 46032). Make checks payable to CCPL – Joyce Winner Fund.
Joyce’s advice, dictated in her own words on Thursday, May 16, 2019, is as follows. “Please do not be sad, because now I am living in my heavenly home. If you feel a need to mourn me, I’d rather you do something for others. Choose to visit someone who needs a friend, or volunteer to help an agency or church that serves those in need. Your love and time can make a difference. My advice is this. Enjoy and savor every breath and every moment of the precious life you have been given. It is a gift.”