Obituary: Joyce Alane Sipka Winner


Joyce Alane Sipka Winner died on June 8 in Carmel. She was born Aug. 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.

Her greatest honor occurred on Aug. 2, 1997, when she married the love of her life, James B. Winner (Jimmy). When she married Jimmy, Joyce believed she received a bonus gift – Jimmy’s daughter, Megan Winner (Marcus). Megan (Eugene, Ore.) brought immense joy to Joyce’s life.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her father-in-law, James E. Winner, and her beloved, feisty Bichon, Lily. Joyce is survived by her siblings: Sue Sipka Roper (Ralph) of Carmel; and Timothy Sipka (Chris) from Alma, Michigan. Joyce is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, and many special friends.

In lieu of flowers make gifts to the Carmel Clay Public Library – West Branch (55 4th Ave., Carmel, Indiana 46032). Make checks payable to CCPL – Joyce Winner Fund.

There will be a Celebration of Life Service at noon July 6 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church 100 E. 86th Street, Indianapolis. Calling hours are 9 a.m. to noon, preceding the service.

Joyce’s advice: “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.”

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