February 7, 2019 at 11:30am

Memorial for Blossom Maton Winslow ’65

Blossom Maton Winslow, age 95, of DeKalb, Illinois, passed away on September 27, 2018 at Oak Crest Retirement Center, where she had been a resident for 11 years. Her Christian life was as beautiful as the flowers that she grew up with, and her loving influence will forever remain in the lives of all who knew her.

Blossom was born in Hillsboro, Illinois on March 15, 1923. She graduated from Pana High School, Pana, Illinois, and continued on to receive a degree in elementary education and music from Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois. She taught for a short time in Litchfield and then in the Taylorville School District for 25 years.

Blossom married Leslie Everett Winslow on June 15, 1947. This union was blessed with three children, eight grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Leslie preceded her in death November 24, 2006.

Blossom loved music. A gifted pianist, she taught, directed choirs and musical productions, and played for church services. In addition to music, traveling with her husband in their Airstream trailer was a source of enjoyment in retirement. Her collections of owls, paperweights, iron trivets and salt dips are well-known among the residents at Oak Crest, as Blossom loved to share the history of her collections. Blossom was a lifelong member of the Order of Eastern Star, a volunteer for many activities at Oak Crest, and an active member of DeKalb United Methodist Church, where she served as secretary of her circle, played in the bell choir, sang in the chancel choir, and faithfully attended the Sermon Builders group. 

Her life will forever be cherished in the lives of her children: Bruce (Janet) Winslow of Maple Park, Illinois, Darcy (James) Wright of Gillette, Wyoming, and Jon Winslow, of Belleville, IL; grandchildren, Eva (Mark) Schwartz of Round Lake Heights, Illinois, Kirby (Kevin) Fricano of Yorkville, Illinois, Abel Greenwald of Chicago, Illinois, Stacy Winslow of Long Beach, CA, Geoffrey Winslow of Seattle, WA, Lesley Winslow of Phoenix, AZ, Dan (Melanie) Winslow of Glendale Heights, IL, and Tim Winslow of Chicago, IL. Great grandchildren are Merrick and Isaac Schwartz, Travis Fricano, and Rhett Winslow; dear brother- and sister-in-law Bob and Marilyn Brozio of Springfield, IL and many beloved nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Burial will follow the funeral and will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, Illinois. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to the Blossom Maton Winslow Memorial Fund.

Class Year: 
1965