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610 S. Duncan St.
Stillwater, OK 74074
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Esther Winterfeldt

Esther Ann Winterfeldt

Tuesday July 27, 1926 - Tuesday November 10, 2020
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Esther Ann Winterfeldt was born in Stigler, Oklahoma on July 27, 1926 to Walter William and Elsie Pearl (Wells) Winterfeldt. After graduating as valedictorian of her high school class, she attended Oklahoma A&M where she obtained a B.S. degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She was named to Who’s Who in College and Universities, Mortar Board, Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Nu, and Sigma Xi. Following a dietetic internship at the University of Michigan Hospitals, she held positions in hospital dietetics at Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky; the University of Chicago Hospitals in Chicago; and Ohio State University Hospitals in Columbus, Ohio where she also held faculty appointments.

She completed her Masters degree in 1957 at Oklahoma State University and her PhD at Ohio State University in 1970. Following the degree, she assumed the position of professor and head in the Nutritional Sciences department at Oklahoma State University. She helped provide continuing education for dietitians returning to work as needed consultants in small hospitals and nursing homes as well as teaching and advising many students in the department. In 1985, she was named a Regents Professor and reappointed in 1988. She was elected to the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 2002.

She assumed positions for two years in the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., on leave from the University, serving as an IPA in research and administrator of the Human Nutrition Service. Following retirement from Oklahoma State, she served as interim department head at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, and at the University of Texas in Houston. She also served as an adjunct professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences and in the Gerontology Institute at Oklahoma State.

In the 1970’s and 1980’s, she was active in state and national Dietetics Associations, serving in several positions including the presidency of the American Dietetic Association in 1980. She was awarded the Marjorie Hulsizer Copher award in 1990, the highest honor awarded by the association.

Active in a number of community and university organizations, she served in the OSU Emeriti Association for several years and as chair of the planning group to build a retirement center in Stillwater. She has also traveled extensively throughout the United States and other countries. She has authored several books and presented continuing education sessions at Spanish Cove Retirement Center where she lived since 2013.

One of five sisters, she is predeceased by her parents and three sisters.
She is survived by one sister Helen Miller of Arlington, Texas; nieces Pamela Lunk of Arlington, Texas; Margaret Miller of Plano, Texas; Patricia Miller of Livingston, Montana; Cheri Derryberry of Chandler, Arizona; and Merry Svenson of Seatac, Washington.

She will be interred in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

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    Monday, February 22nd, 2021 | 11:00am
    Monday, February 22nd, 2021 11:00am
    Strode Funeral Home Chapel
    610 South Duncan Street
    Stillwater, OK 74074
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Lea Ebro

Posted at 08:09pm
My scholar, Buckeye/Cowboy dearest friend. I valued your friendship and nurturing very much. Thank you for the fantastic times we shared in our world travels and joint professional endeavors. God bless you and keep you. Our heartfelt condolences to Helen Miller, her daughter and her nieces.

Lea Ebro, PhD. Professor, OSU
Condolences from Rita Ebro Ewing, Diane Ebro, and family.

Mandy Jefferson

Posted at 06:58pm
We are so sad to lose our dear friend, Dr. Winterfeldt. I met Dr. W, while at OSU. She was Dr.Ebro’s best friend and I was a student worker for Dr.Ebro. We were so excited when she became our neighbor in Yukon. My girls and I have enjoyed visiting Dr. W and Lola over the years. Since we all had birthdays in July, we had a tradition of meeting at Louie’s and celebrating all of our special days. She would always have candy for the girls at Halloween and would make sure we were coming to see her. We were sick this year at Halloween and not able to visit her. I emailed her and never received a response. I was so heartbroken to hear she had passed. Dr. Winterfeldt was truly an inspiration. I was in awe of the fact that she was 90 and still writing books and even teaching classes. She will be missed❤️

Patty Miller Posted at 07:28pm

Hi Mandy, Aunt Esther mentioned you several times and how much you meant to her. Lola is now living with my mom, Helen Winterfeldt Miller and my Dad, John Miller. They are life-long dog people and are doing their best to try to become fluent in "cat". Even if they aren't fully fluent yet, they are really smitten with Lola to the point my sisters and I are almost jealous! - Patty Miller

Susie Williams

Posted at 10:22am
Susie Williams
Since my undergraduate degree at OSU was in Home Economics Education, my interactions with Dr. Winterfeldt were during my post graduate work at OSU in Nutrition Science and Dietetics. One of my unique memories with Dr. Winterfeldt happened during an ADA meeting. Several of us decided to spend the evening shopping together. I noticed when she tried on an elegant red wool suit jacket. She considered the purchase a while, then said, "They always kind of frowned on us wearing red on game days at OSU." She then took the jacket off and put it back. After I was sure that she had made up her mind I tried it on and decided to buy it. I enjoyed that jacket for many years but always thought of her every time I wore it.
Dr. Winterfeldt was a delightful, hard working woman that was very good at whatever she decided to do. I will miss her Christmas updates.

Patty Miller Posted at 02:44pm

Hello Susie, thank you so much for sharing your memory of Aunt Esther. She did love a colorful jacket so I'm sure it was a nice one. Please join us on Sat Feb 13 at 10:00 for her service that will be live streamed. If you can't watch at that time it will be archived for later viewing. Patty Miller

Teresa Dillon

Posted at 11:48am
My heartfelt condolences to Dr. Winterfeldt’s family. I too was a FNIA student at OSU, graduating in 1981. I had the privilege of being one of the students that the Dept funded to go to Atlanta to attend the ADA convention to see the installation of Dr W. as ADA President. She followed me in my military career, keeping in touch with me as I was posted around the world. It was so meaningful to be able to stay connected with my OSU roots. Over the last several years I’ve been especially fond of her Christmas letters. I marveled at all she continued to do throughout her later years. I’ve been envious of her travel adventures...including Antartica! What a special lady; I’m already missing her. I would like to join the Memorial.

Patty Miller Posted at 02:46pm

Hello Teresa, many thanks for your memories of Aunt Esther. We have heard from numerous students who lives she touched and what a wonderful mentor she continued to be to them. Please join us on Sat Feb 13 at 10:00 for her service that will be live streamed. If you can't watch at that time it will be archived for later viewing. Patty Miller

Cathy Lemon

Posted at 12:36pm
Dear Family,

Dr. Winterfeldt was my advisor when I was at OSU completing my Masters Degree in Food and Nutrition Institutions Administration in the early 1980s. Since then I have enjoyed keeping up with her through annual Christmas letters. I am missing her Christmas card and greeting this year. She was a remarkable women who helped so many young people begin on their career paths. Through her letters I learned a little more about her than the side I saw as her student. Hopefully this message finds its way to her family. I am sending my sympathies and best wishes for the Holidays and be;yond. Cathy Lemon

Pam L Lunk Posted at 05:53pm

Thank you Cathy for your kind words. Esther always spent Christmas with her remaining sister and nieces. We missed having her this year. -Pam Lunk

Patty Miller Posted at 02:47pm

Hi Cathy, thank you for your memories of our Aunt. Please join us on Sat Feb 13 at 10:00 for her service that will be live streamed. If you can't watch at that time it will be archived for later viewing. Patty Miller

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