Helen Marie Winder

Helen Marie Winder
February 21, 1922 – March 29, 2015

Helen Winder, 93, of Bryan, passed away on Sunday, March 29 in her home. A visitation will be from 6 to 8pm, Tuesday, March 31, at St. Michael’s Academy Chapel, 2402 South College Ave in Bryan. Funeral service will be at 11am, Wednesday, April 1 at Our Saviours Lutheran Church, 1001 Woodcreek Drive, College Station. Interment will be in the College Station City Cemetery. Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral Home and Crematory.

Helen was born in Bellville, Austin County, Texas to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Viereck. She married the love of her life L.E. “Skeeter” Winder Jr., September 24, 1949. Helen was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and always remained strong in her faith. She was employed with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service where she worked 20 years after retiring in 1990. In her early years, she followed L.E. around the country side watching him play softball. She was an avid sports fan, enjoyed watching her grandkids and great grandkids play sports, and had a passion for Aggie baseball. She enjoyed the outdoors and especially fishing. Any one that knew her, knew what a selfless and compassionate person she was; always putting others in front of herself. She had a tremendous zest for life and somehow always knew what to say and how to fix things. Her greatest joy was her family. Her grandkids and great grandkids have always been the love of her life. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend.

She is preceded in death by her parents; Walter and Emma Viereck, Sister, Leona Mae Frank, Brother, Jimmy Viereck, and beloved husband L. E. Winder Jr.

She is survived by her son Clay Winder; her grandchildren Nikki Winder, Dusty Winder and Erin Prihoda, Shaun Winder and his wife Michelle; Great-Grandchildren; Colten, Coy, Shelby, and Cami Winder.

Helen’s family would like to thank all the caregivers that helped love and care for her, especially Lisa, Shira, and Carol who have been such a blessing. Also, her family would like to share their sincere appreciation to Hospice Brazos Valley for making these last few days of Helen’s life a respectful passing and honoring her as a person.

Expression of condolences can be made at callawayjones.com


  1. Oh my goodness Helen…I cannot believe you’ve headed to Heaven. Seems like yesterday you, Ruthie and Lena were making sure I didn’t wear loafers to work. 🙂 You taught me how to do payroll and so many other things I still adhere to this day. I am lucky to have known you-always dressed to the nines, always so gracious, always the lady. Godspeed. Smile upon us once in awhile so we’re reminded of who we should aspire to be. Many hugs to your family as they walk this road of such sadness but with the grace you gave them. Bethe

  2. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you Clay and your family for the loss of your mother. Aunt Helen was a very kind person who was there for anyone who needed help. She will be missed by all. A big loss for all of us but a big gain for God in His Kingdom. Aunt Helen will finally reunite with your Dad, Aunt Mae and my Dad and all the family and friends in Heaven.

    God Bless Aunt Helen !

  3. She was a great lady, I am sorry for your loss. Thinking of you guys. All of the Thornton’s are thinking of you guys.

  4. I was privileged to meet Helen early in my 30-year career with The Texas A&M University System. She was a consummate lady and gentle soul.

  5. Clay I am sorry for your loss. You probably don’t know who I am. I am James Bundren’s little sister-in-law (Beverly’s sister). May God provide peace and comfort to you and your family. Lynn and Jan Winn

  6. My Condolences, i knew Helen through Leona, during the time she spent with her sister at the Carriage Inn , they always where happy and both had beautiful smiles that will never be forgotten.

  7. 4/1/15
    Clay and Nikki
    (I have addressed you because you are the ones I have known – well, not forever, but for more than
    40 years -Nikki, surely you can’t be that old) I was sorry to learn of Helen’s passing. May her memory be for blessing.
    Best regards
    Allen Segal

  8. We are so sorry for your loss. Helen was a wonderful person and will be missed by the many people who knew and loved her. I will always remember her coming into Citizens Bank with L.E back in the 80’s. The two of them together were a shining example to us all.

  9. Clay and family,
    We were sorry to hear of Helen’s passing. Although we did not know her well we enjoyed the few times we were with her and know she was cheerful and caring. You will be in our thoughts and

  10. Clay, Nikki, Shaun & Dusty, very sorry for your loss, a mother/grandmother, can not be replaced. I know how it is, I battle with my mother’s aging process ever week. After watching mother, I can say that Aunt Helen is now in a much better place, and with people I’m certain she is very happy to see after all these years. It was a very nice service today. RIP Helen….God Speed. wTw

  11. Clayton, thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this sad time. I know your mother was much loved and will be missed by all.

  12. Clay and family, I was sad to hear of your mother’s passing. She was always so sweet and kind to me and Kim. I remember running into her throughout all these years and she always was so friendly. I will always think of her and our younger years on Culpepper Drive.

  13. For 16 years, once a month I would travel from my home in Arlington and later Abilene for our monthly staff meetings at TEEX. An absolute highlight of every trip was getting to visit with Helen Winder, who always made me feel so like family. She was so loving and endearing, and had a way of making you smile even when at times there were not many reasons to do so. Helen was one of the classiest persons I’ve ever known, and I am blessed along with so many of her beloved friends and family to have known her and been enriched by her. God bless Helen and her entire Winder and TEEX/TAMU families.


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