Barbara Winterbauer

Print Obituary
Barbara T. Winterbauer, nee Zipfel, 90, of Freeburg, IL, born May 15, 1930, in Freeburg, IL, died Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, O’Fallon, IL.

Barb was a devoted mother, quilter, baker, and lucky gambler.  She was known by many within her community. She enjoyed her later years sitting on her porch talking to those passing by. She was a lifetime member of St. Joseph parish in Freeburg, IL.  Barb will be deeply missed by her friends and family.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Robert C. Winterbauer, whom she married on July 2, 1949, and who died on August 9, 1997; her parents, Alfred and Anna, nee Becker, Zipfel; four sisters, Esther Reuter, Angeline Koesterer, Jeanette Zipfel and Dorothy Holst; and two brothers, Mark Zipfel and Roger Zipfel; and a daughter-in-law, Kris Winterbauer.

Surviving are three sons, Wayne (Kathy) Winterbauer of West Mifflin, PA, Mark Winterbauer of Freeburg, IL, and John (Lisa) Winterbauer of Freeburg, IL; four grandchildren, Melissa, Allison, Jacob and Scott Winterbauer; four great-grandchildren, Kai and Edie Vetter, and Landon and Olivia Kieler; a sister-in-law, Holly Zipfel; and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: A private visitation will be held Saturday, November 14, 2020, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 14, 2020, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Freeburg, IL, with Father Von Deeke officiating. Standard CDC guidelines, including masks and a limited number of visitors at any one time will be observed.

Burial will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Freeburg, IL.


17 Comments on Barbara Winterbauer

Janet Baechle said : Guest Report Nov 20, 2020 at 1:02 AM

I was so sorry to see this. I loved Barb. We always had such fun sitting at Gary's. She had such a great sense of humor and was so much fun to sit and talk with.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Tina Fernandez Rowden said : Guest Report Nov 19, 2020 at 11:36 AM

Dear Winterbauer family My sympathy to you all at this sad time. Your mom was a special lady. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Scott and Dottie Huwer said : Guest Report Nov 15, 2020 at 11:57 AM

Your mom was a lovely lady. She always had a smile for everybody. So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Scott, Dottie, Russ, Tim, Betty Huwer and Sandi Waeltz

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Mark & Sharon Gaubatz said : Guest Report Nov 14, 2020 at 9:27 PM

Mark, so sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. Our prayers & thoughts are with you. ?

  • Columbia
  • IL
Terry Pierpoint Pennebaker said : Guest Report Nov 14, 2020 at 5:06 PM

Our family is so sorry for the loss of Barb. My mother, Julie Pierpoint, my sister Renee and I would go to dinner after church at Gary’s and your mom would be there. She was the sweetest woman and did have a great sense of humor. She will be truly missed.

  • Smithton
  • IL
Earl Rudy said : Guest Report Nov 14, 2020 at 7:20 AM

Condolences to the family. Barb was a sweet person with a sense of humor. She always treated me like her own son. God bless you all

  • Freeburg
  • Il
Karen Wolf said : Guest Report Nov 13, 2020 at 2:11 PM

I'm so sorry to hear about Dear Barbie. She was one of my Dad Butch's oldest friends (since grade school!) and our whole family just loved her. I will always remember her big heart, sense of humor and delicious Christmas cookies. Please accept my condolences.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Tess Schlesinger said : Guest Report Nov 12, 2020 at 10:57 PM

Mark, Melissa and family, John, Lisa and family, Wayne, Kathy and family, Our deepest sympathy to all. Mark, you always had a good story to tell us while taking care of your mom when she needed you. Glad you boys were all able to be with her when she passed. She will be missed dearly. Tess, Heather and Andy

  • New Athens
  • IL
Tom Hill said : Guest Report Nov 12, 2020 at 7:20 PM

Sorry for your loss.

  • Freeburg
  • Illiterate
Amanda Huffman said : Guest Report Nov 12, 2020 at 4:36 PM

I’m truly sorry for your families loss she was a great woman & person

  • Freeburg
  • IL
John Horvath said : Guest Report Nov 12, 2020 at 4:28 PM

Sorry to hear about your mom's passing. She was fun to be around. Jack and Pat Horvath

  • Bowie
  • Maryland
ShirleneKassing said : Guest Report Nov 12, 2020 at 8:40 AM

Please accept my sympathy on the death of your mom . I have fun memories of her from the drum corps days .

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Karla And Ryan Schlesinger said : Guest Report Nov 11, 2020 at 5:23 PM

So sorry to hear of your mom Passing. She was a sweet lady. Rich loved her too. Our saddest and sincerest sympathy. We miss you Mark. Come see us.

  • Prairie du Rocher
  • Il
Jeanne Jansen said : Guest Report Nov 11, 2020 at 4:29 PM

So sorry for your loss Mark, Wayne and John. She was a beautiful lady. My sympathy to you and your families.

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Jim & Jackie Porth said : Guest Report Nov 11, 2020 at 4:11 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family and friends of Barb. She was a great lady, friend, and neighbor. She will be missed by many. Rest In Peace Barb.

  • Abilene
  • Texas
Janet M Thrasher said : Guest Report Nov 11, 2020 at 2:25 PM

So sorry John, Mark and Wayne. I will miss her so much. She loved you guys dearly. Just glad she never had to go to the nursing home. RIP my dear friend....

  • Freeburg
  • IL
DEBI BOEVING said : Guest Report Nov 11, 2020 at 1:49 PM

Was so sorry to hear about your mom's passing. I know that you guys will miss her.

  • Smithton
  • IL

Add Public Condolence

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked.