She was a very devoted, loving mother and grandmother. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 54 years, Wayne C. Harkness; daughter, Sharon H. Sifnakis; granddaughter, Shelly Harkness Holdren; brother, LaRue Avery; niece, Debra Haxton.
Winifred is survived by children: Roger (Sandra) Harkness, Troy, PA; and their children: Stephanie (Brett) Bentley; Diane (Jim) Greene, Gillett, PA; and their children: Robert Bones, Marcy Bones and Jael Greene (fiancée Eddie Klecha); Renee (Jeffrey) Shanahan, Ashburn, VA; and their children: Chelsea (Ryan) Lumpkin and Olivia Shanahan, all of Ashburn, VA; son-in-law, Michael Sifnakis and his children: Peter Sifnakis (Janine Sante), William Sifnakis (Karen Vallejos) and Christopher Sifnakis (Jennifer); sister: Joyce (Richard) Berry, Gillett, PA; and their children: Pam (Jim) Updike; special sister-in-law: Dora Ann Avery ,Gillett, PA; and her children: Randy (Mary Ellen) Avery and Rod (Sandy) Avery; along with 12 great grandchildren, a great great grandson, several nieces and nephews.
Winnie was a long standing and faithful member of the Gillett Baptist Church and a dedicated member of the American Baptist Women's Organization.
Funeral service was held April 4 at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. Elmira/Southport, NY with Pastor Mickey Cavanaugh officiating.
Interment followed in the Gillett Cemetery where she will be laid to rest with her beloved Wayne. Memorial donations may be directed to the Gillett Baptist Church 33241 Route # 14 Gillett, PA 16925. Winifred's guestbook may be signed in obituaries at www.olthof.com