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Jean Winchester


Jean passed away on May 22 in Rosebud, Australia, which would be May 21 in the United States.

Jean was born in Aberdeen, S.D. on August 7, 1942, to parents Lorna and Harley Winchester. Her mother had three children when she married Henry Stahla, who had four children. They also had four children together.

Jean became the first person in her family to receive her college education, bachelors, master's and PHD in mathematics. She attained her pilot's license at the age of 21.

She taught school in Washington State, Casper, Wyo., and Denver, Colo. In 1970 She saw an ad in the paper. New South Wales Australia was seeking qualified secondary teachers. They would pay her way to get there.

She began her teaching career in Sydney, Australia's Tenterfield Secondary School for two years. She decided to move to Melbourne in 1981 and began teaching in Cheltenham.

She met Tim Silver in 1983 and he remained her life long partner.

After she retired from teaching she joined her partner in his golf shop business in 1998. She visited Europe, China, Scandinavia and Greece. She continued her travels when she retired to Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil, Malaysia, Tasmania, NewZealand, South Africa, Hong Kong and Thailand.

Tim and Jean moved into their new home five years ago in McCrae, Australia, and four years ago she received her dual citizenship for Australia.

They visited Kimball for the last time in November 2016.

She will be sadly missed by her partner, Tim Silver of McCrae, Victoria, Australia, her siblings: Diane Stahla (Ray), Loveland,Colo., Jack Winchester, (Jeanie) Cheyenne, Wyo., George Stahla, (Maria) Chandler, Ariz., Norma Nail (John) Broomfield, Colo., Mar Hilkemeier (Rob), Glendale, Ariz., Ella Johnson, Henry Stahla (Ellen), Dave Stahla (Toni) and Dar Gardner, all of Kimball.

She will also be missed by many nieces and nephews.

Jean was preceded in death by her sister Rosie Walsh, and her parents Lorna and Henry Stahla and Harley Winchester.

We will have a memorial service for Jean at a later date so Tim can attend.


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