Annie Monique Winters, 63, of Harvey’s Lake, was taken from us far too soon on January 14th at Jefferson Medical Center in Philadelphia after a brief but courageous battle with cancer.
Annie was born in the beautiful Wyoming Valley on October 4, 1955. She was preceded in death by her Mother, Mildred Sampson Winters and Father, Walter Winters. Annie is survived by her love, best friend and soulmate, Gary Evans. Loving Cousins, Mark Smocynski of West Chester, Joan Irving of Seattle, Washington and Sharon Troynacki of Pittston and extended family and friends.
Annie, was an avid horse lover. She was a talented and outstanding rider who successfully competed at major events and championships in her youth. In her teens, she was a fixture in the thoroughbred racing scene in the Tri-State Area. Annie, along with her parents owned and trained several prize winning horses including her cherished “Black Comic.”
She was a member of Our Lady of Victory Church, Harvey’s Lake. Annie attended the parochial schools of St. Hedwigs and Gate of Heaven. She was an honor student and 1973 graduate of Dallas High School. After high school, she followed her equine passion and accepted a training position at a horse ranch in Florida. After a few years she returned to her beloved hometown of Harvey’s Lake.
Annie was a professional mixologist, had a passion for cooking and is credited for creating many Epicurean masterpieces in food and cocktails. Annie was a well-known respected longtime bartender around the Valley since the late 1970’s. Known by many and loved by all who met her as devoted loyal friend, amateur therapist and peacekeeper. Friends will remember her infectious laugh, quick witty humor and smiling face as she served up good times and cocktails at Mickey Finns, Murphy’s, The Cracker Box, Dallas American Legion, and Fishtales Bar & Grill, Harvey’s Lake.
Annie was a music lover and musician. She played her Martin guitar, the harmonica and enjoyed traveling to week long Blue Grass Festivals. Beautiful Annie will be sadly missed but fondly remembered as fiercely independent, generously giving of herself and above all else for her kind hearted soul. She leaves us with many wonderful memories.
A Memorial Service will be held in “Romayne’s Ballroom” at the Lakeside Skillet on Sunday, January 27th at 5pm with Rev. Mr. Thomas Cesarini, Deacon, officiating . All who loved her are welcome to attend.
Arrangements are by the Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home, Inc., corner of routes 29 and 118, Pikes Creek.