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Wineburner, Nicholas “Nick”

d. August 9, 2010

Nicholas “Nick” Wineburner age 57, of Petersburg, IL passed away on August 5, 2010 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

Survived by Wife: Sandra “Sandy” Hall Wineburner Daughter _ Elizabeth Wineburner of Bloomington

Two Sons : Brandon Funkhouser of Petersburg

Rob McMillan of Milstadt

Father : Russell (Betty) Wineburner of Granite City Granddaughter : Hannah Funkhouser

Two Brothers : Edward (Marsha) Wineburner of Staunton

Joseph Wineburner of Granite City

Several Nieces & Nephews

Mr. Wineburner was born January 4, 1953 in Staunton, IL the son of Russell and Bernice Jarden Wineburner.

He is preceded in death by his mother Bernice Shepherd.

Nick was a graduate from Staunton High School. He was an excellent Track Star in High School and held many track records.

Nick previously had served in the Air National Guard. He was a graduate of Lincoln Land Community College in the Respiratory Therapy School.

He was an avid sports fan especially a huge St. Louis Cardinals fan. He loved to play pool and listen to Jazz and blues music. Nick loved poetry and loved being with his family. He enjoyed coaching youth baseball, football and soccer.

Nick worked as a supervisor for the State of Illinois since 1993 for the Department of Healthcare and Family Services Child Support Enforcement Call Center.

He had previously worked as a Nursing Home Administrator and also for St. Frances Hospital : Litchfield, IL as a Respiratory Therapist and department head.

Visitation will be held on Sunday from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens and where funeral service will be held on Monday at 10:30 AM.

Dave Poeschel will be officiating. Burial will be at West Cemetery in Athens Memorials to “IAVA” Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America


  1. I only had the opportunity to work and know Nick for the last five months but he was a good supervisor who was always there to help with a smile (or a joke). He and I talked sports comparing his Cardinals to my White Sox on a daily basis. He will be missed by those of us who work in the Call Center. I only wish I could have known him longer. My condolences to family and friends.

  2. Please accept my sincere condolences on your loss of Nick. Nick was a great guy, willing to do anything for anyone. I had known Nick since he started at DCSE and he was always a really nice person, he will be truly missed! I am so very, very sorry.

  3. To Nick’s family, please accept my deepest sympathies. I worked with and for Nick at the call center and Nick was the best kind of supervisor who always had time for his people and friends. He was willing to help and take time for whomever had a question. What a great loss for his family, coworkers and the State of Illinois. Nick was truly a gentleman who genuinely cared and worked for his clients and his employer.

    John Peart 51 Purvis Ln McRae, GA 31055

  4. Sandy and family, We never met but I heard Nick talk about all of you so many times. I work with Nick at Child Support. Thursday was such a shock for everyone at work. The Call Center was literally shut down all day due to staff not being able to work because they were devastated by the loss of Nick. Nick was truly a kind person. His presence will be missed. I can’t imagine the pain you and your family are going through but I hope you take solace in knowing that Nick touched so many lives and talked so highly of his family all of the time. I know Nick was an introspective person and truly thought about living life to the fullest and has done that. The last conversation I had with Nick we talked about his vision for the call center and he was thinking about bidding on the manager job and wanted to know my thoughts. During the discussion he talked about his family, his health and how they all weighed on his decision. He put his family first and that is truly a gift to have had in your life. I am sorry that he was taken so early from all of us. The care and concern that he showed for all of us at work will truly be missed. Please know that we will not forget Nick and the impact that he has had on all of our lives. Mary

  5. I am thinking of you in this time of sorrow.

  6. I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Nick. I worked with him in Hillsboro with the youth sports association. He was of great assistance to me and my family when it came time to place my mother in a nusing home. It was a difficult time for me, but Nick made the process much easier. I will always remember him for his help. My prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

    John R. Gusick and family

  7. I was very sorry to hear about Nick. My deepest sympathy. I worked for him at the Call center 2003-2004 era. Always enjoyed talking with him and enjoyed his company. He was a great guy. So sorry.

  8. Nick Wineburner was in fact one of the finest track athletes Staunton High ever produced. Watching Nick fly down the old cinder track in what I believe was his specialty, the 220-yard dash, was a sight to behold. His feats in the long jump were also a pleasure to watch. Thanks for the memories, Nick…

  9. Nick and I were friends in Junior High.I have a very fond memory of attending a dance at the Staunton Country Club, where Nick asked me to dance.The song was one by Santo and Johnny. I was mesmerized.I believe at that point he became my “boyfriend”.It is one of those childhood memories I have always cherished. I moved to Collinsville sometime later that year. Although we did not keep in touch ,I always rememembered his sweet smile and sweet disposition. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

  10. I recently read of Nick’s passing in the Staunton Star-Times. His mother Bernice was my first cousin. Although I mostly knew Nick as a young person, he was extremely helpful when my mother Leona needed to move, providing physical and emotional support. My sincere condolences to you on your loss.

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