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Edwina "Winnie" Lorraine Persinger


Edwina “Winnie” Lorraine Persinger, 90, passed away April 2, 2023 at Methodist Hospital in Des Moines. Winnie was born on March 13, 1933 to her parents Donald and Emily (Heathcoat) Knox in Des Moines.


She went to East High and was crowned sports queen in 1949. During her time in school, she met the love of her life Robert John Persinger Sr. and they married in September 28, 1950. Of this marriage came 3 children, Bob Jr., Debbie, and Rick. They stayed local their whole lives and even stayed in the same neighborhood throughout, not counting the time they moved across the street. Winnie worked and retired from Dahls Grocery as a customer service clerk. She also worked for some time at a telephone company.


Winnie will be best remembered by her patience and motherly nature, she made sure everyone was loved and cared for. Whenever you needed someone to be there for you, she would be the one to turn to. Her home was the gathering place for many and everyone was welcomed. She attended every sporting event to support her family. You would never leave her house hungry as she was one of the best cooks around. Many close to her would receive homemade gifts, sewing was a favorite hobby. She added a personal touch on anything she could. She will also be remembered for her classy style as her hair and outfits would be so elegantly put together. Most importantly the amount of love she had for her husband, kids, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren will forever be cherished.


Surviving are her husband of over 70 years Bob Persinger Sr.; son Bob Persinger Jr. (Paula); daughter Debbie Paullin; son Rick Persinger (Leslie). Grandchildren; granddaughter Ashley Paullin, grandson Ryan Paullin and his son Ronan, grandson Dakota Persinger, granddaughter Sierra Young (Matt) and their children Abel and Vada, grandson Buck Persinger (Destinee) and their children Carter, Harrison, Aubree and Cleo, grandson Charles Armstrong (Tammie) and their children Ayumi, Ronan, and Emi, grandson Stephen Armstrong (Trang) and their children Jacqueline, Riley, and Ella, niece June Canfield, and many other beloved friends and family members.


Winnie is preceded in death by her parents Donald and Emily Knox, brother Don Knox, brother Bob Knox, sister Sandy Jacobs and cat Jinxy.


Memorial contributions can be made to Bob Persinger Sr. in loving memory of Edwina “Winnie” Persinger

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