Helen Anne Winger Garber, 100

Helen Anne Winger Garber, 100, of North Manchester, Indiana, died at 3:10 am, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, at Timbercrest Healthcare Center in North Manchester.  She was born on Nov. 20, 1920, in Sweetser, to Lewis David and Gladys (Small) Winger.

Anne was a 1938 graduate of Sweetser High School, a 1950 graduate of Manchester College, and did her graduate work at I.P.F.W. She married James K. Garber at the Cart Creek Church of the Brethren, in Sweetser, on December 28, 1947; he died June 9, 2009. Anne served in the SPARS, the women's reserve unit of the US Coast Guard during WWII. She was stationed in New York City and lived with other SPARS in a hotel on Broadway and attended Norman Vincent Peale’s Marble Collegiate Church.

She was a talented second grade teacher at Thomas Marshall Elementary School for 18 years, retiring in 1983. She was known for using positive language with children and teaching them to love education and to work together as a little community.

After her retirement, Anne was a tutor at Manchester Elementary School. She was a member of the Manchester Church of the Brethren, the Women's Fellowship of the church, the Manchester Community Childcare Association, Manchester Women's Club, Manchester Teachers Association, and Wabash County Retired Teachers Association. 

She is survived by her daughter, Julie Garber of North Manchester; two daughters-in-law, Kathy Garber of North Manchester, and Deborah Nelson of Minneapolis, Minn.; four grandsons, Samuel (Claire) Garber of Minneapolis, Ezra (Candace) Garber of Boca Raton, Fla., Joel Garber of North Manchester, and Joshua (Rose) Garber of Liberty Mills; and nine great-grandchildren, Theo, Enzo, Emma, Jace, James, and Eva Garber, Gabe and Gunnar Erbaugh, and Melody Hatfield. 

She was also preceded in death by her parents, two sons, Christopher and Timothy Garber, daughter, Gloria Jan Garber, two brothers, Harold and Wayne Winger, and her sister, Evelyn Shaw.

There will be a memorial service at 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, at Manchester Church of the Brethren, North Manchester.  Friends may call 2-3 p.m. Saturday at the church. Arrangements by Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, North Manchester.

Preferred memorial is North Manchester Public Library Children's Program.

The memorial guest book for Anne may be signed at

Posted on 2021 Aug 11