Preparing Boys for Life

Albert R. Winther, Former Staff

Albert R. Winther passed away suddenly on February 10, 2021 at the age of 89.  He was the only child born to Emma and Albert Winther in 1931 during the Great Depression. He attended Frankford High School, graduating in 1949.  He served in the Army during the Korean War.  Upon his return he married the love of his life, Joan.  He then attended LaSalle College where he graduated in 1964. 

Al, as he was known professionally, enjoyed a lifetime career in tax and accounting.  He worked at Charles S. Rocky; Haskins & Sells; Episcopal Community Services and The Haverford School for Boys. He also co-owned HCL Accounting & Tax Service in Philadelphia.  Even after “retiring” he continued to do taxes until his death.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Joan, and his children Robert Winther (Karen Hensel) and Diane Misciagno (Nick).  He was the beloved “Poppy” to his 6 grandchildren: Nick Misciagno, Michael Misciagno (Jessica), Dan Winther, Stephen Winther (Alyson), Valerie Winther and Bobby Winther and his 3 great-grandchildren: Adriana Winther, Aubree Winther and SJ Winther, as well as 3 unborn great grandchildren expected this summer. 

Richard, as he was known to family, enjoyed frequent trips as a young boy with Uncle Ellwood in the 1940’s all across the United States creating lifetime memories.  These experiences introduced him to the love of travel that carried through the generations with both his children and great-grandchildren. Annual trips to Avalon were a family tradition as well as making sure every child and grandchild was given the opportunity to enjoy their personal favorite location – Hawaii. The memories of countless family vacations all around the country, particularly the National Parks, will be held in all our hearts forever.

Dick, as he was known to friends, was a long time Deacon and Treasurer at Disston Memorial Presbyterian Church in Tacony.  He worked tirelessly each year with the annual Deacon’s dinner and helped plan trips of adventure for the youth group when his children were involved. He was a scout leader with the local Cub Scout Troop 37 that met at Rhawnhurst Presbyterian Church for years well beyond the time his son, Robert, was a troop member.

Family was always the most important to him beginning at a young age where they gathered at “the Bungalow”. The “Dozen Cousins” who grew up together stayed close for their entire lives. In his own family he was a friend, teacher and guidance counselor for his children and grandchildren. He even spent time teaching each one of them how to drive.  His kindness and mentoring stretched beyond his family to so many he knew in life.  For those who were blessed to cross his path in this earthly world, we know part of him will continue to live in so many other lives.

A visitation for Albert is planned for Wednesday, February 17, 2021 from 10-11 am at Kirk & Nice Funeral Home.  Services will follow and be private. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to any of the following organizations:

Army Historical Foundation, P.O. Box 96281, Washington, DC 20090-6281

Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516

St. Jude’s Hospital for Children, ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

Caring for Friends, 12271 Townsend Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154-1288

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