Manchester by the Sea — Stirling Auchincloss Winder died peacefully at her home in Manchester, MA, surrounded by family and friends on Saturday, July 28, 2012, after a lengthy and valiant struggle with Osteosarcoma. She was 26 years old.
She is survived by her parents John S. Winder of Annisquam, MA, and Betsy Winder of Manchester, MA, and her brother Alden S. Winder. She is also survived by her mother’s significant other, Jeff Hotchkiss and his daughters Courtney and Kinsey; her paternal grandmother, Mary S. Winder of New Haven, CT; her maternal grandmother Frances A. Thorington of Easton MD, and many, many aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends.
Stirling was employed by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in the NICU and was attending Northeastern University to complete her Pediatric Nurse practitioner degree. She was a 2008 graduate of the University of Vermont where she played Division 1 field hockey and a 2004 graduate of Governor Dummer Academy (now known as Governor’s Academy). Her selfless attitude toward life and all of those around her was evident in her relationships as a daughter, friend, teammate and nurse.
Her devotion to finding a cure for her cancer was so strong that it not only took her into nursing, but also led her to ride in the Pan Mass Challenge. Since 2009, she raised over $40,000 for cancer research. At her request, a fund for Osteosarcoma research has been created to continue her great work.
ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church, 705 Hale St., Beverly Farms, MA, Wednesday, August 8, 2012, at 11 a.m. Burial will be private. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to the Stirling A. Winder Fund at the Essex County Community Foundation, 175 Andover St., Danvers, MA 01923 or www.ECCF.org. Information, directions and condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.