O’Grady, Sarah Dinah


October 15, 1967 — January 5, 2019

Sarah Dinah O’Grady, age 51, died of cancer on January 5 in Winona at the home she shared with her husband, Greg Wignes.

Sarah was born in Winona on October 15, 1967, the child of Marvin and Genevieve Jilk O’Grady. The fourth of six children, her childhood years were spent on the farm in Minnesota City. She was a prolific life participant in a life beset by health challenges. She was accomplished in the arts, especially stained glass. Her artistry included work in Winona; Acworth, Ga.; and Belfast, Northern Ireland. Music, animals, gardening and the great outdoors were lasting life interests. She was a passionate naturalist and an avid learner in a multitude of disciplines. She made the world more beautiful.

She is survived by her parents; husband; children from her marriage to Peter Quinn, Katy (Brian) Wishnow, and Sean Quinn; grandchildren, Quinn and Cullen Wishnow; siblings, Bernadette (Tom) DiMauro, Rebecca (Brent) Weiss, James, Joseph, Kate (Scott Jensen); mother-in-law, Beverly Wignes; sister-in-law, Lynette (Tad) Dunsworth; and Vincent Wolfe. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews for whom she was “the best Auntie,” including Olivia and Isabella DiMauro, Michael and Elisabeth Weiss, Seamus Novak O’Grady, Ryan Jensen, James and Samuel O’Grady, and Maleesa, Dyllon and Talori Dunsworth; along with many Jilk-O’Grady aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Mack Wishnow; godparents, Ceil and Phil Streng; and father-in-law, Lyle Wignes.

Relatives and friends are invited to gather and celebrate Sarah’s life at Alverna Hall, 1175 Wabasha Street, Winona, on Sunday, January 13, from 1-5 p.m. with a program of focused reflection and memory sharing at 3 p.m. To honor her memory, a bench will be placed at Lake Winona. The family is being assisted by Watkowski-Mulyck funeral home in Winona, https://www.watkowski-mulyck.com/.


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