Sally J. Bell, 62 of Eau Claire passed away unexpectedly of heart failure on Monday, March 20, 2017 at her home.

Sally was born on January 26, 1955 to Elmer and Winifred (Garnett) Winrich in Eau Claire.  She was the youngest of four children.  Sally was raised in Eau Claire, graduating from North High School in 1974.  Sally married John “Jack” Bell in October of 1972.  Together they had 5 children, she and Jack later divorced. 

Sally worked for Safe at Home Senior Care.  Here Sally could care for clients, allowing them to continue to live in their own homes.  She loved this job along with her clients.  Sally had a love for cats and pug dogs.  She loved the State of Florida, especially Disney World.  In her spare time, Sally enjoyed scrapbooking, and going to listen to her favorite band “The Commotions” when they played in Eau Claire.  She also loved her lunch and movie dates with her grandkids. 

Sally is survived by her children, Jennifer Rosciszewski of Eau Claire, Jackie (Rob) Mickelson of Eau Claire, Amy (Jestin) Shantz of Knoxville, TN, Kevin Bell (Becca Miller) of Chippewa Falls, and Chelsea Bell (Justin Colletti) of Greenfield, WI; grandchildren, Lance, Brandon, Travis Jr., Aeriqa, Emily, Zach, Blake, Chase, Max, Makenzie, and Finn; brother, Jim Winrich; sister-in-law, Linda Menard; brother-in-law, Larry Wright; cat, Sparky; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Sally was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Mary Kragness and Kathleen Wright; sister-in-law, Kris Winrich; and cats, Leon and Bud.

Memorial services will be Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 1:00 pm at Smith Funeral Chapel with Rev. Julianne Lepp officiating.  Visitation will begin two hours prior to the service at the funeral home on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorial are preferred.  Friends and family may leave online condolences at


  1. Awhhh Sally!! I still can’t believe you are gone. I catch myself planning lunches/dinners with you in my head, writing your name to send texts and messages, waiting for you to pick up the book, getting ready to call you. And then comes the brutal gut-punch of reality.

    I know I am not alone. There are so many people over the years whose lives you’ve touched and made better. I can only say now that I’m grateful mine was one of them. I will always love you sister-cousin! ❤❤

  2. Sally your smiling face and laughing voice were always so welcome in our office. We are going to miss our Grandma Sally very much. You touched so many lives. I honored to know you for just a short time but I will always remember you. God speed dear woman.

  3. Though I haven’t seen Sally in a long time, I will always remember her kind and gentle ways and the lovely family she raised. I’m glad she was part of my life. Praying for each of you at this difficult time. (I will not be able to attend the memorial as I will be out of town… but will be thinking of you.)
    Janet Krause

  4. Gonna miss you grandma you were supposed to go to monks with your grandson Lance 🙁 I’ll tell you about my adventures when I see you in heaven love ya!

  5. I remember Sally as such a sweet lady, always with a smile. So sorry for your loss. I pray for God’s comfort at this difficult time.

  6. Mom….I love you, I miss you so much, I wish I had told you I love you more,given you more hugs,told you I’m sorry. May you rest in peace mom, you are loved by more people then you could know.
    Love your son Kevin

  7. “Oh death how great is thy sting!” It is so difficult to imagine that you are gone. My heart hurts for all who loved you, especially your family, and me! Goodbye, Sally. I love you, sweet friend! BJ

  8. As neighbors of Jennifer and family, we had the opportunity to meet and talk with Sally over the years. We were so sorry to hear of her sudden passing, and extend our deepest sympathy to the whole extended family and friends. Praying for God’s comfort as you grieve.

  9. I’ve seen Sally around in my life growing up. She’s a great person and will forever be missed. I send my condolences to all of her loved ones.

  10. I am so sorry to hear that Sally has passed. I loved working with her at Target many moons ago. She was always upbeat, joyful, and smiling. God bless her memory, and may all of you find comfort.

  11. Wow I can’t believe your gone I just ran into at Wal-Mart. You will be remembered and in my thoughts! Kristina heatherwood

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