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WINKLER, Susan Kathleen 71, formerly of Easton and Oak Bluffs, passed away July 22nd after a long illness. She was always known by her middle name of Kathleen, since her mother, also named Susan, had a family tradition that the first-born daughter was always given that name. Kathleen was born April 7, 1945 in Washington D.C. near where her father, Anton Winkler, was stationed during the war. The family settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she attended public schools, but by ninth grade she had the opportunity to attend St. Helen's School in England, where she thrived in the arts and language programs. High school was followed by two more years in England at Nottingham College of Art, and after that, a B.A. degree in English Literature and Language from Boston University. Though she was devoted to creative prose and poetry, her career diverged into the world of finance and investment, where she wrote and managed shareholder reports, newsletters and investment marketing for Putnam, the Keystone Fund Group, Boston Safe Deposit and Trust, The Boston Financial Group, Doremus/Boston and other major companies and banks in New England. Kathleen also wrote articles that appeared in Registered Representative, Personal Investing, Medical Economics, Boston Woman and Women's Yellow Pages. Her knowledge of markets and finance was largely self-taught, but her approach to the usually dry field of financial reports was to infuse them with bits of humor and literary references. A quarterly mutual fund report by her would invariably include a reference or a quote from Shakespeare, Whitman or Twain. Her writing and editing skills also earned her the gratitude of several condo and homeowner associations, where she lived, taking minutes of meetings at lightning speed in shorthand, as well as serving as editor of the Sitzundjiber Social Group Newsletter for many years. Kathleen's travels took her all over Europe, to the old Soviet Union countries, and the Galapagos Islands, but her favorite home away from home was Martha's Vineyard. She will be missed by many friends on both sides of the Atlantic, and is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Allan and Joann Winkler of Medford. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Ellie Fund at elliefund.org.
Published in The Boston Globe from July 31 to Aug. 1, 2016
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