John M. Winkler (1933 - 2015)

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John M. Winkler, 82, Hoovertown Road, Penfield, died Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at UPMC Shadyside after a lengthy illness.
Born March 6, 1933, in Force, he was the son of the late Frank and Stella Gusheroski Winkler. He was married to Agnes Serafini on April 24, 1954. She survives.
He lived most of his life in Bennett's Valley.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, achieving rank of Corporal.
He worked for Stackpole Carbon for 40 years and continued with Carbone of America Industries Corp. as a heavy equipment operator for several years.
John was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, where he was very active for many years. He was also a member of the Bennett's Valley American Legion, the Penfield Firemen's Club and the PA Wildlife Habitat Unlimited.
Throughout his lifetime he showed great determination and perseverance which were inspirational to others. John was a naturally artistic person and enjoyed drawing, playing the piano and dancing. He had a magnetic personality and generosity of spirit which fostered many cherished friendships. He truly loved the outdoors, his family and especially his time with his grandchildren.
Survivors also include four children: Paul (Constance) Winkler of Oakmont, Paulette Wallace of DuBois, Perry (Brian Musser) Winkler of Penfield, Denise (Richard) Watkavitch of Bennett's Valley; four grandchildren; and two sisters, Marguerite Cortina of Force and Mary Canton of Force.
He was also preceded in death by four brothers: Norman, Ralph, Carl and Frank Winkler Jr.
Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Friday, April 10, 2015, and from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 11, 2015, at the Ralph M. Geer Funeral Home, Penfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 11, 2015 at St. Joseph Catholic Church of Force. Military honors will be accorded by the Valley Legion Post 978 Burial Detail. Interment will be in St. Joseph Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the Myasthenia Gravis Association, 490 East North Ave., Suite 410, Pittsburgh, PA, 15212.

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Ralph M Geer Funeral Home
12045 Bennetts Valley Hwy
Penfield, PA 15849
(814) 637-5401
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Published in The Courier Express from Apr. 9 to Apr. 10, 2015
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