Erika M. Winkler
1999 - 2016
Valley Funeral Home - Appleton
2211 N. Richmond St.
Appleton, WI
Winkler, Erika M.

Erika M. Winkler, age 17 of Appleton, fell asleep December 29, 2016 at her home. She was born January 28, 1999 in Neenah to John and Julie (Bourke) (Jackson) Winkler.

Erika loved to hunt with her dad and family. She enjoyed swimming, country music, her big truck, spending time with the cows on her favorite farm, theater, dance, playing guitar and piano. She loved God's Word and fellowship. Erika was a member of the Appleton Police Explorers. She made everyone smile and always helped people. She loved all her family and friends, it showed through with her beautiful smile, laughter and sense of humor.

Erika is survived by her parents; John and Julie, her brothers, Earl Jackson (fiancée: Amber Siebel), Adam Winkler and Cory Jackson; grandmother; Carol Winkler, her special niece: Kylie Knox and many, many aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives and friends. She was so loved by so many and nothing will ever fill that void.

She was preceded in death by her grandfathers; Carl Winkler and James Miller.

A memorial visitation for Erika will be at Valley Funeral Home, 2211 N. Richmond St., Appleton on Monday, January 2, 2017 from 4:00 PM until the time of the memorial services at 7:00 PM. Rev. Lyndon Sumlin will officiate. Inurnment will be private.

Erika wanted all to know…

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance

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It's really amazing that Erika was always smart and nice and however she was amazing for her amazing activities she done in her 17 years of her life in Appleton, Wisconsin. Erika will always be missed by her parents and her best friends. Rest In Peace in heaven Erika. ♥
May 14, 2019
Rest in Peace beautiful girl.
Appleton resident
January 21, 2017
Our daughter was also in choir with Erika. We are burdened for your loss and express our deepest sympathy for your pain and unconceivable heartache. We have and will continue to lift your family up in prayer believing God will carry you through the darkest and deepest valley.

Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in time of need.
James and Lisa Schuenke
January 6, 2017
John, Julie & Family,
I am so sorry to hear about Erika's passing.
She was a very sweet young lady that was happy and full of life. I'm sure God accepted her with open arms. May God bring your family comfort.
Bruce A. Meiers
January 5, 2017
My son met your beautiful daughter at Country USA last summer. He has fond memories of the camping, bon fires, parking cars, great music, comraderie, etc. with all of the Appleton Explorers. Our hearts pour out love and prayers from the Milwaukee area. May God bless and keep you close through these difficult times. She is in His arms, smiling, happy and at peace.
January 4, 2017
So very, very sorry. Our daughter is in Choir with your daughter, and although they didn't know each other well, we are heartbroken over your loss.
Wayne, Sandy & Kelsey Dwyer
January 4, 2017
Julie and Family

I know we haven't seen each other except in passing at dance recitals for quite awhile but I had to reach out. Even though I can't even begin to imagine your pain, as a mother I am dying inside for you. I wanted you to know I am praying for you all. She was a beautiful girl and I am sure will be dearly missed. I believe she is now in heaven and will be with you in spirit forever until you meet again. May God bless you and comfort you in the days to come. If you ever need someone to talk to you can find me on Facebook or Messenger.
Cathy and Steve Verhagen
January 2, 2017
I am so saddened to hear about Erika's passing. I always went into Baskin Robbins. She was so nice and very kind. She always had a smile. I always enjoyed her waiting me. May she rest in peace. Heaven gained a beautiful angel
January 2, 2017
We are very sorry for your loss. Prayers for healing at this difficult time.
Laura and Mike Meehan
January 2, 2017
I am so sorry for the loss of your daughter. My daughter met her and became friends through the Explorers program. She says she was always there for others. I cannot imagine your grief, but please take comfort knowing you raising a very caring young lady.
January 2, 2017
Julie, John, and family,

I am so very sorry for your tremendous loss! I can't find words that could possibly ease your pain during this time, and only hope that you can take comfort in being blessed with Erika for her short time here on our Earth and in knowing that she is resting peacefully and smiling among the other angels.

Although Erika was not my student, I did get to know her at Kaleidscope Academy, where she was "happy-go-lucky" and always smiling!

My sincere sympathy to you, your family, and the many who were fortunate enough to call Erkia "friend."

Ms. Denise McQuillen
January 2, 2017
Many months ago we took an immediate liking and admiration toward Erika as regular visitors to Apple City Restaurant and she was beginning her work there. We loved Erika and we hit it off from day one with her. We knew her aspirations and affectionately referred to her as "Officer Winkler" with a promise that she would give us a warning and not a ticket as a first offense. We love you Erika and we pray for you and your family.
Bob and Cathy Coffey
January 1, 2017
YOU WILL BE MISSED HUN... YOU HAD YOUR FUTURE AND DREAMS.. YOU WERE HARD WORKING AND MOTIVATIONAL... ALWAYS PUSHING ME TO MY LIMITS... You were always trying your best... AND I JUST WISH I COULD GO BACK AND SAY HOW MUCH YOU MEANT TO ME AND HOW MUCH I CARE FOR YOU... BECAUSE YOU WERE THERE WHEN NO ONE ELSE WAS.... I MISS YOU YOU WERE MY PARTNER IN CRIME FOR CLASS... The ray of sunshine to my gloomy days... MY RUN AWAY PARTNER AFTER 8th hour... you were there for me... and you showed me valuable lessons.... Showing me the way... know I will forever live under your wings from heaven... I know you'll watch over me ...and all of us who loved you dearly MAY GOD HAVE YOU IN HIS GLORY .... HE HAS GAINED A BEAUTIFUL ANGLE We will for ever have you in our hearts ❤
Dayana Martinez
January 1, 2017
John and Family....this must be a very sad time for you and your family. May God grant strength. We will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers. Steve & Barbara (Bailey) Belland
January 1, 2017
Erika You are such a beautiful girl I'm going to miss you during choir, during passing time hearing your beautiful voice in our concerts. you are now my guardian Angel that is in Heaven. The Winkler family I'm sorry for your loss. She will be miss by so many people.
kia mies
January 1, 2017
John and Julie, I am so sorry for your loss. Erika was a wonderful person.
Mike & Sue Rogers
January 1, 2017
We love you John and Julie and are continuing to pray for you.
Doug Chin
January 1, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. We met when my son William was dating Erika after a choir concert. My daughter Emmy was her "Secret Santa" in choir this year the week before Christmas. Erika was a beautiful girl, and my heart aches for all of your family. Nothing, not even death, will separate Erika from God. She is glowing in his hands now.
Sarah DeBruin
December 31, 2016
John and Julie, I am so sorry for your loss. Erika was an amazing young lady and had you both to thank for that. God just needed her bright smile in heaven. Praying for comfort for you and the family. Hugz-
Joelle Jahner
December 31, 2016
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