Helen Winkler LeCain

  • Born: September 24, 1930
  • Died: October 9, 2020
  • Location: Valdese, North Carolina

Heritage Funeral Service

1507 E. Main Street
Valdese, NC 28690

Tel. (828) 874-0411

Tribute & Message From The Family

Helen Winkler LeCain, 90, of Valdese, passed away on Friday, October 9, 2020 at CMC Blue Ridge following a period of declining health.
Helen was born September 24, 1930 in Alexander County to the late Harrison Winkler Sr. and Kathleen Chadwick Winkler. Helen LeCain grew up in Lenoir where she went to Lenoir High School excelling in Art and Music. She went on to UNC then to Peabody Conservatory of Music where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree. She later studied at John Hopkins in Baltimore and ASU in Boone where she got her Master's degree in Art and a PHD in Education. She was an educator working in numerous schools around Burke County including Rutherford College Elementary, Valdese Junior High, East Burke High School, Freedom High school, and Heritage Middle school. She also spent several years teaching in Shenyang and Bejing China. Through her years as a teacher she taught Art, Music, World History, and worked with multiple Drama programs. She herself was an accomplished painter with paintings still hanging in churches around Burke county. She was a well known church pianist and played cello in the hickory symphony and was percussionist with the Charlotte and North Carolina symphonies. She was a published poet and writer, and later in life attained a certification in computer animation and graphic arts. As an actress she had multiple roles in plays including "From this day Forward" and "Arsenic and Old Lace". She traveled the world visiting over 40 countries on all seven continents and participated in several archeological digs in both Egypt and Turkey. She well known for her quick wit, funny stories and love of the church.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brothers, Harrison Winkler Jr., and Joseph Winkler.
She is survived by her daughter, Lisa LeCain; son, Eric LeCain, previous husband, Robert LeCain; and nieces, Ann Winkler and Sue Winkler.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service with Rev. Jim King and Rev. Michael Duncan officiating. Entombment will follow at Burke Memorial Park.
The body will lie-in-state on Friday, October 16, 2020 from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese.
An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com
Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family.