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.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Ms. LeCain was my absolute favorite teacher in the 9th grade at Valdese Junior High. Ms. LeCain had a fantastic outlook on everything, challenged me to think outside the box and how to look at life with a sense of humor. My spirit is saddened that I know she is gone, but her immortality lives in the hearts of those she taught, touched and enlightened. Thank you for sharing your life with us Ms. LeCain, if only for a moment.

Posted by Chana Seagle Van Meter    October 27, 2020

Lisa and Eric, seems like another universe ago since you were my students in band. I am sure this has been a really difficult week. I always thought your mother was such an interesting person, and yet when I read her obituary, I realized that I hardly knew her at all. What a great life! She experienced so much. I hope you will find solace in that. May God grant you his peace today and in the days to come, and may the good memories with your mother be a blessing to you.

Posted by Leonard Brendel - Drexel, NC - Friend   October 17, 2020

Lisa and Eric, I am so sorry for your loss. Your Mother was an Inspiration in my life from art class at Rutherford College through East Burke. We certainly lost a wonderful and talented individual. I will always remember spending Christmas of 1975 in Acapulco. Many happy thoughts and prayers for both of you in this sad time. Tim Icard

Posted by Tim Icard - Myrtle beach, SC - Friend   October 14, 2020

Bloom where you are planted
This was a verse that Ms LeCain used in our calligraphy class. She was a fun teacher, loved most of her students and teaching. Left a lasting impression. Prayers for God to bless her family.

Posted by P Sullivan    October 14, 2020

To the family,
I am sure you will have great anecdotes of Mrs. LeCain; she was an inspiring person, colorful teacher, and ingenious soul to whom those of us who were her students could look up to though she was small in stature.
She was so much fun in the drama at From this Day Forward. She always had a moment to help those of us new to the story gain perspective. Although given permission, I could not call her Helen, it seemed wrong.
As I shared with co-worker when I heard the news, she taught me things in school I did not realize until I needed it later in college.
Thank you for sharing Mrs. LeCain with us.

Posted by Candace Lowman Cox - Student   October 14, 2020