Lillian Gertrude Winkler
Lillian Gertrude Winkler
  • June 18, 1920 - December 31, 2017
  • Temple, Texas

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Lillian Gertrude Winkler, age 97, passed away peacefully at her home in Temple surrounded by her family on Sunday, December 31, 2017. She was born on June 18, 1920 in The Grove, Texas to John Henry Winkler and Ida Minnie Urbantke. Sadly, her father died before she was born, so she was raised by her mother Ida and sisters Ruth Winkler and Lucille Winkler who all preceded her in death. She married Ernest H. Winkler on February 24, 1946 after he returned home from 4 years in the US Army Corp of Engineers in Europe during WWII. She enjoyed many years of peaceful retirement after working for health care agencies for 30 years in Port Arthur and Temple, Texas. She is survived by her husband, Ernest, sons Larry E. Winkler (Diann) and Dennis Winkler (Pennie), daughter Kathy Wright Winkler, grandchildren John Winkler, Lori Shafer, and Jennifer Lothringer, great-grandchildren Madison Shafer and Luke Lothringer, and many nieces and nephews. The family will greet friends during a viewing on Thursday, Jan 4th from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Crawford-Barrows Funeral Home on 31st Street. Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 5, 2018 at 11:00 am at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Temple. A viewing will be held from 10:30-11:00 am with a reception following the funeral service. All are also invited to attend the gravesite service at Bellwood Cemetery at 1:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Lillian's name to Immanuel Lutheran Ministries or Lutheran Foundation of Texas.