Fr. Michael Winkowski, C.PP.S.

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“We miss Father Mike at our family gatherings hearing his wonderful voice filled with such joy and love. May he continue to rest in peace with all...Read More »
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“Father Mike is missed by all our family. Peace ”
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“Peace. ”
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“Fr. Mike was my sixth grade teacher at St. Anthony de Padua. He was a great teacher (even though as a student I hated being in school). He was also...Read More »
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“Winnie....you were a great friend and classmate...no one ever had a more wonderful smile than you. And all the residents of Merlini Hall second floor...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Dennis Lavery - Portland, OR

“Father Mike was a great person. There was not a subject that he would discuss. He filled in at our 11:00 mass and he also had mass at Jellystone Park...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Marge Dudy - Koontz Lake, IN

“Father Mike was so eager and happy to be with family whenever possible. We will cherish our memories of times with him. May he rest in peace. ”
7 of 13 | Posted by: Angela Felabom - Granger, IN

“I am saddened by the passing of Fr. Mike. While I did not know him closely, he was an inspiration. On occasion I attended Masses he celebrated at St....Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Greg Lenburg - Plymouth, IN

“Father Mike was our first priest when we moved to Walkerton. My husband, Mike and he clicked right away. He often came to our home for dinner and...Read More »
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10 of 13 | Posted by: Carol Shamory

“Fr. Mike celebrated the his first marriage ceremony in our family at our wedding 42 years ago. Since his retirement, he was finally able to join in...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Edwina Ward - Battle Creek, MI

“Fr. Mike served as priest, chaplain, spiritual director, and very close friend as he and I ministered together for the Poor Handmaids of Jesus...Read More »
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“Though I didn't get to know him very well in the time he spent across the hall from my dad at Heritage Manor, I feel blessed that I did get to meet...Read More »
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Fr. Michael Winkowski, C.PP.S., died Friday morning, November 8, 2013, in Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Minster, Ohio, where he made his home. He had been in ill health in recent months.

He was born February 22, 1943, in South Bend, Ind., the only child of Clem and Ethel (Piech) Winkowski. He entered the Missionaries of the Precious Blood in 1960 at St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Ind., and was ordained on June 13, 1970.

Fr. Winkowski was active in parish ministry and education ministry throughout much of his life as a priest. Parishes where he ministered in the 1970s included St. Bernard, Presentation, and Our Lady of Victory, all in Detroit. There he was active in ministry to African-American Catholics and oversaw a neighborhood outreach program that provided food to the poor.

In 1981, he was appointed to Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Ind., as an instructor. He later taught at St. Anthony of Padua School in South Bend.

Most recently, Fr. Winkowski was in parish ministry at St. Patrick Church in Walkerton, Ind. Since 2005, poor health kept him from full-time ministry.

Fr. Winkowski was an amiable man who loved being a pastor and a teacher, said Fr. Ken Pleiman, C.PP.S., who was ordained the same year. "He was very knowledgeable about the Church and our faith, and he liked to share it," Fr. Pleiman said. "He was a good singer who loved to sing, especially liturgical music and spirituals."

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, at 2 p.m. in Assumption Chapel, St. Charles Center, Carthagena, Ohio, with the Rev. Larry Hemmelgarn, C.PP.S., presiding. Calling be held at St. Charles on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, from 1–5 and 7–9 p.m. with a wake service at 7 p.m.