Obituary: Roger J. Winkel, 91, Beloved Father Of James Winkel

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Dec 302018

Roger J. Winkel, 91, of Manchester, formerly of Storrs, passed away peacefully on December 28, 2018. Born in Lakewood, OH, son of the late Nicholas and Florence (Sheak) Winkel, and husband to the late Patricia (Lombardo) Winkel, his beloved wife of 37 years.   

Roger served in the Army and was part of the Allied Occupation of Germany after World War II.

Roger graduated from the University of Detroit and initially worked for U.S. Steel Corporation in Cleveland Ohio, where he met and married his wife Patricia, the great love of his life.  They moved to Connecticut in 1961 where he worked for 30 years in Marketing at Rogers Corporation until his retirement. A devout Catholic, he was a longtime parishioner at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Storrs where he was an active member of the Round Table and a Eucharistic minister.

Roger was known for being a gentleman and for his dry wit. He enjoyed bicycling and traveling and participated in several biking tours throughout the United States and Europe. He especially enjoyed spending time during the winter with family on Sanibel Island, Florida.

He is survived by his daughters, Julianne Winkel, of Vernon, Susan Winkel and her husband, David Crockett, of Branford, and his son, James Winkel and his wife Marcy, of Orange, and grandsons Christopher and Patrick Winkel. He was predeceased by his sister, Madeline, and his brother, Gordon.

Roger’s family would like to thank the staff and residents at White Oaks in Manchester and Ishmael Gyimah for their assistance, care, and friendship.

His Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday (January 5), with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 10 am at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 46 N Eagleville Rd, Storrs. Burial will follow at Storrs Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Roger’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society.

To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.potterfuneralhome.com/listings

American Cancer Society

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