Leona A. Winkler, died of complications from dementia on Saturday, March 7, 2020. She was born, July 30, 1928, in Detroit, MI to William and Adela Sikorski. She is survived by her daughter, Karen Nelson of Cleveland, OH and numerous nieces and nephews. Her surviving sisters are Dorothy Fuhrman of East Pointe, MI and Agnes Sikorski of Columbia Station, OH. In 1950 Leona married Arthur Winkler, moved to Sheboygan and had two daughters. She was a grateful member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church where, in the past, she had been church secretary, Sunday school teacher, was active in the fellowship club and enjoyed singing in the church choir. With her husband, she was a reading partner at Bethlehem school, for many, many years. She also loved attending Bible classes. She and her husband were active, proud supporters of Lutheran High School. For many years they were members of the John Michael Kohler Art Center and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Together they traveled across the country to WWII Army Air Corp reunions for the 483rd Squadron and 2nd Bomb Group, 429th Squadron. Leona worked as an election day volunteer for over 25 years. She had a lifetime interest in the Bible, Missouri Synod Lutheran church doctrine, traveling, US and world history, and classical music.
She is preceded in death by her husband and daughter, Mary Ellen Winkler.
Due to current health concerns, a Graveside Service will be held for Leona on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at Lutheran Cemetery at 11:00 a.m.
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My big sister Leona will always live on in my memory as a very special, thoughtful, kind person. She was interested in everything, had a wide-ranging knowledge of many subjects and enjoyed imparting some of her knowledge to her younger sister! I love her dearly and will miss her terribly. She leaves a great emptiness that will only be filled when I see her again in heaven. Love you, always, my dear sister.
My dear Aunt Leona was a blessing to many. She was a gracious and kind godmother to me, and left me with many precious memories of time spent with her.. She leaves a beautiful legacy of deep faith, of gratitude to the Lord, of selfless caregiving, and of lifelong service to her church family and her community. I will miss her smile, her laugh, her stylishness, her poise, her caring heart. I am so glad that she knew her Savior and that He has taken her safely home with him. I can't wait to see her again.
My thoughts and prayers will be with you as you bury Aunt Leona next week. Our hearts are sad, but we rejoice in knowing we will see her again when we join her in heaven. I'm so thankful we (Mom, Aunt Agnes, Arlene and I) got to see her on the day she died even though we weren't in time to talk to her... but we could hug her and say "good-bye for now". She will be missed!
Love and prayers! Joan
Aunt Leona was a wonderful aunt! She and Uncle Art always made us feel most welcome as we came to visit. They loved the Lord, their church, their family and their beloved Wisconsin! It was a joy to have been a part of their lives.
My deepest sympathy to you, Karen, on the loss of your beautiful mother. When I think of all the memories I can see her warm smile and hear her friendly, loving voice. And what a fine Christian example she and your dad were through all the years. May our Lord and Savior comfort you in the days ahead.
Ellen Guehna Morgan