Ronald W. Winkler

Ronald W. Winkler, 79, of Sheridan, lost his courageous battle with cancer on Tuesday morning (Jan. 30, 2018) at the Chautauqua Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dunkirk.

Born in Buffalo, Ron’s family moved to Sheridan when he was young. A graduate of Cardinal Mindszenty High School, Class of 1956, he served his country in the United States Navy Seabees.

After completing his years in the Navy, Ron met his wife of 56 years, Joan Ziemba Winkler. Together, they raised their two daughters, Laurie and Lisa. Ron was a man who was devoted to his family. He received immense joy from spending time with them. He cherished his family, as they did him. He was an amazing father and grandfather. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, Matthew and Jillian, and helping them with special projects. Ron spent many hours tinkering in his woodshop, and happily fashioned special request items for his daughters and grandchildren. Ron and Joan spent their retirement years helping to care for their grandchildren. He loved seeing them daily, and was an integral part of their lives.

Ron also cherished his extended family. He looked forward to hosting and attending family picnics, dinners and gatherings. He especially enjoyed the opportunity to be the Santa at family Christmas celebrations. He took his Santa role very seriously, donning his custom-made Santa suit.

Ron always loved working with the various machines and tractors around his home. He loved to give his grandchildren rides, and patiently taught them to drive them when they were older.

Ron worked as a bricklayer and concrete mason for General Contractors. Later, he began Winkler Construction and was self-employed for many years. He then worked for SUNY Fredonia with the maintenance department until his retirement.

Ron was a member of various organizations throughout his pre-retirement years. He was a two-term board member of the Sheridan Town Council. He was also a parishioner at St. John Bosco Roman Catholic Church, where he served as an usher. Then, he became a member of Holy Trinity Church.

Ron is survived by his wife, Joan (Ziemba) Winkler; daughters, Laurie Winkler and Lisa (John) Stonefoot; and grandchildren, Matthew and Jillian Stonefoot. He is also survived by four siblings, Harry (Nancy) Winkler, Jean (Florian) Banach, Dolores (Raymond) Jagoda, and James Winkler; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Stephanie (Stolowski) Winkler; his brother, Bernard Winkler; and sisters, Angeline Madurski and Patricia Sikora.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass which will be celebrated Thursday morning at 10 o’clock in Holy Trinity Church. There will be no prior visitation. Flowers are gratefully declined.

Memorial contributions in Ronald’s name can be made to Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center or Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care. Arrangements are by the McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home.