Joseph E. Winkler
May 20, 1940 - June 04, 2022
Visitation: Tuesday, June 7th 6-8 p.m.and Wednesday, June 8th 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Devlin Funeral Home Inc., RossTwp.
Service: Mass of Christian Burial in St. Matthew Parish, Holy Spirit Church, Thursday, June 9th at 10:00 a.m.
Joseph E. Winkler
With his devoted children at his side, Joseph Winkler peacefully entered his eternal rest on the afternoon of June 4, 2022.
Born in Pittsburgh, PA on May 20, 1940 to the late Joseph and Barbara Winkler, Joe was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 52 years, Eileen (Matthews). Loving father to Karen (William) Wainwright, Kristine (Donald) Remas, Amy (Keith) Knaus, Sue (Paul) Solinski, Joe (Denise) Winkler, Jennifer (Michael) Horan and David (Amy) Winkler. Mentor, friend, and grandfather to Emily (Michael) Drotar, Benjamin (Veronica) Wainwright, Abigail Wainwright, Joseph Remas, Elizabeth (Matt) Manning, Amanda (DJ) Peluso, Sarah (Jeff) Collage, Holly Knaus (fiancé – Peter), Matthew Knaus, Joseph, Jacob and Olivia Winkler, Nathaniel and Connor Horan, Greta, Alana and David Winkler. Great-Grandfather to Eileen, William and Phillip Drotar, Grant and Adalyn Wainwright, Reid Manning, Stella, Luca and Pearl Jo Peluso, and Heath Collage. Brother to the late Dolores (Walter) Ebbert, the late Barbara Fischer and Juanita (Ronald) Fischer. Brother-in-law to Linda (Sam) Prepelka. He is survived by many nieces, nephews and life-long friends.
Joe grew up in West View, graduated from North Catholic High School, and in 1958 followed his father into the retail grocery industry. He began his forty-year grocery career with Kroger as an apprentice meat-cutter. This position eventually led to executive management as Joe achieved positions of increasing responsibility and ultimately retired from Giant Eagle, Inc. as Vice President / General Manager of the Meat, Deli and Bakery lines of business. Joe never had a bad day while working at the Giant Eagle – Butler Refrigerated Meats (BRM) division and considered the BRM Team an extension of his family.
In 1959, Joe married his high school sweetheart Eileen Matthews and enjoyed 52 years of marriage prior to her untimely death in 2011 from breast cancer. Joe enjoyed spending time in Pittsburgh and at his beach home in Ponce Inlet, Florida – where he had many friends. Spending time with family was always the number one priority and enjoyment in Joe’s life. Over the years, the camping trips, beach vacations, holiday gatherings, family parties and Disney visits created many memorable and humorous stories that will never be forgotten. Joe was a tremendous positive influence on his family and with everyone he met. His quick wit and warm smile, put everyone at ease in his presence. His legacy will live on in his family and many memories will be cherished.
Joe will be remembered as being a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-pap, brother, uncle and friend. A devout Catholic, Joe was an active parishioner of St. Matthew Parish – Holy Spirit Church; having served many roles including Eucharistic minister, usher, basketball coach, and as a member of the finance board.
Family and friends will be received on Tuesday, June 7th 6-8 p.m.and Wednesday, June 8th 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Devlin Funeral Home 806 Perry Highway North Hills. Mass of a Christian Burial will be Thursday June 9th at 10 a.m. at St. Matthew Parish, Holy Spirit Church. In lieu of flowers, the family would suggest a donation in Joe’s name the following: the Shaler Hampton Area EMS to whom the family is grateful for their above and beyond efforts for Joe. Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – their research helped Joe conquer Lymphoma or St. Matthew Parish – Holy Spirit Church. To share a memory of Joe, or send a condolence to his family, please visit www.Devlinfuneralhome.com