Margarita (Aguilar) Winikoff

May 15, 1928 - April 08, 2022

Visitation: No visitation

Service: Mass of Christian Burial in Our lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, St. Teresa of Avila Church, Friday, April 22, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. Family requests that everyone wear a mask during mass.

Margarita Aguilar Murillo Winikoff, 93, passed away peacefully on April 8, 2022, in Pittsburgh, PA. Margarita was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, to Emilia Murillo Cuadra and Gustavo Cortés Aguilar. She attended San Carlos University and worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Guatemala.

Margarita served as the Vice-Consul and Acting Consul of the Consulate of Guatemala in Pittsburgh. She travelled extensively throughout Spain and Spanish America and served as a four-term President of the Spanish Cultural Club of Pittsburgh. Her passion for the Spanish culture led to her becoming a beloved university instructor of Spanish Language and Literature at the major universities in the Pittsburgh area. Her students brought her great joy. Certified by the U.S. Court system as an Official Interpreter, Margarita was a highly sought-after interpreter for Federal Court proceedings.

Margarita loved opera and ballet and had a deep appreciation for and knowledge of the fine arts. Her ability to recite Spanish poetry from memory, even in her advanced years, was remarkable.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Stella Pivaral, and her brother Carlos Aguilar. She is survived by her sister Milly Sley (Ronald), and children, Zita Bell (Jay) and Stuart Winikoff (Linda), five grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Brother’s Brother Foundation. Mass of Christian Burial in Our lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, St. Teresa of Avila Church Friday, April 22, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. Arrangements by Devlin Funeral Home Inc.

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  • Laurie Kohl

    Your mom was such a strong remarkable woman. She made me realize how important careers were for women back in the 70’s when I needed that direction


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