With very heavy hearts we say good-bye to Russell J. Winkler, who left this world suddenly on Dec. 22, 2012.
Russell was born on Aug. 2, 1967, in Elmhurst to Judith M. Winkler and Roger J. Winkler. He graduated from York Community High School in 1986.
Russell was a loving father and had a heart filled with an immense amount of joy and pride for his two children, Andreana and Taylor. Anything they took an interest in, he was always there to cheer them on.
Russell was the life of the party and brought a smile to everyone’s face when he was around. A devoted sports fan, he never missed the chance to cheer on the Bears, Sox, and especially the Blackhawks. He enjoyed days out on his boat and always wanted to have fun. Some of his many loves were Elvis, Christmas, summer and music.
Married for more than 15 years, Russell worked hard to provide a good life for his family. As an employee for more than 25 years, his company, Victor Envelope, was a large part of Russell’s life. He leaves behind many grieving coworkers, friends, and family he cared deeply about. He was a true, genuine man and friend. Russell was loved by many and will be missed by all.
He was preceded in death by his father, Roger Winkler, and his grandmother, Nona Remec.
He is survived by his mother, Judith Winkler; his children, Andreana and Taylor Winkler; his sister, Wendy (Patrick) Tetreault; their children, Brendan and Caroline Tetreault; his niece, Nicole Fernschuss, and her family, Phil Chesson, Cameron Fernschuss and Steven Fernschuss; his aunt, Barbara James; and cousins, Traci James and Christine James.
A wake to honor him will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at Pedersen Ryberg Funeral Home, 435 N. York Road, Elmhurst.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at Chapel Hill Gardens West Cemetery, just west of Route 83 on Roosevelt Road in Oakbrook Terrace.