Visitation and Funeral Services Have Been Set for Russell Winkler

Friends and family will gather on Saturday at Pedersen-Ryberg and on Monday at Chapel Hill Gardens West.

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.

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Debra zara December 29, 2012 at 03:35 AM
So sorry for the loss!
Karen Thacker December 29, 2012 at 08:42 AM
I'm so sad!!!! We will miss you so much!!!! Love to the kids & the rest of the family.... May you rest in peace & we will think of you every time we are on the river!!! xoxoxoxo
Nelly Garcia December 30, 2012 at 05:31 AM
My condolences to everyone that had the pleasure of being in Russ's life. He will be missed by many people including his coworkers that had interaction with him every day. R.I.P Russ. We love you!!!
Joani Libby January 02, 2013 at 01:18 AM
Judy & family, I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of Russell. I remember him well as a child and have not seen him since. He looks like a very sweet person and I am sorry not to have known him as an adult. Please know my heart aches for you all. I never knew everyone was so close, I surely missed out on knowing him and seeing you all, all these years. You named him after my father, I remember that and what an honor to my dad, I'm sure Russell was a great guy. Thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time and always...Joani (Winkler) Libby
Talarico Mary January 02, 2013 at 08:28 PM
Dear family, I as well remember Russ from grade school and remember how funny he was. I'm so sorry for your loss. I will keep your family in my prayer's this week. God Bless


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