Carl C. Winkler

Carl C. Winkler, 92, of Force, and recently of St. Joseph Terrace, Weedville, died Friday, Aug. 24, 2012 at the DuBois Nursing Home, DuBois.He was born Dec. 17, 1919 in Force, son of the late Frank Winkler Sr. and Stella (Gusherowski) Winkler. On May 3, 1941 he married Shirley Geraldine Smart, who preceded him in death on June 8, 1982. He lived all his life in Bennetts Valley, was employed by the local coal companies for 25 years, and was a lifetime member of the United Mine Workers of America. He retired from Stackpole Carbon of St. Marys in 1982 after 16 years. He was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church, where he served as usher for many years, and was also a member of the New Shawmut Homes, Inc., water company and helped maintain the water lines of Force for many years. People will remember Winkler for his pleasant demeanor, teddy bear personality, his helpfulness to anyone in need and his whistling.He is survived by a very special friend; three children, Thomas (Chris) Winkler of Force, Dennis (Carolyn) Winkler of State College, and Vina (Chuck) Veronesi of Weedville; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a brother, John (Agnes) Winkler of Penfield; and two sisters, Marguerite (Robert) Cortina of Force, and Mary (Tutti) Canton of Force.In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Norman, Ralph, and Frank “Chow” Winkler.A Mass of Christian Burial for Carl C.Winkler will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 11 a.m. at the St. Joseph Catholic Church, Force, with Father Thomas Tyler officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph Catholic Church Cemetery in Force. Visitation will be held at the Ralph M. Geer Funeral Home in Penfield on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., and on Wednesday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. The family suggests memorials to Bennetts Valley Ambulance, St. Joseph Terrace, DuBois Nursing Home or to a favorite charity