Fred Winkler

Fred H. Winkler

Tuesday, May 29th, 1928 - Tuesday, August 6th, 2019
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Frederick H. Winkler, Sr., 91 of Rotterdam, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 6th after a brief illness. Born in Schenectady on May 29, 1928, Fred was the son of William and Blanche (Frueh) Winkler. He grew up above the family-owned Winkler Meat Market on Broadway Hill and remained a Schenectady resident his entire life.

Fred attended Van Corlaer Elementary School and graduated from Mont Pleasant H.S. in 1946. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army and served with the rehabilitation forces in Italy, where he boasted of being the ping-pong champion of southern Italy. Upon his return home, Fred enrolled at Siena College where he earned his BBA in Accounting in 1952. He then worked at the firms of Joseph Cohen, CPA and C.L. Marvin CPAs before establishing his own practice in the 1960s.

Alongside his son Rick, Fred formed Fred H. Winkler & Company CPA in 1985 and continued to work there until his passing. Fred was a member of the NY Society of CPAs, American Society of CPAs, and Certified Financial Planning Assoc., and was a long-time member of the Elks Club.

Fred loved all sports, especially golf. He was a former member of the Edison Club where he served as Treasurer and often bragged about his “hole in one.” Fred also enjoyed many years playing with the Canali’s Restaurant golf league.

Fred and his partner of over 45 years, Rose Marie Thomsen, enjoyed traveling, especially to destinations with casinos. He loved visiting Puerto Rico, Aruba and Las Vegas best, but also traveled to Rome, Madrid and the Greek Isles over the years.

Fred is survived by Rose, his sons Frederick (Rick) H. Winkler, Jr. (Patti) of Scotia, William (Bill) Winkler of Schenectady and John (Tina) Winkler of Maidens, Virginia; granddaughters Erika Winkler, Jessica (Alex) Riccio, Courtney (Christopher) Honeywell and Stephanie Winkler; great-grandchildren Ava and Luca Riccio; Rose’s sons Rick, Jim, David, John and Robert Thomsen; sister Audrey Kessler, former spouse Dorothy Winkler, and several nieces and nephews. Fred was predeceased by his brother Paul.

Services remembering Fred’s life will be held at the Bond Funeral Home at 11:00am on Tuesday, August 13, with calling hours on Monday, August 12 from 5:00p.m. to 8:00p.m.

Interment will be private at Esperance Cemetery with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, donations honoring Fred’s memory may be made to the City Mission at 425 Hamilton Street, Schenectady, NY 12305 or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital at 501 St. Jude’s Place, Memphis TN 38105.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, August 12th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Monday, August 12th, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Bond Funeral Home
    1614 Guilderland Avenue
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  • Service

    Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 11:00am
    Bond Funeral Home
    1614 Guilderland Avenue
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    Deacon Gary O'Connor
  • Interment

    Esperance Cemetery
    2799 Burtonville Road
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    Private Interment Services


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Posted at 02:50pm
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JoAn Parish

Posted at 01:50pm
To his family I am deeply sadden by this news. I enjoyed taken care of him on A5. I send you all many prayers and deepest sympathy. He was a great man. Im happy I had to honor to meet such a nice man.

Bonnie & George Mangicaro

Posted at 10:43am
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Posted at 08:39am
Grandma Rose and family, we are thinking of you and sending you love, now and always. We have such fond memories of Fred - he will be greatly missed.
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