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1766 Franklin Boulevard
Cambridge, ON N3C 1N8
Phone: (519) 658-9366
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Dianne Winkler

Dianne Winkler

Friday, February 16th, 1945 - Friday, August 7th, 2020
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WINKLER, Dianne (nee Bower)
February 16, 1945 - August 7, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dianne Winkler (nee Bower) after a courageous battle with cancer. Predeceased by her parents Christopher Bower and Clara Bending and sister Nancy as an infant.

Beloved wife of 54 years to Werner and loving mother to Michael and Stephen (Krista). Cherished sister to Susan Sippel (Will) and Gary Bower (Linda). Loving aunt to Laura (Robert), Julia, Kim, Jamie and Christine. Amazing ‘Ome’ to Jonah, Darcy, Lucas, Logan and Carly.

Dianne was a respected and loved kindergarten and music teacher at schools in London, Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge. Throughout her career she touched the lives of many students by marrying learning and music, creating a welcoming, fun and memorable classroom. Her students to this day fondly remember the impact Mrs. Winkler had on their lives. She retired from teaching in 1998 however remained dedicated to the teaching community and subsequently served as President of the Retired Women Teachers of Ontario (RWTO) organization for many years. She was an active member of the Preston Mennonite Church community and was awarded the prestigious YWCA Women of Distinction Award in 2007.

Her love for music carried throughout her life as she served as a past President and respected member of the Addisons Women’s Choir and a member of the Community Connections Choir as well as the Concordia Club Choir. In 2005, her love of music and entertaining continued when she founded the singing group "The Ch’ckl’ts". A beloved small choir and entertaining troupe comprised of a group of lifelong friends performed at many nursing homes throughout the Region bringing joy to the community with every performance.

Dianne was loved by many and was a true friend to those who had the pleasure of knowing her. She was always full of life, joy, music and love. Her excitement for life also made her ready to entertain anyone at any moment.

Dianne shared her love of life and special talents with everyone who crossed her path and will be greatly missed.

Resting at Lounsbury Funeral Home, 1766 Franklin Blvd., Cambridge where family will receive friends on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 from 2 – 4 p.m. and 7 – 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 11 a.m. followed by interment at Hagey Cemetery. Please be aware that Provincial Guidelines for mandatory masks and social distancing protocols will be followed.

Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Dianne Winkler are asked to consider the Canadian Cancer Society.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Lounsbury Funeral Home
    Address
    1766 Franklin Boulevard
    Cambridge, Ontario N3C 1N8
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  • Second Visitation

    Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    Lounsbury Funeral Home
    Address
    1766 Franklin Boulevard
    Cambridge, Ontario N3C 1N8
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  • Service

    Wednesday, August 12th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Wednesday, August 12th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Lounsbury Funeral Home
    Address
    1766 Franklin Boulevard
    Cambridge, Ontario N3C 1N8
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    Officiant
    Danielle Raimbault
  • Interment

    Location
    Hagey Cemetery

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Jamie Landon

Posted at 05:49pm
I had the privilege to have Mrs. Winkler as my kindergarten teacher and elementary music teacher at Chalmers St. I recall always hearing - waaay before seeing - the piano being wheeled down the hallway into my classroom. Mrs. Winkler's songs and activities were always engaging to me and she went above and beyond in preparing special performances, musicals and concerts - I was always in the choir! As an educator myself, I count Mrs. Winkler as one of my inspirations. I was lucky enough to run into her multiple times over the years, from Sauble Beach to the grocery store, and she always greeted my warmly, knowing instantly who I was, and I know I'm not alone in that experience. I also ended up teaching at the school some of her grandchildren attended - teaching one - and had the pleasure of a few hugs when our paths crossed over the past few years. I could go on, but suffice it to say Mrs. Winkler will be missed and I am so thankful for the difference she made to me. Thank you, Mrs. Winkler! Jamie Landon
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Bruce & Helen Snyder

Posted at 01:51pm
Diane will be always remembered for her warm and jovial nature in addition to all of her musical , teaching, organizational abilities. We knew Diane as a friend and fellow member at Preston Mennonite Church, and her musical contributions to the Addison Women's Choir , as they shared programs with The Cambridge Male Chorus. We send our prayers on behalf of Werner, Michael & Stephen & families. May God bless and keep you in His loving care. Bruce & Helen Snyder
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Anne Borchardt

Posted at 11:28am
Dianne will be fondly remembered for all the joys of music and teaching she embodied. She will be forever in my thoughts singing "Skinnamarinkadink, we love you". Sincerely Anne Borchardt
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Jessica VV

Posted at 01:38pm
On behalf of the staff at Bullas Travel, we extend our deepest condolences to Dianne's family and friends. May she rest in peace.
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Jenny

Posted at 07:40pm
I am so very sorry for your loss. Mrs. Winkler taught me music at Chalmers School in Cambridge in the early to mid 1980's. I loved singing in her choir and working on solo performances with her. There was such a warmth to her presence. She was my most favourite teacher and over the years I still think about her and the impact she had on my life. She made me feel special and important. She was a beautiful light in this world for many. Sending peace to all of your hearts. -Jenny
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