Mark A. Winkler, 51, of Norwalk, died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, in Fisher-Titus Medical Center.
He was born July 16, 1961, in Norwalk, and was a lifelong Norwalk area resident. Mark was a 1979 graduate of Western Reserve High School and was a member and elder of Norwalk First Presbyterian Church where he was active on the building and grounds committee. He was a former employee of A.A. Winkler Contracting Company and was a former foreman and currently a superintendent at Lake Erie Construction Company, of Norwalk, where he had been employed for 33 years.
Mark was a member of Norwalk Eagles Club and was instrumental in the development of the Norwalk Merchants Baseball league and the construction of the ball field. He enjoyed fishing, fireworks and was an avid OSU, NASCAR, and Cleveland Browns fan. Mark loved his family and friends, helping coach his boys sports teams, family vacations, helping others, and felt the true meaning of Christmas in his heart and sharing with others that gift.
He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, son and friend. Mark is survived by his wife of 32 years, Carolyn R. (Garner) Winkler, of Norwalk; his sons and daughters-in-law, Derek M. and Ellen Winkler and Ryan C. and Vanessa Winkler, all of Westerville, Ohio; his granddaughter, Cadence Winkler; his mother, Eleanor Winkler, of Collins; his brother and sister-in-law, Alex and Jeannie Winkler Jr., of Milan; his sister and brother-in-law, Ellen M. and Curt Fitch, of Collins; his sister-in-law, Laura Winkler, of Norwalk; special cousins, Dave Nofzinger, of Dallas, and Donna Dwyer, of Ovideo, Fla.; numerous aunt, uncles, cousins and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Alex Winkler Sr., in 2002, and by his brother, William J. Winkler in 1999.
Friends may call 2-5 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at Walker Funeral Home, 98 W. Main St., Norwalk, and from 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, until service at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 21 Firelands Blvd., Norwalk. The Rev. Adrian Doll will officiate. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Norwalk. Memorial contributions may be made to Norwalk First Presbyterian Church.
Condolences may be shared at edwalkerfuneralhome.com.