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Hosmer-Muehlig Funeral Chapel

3410 Broad Street, Dexter, MI

OBITUARY

Thomas Winkle

February 26, 1947May 14, 2020

Thomas Norbert Winkle, age 73 passed away peacefully May 14, 2020 at his home in Adrian with his loving family by his side. Thomas was born February 26, 1947 in Ann Arbor, MI. the son of Lewis E. Winkle and Elizabeth A. (Gallagher) Winkle who preceded him in death. Thomas is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 22 years, Sherry Winkle of Adrian, MI, his son Joseph Winkle of Grass Lake, MI, daughter Nicole (Kurt) Pfefferle of Chelsea, MI; three grandchildren, Joey Winkle, Abby Pfefferle and Ava Pfefferle; his brother Ronald (Mary Ann) Winkle of Ann Arbor, MI, and his sister Lewann (Ted) VanDeven of Floral City, FL; three nephews, the late Michael Winkle, James Winkle and Jason VanDeven; two nieces, Kellie Horner and Donna Franklin; mother of his children, Cheri Falk. Thomas was born and raised in Dexter and graduated from Dexter High School in 1965. He was known for his fast cars and cruising the streets of Dexter. He loved nothing more than the small town atmosphere where he enjoyed family gatherings, holidays, the annual Dexter Daze festival among other happenings around town. On the weekends he loved spending time working in his yard, tinkering on home projects, watching Michigan football and ending the night with a “late night” cook out listening to music. During the week Thomas would never miss an episode of his favorite soap opera “Days of Our Lives”. Nothing stopped Thomas, even after his cancer diagnosis. The week he was diagnosed he and his wife Sherry traveled to Mackinaw Island and rode bikes around the island, a place where he loved to vacation. Thomas spent over 50 years as an electrician as a profession, but as a hobby as well. In his last year he built several homemade radios in between his treatments to keep busy. Not only was Thomas a hardworking person with a lot of hobbies, he was a very kind person who would do anything to help someone in need especially his family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Lenawee at 517-263-2323 or the American Cancer Society. Family and friends are invited to visit Hosmer-Muehlig Funeral Chapel to walk by the casket, pay their respects, and see the family on Monday May 18, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Friends are then asked to return to their vehicles where the funeral service will be broadcast live on the funeral chapel Facebook Page or via loud speaker. We appreciate your support during this difficult time. As a precaution guests are asked to wear a mask, and with respect for other attendees, if you do not feel well or have been exposed to someone with the Coronavirus, please excuse yourself from the service. Thank you.

Services

  • Walk By to Pay Respects

    Monday, May 18, 2020

  • Funeral Service (Broadcast Live)

    Monday, May 18, 2020

  • Laid to Rest

    Monday, May 18, 2020

Memories

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Katie Falk

May 21, 2020

Dear Tom,

You were more than my sibling’s dad, but a beloved family member and friend. Thank you for all the memories and most of all my brother and sister. I always loved hearing Joey and Nicki’s stories from their childhood growing up on Donovan Rd. God bless you always and rest in Heaven.

Love, Katie

Dennis Boychuck

May 20, 2020



I go back to when I was in my early teens. I often spent a lot of time at Cheri and Tom's. Sounds silly, but one of my greatest memories of your Dad was listening to albums with him on his console stereo. He had the greatest taste in music. He got me into The Who, James Gang (Joe Walsh) and many others. More influential than you know. Every time I've seen Tom it reminds me of those times. Loved him like a brother. Always did, always will. He was a very cool guy.

Dennis Boychuck

Edward Laski

May 19, 2020

Tom and I ran around together after high school. We shared the love of working on our cars at the Sunoco Station (Pa's) in Dexter. We had great times drag racing with guys from all over to determine who had the fastest car. Tom would have parties at his parent's home and they would party with us. I have many more memories of Tom. When I think back on my younger years (as I often do now in my later years) Tom will always be there with me.

Cork and Sharon Laski

janice kopinski

May 19, 2020

Tom was a good friend, the world is a much sadder place without this man with a soft spoken vice, a contagious smile, and a twinkle in his eye. We have many happy memories of times shared in the past. We will always cherish them. Our prayers go out to his loved ones. He will always be with you when you close your eyes. Sincerely, Dan and Jan Kopinski

Cis Winkle

May 17, 2020

Cheri Falk

May 16, 2020

Tom was a huge part of my life! He was the loving father of my two oldest children. We remained friends throughout our lives and I am so glad for that❤️ My children will miss him desperately but will have wonderful memories of him. He was a “Jack of all trades”. He could do anything and fix most everything. He took great pride in his homes and yards. He and my dad built our home in 1976. In recent years he helped his kids with many projects around their homes. He loved family and holidays. Just this past Easter he still colored Easter eggs for our granddaughters. My love is with our children, Nicki and Joe and his wife Sherry who I know will miss him terribly. I know he’s at peace now and I’m sure having a great Winkle reunion in Heaven!!🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️❤️😥😥

Cis Winkle

May 16, 2020

Going through these photos brought back memories of laughter and tears. Although we didn't see family as often as we'd like the love was always there and grows stronger as we age. Tom, I will miss you and pray you are at peace with your love ones up there waiting for us. Give them all our love.🙏💔

Bonnie & Charlie Crooks

May 15, 2020

We would like to express our deepest sympathy to Nicki & Joe & Sherry & the rest of Tom's family. We shared a lot of great times thru the years and he was a great father of our special niece & nephew. We know he loved his family so much & was a very hard worker. He will be missed, but we know he is at peace in heaven. You are all in our thoughts & prayers that you'll find comfort in all your special memories! God bless you all and rest in peace, Tom!
We love you,
Bonnie & Charlie Crooks

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