In memoriam: Sister Fran Winkler, OSF
April 24, 2015 8:41 AM
Sister Helen Frances “Fran” Winkler, O.S.F. (87) died on Thursday, April 23, 2015, at 4:25 p.m. at St. Francis Convent.
Sister Fran, formerly known as Sister Don Bosco, was born in Trenton, IL, on November 3, 1927, the daughter of Raymond and Anna Cope Winkler. She entered the Congregation on March 31, 1943, and professed her religious vows on October 4, 1945.
Sister Fran was a graduate of St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing and St. John’s Hospital School of Radiologic Technology, Springfield, IL. She served as a nurse and X-Ray technician in various hospitals in Illinois and Wisconsin. Sister Fran also served in several volunteer capacities and was one of the first volunteers at the St. Martin de Porres Center in Springfield, IL, when it opened in August, 1992.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers: John R. Winkler and David C. Winkler, and one sister, Mary M. Shepard.
She is by survived two sisters, Sister Joan Winkler, OSF, and Ruth Schmitt, both of Springfield, IL, a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Winkler of Great Britain, and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, as well as her Franciscan Sisters with whom she shared her life for over 70 years.
Visitation will be held at St. Francis Convent from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, April 27, 2015, with a Wake Service at 6:00 p.m. The Eucharistic Celebration and Rite of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father John Sullivan, OFM, on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at 10 a.m. in St. Clare of Assisi Adoration Chapel at St. Francis Convent. Burial will be in Crucifixion Hill Cemetery.
To read her feature story from 2011, please click here.
Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
April 3, 2015 12:20 PM
In John’s Gospel, we read that Mary of Magdala came to the grave on the first day of the week. She came in darkness and found that the stone had been removed, and in her unspeakable grief, she felt the loss of Jesus once more. She reported the news of his missing body to Peter and John and their love for Jesus drew them, too, out in the dark. Here in the early light of dawn, they saw the burial clothes purposefully moved and the headcover folded. The darkness of their lack of understanding of Scripture was lifted, and they believed.
Do we sometimes feel as if the news of the Resurrection might seem too good to be true? Can we relate to the feeling that when we have knowledge, we can believe? But He was seen, and He is alive. Not only that, He promised to be with us until the end of time. Easter is the most longed for feast of the year and is a gift to Christians that one day we also will rise to new life.
Jesus embraces our alienation, failures, rejection, pain and death—the very things that we find defeating. As God’s Easter gift is victory and eternal life—victory over sin and death—we can now be among those restored to spiritual health. God, our Light, shows us the victory through His love that lives beyond the crosses that we bear in this life.
May our journey in life be one with His so nothing can separate us from His love. We are Easter people: Let us rejoice, be glad, and always believe.
Father, help us to understand the meaning of your Son’s death and resurrection, and teach us to reflect it in our lives. Thanks be to God. Alleluia!