Monday, November 11th, 2013
Fr. Michael Winkowski
Fr. Michael Winkowski, C.PP.S., 70, died Nov. 8, 2013, at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Minster. He had been in ill health in recent months.
He was born Feb. 22, 1943, in South Bend, Ind., the only child of Clem and Ethel (Piech) Winkowski. He entered the Missionaries of the Precious Blood in 1960 at St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Ind., and was ordained June 13, 1970.
He was active in parish ministry and education ministry throughout much of his life as a priest. Parishes where he ministered in the 1970s included St. Bernard, Presentation, and Our Lady of Victory, all in Detroit, where he was active in ministry to African-American Catholics and oversaw a neighborhood outreach program that provided food to the poor.
In 1981, he was appointed to Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Ind., as an instructor. He later taught at St. Anthony of Padua School in South Bend.
Most recently, Fr. Winkowski was in parish ministry at St. Patrick Church in Walkerton, Ind. Since 2005, poor health kept him from full-time ministry.
Fr. Winkowski was an amiable man who loved being a pastor and a teacher. He was knowledgeable about the Church and his faith, and he liked to share it. He was a good singer who loved to sing, especially liturgical music and spirituals.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Assumption Chapel, St. Charles Center, Carthagena, with the Rev. Larry Hemmelgarn, C.PP.S., presiding.
Calling is 1–5 p.m. and 7–9 p.m. Tuesday at St. Charles, with a wake service at 7 p.m.
Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry, is handling arrangements.
Condolences may be left at Hogenkampfh.com.
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