Lee Ann Winkler

lee winkler

July 26, 1998 ~ April 22, 2023

Born in: College Station, Texas
Resided in: Bryan, Texas

It is with great sadness the family of Lee Ann Winkler announces her passing. Born July 26, 1998 in College Station, Texas to Sue and Larry Winkler. Lee Ann was the youngest, and by far the coolest, of their seven children.

Lee Ann Winkler was a fiery force of life and a billowing creative spirit with a deep desire to help others. Lee Ann graduated high school from KOR Education School in College Station,Texas and then went on to pursue a degree in psychology at the University of Texas-Tyler with the desire to become a mental health care professional and advocate to those who struggle with mental health challenges. Lee Ann was passionate about music, poetry, photography, writing, and art and expressed herself generously by sharing these passions with others. Lee Ann was also the snuggliest person in the history of the world; she carted a blanket around with her even as an adult perpetually ready for a fireside chat.

Visitation for Lee Ann Winkler begins at 9am with a service to follow at 10am on Friday April 28th at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home in Bryan, Texas. Internment immediately to follow at Restever Memorial Park Cemetery.

Lee Ann was predeceased by her grandfathers: Houston Cleve “Pawpaw” Walkup of Bryan and Lawrence Edward “Pappy” Winkler of Albany.

Lee Ann is survived by her mother and father Sue and Larry Winkler, her sisters: Marianna Conner, Phyllis Deitz (Greg), Catharina James (Jonathan), and Sally Winkler, her brothers: Matthew Winkler (Sunni) and Benjamin Winkler and her grandmothers: Barbara Sue “Bobbie” Walkup and Lora Geraldine “Nanny” Winkler. She is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, extended family and friends.


Visitation: April 28, 2023 9:00 am

Callaway-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Center
3001 S College Ave
Bryan, TX 77801


Funeral Service: April 28, 2023 10:00 am

Callaway-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Center
3001 S College Ave
Bryan, TX 77801


Interment: April 28, 2023 11:30 am

Restever Memorial Park Cemetery
5103 N. Texas Ave.
Bryan, TX 77803


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  1. Our prayers and condolences to your family.
    May God lift you up during this time of need.
    Jones Family

  2. Dear Winkler Family,
    I am so deeply saddened for your family at the loss of sweet Lee. It was a privilege to know her.
    I enjoyed conversations with her and enjoyed talking books and art with her.

    Will be praying for all of you during this time.
    Beth Hyde

  3. I am deeply sorry for the loss of your beloved Lee Ann. Lee Ann was an incredible person who will be dearly missed.

    As you navigate this difficult time, may you find comfort in the cherished memories you’ve shared and the legacy of love and kindness she leaves behind. It is evident that Lee Ann’s desire to help others, especially those struggling with mental health, was an inspiration to us all.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family during this time. May Lee Ann’s light continue to shine through the lives she touched and the positive impact she made on this world.

    With heartfelt sympathy and love – The Pulliam Family

  4. Lee,

    I will miss the fire and passion you bring to life and those around you, and will miss your voice and having song recommendations sent to me late at night from you. May your spirit surround all of us as we mourn your physical presence on earth (the earth I know you loved so much). I will find you again in the cosmos one day, and until then, will look for you amongst the stars.

    Sue & Larry,

    Know that you have so many people lifting you up as you mourn this terrible loss. May Lee’s soul surround you in a warm blanket of love and light.

  5. Larry and Mrs. Sue,

    No words can describe how heartbreaking this unimaginable loss is. You and your family have our deepest condolences. We will pray with all our might that the Lord send you guys the strength to endure this pain. May her soul be at peace and with God.

    With love,
    Sabino Maldonado and Family

  6. We didn’t know Lee as well as many people did, but when we were around her, she was caring and compassionate and always had a compliment and a kind word. She was loved by all and will be deeply missed.
    You are in our prayers,
    Dave and Christie Deitz

  7. Sending my condolences to the family. I didn’t know Lee for very long, but in college she was a source of comfort and kindness. It seemed like we were always in the same stage of life and we could always find mirrors with our relationship with the Lord. I hope that her soul rest in piece and the God provide her loved ones with the same comfort and love that she provided others.

  8. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
    Ps. 34:18
    Larry and Sue,
    Do cast your cares on Him. What mind-boggling news. Prayers and tears for you.

  9. The Bauer family had the privilege of living next to the Winklers for several years on Pamela Lane when I was a child. I called home to talk to my Mom (who’s still there on Pamela) after reading Phyllis’ post. She remembered when Lee was born and visiting at the hospital. We are thinking fondly of all of you, and praying for you as you grieve the loss of a beautiful daughter/sister/friend. Hugs from your neighbors, the Bauers.

  10. “Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything”

    One time when Lee and I were painting, she was singing and writing this scripture. I’m praying that she’s lying in green pastures beside the still waters. Her soul restored.
    Psalm 23
    “The Lord is my shepherd;
    I shall not want.
    He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
    He leads me beside the still waters.
    He restores my soul;
    He leads me in the paths of righteousness
    For His name’s sake. though I walk through the valley of the of death,
    I will fear no evil;
    For You are with me;
    Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
    You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
    You anoint my head with oil;
    My cup runs over.
    Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
    All the days of my life;
    And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.”

  11. Our condolences to the Winkler family. You on all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Kevin and Brenda Deitz

  12. Sue and Larry and all your dear family,
    I cannot even imagine the depth of your sorrow and grief. I can only lift each of you up to the Father in prayer, knowing that where my words are lacking His Holy Spirit will intercede for me. Know that you are surrounded by love, especially during this incredibly painful time. My condolences to each of you.
    Sarah Hilgart

  13. Dear Lee,

    From the moment I met you, I knew you were special. You brought with you a level of genuineness that I’d never seen in such large degrees in any one person, and have still yet to see. You asked me questions that I hadn’t heard before. Ones that made me think in a different way than I had previously. Ones that showed how much you care to get to know another human, even if it’s just a random stranger. Over the years and over more conversation, I came to realize this is just how you viewed the world. You viewed humans as important. Everyone deserves love, compassion, consideration, respect. Your view on human connection was one based on observation and empathy. Every person you met felt your kindness as it was conscious and deliberate. A completely different take of thinking before talking, you felt before talking, and intently listened while feeling. I spent my entire life up to that point observing the world around me with my mind; you taught me how to observe it with my heart.

    You felt in ways that transcended traditional language itself, with art sometimes being the best way for you to communicate. Every song you shared with someone in your life was never just a song, but it was a part of you, packaged up, and sent to someone you care about. Every drawing, every painting, every poem, every picture, everything created by you; created with love. Your laugh was infectious, and so was your smile. Your curiosity for life was incredible to witness. I’m a tall person, yet I could never keep up with your walking pace. Sometimes I’d blink and then have to run to catch up. You shared random moments of joy with the same speed. Random quirks, random theories, random thoughts. I always paid attention, I always laughed, and I always learned. You grew an unbelievable amount over the 6 years I knew you, and you sharing your mind and heart with me during that time is the single biggest factor in who I am today.

    I recently found a letter that you had sent me years ago. It read, “I pray this note finds you in a place of inexplicable joy &/or peace … I’m eternally grateful for the good memories we’ve had. You’re a freaking meaningful person.” You took the words out of my mouth. In my mind, you were the walking embodiment of what human goodness on earth looks like. Your existence had a positive contribution to humankind, and saying you will be missed forever is an understatement.


  14. Dear Larry and Sue,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for God’s comfort and peace for you and your family.

  15. Dearest Lee Ann & Winkler Family,

    If anyone is going to change the world it was and is Lee Ann Winkler. I didn’t know Lee well but on some very brief occasions, I got to speak with her. Our conversations were few but deep and not on the surface. Lee’s passion for injustice was felt, and her heart was wide open as she wore it on her sleeve. Her empathy beamed like the shining sun with her gorgeous, contagious, and infectious smile. A force not many understand and I’m sure at times very misunderstood. The kindness she gave to a stranger like I, is rare.

    We mourn for the loss of such a bright, beautiful fiery soul.

    As the waves of grief crash you against the rocks of the shore, may you continue to turn to the ROCK that is higher than yourselves. Through the crashing of the waves, the sunbeams of Lee’s life will shine through, her warmth and energy felt on those high tide days. May we continue to live like Lee, who embodied the voice, of the voiceless.

    Our deepest condolences to such wonderful parents as Larry and Sue, who work so hard in all they do, also our deepest condolences for her dear family & friends that will miss her beyond words can convey.

    In Gratitude,

    Randa & Zachary Anderson & Family

    1 Corinthians 15:55-58 KJV

    “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord”

  16. My condolences to the family and prayer to all that got to be in the presence of Lee Ann. Find peace amongst the living as we move slower to understand what only God could.

    Im deeply sorry. I send my most full condolences and love to you, to everybody.
    Please know we, my mom, Omar and me, love you all still in the distance.
    Is overwhelming.
    hug. bless. love. MIL Bendiciones y nuestro Amor.

  18. Dear Sue and Larry and all Family Members, Young, Younger and Older, I am heartbroken with you and praying for God’s comforting peace that surpasses all understanding. Shalom: ZsuZsa Opauszki

  19. I am so sorry for your loss. If there is any time or anything with which I could help, please let me know as I know what it is to lose a child. Lovingly, Patricia.

  20. You are so beautiful. I work with your amazing sister Phyllis she loves you so much. I am here if you need a ear to talk to a shoulder to lean on or even cry.
    Love always Valorie Pullin

  21. Our heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to the family.
    With much love,
    Debbie & Milton Duffee
    Kay Crabtree

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