Jackie L. Winkler of Visalia was born in Corcoran on May 25, 1950 and passed away in Fresno from a sudden illness on July 16, 2015 at the age of 65. She was preceded in death by her parents Billy Jack and June Thomas.
Jackie graduated Corcoran High School in 1968. She married Ken Winkler, the love of her life on September 4, 1971. Their son, Jayson, was born June 3, 1974. Jackie went to work for Hansen Ranches in 1975 and was a hardworking, dedicated employee for 40 years. She was considered part of the Hansen family.
She was a dedicated wife and mother who loved her whole family; always worried more about others than about herself. Jackie could always find the best in every person she met. A compassionate, loving and caring person Jackie never held a grudge. In fact, her favorite saying was “Life’s too short to hold a grudge” and Jackie lived that belief with her whole heart.
Jackie loved to read, go shopping, taking vacations with her husband and son and she adored Godiva chocolates. And her precious dogs Bailey and Zoe were a very special part of her life. So much so that it was her wish that donations be made in her memory to Valley Oak SPCA, 29016 Hwy. 99, Visalia, CA, 93277.
Jackie leaves behind her husband Ken Winkler of Visalia, son Jayson Winkler of New York, brother Greg Thomas and wife Teresa of Corcoran, brother David Thomas of Corcoran, nephews Jeffrey Thomas of San Francisco, DJ Thomas of Bakersfield, niece Shawna Mansfield and husband Jimmy of Bakersfield, her beloved grandniece Sara and grandnephews James and Jeffrey, as well as many family and friends. When she left this world, she took with her a little piece of everyone’s heart that she had ever touched.
We wish to express our gratitude to everyone for your prayers and words of encouragement and acts of kindness during this time of profound sadness following the sudden death of our dear Jackie. Our hearts are deeply touched by your love of Jackie and we find comfort in knowing so many other shares fond memories of her. We are blessed by your friendship and gift of community.
The Winkler-Thomas family