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Dennis F. Winkler, 77, of Depew, a retired captain in the Town of Lancaster Police Department, died Wednesday (Aug. 26, 1998), in St. Joseph Hospital, Cheektowaga, after a long illness.

Born and raised in Depew, Winkler attended St. Augustine's School and was a graduate of Depew Central High School.

He served in the Army Air Forces from 1943 to 1946 and was an engineer for B-24 and B-17 bombers during World War II.

Winkler was appointed a patrolman in Lancaster in 1947, a lieutenant in 1957 and a captain in 1970. He retired in 1983.

He was a member of the Police Conference of New York State; Post 1528, American Legion, of Depew; the executive board of the Western New York Association of Retired Police Officers; and the Western New York Police Association. He was an honorary life member of the Bowmansville Fire Department.

He was also a past president of the Town of Lancaster Policemen's Benevolent Association and the Police Captains and Lieutenants Association of Erie County.

He was the widower of Julia Zamoyski Winkler.

Survivors include two daughters, Karen Cianfrini of Lancaster and Denise Marran of Orchard Park, and four grandchildren.

Prayers will be said at 9 a.m. Saturday in Edward J. Cichon Funeral Home, 4929 Broadway, Depew, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in St. James Catholic Church, 496 Terrace Blvd., Depew. Burial will be in Saint Adalbert's Cemetery, Lancaster.


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