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A release was issued by the office of Police Chief Michael Ruth on Friday, April 21, former Elmhurst Police Officer Joseph R. Winkler passed away on April 19, 2017, following a brief illness. He was 81 years old.
Joe joined the police department in Elmhurst in 1958 and served the community for 34 years, retiring in 1992. He served on the Traffic Enforcement Unit, keeping a watchful eye for speed violations and drunk drivers. Winkler enjoyed his patrols on the three-wheeler motorcycle, which he rode most of the year.
Joe was a long-time Elmhurst resident who had a wonderful sense of humor. He was proud of his police service and truly enjoyed his time helping and serving the residents of Elmhurst.
“Our thoughts and prayers are extended to Joe’s family and his retired colleagues at this difficult time,” Ruth said.
Winkler retired after 34 years with the Elmhurst Police Department and 11 years as a Code Enforcement Officer. He also served as an Executive Officer of the Illinois Police Assn. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army. Beloved husband of Virginia (nee Miller); loving father of Colleen (Ron) van de Kraats, Marianne (Chris) Kragel, Jeanne (Jim) Hedman, Thomas Winkler, Kathleen (Brian) Wurst, Megan (Dan) Marshe, Marisa Winkler and Joseph D. (Leah) Winkler; devoted grandfather of 17 and great grandfather of four. Beloved “Uncle Joe” of many nieces and nephews.
Services were held on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 134 Arthur St.
Interment Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, Hillside. Arrangements provided by Pedersen-Ryberg Funeral Home. For more information, call 630-834-1133 or visit pedersenryberg.com. ... See MoreSee Less
Ride the trolley to free fun during the 21st Annual Elmhurst Museum Day on May 21
Many Chicago area museumgoers don’t realize that Elmhurst is home to three unique museums all within walking distance from one another—the Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst History Museum, and Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art. This special connection positions the City of Elmhurst as a cultural arts haven in the western suburbs like no other, and makes it the perfect spot to celebrate the many contributions museums make to their communities.
This year, Elmhurst celebrates the 21st Annual Museum Day on Sunday, May 21 from 1 p.m. To 5 p.m., when the three museums along with the Wilder Park Conservatory will open their doors to the public. Visitors of all ages are welcome to walk or ride the two complimentary “Explore Elmhurst” trolleys as it transports guests to each location in downtown Elmhurst to explore exhibits and participate in fun, family-friendly activities. Exhibit admission and activities are free. Participants who receive stamps at all four locations may qualify for a prize drawing that includes: Classic Cinemas movie tickets, passes to The Hub batting cage and mini golf facility, museum membership packages, Elmhurst City Centre gift cards and more.
Elmhurst Museum Day is part of an international event designed to remind the public of the value of museums as an important community resource for education, cultural exchange, and development of mutual understanding and cooperation among people.
Here are some of the free activities planned for 2017 Elmhurst Museum Day Activities:
Elmhurst Art Museum: Explore the current exhibition, “The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Wealth Management Art Collection,” and create a related work of art. Location: 150 Cottage Hill Ave. elmhurstartmuseum.org or (630) 834-0202
Elmhurst History Museum: Tour the “House & Home” exhibit from the National Building Museum and “By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst” exhibit, watch home improvement paint and tile demos by Home Depot pros, and kids can design a dream bedroom look board to take home. Enjoy complimentary lemonade and cookies. Location: 120 E. Park Ave. elmhursthistory.org or (630) 833-1457
Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art: Experience the museum’s fascinating collections of rare stones and precious gems, and make a rockin’ picture frame to preserve special memories. Location: 220 Cottage Hill Ave., lizzadromuseum.org or (630) 833-1616
Wilder Park Conservatory: Discover Elmhurst’s beautiful, historic conservatory and learn about horticulture and conservation. The first 200 families will receive a flower/herb garden starter kit (limit one per family). Location: 175 S. Prospect Ave. epd.org or (630) 993-8900
Note: All museums and Wilder Park are within a few blocks walking distance from each other and the Elmhurst Metra train station (Union Pacific West Line).
Be sure to hop aboard the trolley to celebrate 21 years of Museum Day fun in Elmhurst on May 21! For the latest information, visit elmhursthistory.org or any of the museums’ web sites.
Contact information for all museums:
Elmhurst Art Museum: www.elmhurstartmuseum.org (630) 834-0202
Elmhurst History Museum: www.elmhursthistory.org (630) 833-1457
Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art: www.lizzadromuseum.org (630) 833-1616
Elmhurst Park District: www.epd.org (630) 993-8900
Ride the trolley on May 21 for free exhibit admission and family-friendly activities during the 21st annual Elmhurst Museum Day ... See MoreSee Less