Pat Winkel was born in Odessa, Texas, on March 17th, 1953. She grew up there and graduated from Permian High School, where she was cheerleader for the storied Permian Panthers— the football program that Friday Night Lights is based on. She attended Tarleton State University and then moved on to dental hygienist school. She embarked on many endeavors, until working for the Sears Photography company, where she met Tom Winkel. They were married a few years later and they were inseparable until he passed three years ago.
As a couple, they loved to travel, sail and were very sociable wherever they went. Linda spent time raising her son and daughter as well as working with and supporting her husband’s work in Texas, Virginia and, finally, back to the Northwest, where Tom’s roots were. They lived on Vashon Island, Oak Harbor and Gig Harbor. Everywhere Linda went she volunteered and was involved in her community and schools, until in the late 90s she was diagnosed with MS. She slowly but progressively lost almost all of her mobility. She handled this difficult situation with amazing grace and never stopped fighting or believing.
She passed peacefully on 2-14-22. She is predeceased by her father, John Hennech and mother, Francis Van Auken. She is survived by her brother Michael Hennech, son Jarod Winkel, daughter Lisa Moe, (Aaron Moe) and her beloved grandkids, Kasen and Josslin Moe.