Karen M. Winklbauer | 67

November 8, 1953 - April 6, 2021

Karen M. Winklbauer, 67, of 618 Virginia Road, St. Marys, passed away Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at her home, after a brief illness.

She was born November 8, 1953, in St. Marys, daughter of the late Daniel G. “Moon” and Jean Marie Hetrick Ryan.  Karen was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Elk County Christian High School, Class of 1971.  She was involved in banking for over 45 years, retiring from CNB Bank in 2018.

On June 14, 1975, in the Sacred Heart Church, Karen married Peter Winklbauer, who survives.

Along with her loving husband, she is survived by her sister, Cindy Burke of Archbald, PA and by her brother, Daniel G. Ryan and his wife Meg of New Bern, NC; she is also survived by her nieces and nephews: Danny, Kailee, Cara, Matthew, Alecia, Jason, Christina, Katie, Victoria, Julie, Samantha, Kyle, Logan, and Sydney.

In addition to her parents, Karen was predeceased by her twin sister, Sharon Ryan in 2014; and by a brother-in-law, Donald Burke.

She was a member of the Sacred Heart Church, she enjoyed volunteering her time in the ECCHS cafeteria, and was a member of the Sacred Heart Social Committee.  She was an avid reader, loved to travel, and was a game show enthusiast. She looked forward to her monthly luncheons with her banking friends and cherished her time shopping with her nieces.  It was certain that she would purchase a pair of shoes and a book.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Church on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Michael Gabler, OSB, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Friday, April 9, 2021 from 6:00 PM until 8:00pm.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Elk County Catholic High School Art Department, 600 Maurus Street, St. Marys, PA 15857.



April 9, 2021
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home

Funeral Service

April 10, 2021
10:00 am
Sacred Heart Church

Final Resting Place

St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery

Tribute Wall


  1. Pete, I was so shocked to hear that your dear wife has passed away. I just heard this news today. God bless you as you try to find some light at the end of this darkness. Pam

  2. Pete and Family,
    Thinking of you during this difficult time, know she is a whisper away, and share the memories of her often, for she will live in so many hearts!

    Laura and Brian

  3. Dear Pete:
    I’m so sorry to learn of the loss of your wife. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

    Ron Posteraro

  4. My deepest sympathy is with you all at this sorrowful time. Karen was a wonderful person & loved by all who knew her. Thoughts & prayers are with you Pete & The Ryan Family.
    Amy Garner Fox
    Cary, NC

  5. Dear Pete:

    I am so sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. She was a truly lovely person who always had a smile. Just know that I am thinking of you at this dark time.

    With deep sympathy,


  6. Pete and Family,
    So sorry for your loss.
    Karen was a great lady and will truly be missed.
    You all are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    With Deepest Sympathy,
    Dean, Mary, & Ryan Hanes

  7. Dear Pete,
    You have my sympathy on the passing of Karen. She was a great person to know and to be with. She will be in my prayers. Take care.
    Sandy Miller

  8. Dear Pete
    You have our deepest condolences in the passing of your wife, Karen. She was a lovely lady and will surely be missed. May she now rest in peace.
    Karen will be remembered in our prayers.
    With sympathy,
    Dave & Kay Gnan

  9. Pete, I am so sorry for your loss, Karen was the nicest person! Blessings sent your way!

  10. Dearest Pete and Family,
    The loss of Karen is a heartache for many. Words seem so feeble at this time. So many wonderful memories. However, I will always remember Karen smiling and laughing. Her smile lit up her face and her laugh consumed her and all around her. The touch of her hand as she patted mine while saying “Sweetie” in some form or another and smiling is forever imprinted on my heart.

    Many prayers for all as you endure the loss of Karen and her special joy and laughter.

    With much love, Missy

  11. Having lost a spouse I know it can be difficult. My best wishes to you, Pete.

  12. Our hearts break with yours, Pete, as you say goodbye to your incredibly wonderful wife. Her picture radiates her warmth & joy & love of life. We love you!

  13. You have my sympathy. I worked as an auditor for Penn Bank for years and always enjoyed working with your wife! Fond memories of those good old days! I lost my wife six years ago and it still hurts, we had been married 48 years. Take care of yourself. Dave Engle

  14. Pete,
    Sorry to hear about your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    -Patrick & Karen

  15. Pete, Karen will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know her. May you find peace and love in the memories you cherish. Thoughts and prayers coming your way!

    Dave & Doll Fox & Family

  16. When I would see Karen at the bank we would always have a nice conversation. My condolences to the family.

  17. Pete,
    I’m so very sorry for your loss. Karen was truly one of the sweetest and kindest people I have ever known. My family and I are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

    – Jacinda (Pistner) Grannas & Family

  18. Pete, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May memories help ease the sorry your are going through. Karen graduated with Alan from ECCHS in 1971 and I’m sure they will meet together again Heaven. God Bless You!

  19. Pete,
    So sorry for your loss! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Pam & Joe

  20. Dear Pete,

    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your wife, Karen. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    With my deepest sympathy,
    Suzanne Zurfluh

  21. Pete,
    I would like to express my sincerest condolences for your loss. Please feel free to contact me for any anything I can provide during this time. I will keep you and family in prayer.
    Michael Jeselnick

  22. Although it is difficult today to see beyond your
    sorrow, your memories of Karen will help
    comfort you tomorrow. Will keep you in our thoughts & prayers. Jim & Mary Ann Valentine

  23. Pete, we are so very sorry for your loss. Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs.
    Karen was such a warm and friendly person, always greeted you with a smile. She will be deeply missed.

  24. Pete, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  25. So sorry to hear of the passing of Karen. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

  26. Sending thoughts and prayers to you during this difficult time. May you find comfort in your memories that will live on forever.

    Marsha Dallasen and Mollie (Dallasen) McMinn

  27. My heart is so heavy reading this tonight. I will miss my friend on FB. You always clicked like on my posts & sent birthday & anniversary (we share the same one) wishes.
    The only comfort I have is that you are reunited with your wonderful parents & twin sister. The world will be a darker place without your smiling face. My condolences to Pete, Cindy, Danny & families. May our Risen Savior give you all peace & comfort in the coming days. Fly high my friend.

  28. Pete,
    So sorry for your loss. Karen use to wait on me at the bank. Such a nice lady. You’re in my thoughts & prayers

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