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Charles Winter Jr. '50 January 27, 2011 3:36 PM

Published in (San Antonio) Express-News from January 25 to January 26, 2011

Charlie Winter

Charlie Winter, age 83, of San Antonio, died on Sunday, January 23, 2011 at home, surrounded by his family and friends. Those who loved him will miss his wit, his charm, his compassion and quiet determination. Charlie inspired those who knew him with his faith, courage and fortitude during his thirteen year struggle with cancer. Despite the ups and downs, he continued to live a life full of joy and adventure.

Charlie was born in New Orleans on November 6, 1927, and raised in Galveston. Charlie graduated from Texas A&M and served his country in the U.S. Army. In 1953, he returned to Texas from Germany, and settled in San Antonio. There, he met Haidee Gerhardt. In 1960, Charlie and Haidee were married at Christ Episcopal Church, They moved to McAllen where they started their family in 1961. From 1963 to 1966, Charlie and Haidee lived on the Gerhardt family farm outside of San Antonio. In 1966 Charlie and Haidee moved back to San Antonio. For 37 years they lived on Belvidere Drive in Olmos Park, where they raised their two children. Charlie worked for New England Life Insurance Company for forty years, and was a Certified Life Underwriter.

Charlie served on the vestry of Saint Mark's Episcopal Church and also of Saint David's Episcopal Church. Charlie and Haidee loved to travel, and in recent years especially enjoyed visiting their friends in England. Since 2003, Charlie and Haidee's home away from home has been in Port Aransas. In addition to traveling, Charlie loved to read, cook, yell for the Aggies, and play golf. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends. Charlie thought of himself as a very lucky man, even in the last five days of his life. Charlie was blessed by his association with care-givers, including Dr. Lon Smith, Bonnie Clark, Mirian Martinez and Jennifer Armstrong; Maria Contreras; Dr. Stephen Gelfond; Dr. Susan King; Dr. Richard Newman; Dr. Kyriakos Papadopoulous, Glenda Chambers, Carolyn and Terry.

Charlie is preceded in death by his father, Charles D. Winter, Sr.; his mother, Kathleen Nell Winter; and mother-in-law, Haidee Williams Gerhardt. Charlie is survived by his wife of 51 years, Haidee Gerhardt Winter; daughter, Kathleen Winter and son-in-law, Greg Campbell; son, Raymond Charles Winter; daughter-in-law, Karen Berryman; and grandchildren, Kat Pala and Ela Pala; brother, Robert S. Winter; nephews, Paul Winter and Robert Winter and dog, Sophie Lynn.

JANUARY 27, 2011
2:00 P.M.

The Rev. Lisa Mason officiating. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be sent to St. David's Episcopal Church or Thrivewell Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 29331, San Antonio, Texas 78229.
You are invited to sign the guestbook at
Arrangements with:
Porter Loring Mortuaries
1101 McCullough  227-8221

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