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Feb. 10, 1952 – March 4, 2014

Gerald E. Winkler, executive vice president of the Great Lakes region for ESM Ferolie, died Tuesday at his Alden home following a brief illness. He was 62.

A graduate of Canisius High School and Canisius College, he worked at ESM Ferolie, a food brokerage, for 13 years.

Before that, he served as president of Pezrow, another food brokerage, for about 10 years.

He was a member of the Grocery Manufacturers Representatives Associates.

Born and raised in Buffalo, he was an avid Philadelphia Phillies fan.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon; a daughter, Stephanie Schultz; two sons, Gregory and Christopher; his parents, Floyd and Edna, and a brother, Robert.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today in Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 7580 Clinton St., Elma.