Lance Winnicki Obituary (1947 – 2022) – Utica, NY

Lance Stuart Winnicki, 74, of New Hartford, died at St Elizabeth Medical Center on February 23, 2022, after a three-year battle with a vicious form of Parkinson’s disease.
Lance was born in Utica, the son of Edward and Lillian Winnicki. He graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1965 and Boston College in 1969. That same year he entered the United States Navy, serving four years in the Vietnam War on the USS Niagara Falls, earning the Navy Achievement Medal for his effectiveness in combat operations.
In 1974, Lance married Maryann Keida and began a life of high spirits and love with her. After leaving the Navy, Lance joined his father at the Winnicki Insurance Agency, purchasing the business in 1980. He earned his CPCU and CIC insurance designations and taught numerous insurance license courses. He was a true industry leader and loved the business world. He has also served in numerous professional and community service organizations. He sold his agency in 2000 and continued his insurance career with Utica First Insurance Co. retiring in 2014.
His next career started when he joined his wife in her travel business. He particularly enjoyed their long weekends in Paris, flying first class on Air France. He and Maryann have led numerous groups in all parts of the globe. One of his greatest pleasures was playing golf at the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland. He developed his love of golf working on his family’s golf course while attending high school and college. He was a three-time club champion at Skenandoa Club before joining Yahnundasis Golf Club, winning four club championships there during his 38 years as a member.
Lance could talk to anyone. He was interested in the people he met and was generous with his time. He was a voracious reader, lover of crossword puzzles and good food, spoiled by his wife’s amazing cooking. He was a kind and honorable man and he will be truly missed.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 47 years, Maryann; his sisters, Christine Hall of Whitesboro and Michelle and Bohdan Herbowy of New Hartford; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Richard and Jeannette Keida of Las Vegas; nieces, Eve and Kurt Dean of Arizona, Justine and Roman Sanchez of Colorado, Diedre and Michel Ayers of New Jersey, Katie Hall (Brian Scharbach) of Yorkville; nephews, Jason and Brenda Hall of Missouri, Adam and Laura Hall of Rhode Island, Maksym Herbowy of Utica and Luc Herbowy of New York. He leaves behind many dear golfing friends, including Lou Rabice, Steve Critelli, Bob Walser and Ron Wargo.
He was predeceased by his sister, Linell and his brother-in-law, Dick Hall.
Lance’s family thanks the doctors, nurses and staff at St Elizabeth’s Intensive Care Unit for the exceptional care and compassion shown to Lance. Maryann also expresses her deepest gratitude to the Missy Grant team whose excellent care has kept Lance comfortable and happy in his own home for the past six months.
There will be no calling hours. Immediate services will be private. A celebration of life will be planned in the spring at the parish of Mary, Mother of Our Savior, Church of Our Lady of Lourdes.
Parkinson’s disease was a particularly cruel disease to strike a man who loved to talk and with such a natural ability to use words. He faced his trials with courage even though Parkinson’s disease took away his ability to walk and talk over the past year. Others need help to fight this disease. Please donate to the Parkinson’s Research Foundation in Lance’s memory. Envelopes will be available at the church during its spring service. The date and time will be announced in the Utica OD.
Arrangements are under the direction of McGrath, Myslinski, Karboski & Nunn Funeral Directors, 470 French Rd., Utica.
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Published by McGrath, Myslinski, Karboski & Nunn Funeral Directors on February 26, 2022.

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