USS San Diego
"Always Watchful"
Sponsor of USS San Diego 
Mrs.  Linda Winter
Sponsor, Mrs. Linda Winter 
Linda Engel Winter, the daughter of Frank and Erma Engel, is originally from Pittsburgh, Pa. She and her husband, Dr. Donald Winter, former 74th Secretary of the Navy, met as students at the University of Rochester and were married a week after graduation in 1969. After Linda worked at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research while Dr. Winter earned his PhD., the Winters moved to Southern California.During that time, Linda was heavily involved in volunteer leadership activities with school, community and athletic groups. San Diego was a favored destination for many family activities and later, during her husband’s tenure, became one again for visits to the many Naval installations in and around the city. For the last ten years the Winters have lived in northern Virginia.

During the time that Dr. Winter served as Secretary of the Navy, January 2006 to March 2009, Linda appreciated the opportunity to meet, support and talk with the Sailors and Marines as well as their wonderful families. She retains a deep and abiding love and respect for the whole Navy family and is deeply honored to be the sponsor of San Diego (LPD 22). With the help of her good friends and Matrons of Honor, Sheila Sieger and Lisa Lutz, she looks forward to supporting all those who sail on her for many years.


Lisa Lutz, Matron of Honor

 Matron of Honor

Lisa and her husband Bob reside in McLean, Virginia where she is a homemaker and active in local civic affairs. For many years Lisa volunteered with the organization CharityWorks where she was on the leadership Council. She was a co-chair for the very successful event, a wine tasting dinner, which benefited Fisher House. She and her husband support the Navy Squash Team, the Naval Academy Athletic Association and the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation. Lisa attended the University of Oklahoma and graduated from Northeastern Oklahoma State University in Tahlequah, Okla., in 1976.

Sheila Sieger, Matron of Honor

Matron of Honor 

Sheila Sieger grew up in New York City and married her husband, Jerry, in 1970. They subsequently moved west and happily reside in Placentia, Calif., where they own a packaging components business. While her boys were in school, Sheila volunteered her time in support of school activities, including sports and band programs. She has been a sales consultant for Partylite Candles & Gifts for fifteen years and enjoys meeting people in this home party atmosphere.  Sheila and Linda Winter have been friends ever since meeting in a park in Manhattan Beach, CA, thirty-five years ago. They remain close even while living on opposite sides of the country..

Being a part of this special occasion is a very special honor and she looks forward to working with Linda in her capacity as sponsor of San Diego (LPD 22).

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