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Harlan L. Wegscheid, age 88, of rural Lester Prairie passed away on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at Centra Care Hospital in Monticello.

He was born on October 6, 1932 in Waverly the son of Edmund & Anna (Vorderbruggen) Wegscheid.

Harlan graduated from Nazareth Hall in St. Paul in 1950.

Harlan honorably served his Country in The United States Army.

Farming was his passion!

Survived by his wife: Joann (Kuntz) Wegscheid; sons: Daniel (Cindy) Wegscheid of St. Peter, Minnesota and Thomas Wegscheid of Blaine; grandchildren: Amy (Vince) Gundlach of Baxter, Minnesota, Rebecca Wegscheid of St. Paul, Minnesota, Emily (Nick) Nalbach of Charleston, West Virginia; great grandchildren: Britta, Soren and Anja Gundlach; siblings:  Cordelia Lewandoski of Litchfield, Virgil (Virginia) Wegscheid of Hutchinson, Minnesota  Ed (Betty) Wegscheid of Coal Valley, Illinois, Marcel (Ella) Wegscheid of Kress, Texas, Sharon Dominik (Dennis Williams) of Lawrence, Kansas and Darril (Mary) Wegscheid of St. Paul, Minnesota; In-laws: Patsy Wegscheid, Vicki Burke, Tom Willard, Don Kuntz, Marilyn Klose, Geri (John) Peterson, William (Joan) Otto, Marilyn (Stan) Kummer, Gerald (Carole) Otto, Paul (Theresa) Otto and Francis Otto; an aunt: Mae Vorderbruggen of Watertown, Minnesota; other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by wife: Rosemary (Otto) Wegscheid, his parents Edmund and Anna Wegscheid, parents-in-law  Joseph and Ann Kuntz and George and Katherine Otto, a brother Stanley Wegscheid, a sister Kaleene Willard, brothers-in-law Ernie Lewandoski, Robert Kuntz, Lowell Klose, George LaPenotiere and Jarvey Beck and by sisters-in-law Gloria Kuntz, Mae Kuntz, Jane Kuntz and Barb Otto.

A Private Mass of Christian Burial for Harlan L. Wegscheid will be held on Saturday, December 5th, 2020 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.

Interment with military rites will follow at Holy Trinity Cemetery.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to “Feed the Kids”, Habitat for Humanity, Birth Rite, Holy Trinity Church, Holy Trinity School, Alzheimer’s Association or EWTN.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, Minnesota is serving the family.   Online condolences may be made to

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July 7, 1958 – November 17, 2020

Ronald James Schmid Sr., age 62, of Winsted passed away peacefully surrounded by his family and faithful dog on Tuesday, November 17th, 2020 at his home.

He was born on July 7, 1958 in Minneapolis the son of Donald & Geraldine Schmid.

Ron grew up in Victoria and graduated from Chaska High School in 1976.

In 1985, Ron married Linda Kohout of Jordan, Minnesota.   Home was Chaska for 16 years.   They were blessed with two children, Maria and R.J. (Ronald James Jr.).

Ron was proud of his work as a carpenter working in the Chaska and Shakopee area and then finishing work in the St. Louis Park and Hopkins areas.   He also remodeled three houses for his family to live in and was honored to have one of his houses he worked on in the “Parade of Homes” for 18 years.

One of his favorite activities was to taking his family every year on a vacation, especially out west.

His favorite hobby was working on his 67 Candy-apple red mustang with his son R. J. and taking it to all the local car shows.

During the past year, his 2 year old grandson Clark, brought many smiles to “Grandpa’s face watching the birds and squirrels out the window with him.

During the past 10 years Ron dealt with many complications from cancer.

He is survived by his loving wife: Linda; daughter: Maria (and friend Gary Samuels) of Glencoe and son: R.J. of Winsted; grandson: Clark; sisters: Nancy Schleeve (and friend Tom), Pam Schulz (Dave) both of Holiday, Florida; mother-in-law: Hazel Kohout of New Prague; other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents Donald & Gerry Schmid, a brother David Schmid and by his father-in-law Arthur Kohout.

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Jerome Henry Cafferty, age 92, passed away November 15, 2020.

Private memorial service will be held for family only. Inurnment at Holy Trinity Cemetery.

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October 14, 1952-November 11, 2020

Rosanne Theresa Hertel, 68, passed into the arms of our Lord on November 11, 2020 after several months of battling metastatic breast cancer.

Born on October 14, 1952, she was the eighth child of Leo and Genevieve (Miller) Hertel. She is preceded in death by her eldest brother, baby Paul Hertel, John (Jack) Hertel, and James (Jim) Hertel. Surviving are siblings, Mary Jo (Hertel) Smuda, Jane (Hertel) Campbell, Jerome (Jerry) Hertel and his wife, Toni, Carol (Hertel) Kluk and her husband, Don, Frances (Hertel) Tieman and her husband, Doug, and sister-in-law, Kathy (Campbell) Hertel.  Rosanne, aka Aunt Rosie, is also survived by twenty-two nieces and nephews, thirty-seven great-nieces and nephews and four great-great-nieces and nephews.

Rosanne was a graduate of Holy Trinity Schools and a 1974 graduate of the College of St. Benedict where she received an elementary teaching degree. She returned to her hometown of Winsted to teach students in grades kindergarten through six grades over a 45-year period, retiring in May of 2019.  “Miss Hertel” had a tremendous life-long impact on countless students through the years, never taking credit in her humble way, or even truly realizing the positive effect she had on all those who knew her, whether as a teacher, coach, school musical director or co-worker. For many summers, Rosanne stayed involved with children as the Winsted community summer recreation director and swimming lessons coordinator.

In addition to the major role Rosanne played at Holy Trinity Schools, she was also actively involved at Holy Trinity Church over the years as a choir member, lecturer and Eucharistic minister. Rosanne was also very involved as a volunteer in the community at the Winstock country music festival, Winsted Legion Days and Winsted Winter Festival. In 1987, Rosanne was selected as a grand marshal when Winsted held its first Centennial celebration, an honor that she cherished. Rosanne showed her creative and artistic skills through her jewelry making, creating beautiful earrings, bracelets, and necklaces.

She also enjoyed crocheting blankets, scarves, and hats for her family and friends.

Rosie’s siblings would like to thank her many friends, near and far, former co-workers, and especially, former students and parents of those she taught who sent her cards and letters of love and support as she battled her illness. Special thanks to the nurses and caregivers at St. Mary’s Rehab Center (Winsted), Abbott Northwestern Hospital (Minneapolis), and Our Lady of Peace Hospice Center (St. Paul).

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will take place at Holy Trinity Church on Friday, December 4th at 11:00 am, with the visitation at Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted on Thursday, December 3rd, from 4:00 – 8:00 pm.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Rosanne to Holy Trinity Schools, 110 Winsted Avenue West, Winsted, MN 55395 or to Our Lady of Peace, 2076 St. Anthony Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104.

Eternal rest grant unto her, oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her.


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Laura D. Stand, age 37, journeyed to the Spirit World on November 5, 2020.

She was born on December 15, 1983 in Minneapolis, MN the daughter of Michael Stand and Marilyn Left Hand.

Laura was a beautiful soul that enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.  She enjoyed fixing her hair and make-up, enjoyed playing games and listening to music.  She loved her family.  We will miss her and her beautiful smile.

She is survived by her father; sons Michael Running Shield, Matthew Running Shield, Nicolaus Williams-Brown Jr., Anthony Stand and Niko William-Brown; daughters Mercedes Stand, Aliyah Stand and Nikaiya William-Brown; brothers Michael Stand Jr., Robert Stand Sr., Jacob Mata, Manuell Perez Berra; sisters Nicole Stand, Rena Big Crow, Jayshell Flying Horse and Lavone Saice; many other relatives and friends.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 4055 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis, MN from 1-4 PM.

Honorary Bearers are Michael Stand Jr., Jacob Mata, Will Bryant, Michael Running Shield, Matthew Running Shield, Jerrith Oak Grove, Sean Mason, Dakota Wade Left Hand, Roy Brown and Ulysis Jr.

Chilson Funeral Home, Winsted, MN assisted the family with arrangements.  On-line condolences can be made at

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March 10, 1945 – November 2, 2020


Carolyn Irene LaFontaine, age 75, of Blaine journeyed to the Spirit World on Monday, November 2, 2020 at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.

She was born on March 10, 1945 in Topeka, Kansas the daughter of Carl Tinsley and Parlee George.

She is survived by her husband: Eugene LaFontaine; sons: Brian Husnsucker and Ronnie Heart; a daughter: Sheri Poor; fifteen grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren; 2 brothers and 4 sisters as well as other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by her father Carl Tinsley, mother Parlee Tinsley, her daughters Kelly and Laura Hunsucker, and her two brothers Bobby and David Tinsley.

Carolyn lived her life to the fullest through simple pleasures, cooking and baking, Playing her favorite games on her smart phone, puffing on her E-Cigarette, listening to her favorite music, especially Snoop Dogg and Train, collecting all things Tasmanian Devil, and never missing an episode of WWE Wrestling and General Hospital.  But above all cherishing her time spent with her family especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Carolyn touched the lives of many in a deep and positive way and will be missed by all who know and love her.

A Memorial Service for Carolyn Irene LaFontaine will be held on Friday, November 13th at 2:00 P.M. at The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home.