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Our beloved mother and grandmother Gail Brand passed away peacefully at The Gardens in Winsted, Mn at 4:30 PM on March 2, 2023. Gail Brand was born on August 1, 1946 to Chester and Ruth Loken in Roseau, Mn.

She was a sassy and fun-loving woman who very much enjoyed her life.  She stayed tough until the very end.  Gail was very active in the Eagles club, along with her beloved husband Robert Brand. Robert became State President for a term making Gail Madam State President.   Gail wore that honor with pride and used that position to accomplish many great things.  She was a welder at Polaris Industries for many years.   Gail enjoyed reading, playing bingo and chatting with the many friends she made at The Gardens.  She made friends wherever she went.  She enjoyed getting visits from her children and grandchildren and that became the highlight of her weeks.

She will be missed dearly and thought of often.  Gail was preceded in death by her parents Chester and Ruth Loken, her brother Ron Loken, her grandfather Tom Loken and her wonderful husband Robert Brand. She is survived by her sons Danny Brand, Ricky Brand, Brian Brand, Brad Brand and her daughter Marcie Anderson, her grandchildren Samantha and Logan Brand, Hailee Brand, Krista Knutson, Randi Weyaus, Morgan Beronius, Allison Tureson, and great-grandsons Silas Leyendecker and Bowen Tureson, along with many cousins and nieces and nephews and her extended family in Ohio.

Gail’s wish was to be cremated and her ashes spread beside her husband. .   To those who prayed and sent warm wishes, thank you and bless you all.  She is no longer in pain.

A memorial service will be held at 2 pm on April 3rd at the Chilson Funeral Home at 200 Fairlawn Ave W, Winsted Mn. 55395 and will be officiated by Jeff Garland.

Special thanks to Moments Hospice and The Gardens in Winsted who were there to comfort her the entire way and kept in great communication with her children.  We are forever grateful.

Flowers can be sent to:  Chilson Funeral Home

200 Fairlawn Ave W

Winsted, Mn 55395


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Sandra Joyce Hill, age 67, of Rice Lake, MN journeyed to the Spirit World on March 17, 2023.

She was born on May 21, 1955 in Bagley, MN the daughter of Ephraim Sayers and Dorothy Hill.

Sandra graduated from Bagley High School.  She loved cooking and baking and everyone enjoyed eating her food which led her to getting a certificate of completion from a culinary arts program.  Sandra was a hard worker who took pride in everything she did, especially when it came to raising her four beautiful children, who adored her just as much.  After raising her children in Minneapolis, she moved back to Rice Lake to retire and be with her mother and brothers.  In her spare time, she enjoyed spending time with her grandkids and great-grandkids.  She also enjoyed going to the casino, making people laugh on Facebook with funny memes, playing games on her phone and listening to music.

Survived by her children Alvin (Shantel) Oritz, Joel (Jamie) Ortiz, Rosa Ortiz and Debra Ortiz; siblings Alvin Hill, Robert Wayne Sayers and Debra Sayers; eleven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; aunts Gloria and Sharon; uncle Frank; many other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by her mother and father; sisters Renee and Cheryl; brother Calvin and niece Sandy Sayers.

Honorary casket bearers will be Alvin Hill, Austin Smith, Joel Ortiz, Alvin Ortiz and Gloria Crissler.

Casket bearers will be Jayson Lumbar, Gabriel Ortiz, Robert Sayers, Joseph Sayers, James Sayers, and Darrick Drapeau.

Funeral service for Sandra Hill will be held Sunday, March 26, 2023 at 1:00 PM at Rice Lake Community Center, Bagley, MN.  Interment will be held at St. Phillips Episcopal Church Cemetery in Rice Lake, MN.

Visitation will be held Friday, March 24 beginning at 2 PM until 9 PM at the MN Indian Women’s Resource Center, 2300 South 15th Avenue, Minneapolis, MN.  All-night wake will be held Saturday, March 25 beginning at 3:00 PM at Rice Lake Community Center, Bagley, MN.

Chilson Funeral Home, Winsted, MN assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

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Wendell Lee Olson, age 53, of Minneapolis, MN journeyed to the Spirit World on March 19, 2023.

He was born on February 27, 1970 in Minneapolis, MN the son of Eugene Smith and Hazel (Thompson) Olson.

Lee was loved by many family members.  He loved to gamble, being the kid boss and spending time with family.  Lee loved to stay busy, loved cruising and sight-seeing and enjoyed his Mayo sandwiches.  He was an amazing artist and loved his hairspray because his hair had to be slicked just right.

Survived by his children Wendell Olson, Preston Olson (Tatiana), Isiah Olson, Sami Mountain (Preston) & Kye Olson; grandchildren Jaden Olson, Aiyanna Romano, Adonnis Romano, Andreas Ramano, Armani Romano, LaRayna Dionne, Preston Dionne Jr. and Lainey Dionne; siblings Martha Olson, Eugene Olson, Jodi Olson and Sherry Olson; special niece Francisca Macedonio; many other nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his mother Hazel Olson; his father Eugene Smith, siblings Darrin Olson and Lonnie Olson; niece Clarice Thompson; nephew Emmanuel Olson; and special people Dawn Monroe and Jessica Owen.

Honorary casket bearers will be Francisca Macedonio, Carlos Macedonio, Jamie Macedonio, Sulvia Macedonio, Fransisco Macedonio, Diondra Boswell, David Boswell, Shelby Boswell, Sarah Wade, Davine Wade, Sherri Lee Bruce, Shaylee Bruce and Shada Bruce.

Casket bearers will be Wendell Olson, Isiah Olson, Kye Olson, Preston Olson, Eugene Olson and Romney Olson.

Funeral service for Wendell Olson will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, March 25, 2023 at the Fon du Lac Cultural Language and Learning Center in Cloquet, MN.  Rick Defoe will officiate.  Interment at Holy Family Cemetery in Cloquet.

A visitation will take place Thursday, March 23 from Noon – 10:00 PM at Church of Blessed Kateri in Minneapolis.  Further all-night wake will be held Friday, March 24 beginning at 3:00 PM at the Fon du Lac Cultural Language and Learning Center in Cloquet.

Chilson Funeral Home, Winsted assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

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January 12, 1927 – March 8, 2023

Mary Helen Sheehan, age 96, of Winsted passed away on Wednesday morning, March 8, 2023 at Cedar Crest Estates Assisted Living in Silver Lake.

She was born on January 12, 1927 in Fairfax, Minnesota the daughter of John & Catherine (Fahey) Frassel.

Mary Helen Frassel and John E. Sheehan were joined in holy marriage on June 17, 1947 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bird Island.   God blessed their marriage with eight children.

Helen was the longtime proprietor of Winsted Floral.

Helen was a parishioner of The Holy Trinity Catholic Church and volunteered and worked at Holy Trinity School.

She and John enjoyed their summers on Lake Mary, fishing and playing cards.

Survived by her children: Katherine of Scottsdale, Arizona, James (Emily) of Howard Lake, Minnesota, Peggy of Phoenix, Arizona, Kelly (Pam) of Deephaven, Minnesota, Mark (Diane) of Lisle, Illinois, Anne of Scottsdale, Arizona, Timothy of Winsted, Minnesota and Joel of Scottsdale, Arizona; nine grandchildren; three great grandchildren; a sister: Phyllis “Tootie” Vanderhagen; other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by her husband John on April 12, 2006, her parents and siblings: Cecil, Loraine and Lester.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Helen Sheehan will be held on Thursday, March 30th, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.    Father Matthew Wiering will be the Celebrant.

Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

A visitation will be held AT THE CHURCH on Thursday, March 30th, 2023 beginning at 10:00 A.M. and Mass will be held at 11:00 A.M.


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John “Jack” Richard Schable, Sr., age 89 of Winsted, MN, formerly Minneapolis, MN, passed away March 12, 2023 at the VA Home.

He was born on January 8, 1934 in Minneapolis, MN to John F. and Gertrude C. (Lucas) Schable. He grew up in South Minneapolis and graduated from DeLaSalle High School with the class of 1952.

Not long after high school, he enlisted to serve in the United States Air Force. He was inducted on January 15, 1953 and proudly served until his honorable discharge on January 14, 1957.

Jack was joined in marriage to Jane Greene in 1958. After living in the Cities most of their lives, the two decided to move out to the small farm town of Winsted, MN following Jack’s retirement. They fell in love with the close-knit community and made it their home the last 20 years.

Jack was a sports enthusiast; he especially enjoyed the Vikings and watching baseball. His great story telling and sense of humor was unmatched. Jack was kind, always helpful, and known for his generous heart. He was a devoted member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Jack is preceded in death by his wife, Jane; great-granddaughter, Emma; brother, Dick; and his parents.

He is survived by his son, John; daughter, Mary Sletton; grandchildren, Angie, Maria, Kaitlyn, Kassidy, and McKenzie; several great-grandchildren; sister, Sherry Shable; and many other relatives and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, March 17, 2023 at 11:00 AM with visitation one hour prior at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, Minnesota. Interment with military honors will take place at Holy Trinity Cemetery following the Mass.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Chilson Funeral Home of Winsted, MN. Online condolences for the family may be directed to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com