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April 25, 1932-July 27, 2021

Lorraine Radtke Seemann, age 89, of Waconia and formerly of Lester Prairie and Winsted passed away on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.  She was born on April 25, 1932 in Glencoe, the daughter of Francis H. & Mayme (Smith) Donnay.

On July 21, 1951, Lorraine M. Donnay and Wilbert “Willie” Radtke were joined in holy marriage at St Pius X Catholic Church in Glencoe.   God blessed their marriage with seven children.

On October 20, 1995 Lorraine M. Radtke and Clarence A. Seemann were joined in holy marriage at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.   Clarence Seemann preceded. Lorraine in death on February 23, 2017.

Lorraine was a lifelong member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, and she belonged to The St. Anne’s Society.

She was a very social person, and enjoyed playing cards and having coffee parties with her friends.  Early in their marriage, Clarence and Lorraine loved to walk the nature trail by their home in Winsted.

Survived by children: Barbara Radtke of Minneapolis, Kim (Rod) Lasky of New Hope, Joseph (Kit) Radtke of Winsted, LuAnn (Bryon) Weisenburger of Lester Prairie, Jon (Colleen ) Radtke of Fort Myers, Florida and William (Michelle) Radtke of Lester Prairie; fifteen grandchildren; twenty great grandchildren; a sister: Carol

(Ronnie) Maresh of Glencoe; a sister-in-law: Jane Radtke of Winsted; stepchildren: Robert ( Ayelet)  Seemann of Eden Prairie, Paul Seemann of Excelsior,

Merri Lea (Barry) Kyllo of Lester Prairie and Laurie Slama of Crystal; step grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband Clarence, she was preceded in death by a daughter Jeanette Howg, her parents, brothers, Sylvester Donnay, Victor Donnay and Gerald Donnay and sister,  Betty Harens.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Lorraine Radtke Seemann will be held on Friday, July 30th at 10:30 A.M. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.  Father John Hayes will be the Celebrant. There will be a reviewal  from 9:30 to 10:30 before the Mass.  There will be a luncheon at the church following the funeral mass.  The interment at St. Pius X Cemetery in Glencoe will follow the luncheon.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, July 29th from 4-8 P.M. at The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted.  A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 P.M. followed by Parish Prayers at 7:30 P.M.

Further visitation will be held on Friday morning, July 30th one hour prior to Mass at the church.

Casket Bearers will be Erik Howg, Thomas Strei, Nicholas Strei, Jeremy Radtke, Nathan Weisenburger, Michael Radtke and Jordan Radtke.




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March 9, 1951 – July 20, 2021

Deborah C. Pawelk was born March 9, 1951 in Glencoe, Minnesota to Leo and Monica Jacques.  She passed away peacefully with her two sons and granddaughter by her side July 20, 2021 at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

She was number 6 of 13 children. Debbie was the center of laughter in every event gathering. One of the most memorable things she leaves behind for all of us to share is the afterglow of her bright smile. She made friends easily, and she had many dear friends. She devoted her life to her husband Lenny, children and granddaughter.

Debbie married Lenny (Leonard) Pawelk in 1969. They were married for 38 years, until his passing in 2008. They had 2 sons and 1 granddaughter.

Debbie is survived by her sons: Brandon and Jared Pawelk, as well as her 15 year old granddaughter: Savannah Pawelk. Also survived by brothers and sisters: Sharron Mallak, Terry Jacques, Colleen (Mike) Wedge, Jackie (Phil) Sonstegard, Brad (Lynn) Jacques, Tom Jacques, Shaun Jacques, Brenda (Joe Koppi) Torblaa, Tammy (Elmer) Weinmann, Shannon (Brian) Johnson. Mother-in-law: Adeline Pawelk; sisters-in-law: Jeanette Pavlish, Sandy (Louie) Juncewski and brother-in-law:
Dale Pawelk; along with many nieces, nephews and friends.

Proceeded in death by her beloved husband: Lenny Pawelk; her parents: Leo and Monica Jacques; brothers: Robert and Patrick Jacques;
father-in-law: Glennard Pawelk; brothers-in-law: David Torblaa and Ray Pavlish.

Debbie’s memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 15, 2021 at The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, Minnesota. Visitation will be from 1-2PM, prayer service beginning at 2PM followed by interment at Holy Trinity Cemetery in Winsted, MN. Lunch to follow at the American Legion in Winsted, MN.

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Arnold Simon Sayers, Jr., age 54, of Minneapolis, Minnesota Journeyed to the Spirit World on Saturday, July 17, 2021 At Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  He was born on August 10, 1966 In St. Paul, Minnesota the son of Arnold Sayers Sr., and Darlene Monroe.  He worked as a mover at Uptown Transfer.  Arnold was a member of the Leech Lake Tribe.

He is survived by his son: Adrian Rice; daughters: Caitlynn Anoka, Kayleigh Anoka and Kelsey Smith; brothers: Byron Sayers, Darren Sayers and Raymond Gurneau; sister: Christina Sayers; two grandchildren; and many other loving family and friends.

Preceded in death by his father: Arnold Sayers Sr.; and mother: Darlene Sanchez – Orona.

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

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October 25, 1925 – July 17, 2021

Irene Mary Weinbeck, (nee Munoz), 95, of Winsted, died peacefully on July 17, surrounded by five of her children, who brought love, laughter and music to her final hours. Born October 25, 1925, to Flora (Garcia) and Mingo Munoz in Oakdale, Calif., she was the 16th of 17 children.  She came from humble beginnings and began working at a young age picking cotton and fruit along with her siblings in the fields surrounding her community.

A graduate of Oakdale High School, Irene met her husband Benedict Weinbeck of Winsted, Minn., while he was working temporarily in California. After a long-distance romance, they married on October 23, 1960, and she traveled halfway across the country to join her husband in the Midwest. With her grace and kindness, Irene immediately made friends in Winsted and will be remembered for her service and volunteer work in the community.  Ben and Irene owned and operated a movie theater and ice cream shop in Winsted, providing employment and entertainment to their own children as well as to countless local teens. Irene was a mother to all, often taking in kids struggling at home and setting a place for them at the table. Irene and Ben also donated family land to the town for city ball fields now called Weinbeck Sports Complex. Often the first one on the dance floor, Irene had a love for music and instilled the love of arts in her children. She also volunteered at Holy Trinity church and was one of the longest serving members of the Women’s Legion Auxiliary, as well as the last charter member of the Lake Mary VFW Auxiliary, each group supporting local veterans.  Irene was preceded in death by Ben, her husband of 49 years; and by daughter, Beverly Guider (John). She is survived by children Jason, Henry (Kristin), Julie Weinbeck-Baruch, Maria (Robert Owens) Benny (Darcy), Wyman (Susie), Joe (Kathy), Cheri Espinosa (Albert) and Charlene Lueck; 19 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Irene Weinbeck will be held on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.  Father Matthew Wiering will be the Celebrant.   Inurnment Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery.  A luncheon following in church basement.

A visitation will be held on Friday, July 23rd from 4 to 8 p.m.  with a time for sharing starting at 7:30 p.m. at Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted.   Further visitation will be held on Saturday morning, July 24th at the church one-hour prior to Mass

Remembrances may be made to Winsted Arts Council, PO Box 177, Winsted, MN  55395.

Per the family wishes, non-vaccinated visitors are required to wear face masks to the visitation and Funeral Mass.






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Theresa (Tess) M. Guggemos
November 9, 1931 – January 9, 2021

Tess M. Guggemos, age 89, of Winsted, died Saturday January 9, 2021 at the Gardens at Winsted (formerly St. Mary’s Care Center).

Tess was born on November 9, 1931, in Maple Lake, to Joseph and Albina (Morin) Antil.  She grew up on the south side of Lake Ramsey with six brothers and two sisters.  She graduated from Maple Lake High School in 1949.  She met her husband Harold at a dance at the Waverly Village Hall.  They were married April 3rd, 1951 at Saint Timothy Catholic Church in Maple Lake. They were married 68 years before Harold’s death in 2019.  Tess had six children.  She was a loving mother and she was friendly and good-natured.

Tess enjoyed spending time with family and friends.  She worked for the Winsted Coffee Shop, the Winsted Telephone Company, Dueber’s Department Store and Littfin Lumber Co.   She liked to travel to visit family and for sightseeing.  She liked music and enjoyed many bus trips with friends to Branson, MO.  She greatly enjoyed lunch dates, especially at Carlson’s apple orchard for lunch and to purchase apples.  Tess volunteered at St. Mary’s Care Center and treasured visiting with and playing cards with the residents.  She resided at the Gardens at Winsted for the past 24 months where she received very compassionate care.

Tess was preceded in death by her husband, Harold, her parents Albina (Morin) and Joseph Antil, her 6 brothers, Vic, Jim, Art, Larry, Jerry, and Frank, and her 2 sisters, Ursula (Sue) Perra and Beatrice (Bea) Gagnon, daughter-in-law Dawn (Landin) Guggemos and grandchild Mark Thomas Aune.   She is survived by her children, Jeanne (Patrick) Murphy of Tullahoma, TN, Joel (Debbie) of Winsted, Mark (Mary) of Hutchinson, Mike of Winsted, Joanne (Clyde) Aune of Bellevue, NE and Tom of Winsted, 14 grandchildren Michael Murphy, James Murphy, Jon Murphy, Ian Murphy, Emily Albrecht, April Baird, Christopher Guggemos, Meghan Guggemos, James Rathbun, Julie Prokosch, Chrissie Guggemos Walczak, Kellie Guggemos, Chad Aune and Jason Aune and 17 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by brother-in-law Art Guggemos of Winsted, sisters-in-law Jean Antil of Bismarck, ND and Helen Guggemos of Hutchinson, and many nephews and nieces.

A Mass and an internment will be held at a future date at Holy Trinity Catholic Church and Cemetery in Winsted.

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November 17, 1954 – July 7, 2021

Colleen Carlson, 66, passed away Wednesday, July 7, 2021, after a courageous second battle with a form of rare cancer.

Colleen Amelia Carlson was the sixth of nine children, born to John and Amelia (Voit) Fisher on Nov. 17, 1954, in Anoka. She graduated from Winsted Holy Trinity High School in 1973. Colleen received her cosmetology diploma from St. Cloud School of Cosmetology in 1976 and a floriculture and greenhouse operations degree in 1980 from the University of Minnesota, Waseca.

In 1980, Colleen moved to Portland, Ore., where she was employed in greenhouse management. She loved the Pacific Northwest for its scenic beauty and abundant outdoor recreational opportunities.

Colleen held onto her love for the hometown boy and married her high school sweetheart, Joe Carlson, Oct. 9, 1982. They made their home in Portland and welcomed sons, Nicholas, in 1985, and Noah, in 1987.

After buying the family farm in Winsted, Joe and Colleen planted the first of 4,000 apple trees that would become Carlson’s Orchard. Colleen managed the orchard business for seven years from Oregon, before moving the family home to the farm in 1992. It was the perfect place to raise two boys.

Together, Colleen and Joe grew their family orchard into a bustling enterprise and regional fall favorite. In 1994, Colleen was key in expanding the operation to include a large retail space, bakery and restaurant in the farm’s remodeled 1932 dairy barn. Colleen’s talents were on full display in every aspect of the family business. Lunchtime was legendary at Carlson’s Orchard, with Colleen’s homemade focaccia sandwiches and soups, surely followed by a crisp apple turnover or slice of apple pie. The only thing sweeter than the apples at Carlson’s Orchard was the greeting, listening ear and warm smile Colleen gave to each customer.

The family orchard business allowed Colleen the life she wanted as a mother. Extra time at home meant nurturing Nick’s creativity with books, crafts and music, and cherished nights in bed with her first born, listening to him read his novels aloud. It meant fostering a love for the outdoors in Noah, watching birds and going for walks.

Colleen’s faith in God was as strong as the way she faced challenges, including two battles with cancer. If she said she was praying for you, she meant it. Her faith shaped her life and never wavered.

In recent years, she rejoiced in a growing family and the chance to love on sweet baby granddaughters, Emma and Cora. The girls lit up when “Grandma CC” was in the room.

Colleen’s crowning achievement was the 48 years with her spouse, Joe. Working together and raising a family required a deep love and respect for one another. Joe and Colleen set an example of love, marriage and true partnership for their children and many others.

Like her faith, Colleen’s love was unwavering. We will see her in the perfect snowflake, the eyes of our children and grandchildren, the morning chirp of a bird and the crisp of the perfect apple – and feel her love for eternity, on earth and in heaven.

Colleen is survived by her husband, Joe; sons, Nick (Jackie) Carlson, Rochester, and Noah (Ariana) Carlson, Walcott, N.D.; granddaughters, Emma Carlson and Cora Carlson; siblings, Mary, Bob (Teresa), Theresa (Paul), Patrick, Tony (Deb), Denise (Jerome), Dan (Deb) and Steve; and many nieces, nephews, in-laws and extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant grandson, John Nicholas.

Memorials may be sent to:  The Nature Conservancy  or  American Cancer Society