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February 14, 1970 – October 31, 2021

Christopher “Chris” David Niesen, age 51, of rural Silver Lake passed away on Sunday, October 31, 2021.

He was born on February 14, 1970 in Waconia to James and Marjorie (Sundin) Niesen.

On September 14, 1991, Christopher Niesen and Joan Fasching were joined in holy marriage at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. God blessed their marriage with three children.

Chris graduated from Watertown Mayer High School in 1988. He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.

Chris loved his family above all else and was a proud supporter in his children’s lives. He cherished his time at home enjoying the simple things – sitting on the porch having coffee, watching the birds, having bonfires, and talking about life’s wins and challenges. Throughout the years, his children enjoyed him coaching their sports teams and being in the stands for every competition.

Chris was generous with his time, resources, and love to everyone he knew. No time spent with him went without a laugh and everyone was welcomed into the home as family. He lived life to the fullest, working and playing hard. He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, and tinkering in his shop.

Survived by his loving wife of thirty years: Joan Niesen; children: Ali Niesen and fiancé Eric Holmay, Jack Niesen and Owen Niesen; siblings: Gary (Sue), Mike (Barb), Nick (Kellie), Eric (Jill), Kathy (Dan); in-laws: Jim and Shirley Fasching, Gail (Tim) Mueller, Lori (Bruce) Dahl, Sue (Joe) Stevens, Karla (Tony) Powell; furry friends: Mac and Rex. Also survived by many other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents, his brother Guy Niesen, and two infant siblings David and Mary.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Chris Niesen will be held on Thursday, November 11th at 11:00 A.M. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. Father Matthew Wiering will be the Celebrant.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 10th from 4-8 P.M at the church. A Prayer service will be held at 7:30 P.M.  Further visitation will be held on Thursday, November 11th one hour prior to Mass. A private burial will occur at a future time.


14 Guestbook Entries

  1. Karla Powell

    Joan, Ali, Jack, Owen, and Eric, words cannot express how sorry I am. RIP Chris. You will always be a special part of our family.

  2. Kathy Niesen

    My deepest condolences 🙏 to my little brothers family.
    Christopher was loved my so many, I have never heard an unkind word about him.
    His love for his wife and children will last an eternity.
    I will miss him until the end of time.
    Sending love and hugs to Joan, Ali and Eric, Jack and Owen.

  3. Norma Charles

    I wish you all peace and comfort in your wonderful memories.
    Sincerely, Norma (Charles)

  4. Cynthia Johnson

    Dear Ali,

    I didn’t know your dad but I know he meant the world to you, so this this came as the most heartbreaking news. You all are in my prayers, and I hope it might bring some small solace to know that much love is being sent your way by so many people.

  5. Gary Niesen

    My little brother Chris you will forever be in my heart. You left behind a beautiful family and my heart goes out to them. You went to be back in the arms of Mom and she will take you under her wing and for eternity hold you. Love you Chris and I will see you soon. Save me a spot

  6. City of Minnetonka Public Works

    Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Chris was a great coworker and friend to all of us at the City of Minnetonka Public Works Department. He will truly be missed and never forgotten. Please know we are thinking of him, and all of you.

  7. Judy Emmings

    There are no words to express how I feel about the loss of Chris. He was a wonderful man. He will be sadly missed. Please take comfort that he is with the Lord and that we all have special memories of being with him.

  8. Christa

    My deepest condolences to everyone in the Niesen family. May Chris rest in peace.

  9. Lori Dahl

    Our hearts are so heavy, there are no words to express how much we will miss that short stout little guy. Chris was just an all around good guy. We will be here every step of the way for you, Joan, Ali and Eric, Jack and Owen. May you find peace in the coming days. Rest in Peace Chris. We love you. Lori and Bruce

  10. Barb Jane Fasching

    To the Niesen family,
    My deepest condolences on Chris’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May he rest in peace.

  11. Nick and Kellie Niesen

    Joan, Ali &Eric, Jack and Owen, there are no words to express our deepest condolences to all of you. Chris was loved by so many and touched each of us so deeply. We will miss his razing and that wonderful banter he had with all of us. Please lean on your family as you go through these difficult days ahead, that and memories is what will get you through. Sending all our love! ❤️ Rest easy, Chris, Nick’s got your back! Until we meet again 💔

  12. Barbara Niesen

    It’s hard to find the right words to say how sorry we are. Chris was a special guy to us. I remember when he lived with us. He was always hogging the phone, laying on the hallway floor, talking to his friends. We loved him like he was our own son. Joan, Ali, Jack and Owen, just know we are here for you. We love you all, and wish we could have been there with you.

  13. Deb & Will Quast

    You have our deepest and most heartfelt condolences. May Chris rest in Peace in heaven. May your cherished memories keep you close to him in spirit always. We pray for God’s strength and comfort for all of you.

  14. Diana C Thompson

    Hello Ali (Miss Sunshine) I am sorry about your dad. My husband Roger passed away, also Covid .
    We were both in the hospital with Covid but they decided on him. My sympathy to you and your mom and brothers.


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