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May 3, 1941 – November 8, 2021


Donald “Don” Jerome Cuhel, age 80, of Winsted passed away on Monday, November 8, 2021 at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.

He was born on May 3, 1941 in Glencoe the son of Jerome E. & Mabel E. (Charney) Cuhel.

He graduated from Silver Lake High School in 1959.

After high school Don worked at Carlson Greenhouse.

On June 26, 1962, Donald J. Cuhel married his high school sweetheart Carol Ruzicka at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Silver Lake.   God blessed their marriage with 59 years of marriage and three children.

When Don & Carol were first married, Don was employed at Powell’s Candy Company.  He later worked for 35 ½ years at Millerbernd Manufacturing.   Don also worked part time as a dog catcher, for Kubasch Garbage, and tended bar at The Blue Note to help support his young family.   After his retirement, he enjoyed working for Steve Moe at the Winsted, Cokato and Hutchinson Laundromats.  Don was a very hard worker!


Don was a very caring husband, grandpa and great grandpa!   He always put his family first!    He enjoyed spending time with them and loved them all very much!  Don’s favorite holiday was Christmas and having everyone together at his home.

Don loved to tease and joke around!

He also liked John Deere tractors and old cars and trucks.   He completely redid a 1949 five window Chevy short box truck.

Don enjoyed watching wrestling, Wheel of Fortune, The Pickers and the History Channel.  He was an animal lover especially his special cat “Boliver”.

He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted and belonged to The Knights of Columbus.

Survived by his loving wife of fifty-nine years:   Carol Cuhel of Winsted; children: Mark (Lisa) Cuhel and Michele Schesso all of Winsted and Marcia (Norman) Geyer of Hector; grandchildren: Samantha (Jared) Pierce, Kyle Geyer, Krystal (Trevor) Evans, Bradley Schesso, Cody (Jessika) Cuhel, Brandon Schesso, Brady Schesso and Adam Cuhel; step granddaughter: Alisha Schesso; great grandchildren: Autumn Hagman, Gabe Pierce, Liam Evans and Micah Pierce; brothers: Marvin (Marlit) Cuhel and Melvin (Arlene) Cuhel; sister-in-law: Liz Griffith of Homeland, California; brother-in-law and sister-in-law: Cliff (Marie) Ruzicka of Winsted; many other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents Jerome & Mabel Cuhel, father-in-law & mother-in-law Clifford Sr. & Leona Ruzicka, brother-in-law Ralph Ruzicka, grandson Tyler Donald Cuhel and by a son-in-law Lyle Schesso.

A Memorial Service for Donald “Don” Cuhel will be held on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 12 Noon at The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted.   Father Matthew Wiering will officiate.

A time of gathering will be held on Tuesday, November 23 from 10:00 A.M. until time of services at Noon AT THE FUNERAL HOME.  A Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited at 11:45 A.M.





7 Guestbook Entries

  1. Nathalie Barrett

    My heartfelt condolences for your entire family. Don will be missed. Carol, you took such good care of him, he was a lucky man! Lifting you all up through this difficult time.

  2. Gerard Stifter

    My sympathy to Carol and the family. Don was a neighbor from the old farm days and a good friend always. I will miss his smile and our friendly bantering.

  3. Lisa Hagen

    Our deepest sympathy on D-Donny’s passing!! Oh the memories we have from all the years of being neighbors and our summer vacations together. Memories that will forever bring smiles to our face. Don will be missed by all that knew him. May he rest in peace. Hugs and prayers to his family and friends.

  4. Delores Koepp

    Mara thought the world of Don. She always had to tell me when he came into the Lamplighter and gave her a “bad” time. Unfortunately, she cannot free up her schedule in order to attend the service.

  5. Barb Fasching

    My condolences to the Cuhel family. May Donald rest in peace.

  6. Lucy & Joe Casavant

    We are so sorry for your loss , our deepest Sympathy, prayers to the families!! Rest In Peace Donny

  7. Carla (Cuhel) Jurgens

    Very saddened to hear of Uncle Donny’s passing. I always enjoyed working with him when I worked part- time at Maytag. Though I planned to attend today’s gathering, a last minute aliment kept me from doing so. My thoughts and prayers will always be with my Auntie Carol, Marcia, Michele , and Mark as well as the rest of the family. Peace and God bless. ~Carla ( Cuhel) Jurgens~


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