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July 5, 1929 – October 29, 2020

 Donna Jean Guggemos (Dirkswager),

Age 91, of Winsted, MN passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on October 29, 2020.

Donna was born on July 5, 1929 in Milwaukee, WI to Richard and Ellen Dirkswager. After spending her early childhood in Kerkhoven, MN, she moved to Maple Lake, MN where she graduated from Maple Lake High School in 1947. She married Arthur Guggemos at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church on June 26, 1951 in Maple Lake and settled in Winsted, where she was a faithful member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and devoted her life to raising their eight children. Donna loved attending their activities and sporting events and socializing with her many dear friends. She also loved spending time with her 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. In her early 80’s she moved into The Gardens at Winsted memory care facility where she was loved for her congeniality and warm engaging laugh.

Survived by her loving husband of 69 years, Art Guggemos. Children: Gary, Nancy (Rick) Greenfield, Jon (Julie Sexton), Jill (Dave) Gunderson, Gregg (Liz Kiecker), Lori (John) Stephan, Charles, Neal (Julie). Grandchildren: Jennifer (Matt) Chumley, Jill (Dominic Reed) Greenfield, Michael (Michele) Gunderson, Christine (Chase) Marshall, Paige Guggemos (Kevin Bergquist), Scott Stephan, Trevor Stephan, Roman Heimerl, Nicholas, Alexa and Matthew Guggemos. Great-grandchildren: Aubriana and Bridget Chumley.

Donna was a loving and supportive wife, dedicated mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who unselfishly took pride in the accomplishments of her family. She will be dearly missed.

Donna’s family would like to thank the dedicated and compassionate caregivers at The Gardens at Winsted. A private service will be held on Saturday, November 7th at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. Memorials preferred to Holy Trinity Catholic Church.


7 Guestbook Entries

  1. Nicole Muenchow

    Oh my Donna Jean! I am incredibly thankful to have a chance to meet her. She was my ray of sunshine everyday. I will miss her dearly. My condolences to Art and the rest of the family.

  2. Sandy Kunkel

    So sorry for your loss! She was one incredible lady! With quite a sense of humor! She will be missed! We were all lucky to have met and known her! Blessings to the family!

  3. Theres Schmieg

    My sympathy Art to you and your family. Donna was always such a happy lady. I loved her laughter and her beautiful smile. I will miss her.

  4. Lisa Hagen

    My deepest sympathy to Art and his entire family. Donna will be missed so much. I am so glad I got to know her better over the years and had so much fun visiting when I would go to see Grandma. Her feisty spirit and wonderful smile will be missed by all who knew her. Rest in peace Donna!

  5. Bev & Vince Gunderson

    Dearest family, please feel our deepest sympathy for your loss. She was a wonderful woman who you will remember every day. May the smiles from those memories warm your heart. That will be her smiling back at you.

  6. Ed & Dianne Dirkswager

    Art & family. Donna meant a lot to all of us and she will always be remembered as a great Mom and wife. You were fortunate to have her love.

  7. Mimi Kieffer

    My deepest sympathy to Donna’s family. So sorry for your loss. I got to know Donna while my mom Betty was in the home. Donna was always smiling and happy. Ready to visit. I remember the good times at the parties and the laughter we shared. Families helping families. Rest in peace Donna.


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