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Harlan L. Wegscheid, age 88, of rural Lester Prairie passed away on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at Centra Care Hospital in Monticello.

He was born on October 6, 1932 in Waverly the son of Edmund & Anna (Vorderbruggen) Wegscheid.

Harlan graduated from Nazareth Hall in St. Paul in 1950.

Harlan honorably served his Country in The United States Army.

Farming was his passion!

Survived by his wife: Joann (Kuntz) Wegscheid; sons: Daniel (Cindy) Wegscheid of St. Peter, Minnesota and Thomas Wegscheid of Blaine; grandchildren: Amy (Vince) Gundlach of Baxter, Minnesota, Rebecca Wegscheid of St. Paul, Minnesota, Emily (Nick) Nalbach of Charleston, West Virginia; great grandchildren: Britta, Soren and Anja Gundlach; siblings:  Cordelia Lewandoski of Litchfield, Virgil (Virginia) Wegscheid of Hutchinson, Minnesota  Ed (Betty) Wegscheid of Coal Valley, Illinois, Marcel (Ella) Wegscheid of Kress, Texas, Sharon Dominik (Dennis Williams) of Lawrence, Kansas and Darril (Mary) Wegscheid of St. Paul, Minnesota; In-laws: Patsy Wegscheid, Vicki Burke, Tom Willard, Don Kuntz, Marilyn Klose, Geri (John) Peterson, William (Joan) Otto, Marilyn (Stan) Kummer, Gerald (Carole) Otto, Paul (Theresa) Otto and Francis Otto; an aunt: Mae Vorderbruggen of Watertown, Minnesota; other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by wife: Rosemary (Otto) Wegscheid, his parents Edmund and Anna Wegscheid, parents-in-law  Joseph and Ann Kuntz and George and Katherine Otto, a brother Stanley Wegscheid, a sister Kaleene Willard, brothers-in-law Ernie Lewandoski, Robert Kuntz, Lowell Klose, George LaPenotiere and Jarvey Beck and by sisters-in-law Gloria Kuntz, Mae Kuntz, Jane Kuntz and Barb Otto.

A Private Mass of Christian Burial for Harlan L. Wegscheid will be held on Saturday, December 5th, 2020 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.

Interment with military rites will follow at Holy Trinity Cemetery.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to “Feed the Kids”, Habitat for Humanity, Birth Rite, Holy Trinity Church, Holy Trinity School, Alzheimer’s Association or EWTN.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, Minnesota is serving the family.   Online condolences may be made to

11 Guestbook Entries

  1. Barb Fasching

    Joann and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. May Harlan rest in peace.

  2. Vicki Burke

    I am sending my love to each of you. I may be in FL but my heart is right there with you. I will always miss Harlan. Thank you God we know he is home and at peace.
    Love Vicki

  3. Patty (lapenotiere) Michals

    Harlan will be sorely missed he always had a joke or a great story. I loved playing cards with him he taught me alot.

  4. Mary Williams

    Joann…My deepest sympathy and condolences…love, hugs and prayers to you and the family???❤️❤️??

  5. Phil Otto

    Joann, Dan and Tom

    I am sorry to hear of Harlan’s passing. He was always up for family events and common sense communication. I learned some life long lessons from him while growing up. Harlan was a very good uncle. He now has a place with the Lord.

    Phil Otto and family

  6. Evonne Kremer

    So sorry for your loss. Our sympathy to the family.

  7. Brandon Artmann

    As a kid, I was invited to help pick rocks and it happened to be at Wegscheid’s farm. It was great experience. They fed all of us a wonderful meal afterward, with all the lemonade we could drink. I’ll always remember their friendly generosity.

  8. Elmer and Tammy Weinmann

    Joann and family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Harlan always had a smile on his face. He will be missed. God bless you all.

  9. Jose and Lisa Luciano and family

    We are deeply saddened but truly grateful for the wonderful years that the Lord gave us, living next to this grandfather-type personality! Harlan made such a difference in our move out here — we don’t know where to begin. Besides lending us tools, tractors and expertise (and a good dose of humor and a twinkle in the eye) he was the best, hardworking, tough and friendly neighbor we could have asked for. Deep condolences to you, dear Joann and the rest of your family.

  10. Ervin Wegscheid

    My dad Ervin Wegscheid and Harlan were first cousins. Dad was sorry to hear about his passing and sends his prayers to the family.

  11. Joanne Henjum

    Is the Barb Otto mentioned above Barbara Otto, daughter of Luke & Eleanor Otto in Lester Prairie? She was my classmate at Holy Trinity School in Winsted.


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