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December 23, 1919 – Monday, August 8, 2016

Service Information
Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Winsted, MN
Thursday, August 11, 2016
10:30 A.M.

Visitation Information
Chilson Funeral Home-Winsted, MN
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
4-8 P.M.

Prayer service 6:00 P.M. Wednesday evening
Further visitation Thursday morning AT THE FUNERAL HOME 9-10 A.M.

Irene Agnes Kegler, age 96, of Winsted passed away on Monday, August 8, 2016 at The Garden House Assisted Living.

Irene was born in Silver Lake on December 23, 1919 the daughter of John and Gertrude (Wosmek) Schultz.

She attended Country School #27 and graduated from Silver Lake High School in 1937.

On September 16, 1941, Irene A. Schultz and Leonard B. Kegler were joined in holy marriage at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Silver Lake. God blessed their marriage with six children.

Irene and Leonard engaged in dairy farming for several years three miles south of Winsted. Irene later worked for Edco Products as a seamstress in Winsted for 34 years. At the age of 84, she took the job as Site Manager for Winsted Senior Dining. She retired shortly before her 90th birthday.

Irene enjoyed playing cards, traveling with her friends and getting together with her family. Irene had a great sense of humor and a deep faith in God. She was also a volunteer at St. Mary’s for many years. Irene was a faithful member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and the St. Anne’s Society. She held offices in the CCW, American Legion Auxiliary Post #407 and VFW Auxiliary Post #9232.

Survived by daughters and a son: Marion (Donald) Lhotka of Lester Prairie, Harlen (Gayle) Kegler of Winsted and Bonnie (Lannie) Grages of Glencoe; sons-in-law: Joseph Vacek of Hutchinson and Jim Kulinski of Lester Prairie; grandchildren: Tom (Deb) Vacek, Mary Vacek, John (Denise) Vacek, Lisa (Brian) Fielder, Lynn (Kevin) Peterson, Daniel (Katie) Lhotka, Jodi (Jeff) Menke, Julie (Eric) Olson, Jill (Greg) Graczyk, Travis Kegler, Melissa (Gerard) O’Halloran, Kyle (Tara) Kulinski and Kristin (Jason) Witts; 24 great grandchildren; a sister: Adeline Graczyk of Foley; many other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by her husband Leonard B. Kegler in 1979, daughters Roxanne Kegler 1961, Janet Vacek in 2011 and Marlene Kulinski in 2015, brothers John Schultz Jr. and Edward Schultz and by sisters Agnes Kegler and Margaret Pichotta, brothers in law David Pichotta, Ben Graczyk and Felix Kegler and by sisters in law Marie Grzeskowiak and Helen Laxen.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Irene Kegler will be held on Thursday, August 11th at 10:30 A.M. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. Father Paul Schumacher will be the Celebrant. Interment will follow at Holy Trinity Cemetery.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 10th from 4-8 P.M. at The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted. A Prayer service will be held at 6:00 P.M. Further visitation will be held Thursday morning, August 11th from 9-10 A.M.

Casket Bearers will be Thomas Vacek, John Vacek, Kyle Kulinski, Daniel Lhotka, Travis Kegler and Connor Larson.

2 Guestbook Entries

  1. Marlys Ernhart

    Aunt Irene was a very sweet hard working lady. I have fond memories of growing up and working together as our farms were side by side. Everyone was always welcome at her home along with plenty of goodies. Will miss you.

  2. Tom Grzeskowiak

    God bless you Aunt Irene. You were a very sweet person. Our prayers are with the family.


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