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October 25, 1925 – July 17, 2021

Irene Mary Weinbeck, (nee Munoz), 95, of Winsted, died peacefully on July 17, surrounded by five of her children, who brought love, laughter and music to her final hours. Born October 25, 1925, to Flora (Garcia) and Mingo Munoz in Oakdale, Calif., she was the 16th of 17 children.  She came from humble beginnings and began working at a young age picking cotton and fruit along with her siblings in the fields surrounding her community.

A graduate of Oakdale High School, Irene met her husband Benedict Weinbeck of Winsted, Minn., while he was working temporarily in California. After a long-distance romance, they married on October 23, 1960, and she traveled halfway across the country to join her husband in the Midwest. With her grace and kindness, Irene immediately made friends in Winsted and will be remembered for her service and volunteer work in the community.  Ben and Irene owned and operated a movie theater and ice cream shop in Winsted, providing employment and entertainment to their own children as well as to countless local teens. Irene was a mother to all, often taking in kids struggling at home and setting a place for them at the table. Irene and Ben also donated family land to the town for city ball fields now called Weinbeck Sports Complex. Often the first one on the dance floor, Irene had a love for music and instilled the love of arts in her children. She also volunteered at Holy Trinity church and was one of the longest serving members of the Women’s Legion Auxiliary, as well as the last charter member of the Lake Mary VFW Auxiliary, each group supporting local veterans.  Irene was preceded in death by Ben, her husband of 49 years; and by daughter, Beverly Guider (John). She is survived by children Jason, Henry (Kristin), Julie Weinbeck-Baruch, Maria (Robert Owens) Benny (Darcy), Wyman (Susie), Joe (Kathy), Cheri Espinosa (Albert) and Charlene Lueck; 19 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Irene Weinbeck will be held on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.  Father Matthew Wiering will be the Celebrant.   Inurnment Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery.  A luncheon following in church basement.

A visitation will be held on Friday, July 23rd from 4 to 8 p.m.  with a time for sharing starting at 7:30 p.m. at Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted.   Further visitation will be held on Saturday morning, July 24th at the church one-hour prior to Mass

Remembrances may be made to Winsted Arts Council, PO Box 177, Winsted, MN  55395.

Per the family wishes, non-vaccinated visitors are required to wear face masks to the visitation and Funeral Mass.






17 Guestbook Entries

  1. Theresa Wemhoff

    Goodbye beautiful lady. I will never forget how good you were to me when I first moved here. You were the essence of all that is good in this world and will never be forgotten

  2. Lisa Baumann

    To the Weinbeck family – sorry to see the loss of Irene. She was such a great lady and asset to the community. Prayers for your family and take comfort that she is now in the living arms of Ben.

  3. Tom/Gwen Snell

    Our deepest sympathy to Irene’s family. She was was such an amazing and beautiful lady, known to so many people. May all your cherished memories bring you all peace and comfort.

  4. Catherine Libor

    Irene has touched every life she ever met or came in contact with. Her beautiful smile could light up a room. To the family, I’m so sorry for your loss.

  5. Janet M Hall

    So very sorry for the loss of your mom, she was a wonderful lady. Thoughts, prayers, sympathies and hugs.

  6. Katie Rehmann

    Irene was such a classy lady! I’m very sorry for your loss. May you know the Lord’s deep comfort and peace; may you know that he is very close to you during this time of grief.

  7. Shirley Fasching

    Irene made everyone she meet feel special. She was always dressed so classy with her jewelry, lipstick and flashy clothes. You kids had a wonderful mother. Rest In Peace Irene.

  8. Diana C Thompson

    I got to know Irene when we went to class or bible reading through church it was fun to hear her stories of things that happened during her lifetime. She was a very beautiful lady. God bless the family.

  9. John & Kris Hirsch

    Rest In Peace Irene. We are so glad you and Ben were our neighbors and we will always cherish and hold wonderful memories of you both. Your smile always brought joy to everyone. Thought, Prayers, and Comfort to your family.

  10. MerriLea Kyllo

    Beautiful Irene is now an angel. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  11. Sheri meyer

    Mamma Irene; From the first time I met you, I felt like I had known you my whole life. I SO enjoyed visiting with you and just being in your presence. You make me smile. You will be missed. Dancing in the sky mamma

  12. Sharon Grivna

    Irene was a wonderful, always well dressed classy lady. Thoughts and prayers to the family. She always had a smile on her face. She will be missed by all.

  13. Mairi Doerr

    I did not know your Mother, Wyman, but from getting to know you better these past 4+years at UUFN, I can see some of your Mother’s fine qualities shine thru you!
    Her zest for life, her authenticity, a kind heart towards helping others, and an attitude of acceptance and honesty all pay tribute to her legacy.
    I’m sorry for this loss in your life, Wyman and the rest of your family. My you be able to cherish all the good and loving memories.

  14. Nita Wolf

    I enjoyed reading about Irene’s life. Bless her soul and bless her family and friends who will miss her.

  15. Rick Hendon

    We did not know Irene, but we sure know Henry…Thank you, Good Mom!

  16. Connie Westrup Showalter

    Irene was such a beautiful lady. I used to walk by the house every day and she was always there with a smile and hello. God bless Irene and family

  17. Cheri Turbes

    Irene was an amazing fun loving woman, so sorry for your loss.


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