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October 11, 1924 – Thursday, October 4, 2012

Service Information
Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Winsted, MN
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
11:00 AM

Visitation Information
Chilson Funeral Home, Winsted, MN
Monday, October 8, 2012
4-8 PM

Jeanette Mary Guennigsman, age 87, of rural Howard Lake passed away on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at The Glencoe Regional Health Services.

She was born on October 11, 1924 in Pearl Lake, Minnesota the daughter of Matthew & Frances Wicker Kunkel.

Jeanette graduated from Kimball High School.

On May 4, 1950, Jeanette M. Kunkel and Leo A. Guennigsman were joined in holy matrimony at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Maple Lake. God blessed their marriage with eight children.

Jeanette was formerly employed at The Winsted Bank. She also helped on the family farm.

She was hard working, extremely compassionate, had a very strong faith and lived that by example. Jeanette was always positive, uplifting and non-judgemental. Family was important!
She enjoyed baking, making her own maple syrup, canning, gardening and always made a chicken dinner every Sunday. She enjoyed skiing, going on walks and shopping with her sisters. She also enjoyed dancing, going to shows, town baseball games and playing cards. She was quick to volunteer for the church or other community events.

She was a faithful member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. Jeanette attended Mass and prayed the Rosary daily. Christmas Midnight Mass the family never missed, except for one time in a bad snow storm the family started out, Jeanette said turn around “God will understand”.
She was a member of The National Foresters (Ladies only) and The Catholic Order of Foresters.

Survived by her loving husband of sixty two years: Leo A. Guennigsman; children: Roger (Karen) Guennigsman of Winsted, David (Heidi) Guennigsman of Dassel, Matthew (Janet) Guennigsman of Sauk Rapids, Gary (Paula) Guennigsman of rural Howard Lake, Mark (Lori) Guennigsman of Belle Plaine, Allan (Patricia) Guennigsman of rural Howard Lake, Jane (David) Murschel of Brooklyn Park; nineteen grandchildren: Brian Guennigsman, Nicole (Justin) Martin, Megan Sawatzke (Josh Hughes), Blake Peterson (fiancé Luke Schaaf) Dan Guennigsman, Shaina Guennigsman, Tiffany (Trevor) Akervik, Trisha (Dan) Schuman, Tyra (Brad) Baumann, Gary (Becky) Guennigsman Jr., Luke (Angie) Guennigsman, Kenny (Monica) Guennigsman, Micheal Guennigsman, Kjersti Guennigsman, Kelsey Guennigsman, Karley Guennigsman, Aaron Guennigsman, Chad Guennigsman and Kyle Guennigsman; fourteen great grandchildren plus one on the way: Emma Martin, Sydney Martin, Sterling Peterson, Lydia Hughes, Aubri Akervik, Kora Akervik, Jalen Schuman, Deven Schuman, Beckett Baumann, Anyah Guennigsman, Cohen Guennigsman, Everett Guennigsman, Jovie Guennigsman and one on the way, Joshua Guennigsman; brothers: Richard (Ruth) Kunkel of Maple Lake , Arnold (Rita) Kunkel of Plymouth , Gerard (Michele) Kunkel of Robbinsdale and Allen (Phyllis) Kunkel of Plymouth; a sister: Arvilla Hopkins of Buffalo; a sister-in-law: Delores Kunkel ofSt Cloud; many other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by her parents: Matthew and Frances, a daughter: Annette Guennigsman in 1961, a sister & a brother-in-law: Caroline & George Lesnar, a brother & a sister-in-law: Emery & Lucille Kunkel, a brother: Lambert Kunkel, a brother-in-law: Patrick Hopkins, a great granddaughter: Lillian Peterson and by her father-in-law & mother-in-law: Albert & Tillie Guennigsman.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Jeanette Guennigsman will be held on Tuesday, October 9th at 11:00 A.M. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. Father Tony Stubeda will be the Celebrant.

Interment will follow at Holy Trinity Cemetery.

Gift Bearers will be Leo Guennigsman, Jane Murschel and Matthew Guennigsman.

Readers will be Kjersti Guennigsman and Aaron Guennigsman.

Mass servers will be Wyatt Entinger, Nathan Anderson and Ben Rasset.

Alice Nowak will be the organist for the Mass.

A visitation will be held on Monday, October 8th at The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted from 4-8 P.M. A combined C.C.W. and Catholic Order of Foresters Rosary will be recited at 4:00 P.M. and Parish Prayers will be held at 7:00 P.M.
Further visitation will be held on Tuesday morning, October 9th at the funeral home from 9:30-10:30 A.M.

Honorary Casket Bearers will be Jeanette’s granddaughters.

Casket Bearers will be grandsons: Kyle Guennigsman, Gary Guennigsman Jr., Luke Guennigsman, Aaron Guennigsman, Chad Guennigsman, Micheal Guennigsman, Kenny Guennigsman and Brian Guennigsman.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Catholic Charities.

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

8 Guestbook Entries

  1. Maureen Hultberg

    Jeanette was a wonderful aunt that will be dearly missed. We are so sorry for your loss.

  2. Shaina Guenigsman

    She will be missed by all her family!!

  3. lynette gussiaas

    Our deepest sympathy to your whole family. Our family thought the world of her. Please know you are in our prayers. May God bless you all and know that she is in the hands of our heavenly Father.


    Words could never do justice to tell you how much I am so sorry for the loss of Jeanette. Guennigsman Family; I will keep your family in my prayers always and if there’s one thing I could say to offer the slightest bit of consolance it would be that I know one day, when we’re all in heaven, everything will make perfect sense, but until then we all must help one another to hold on to our faith. Through my prayers, I hope to help you all do that. I pray that Jesus holds you all in the palm of his hand and protects and guides you through this time.

  5. Becky Weber

    My thoughts and prayers are with Leo and the entire family. God Bless Jeanette

  6. Mary Lesnar Hernandez

    Dear Uncle Leo and Family-
    I have so many fond memories of Aunt Jeanette and the entire Guennigsman family. I will always remember the family gatherings at your house on the farm and at grandpa and grandma’s house. They will forever hold a special place in my heart. My deepest condolences are with each and everyone of you.

    Much love,
    Mary Sue

  7. Ron Osterbauer

    Please accept my condolences on Jeanette’s passing. She was a very multi-talented person who will be missed.

  8. Jane Lindquist

    Leo and family; I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My belated sympathies.


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