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Joan Elizabeth Genty, age 92 of Winsted, passed away Saturday, May 28, 2022. She was born August 10, 1929 in Crystal, the daughter of Raymond and Julia (Tollefson) Kirkwood.

Joan graduated from Robbinsdale High School in 1946 and furthered her education at Minneapolis School of Business. She was a dedicated worker as a CNA for 20+ years at St. Mary’s in Winsted until her retirement. Even after retirement, Joan continued to work part time at St. Mary’s.

She volunteered her time at Holy Trinity Catholic School and helping with Meals on Wheels. She was a member of the Winsted VFW Auxiliary, Winsted American Legion Auxiliary, and a faithful member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Joan enjoyed crafting, ceramics, golfing, and spending time with her family. She was a wonderful seamstress, making many clothes for her family. She received recognition by the Minneapolis Aquatennial for her countless hours of volunteer work and was a past Ambassador of Winsted Days.

Joan was always willing to help anyone in need, and made a huge impact on the community. She truly was “one of a kind”. Her high energy and loving personality will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Richard Genty; son, Thomas Genty; son-in-law, Mike McGinn; parents, Raymond and Julia Kirkwood; and sister, Doris (Lee) Thoreson.

Joan is survived by her children, Jan (Fran) Eggert, Richard (Roberta) Genty, Jr., John (Sharon) Genty, Cynthia (Steve) Ernhart, Teresa (Alan) Ohm, Kathleen McGinn, Maureen (Greg) Sevilla; son-in-law, Scott Schlaffman; 16 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; brother, Bruce (Lorraine) Kirkwood; and many other loving family and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, June 10, 2022 at 12:00 PM, with visitation beginning at 10:00 AM, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, MN. Burial following at Holy Trinity Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Winsted VFW Auxiliary, Winsted American Legion Auxiliary or American Cancer Society.

Serving the family is Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, MN. 320-485-4447.

7 Guestbook Entries

  1. Aimee Kittock

    Cindy, Jan, and Lauren,
    So sorry to hear about your mother and Lauren your grandmother. Know that my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your families. I know what a hole it leaves, just know that she left that hole filled with love. And will always be close by. You will feel her love always.

  2. Tim Kohler

    My deepest condolences to the Genty family. I am saddened to hear of Joan’s passing. She was such a wonderful lady who I know will be missed by so many. May she rest in peace and perpetual light shine upon her. God bless!

  3. Monica Sevilla

    Very sorry for your loss Maureen. Receive our condolences and a big hug from all of us.

  4. Dedra Culbreth

    I am so very sorry for the loss of your precious mother. I pray that God will bring you and yours comfort and peace as you go through these difficult days. Sending much love and my deepest sympathy to your entire family.

  5. sharon mcnichols

    To all my dear cousins, Scott (my cousin in law) and their families. My heart is so full of love for you. There aren’t any words that will make you feel better- I fervently wish I could think of some. Feel the strength of family love in these hard days. You are all in my thoughts, this heart hurts for you. And it hurts for the loss of my beloved Auntie Joan.

  6. Lashawna Hill

    Maureen and Family,
    I did not know your mother but I enjoyed listening to stories of your very large family. May you all be comforted by loving memories of her and by one another. God bless you!

  7. Barb Fasching

    My condolences on Joan’s passing. She always had a smile on her face and a kind greeting. May she rest in peace.


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