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March 23, 1929 – April 23, 2023


John Frank Guenigsman, age 94, of Winsted and formerly of Lester Prairie passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, April 23, 2023.

He was born on March 23, 1929, in Victor Township, Wright County the son of Frank & Margaret (Kieser) Guennigsmann.

He honorably served his Country in The United States Army in the Korean War.

On April 14, 1956, John F. Guenigsman and Lavonne C. Briesemeister were joined in holy marriage at The Holy Trinity Rectory.

John farmed and worked at Millerbernd’s for thirty-four years.

He was a lifelong member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted and was a longtime usher.

John also belonged to American Legion Post # 407 in Winsted and to The Catholic Order of Foresters.

Survived by his loving wife: Lavonne C. Guenigsman; children: Paul (Kristine) Guenigsman, Randy Guenigsman, Kathy Zerwas and Dale (Barb) Guenigsman; son-in-law: Mark Alger; grandchildren: Kim (Brandon)Kutz, Christy (Joel) Karels, Jonathan Zerwas (Amanda Kerber), Jennifer Deidrick (Josh Burkett), Courtney (Phillip) Rogosienski, Alyssa (Joe) Borders, Joe Deidrick, Abby (Jesse) Quaas, Lydia Guenigsman, Andrew Guenigsman, Braxton Guenigsman, Amber (Kenneth) Van Den Top and Grant Geerdes;  twenty-three great grandchildren; a step great granddaughter, a step great, great granddaughter; siblings: Clifford (Leana) Guenningsmann, Marcel (Karen) Guennigsmann, Ralph Gueninngsmann, Elmeriana Fautsch and Marlys Briesemeister; a host of other relatives and many friends.

Preceded in death by an infant daughter, a daughter Mary Kay Alger, son-in-law Larry Zerwas, godson David Guenigsmann, his parents and by seven siblings Leonard, Marvin, Clyde, Bill, Leona Helmbrecht, Luella Guennigsmann and Verdella Sterner.

A Mass of Christian Burial for John Guenigsman will be held on Monday, May 1st, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.

Interment with military rites will follow at Holy Trinity Cemetery.

A visitation will be held on Monday, May 1st two hours prior to services AT THE CHURCH.

Honorary Casket Bearers Andrew and Braxton Guenigsman and Grant Geerdes.

Casket Bearers will be Jonathan Zerwas, Joe Deidrick, Brandon Kutz, Joel Karels, Joe Borders,Todd Guennigsmann, Jesse Quaas and Phillip Rogosienski.

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

5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Todd & Kay Hoernemann

    Sorry to hear about the passing of Johnny. One of the best memories is him dancing at wedding. I think he danced with everyone there. Thought & prayers to the family

  2. Jan Guennigsmann

    One of my favorite memories is of the many dances we all went to many moons ago. Bill did not dance so John was always willing to. His always present smile will remain with me forever.

  3. Dan Gueningsman

    Condolences to the Guenigsman family.
    I apologize for not being there at this time.
    I have some amazing and wonderful family of uncles, aunts, cousins, etc.

    Thinking of you and your family. Spent many enjoyable and memorable
    times with your family at the farm; cherish each and every one of them.

    May God Be With You All.
    Love & God Bless!!!

    Dan Gueningsman

  4. Sue (Gueningsman) Senne

    Uncle Johnny has given us many years of memories. Back in the day, our families spent a lot of time together giving us a taste of life on the farm. Special days and memories that I still treasure.
    With deepest sympathy to all of you.

  5. Mary Cantin

    Lavonne and family.
    I am sorry for your loss; I always considered Johnny like a second father. I will always remember his smile. My condolences.


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