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Leo Anthony Laxen, age 95 of Winsted Township, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 28, 2019 at home surrounded by his loving wife and family by his side.

Leo was born on June 12, 1924 at home in Victor Township to Joseph and Clara (Sagstetter) Laxen. He was baptized and confirmed at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.

He was joined in marriage on October 6, 1951 to Rita Sterner at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. They were happily married for 68 years and blessed with 11 children: Michael (Linda), Donald (Cindy), Carol (Gerry) Bisping, Gerald (Sharon), Linda (Gene) Handt, Kevin, Luanne (James) Arlt, Jeannette (Edward) Eastling, Gregory, Joanne Scherping, and Jeffery.

Leo was reared on the farm and farmed all his life. He took pride in caring for the land and animals. Leo was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus and Catholic Order of Foresters, for which he did volunteer work.

Leo enjoyed playing baseball, volleyball, card games, going fishing, taking family vacations, going on trips with friends and neighbors, gardening, and bird watching.

Leo was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend. He will be dearly missed by those who survive him: his wife, Rita; 11 children; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and sister, Marilyn (Leon) Kegler.

He is preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Sally, Art, Edward, Ella, and Mixie; son-in-law, Terry Scherping; and many other in-laws.

Visitation will be held Monday, January 6, 2020 from 4:00 – 8:00 PM with prayer service and rosary at 7:30 PM at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, MN. Mass of Christian Burial will follow the next day, Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 11:00 AM with visitation one hour prior at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, MN. Interment to follow at Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Chilson Funeral Home of Winsted. Online condolences for the family may be directed to

3 Guestbook Entries

  1. Edward and Delrose Fuchs

    So very sorry to hear about Leo.

  2. Barb Fiecke

    My sympathy to all. Thoughts and prayers to all.

  3. Justin Bartholomew

    Though I had not the privilege of ever meeting Leo, I have heard only good about him in the ten years I have worked for his son Jerry. I know he was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed. Jerry & Sharon, Jennifer & Brian, Shawn, Donnie, Luan & Jim, and to the rest of this great family whom we have not had the pleasure of meeting. We are sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you during this time of adjustment in your lives. May God be with you all.
    The Bartholomew Family.


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