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Lidwina Ann Laxen, age 95 of Winsted, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 30, 2020. She was born June 13, 1925 in Winsted, the daughter of Anthony and Mary (Horstman) Fiecke. She was the second oldest of 15 children. She often recalled her childhood duties of baking bread, taking care of the babies, and helping raise baby calves.

On July 5, 1944, Lidwina Fiecke and Clarence Laxen were united in Holy Matrimony at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. They were blessed with four daughters.

Lidwina was a strong and independent woman with traditional values that she learned from her German heritage and Catholic faith. She loved cooking for her family and took great pride in her ability to bake the best doughnuts, caramel rolls, poppyseed bread, strudel and spaetzles. She was a skilled seamstress, painter and gardener. Her favorite hobby was restoring old dolls using fabric from donated wedding dresses. After all, every little girl needed a bride doll. She was also a prolific quilt maker and often thanked people for kind gestures by making them a quilt. She was fiercely competitive and never passed up a chance to beat someone in cards, including her grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Laxen.

Lidwina is survived by her daughters, Dian (the late Raymond) Green, Jane (Chuck) Rathmanner, Renee Laxen (Greg Lynch), Susan (Dennis) Zwaschka; many beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren, other family and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, December 7, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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

17 Guestbook Entries

  1. Jane laxen rathmanner

    Mom, I love you very much, you will be in my heart ❤️ forever. Thanks for being a good mom to me. So sorry I couldn’t say goodbye or be by your bedside like you were for me when I was sick, but I know you understand.

  2. Christopher Quast

    Love you grandma!

    You will always live in my heart and I will honor your memory until the day we meet again.

  3. Patty Fleischacker

    My deepest sympathy to Lid’s family. Lid was such a nice lady. I remember many fun visits with her while playing BINGO at the Blue Note! My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  4. DeAnn Mickolichek

    I use to clean for Lydia and Clarence. She was one of the nicest people I have met. Sympathy to the family. She was very proud of all of you.

  5. Margaret Lauinger

    Lidwina and I were good friends for several years. We loved working on puzzles together and I will always remember Lid’s GREAT sense of humor!! Love you Lid!! Margaret Lauinger, Hutchinson, MN

  6. Scott Hesse

    Grandma, you made the best pancakes and cookies. I always loved visiting you and Grandpa and I will always cherish the time I got to spend with you. Your memories with live with me forever.

  7. Dee Green

    Mom, I take comfort in knowing you are at peace and now walk the heavens with Dad and Ray. I have Good memories and sweet stories. Keep an eye on us!

  8. Tiffany Sheesley

    Hi Grandma-

    Its hard to write this. I miss you. I will miss playing cards with you, watching you cook, stealing jars of your pickles. I miss hearing your stories, picking potato bugs out of your garden, listening to you talk about photos in all of your many albums.

    I miss you.

  9. Cheri

    Aunt Lyddie,
    You will be missed. My dad Alex misses you already. He feels bad that he cannot be at your funeral. I feel bad that I cannot be there as well! I saw you a lot since dad moved into the nursing home. Unfortunately, I’m having surgery that day.
    Cheri Knudson

  10. Karen Ernst

    Lid, I am going to miss your smile and your sense of humor! You have touched my heart in many ways! Sue and Dian, thank you for sharing her with us!

  11. Nancy Neumann

    Your Mom was a great friend and roommate to my Mom. They truly took care of each other. She made me laugh every time I went to visit. I have missed seeing her since March.
    Thank you for being so nice to my Mom. She will miss Lyd
    Love to all of you
    Donna Vogelsang’s family

  12. Renee Laxen

    Dear Mom,

    I am sorry with travel restrictions I could not hold your hand and tell you that I love you in your last moments of life. The things that I did not get to say to you far exceeds the things I want to say, and for that I regret. I will always remember our last conversations (via iPad), our last Christmas’s, our last game of Bingo (where you won $50!), our last meal we shared. Greg was so grateful he got to know you and Dad, often talks about deep conversation he shared with Dad while you and I went to Hutchinson shopping. Greg loved you both. Christopher and Tiffany share wonderful memories about summers they got to spend with you and Dad, and they feel forever indebted to you. Aubrey, Autumn, and Ashley had a special bond, and you will always be in their hearts.

    Your talents in home arts have been passed to your four daughters, and grandchildren. Your legacy will continue through generations. I will think of you as I am sewing, baking breads and sweet rolls, painting, and so many other things.

    You will be missed. You will be remembered.

    Love, Renee

  13. Nancy Laxen Nelson

    Thoughts n prayers are with all

  14. Laura Campbell Brieher

    My grandma was the best. She taught me how to garden, can pickles, and cook. She loved us unconditionally, even though I saw the “wooden spoon” come out once in a while when my brother and I were naughty. haha. Grandma loved and adored us! Someday I hope to win a pickle contest using “Grandma Lyd’s Pickles” recipe. I miss and love you!

  15. Diana Thompson

    Sorry for your loss, I remember her and Clarence lived with us Diane was just a baby ,a long time ago.She was always willing to help out she will be missed.
    I am sorry I won’t be attending her funeral because of restrictions.God blass all of you’

  16. Lisa Hagen

    Sue and family,
    My deepest sympathy on the passing of your mother. I had the chance to visit with her several times over the last couple of years. She will be missed by all who knew her. May she rest in peace. Hugs and prayers from the class of 1981.

    Lisa Hagen

  17. Carol Harrahill

    My sincerest condolences to the family of “Lid” as I would know her. I have stories to remember from the days of her Chevy being stolen to the times I had to sit on the steps to see Jane—that still cracks me up. Anyway, your mom lived a long life. Enjoy the memories.


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