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February 2, 1928 – December 8, 2023


Lorraine Verona Kohler, age 95, of Winsted passed away on Friday, December 8, 2023 at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.

She was born on February 2, 1928 in New Germany the daughter of Herbert & Verona (Wischnack) Briesemeister.

On December 18, 1947, Lorraine V. Briesemeister and Benjamin H. Kohler were joined in holy marriage at the Rectory of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.    God blessed their marriage with three children.

Lorriane was formerly employed at Dueber’s in Winsted.

She enjoyed bowling when she was younger, reading, gardening, baseball games, playing cards and watching the birds.

She was a faithful member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.

Survived by her children: Lyle (Faith) Kohler of Maple Grove, Douglas (Donna) Kohler of Winsted and Karen Westrup of Cokato; grandchildren: Amy (Gary), John (Venessa), Ben (Melissa) and Elizabeth; Marc (Erin) and Gregg (Jess); Sarah (Steve), Mathew (Ren) and Breanna (Brandon); great grandchildren: Jake, Anthony, Ashley, Adiena, Andrew, Lincoln and Harper; Isabel, Hazel, Elliott, Sophie and Frankie; Mitchel, Grace, Mason and Lars; 1/2 sisters: Lavonne Guenigsman and Leana (Clifford) Guennigsmann; a sister-in-law: Elaine Briesemeister; many other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by her husband Benjamin Kohler, her parents, a son-in-law Kenneth “Ken” Westrup, a grandson Nathan “Nate” Westrup, a brother Vernon Briesemeister, a ½ sister Donna Hermann, a ½ brother David Briesemeister, aunts, uncles and cousins.

A visitation will take place on Saturday, January 6 from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM at Chilson Funeral Home, Winsted.  A Memorial Service for Lorraine Kohler will be held on Satuday, January 6th at 1:30 PM at the Chilson Funeral Home.

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


7 Guestbook Entries

  1. Dan and Laura Hagelin

    Sympathy to all of the family.

  2. Carol Harrahill

    Lyle, Karen, Doug and families. I send my condolences. Your mom was always so sweet to me and kind to me, and I’m sure she treated all that she met the same. To live long to see children, grandchildren and great grandchildren is a blessing.

  3. Deacon Mike

    A kind and sweet person who will be truly missed for her smile. My condolences to all.

  4. Joanne

    I am so sorry about the passing of your mother. She was always so kind and welcoming

  5. Kevin and Nina Kohler

    We were sorry to hear about the passing of Aunt Lorraine. She always had a sweet smile and made you feel welcome. Sorry we will not be able to be there for the services. Our thoughts and prayers will be.

  6. Tracy Middleton

    Faith, Liz and the entire Kohler Family,
    Please accept my deepest sympathies for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all, now and in the days to come.

  7. Krystal Schmidt

    Faith, Liz and the entire Kohler Family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you, Please accept my deepest condolences during this time of loss.


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