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February 13, 1951 – July 7, 2020

Roger Leo Guennigsman, age 69, of Winsted Township, peacefully entered eternal glory, while surrounded by family at his residence on Tuesday, July 7, 2020.

He was born on February 13, 1951, in Glencoe, the son of Leo A. and Jeanette M. (Kunkel) Guennigsman. He grew up on a farm northwest of Winsted.

Roger graduated from Holy Trinity High School in 1969. He earned a political science degree from U of M Morris in 1973. He obtained a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law in St Paul in 1978.

June 16, 1984, Roger L. Guennigsman and Karen A. Maresh were joined in holy marriage at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. God blessed their marriage with a son, Brian.

Roger was a faithful, lifetime member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, where he was baptized, confirmed, and married. He belonged to the Knights of Columbus Council #8523, Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus Bird Island Assembly. Roger was a principal organizer of the annual fish fry for many years. He was a lifetime active member of The Catholic Order of Foresters, having received the Merit and Legion of Honor Awards.

While still in college, Roger was employed as a Sergeant at Arms in the MN House of Representatives, then worked as a family practice attorney, before starting his own private real estate and estate planning law practice, which was still active. He also served on numerous political, county, and church committees.

Roger was awarded the Bishops Medal of Honor in 2012 and received the 2012 Holy Trinity Distinguished Alumni Award.

He will be remembered for his devotion to his family, his law practice and the impact it made in peoples lives, volunteering, service within the church and community, compassion for the less fortunate and his support of Holy Trinity School – Pride in Purple. Roger always made it a priority to attend events, celebrations and weekly family gatherings until his health prevented him to continue. He loved playing cards and belonged to several card clubs, of which people knew and accepted his competitive nature. Roger also loved playing scrabble, board games and trivia. At Christmas and other holidays, the family would eagerly await to see what creative games Roger came up with for us to play. He always made sure the children had Easter egg hunts and gifts at Christmas.

Roger had a magnetic knack for telling stories and remembered every detail. Roger provided fact-based advice and was a go to for so many people. His smile was captivating, and his laughter was unique and welcoming. Roger was always on the go, visiting family and friends, vacationing at resorts and cabins, and taking fishing trips. A few years ago, he enjoyed a trip to Norway with his wife to visit their son and family. Roger kept in close contact with friends from high school, college, and his law practice.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Roger Guennigsman will be held Monday, July 13, at 11:00 AM at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. Father John Hayes will be residing. Organist will be Lavon Kielkucki and soloist Tony Kielkucki.

Interment will follow at Holy Trinity Cemetery.

A visitation will be held Sunday, July 12, from 4 to 8 P.M. at Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted. A combined Knights of Columbus and Catholic Order of Foresters rosary will be recited at 7:00 P.M. and parish prayers at 7:30 P.M.

Further visitation will be held at the funeral home Monday morning, July 13th, 9:30 – 10:30 A.M.

Pallbearers are Robert Kutz, Dennis Dunne, Joel Fasching, Steven A Fiecke, Thomas Scott and Dean Schermann. Honorary casket bearers are Richard Baumann and Donald Thiemann

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

Survived by his loving wife of 36 years: Karen A. Guennigsman; a son: Brian (Anna) Guennigsman of Tromso, Norway; and beloved grandchildren: Nicklas, Emily, and Emma.

He is further survived by his father Leo A. Guennigsman; brothers: Matthew (Janet) Guennigsman, Gary (Paula) Guennigsman, Mark (Lori) Guennigsman, Allan Guennigsman; and his sister: Jane (David) Murschel. Brothers-in-law and Sisters-in-law: Heidi Guennigsman, Roger (Wanda) Maresh, Kenneth (Sheilah) Maresh, Donna (Brad) Wroge, Mary (Greg) Horstmann, Kathy (Joe) Rasset. And numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Preceded in death by his mother Jeanette M. Guennigsman in 2012, his sister Annette Guennigsman in 1961, his brother David Guennigsman in 2015; father-in-law Theodore “Ted” Maresh, mother-in-law Agnes Maresh; grandparents Albert and Mathilda “Tillie” Guennigsman, and Matthew and Frances Kunkel.

In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to Holy Trinity Catholic School.

13 Guestbook Entries

  1. Aaron Kubasch

    Karen may you and your family find comfort in our Lord Jesus Christ at this difficult time

  2. Trina Bostrom

    Jane and Family,
    I am praying for your comfort right now and thinking of you at this very sad time! I have always enjoyed hearing your positive words when you would describe your brother, Jane, and I know how much you loved and cherished him! May God bless you and your family and comfort all of you and give you peace!
    Trina Bostrom

  3. Carl & Nancy Erickson

    Roger you can now enjoy your Heavenly reward and be there to watch over your family here on earth…Our sincere condolences to Karen, Brian and the rest of your family.?

  4. Mark Williams

    I will miss him terribly. His unique laugh and sense of humor always brightened the room.

  5. sheila and Mike Gilmer

    Never saw him without a smile on his face or a conversation that didn’t include a giggle or two; he will be missed.

  6. Mike Helmbrecht

    So sorry to hear of Roger’s passing he made such wonderful impressions on so many people he was a true people person always willing to help out anybody anytime anywhere. He made lasting memories with our family which we will cherish for ever. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. See you this fall till then may God bless and keep you. Sharon&Mike Helmbrecht

  7. Butch Williams

    There will never be another one like Roger! It was my privilege to have known Roger and the family over the years, my parents Dorothy and Pete Williams made the trip to the farm, witch always turned out to be spectacularly fun. When Leo, Roger and my mom got together, the stories n jokes were plentiful. God bless you Roger, you are now a shinning star in a far off galaxy. Thanks for the good times.

  8. Paula Coduti Leahy

    I am so sorry to hear of Roger’s passing .. it had been a while since we had seen you folks but I do remember lively conversations my husband, Tim, and Roger has.. Roger keep smiling thru those “discussions”.
    Roger was a kind, intelligent man.

    He will be missed.

  9. Roger and Diana Thompspn

    Our sympathy to you and family. Rogers smile and his giggle will be missed, he was always ready for a laugh.

  10. Lisa Hagen

    My deepest sympathy and prayers to all of Roger’s family and friends. In other words all of Winsted as he was loved by our entire community. His story telling and attention to detail was like no other. His laugh was contagious! He will be forever missed. Rest in peace my friend! Fly high and watch over us.

  11. Aimee Kittock

    Karen, We just heard about Roger. Our family is soo sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers and thoughts go out to you, Brian and all of your family members. Roger will be sorely missed.
    Aimee Kittock

  12. Brian Helmbrecht

    Oh Roger I love you. The long phone call that night I can still hear your kind, soft voice and laugh. The memories and the love you shared with our family will never be forgotten. We talked openly about your final journey and I cried, but knew that when you arrived in Heaven your mom and Grandparents and family were waiting for you. I will cherish the phone call and I love you Roger. I need a Roger Hug about now. Roger I will remember what you said that night and I will keep that promise LOVE YOU ROGER and know I would been there, Karen I will call you and will be out to see you. I was battling Pneumonia LOVE YOU ROGER AND KAREN ..I don’t want to stop typing my eyes are tearing up ..Roger see you soon oh what Day. HUGS Love Brian

  13. mary kay alger

    What a loving, happy friend. Gonna miss his hugs/bless you all.


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