Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, Feb. 14, 2000

These HT volunteers make a good team

Don and Helen Guggemos, both 1952 Holy Trinity graduates, have grandchildren now attending Holy Trinity, making them the fourth generation of this Guggemos family to attend Holy Trinity Schools.

Both Don and Helen "believe in community" and feel a need "to give back for what others have done for us." This is evident by all that they have done in the past and what they continue to do for Holy Trinity.

Don's past volunteering for Holy Trinity schools and parish include being a charter member of the New Ulm Diocesan School Board and Pastoral Council, a member of the building committee for the new high school building, and chairman of the Board of Education. Don and his brother, Art, did the lettering and graphics for the gym floor in 1965, 1980 and most recently, in 1998.

Don is currently on the priests' pension board for the New Ulm diocese, the Holy Trinity planned giving committee, and does "special projects," such as the memorial crosses used for the All Souls' Day liturgy.

Helen was president of the Holy Trinity Council of Catholic Women (CCW) in 1963 and currently holds that position since June, 1998.

Sr. Jean Becker said of Helen's work in CCW, "I admire the way she has become so involved in Church and shares her leadership talents."

Many of the fund-raisers the CCW undertakes go toward the support of Holy Trinity schools and parish.

In addition to her volunteer work for the CCW, Helen is on the board at Linden Wood Apartments and delivers Meals on Wheels to seniors. She also does some volunteering at St. Mary's Care Center, a place that is "very close to my heart."

Don and Helen have six children, all graduates of Holy Trinity Schools, and 14 grandchildren, ages 6 months to 22 years.

Although they do have individual hobbies (Helen enjoys piano and Don loves woodworking), they both enjoy gardening and flowers. Both are members of the MN Landscape Arboretum. Their project this summer is to landscape their yard.


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