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Benjamin H. "Ben" Kohler

Benjamin H. "Ben" Kohler, age 79 of Winsted, died Wednesday, April 11, 2001, at his residence.

Ben was born Sept. 28, 1921, in Winsted, the son of Edward and Mathilda "Tillie" (Artmann) Kohler.

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

Ben was employed for 34 years at the Lester Prairie Cement Factory, serving as foreman for many years.

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

Ben enjoyed playing cards, especially euchre, and loved to hunt both ducks and pheasants.

Survivors include his wife Lorraine; children, Lyle (Faith) Kohler of Champlin, Karen (Ken) Westrup of Howard Lake, and Douglas (Donna) Kohler of Winsted; grandchildren: Amy (Gary) Brusven, John Kohler, Benjamin Kohler and Elizabeth Kohler; Nathan Westrup, Sarah Westrup, Mathew Westrup and Breanna Westrup; Marc Kohler and Greggory Kohler; and great-grandchildren, Anthony Kohler and Ashley Kohler.

He is further survived by sisters and brothers, Clara (Ambrose) Ernhart and Kenneth (Delores) Kohler, all of Winsted, Ray Kohler of Howard Lake, and Eileen Krattenmaker of Aurora, Ill.; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Millie Kohler of Winsted, Vernon (Elaine) Briesemeister, Lavonne (John) Guenigsman, and Leanna (Clifford) Gueningsman, all of Lester Prairie, and David Briesemeister; as well as many other relatives and friends.

Ben was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Eugene "Gene" Kohler; a sister-in-law, Joyce Kohler; and by a brother-in-law, Leo Krattenmaker.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, April 17, 10:30 a.m., at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Winsted. The Rev. Paul L. Wolf will be the celebrant. Interment will follow at Holy Trinity Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Chilson Funeral Home, Winsted, today, April 16, from 4 to 8 p.m. A prayer service will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Robert Ernhart, Stan Ernhart, Randy Guenigsman, Gary Briesemeister, Kevin Kohler and Mike Kohler will serve as casket bearers.

Arrangements are being handled by The Chilson Funeral Home, Winsted.

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