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James C. Laxen

James C. Laxen, age 57, of Winsted, died suddenly Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006.

He was born May 10, 1949 in Hutchinson, the son of Alois and Helen Kegler Laxen.

James graduated from Holy Trinity High School in 1967. He attended St. Cloud State University and graduated in 1971, with a degree in industrial engineering.

James was joined in holy marriage to Charlotte Warmka May 20, 1972, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Easton, Minn.

Jim enjoyed framing Charlotte’s paintings and together, they started a framing business on the side. He always took great pride in his work.

He was known for his gentle, patient ways and his sense of humor, in the workplace, with his friends and others, as well as in his home.

James loved his family and helping them and others in any way that he could. He could fix almost anything, and the engineer in him enjoyed solving problems.

His favorite things included computers, camping, wood cutting, wood workings, oldies music, and driving around the woods on his John Deere lawn tractor with his grandchildren, who were so dear to his heart.

James’ life was one of unconditional love and devotion to the plan God had for his life. He was a faithful member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.

He is survived by his loving wife, Charlotte Laxen; children, Emily (George) Morisset IV of Watertown, and Jeremy (Ryah) Laxen of New Hope; three grandchildren: Danika, Desirae, and Nicholas; his mother, Helen Laxen of Winsted; brothers Stephen (LouAnn) Laxen of Winsted, and David (Heather) Laxen of Silver Lake; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Alois; an infant brother, William; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, William and Bernice Warmka.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Monday, Dec. 18 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. Father Paul L. Wolf was the celebrant, and Alice Nowak was the organist for the Mass. Sandy Otto was the soloist.

Friends called Sunday, Dec. 17 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted.

Casket bearers were Felix Quast Jr., Thomas C. Nelson, George Morisset III, David Roufs, Anthony Laxen, and Benjamin Berg.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family.

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