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Josephine Mary Guggemos

Josephine Mary Guggemos, age 97, of Winsted, died Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007 at St. Mary’s Care Center.

She was born Oct. 5, 1909 in Winsted to Charles and Josephine (nee Millerbernd) Guggemos.

For forty-five years, she kept house for many priests (particularly Father Raymond Lang and Father Laurn Virnig) within several dioceses, including the St. Cloud Diocese. After retirement, she returned her membership to the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, from which she was raised.

Despite a handicapping injury to her hand, she excelled at knitting, crocheting, and sewing, all of which she enjoyed. Josephine (known as “Tootsie” by family members), also enjoyed babysitting her grandnieces and nephews.

Josephine was known as the “Flower Lady” because of her love for flowers. She enjoyed raising plants (including evergreen trees), and trading and giving new varieties of plants to her family, and to friends in St. Cloud. She was also adept at arranging flowers, and enjoyed going to botanical gardens to see new species.

Josephine is survived by many nieces and nephews and their families.

She was preceded in death by seven brothers: Joe, John, Arnold, Al, Gregory, Charles, and Eugene; and most recently by her sister, Elizabeth Weber.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Friday, Aug. 24 at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, preceded by visitation from 9 a.m. until the start of the Mass. Father Laurn Virnig was the celebrant. Organist was Alice Nowak, and soloist Hope Horstmann sang “Hail Mary, Gentle Woman.” Congregational hymns were “Here I Am, Lord,” “On Eagle’s Wings,” “Prayer of St. Francis,” “Amazing Grace,” “Song of Farewell,” and “How Great Thou Art.” Brian Lynch and Don Guggemos were the readers. Interment followed at Holy Trinity Cemetery in Winsted.

Casket bearers were Steve, Brad, and Todd Weber, and Rick, Gerry, and Brian Lynch.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family.

Online condolences may be made at www.thechilsonfuneralhome.com

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