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Philip ‘Pete’ A. Fiecke, 80

Philip A. “Pete” Fiecke, age 80, of rural Howard Lake, died Friday, March 9, 2012, at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted.

He was born June 8, 1931, in Victor Township, Wright County, the son of Anton “Anthony” J. and Mary Horstmann Fiecke. Philip was born, raised, and lived his entire life on the family’s homestead in Victor Township, Wright County.

He honorably served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War.

Philip was joined in holy marriage to Rose Ann Hemerick May 28, 1955, at St. Adalbert Catholic Church in Silver Lake. God blessed their marriage with five children.

Philip engaged in dairy, hog, and poultry farming for many years. He later drove school bus for the Howard Lake-Waverly School District. Through the years, Philip was also an auto mechanic, and drove grain truck with his brother, Norbert.

He was a lifelong member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, serving as a church usher.

Philip belonged to Knights of Columbus Council 8253, American Legion Post 407, and VFW Post 9232.

He also was a licensed pilot.

Philip is survived by his children: Laurie A. (Wayne) Harris of Lester Prairie, Julie Winkelman, Leon Fiecke, Roger Fiecke, all of Howard Lake, and Rodney (Lisa) Fiecke of Cokato; eight grandchildren: Jamie (Steve) Tondera, Wade (Stacie) Harris, Shane (Emily) Winkelman, Sara (Bill) Mezzano, Jessica Fiecke, Kaitlyn Fiecke, Mitchell Fiecke and Callie Fiecke; and nine great-grandchildren: Harley, Jackson, Shayla, Trey, Tyler, Kendra, Leilia, Elliott and Sherrie.

He is further survived by siblings Ludwina (Clarence) Laxen, Florian (Bernice) Fiecke, Sophie (Felix) Juncewski, all of Winsted, Rosemary Mallak of Lester Prairie, Rozina (John) Jilek of Glencoe, Emma (Stanley) Drahos of Silver Lake, Alexander (Barb) Fiecke of Mayer, Isabelle Salonek of Watertown, Mary Fiecke of Rockford, and Johanna Fiecke of Hutchinson; and many other relatives and friends.

Philip was preceded in death by his loving wife, Rose Ann Fiecke, Sept. 7, 1999; an infant son, Anthony Leo Fiecke in 1956; his parents; an infant brother; an infant sister; brothers Norbert and Richard “Dick” Fiecke; and by sisters, Elizabeth “Betty” Kuras and Helen Zanoth.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Wednesday, March 14 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted with Father Tony Hesse as the celebrant. Reader was Mary Fiecke. Gift bearers were Kaitlyn Fiecke and Harley Brott. Interment with military rites followed at Holy Trinity Cemetery.

Visitation was Tuesday, March 13 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, with an American Legion Ritual at 7 p.m., and a K.C. Rosary at 7:30 p.m., followed by parish prayers.

Honorary casket bearers were Jamie Tondera, Stacie Harris, Sara Mezzano, Emily Winkelman, Kaitlyn Fiecke, and Callie Fiecke.

Casket bearers were Steve Tondera, Wade Harris, Bill Mezzano, Shane Winkelman, Jessica Fiecke, and Mitchell Fiecke.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family. Online condolences may be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.