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Jeanette Guennigsman, 87

Jeanette Mary Guennigsman, age 87, of rural Howard Lake, passed away Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at Glencoe Regional Health Services.

She was born Oct. 11, 1924, in Pearl Lake, the daughter of Matthew and Frances Wicker Kunkel.

Jeanette graduated from Kimball High School.

She was joined in holy matrimony with Leo A. Guennigsman May 4, 1950, at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Maple Lake. God blessed their marriage with eight children.

Jeanette was formerly employed at the Winsted Bank. She also helped on the family farm.

She was hard-working, extremely compassionate, and had a very strong faith, which she lived by example. Jeanette was always positive, uplifting and non-judgemental; and family was important to her.

She enjoyed baking, making her own maple syrup, canning, and gardening, and made a chicken dinner every Sunday. She also enjoyed skiing, going on walks, shopping with her sisters, dancing, going to shows, town baseball games, and playing cards.

A faithful member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, Jeanette attended Mass and prayed the Rosary daily. She was quick to volunteer for the church or other community events, and was a member of the National Foresters (ladies only) and The Catholic Order of Foresters.

Jeanette is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Leo A. Guennigsman; children: Roger (Karen) Guennigsman of Winsted, David (Heidi) Guennigsman of Dassel, Matthew (Janet) Guennigsman of Sauk Rapids, Gary (Paula) Guennigsman of rural Howard Lake, Mark (Lori) Guennigsman of Belle Plaine, Allan (Patricia) Guennigsman of rural Howard Lake, and Jane (David) Murschel of Brooklyn Park; 19 grandchildren: Brian Guennigsman, Nicole (Justin) Martin, Megan Sawatzke (Josh Hughes), Blake Peterson (fiancé Luke Schaaf) Dan Guennigsman, Shaina Guennigsman, Tiffany (Trevor) Akervik, Trisha (Dan) Schuman, Tyra (Brad) Baumann, Gary (Becky) Guennigsman Jr., Luke (Angie) Guennigsman, Kenny (Monica) Guennigsman, Micheal Guennigsman, Kjersti Guennigsman, Kelsey Guennigsman, Karley Guennigsman, Aaron Guennigsman, Chad Guennigsman and Kyle Guennigsman; and 14 great-grandchildren, Emma Martin, Sydney Martin, Sterling Peterson, Lydia Hughes, Aubri Akervik, Kora Akervik, Jalen Schuman, Deven Schuman, Beckett Baumann, Anyah Guennigsman, Cohen Guennigsman, Everett Guennigsman, and Jovie Guennigsman; and one on the way, Joshua Guennigsman.

She is further survived by her brothers, Richard (Ruth) Kunkel of Maple Lake, Arnold (Rita) Kunkel of Plymouth, Gerard (Michele) Kunkel of Robbinsdale, and Allen (Phyllis) Kunkel of Plymouth; a sister, Arvilla Hopkins of Buffalo; a sister-in-law, Delores Kunkel of St Cloud; and many other relatives and friends.

Jeanette was preceded in death by her parents, Matthew and Frances; a daughter, Annette Guennigsman in 1961; sister and brother-in-law, Caroline and George Lesnar; brother and sister-in-law, Emery and Lucille Kunkel; brother Lambert Kunkel; brother-in-law Patrick Hopkins; great-granddaughter Lillian Peterson; and by her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Albert and Tillie Guennigsman.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted with Father Tony Stubeda as the celebrant. Gift bearers were Leo Guennigsman, Jane Murschel, and Matthew Guennigsman. Readers were Kjersti Guennigsman and Aaron Guennigsman. Mass servers were Wyatt Entinger, Nathan Anderson and Ben Rasset; and Alice Nowak was the organist for the Mass. Interment followed at Holy Trinity Cemetery.

Visitation was Monday, Oct. 8 at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted from 4 to 8 p.m., with a combined CCW and Catholic Order of Foresters Rosary recited at 4 p.m., and parish prayers at 7 p.m. Visitation continued Tuesday morning, at the funeral home from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Jeanette’s granddaughters were honorary casket bearers.

Casket bearers were Jeanette’s grandsons: Kyle Guennigsman, Gary Guennigsman Jr., Luke Guennigsman, Aaron Guennigsman, Chad Guennigsman, Micheal Guennigsman, Kenny Guennigsman, and Brian Guennigsman.

Memorials are preferred to Catholic Charities.

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