Donald Cuhel, 80

Donald “Don” Jerome Cuhel, age 80, of Winsted, passed away Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.

A nemorial service for Donald “Don” Cuhel will take place Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021 at noon at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted. Father Matthew Wiering will officiate.

A time of gathering will take place Tuesday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. until time of services at noon at the funeral home. A Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited at 11:45 a.m.

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

He was born May 3, 1941, in Glencoe, the son of Jerome E. and Mabel E. (Charney) Cuhel.

He graduated from Silver Lake High School in 1959.

After high school Don worked at Carlson Greenhouse.

Donald married his high school sweetheart, Carol Ruzicka, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Silver Lake, June 26, 1962. God blessed them with 59 years of marriage and three children.

When Don and Carol were first married, he was employed at Powell’s Candy Company. He later worked for 35.5 years at Millerbernd Manufacturing. Don also worked part time as a dog catcher, for Kubasch Garbage, and tended bar at The Blue Note to help support his young family.

After his retirement, he enjoyed working for Steve Moe at the Winsted, Cokato, and Hutchinson laundromats. Don was a very hard worker.

He was a very caring husband, grandpa, and great-grandpa. He always put his family first. He enjoyed spending time with them and loved them all very much. Don’s favorite holiday was Christmas and having everyone together at his home.

Don loved to tease and joke around.

He also liked John Deere tractors and old cars and trucks. He completely redid a 1949 five-window Chevy short-box truck.

Don enjoyed watching wrestling, Wheel of Fortune, The Pickers, and the History Channel. He was an animal lover, especially his special cat, Boliver.

He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. and belonged to the Knights of Columbus.

Don is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Carol Cuhel of Winsted; children, Mark (Lisa) Cuhel, and Michele Schesso all of Winsted; and Marcia (Norman) Geyer of Hector; grandchildren, Samantha (Jared) Pierce, Kyle Geyer, Krystal (Trevor) Evans, Bradley Schesso, Cody (Jessika) Cuhel, Brandon Schesso, Brady Schesso, and Adam Cuhel; step granddaughter, Alisha Schesso; great-grandchildren, Autumn Hagman, Gabe Pierce, Liam Evans, and Micah Pierce; brothers, Marvin (Marlit) Cuhel and Melvin (Arlene) Cuhel; sister-in-law, Liz Griffith of Homeland, CA; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Cliff (Marie) Ruzicka of Winsted; many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jerome and Mabel Cuhel; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Clifford Sr. and Leona Ruzicka; brother-in-law, Ralph Ruzicka; grandson, Tyler Donald Cuhel; and son-in-law, Lyle Schesso.

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