Leo Guennigsman, 93

Leo A. Guennigsman, 93, of Stockholm Township, suddenly and peacefully entered eternal glory, with his daughter by his side, Friday, Oct. 8, 2021.

He was born March 20, 1928, in Winsted Township, MN, the son of Albert and Mathilda “Tillie” (Helmbrecht) Guennigsman. He grew up on a farm northwest of Winsted.

Leo graduated from Holy Trinity High School in Winsted. After school, he started farming with his parents on their Victor Township dairy farm.

In 1941, his dad, a group of men, and Leo, being only 13, helped build the family dairy barn.

In 1945, Leo, his dad, and a few others, built the house he and his wife moved into after having their third child, and where they lived until retirement.

They sold the dairy farm to a son, moved into another house they owned about a mile away, and continued crop farming. You could find Leo in the fields with the backhoe making improvements, as recently as this year, until the crops were planted.

Leo A. Guennigsman and Jeanette M. Kunkel were joined in holy marriage May 4, 1950, at St. Timothy Catholic Church in Maple Lake.

God blessed their marriage with six sons and two daughters. Jeanette passed away in 2012, giving them more than 62 blessed years together.

Leo was mostly self-employed and enjoyed combining for neighbors. He was formerly employed at Millerbernd, Dahlco Seeds doing fieldwork and driving seed trucks making deliveries to nearby states.

Leo was a faithful and active member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, where he was baptized in 1928, and confirmed in 1936.

He was a Sunday usher, and served on other church committees. He was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters Local Court # 1054 of Winsted, and was the Chief Ranger, intermittently, for 43 years.

Leo received the Merit, Legion of Honor, and Fraternalist of the Year awards. He was a strong leader of the annual Palm Sunday Chicken Dinner Matching Funds fundraiser.

Leo held various other roles in the following societies: Sumter Mutual Insurance Company for more than 15 years; Civic & Commerce as a president and vice president; as a Winsted Public School Board member; Wright County Farmers Union president, and as a Stockholm Planning and Zoning Board member for 25 years.

He will be remembered for his loving devotion to his family, dairy and crop farming, service within the church and community, and a strong work ethic.

He loved playing cards, Farkle, family gatherings, traveling, dancing, polka and country music, fishing trips with friends and family, and attending social events.

In 1965, Leo and a group of friends started an annual fishing trip to Canada – all preceded him in death, except one.

In the early 1990s, he went on family vacations up north and started an annual fishing trip to a resort with family of whoever could make it that year, which continued through this year. He was the best fish fryer.

Leo made friends with people everywhere he went. He could easily strike up conversations with about anyone. He enjoyed, nearly daily, early morning coffee with friends.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Leo A. Guennigsman will take place Monday, Oct. 18, at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. Father Matthew Wiering will be the Celebrant. Inurnment will take place at Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery. A luncheon will follow in the church basement.

A visitation will take place Sunday, Oct. 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted. Catholic Order of Foresters rosary will be recited at 6 p.m., and parish prayers at 6:30 p.m.

Further visitation will take place at the church Monday morning, one hour prior to Mass.

Urn bearer will be Kyle Guennigsman.

Leo is survived by his children: Matthew (Janet) Guennigsman, Gary (Paula) Guennigsman, Mark (Lori) Guennigsman, Allan Guennigsman and Jane (David) Murschel; daughters-in-law: Karen and Heidi Guennigsman; grandchildren: Brian (Anna) Guennigsman; Nicole (Justin) Martin, Megan (Josh) Hughes, Blake (Lucas) Schaaf, Shaina and Dan Guennigsman; Tiffany (Trevor) Akervik, Trish (Dan) Schumann, Tyra (Brad) Baumann; Gary Jr. (Becky), Luke, Kenny (Monica), and Micheal Guennigsman; Kjersti (Ryan) Merryman, Kelsey Guennigsman, Karley (Cody) Teske; Aaron (Rui) and Chad Guennigsman; and Kyle Guennigsman and 27 great-grandchildren.

Leo was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanette M. Guennigsman, in 2012; his daughter, Annette Guennigsman, in 1961; his son, David Guennigsman, in 2015; and his son, Roger Guennigsman, in 2020; his parents Albert and Mathilda “Tillie” Guennigsman; paternal grandparents Herman and Elizabeth Guennigsman; maternal grandparents Ludwig and Katharina Helmbrecht; his mother-in-law and father-in-law Matthew and Frances Kunkel; and great-granddaughter, Lillian Peterson.

A private family viewing and prayer service took place Sunday, Oct. 10.

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

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