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Dennis Gottschalk

Dec 01, 1944 - Oct 23, 2023

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Winona, MN

Dennis "Big Den" Gottschalk passed away on October 19th surrounded by his family and lots of love. Denny was born, raised and resided in his hometown of Winona, MN his whole life, other than his time serving in the Coast Guard. That was not only a source of pride for him, but began his lifelong love of the water, including all the good times on the Mississippi River with his family and many friends. Our family also appreciated the special services and kindness the Winona VA showed to him. And it...Read More

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James A. Bell

Jun 19, 1947 - Feb 12, 2024

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Winona, MN

James A. "JB" Bell, age 76, a lifetime resident of Winona, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully in his sleep on Monday, February 12, 2024, at his home.He was born on June 19, 1947, in Winona, to Clarence and Vera (Lattman) Bell, and was a 1965 graduate of Winona Senior High School. Jim honorably served his country with the United States Army.Jim was employed as an electrician with Corcoran Electric, and later with Polachek Electric, until his retirement. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union #343.Jim will be remembered for his love of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, and as someone who was well liked by anyone that he met. He will be deeply missed.Jim is survived by his lifetime significant other, Linda Strzyzewski; siblings: Patti (Darrell) Volkman, Tom (Cindy) Bell, Duane "Punky" (fiancée Cindy) Bell, and Steve (Tina) Bell; nieces and nephews: Hollie, Tyson, Torrey, Todd, Shane, Travis, CheyAnn, Leigh, Ryan, Jake, and Jenna; as well as other relatives and friends.He was preceded in death by his parents.A celebration of his life will be held at the Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home, 376 E. Sarnia St., Winona, on Saturday, February 24, 2024, from 1 PM until 3 PM. A light luncheon and refreshments will be served in the community room of the funeral home during the celebration of life. A gathering will be held at Fast Eddie’s, 500 West 5th Street, Winona, on Saturday, after 3 PM.The American Legion Leon J. Wetzel Post 9 of Winona will present military rites at 1 PM on Saturday at the funeral home.In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully asks that memorials be directed to cancer research, or to a favorite charity.Online condolences or memories may be left for Jim’s family at www.watkowski-mulyck.com.

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Wayne E. Hamernik

Mar 07, 1934 - Feb 14, 2024

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Winona, MN

Wayne E. Hamernik, age 89, of Winona, passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at Benedictine – Callista Court in Winona.He was born on March 7, 1934, in Winona, to Joseph and Anna (Drugan) Hamernik. Wayne honorably served his country with the United States Navy in Korea from 1952 – 1955. He was united in marriage with Joan M. Fischer on August 17, 1957, at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Winona.Wayne was employed as a Journeyman Plumber for 42 years with O’Laughlin Plumbing and Heating in Winona until his retirement.He was a member of the American Legion Leon J. Wetzel Post 9 of Winona where he served as Commander and on the burial detail. He was also a member of the BPOE Elks Lodge #327 in Winona, serving as a past Exalted Ruler.Wayne will be remembered for his love of spending time outdoors golfing, barbecuing, and keeping his lawn and flowers meticulously. He enjoyed going on cruises, bus trips, and sipping a good martini. His greatest joy in life was his family, and he will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him.Wayne is lovingly survived by his wife, Joan; children: Kathryn (Tim Walters) Hamernik, Michael (Nancy) Hamernik, and Patricia Hamernik; grandchildren: Michael (Nicole) Padgett and Connie (Kyle) Gollnick; great-grandchildren: Evan, Gabby, and Zoie Padgett; and Texas, Mavryk, and Charlotte Gollnick; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends including many who considered and called Wayne, "dad."He was preceded in death by his parents, and all his siblings: Joseph, Theresa, Vivian, and William.Honoring his wishes, funeral services will be held privately for his family. Wayne will be laid to rest at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston, MN.In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully asks that memorials be directed to Winona Health Hospice Services, or to a charity of choice.Online condolences or memories may be left for Wayne’s family at www.watkowski-mulyck.com.Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Mary Anne Zimmerman

Apr 11, 1933 - Feb 18, 2024

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Winona, MN

Mary Anne Zimmerman, age 90, of Winona, passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2024, at Benedictine – St. Anne in Winona.She was born on April 11, 1933, in Mc Pherson County, SD, to Carl and Anna (Kallas) Mack. Mary Anne was united in marriage with James E. Zimmerman on June 4, 1952, in Leola, SD, celebrating 70 years of marriage until his passing on October 26, 2022.Mary Anne was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Winona and had a deep devotion to her Catholic faith. She was instrumental in initiating the devotion of the Divine Mercy in the Winona parishes, and she and Jim had a dedicated prayer life, especially in saying the Rosary.Mary Anne was an avid writer, having four of her books published. She was also a weekly contributor to the Winona Post, writing the religious column, "Matter of Faith." An excellent baker, she was especially known for her pies, earning her the name, "The Pie Lady." Mary Anne lovingly made over 1,000 pies, which also led to donating $10,000 for tsunami victims in Sri Lanka, and for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.Mary Anne will be remembered as a dedicated homemaker, who was a loving wife, mom, and grandma, that will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved her.Mary Anne is lovingly survived by her children: Kathy (Bob) Infield, Gene (Catherine) Zimmerman, Theresa (Dave) Sanow, Diane Turner, Don (Heather) Zimmerman, and Lynette (Dale Roland) Stevens; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren with another expected in May; a sister-in-law: Grace Zimmerman; as well as other relatives and friends.She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim; her parents; children: Duane, Elaine, Melvin, and an infant son; and her siblings: LaVern, Arnold, Melvin, and Jim.A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 12:30 PM on Friday, February 23, 2024, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Winona, where visitation will be held in the church Commons from 11 AM until the time of the Mass. The Reverend Russell Scepaniak will officiate. Mary Anne will be laid to rest at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Wilson. Pallbearers will be: Don Zimmerman, Conner Zimmerman, Eli Zimmerman, Kristopher Zimmerman, Mike Turner and Matt Turner.In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that memorials be directed to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Winona.Mary Anne’s family would like to express their deepest heartfelt gratitude to Benedictine – St. Anne, especially nurses Kelley and Theresa, for the excellent and loving care that she received.Online condolences or memories may be left for Mary Anne’s family at www.watkowski-mulyck.com.Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Darlene Joyce Michalowski

Jun 30, 1945 - Feb 22, 2024

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Winona, MN

Darlene Joyce Michalowski, 78, of Winona, passed away on February 22, 2024.Darlene was born June 30, 1945, to Edward H. and Linda L. (Haake) Habeck in Winona, Minnesota. She grew up on the family farm in Wilson Township with her mother, father and 8 siblings. She was a member of St. Martin’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Winona.Darlene is survived by her son, Daniel Michalowski; daughter, Linda Michalowski; grandson, Sam Michalowski; two brothers: Ronald (Marlene) Habeck and Richard (Jayne) Habeck; sister-in-law, Ramona Habeck; and many nieces, nephews and dear friends. Darlene was preceded in death by her parents, Edward H. and Linda L. (Haake) Habeck; brothers: Kenneth, Wayne "Muggy" (Lucille), Dale, and Paul Habeck; and sisters: Diane (Gerhardt) Erdman and Donna (Marvin) Rupprecht.Visitation will be held from noon until the funeral service at 1 PM on Friday, March 1, 2024, at the Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home, 376 E. Sarnia St., Winona. The Reverend Richard A. Moore will officiate. Memorials may be directed to a charity of choice.Online condolences or memories may be left for Darlene’s family at www.watkowski-mulyck.com.

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Clarwin A. Engel

Feb 18, 1929 - Feb 24, 2024

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Winona, MN

Clarwin A. Engel, age 95, of Winona, passed away on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at his home.Visitation will be held from 11 AM until the funeral service at 1 PM on Saturday, March 9, 2024, at St. Martin's Ev. Lutheran Church in Winona.Burial will be in the Fountain City Public Cemetery.A complete obituary will follow.

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Paul James Bakke

Dec 06, 1958 - Feb 25, 2024

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Winona, MN

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Paul James Bakke, 65, of Winona. Paul passed away on Sunday, February 25, 2024, in the comfort of his home surrounded by his family, friends, and beloved fur babies.Paul was born on December 6, 1958, in La Crosse, WI, to Richard and Doris (Beier) Bakke. He graduated from Central High School in La Crosse, and then went on to La Crosse Tech, where he graduated as an auto mechanic and autobody technician.In 1980, Paul married his forever love, Kristi Knutz from Dakota, MN, and together they built a beautiful life filled with love, laughter, and unforgettable memories.Paul worked at Fiberite/Solvay for 43 years until he retired. He also operated his own business of lawncare, snow removal, and logging. He also worked for his dear friend, Pete Woodworth, on his hobby farm for 30 years, and kept working for Pete’s wife and children after Pete passed away. If you knew Paul, you would know that he worked very hard, but played even harder.He loved to snowmobile and fish with his daughter, Brooke. Paul and Brooke both raced dirt track in Decorah, IA, at Nordic Speedway for 9 years. Paul also loved watching his son, Toby, shoot trap for his high school and summer league at the Winona Rod and Gun Club.After retiring, Paul spent most of his days in his boat fishing, which he absolutely loved. He always had tall tales from his days out fishing. He would make sure to let everyone know if they were, "in his spot," as if his name was on it. Paul fished on a Tuesday morning and Thursday evening league at the Minnesota City Boat Club. Paul gained some very special buddies from his Tuesday morning league – Doc, John B., DB, Shank, and many more. His favorite fishing partner was his fishing partner, Kristi. Spending time with her on the water was truly his most cherished activity.Paul is survived by his daughter: Brooke (Chris) Bakke-Schroeder; son: Toby Bakke; fur babies: Samdog and Gizmo; and his granddog, Jake. He is also survived by Gloria Schroeder; brother-in-law: John (Katie) Hamilton; nephew: Shawn (Megan) Books; Lathan Good; brothers and sisters: Marcia (Steve) Jandt; Doug (Lori) Bakke; Patty (Randy) Nicolai; Missy (Phil) Pederson; Brad (late Heidi Bakke) Richardson; Steven (Amber) Bakke; and Kathryn (Rich) Bakke; as well as other relatives and friends.He was preceded in death by his forever love, Kristi (Knutz) Bakke on August 29, 2020; his parents, Richard and Doris (Beier) Bakke; loving brother, Kevin Bakke on November 22, 2000; loving sister, Sandy Bakke on January 7, 2001; very special niece, Rosemary Bakke in December 1984; very loving sister, Heidi (Bakke) Richardson on December 12, 2023; and a sister-in-law, Katie (Knutz) Hamilton on April 9, 2023.In addition to his family, Paul wanted to give a special dedication to some very important people in his life. He will always be remembered by his fishing partner (bromance) John (Patty) Durnen; the Tuesday morning fishing crew, and the ladies (when are we going to make hamburger gravy over mashed potatoes, Leona?) Leona; Tammy and Art, Chris Morrison, Linnea Klawiter, Doc (Sandy) Wentzel, Judy Brugger, Rick, Leslie, and Taylor Hanson; Sam, Mitch, and kids Klawiter; the Larson family; the Klawiter family; the Duleks; the Earneys; Jori Meyer and the Davis crew; the Beier relatives on his mom’s side; Ivy Jackman; and the whole Woodworth family.Paul will be deeply missed by all who knew him. His sometimes grumpy ways, his kind heart, his big ol’ smile, and his unwavering love for his family and friends will never be forgotten.Rest in peace, Paul (dad).A celebration of Paul’s life will be held at the Minnesota City Boat Club on Saturday, March 2, 2024, from noon until 6 PM. Paul requested that those attending should dress casually and comfortably. A light luncheon and refreshments will be served.Online condolences or memories may be left for Paul’s family at www.watkowski-mulyck.com.

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Shirley R. Katula

Jul 24, 1935 - Feb 27, 2024

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Winona, MN

Shirley R. Katula, age 88, of Winona, formerly of Bluff Siding, WI, passed away on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, at Benedictine – St. Anne.She was born on July 24, 1935, on the family farm in Cedar Valley, Winona County, to David and Gertrude (Lampman) Leger. On July 24, 1952, she was united in marriage with Anthony Katula, Jr., at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Winona, and they enjoyed 69 years together living in Bluff Siding and Winona, until Tony passed away on August 6, 2021.Shirley was employed for many years in the bakery at Randall’s Grocery Store as a cake decorator, and she was a member of the Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka.She will be remembered for her artistic talents, creativity, and as someone who was always willing to try new and exciting things. Shirley enjoyed attending art seminars, teaching cake decorating classes, and spending time outdoors bird watching and tending her flower garden. She had a special place in her heart for her beloved dogs, and she looked forward to traveling, especially to California to spend time with her daughter, Sharon, son, Ray, and their families.Shirley’s greatest joy in life was her family, and she cherished the time that she spent with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She will be deeply missed by all those who loved her.Shirley is lovingly survived by her children: Sharon (Richard) Yeske, Tony (Sue) Katula, Jean (late Wayne) Henderson, Ray (Lisa) Katula, Rich (late Irene) Katula, and Dan Katula; 15 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; sister: Linda Burt; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; son-in-law: Wayne Henderson; daughter-in-law: Irene Katula; grandson, James Lancaster; great-grandson, Vincent Ostrander and siblings: Norman Leger, Bob Leger, and Ramona Krett.Visitation will be held from 10 AM until the Mass of Christian Burial at noon on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, at the Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka. The Very Reverend Patrick Arens will officiate.Shirley will be laid to rest at St. Mary’s Cemetery.Pallbearers will be: Richard Katula, Dan Katula, Tanner Ostrander, Cole Grotjahn, Cutter Henderson, and Loren Katula.Memorials may be directed to the Winona Humane Society, or to a charity of choice.Online condolences or memories may be left for Shirley’s family at www.watkowski-mulyck.com.

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Carmela Burmeister

Nov 20, 1923 - Feb 06, 2024

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Winona, MN

Carmela Burmeister, age 100, of Buffalo City, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 6, 2024 at the Roger Metz Manor in Winona.She was born on November 20, 1923 in Mount Kisco, NY the daughter of the late Nicola and Filomena (Perna) Testa.On June 14, 1947 Carmela was united in marriage to Adolph "Red" Burmeister in Mount Kisco, NY. To this loving union, three children were born. Red preceded Carmela in death in 2007.While living in Mount Kisco, Carmela worked at the Bayonne, New Jersey Army Base during WW II.After Relocating to her husband’s home town of Buffalo City, Carmela was employed at the Winona Knitting Mills and later, she began working at the Cochrane-Fountain City Schools as a cook. Carmela and her husband took pride in raising their three children, Bette, Gary and Barbara alongside many Burmeister family relatives.She was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Alma and was part of the church Study Club and was an active member and President of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Post 10406 in Cochrane. Carmela also was a 4-H and Girl Scout leader.After retirement, she and Red enjoyed many winters in the Florida Keys with family and friends.So many friendships and joined activities created her wonderful life and the cherished memories of friends and family which are what will sustain all those who survive.Carmela will be sadly missed by her children, Bette (John) Grable, Gary Burmeister (Jesus Nevarez), Barbara Glissendorf and former son in law, Robert Glissendorf; grandchildren, Andrea (Steve) Johnston, Adam Grable and Roy Glissendorf; great grandchildren, Abe and Wil Grable, Ian Johnston, Jerrild Kreher, Wyatt Kreher, Charles and Eleanor Glissendorf; Sister, Leanore Testa; Brother, Michael (Gayle) Testa along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friendsBesides her parents and beloved husband, Adolph "Red" Burmeister, Carmela was preceded in death by Sisters, Marie, Antoinette, Adeline and also by an infant sister. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Lawrence Catholic Church on Thursday February 15, 2024 at 11:00 AM with a visitation at 10:00 AM until the time of Mass. Burial will be at Buffalo City Cemetery

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Lori Lynn Krumholz

Mar 03, 1953 - Feb 21, 2024

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Winona, MN

Lori Lynn (Wegener) Krumholz passed away at her home in Winona, MN, on Wednesday, February 21, 2024. Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at Central Lutheran Church, Winona, MN.  Visitation will be an hour prior at the church. Services entrusted to Fawcett Junker Funeral Home & Crematory, Winona, MN. Online condolences can be left at www.fawcett-junkerfuneralhome.com.

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Lori Lynn (Wegener) Krumholz

Mar 03, 1953 - Feb 21, 2024

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Winona, MN

Lori Lynn (Wegener) Krumholz passed away at her home in Winona, MN, on Wednesday, February 21, 2024.  Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at Central Lutheran Church, Winona, MN.  Visitation will be an hour prior at the church. 

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