Lois H. Winkel

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Lois H. Winkel, 76, of Paynesville, Minnesota (formerly of Benson) died Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at her daughter’s home surrounded by her children in Paynesville, under hospice care.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 11 a.m. at St. Bartholomew Cemetery, 160th Ave. and Hwy. 28, Villard, Minnesota. A light lunch will be served at the Villard Community Center following the service.

Family has requested social distancing and masks.

Lois (Sis) Hazel (Eblen) Winkel was born July 31, 1943, the daughter of Elmo E. and Lillian M. (Heschke) Eblen in Hudsons Township of Douglas County. She grew up in Forada, Minnesota and attended grade school there until the sixth grade, then transferred to Alexandria High School.

December 26, 1960, Lois was united in marriage to John Raymond Winkel in Villard.  To this union,  four children were born: Mark (special friend Rose Fritz) Winkel of Sartell, Kimberly (Dana) Mellgren of Kerkhoven, Nanette (Jeff) Pelkey of Paynesville and Rosa (John) Staup of Lowry.

The family made their home in DeGraff for several years  before moving to Benson. Lois started her career at Fingerhut in Benson, then found her nitch at the Benson Bakery. Prior to retirement, she convinced her husband that they start selling Fuller Brush again. She was busy at the county fairs and then selling from her home. The “Shop” was open Thursday afternoons. When you came to visit,  you always had to stay for coffee, lunch, a snack, supper or even the night, but if it was Lois’s BINGO night, you had two choices: to come along and play bingo with her or go home. Lois enjoyed many things in life: cooking, baking, playing cards, shaking dice, working in the flower bed and the casinos (only one more hour turned into an ALL NIGHTER). 

Lois is survived by her four children/spouses; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brother, Roger (Jane) Eblen, and many nieces and nephews.

As she now enters the heavenly gates, she is joined by her husband John, great-granddaughter Ellie Mellgren, granddaughter Ashley Staup, and son-in-law, Marty Frank. Her most cherished pets, Brutus and Ceasar, along with her parents, sisters, brothers, and their spouses are all now in Heaven dancing up a storm.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations (In Memory of Lois H. Winkel) to: St. Croix Hospice, 2330 Troop Drive, Suite 102, Sartell, MN 56377.

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