Obituaries for Thursday, July 14, 2005

2005-07-14T00:00:00Z Obituaries for Thursday, July 14, 2005Daily News staff Winona Daily News
July 14, 2005 12:00 am  • 

Roberto Matthew Salvatore Giaquinto | Alice Marie Weinmann | Eleanor Mary Whetstone | Kenneth James | Matthew Krzmarzick | Emma Ferguson | Archie R. Bruce | Mary Jolene Lee | Christine M. Spitzer | Lee Draper

Roberto Matthew Salvatore Giaquinto

Roberto Matthew Salvatore Giaquinto, 59, of Winona passed away surrounded by his loving family Tuesday, July 12, 2005, at Community Memorial Hospital in Winona.

Roberto was born Oct. 13, 1945, in Austin, Minn., to Frank and Frances (Fisch) Giaquinto.

He grew up in Bay Shore, Long Island, N.Y. He attended Austin Junior College in Minnesota, and then graduated from Winona State University with a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in geography and social studies.

He was united in marriage with Jani V. Siegel on June 13, 1970, at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Winona.

Roberto worked many years as a private detective and also as a bail bondsman and process server. He also worked as a drivers education instructor for the United Driving School.

He enjoyed weightlifting, and his love for trains was passed on to his son and grandson.

Roberto was a member of St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish. He looked forward to his hour of prayer during the Adoration of the Eucharist at Cathedral every Saturday night. Roberto had a special devotion to the Blessed Mother, and he loved to pray the rosary.

Roberto is survived by his wife, Jani V. (Siegel) Giaquinto; his children, Gina (Chris) Glasspoole; Nisa, Angelo, and GiLia Giaquinto; his grandchildren, Samantha and Brandon Giaquinto; sister, Patricia A. (Jim) Gohl of Port Charlotte, Fla.; as well as many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a special friend, Harold Gaston.

A memorial Mass will be announced at a later date.

Roberto's thoughts at his soul's passing were peace, love, tranquility and serenity to all. His love for people was manifested in his treatment of others, and they responded in kind to that love. Sal's unique spirit will be carried on in the hearts of all of the lives he has touched.

A Watkowski-Pronschinske funeral service.

Alice Marie Weinmann

April 28, 1914 - July 12, 2005

LAKE CITY, Minn. - Alice Marie Weinmann, 91, of Lake City died Tuesday, July 12, 2005, at Lake City Nursing Home.

Alice was born April 28, 1914, in Huron, S.D., to Henry & Clara (Vanek) Munster. She graduated from Huron High School in 1932. She then attended St. Mary's College in Duluth, Minn., and received her nursing degree. She worked as a registered nurse in

La Crosse, Wis., and Winona hospitals after graduating. She married Carl Weinmann on June 1, 1938, in Winona. They continued living in Winona until 1953 when they moved to Lake City. While in Lake City, she worked at Lake City Hospital for 28 years. She retired in 1977, and she and Carl moved to Winona. They returned to Lake City in 2001. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Lake City.

She is survived by her husband; one brother, Delbert Munster, of Oroville, Calif.; three grandchildren, Ray Carl and Timm Weinmann and Patti Schad and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, Gerald; four brothers, Marin, Martin, Joseph and George; and one sister, Della Salverson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Lake City, with the Rev. James Russell officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at Mahn Family Funeral Home Anderson-Peterson Chapel Lake City. Friends also may call one hour before the service at the church.

Eleanor Mary Whetstone

Oct. 18, 1918-July 11, 2005

Eleanor Mary Whetstone, 86, of Callista Court, Winona, died Monday July 11, 2005, at St. Anne Extended Healthcare, Winona. She is formerly of Minnesota City and Goodview. Eleanor was born in Rochester, Minn., on Oct. 18, 1918, the daughter of Michael and Martha (Newell) Tulare.

She was married to Glenn H. Whetstone on Dec. 15, 1937, in Winona. He preceded her in death March 5, 1970. She was a member of Central United Methodist Church, Winona.

Eleanor and Glenn farmed in Minnesota City and later at Trimont, Minn., for many years. Upon returning to the area, Eleanor was involved in the management of the Acorn Motel in Minnesota City and was a cook at such area restaurants as the 4-Lane Drive Inn, Winona Hotel and the River Run Inn. She was the first hot lunch cook at Minnesota City Elementary School and also served as a home health aid for Winona County for six years.

She took pride and enjoyment in the simple pleasures of homemaking and raising her family. Her children and grandchildren remember her best as the "Christmas Grandma," and looked forward to her "wrinkly" noodle soup and homemade pies and buns. Her hobbies included reading, especially poetry, working on crossword puzzles and writing long newsworthy letters to family and friends.

She is survived by her loving family: daughter, Loretta (Susan) Althoff of Minnesota City; and sons, Stanley C. Whetstone of Winona and Russell "Pete" Whetstone of Winona. She has five granddaughters, Patricia (Clare) Burfeind of Lewiston, Minn., and their children, Michael and Matthew; Darlene (Larry) Edge of Monticello, Wis., and their children, Jacob and Margaret; Pamela (Dugan) McNeill of Burnsville, Minn.; Jane Masyga of Rosemount, Minn., and Dawn (Roger) Burns of Casper, Wyo., and their children, Andrew and Christopher; and other relatives including a brother-in-law, Allen Whetstone of Goodview and a sister-in-law, Lorraine Whetstone of Winona, Minn.

Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Glenn; a daughter-in-law, Anna Mae (Charnecki) Whetstone; a grandson, Michael; and 12 half-brothers and sisters.

Funeral services to celebrate Eleanor's life will be Saturday, July 16, at 10:30 a.m. at Central United Methodist Church, the Rev. David McBride officiating. Friends may call at Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home on Friday from 4 to 7:30 p.m., and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to time of services. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery, Minnesota City, Minn.

Casket bearers will be nephews Gerald, Wesley, Lyle, Bruce and Brian Whetstone.

Honorary bearers are Audrey Smith, Kathleen Theisen and Judy Barth.

Memorial gifts may be directed to the Michael Whetstone Scholarship Fund at North Dakota State University, Fargo, N.D., or to Home and Community Options of Winona.

The obituary and online registry can be viewed at

Services entrusted to Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Winona.

Kenneth James

TREMPEALEAU, Wis. - Kenneth James, 67, of Trempealeau died Wednesday, July 13, 2005, at Franciscan Skemp Health Care Center, La Crosse, Wis.

Arrangements are pending with Zwickey Funeral Homes, Galesville Chapel.

Matthew Krzmarzick

Matthew Krzmarzick, 23, of Mankato, Minn., and formerly of Lake Crystal, Minn., died July 12, 2005, at Madelia Community Hospital, Madelia, Minn., after a four-month fight against cancer.

He is survived by his parents, two brothers and a sister.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 16, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Mankato.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Lake Crystal Mortuary with a 4 p.m. prayer service. Visitation will continue one hour before services Saturday at the church.

Emma Ferguson

Emma Ferguson, 83, formerly of Chatfield, Minn., and the Hearten House in Holmen, Wis., died July 12, 2005, at Franciscan Skemp Healthcare, La Crosse, Wis.

She was born April 23, 1922, in San Salvador, El Salvador, Central America.

She married John Ferguson; they had four children.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Chatfield.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Riley Funeral Home, Chatfield, where there will be a rosary at 7:30 p.m. Burial in Sumner Center Cemetery.

Archie R. Bruce

Archie R. Bruce, 83, of Winona died Wednesday, July 13, 2005, at Saint Anne Extended Healthcare.

Arrangements are pending at Watkowski-Pronschinske Funeral Home.

Mary Jolene Lee

Mary Jolene Lee, 54, died Dec. 19, 2004, at Regions Hospital, St. Paul.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 23, at Bethany Free Church, 301 South Ellsworth, Houston, Minn. Committal at Money Creek Cemetery.

The Rev. Rolf Tilman Storlie

CALEDONIA, Minn. - Rev. Rolf Tilman Storlie, 66, of rural Houston died Wednesday, July 13, 2005, at his home.

He was born July 2, 1939, in Spring Grove, Minn., the son of Tilman and Gudrun (Vathing) Storlie.

He is survived by his wife Janice and three children.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 16, 2005, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Caledonia, Minn. Burial will be in the Stone Church Cemetery in Houston.

Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at Immanuel Lutheran Church and Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Haugen-Roble-Jandt Funeral Home, Caledonia, is in charge of arrangements.

Christine M. Spitzer

ST. CHARLES, Minn. - Christine Marie Spitzer, 93, of St. Charles died Tuesday July 12, 2005, at Whitewater Healthcare Center in St. Charles.

She was born Dec. 7, 1911, in St. Charles.

She married Harry Henry Spitzer; they had seven children.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Hoff Funeral Home's-St. Charles Chapel and one hour before church services. There will be a rosary at 4:30 p.m. and prayers at 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial in Hillside Cemetery, St. Charles.

Lee Draper

LANESBORO, Minn. - Lee Draper, 45, of rural Lanesboro died July 13, 2005, at his farm home.

He was born March 30, 1960, in Lanesboro.

He is survived by his wife Charlene (Betts) Draper and three sons.

A funeral service will be at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at Highland Lutheran Church in rural Lanesboro. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church.

Johnson-Riley Funeral Home in Lanesboro is in charge of arrangements.

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