Joseph “Joe” J. Winter, age 80, of Stillwater, MN, formerly of Nelson, passed away on Monday, July 4, 2022, surrounded by his family at home.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 9, 2022, at The Church of St. Mary in Alexandria with Father Matthew Kuhn officiating. Joe's service will be livestreamed and can be viewed on his obituary page on the funeral home's website. Entombment will take place at St. Mary’s Mausoleum. Full military honors will be accorded by the Minnesota Honor Guard, American Legion Post #87, Veteran of Foreign Wars Post #936, Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter #235, and the Marine Corps League Detachment #1409.
Visitation is from 6-8 p.m., beginning with 6 p.m. parish prayers, Friday, at Lind Family Funeral Home in Alexandria. The visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.
Joseph John was born on July 3, 1942, to Edward and Lucille (Schettler) Winter on the family farm in Wilmont. Joe was baptized and confirmed at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Wilmont. He attended parochial school until the family moved to a farm near Nelson in 1957. He graduated from Jefferson High School in Alexandria in 1960. While attending school, Joe loved working on the family farms both in Wilmont and Nelson. Following his education, he joined the Army National Guard and was honorably discharged after six years of service. Joe was blessed with three sons, Tony, Matt, and David, from a previous marriage. He made his lifelong career working various jobs for the Ford Motor Company in St. Paul. Joe was united in marriage to Debbie Dahl on October 30, 1993, at First Lutheran Church in St. Paul, officiated by a Lutheran minister and a Catholic priest. They made their home in Stillwater, where they enjoyed traveling across the country and boating on the St. Croix River together. Joe retired from Ford after 42 years. He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Stillwater. Joe was known for staying busy building and fixing many different things. He enjoyed the outdoors and taking care of his yard. Joe loved his dogs, Duke, Dimples, Daisy, and Pedals. Most of all, he loved when he could help his sons and the time spent with his family.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Aggie; brothers-in-law, Ron Bettin and Dale Venzke; and niece, Annette Revering.
Joe is survived by his wife of 28 years, Debbie; three sons, Tony Winter of Oakdale, Matt Winter of Stillwater, and David (Kelly) Winter of Andover; three grandsons, Joe, Jake, and Mike; 11 siblings, Bernice (Rollie) Revering, Betty (Adam) Bock, Terry (Erling) Berger, Marge Bettin, Paulette Venzke, Doug (Chong) Winter, Rod (Barb) Winter, Mark (Verna) Winter, Lynn Mensen, Steve (Dawn) Winter, and Mike (Cindy) Winter; many nieces and nephews; and faithful canine companion, Daisy.
Pallbearers are Brad Averill, Jim Revering, Steve Winter, Rich Revering, Dan Winter, and Travis Winter.