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John W Winter

John W Winter

John William Winter, age 89 of Mondovi died Tuesday May 23, 2023 at Our House in Menomonie, WI.

John was born March 11, 1934 in Albany Township, WI.  He was the son of Elmer “Chick” and Elaine (O’Connor) Winter.  He grew up in rural Mondovi. He joined the Navy 5/8/52 and served during the Korean War aboard the Clarence K Bronson until 4/27/56.  He returned to Mondovi WI and married Mary Jean Kitchner in Elmwood, WI on November 24, 1956.  They moved to Tucson, AZ in 1958, where they lived for 10 years.  They moved back to Wisconsin with their 5 children in 1968 and have resided in the Mondovi area ever since.

John was a strong, private and hard working man.  He was a full time farmer and also always held a full time job off the farm.  He worked for many years at the Mondovi CoOp Feed Mill until he retired.  He loved his children and really loved his grandchildren.  They were his world.

John is survived by his sons; John (Jane), Jodie (Amy), daughter Kellee (Kent) Carothers, daughter-in-law Lisa and son-in-law Rick Werlien,  13 grandchildren;  John (Avery),  Jacob (Marissa), Elmer (Jill), Tiffany (Kevin), Justin (Amy), Amber (Andrew), Megan (Luke), Ryan (Katie), Chad (Heather), Kari (Ken), Danica (Jake), Chelsi (Jonathan), Alyssa (Jerod), 20 great grandchildren, Olivia, Levi, Hayes, Hunter, Autumn, Berkley, Finn, Jack, Calvin, Collins, Mya, Grace, Grant, Cole, Reid, Lainey, Carter, Connor, Landon, Delilah, Sully, Andrea, Walter, Cadyn, Cloey, Jackson, Haylee, and 1 great-great grandson, Jesse.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer & Elaine, his wife, Mary, his son Elmer, his daughter Gina Werlein, his granddaughter Jenna, brothers and sisters; Dean-Junior (Mary Lou), Jane Lunderville, Helen (Marshall) Lunderville, Jess (Shirley), Margaret (Miller) Johnson and Mary Belle (James) Lafaut.

Thank You to Our House and the St Croix Hospice Team for the Wonderful Care they gave to John this last month.

John will be greatly missed by his family.  He was a wonderful Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather and Brother.

Memorial Services will be 11:00AM Friday, June 2, 2023 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rock Falls with Rev. Timothy Welles officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00AM until time of services at the church on Friday.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. David Winter

    We're heading to Tucson tomorrow and while planning on stopping by Ross W. and Ross E. Winter's old home and cemetery; I came across this. Was so odd that we lived on the farm in Albany north of Mondovi and just a few miles from your farm. I ran out of gas (only time) and ended up at your home; where you helped me out. That's how I found out where you all were. I met Elmer Sr. once and John at my father David G. Winter's funeral in August 2006.
    I'm very sorry for your loss. I wish there had been more time for all of us to meet and catch up.
    Fyi, my son's name is John, so John Winter is attending ASU to become a pilot with an aeronautical degree.

  2. Jess winter jr

    We were sorry to learn of uncle John’s death. Our thoughts are with you. We will be remembering you in our prayers.

  3. patrick brantner

    I am very sorry for your loss remember the memories they were happy once and he was a good man

  4. Peter and Jackie Muscarella

    Our hearts are with you and your family
    Pete and Jackie Muscarella

  5. Jim & Barb Henry

    So sorry for your loss. Our sincere condolences got out to the entire Winter family. May your many fond memories help ease your pain during this difficult time.

  6. Donna Karshbaum

    So Sorry for Your Loss, God Bless You All, Hang On To The Great Memories ????????????

  7. Kristine Polzer

    Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers at your time of loss.

    Dave and Kris Polzer

  8. Venessa

    I am so sorry for your loss! John is such an amazing man and it was an absolute pleasure meeting, knowing, and caring for him while he was in Mondovi. He will definitely be missed and not forgotten. Your family is in my prayers.

  9. John and Judy

    our thoughts and prayers go out all

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