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Colleen (Benson) Wehrenberg

November 22, 1939 ~ May 23, 2020 (age 80)


Harriet “Colleen” Wehrenberg, 80 of Winona, passed away Saturday, May 23, 2020, at Sugar Loaf Senior Living surrounded by her family after a long fight with Alzheimer’s disease.

Colleen was born November 22, 1939, in La Crosse, WI to Harold and Hattie (Unnasch) Benson.  She graduated from Houston High School, Houston, MN and the Winona Secretarial College.  On June 17, 1961, she married Gerald F. Wehrenberg in Houston, MN. 

She was a member of Saint Martin’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Winona.

She was formerly employed at Camera Art/ Herff Jones in Lewiston for 25 years as a Photofinishing Artist. 

After retirement she and Jerry made many trips to the Twin Cities to spend time with Grandchildren. The north shore of Minnesota was another favorite destination for exploring and hiking. They also enjoyed many bus trips across the US.

She is survived by her husband Gerald; two sons:  Randall (Linda) Wehrenberg and Timothy (Rebecca) Wehrenberg; three grandchildren:  Riley; Jacob; and Justin (Josie); a great grandson Wyatt; a brother Claude Benson and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents

The family thanks all her caregivers at Sugar Loaf Senior Living and Winona Health Hospice for their love and support.

A private funeral service will be held.  Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Winona, MN.

Memorials preferred to the Alzheimer's Association.

Services entrusted to Fawcett Junker Funeral Home & Crematory, Winona, MN and Fountain City, WI.  Words of sympathy and remembrance can be given at

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