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Melvin Edward Pielmeier

September 21, 1936 ~ June 14, 2020 (age 83)


Melvin Edward Pielmeier, 83 of Winona, MN passed away Sunday, June 14, 2020, at Sauer Healthcare, Winona, MN.

Melvin was born September 21, 1936, to Jacob and Viola (Zunk) Pielmeier in Winona, MN. On October 25, 1936, he was baptized at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church; he was later confirmed there on April 2, 1950.  During his schooling, Melvin was a member of the rifle and archery club.  He also played on the hockey team which was the first team to go to state in 1952. 

In high school through 1956, he worked at Matzke Concrete Block. From 1956 – 1960, Melvin worked at Froederts.  In October of 1960, he started his employment with Bay State, where he worked until he retired in 1996.

He was formerly married to Ruth (Haase) Dalleska.  On February 26, 1983, Melvin married Ilse L. (Komischke) Gaulke.

Melvin was a member of Goodview Trinity Lutheran Church where he was on the Board of Elders.  Church was an important part of his life.  He was an avid fisherman in the summer as well as ice fishing in the winter. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed taking his young family on camping trips, as well as boating and fishing.  He and Ilse made numerous trips around the United States and abroad.  His second home was the Playmor Campground where he gardened and fished.

He is survived by his wife Ilse and his four children:  Karen Fryer, Rochester, MN; Karla (Bernie) Kennedy, Holmen, WI; Kristi (John) Meier, Lewiston, MN; and Kevin Pielmeier, San Antonio, TX; eight grandchildren:  Alec Fryer; Christian, Collin, Ben, and Kaitlyn Kennedy; Jacob and Joshua Peil; and Nyah Pielmeier; his sister Kathryn (Sievert) (John) Tegen and brother Thomas Pielmeier.  He is also survived by two step-children: Eric Gaulke, St. Augustine, FL; and Eva (Doug) Pampuch, Winona, MN; three step-grandchildren:  John, Anna, and Eric Pampuch.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and brothers-in-law Clarke Sievert and Hans Komischke.

Private family services will be held at Goodview Trinity Lutheran Church, with Reverend Anthony Straseske officiating.  Interment will be at Oakland Cemetery, Minnesota City, MN.

The family suggests memorials can be directed to Goodview Trinity Lutheran Church, 820 37th Ave, Goodview, MN  55987.

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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