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of St. Michael, MN

December 10, 1967 – August 29, 2023


Monday, September 11, 2023

4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Prayer service at 7:00 p.m.

The Peterson Chapel – St. Michael, MN

Mass of Christian Burial

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

11:00 a.m.

visitation continuing one hour prior to the mass

St. Michael Catholic Church – St. Michael, MN

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Charles “Lee” Winans, a beloved husband, father, brother, brother in law, uncle, and friend, passed away on August 29, 2023 at the age of 55 in St. Michael, Minnesota. He was born on December 10, 1967, in Carmel, California, to his parents, Charles Sr. and Jane (Skadsberg) Winans. Lee’s departure leaves an immeasurable void in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing him.

He married the love of his life, Kim (Johnson), in a beautiful ceremony at St. Helena’s Catholic Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in October of 1993. Their union was blessed with the birth of their four children, Andrew, Meghan, Matthew and Charlie.

A devoted father, Lee spent countless hours coaching his children in basketball, football and baseball where he always engaged in his children’s activities. He was also a den leader for his boys. He was his childrens biggest fan and a constant source of encouragement and support in all their endeavors.

Lee was deeply committed to his faith and community. He volunteered as a parish festival chair member and served as a Eucharistic Minister at his church, exemplifying his dedication to helping others and nurturing his spiritual connection.

One of Lee’s greatest joys in life was spending time at the family cabin, where he would regale everyone with his “tall tales” around the campfire. His storytelling was legendary, and his tales will continue to be cherished by those who were fortunate enough to hear them.

Lee found solace in fishing, hunting, golfing and playing the game of cribbage. His appreciation for nature’s beauty was evident in every adventure he embarked upon. Lee also loved music and often engaged others in his name that tune games.

But perhaps Lee’s most enduring legacy is his boundless love for people. Known for his tenderhearted and goofy personality, Lee had a smile that could brighten even the darkest of days. He had an uncanny ability to strike up conversations with anyone and would readily lend an empathetic ear to those in need. He made friends wherever he went and had an incredible knack for making people feel valued and heard.

Charles “Lee” Winans leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter, and kindness that will be remembered and cherished forever. He is survived by his loving wife of thirty years, Kim; children, Andrew (fiancé, Taylor Tatro), Meghan, Matthew and Charlie; brother, Ron (Andrea) Winans; nephew, Cade and niece, Bella; sister, Lynn Talab and a host of family and friends.

Celebrant will be Father Connor McGinnis.

Luncheon to follow the service at church.


6 Guestbook Entries

  1. Jana Kunz

    I have so many great memories of Lee. He was indeed a great story teller, and I loved to talk with him when we we would bump into each other. He will be forever remembered as a kind, thoughtful, and happy person in my heart – I am truly saddened by his departure from his earth. Maybe he be blessed in heaven for eternity and my deepest sympathies go out to Kim and her children.

  2. Christine Sprenger

    I’ll never forget Uncle Lee’s campfire stories. The way he would transform into a storyteller with a walking stick he found in the woods and a change in his tone of voice will forever be a memory of mine. We always looked forward to a twilight zone sort of story!

    You could always count on Uncle Lee to be engaged, enthusiastic, and whole hearted in everything he did.

    I grew up watching Kimmy and Lee build their beautiful family. Anyone around them could easily tell how genuinely happy they were to have each other.

    It was a blessing to have Lee as both an incredible role model and uncle. He will be immensely missed.

  3. Lorri

    Worked with Lee at PartnerRe. He was so proud of his family! Lee regularly shared stories of the kid’s accomplishments and fun family adventures. I looked forward to daily check-in calls from Charlie.
    Lee’s competitive nature came out during the office putting contests. He was fun to work with – he’ll be missed.
    Kim and family, sorry for your loss.

  4. Laurie and Dan kelly

    We are so sorry for your loss. Lee was a great baseball coach to Brody. I remember his stories and fun personality. He will be missed.

  5. Anna Lee Smith

    I worked with Lee at Voya & sat next to him… we chatted all the time and I really enjoyed his company. I am so sad to hear the news of his passing. My thoughts are with his entire family during this extremely difficult time.

  6. James Zumbrunnen

    I remember as a kid, I would ask Lee if he could play catch. He always treated me like a “brother”. He was so cool to be around. He will be missed dearly by all who knew him and loved him. Thx for all the great memories as a kid. It was an honor to know you.


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