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October 9, 1963 – January 25, 2023

Michael James Vetsch, age 59, of Cokato passed away suddenly on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at The Meeker County Memorial Hospital in Litchfield.

He was born on October 9, 1963 in Buffalo the son of Earl A. and Joan M. (Bendig) Vetsch.

Michael graduated from St. Michael High School in 1982 and later attended North Hennepin Vocational School.

On June 24, 1995, Michael J. Vetsch and Pamela J. Barthel were joined in Holy marriage at The St. Michael Catholic Church in St. Michael. God blessed their marriage with three sons.

Mike was employed as the Head Groundskeeper for Ferndale Properties.

He loved his family!  Mike enjoyed baseball, farming and the outdoors.

Michael was a faithful member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. He belonged to The Catholic Order of Foresters and to Knights of Columbus Council #8253.

Survived by his loving wife of twenty-seven years: Pam; sons: Kyle, Paul and William; his parents: Earl and Joan Vetsch; siblings: Joyce (Donald) Valerius, Jody (Tim) Johnson, Jerry (Stacey) Vetsch, Scott Vetsch and Aimee Peterson; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by a sister Holly Vetsch and by his father-in-law and mother-in-law Bernard & Irene Barthel.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Michael Vetsch will be held on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.

Interment Holy Trinity Cemetery.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 31st 4-8 P.M. at The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted. Prayer Service will be held Tuesday evening, January 31st at 7:30 P.M.  Further visitation will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, February 1st 9:30-10:30 A.M.




6 Guestbook Entries

  1. Dawn Lindquist

    Think of the Vetsch Family during this time. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Jerome, Dawn and Ben Lindquist

  2. Gopher Ace Hardware

    Mike was not just a good customer at Gopher Ace, he was a GREAT customer. Mike made it certain to say Hi to every employee every single time he was in, which was daily. Mike was patient, Mike was kind. Mike always had at least once nice thing to say and he would always listen. The loss of Mike is heartbreaking for us, and our deepest condolences go out to his family during this difficult time. Mike will be greatly missed. His memory and his daily visits will never be forgotten and we are so thankful to have been able to have known him. Heaven just got one heck of a caretaker. Until we meet again my friend.

  3. Rob Kottke

    Thoughts and prayers to the family. Mike was a great friend and known as Sweeny to his STMA baseball teammates. He is in heaven working on all those crazy batting stances he came up with. He will always be remembered.

  4. Abby Entrikin

    Thinking of you and your boys. Hoping peace surrounds you when you need it most.
    With love,
    Abby (Schilling) Entrikin

  5. Bob Scanlon

    I am so sorry to hear about Mike. We would visit occasionally at work & Long Lk Hardware. Mike
    Will be missed by many. My prayers go out to Mike’s family.

    Bob Scanlon,

  6. Alison

    I am so sorry Pam,I just found out about Mike’s passing. He was such a nice guy, always great to hang out with during cross country and track. Peace and hugs to all of you.


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