Eugene John Welinski

November 24, 1939 - March 24, 2021



Eugene John Welinski

Eugene Welinski was born on November 24, 1939 to Joseph & Bridget Welinski in Swan River Township. He grew up on the farm by Elmdale, MN and somehow learned by ear how to play concertina along the way.  He moved down to the Twin Cities in 1958 and worked in some plumbing and grain elevators.

In 1960 he met Lolene Joyce Behrends and they were married on October 20, 1961. Gene began working at Nabisco in 1967. After he retired in 2002, he spent a lot more time with family and friends at his cabin up North. He liked to hunt and fish. He loved to play his concertinas! He also like to work and play with his big John Deere tractors. He had just finished restoring his 1939 John Deere B tractor, which is the first tractor his dad bought for the farm.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Lolene; son, David; daughter, Amy; brothers, Jim (Audrey), Edward (Renee), Alois; sister, Leona (Sylvester) Maciej.

Gene is survived by his daughters, Lori Johnson, Victoria (Terrence) Czech and Jodell (Matt) Prince; son-in-law, Randy Luggar; grandchildren, Jill, Angie, Michael, Amanda, Bridget, Cody, E.J., Jared, Jeff, Jeremy, Kianna and Josh; great-grandchildren, Alexis, Jayce, Landon, Teegan, Jaelyn, Amelia, Katilyn, Levi and Owen; brothers, Jerome (Donna) and Daniel (Carol); other family and friends.

Serving as Pallbearers: Josh Czech, Cody Luggar, E.J. Welinski (grandsons), Terry Czech, Randy Luggar (sons-in-law) and Danny Welinski (brother).  Honorary Pallbearers: Michael Johnson, Jared Johnson, Jeremy Prince and Jeffery Prince (grandsons).

Per CDC guidelines, social distancing and the use of masks are required.

Mass of Christian Burial

Funeral Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

Burial after Funeral in St. Patrick Cemetery.

Lunch will be served in the Social Hall following burial.


O Loving Father and Savior, send your angels to carry the soul of your servant from this earth to the heavenly place of eternal and everlasting life. Let family and friends who have passed before in faith be reunited in joy with the departed. Forgive any wrongs that have been committed and welcome this beloved spirit into the warm embrace of your unending peace. Amen.