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February 17, 2018

1/29/2018 8:13:00 AM
Funeral Mass for Michael Bissen Feb. 3 in Goodview

Michael Joseph Bissen, 63, of Winona, died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 at Lake Winona Manor with his family by his side.
Mike was born Sept. 28, 1954 in Mason City, Iowa to John "Buddy" and Ethel (Michels) Bissen. He graduated from Stewartville High School in 1972 and St. John's University in 1976.
On Oct. 7, 1978, Mike married the love of his life, Laurie Holmlund in Canby.
Following graduation, Mike got a job with the FDIC which began his career in banking. He worked for Citizens Bank in Hutchinson, Profinium Financial in Fairmont and Winona National Bank. Mike was very active in each of the communities they lived in, including the Jaycees, Knights of Columbus, Habitat for Humanity and youth baseball, basketball and hockey associations.
Mike was a collector of many things: sports trading cards, coins and bourbon just to name a few. He enjoyed fishing, outdoors, music, reading and puzzles. His dogs and granddogs were all an important part of the family, especially his dogs, Deuce and Lucy. Mike's generous spirit, friendly personality, sense of humor and love for kids will be deeply missed and never forgotten.
Mike is survived by his wife of 39 years, Laurie; two children, Sarah (Braden) Rhem of Medina, and Pete (Ashly) of Winona; grandson, Liam Rhem and one more on the way; mother, Ethel Bissen; sisters, Rita (Paul) Hackenmiller, Ellen (Lou) Kanavati, Janet Taylor and Donna Bamlet; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father; sister, Doris Flicker and two brothers-in-law, Charlie Taylor and Rick Bamlet.
Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 at St. Mary's Catholic Church with the Reverend James Berning officiating. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m., Friday at Hoff Celebration of Life CenterGoodview with a time of sharing at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass in the Visitation Commons at St. Mary's.
Please share a memory of Mike, sign his online guestbook and view his video tribute when it becomes available at
Hoff Celebration of Life Center-Goodview is assisting the family with arrangements.

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