Cierzan, Doris M.


Doris M. Cierzan, age 87, of Winona, passed away on Monday, January 1, 2018, at her home.

Doris was born on August 3, 1930, in Wilson, Minn., to Gustav and Lillian (Warnken) Ledebuhr. She was united in marriage with John M. Cierzan on November 23, 1963, at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Winona, and he preceded her in death on August 16, 2009.


She was employed with the Winona Knitting Mills for over 50 years, and was a member of St. Martin’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Doris will be remembered for her love of sewing and traveling, and as an avid baker; many enjoyed her lemon bars, chocolate chip cookies, and Rice Krispie treats. Her family was the foundation of her life, and she especially cherished the time that she spent with her grandchildren. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, who will be deeply missed by all those who loved her.

Doris is survived by her sons, Steve (Diane) Cierzan, Plainfield, Ill., Mark (Crystal) Cierzan, Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Brian (Dana) Cierzan, Winona; grandchildren, Aaron, Trevor, Emily, Tanner, Charlee Ann, and Liam; a sister, Ruth Lilla, Winona; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Clarence, Ervin, Arthur, Ed, Raymond, and Elmer Ledebuhr; and Harold Warnken; and a sister, Laura Mueller.


Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the funeral service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at St. Martin’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. The Reverend Richard A. Moore will officiate. Doris will be laid to rest in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be her grandchildren.

Memorials may be directed to St. Martin’s Evangelical Lutheran Church or Habitat for Humanity.

Online condolences or memories may be left for Doris’ family at

Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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