Bissen, Michael Joseph


Michael Joseph Bissen, 63, of Winona, died on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at Lake Winona Manor with his family by his side.

Mike was born on September 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 October 7, 1978, Mike married the love of his life, Laurie Holmlund in Canby, Minn.

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 in which they lived, 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 grand-dogs 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, Minn., and Pete (Ashly) of Winona; grandson, Liam Rhem, and one more on the way; mother, Ethel Michels; 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.

His Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with the Reverend James Berning officiating. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Friday at Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview, with a time of sharing at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue on 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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