In loving memory of

Ray Lisowski
December 21, 1939 - September 6, 2021

Raymond D. Lisowski, 81, of Piepers Valley, rural Fountain City died Monday, September 6, 2021 at Saint Anne's Extended Healthcare in Winona. Ray was born December 21, 1939 in Arcadia to Peter and Olga (Konsella) Lisowski. He served in the Army National Guard. Ray and Sandra Gensmer met on a blind date. And, were married May 11, 1963 at Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church at Norton. They made their home in Winona and raised their four children in Winona. Ray worked as a machinist for several years at Witte Moldcraft in Homer and later for Lake Center Industries as a production manager. In retirement, Ray and Sandy moved to Piepers Valley.
Ray had a passion for hunting and guns. Having taught gun safety, marksmanship and silhouette shooting, as well as hunting bear, deer, squirrel and ducks. Woodworking and metal working were also passions of Ray. He made cribs for all his grandchildren, as well as jewelry boxes, woodcarvings and gun parts. Ray loved being around kids, as he drove school bus for Cochrane Fountain City Schools in his retirement. Ray was a member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church.
Survivors include his wife, Sandy; their children, Michael (Julie) Lisowski of Chatfield; Jody (Todd) Ives of Goodview; Jeffrey (Sheryl) Lisowski of Winona; and Matt (Tammy) Lisowski of Winona; grandchildren, Pamela Lisowski, Holly & Shane Ives, Jena & Jordan Lisowski, Hunter (Laura) Lisowski and Bethany (Michael) Wu; a brother, Jerome (Karen) Lisowski of Alma; and sisters-in-law, Lorna and Vivian Lisowski, and mother-in-law, Clanette Gensmer and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, Bob, Jake, John and Ann (Roman) Konkel and father-in-law, Harold Gensmer.
Ray's family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at St. Anne's for the care and compassion shown to Ray and the entire family.
Funeral Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, September 11, 2021 at Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview - Winona, with the Reverend Matthew Schoell officiating. A visitation will be from 9 - 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Military Honors will be performed immediately following the service. Please share a memory of Ray and view his video tribute, when it becomes available at


Sharon shugart wrote on Sep 15, 2021:

"Sandy so to hear about ray.he was a great boss for 11 yrs.he had the kind heart. "

Jimand Mary Duane wrote on Sep 14, 2021:

"Dear Sandy and family, Just saw Rays obituary and want to extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Take care. Mary and Jim Duane"

Kate E Burt wrote on Sep 11, 2021:

"Sandy-So sorry for your loss. I remember my grandkids telling me Ray was their busdriver (on Bluffsiding road) and he was really nice! Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers at this time- Kate and Darwin Burt"

Diana Thorson wrote on Sep 10, 2021:

"Thinking of your family and hope you find comfort in all of your special memories! We feel so privileged to have gotten to know Ray! He was quite the card player! Sending our deepest sympathy?..Tom & Diana "

John Brown wrote on Sep 9, 2021:

"To the Lisowski family my sympathy for your great lose.Best wishes from your classmate and friend. "

Kent&Joyce Dzurick wrote on Sep 9, 2021:

"Sandy,we were so sorry to hear of Ray\'s passing, our deepest sympathy to you and your children. We will always remember your friendship,and the great card games we enjoyed with you when we first moved to Winona the first time. You guys just had Mike and we had Kristin..We know your great memories and children will help you get through this difficult time. Love, Kent & Joyce"

Duane & Paulette Kinneberg wrote on Sep 9, 2021:

"Deepest sympathy to the Lisowski family. I\'m very sorry for your loss."

Brach Kay Seitz wrote on Sep 9, 2021:

"Only Ray would drive back to Winona to pick up Sandi, Ida and myself(after his date with Sandi)and take us in the middle of winter to Cochrane to see all the deer on the hillside in the moon light what a sight so many years ago. such a kind gentleman whoever Ray met they will remember him. our sympathy Sandi to you and your families. Memories of those we love live in our hearts forever. Brach and Kay Seitz"

Cheryl L Olsen LPN 5th floor St Anne. wrote on Sep 9, 2021:

"It was an honor and privilege to take care of Ray for his last journey on earth. He will always have a place in my heart. Healing thoughts and prayers to his family."

Chris & Harley Antoff wrote on Sep 8, 2021:

" Ray was one of a kind! He always had time for everybody & would lend a helping hand when needed. His grin would bring a smile to most anyone, kids loved him too! He was talented in many ways. He was very competitive while racing chain saws, in fact I bought one of his winning chain saws! Our family has many fun memories with Ray & his family. He\'s now at peace & will be missed! Goodby good friend. "

Mary C. Speltz wrote on Sep 8, 2021:

"Sorry to hear of your loss, Sandra and family. Clanette, you lost a gem!"

Tess Holzer wrote on Sep 8, 2021:

"Matt and Family, So sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. Keep all those special memories close to your heart. Sincerely, Tess"

Carla Lehmeier wrote on Sep 8, 2021:

"Growing up in our neighborhood with the Lisowski family across the street was amazing! I was included in many family outings where I have so many wonderful memories. Ray always gave me new experiences: from the farm, to the snowmobile outings, shooting, and motorcycle rides. When I ride today, I am always thinking of Ray and all that he shared with me. Will always cherish the memories, the smiles, laughs and appreciation he shared. With deepest condolences."

Rose Hengel wrote on Sep 8, 2021:

"Ray was one of the best! I had the great privilege of working with Ray at MBD for over 20 years. He was a great friend, a hard worker and dedicated to his family, to his job and to his friends. The memories we have are precious?.some funny, some sad. He loved all the kids. At the company picnics the kids would be drawn to Ray; they loved the water fights with him. Thanks Ray for all that you taught me, I won?t forget you! Rest In Peace Raymond. Rose & Ron Hengel"

Carolyn Goree wrote on Sep 8, 2021:

"I had the honor of meeting your dad, Jodi, at Saint Anne of Winona. I always greeted him with a hand shake and that made both of us happy. Tapping his toes to our music and talking were my two favorite things that I\'ll always remember him by. God earned an amazing angel. God bless your family."

Terrie DeBoer wrote on Sep 8, 2021:

"Enjoy working with Ray on prototype projects at the Model Shop, he was a hard worker and enjoyed life. Sorry to hear of your lose he will be missed."

Pam Pelowski LPN wrote on Sep 8, 2021:

"5th floor just wont be the same without our lil Ray...we will miss him but know he\'s at peace"