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Michael Dean Forsythe

March 21, 1950 — July 29, 2023



Michael Dean Forsythe of Winona passed away unexpectedly July 29, 2023 at home with his loving wife Barb by his side. Mike was born March 21, 1950 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His family moved to Pampa, Texas and Kansas City, Missouri before settling in Winona, Minnesota in 1960.  

Growing up in Winona, Mike was involved in the Boy Scouts and was very proud to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. A highlight of his Boy Scout years was attending the World Jamboree held in Idaho in 1967.

Mike also participated in the school plays at Winona Senior High, and would continue to pursue this interest later life by being involved with community theatre when he lived in the Twin Cities.  

He received a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Winona State University. Michael later furthered his education in 2014 with a graduate certificate from WSU in Addiction Counseling. In 2017 he went on to earn a Master of Science degree with honors in Counseling Education/Community Counseling. It was a proud moment for Michael to be conferred this degree while in his 60’s. At the time of his death Michael was employed by Counseling Associates LLC of Winona.

Michael married the love of his life, Barb Timm, on November 29, 2003. Together they enjoyed traveling, cooking and relaxing in the backyard with their rescue pets. Michael had a passion for rescue pets and when he saw the cute face of BB the Beagle dog (their current pet) on-line, he told Barb “This dog needs a home”! Michael also enjoyed reading and playing golf.  

Michael will be deeply missed by his loving wife Barb and his two sisters Vickie (Joe) Johnson and Debbi (Lewis) McCall and their children Julie(Cole) Burgman and Steven (Laurie) Johnson and Jeff(Erica) McCall and Amy McCall as well as two great-nieces and two great-nephews. He is also survived by his mother-in-law Isabelle Timm, sister-in-law Cindy Timm and brother-in-law Craig Timm. He was preceded in death by his parents Rollie Fielden (Bud) and Lita Forsythe and father-in-law Everett Timm.

A Memorial Gathering for Michael will be from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday August 8, 2023 at Hoff Celebration of Life Center, 3480 Service Dr. in Winona. The Celebration of Life Service will follow starting at 6:00 p.m, led by Funeral Celebrant Dianne Rislow.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers, and attendees to the Celebration of Life are invited to wear tropical attire, which was a favorite of Michael’s. The service will be live streamed at


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Memorial Gathering

Tuesday, August 8, 2023

4:00 - 6:00 pm (Central time)

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Celebration of Life

Tuesday, August 8, 2023

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