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Philip C. Tennison 10/21/2020

Tennison, Philip C. of Burnsville, MN, formerly of St. Cloud, MN, passed away on October 21, 2020 at age 80. He was preceded in death by parents Arthur and Virginia, brother Carl, and daughter Dana. Phil's career as an educator spanned many decades. He taught in the Mpls Public Schools for several years before moving to St. Cloud where he taught at the Campus Lab School for 15 years. Later Phil became an Instructor of Education at St. Cloud State University. Phil retired from SCSU and worked the remainder of his career as the Science Curriculum Coordinator for the Wayzata School District. In retirement, Phil enjoyed woodworking, spending time at the family cabin in northern MN, and traveling with his wife, Kathleen. Nothing brought him more joy than spending time with family and many wonderful friends. Phil is survived by wife, Kathleen, daughter Juli (Steve) Gifford, step-son Tom (Tina) Hoff, step-daughter Patty (Jeff) Sulzbach, brother Robert (Suzanne) Tennison, first wife Jo Tennison, and grandchildren Ben, Jacob, Kailee, Faith, Hayden, Zach, and Luke. Due to Covid, a family memorial service will be held this summer, as well as a celebration of life for family and friends. Memorials to the SCSU Foundation or the Tri-County Humane Society in St. Cloud, MN, which Phil helped found in 1974. White Funeral Home 952-432-2001


Sara J. Roberson 7/2/2020

Roberson, Sara Jean 1930-2020 Sara Jean (Sells) Roberson was born July 19, 1930 in Freeborn County, Minnesota to Ben Sells and Lelia (Loveless) Sells, and died on July 2, 2020. She attended Macalester College, graduating in 1952 with a degree in sociology. She later attended the University of Minnesota and received a degree in elementary education. Sara taught in the Mpls. Public Schools from 1970 - 1996. She was actively engaged in the desegregation movement of the 1970s, and the Human relations/rights programs of Education Minnesota and the National Education Association. During her teaching years, Sara built an extensive and comprehensive collection of children's books written by authors of color and Indigenous people. Today her collection of more than 750 books, teaching materials, and papers is housed in the Givens Collection of African American Literature and the Kerlan Collection of Books for Children. Sara was preceded in death by her sister, Ann Sells Jacobs, and is survived by another sister, Mary Paulsen of Medelia, MN, and two children: John Roberson Jr. of Minneapolis, MN and Loriann Roberson of New York, NY. A memorial service and life celebration will be announced within a year.


Donald W. Hayden 10/13/2020

Hayden, Donald W. Born April 20, 1939, moved on from this Earth on October 13, 2020. Don touched many lives with his kindness and support. He was a dedicated English teacher in the Minneapolis Public Schools for 37 years. A host of former students from Sheridan NE, Folwell Junior High, Roosevelt and Southwest Senior Highs remain ever-grateful for the positive impact Don had on their schooling and their lives. After retiring, Don taught English to native Spanish speakers and taught Spanish to his daughter, Christina's first grade students. He found and married his life-long partner Ruth Hayden. During their 51 years of marriage, they raised a family of four while he encouraged her to develop her own successful consulting firm. One of his greatest joys has been to be a Papa ("Papa Bear") to his five grandchildren. Don was loved dearly by many, including his extended family and many long-time friends. He believed in love, loyalty, and friendship and lived it every day while enjoying feeding the birds and eating those corner pieces of cake with the most frosting. Don was preceded in death by his parents Nora and Walter, his siblings James and Kimberley, and other loved ones he will be overjoyed to meet again. His heartbroken survivors include his wife Ruth, children Jennifer, Steven (Holly), Nathan, and Christina and grandchildren Jared, Domanic, Devyn, Tyler, and MacKenzie, his twin brother Dennis, and sisters Deborah and Shelley. He is also survived by grieving nieces, nephews, and cousins. All those who knew Don are kinder and gentler people because of how he lived. Arrangements for a Covid-limited service, with a Zoom option, are being handled by O'Halloran-Murphy. The virtual gathering is set for Thursday, October 22 with an informal sharing at 5:30 and a formal sharing at 6 p.m. The address to join is:… Meeting ID: 812 3833 5135 Passcode: 630659 A time when all who loved him can celebrate Don's life is hoped for in the Spring. An obituary notice will be posted again then. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to Keystone Community Services, 2000 St. Anthony Ave, St. Paul, 55104 or


Nick Lovdjieff 9/1/2020

Nick Lovdjieff, 95, passed away on September 1st after a short battle with
congestive heart failure. He was born December 4, 1924, in a coal mining camp in
Tobasco, CO. After high school graduation he enlisted in the Navy and was
accepted into the V-12 NROTC Program. He earned his degree in Naval Science
and served in China as part of the Chinese Naval Training Command. On
November 23, 1946 he married the love of his life, Evelyn, and they settled in
Minneapolis. After retiring from active duty, he joined the active naval reserve
and retired as Commander in 1972 after 25 years of service. In 1948 he earned a
degree in mathematics education from the University of Minnesota and began his
teaching career. In 1962 he accepted an editorial position with Scott, Foresman &
Company in Glenview, IL. He retired in 1987 as Chairman of the Mathematics
Department. He and his wife enjoyed many years of retirement living in IL and FL
and were active in their church, Habitat for Humanity, traveling, playing golf, and
spending time with family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents,
siblings Crist, Mary, twin sister Catherine, and his wife. He is survived by his
children, Teresa (Douglas) Gast, Susan (Jeremey) Levin, and Mark (Bonnie)
Lovdjieff, 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, sister Joann, and many family
members and friends. He will be interred at the Abraham Lincoln National
Cemetery in Elwood, IL alongside his wife. Memorial gifts may be given to The
Alzheimer’s Society or Habitat for Humanity.


Marilyn K. Cramolini 10/6/2020

Cramolini, Marilyn Kelly Age 95, of Minneapolis, passed away peacefully in her sleep on October 6, 2020. Preceded in death by infant son Joel Hanks and son Scott Hanks (Nancy). Survived by daughter Susan Hanks Mowen (David) and son Steven Hanks (Janet); grandchildren Jeffrey, Mary, Wendy and Tabitha, along with five special nieces, great grandchildren, grand nieces and nephews and many friends. A long-time resident of the Linden Hills neighborhood, Marilyn was a Minneapolis public school teacher for 19 years who loved every day of teaching. Her life was characterized by a love of learning and a passion for service, which she shared with everyone around her. In retirement, she combined both learning and service as a docent at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts where she volunteered for over 25 years. Always a willing and capable volunteer, Marilyn co-founded her church's Loaves and Fishes program and coordinated it for over 23 years. She loved leading her "Alzheimer ladies" in music and Christian teaching and also served in prison ministry. Marilyn was devoted to biblical teachings, was generous and caring to others, and especially enjoyed sponsoring and mentoring immigrants, many of whom became life-long friends. Interment is at Lakewood Cemetery for the family with a memorial service to be planned at a later date. Memorials preferred to the World Renew-Clean Water Fund, 1700 28th St., S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49508. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996


Sheila J. Lefavor 10/2/2020

Lefavor, Sheila J. age 71 of Saint Paul, born September 10, 1949 in Minneapolis to Clair and Verna Lefavor, passed away October 2, 2020 after a 14 year battle with Lupus and several chronic illnesses. Sheila graduated from South High. After vocational school, she began her working life as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Her active years included 19 years with the Mpls. School District where she served as union president for Local 56 until she was forced by medical disability into an early retirement. As a neighborhood activist, she was chairperson of two northwest Mpls neighborhood boards, the Camden News and served on the Neighborhood Revitalization Program citywide board. She was active in Mpls. DFL politics during the 1990s. Sheila was a performing jazz singer with a natural voice that could sound like Billie Holiday and Patsy Clinehard to believe but true. Not a self-promoter, her most consistent performance was as the lead singer with the band, Blues Farm from the late 90s until 2005. Sheila was a lifelong animal lover and always had at least one stray cat or humane-society dog. She loved collecting rocks at her trailer on Lake Mille Lacs. In recent years she fought chronic pain to crochet as much as possible and has grown an army of Christmas cacti and other house plants. Sheila will be deeply missed by her husband of forty years, Stan Theis; son, Alex; siblings: Larry (Joan) Lefavor, Connie (Kent) Jenson, and Kymiah Lefavor; and Jack "Angel" the shizu. A private burial will be held at the Nicholas Cemetery in Spencerbrook, MN. Henry W. Anderson 612-729-2331




Twylla L. Erickson 10/4/2020

Erickson, Twylla Lynn Was born on November 28th, 1953, and she departed peacefully October 4th, 2020. Twylla is survived by her husband Doug Nienhuis, daughter Saskia Nienhuis, brother Nels Erickson and many nieces and a nephew. Twylla grew up in Hopkins, Minnesota until the family moved to California, where she attended and graduated from Live Oak High School. The family returned to Minnesota and Twylla attended Gustavus Adolphus College and graduated with a bachelors in social work. She continued her education at University of Minnesota and received a Masters of Social Work. While in graduate school she started working at St. Joseph's Home for Children where she was introduced to the love of her life Doug. She went on to work as a social worker on the orthopedic floors of North Memorial Hospital. Later she worked as a Social Worker at Pillsbury Elementary School in NE Minneapolis. Ms. Twylla, as she was known to her students, will be remembered for her kind and ever caring personality. She loved to volunteer at the Hamline Church Dining Hall at the State Fair and doing weekly deliveries with Doug for Open Arms. A public visitation will be held Saturday, 10/17 from 5-6:30pm at Hamline Church United Methodist (1514 Englewood Ave Saint Paul, MN 55104) please adhere to CDC social distancing and mask guidelines. A private memorial service will follow on Sunday, 10/18 at 1pm with online video access, please feel free to join us via There will be a gathering celebrating the beautiful life of Twylla to be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to The Nature Conservancy or The International Crane Foundation. Nokomis Park Chapel 612-721-1651


Wallace O. Nelson 9/27/2020

Nelson, Wallace Orval age 97 of south Minneapolis. Passed away September 27, 2020. Preceded in death by wife of 65 years, Edna Mae; parents William and Hannah Nelson; brothers Leonhard and Clarence; sisters Viola, Rose, Ella, Virginia, and Helen. Survived by children Deanna, Beth (Michael) Otterness, Gaius (Merri Fromm), Matthew, Renee (Bradley Johnson); grandchildren Andrea Kanten, Adrian (Patricia) Kanten, Benjamin (Rose) Kanten, Laura Otterness, Tamara Nelson-Fromm; four great-grandchildren; close nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Graduate of Roosevelt High School (1941) and University of Minnesota. Wally was an educator at high school and college levels. He was outgoing, caring, well respected, and traveled extensively. Committed member of Roosevelt/Hiawatha Y's Men since 1955. All are welcome to attend graveside service, Sunset Cemetery, October 6, 1:00 pm. Meet at Sunset main gate by 12:45 pm for procession. Face masks requested. A gathering to honor Wally will be held at a future date. Memorials preferred to Hiawatha Y Service Club or donor's choice. Bradshaw 612-724-3621


Caryl A. Minnetti 9/25/2020

Minnetti, Caryl Annis 12/21/1936 - 09/25/2020 Caryl Minnetti, of Bloomington, MN, laid down her earthly burdens on September 25, 2020, at her home in Founder's Ridge Assisted Living. Caryl was born to Richard & Annis Witters in Kalamazoo, MI on December 21, 1936. She was a loving "older sister" to her only sibling, Susan. Caryl was preceded in death by her parents, her brother-in-law, Dave Keiffer, and her former husband, Carlo Minnetti. Her surviving family includes her sister, Susan Keiffer, her nephew, Todd Phillips (Janine) and his children, Megan Knight (James) and Noah Phillips, and her niece, Lisa Atkins and her children, Katherine Atkins, Sarah Idema (Michael), Erik Boussum, and one great-nephew, Elliot Idema. She also leaves behind her very special friend, John Thomson, who enriched her last years immensely. Caryl was a graduate of Kalamazoo Central HS (1954) and received her BA from Western Michigan University (1958), and she completed her MA in Education from the University of Minnesota (1988). Caryl began teaching French at the High School level when she moved to Minnesota and she taught over 30 years in Minneapolis, Golden Valley and Hopkins school districts. Caryl helped broadcast "Bonjour Minnesota" on KFAI for many years and was a loyal member of Transfiguration Lutheran Church in Bloomington. Caryl's Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, at 11:00 am Central via Livestream from the TLC website (…). Interment will occur in Kalamazoo, MI, at a later date. Werness Brothers 952-884-8145


Florence K. Mills 9/26/2020

Mills, Florence Karoline "Flo" age 77, of Bloomington, passed away September 26 from complications of Corticobasal Degeneration (CBD). Survived by her children Margaret, Anthony, MIchael & Karoline; and brother Joseph Lapinski. Flo was born and raised in Minneapolis. She retired from a career in the Minneapolis school system where she helped countless children with disabilities integrate into the classroom a vocation she loved dearly. Her kindness, compassion and thoughtfulness were evident in every interaction and relationship she had including a love for nature and animals. She was also very fond of her adventures in Europe! She courageously faced extensive complications after her diagnosis of CBD. Family is eternally grateful for months filled with comforting conversations and cherished family dinners together that reminded them all of what's important in life. A memorial service will be held at a later date when all those who knew and loved Flo can gather together. 


Frederick L. Oliver 9/25/2020

Oliver, Frederick Logwood 89, died in his Brooklyn Center home on September 25, 2020. His family was by his side. Frederick was born on March 31 1931, in Birmingham, AL. After his service in the Army during the Korean War, he moved to Minnesota where he completed a degree in Chemistry from the U of MN and worked as a research chemist for the U of MN and Twin Cities Testing. He married Barbara Marie Kott in 1956 and soon after, he completed a Master's degree in French Language and Culture from the University of Indiana. Frederick taught French at Minneapolis Public Schools for 28 years. Frederick had such a joyful zest for life that he was an inspiration to all who knew him. He is survived by his three children, Serge Oliver and wife Christin, Marius Oliver and Marie Forrest; his four grandchildren, August Johnson-Paulson, Jason Oliver, Laia Olivier and Forest Oliver and his great granddaughter; Sophia Oliver.


Virginia Hustvedt 9/19/2020

Hustvedt, Virginia "Ginger" With her skills of questioning and listening she could have been a journalist who made celebrities bear their souls and politicians cower in fear. With her contagious laughter and room brightening smile she could have been a top notch salesperson grossing millions. With her heart and empathy, she could have been a social worker. With her sense of justice and equality she could have been a Supreme Court justice. Instead, Ginger Hustvedt chose to be a teacher, a Mom and active member of the community. In other words, she chose to be all of those roles. She didn't make national headlines, but she didn't have to. The lives she touched, the dedication she exhibited, the hearts she warmed and the minds she enlightened are a testament to her life's work. Those fortunate enough to know her are immeasurably better because of it. Her legacy lives on through her service even though she recently succumbed to cancer at the age of 76, on September 19, 2020. She did so on her own terms in her home on Upper Gull Lake in Lake Shore, MN surrounded by her loving family including: Ron Hustvedt, Sr. her husband and best friend of almost 60 years; her daughter Anne Hustvedt of Minneapolis; her son Ron Hustvedt, Jr. and his wife Sharon DeLisle of Ramsey along with their children Ronny (12) and Vivian (11). "My deepest regret is not having more time with my children and grandchildren watching them continue to grow, but I am so proud of them and they will do great things for this world," she said. She is preceded in death by her brother Charles J. Sathre, Jr. of Kansas City, Mo, her parents Charles J. Sathre and Margaret Sathre of Minneapolis, and her aunt Elvy Sandberg of Minneapolis. Brokenhearted beyond measure, Ginger's husband Ron said she battled cancer with tremendous strength and grace. "We are forever best friends, soulmates and lovers and I cannot imagine this world without her but am so grateful for the lifetime we spent together and the family we raised," he said. Born and raised in Minneapolis, Ginger spent most of her childhood and adult life in a cozy home on 35th avenue south just off Lake Street in the Longfellow neighborhood. She graduated from Minneapolis South High in 1962 and earned an Elementary Education degree from the University of Minnesota in 1966. Ginger taught for eight years at Morris Park Elementary in Minneapolis, taking a break to have children. "In those days they could ask a woman to leave for being pregnant and I remember being told I was 'lucky' they let me stay until the end of the school year," she said. "I'm so glad women fought to change those policies and it's better today, but there are still inequalities we must solve and injustices we must fight against," she said. Her son Ron Jr. was born in December 1974 and daughter Anne in December 1979. The family of four enjoyed their south Minneapolis lifestyle with annual summer vacations to the Brainerd Lakes Area. A passionate believer in equal rights for women, Ginger didn't jump on soapboxes espousing her views but worked every day to instill a sense of justice, fairness and kindness in her students, her family, and community. Ginger was a passionate feminist who encouraged her children and grandchildren to make sure everybody is treated equally and with kindness. Ginger returned to the classroom at Seward Elementary in 1984 and in 1986 was back to full-time teaching status at Cooper Elementary with a 2nd grade class where she taught until retirement in 1998. Upon retirement, Ginger and Ron moved to the Brainerd Lakes Area full-time with a renewed focus on service and family. Active members of the Nisswa Lions Ginger held most every position an individual can have with the organization including President. She was a Hearing Research Fellow and Melvin Jones Fellow. Since 2003, Ginger co- coordinated and promoted the Nisswa Lions Scholarship program benefitting graduates of Brainerd High School and Pequot Lakes High School. Ginger was an active member of the Nisswa Women's Club and helped organize their scholarship program. She is a long-time member of the Nisswa Garden Club and the Nisswa Red Hat Society. Because of her strong belief in education as a key to a successful and impactful life, she is requesting that in lieu of flowers or memorials, donations are made to the Nisswa Lion's Scholarship Fund or Nisswa Women's Club Scholarship. Call 651-335-2385 or email for details. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date and Ginger wants her celebration of life to be scheduled in 2021 when people can more safely gather.


Florence A. Timmerman 2/18/2020

Florence A. Timmerman, age 102 of Minneapolis passed away February 18, 2020. She was preceded in death by her husband John “Tom” Timmerman, 2 daughters Carol and Linda, and a sister Jessie Johnson. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law: Stephen “Steve” and Margo Timmerman, grandson Brian (Beth) Timmerman, and great grandchildren August and Nora. Burial will be held 10:30 AM Monday February 24, 2020 at Crystal Lake Cemetery in Minneapolis. A celebration of life gathering will take place at 3 PM Monday 2/24/2020 at The Commons on Marice, 1380 Marice Drive, Eagan, MN 55121.


Mary Ruth Maxton 9/17/2020

Maxton, Mary Ruth age 87 of Columbia Heights, passed away Sept 17, 2020. Preceded in death by husband Robert Connell Maxton, and son Robert Craig Maxton. Mary loved traveling and family. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, the Homemakers, and a teacher in the Minneapolis/Columbia Heights Public Schools. She is survived by daughter Karen (Jim) Anderson, son George Edward (Karen Marie); grandchildren Aliesha & Nicholas Anderson, Mallory, Kylie & Alexandra Maxton. Memorials preferred to Shriner's Hospital for Children. Entombment Sunset. Funeral service 10:30 AM, Wed, Sept 23 with visitation 1/2 hour prior to service at: Columbia Hts Chapel 763-789-4436 4101 Central Ave NE, Col Hts


Grace M. Anderson 9/9/2020

Anderson, Grace Marie of Champlin was born April 2nd 1939 and passed away peacefully, while surrounded by her family on September 9th 2020 at the age of 81. She is survived by her loving husband, Richard; daughter, Karla (Jay) Anderson; and grandchildren, Kirsten (Bill), Guy, Jason; great grandchild, Kasen; daughter, Kelly (Kent) Soppeland and grandchildren, Marissa (Ben) and Nick; son, Mark (Sue) Anderson and grandchildren, Jimmy and Tommy; her puppy, Sammy; along with many close friends and relatives. She is preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Clara Schroeder; brothers, Ray and Dick. Grace was born and raised in Ivanhoe, Minnesota. She attended Winona State University for Elementary Education where she met the love of her life. Richard and Grace married on June 23rd and have spent 58 years together. They were the perfect match. In addition to being a cherished wife and mother, Grace worked as a schoolteacher her whole life, she had a passion for Art and was a very talented painter. She loved fashion, traveling, summers on Leech Lake and winters in Texas. Grace had very strong faith and spent any free time she had praying and talking to God. She will be missed for her ear that was always there to listen, her advice when you wanted it and her love when you needed it most. We will carry her in our hearts forever. A private funeral service will be held in the upcoming days. A celebration of life will take place in April for friends and relatives. More info will be provided on a later date.


Mary Luisa DeZurik 5/23/2019

Mary Luisa DeZurik, passed away on May 23rd in Hollywood Florida. Born in Havana Cuba to Manuel and Noemi Gutierrez on 03/05/49 she graduated from the University of Minnesota and taught English language learners in the Minneapolis School District for 25 years. She was a beloved mother of three surviving sons. Her kindness, generosity and warmth will be missed by all who knew, and loved, her. Without her the world will be a lesser place.- We will always love you Mom.


Karen Torp 9/6/2020

Torp, Karen age 87, died on September 6, 2020. She spent her childhood in Belle Plaine, Minnesota, graduated from the University of Minnesota and then taught in the Minneapolis schools for several years. Karen lived in Edina for 46 years and the last eight at Friendship Village of Bloomington. Preceded in death by her husband Dr. William Torp, parents Thomas & Ethel Lynch and her brother Tom. Survived by sons Erik (Liz), Carl, David (Karla), grandchildren Alexander & Maria, brother Leland Lynch (Terry Saario) and sister Jane Wick (Michael). Memorials may be directed to Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare and The Dowling Urban Environmental Elementary School (formerly Michael Dowling School for Crippled Children) in honor of her brother Tom. No services are planned; private family burial at later date at Lakewood Cemeter


Ramona M. Luikart 8/30/2015

Luikart, Ramona M. Age 86, passed away peacefully August 30, 2015. Preceded in death by husband, Fredrick and daughter, Julie. Survived by son, Bruce (Jill); daughter, Ann (Jay) Carlson; grandchildren, Sally, Lynn, Rebecca, Stella and Mitchell; great-grand daughter, Harlee; sister, Marilyn Hoiseth. Retired teacher who touched the lives of many children and families. She was loved so much and will be greatly missed. Memorial service 11:30 AM Friday, September 4 at ST. CHRISTOPHER'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 2300 N. Hamline Ave., Roseville. Private interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Visitation 4-8 PM Thursday 9/3 at MUELLER-BIES FUNERAL HOME - LINO LAKES, 7050 Lake Drive (Cty Hwy 23). In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Alzheimer's Association. MUELLER-BIES 651-784-3390


Robert C. Hoisington 8/15/2020

Hoisington, Robert Charles Age 92, of Shoreview, passed away on August 15, 2020. After several weeks of declining health, Bob died peacefully at home with his family by his side. Bob was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 61 years, Jean, and is survived by their four children, 21 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren (and counting), brother, nieces and nephews, and the many friends who loved him. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 12 at 11:00 a.m. at Augustana Lutheran Church's North parking lot, 1400 S. Robert Street in West St. Paul, as a drive-in service with radio tune-in. Bob was born on July 30, 1928 in Sioux City, Iowa, the oldest of three boys to Fred and Lydia Hoisington. The family moved to Minnesota and built a home and business in Oronoco that included rental cabins, a restaurant and gas station. Bob became the male head of household when he was in 5th grade with the passing of his father; his Mom instilled a strong work ethic and the belief that "God is always watching". While he was able to attend elementary school in Oronoco, he had to travel to Pine Island for high school. Often this 5-mile trip to school and back was by foot which helped him stay in excellent shape for high school sports. He was a star athlete in football, basketball and baseball, and ran in some track meets even though PIHS didn't have a track team. During his senior year he was PIHS athlete of the year and class president. After graduating high school Bob was offered a scholarship to attend Macalester College in St. Paul, where he was on the track and cross country teams, and graduated in 1950 with a math major and teaching degree. His first teaching job was in Windom where his future wife Jean also taught, and that was the beginning of their romance. The courtship continued through letters after Bob was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served as a math applications instructor for three years at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland. Bob and Jean were married during this time, on January 4, 1952. Bob then returned to Minnesota to earn his Master's Degree from the University of Minnesota, and to embark on his 30+ year teaching and coaching career. He first taught math at Minneapolis Central HS and later at Minneapolis Southwest HS. He coached track and cross country at both schools, where his teams claimed 7 state championships and 22 Minneapolis championships. He is a member of many Hall of Fames including MN State High School League, MN Track Coaches, MN Cross Country Coaches, Pine Island High School, Minneapolis Public Schools, Macalester College, and USA Track & Field. During the teaching and coaching years, Bob and Jean lived and raised their family in the "Dinky town" area of SE Minneapolis; the four children are Robert Hoisington Jr (Debbie), Karen Highness, Barbara Hanson (Timothy) and Lori Kallestad (Gregg). They were active members of the University Lutheran Church of Hope; please direct any memorials to Hope at 601 13th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414. By 1984 Bob had retired from teaching but not from working. He served as a head rules interpreter for the MSHSL and conducted rules meetings around the State. For many years he was head starter and referee at over 50 meets per season, including national championships. A favorite charity event that he helped coordinate for 14 years as a volunteer was the MOCA (Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance) annual walk/run. After he and Jean had relocated to Shoreview, Bob took on various lawn and pool maintenance jobs for housing associations. However, his most important title during his retirement years was "Grandpa." His grandchildren enjoyed the many fishing trips, as well as being employed by Grandpa to help with maintenance jobs and being coached how to work hard, try your best, and love God. Bob will be missed and always remembered by students, athletes, fellow coaches, neighbors, friends and family.


Diane L. Skoy 9/3/2020

Skoy, Dianne Lynn age 72, of Edina, earned her wings on Thursday, September 3. Dianne will be missed by her siblings Don (Julie), Doug (Bonnie), Deb (Chuck), Mark (Shannon), by cousins, and wonderful nieces and nephews. Dianne will also be missed by her best friend Lori, (Ryan and Sean), along with special friend Karen. Dianne was born on August 30, 1948, to Clayton and Bette Skoy in Mpls. Dianne graduated from Bloomington Kennedy High School and earned a BA and Master's Degree in Education. Dianne was a devoted teacher for 40+ years and loved working for the MN Twins for many years. Dianne is preceded in death by her parents, Clayton and Bette, and brother Darryl. Due to COVID19, there will be a private service and burial.


Constance J. David 8/26/2020

David, Constance Jean "Connie" age 68, of Minneapolis, MN and Clinton, IA passed on August 26. Preceded in death by parents, sister, nephew. Survived by siblings: Daniel (Judy) David Jr, Theresa (Scott) Bickford, Kathy Peters, James David, Becky (Sarah Stevens) David, many nieces and nephews and their children, friend Marianne and many more dear friends. Connie touched many lives as a teacher with Mpls Public Schools. She saw people beyond appearance and assumptions, and encouraged everyone to do their best. A Zoom Celebration of Life will be held in Sept. Please email for the link. Donations in Connie's memory may be sent to


Kathryn Jo Kvammen-McKinley 8/17/2020

Kvammen-McKinley, Kathryn Jo Kathy was born in Alexandria, MN to Lillian (Noehl) and Elwood "Tut" Kvammen on January 7, 1953. She graduated from Osakis HS, earned her degree from Macalester College and went on to complete her Master's work in Special Education at SCSU. She taught in the Minneapolis public schools for 32 years and also worked for Northwest/Delta Airlines for 23 years. Kathy did volunteer work at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and Global Volunteers and provided ESL tutoring services. She was active at her church (Garden Team and Restoration Center) and was a Scripture reader and Lay Assisting Minister. She was passionate about family, friends, her beloved Dolly the Dog and traveling (visiting over 60 countries). She was an avid photographer and enjoyed showcasing her photos on greeting cards she made herself. She also enjoyed baking, water coloring, playing the piano, entertaining and exercise. She was most at peace in her garden, which was always a place of serenity and beauty. Kathy passed away on August 17, 2020. She was preceded in death by her parents and great-nephew Tanner Hocum of Alexandria. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Brian McKinley of Minneapolis; sister, Karen (Truman) Hanson of Alexandria; brother-in-law, Blair (partner Donna) McKinley of Eden Prairie; nieces, Shelley (Scott) Gilbertson of Detroit Lakes, Jennifer Zoller of Albert Lea, and Amber Larson of Wayzata; nephews, Matthew (Amanda) Hanson of Rocklin, CA, and Ben (Bethany) McKinley of Danbury, WI; 12 great nieces and nephews and 1 great-great niece. Kathy's loving, generous and adventurous spirit will be missed by all who knew her. A private funeral service will be held on August 30, at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. Memorials are preferred to the Central Lutheran Foundation and Second Hand Hounds of Minnetonka, MN.


Donald C. Ryberg 7/31/2020

Ryberg, Donald C.  Age 87, of Edina, died 7/31/20.  Preceded in death by wife, Helen; Survived by son, Andrew (Jan Ordahl); daughter, Jennifer Ryberg (Rob Dombrowsky); sister, Carolyn in CA; brother, Stan (Lynda) in FL; Graveside service 3pm Saturday 9/12/20, Lakewood Cemetery 3600 Hennepin Av. Mpls. Meet at gate. Cremation Society of MN (612) 825-2435


Barbara A. Mattill 8/9/2020

Mattill, Barbara Anne died at age 90 on August 9, 2020 at New Perspective Senior Living in Minnetonka. Barbara was born on April 23, 1930. She grew up with three sisters in Glen Lake, Minne-sota, on the grounds of the Glen Lake Sanatorium where her father was a physician. She had strong opinions from an early age, among them the love of cats and a clear preference for the color blue. She graduated from Hopkins High School in 1948, and from the University of Minnesota in 1952 having spent two years at St. Olaf College. She taught third grade for two years and then for two years she was a librarian in the laboratory school at UMD. She received a Masters' Degree in Library Science from the University of Minnesota and began her long career with the Minneapolis Public Schools as high school librarian at Edison High School. She found a perfect spot for a summer retreat on Lake Roosevelt near Outing in northern Minnesota where she regularly fed the deer and chipmunks and bought dog food for the racoons. She delighted in being at the lake for as long as she was able, and she happily entertained family and friends. At one point she took up archery, and she included a hunting bow among her prized possessions. Health concerns arose but did not restrict her enjoyment of retirement. She was a talented knitter and a great cook; she collected cookbooks with literary connections. Ever the librarian, she always had a world atlas and World Almanac close at hand. Her last three years were spent in a care facility. Special thanks go to Bev, the Brookdale Hospice nurse, for exceptional attention. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. P.M. and Nora (Nelson) Mattill, her sisters Mary Holum and Kathryn Strom, her brother-in-law Herbert Strom, and her niece Elizabeth Johnson. She is survived by her sister, Phyllis Mattill; her brother- in-law John Holum; her nieces Ann Holum (Alex Kass) and Kathryn Holum (Glenn Baron); her nephews David Strom (Katja Heide), Timothy Strom (Pamela), and Jonathan Strom (Siri Olson); Daniel Johnson (May); and eleven grand nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be announced when it is safe to gather. Memorials are suggested to UNICEF and the Animal Humane Society. Morris Nilsen Chapel 612-869-3226


Betty Lou Courtney 8/12/2020

Courtney, Betty Lou age 93, of Minnetonka, passed away August 12, 2020. Preceded in death by husband, Henry Courtney; parents Robert and Violet Ringstrom; sister, Barbara Corley. Survived by son, Scott Courtney; daughter, Lori McDougal; daughter- and son-in-law, Emily and Doug; six grandchildren, Tekla, Zoe, Griffin, Spencer, Colin and Courtney. She enjoyed her years serving as a teacher for the Minneapolis Schools and volunteering to help children learn to read. She was well loved and will be greatly missed by family and friends. Private interment at Lakewood Cemetery. Memorials preferred to the American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis or charity of choice.


Freeman McInroy 7/30/2020

McInroy, Freeman "Mac" 87, of Eagan, passed away after suffering from a long illness on July 30, 2020. Mac was a teacher and coach for Roosevelt High School for 30 years. He is preceded in death by his parents, Freeman D and Ora, and his sister, Beverly Clark. Mac will be sadly missed by his wife, Norma, sons, Erik (Amy) and Reed (Linh), granddaughter, Courtney (Brandon Fox) and Hannah Lee, grandson, Landon, great granddaughter, Aerabella, and brother, Orris and family. Per Mac's request no service will be held. Memorials are preferred to Roosevelt Holiday Basket.


Otto P. Link 5/9/2020

Link, Otto Paul resident of Palo Alto, California, formerly of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota died at his assisted living facility on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at the age of 91. After several months of declining health, Otto died peacefully at home with his loving and dedicated wife Jeanette and children by his side. Otto was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on June 12, 1928 to Otto Link and Julia Paulina (Pfeiffer) Link. Otto was the youngest of five children. Education was very important in the Link household and Otto continued his love for knowledge throughout his life and passed this love on to his children and grandson. Otto is survived by his loving family, his wife Jeanette Frances Link, son John Otto Link, daughter Barbra Frances Link, daughter-in-law Sophia Green, son-in-law Patrick Selmi and grandson Benjamin Link Selmi, his sister Jewel Ecklund and many other loving nieces, nephews and close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Carl Link, sisters Catherine Hill and Ethel Louise Swandby. Otto played baseball at Humboldt High School in Saint Paul, was a pitcher and could bat right or left- handed and could hit anything thrown his direction. He played trumpet and performed in small dance groups and loved Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson and Louis Armstrong, and played reveille at midnight on many cold Minnesota New Year's eves as a yearly neighborhood ritual. Otto worked several jobs as a youth, carrying icebox ice at thirteen, working in a refrigerator factory, and at Swift's packing-house with his father. He put himself through college at the U of M by working full-time as a mail sorter in the Minneapolis Post Office where he met his lifelong friend Elmer Howard Zoff, both avid freethinkers. Otto graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in education and later a master's degree specializing in elementary reading and studied under noted early reading education Professor Theodor Clymer. At the U of M Otto met his future wife of 67 years, Jeanette Frances (Weiss) Link, and nothing kept them apart for more than a few days in those 67 years. Otto taught fourth and fifth grade in the Minneapolis Public School system, specialized in reading, and in summer school taught profoundly deaf children to read. He later held positions of Vice Principal and then Principal in the Minneapolis public schools. As a Vice Principal in the 1970s Otto was instrumental in the historic desegregation efforts integrating Hale and Field Schools. When meeting former students by chance, he could remember their full names 50 years after last seeing them - Otto had an astounding memory and a brilliant and inquisitive mind. Otto was forward thinking and humanistic educator, finding the positives in his students - he would say; "No test can capture what a student knows. Tests are poor representations of what a student understands. You need to talk to the student and get to know the student to get some understanding of their capabilities and potential." He retired from the Minneapolis Public School system after over 30 years of dedicated service, focusing on the importance of early literacy for children. He passed on the importance of education to his son John and daughter Barbra. Otto enjoyed boating, canoeing, motorcycle riding, reading, reading to his children, dinner parties with friends, working on his home in Brooklyn Center, family trips by car in the US and coaching baseball. Otto was a member of the ACLU, Freedom From Religion Foundation and the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis. He loved his family, reading and life-long learning. He was dedicated to his family, friends, and community. He enjoyed repairing almost anything, camping, current events, and debating with others. Otto was interested in the world around him and enjoyed everything from Fellini films to the Rockford Files. He passed this curiosity and love of knowledge onto his family as well. He will truly be missed by all. In retirement Otto and Jeanette enjoyed bus tours in Europe where they made new friends, to Hawaii, Mexico and to visit their children in the various places they lived: Boston, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Chicago, Syracuse, Columbia SC and Windsor, Ontario, Canada, detouring to visit US President's libraries whenever possible, and visiting Otto's sister Ethel in Maiden Rock WI. A lifelong learner and a history buff, Otto was intrigued by words and language and always had a dictionary nearby. After Jeanette broke her hip in 2017, she and Otto left their Brooklyn Center home of 63 years and moved to an assisted living facility in Palo Alto California nearby their son. Before Otto returned to his assisted living facility from a recent two-day hospital stay the nurse told us that there would be a slight delay because "about 30 of the hospital staff wanted to say goodbye to your father - they like him so much" - Otto made connections with people everywhere he went. With Jeanette, he made many new friends among the caregivers and residents at their assisted living facility. Otto was a freethinker, humanist, feminist, educator, civil rights advocate and lovingly dedicated to his family. A celebration of Otto's life will take place virtually. If interested in attending please send your full name, relationship to Otto and email address to A weblink, phone call-in number and date will be emailed to you thereafter. People wishing to honor Otto's life-long commitment to social justice can make donations to the American Civil Liberties Union at


Kathy Jo Cracraft 7/13/2020

Cracraft, Kathy Jo age 70, of Minneapolis, MN, passed away Monday July 13, 2020 from complications of Parkinson's. Preceded in death by husband John. Survived by children Elizabeth, Ruth, Charlie (Heather); grandchildren Sylvia, Alex & Brady. Her family was the love and center of her life. She was a longtime member of Salem Lutheran Church. Kathy received her B.A from Augsburg college and M.A from University of St. Thomas. She was a dedicated teacher in Special Education for Minneapolis Public Schools for 20+years. Above all, she was a loving and devoted wife, sister, mother, grandmother, aunt, friend and teacher and will be deeply missed.


Laura Tanz 7/18/2020

Tanz, Laura On July 18, 2020, Laura Tanz passed away at the age of 71. Laura Tanz was born in Chicago on July 18, 1949. On December 30, 1973, she married Mark Tanz. They raised two sons, Dan, and Joshua. She was a social worker for years in the Minneapolis Public Schools. Laura loved people and dogs deeply. She was passionate about cooking, gardening, and was an avid reader who participated in multiple book groups. Laura's home was the place to be on holidays where her generous spirit and culinary prowess inevitably delighted her family and friends. She made the best, damn fried chicken you ever tasted, but a vegan could do pretty well at her house, too. Laura was preceded in death by her parents, Ruth and Arthur Rosenblum. She is lovingly remembered by her husband, Mark; children, Dan (Lisa) and Joshua (Sylvie); grandkids, Eli and Rosie; sisters, Susie and Mary; and hosts of nieces and nephews. Zoom funeral service will take place 12:00 pm on TUESDAY, July 21st. Zoom SHIVA will be held on Tuesday at 7:00 pm. Please email for zoom links. Hodroff- Epstein 612- 871-1234


Nancy K. Banchy 7/6/2020

Banchy, Nancy Kramer 1932 - 2020 A sweet, kind, and compassionate mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt passed away peacefully on July 6, 2020. Nancy Banchy can best be described as a gentle woman who touched so many with her easy laugh, optimist "glass half full" attitude about life and the ability to find good in any situation. She had tremendous compassion for others. She was a champion for the underdog and had a keen eye for people in her life who might need a special note, a gift or pick-me-up phone call. It was no wonder that social work was her professional calling. Nancy married her college sweetheart, Bob Banchy, on her 20th birthday and their marriage lasted 62 years. They had three children together, Kurt, Paula, and Brent. She was blessed to have had a full life including life-long friendships from Christ Church (the Hotsie Totsie Bridge Club), the Women's Study Club (going strong after 60 years), was active in the Women's Club of Minneapolis and helped keep a sorority sister newsletter going 65 years. She understood the importance for parents to create memories and traditions for their children, and in that pursuit, was pivotal in ensuring their cabin on Trout Lake, Minnesota stayed in the family. The cabin is loved and shared by many. Nancy is survived by her 3 children, 7 grandchildren and many other loving relatives.


Sylvia L. Webb 7/1/2020

Webb, Sylvia Louise Of West St. Paul, MN. Passed away peacefully on the evening of July 1st, 2020 surrounded by her dear loved ones. She was being visited by friends and family members in the comfort of her own bed at the time of her passing. Sylvia is preceded in death by her husband of fifty-one years, John Walter Webb; her parents, Harry and Loretta Goodman; brother, Leo Goodman; brother Luvern Goodman; brother Melvin Goodman; sister Evelyn Finken (Kalenberg); brother, Virgil Goodman; sister, Mary Ann "Dolly" Maiers; and daughter, Susan Marie Webb. Survived by her brother, Lester Goodman; her son, John Patrick Webb; her grandchildren: Lexi, Abby, and Aysia Webb, and her great- granddaughter, Magnolia Garrison. Sylvia grew up in Stewart, Minnesota with her seven siblings. Sylvia left for the convent during high school and joined the sisters of Saint Joseph's in Crookston, MN. She received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education at Saint Kathryn's in St. Paul. She then went on to teach and build her career at a variety of different elementary schools in Minnesota. While teaching, she attended the College of St. Thomas and acquired her Master's Degree in counseling. After that, she began her doctoral studies at Notre Dame. She then was a principal at Saint Joan of Arc Parish. She married John Webb in 1968. John and Sylvia adopted John Patrick Webb in 1969, and Susan Marie Webb in 1970. She remained teaching in the Minneapolis Public School district until she retired. After retiring as a teacher, Sylvia and her husband John became pastors of a church in Hutchinson, MN and remained there for 8 years. She spent her latter years using her degree in counseling to advise numerous people for the remainder of her life. She loved to spend her time with family, and always enjoyed being out socializing with her friends. She was a brilliant storyteller and loved entertaining her granddaughters with her vivid imagination. Sylvia had a heart of gold, a unique and special way with everyone who crossed her path, and a love for all. Her vivacious personality and animated spirit kept her young and so full of life. Her presence filled a room, her laugh was contagious, and everyone she met loved her within minutes of meeting her. She was a devoted woman of God and dedicated her life to serving and walking with the Lord daily. Sylvia's memory will live on through the many lives she touched and the everlasting impact she had on everyone she met. She will be greatly missed. Because of the recent passing of her husband John Webb, we will be holding a joint Celebration of Life service on August 1st, 2020 for them both. Twin Cities Cremation 651-645-1233


Grace K. Wiggen 10/13/2019

Wiggen, Grace Kathleen Kachelhoffer Grace died on October 13, 2019 in Rochester, MN. She was born in 1922 in Whapeton, North Dakota to Charles and Mabel Kachelhoffer. She was valedictorian of her class, and received a teaching degree from the University of North Dakota. Grace taught in Fosston, where she met and married Norm Wiggen. After they moved to Proctor then to Columbia Heights, Norm and Grace had three children, Nancy, Norma, & Cooper. Grace received a Master's in Library Science from the U of M and served as librarian at Patrick Henry High School until her retirement. Grace was passionate about her family, her faith, and social justice, particularly for women and children. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her daughter Nancy. Survived by her sister, Paulene Worner, daughter Norma (Peter), her son Cooper (Elizabeth), grandchildren Louis, Elizabeth (Adam), Julia, and great grandson Miles. Services will be held at Christ UMC, Rochester on October 19th at 11:00 AM with a visitation at 10:00 AM. Memorials may be directed to Columbia Heights UMC or Christ UMC, Rochester.


Ellen C. Nelson 6/16/2020

Nelson, Ellen Catherine age 93. Our beloved Baba passed away suddenly on June 16th at her lake home on Mille Lacs Lake. Ellen was born on October 29, 1926 to Peter and Susan Dusenka. She grew up in Northeast Minneapolis, graduated from Edison High School and attended the University of Minnesota. At the U, she met and married Robert Fred Nelson in 1950, and shortly thereafter moved to north Minneapolis, where she lived the rest of her life. In 1955, she started a long record of volunteer involvement with the Minneapolis Public Schools, starting at Loring Elementary and later Patrick Henry High School. In addition, she was deeply involved as a volunteer for the American Cancer Society. She later became the long-time School Support Coordinator for the Minneapolis Public Schools. She will always be remembered, by those who knew her, for her vivacious spirit, boundless energy and loving kindness. Besides her parents, Ellen is preceded in death by her beloved husband: Robert and only sibling: Catherine Ellen Koziol. Survived and lovingly remembered by her three children: Timothy (Deborah), Stephanie and Bradley (Patricia), five grandchildren: Christine (Keith) Ford, Bradley (Lindsey) Nelson Jr., Zachary (Andrew) Nelson-Winters, Joshua (Robin) Nelson and Trevor (Jennifer) Nelson, seven great- grandchildren: Keith Jr., Kayla, Cyndel, Levi, Xander, William and Finnley. For the safety of all during this time of COVID19, the family has chosen to forgo a reviewal and delay a memorial and interment of her cremains until a later date. Memorials preferred to St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral 1701 NE 5th St., Minneapolis, MN 55413 where she was a life-long member. "A Celebration of Life" 612-789-8869


Gene P. Wicklund 6/4/2020

Wicklund, Gene Paul With deep sadness we announce the passing of Gene Paul Wicklund at Methodist Hospital on June 4th, 2020 at the age of 89. Gene died peacefully in his sleep from congestive heart failure. He was a cherished father and husband. He will be greatly missed by his surviving family, daughter, Debra Scherr, her husband, Duane Scherr, and son, Greg Wicklund, and the many people he touched daily with his great spirit, warm smile and generous personality. He was preceded in death by his lovely wife Karin Ann Wicklund, his step son Jorgen and his two sisters Elizabeth Mueller and Joanne Welinski. Gene was born in Pine River, Minnesota on May 7, 1931, the son of Waldemar and Eldora Wicklund. He proudly graduated from Hopkins High School in 1949, and then, he attended the University of Minnesota, where he graduated with degrees in Journalism and Education. Gene served for two years in the U.S. Army where he utilized his education working in the Judge Advocates Office. Gene went on to become a greatly admired teacher and counselor for thirty years in the Minneapolis School Systems. Many of his students fondly recall his great schoolroom manner and his skill at incorporating fun and music in the classroom. Gene's loves were his family, with whom he was with until the end, journalism (he contributed articles to a variety of publications) and music. Gene, Debra and Greg volunteered at the Richfield Nursing Home's Memory Care unit for the past seven years. They brought joy and light to the residents with their spirited guitar playing, singing and endless humor. Gene was a long- time supporter of Roosevelt High School and University of Minnesota Tennis Programs. Gene and Karin frequently attended their son Greg Wicklund's tennis matches and built enduring relationships with his teammates and their parents. Gene built a cozy cabin on a beautiful lake in Pine River where he spent many summers with his family, sailing, swimming and entertaining family and friends. Gene loved classic movies and was a delightful story teller. He was the light in our lives and each day is diminished without his presence here next to us. A Celebration of Gene's life will be announced later.


Charles S. Marks 6/7/2020

Marks, Charles S. age 91, passed away on June 7, 2020. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Racha. He is survived by his children, Michael (Margie); Jeffrey (Lori); Elly Becker; Suzanne Marks (Ed Horowitz). He is also survived by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Yoni Becker (Hannah Achen); Heather (James) Grams, Alli, Charlie, Julie and Benny; Sarah (Daniel) Kaye, Maya and Sadie; Andrea (Robert) Erlich and Jonah; Ilana Horowitz; Deena Horowitz; Elyssa Marks and Noah Sousa; Melissa (Daniel) McClain, Emma and Olivia. Charles was ahead of his time by living his belief that education and equality go hand in hand. Starting in the 1960s, he would host colleagues from other countries, giving his children the opportunity to learn more about people in our community, and of various cultures around the world. Charles had a strong commitment to Jewish and secular education. What defined him as an educator was his belief that every child, regardless of physical or emotional challenges, can succeed. He lived the educational core value that if a child does not learn the way you teach, then you will teach the way the child learns. Charles and Racha enjoyed traveling and enjoyed many adventures on six of the seven continents. In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to the donor's favorite charity. Graveside service 12:30 p.m. TUESDAY June 9th at B'NAI EMET CEMETERY, 7032 Penn Ave. So., Richfield. Funeral also accessible on Zoom; SHIVA, Tuesday, 7:00pm only on Zoom. Go to for the Zoom link. Hodroff-Epstein 612-871-1234


Virginia R. Humphrey 5/28/2020

Humphrey, Virginia R. She was a lover of stars, writing, dogs, poetry, tennis, bridge, skiing and her family. She loved living and learning, and shared her love with the people she knew. She was incredibly positive, was physically beautiful, had social grace, and an unfeigned interest in people which made them feel valued and heard. Jinny was a writer. She finished her first book The Story of Bum and Jim at age 10 or 11, wrote travelogues and articles for the Hill and Lake Press, and later with the loving help of her son John, finished and published her memoir Stars About My Head. She was a fierce competitor, loved bridge, family games and tennis, winning the Minneapolis women's clay court singles cup in her 20s, and kept playing tennis until age 95. She met her "knight in white tennis shorts", George, at a tennis party, and they married in 1942. It was truly a love match. They had 4 children, then 7 grands, and now 5 great grands. After her four children had moved out of the house, she went back to school and became a Special Education teacher, teaching at various Minneapolis public schools. After her retirement, she volunteered for many years at Kenwood school. The family gathered on Madeline Island in the summer, and Jinny would share her love of the stars, taking kids out at night to see the Perseid meteor showers, comets, eclipses and constellations. She was a proud graduate of Smith College, and a lifelong member of Plymouth Congregational Church, and shared those loves as well. Her many friends and family basked in her presence. She loved, and was so thankful for, the exceptional care of staff at Jones Harrison where she spent her last years. She was preceded in death by her husband George and son Fred, and survived by her wonderful sister Helen, and many loving children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, in-laws, friends and neighbors, to all of whom she sends her continuing love. Memorials may be sent to Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis MN 55403. A memorial service will happen at some future time.


Lucille M. Holthus 5/26/2020

Holthus, Lucille M. Age 88 of Gilbert, AZ (formerly Brooklyn Center) Died May 26, 2020. She is survived by Donald Jr. (Valerie) of Andover, Andrea Erickson (Ken) of Gilbert, AZ, David (Marcie) of Chandler, AZ and Robert (Lisa) of The Woodlands, TX. Also survived by grandchildren: Frederick Holthus, Plymouth and Heidi Holthus, Minneapolis, Theo Erickson, Gilbert, AZ, Taite Erickson, Gilbert, AZ and Tyrus Holthus, The Woodlands, TX, along with many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Donald, Sr., and parents Margaret and Andrew Larson. Lucy was born on a farm in southwest Minnesota. She graduated from Beaver Creek HS, Augustana College and the University of Minnesota. Lucy retired from Minneapolis Public Schools after working as one of the first Limited English Proficiency teachers in the district. Lucy's love of family in her life will always be remembered. Her kind and generous spirit along with her unique, infectious laugh will never be forgotten. A private family internment will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.


Beverly M. Edwards 5/16/2020

Edwards, Beverly M. Age 88, Born Nov 15, 1931, passed away peacefully May 16, 2020. Preceded in death by parents Walter & Vennetta Benack, sister Sharon and brother Gerald. Survived by daughter Penny (Rick) Dietz and beloved grandsons Erick and Charlie. Beverly worked for the Minneapolis Public Schools for 35 years followed by many more years volunteering in kindergarten classrooms. Deepest gratitude to the wonderful staff and caregivers at The Glenn Minnetonka. Private interment at Lakewood Cemetery.


Ruta V. Praulins 5/8/2020

Praulins, Ruta Velta Passed away peacefully May 8, 2020 of natural causes. Born 9/14/28 in Riga, Latvia, Ruta was forced to flee her beloved homeland with parents Ernests, Milda and sister Maija, immigrating to the U.S. after WWII. She graduated from the U of MN and spent her career as a librarian in Mpls. Public Schools. Ruta worked tirelessly championing Latvian causes, volunteering as principal and teacher at Mpls. Latvian Church school and Latvian summer camp Garezers. Ruta was a loving daughter, sister, godmother, aunt, great-aunt and great-great-aunt. She will be missed by her family and dear friends. Memorials preferred to the Latvian Church, 3152 17th Ave. S., Mpls 55407. Crystal Lake Chapel 612-521-3677 Penn & Dowling Aves N.


James A. Kotchevar 5/4/2020

Kotchevar, James A. Age 88 of Minneapolis, passed away May 4, 2020. Survived by loving wife of 57 years Ethel; son Jim (Carmela) Kotchevar; three daughters Anne (Alessandro) Faldi, Mary Kotchevar & Toni (Tony) Tallman; three granddaughters Gabriela, Susana and Veronica Kotchevar; grandson George Tallman; three sisters Elinor Zgonc, Terese (Carroll) Claeys and Mary Jean Nilsen. Preceded in death by parents Mayme and Anton Kotchevar. Jim was born on April 21, 1932 in Ely and excelled in sports at Ely High School, Class of 1950. He was a teacher at Tracy High School, Mpls Franklin Junior High, West, Washburn and Southwest High Schools. He was a proud Slovenian and Iron Ranger. Private Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, May 12 at the Church of the Holy Family, 5900 W. Lake St., St Louis Park. Int. Ely City Cemetery, Ely, MN. Gearty-Delmore 952-926-1615


Emma M. Foss 10/14/2018

Foss, Emma Marie (Thoren) Age 97 of Burnsville passed away October 14, 2018. Preceded in death by her husband, George. Survived by children, Doug, Georgia and Ron, grandchildren and great-grand-children. Funeral service Saturday, October 20th with gathering at 10:30 a.m. and service at 11:00 at Prince of Peace Church, Burnsville. White Funeral Home Burnsville 952-432-2001


Mary C. Headrick 5/18/2020

Headrick, Mary Carol (Muzetras) age 74, died on May 18, 2020, a couple hours after the 51st wedding anniversary to her husband, George, who preceded her in death less than two months ago. Mary is survived by her three sons: Michael (Deirdre), Marc (Christine) and Matthew (Cassandra); seven grandchildren: Aidan, Liam, Grace, Leighton, Mena, Madeline and Penelope; siblings George Muzetras (Sharon) and Margaret Roth (Tim) and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Mary grew up in South Minneapolis, the daughter of Carol (Oleson) and Gust Muzetras, and graduated from Washburn High School, where she met George, with whom she was inseparable. A lifelong Gopher, Mary received her undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Minnesota. A beloved teacher to so many, she taught art at Ramsey Junior High and Anthony Middle School in Minneapolis. A talented artist, throughout her life she created a vast and beautiful collection of watercolor paintings treasured by her family and friends. Her family and friends also benefited from the beautifully knit blankets and clothing she made, along with her annual holiday dough ornaments. She regretted the lack of sports accessible to women during her youth, and made up for it as an adult as an avid cyclist, runner, skier and regular at Lifetime Fitness in Chanhassen (where she met her Lifetime family). Mary was her sons' #1 fan and an adoring grandmother and YaYa who loved nothing more than extracting stories from her grandsons, beating her granddaughters at dominoes, and spending time together at their cabin on Star Lake. Mary was an ardent and hard-working gardener, making plans for her massive Star Lake garden through her final days. A lifelong teacher, she shared her many talents with her grandchildren, from art to knitting, sewing and gardening. Mary was beautiful inside and out with an ever-present sparkle in her eyes and mischievous grin, and will be missed immensely for her warm- heartedness, humor, homemade treats and hugs. Throughout the last four years Mary fought a truly inspirational battle against breast cancer, barging through each chemo treatment with a new painting, demonstrating strength, perseverance and positivity every step of the way. Special thanks to her team at the Mayo Clinic, with deep gratitude to Amanda, with whom Mary shared a special bond. A joint memorial for George and Mary will be planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation at or the Mayo Clinic at


George A. Headrick Jr. 3/20/2020

Headrick, George Allen Jr. age 73, died on March 20, 2020. He is survived by his wife, Mary; their three sons: Michael (Deirdre), Marc (Christine), Matthew (Cassandra); seven grandchildren: Aidan, Liam, Grace, Leighton, Mena, Madeline and Penelope; and many nieces, nephews and friends. George was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and loyal friend. He was affectionately known by his grandchildren as Bad Gramps (self-anointed), Besticat and Gramponicles. He was born in Minneapolis as the only child of Gertrude and George Allen Headrick Sr. He attended Washburn High School, where he wrestled, played football and most importantly met the great love of his life and wife of 50 years, Mary Muzetras. He received his undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State University, Mankota. He served the Minneapolis Public Schools for 31 years as a math teacher, assistant principal, principal and associate superintendent. During this time he made lifelong, cherished friendships. George, along with Mary, enjoyed an active and full retirement, as regulars at Lifetime Fitness in Chanhassen where they made many friends, and as extreme gardeners at their lake home on Star Lake, where they created lasting memories with their family and friends. Throughout his life George displayed a disciplined work ethic, sharp intellect, rebellious spirit and deeply kind soul. Whatever George did he did with gusto, whether cycling, skiing, gardening, cooking, Corvette-building or teasing his grandchildren with silly costumes and stories about his sons. He was always gracious and never to be outdone and always to one up in his generosity. He will be missed immensely by his family for his deep love, along with his sage professional advice, impromptu donut drive-bys, and Morning Joe political recaps. Special thanks to the medical staff at the Mayo Clinic and University of Minnesota Medical Center. In light of current events, no memorial will take place at this time. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation at or the Mayo Clinic at


Charles M. Hagen 3/13/2019

Hagen, Charles M. age 90 of Plantation, FL formerly of Bloomington. Proud graduate of the University of Minnesota. He retired as the Director of Special Education in the St. Paul Public Schools and was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He is preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Betty; son, Kriss Hagen. Survived by son, Kurt (Kathleen) Hagen; daughter-in-law, Mary Hagen; grandchildren, Peter (Crystal), Paul; great-grandchildren, Leah Rose Hagen and Elizabeth Ruth Hagen. Funeral service 11:00 AM Friday, March 22 at Morris Nilsen Chapel, 6527 Portland Ave. Interment Ft. Snelling. Visitation one hour before the service. Morris Nilsen Chapel 612-869-3226


Dagmar E. Caruson 3/7/2020

Caruson, Dagmar E. Age 92 of Hopkins, passed away surrounded by her children March 7, 2020. Preceded in death by husband Charles. Survived by children Kristine, Robert (Elizabeth), Andrew, four grandchildren and one (almost two!) great-grandchildren. As an educator in Mpls Schools, Mom influenced a generation of children. She loved opera, classical music, sang beautifully and was known for her warmth, intelligence and beautiful blue eyes. Service TBA. Donations to the "Charles and Dagmar Caruson Education Fund" Hopkins Schools, 1001 Hwy 7, Hopkins MN 55305 Attn: Finance Office, c/o J. Stegman.


Helen Marconett 10/14/2019

It is always difficult saying goodbye to someone we love and cherish. Family and friends must say goodbye to their beloved Helen Marconett (Minneapolis, Minnesota), who passed away at the age of 97, on October 14, 2019. You can send your sympathy in the guestbook provided and share it with the family. You may also light a candle in honor of Helen Marconett.
She was predeceased by her parents, Sigurd Copperud and Hilma Copperud (Hendrickson); her husband Bert Marconett; and her siblings, Anne, Roy and Bruce. She is survived by her son David (Patti) of Albuquerque, NM; her granddaughter Kate Jackson (Keenan) of Albuquerque, NM.; and her great grandchildren, Jonesy and Grant Jackson. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.


Duane D. Wiita 3/4/2020

Wiita, Duane Darrell Age 83 passed away on March 4, 2020 due to a fall at home. He is survived by wife Margaret, faithful Scottie dog Mac Arthur, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and friends. Duane was preceded in death by his parents, Walter R. and Sylvia V. Wiita of Proctor, MN. Duane was a teacher in the Minneapolis Public School System for 35 years. He spent his last years before retirement at Roosevelt High School. He also loved genealogy and was a longtime member of the Finnish Genealogy Group. One of his favorite things was to walk over to Lund's each morning and buy a fritter for extra breakfast. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Davies Chapel 612-377-2203


Arlene A.Gable 1/19/2020

Gable, Arlene A. age 89, of Minneapolis, passed away January 19. Preceded in death by husband, William. Arlene is survived by her son, Mark (Sheryl), grandchildren Emily (Nathaniel) & Peter; and son, David (Susan), grandchildren Erik, Michael, Seth & Maret. Celebration of Arlene's life at Living Spirit United Methodist Church, 4501 Bloomington Ave., Mpls, MN on Monday, February 17. Gathering at 1 PM, service at 2 PM. Private interment at Fort Snelling. Memorials preferred to Living Spirit United Methodist Church or the Alzheimer's Association.


Virginia Garastik 1/17/2019

Virginia "Gini" Pratt Thayer (Garastik), age 84, of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 14th at St. Mary's Hospital in Detroit Lakes, surrounded by her children, daughter-in-law and brother, Richard J. Pratt.

Virginia Mae Pratt was born February 8, 1934 in Fargo, North Dakota to Lester G. Pratt and Audrey Bonin Pratt. She showed her horse, Honey and was a medal winning equestrian, graduated from Fargo Central High and went on to receive her degree in Home Economics at North Dakota State University. She began her teaching career in Home Ec in Audubon, Minnesota and later moved with her three children to Minneapolis where she taught clothing construction for many years at West High School in the Uptown Area and later at South High in Edina, Minnesota. She retired in 1987 to her long-time Pratt family lake house at 836 South Shore Drive on Big Detroit Lake.

Gini was an accomplished artist, gardener and seamstress, with her own original line of children's clothing and fabric purses called Butterfly Kiss; a master of needlework, quilting and hand crafts; a collector of art and antiques and lover of books, birds and animals. She was always reading something and working on the latest project and passion.

She was joined this past June by her eldest daughter, Leslie Thayer Mann, who relocated from Massachusetts to live with and care for her. She is also survived by her daughter, Lisa Thayer of Los Angeles, son Mitch Thayer of Minneapolis and grandchildren: Rollie, Audrey and Elza Thayer, Anais Mann and V.C. Ferry.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 19th at 2:00 in the Fireside Room of the Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church for family and friends. There will also be a ceremony at the Memorial Wall outdoors in the church garden to be announced later this spring or summer.


Lorraine Cannon 2/12/2020

Cannon, Lorraine "Geri" Age 91, died peacefully on February 12, 2020. Daughter of Frank & Helen Gerold. Geri was preceded in death by husband Bernard (Steve). She is survived by son Bart; daughter Lynn; daughter-in-law Marion Greene; granddaughters Ellie and Mia Cannon; nieces and nephews; and many friends. Geri graduated from the U of M, and taught in the Minneapolis Public Schools. The family offers special thanks to the staffs of Heart to Home and Our Lady of Peace Hospice. Family and friends will be notified of a private memorial gathering at a later date. Family prefers memorials to donor's choice of charity. Twin Cities Cremation 651-645-1233


Duane Dull 2/10/2020

Dull, Duane "Dewey" April 4, 1932 to Feb. 10, 2020 Dewey died on Feb. 10, 2020 surrounded by his sons. He is being welcomed into heaven by his wife, Carolyn, his daughter, Amy Filipczak, and his grandchildren, Hope and Zachary Crolley. He will be profoundly missed by his son, Duane Dull and daughter-in-law, Kathy Rossman; son, Eric Dull and daughter-in-law, Katie; son, Jeff Dull and son-in-law, Bob Filipczak; his grandchildren include Dustin Gavin (Heather Mix), Nathan Dull, Preston Dull, Naomi Widmer (Travis), Joel Dull, Christian Dull, Carolyn Dull, Grace Dull and Jeremiah Dull. Dewey was a school counselor in Minneapolis for 30 years in some of the tougher high schools. It would be difficult to overestimate his effect on the city. He helped some kids with totally new directions in their lives. Other times, he showed them minor course adjustments for their future. Some days, he was the first person to really listen to that young personmaybe for weeks, maybe forever. He served in the Army in Korea and was awarded two things: the rank of lieutenant and an introduction to the love of his life, Carolyn (who was an Army nurse). They were together 47 years, most of that time living in St. Louis Park. He was born in Scottdale, PA to Sam and Zola Dull. He graduated from Greenbriar Military School, and he had degrees from Washington Jefferson College and the University of St. Thomas. Dewey was a vocal and devout Christian who tempered his faith with an inclusionary love. His funeral will be at Westwood Lutheran Church (9001 Cedar Lake Rd, Minneapolis, MN 55426) on Monday, Feb. 17 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials should be sent to STEP (St. Louis Park Emergency Program), Gigi's Playhouse and Westwood Lutheran.


Clarke E. Hunting 2/7/2020

Hunting, Clark Earl Age 85, of Mpls. Passed away February 7, 2020. Born in Chicago, October 1934. He was adopted and raised by Earl and Myrtle Hunting in St. Paul MN. Preceded in death by wife of 51 years Pamela (2008) and beloved dogs. Survived by sons James, Allan (daughter-in-law Amy), Jeffery & many dear friends and relatives. Attended St. Paul Central High School and Macalester College where he received a master's degree in education. Clark played football and hockey in both high school and college and was scouted by the Cleveland Browns. He taught at Sanford Jr. High School and Southwest High School in Mpls. He coached youth hockey and football, along with high school football and swimming. Clark had a love for reading, a fondness for food, and continued a lifelong love of sports. He also loved spending summers at the cabin on Gull Lake. Memorial service will be held on February 25th at 11:00 a.m. at Lake Harriet United Methodist Church, 4901 Chowen Ave. S., Mpls. Memorials preferred to animal humane societies of donor's choice.


Delores E. Hagen 1/27/2020

Hagen, Delores E. Age 89 of Bloomington passed away on Jan 27, 2020. Preceded into death by her parents, Paul & Anna (Lindell) Peterson; and brother, Donald Peterson. Survived by her husband of 67 years, Harold; son, Kevin; grandchildren: Nichole (Nick); Blair (Chris), and Lauren. Delores was a teacher for 35 years in Minneapolis. Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Service will be 10:30AM, Tuesday, Feb 4 with visitation one hour prior at: Edina Chapel 952-920-3996 50th & Hwy 100


Geraldine Strand 1/17/2020

Strand, Geraldine (Bergo) 91 of Edina passed away peacefully on January 17th, 2020. Jeri graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor Science degree and devoted over 30 year teaching elementary school in Minneapolis. She married her best friend and soul mate Hal, in 1965. They spent their time together enjoying family and friends. Jeri was a world traveler visiting more than 20 countries, in 1954 she set sail on cruise that took 12 days to arrive in London and 10 days to return back home and in-between she spent 6 weeks traveling throughout Europe. In retirement she kept herself busy as a member of AAUW, Pony-Tail Conasta Group and Summer Club where she was past president. Jeri had a great sense of humor and remarkable memory; we all laughed, telling her that she remembered more about our lives than we did. Jeri was the most kind-hearted women and caring soul, she loved everyone she meet and treasured her family and friends. Preceded in death by her parents Arthur and Elva Bergo, husband, Harold W. Strand, Siblings, Allen Bergo and Marlene Porter, nephew, Todd, and great grand niece, Madison. Survived by her brother Richard (Margaret) Bergo, nephews, Brad, Jeff, Brian, John and nieces Joal, Julie, Jennifer and many grand nephews and nieces. Memorial service Friday, January 31st 2020 visitation at 2 pm service at 3 pm with reception to follow. Cremation Society of Minnesota, Edina Chapel. 7110 France Ave So, Edina, MN.


Craig F. Smith 1/19/2020

Smith, Craig F. October 9, 1943 January 19, 2020 age 76, of Minneapolis passed away peacefully on January 19, 2020 surrounded by family. Craig taught math for 30 years in the Minneapolis Public Schools at Sanford Jr. High and Roosevelt High School and touched many lives. He worked for H&R Block for 25 years and was a brakeman for SooLine Railroad for 15 years. He is preceded in death by his parents, Forest and Hannah Smith. He is survived by wife of 50 years, Joyce Iwen Smith, daughters Becky (Jerry) Beeskow, Jennifer (Mike) Von Behren & Angela Smith, grandchildren Jourdyn (Jordan Perry) Beeskow, Bryce Beeskow, Kiandrah Beeskow, Micah Von Behren, and Moriah Von Behren, sister, Marsha (Mike) Davis, and many other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the family or Faith Lutheran Church of Minneapolis. The memorial service will be held on Monday January 27, 2020 at 11am at Faith Lutheran Church, 3430 E. 53rd St., Minneapolis. Visitation will be at Faith on Sunday January 26, from 5-6pm and Monday January 27 from 10-11am. Henry W Anderson 612-729-2331


Nancy Ann Hotchkiss 1/17/2010

Hotchkiss, Nancy Ann Age 79, of Bloomington, MN. Began her celestial journey on January 17, 2020. Born in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Nancy is survived by her beloved son, Philip (Sherry) and her cherished grandchildren, Sabrina and Nathan. Nancy graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education, and was a member of Delta Zeta Sorority. Taught in Minneapolis and was a reserve teacher in the Bloomington Public Schools for many years. Volunteered teaching art at Kenwood School in Minneapolis for 11 years and loved seeing the students respond with creativity and enjoyment. Nancy loved art and was a talented impressionist painter. She was a passionate gardener. The garden became her outdoor canvas in the spring and summer with many beautiful birds providing a melodic background. Nancy actively traveled the world, including a courageous Road Scholar trip to St. Petersburg, Russia (2017), and attended live theater and musical performances every chance she could get. Nancy was a longtime member of AAUW, Gustavus board member of the GLA (Gustavus Library Association), former member of the Bloomington Fine Arts Council, Mt. Olivet Flicka Circle and MIA friends. Celebration of Nancy's life will be held at 11 am on Monday, February 3rd at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church, 5025 Knox Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419. Visitation one hour prior to service. Memorials are preferred to the family, they will be distributed by the family to these organizations: AAUW-Property Preservation Dedicated Fund, MacPhail Center for Music and Mt. Olivet Cathedral of the Pines.


Ann V. Burton 1/19/2020

Burton, Dr. Ann V. (Broms) Dr. Ann Burton, age 89 1/2 , of St. Paul, MN, passed away 1/19/20. She was employed by Minneapolis Schools for 30 years as a teacher and Elementary School Principal. She was most proud of her family, travel and Doctorate of Education. She spent her happy retirement winters in Bradenton, FL., as well as traveling the world; over 100 countries and all 7 continents. She is preceded in death by her loving husband Don and is survived by her 3 devoted daughters Lynn Jessen (Tim), Sue Johnson (Neil), Sally Franke (David), cherished grandchildren Becca Wittmer (Matt), Brian Jessen, Bailey Johnson (fiancé Per Ruff), and Tyler Johnson (Andrea), "greats" Eloise, Oscar and Pippa Wittmer, and Vera and Archer Johnson. She was the foundation of our family. We will miss her wisdom, grit, resilience, spice and humor. A big life, well lived will be celebrated at Lakewood Cemetery, Garden Mausoleum, 3600 Hennepin Ave., Mpls, MN Tuesday, January 28 at 12:00 noon, and an informal gathering will be held at the Waters of Highland Park Wednesday, January 29, 6:30-8:00 PM. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer's or Diabetes Foundation.


Mary Ellen Johnston 1/16/2020

Johnston, Mary Ellen passed away peacefully on January 16th, 2020, at the golden age of 93. Born Mary Ellen Leighton; she graduated from West High School in Minneapolis in 1944, attended the U of M where she was a member of the Delta Gama Sorority and graduated with teaching degree - teaching 3rd grade at Groveland, Bancroft and Fulton elementary schools in Minneapolis. Mary Ellen loved their Gull Lake cabin and was a family weekend warrior year round before building their dream home in the early 1970's. She was a city Council Member of the City of Lakeshore, member of Lutheran Church of the Cross, and owner of the Stony Brook Trading Company in Nisswa where she was famous for her Jezebel Sauce. To the inspiration of young women on the lake Mary Ellen swam the Gull Lake Swimmer Challenge, a 2 mile swim across Gull Lake, when she was 46. She loved cooking and her specialties were authentic Mexican Enchiladas and homemade meatloaf. With a special love for Christmas and Collecting Santas Mary Ellen made flannel PJs each year for the entire family. Jim and Mary Ellen moved back to Minneapolis in the early eighties to spend time with their grandchildren planning special trips, attending games and graduations. She is survived by sons, Jay (Zana) Johnston, Doug (Sheila) Johnston; grandchildren, Scott (Andrea) Johnston, Pat (Jenna) Johnston; great-grandchildren, Avery, Connor, Quinn, Morgan, Noelle, Shea Johnston and step grandchildren, Ian & Erin McFarland. Mary was preceded in death by parents, George and Garnett Leighton; siblings, Georgie Cline and Betty Myers; and loving husband, W. James (Jim) Johnston, Jr. She was the foundation of our roots; we celebrate her life and light. Per Mary Ellen's wishes a private interment will take place on a warmer date in Nisswa Minnesota. Memorials may be directed to Courage Center & Minnesota Arboretum.


Arthur Sloth 1/7/2020

Sloth, Arthur C. age 95 of Brainerd, and formerly of Glen and Anoka, died Tues. Jan. 7, 2020 at Edgewood Vista in Brainerd. He was born August 19, 1924 in Chicago, IL. He moved to Minnesota to attend Hamline University in St. Paul and earned a Masters Degree in Education from the U of M. Arthur was united in marriage to Gladys I. Brumitt on Aug. 12, 1951 in Kankakee, IL. He worked for Minneapolis Schools for 30 years mostly for Jenny Lind Elementary School as a Phy Ed, 5th and 6th Grade teacher and eventually the schools principal for 20 years. Arthur was a Master Gardener and after retirement he and his wife would run the nursery they started in Anoka. They eventually truly retired to 120 acres near Glen, in Aitkin County. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Gladys in 2006, daughter Rebecca, daughter-in-law Judy, a brother and sister. Arthur is survived by sons and daughters-in-law: Stephen, Alan, Gary (Sally), and Joel (Karen) Sloth; daughter Christine "Kiki" Sloth; son-in-law John Rennicke; 15 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. A Celebration of Life will be 1 P.M. - Sat., Jan. 18, at Malmo Evangelical Free Church in Malmo. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Malmo Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Aitkin.


Nancy L. Faulkes 1/3/2020

Faulkes, Nancy Lynne died suddenly January 3, 2020. Nancy battled serious medical issues for the last several years, but didn't give up on life, love or hope. She was known for her love of family, her accepting nature and generous spirit. Nancy is survived by her beloved husband of 28 years, Quentin Smisek, sisters: Sharon (Wallace) Underhill of Coon Rapids, Julie Gjerde of Apache Junction AZ, and Mary Jane (Gary) Faulkes-Perelman of Brookhaven, PA and mother-in-law Evelyn Smisek. She spent decades teaching special needs children in the Minneapolis public schools where she touched many lives, On January 18th at 10:00 am a visitation will be held at the Mayflower Church UCC, 106 E Diamond Lake Road, Minneapolis, funeral service at 11:00 am followed by light lunch. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to NAMI of Minnesota Arrangements by Cremation Society of MN.


Bethel I. Flikke 12/14/2019

Flikke, Bethel I. (Christie) Of St. Anthony, passed away Dec. 14, 2019, just 3 weeks shy of her 100th birthday. She is preceded in death by her husband, Arnold; sons, Craig and Gary. She is survived by her daughter, Karen (Michael) McDonald of St. Anthony; 10 grand children; 11 great-grandchildren; a niece and nephews; other relatives and friends. Bethel graduated from Greenwood, WI High School, then went on to Stevens Pt. for her teaching certificate. Bethel started her teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse in Greenwood. Bethel and Arnold moved to Minneapolis where Arnold was a Professor of Agriculture at the University of Minnesota. She went on to get her bachelor's degree at the U of M. She started working for the Minneapolis Public School system, retiring when she was 68. They loved to travel, teaching agriculture and English in China for a time. After retirement, they continued to travel the world and spent the month of February in Hawaii every year for 14 years. She will be remembered as a strong woman, a very good cook, and for her love of playing cards. Visitation 4-7 PM, Thurs., Dec. 19 at Washburn-McReavy N.E. Chapel, 2901 Johnson St. NE, Mpls. Funeral service 11:00 AM Fri., Dec. 20, with visitation one hour prior at Mount Carmel Lutheran Church, 1701 St. Anthony Parkway, Mpls. Interment Sunset Memorial Park. Memorials preferred to Dr. Arnold Flikke Scholarship Fund, University of Minnesota or Mount Carmel Lutheran Church, 1701 St. Anthony Parkway NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418. Northeast Chapel 612-781-6828


Alan I. Hargreaves 12/7/2019

Alan I. Hargreaves, age 83, of Richfield, passed away on December 7, 2019. Beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend and teacher with a love for lifelong learning and a passion for exploring the world. Survived by wife, Marian; sons, Craig (Kirsten) Hargreaves and Kevin (Lynn) Hargreaves; grandchildren, Emma, Lauren and Kari; siblings, Joel (Pat) Hargreaves, Gail (Agris) Kelbrants, Gary (Linda) Hargreaves and Lora Thompson; nieces and nephews. Alan was preceded in death by parents, Irv and Lola Hargreaves, infant grandson, Thor and nephew Kyle Anderson.


Florence M. Wertz 12/9/2019

Wertz, Florence Marie (Carlson) January 11, 1923 December 9, 2019 Florence Wertz died Monday as a consequence of congestive heart failure, just 37 months short of her goal of living to 100. Florence was born the third child of Gerda Marie (Swanson) and Axel Jacob Carlson in Chicago, Illinois. She grew up on Chicago's south side and attended Augustana College, Rock Island, graduating with a degree in speech therapy. While there, she married the love of her life, John E. Wertz, in 1943. They moved to St. Peter, Minnesota where John took a position at Gustavus Adolphus College. In 1945, when John was hired by the University of Minnesota, they moved to St. Paul where they raised their family. She's lived in Minneapolis since 1998. Florence worked as a Speech Pathologist for the Minneapolis Public Schools starting in 1951. In the early years of her career, she provided speech therapy at a number of elementary schools on a rotating schedule. Later she worked at Michael Dowling School for the mentally and physically handi-capped until retiring in 1984. She was an advocate for the commun-ication capacity of severely disabled children, and taught, used, and presented professionally a graphic communication method, "Blissymbolics," as a part of her work. Bliss is a mechanism for speech pathologists to offer an alternate form of communication when verbal communication was not possible. Her work incorporated (with Kent Kerberg) computerizing the Bliss symbols in the earliest days of the Apple computer. She was a woman of deep and abiding faith. In her childhood and through her adult life she was active in her church, serving as Sunday School teacher and choir member for many years at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, St. Paul. In these roles, she was often in leadership positions; a consummate organizer and coordinator. While her children grew, she was active in Cub Scouts as a Den Mother and as a Girl Scout Troop leader for many years. She also enjoyed gardening, entertaining, baking, traveling, and camping with her family. For hobbies, she favored the applied arts including cake decorating and, later in life, china painting. Her love of international travel began in 1957 when she and the children joined John in Oxford, England during his sabbatical from the University of Minnesota. In retirement, she and John purchased a home in Mesa, Arizona and she remained a snowbird for more than two decades. Following John's death in 1997, she married Kent Schoenberger in 2004 shortly before his sudden death later that year. She then married Richard Wickworth in 2005. Dick died in 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents, her older brothers Vincent A. and LeRoy T., and her husbands. She is survived by children, John A. (Margie Schlangen), St. Cloud; Byron A. (Karen), St. Paul; and Kristin M. (Mary Danielson), St. Paul; grandchildren Joseph E. (Ellen) and Allison Gunther (Jim) of Eagan, MN, and great grandchildren Axel Gunther and Edward Wertz. A memorial service will be held at Becketwood Cooperative Chapel (4300 West River Parkway South) at 1:30 PM on Thursday, December 19th, 2019. Private interment will be at Resurrection Cemetery on a future date. No flowers please. Memorials to a charity of your choice, or to the Florence & John Wertz Chair (Speech Commun-ications) at Augustana College, 639 38th Street, Rock Island, Illinois 61201 and/or the Dr. John E. Wertz Fellowship in Chemistry (Fund # 5228) at the University of Minnesota Foundation, 200 Oak Street SE, Suite 500, Minneapolis, MN 55455.


Andrejs "Andy" Austrums 12/1/2019

Austrums, Andrejs "Andy" age 80, of Minneapolis, passed away on Sunday, December 1, 2019, at N.C. Little Hospice in Edina, MN Visitation will be Thursday, 12/5 from 5-7 pm and Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, 12/6 at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 5801 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419. Burial will follow at Lakewood Cemetary. Andy was born in Rencini, Latvia to John and Klara (Pastors) Austrums on September 21, 1939. He attended Washington High School and Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD. He married Karen Kruse on August 16, 1963 in Inwood, IA. Andy taught Math at Anthony Middle School, Minneapolis Public Schools for 35 years. He earned his Master's Degree in Education from the University of Minnesota. Andy is preceded in death by his parents, sister, Ilze, wife, Karen, and son, Christopher. Andy is survived by son, Tim, and daughter-in-law, Erica, daughter, Julie, and son-in-law, Nate, grandchildren, Emily, Elizabeth, and Ellie Austrums, Liam, Delia, and Audrey Saul; and sister Dace Roberts. Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer's Association of MN. MINNEAPOLIS, MN 612-861-6088


Julia A. Peters 11/30/2019

Peters, Julia Ann age 70 of Minneapolis, passed away unexpectedly on November 30, 2019. Preceded in death by her parents Louis and Marie Gilligan; brother Ron Crawford and many beloved pets. Survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Kurt; son Cuinn; daughter Caitlin and her wife Jaimie Kenealy; granddaughter Landon; sister Barbara and her husband Hank Cackoski; brother Tom Gilligan; as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. She retired in 2015 after working for the Minneapolis Public School District as an early childhood parent educator for 42 years. A celebration of her life will be held at the Cremation Society of MN, 4343 Nicollet Ave Minneapolis, MN 55409 from 11am-1pm on Saturday, December 7th. Donations to the humane society preferred in lieu of flowers.


Robert W. "Bob" Rose 11/22/2019

Rose, Robert "Bob" W. age 93, of Minneapolis, Minnesota passed away peacefully surrounded by family on November 22, 2019. Preceded in death by wife of 66 years, Donna and brother John Keith. Survived by daughter, Elizabeth (Jeff); granddaughters Lesley, Katherine and Amelia; great granddaughter Charlotte; brother Richard (Janet); many other relatives and friends. In 1944, Bob graduated from Amboy High School and enrolled in Macalester College, graduating in 1948. Bob was the president of the Macalester Alumni Association and in May he received the Distinguished Citizen Award. He received his MA from the University of Minnesota. After graduation from Macalester, Bob started a forty-seven-year career in public school education. He led the teacher union strike in 1970 that fundamentally changed the classroom teacher's negotiation rights and work environment. Bob served on the board of the teacher retirement fund, teacher federal credit union and he was president of the teachers' union. Bob and Donna believed strongly in the importance of education and influenced countless of people. "Bob Rose changed my life" is something the family frequently hears. Papa Bob will be missed. His legacy and message: be kind. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 11 AM at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1200 S Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403 with Reception to follow. Memorial Donations may be made to Amboy Presbyterian Church or Macalester College.


Richard W. Bylund 10/20/2019

Bylund, Richard W 'Dick' 2-1-1927 - 10-20-2019 Graduated from Southwest High School, Mpls. Enlisted and served in the US Navy as a medic in Guam. Graduated with a BS in Education from the U of M in 1950. Married the love of his life Helen Jean in 1952. Taught at Wenonah Elementary School for 30 years. After retirement his passions were first and foremost his family, photography, making movies, hunting in MN and WY, building and remodeling houses and cabins, sailing and building a 1941 Piper Cub airplane from parts. Preceded in death by parents, Clarence and Genevieve. Survived by wife of 67 years, Helen; children, Jody and Eric; grandchildren, Katie (Forest) and Jacob; other loving relatives and good friends. Memorial service 11 am on Wednesday, November 20th at All Saints Lutheran Church, 15915 Excelsior Blvd., Minnetonka. Visitation at 10 am. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Vail Place in Hopkins or donor's choice.


Patricia J. Hansen 9/19/2019

Hansen, Patricia Jean (Salisbury) 08/28/1937 thru 09/19/2019 Pat's life focused on family, with her husband, Dick(60 years of marriage) at the center, and children, Kari (Mary), Kris (deceased) and Sara, and grandkids, Jacob, Grace, Hannah, Cailey, Mason and Valin around her. She is also survived by sisters, Diane, Kathy, and Kim and beloved nieces and nephews, many from Dick's side of the family, and by the Xiongs - Sheng, Maino, Leng and Keng - whom she took under her wings for many years. She was pre-deceased by her parents, Jean and Dick Salisbury and Dick's parents, Bernice and Emil Hansen. Pat was a woman of many friends from every part of her life: a proud graduate of Washburn High School (1955), the University of Minnesota College of Education (1959), and a masters degree in special education from the University of St Thomas. She was active in Alpha Delta Pi sorority, Nicollet Tennis (she played competitive tennis), Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Learning Disabilities Assn, Minneapolis Public Schools first in elementary education and later in Adult Ed, Green Valley, AZ and more. She made things happen for those around her, especially her children. Pat's dry sense of humor and utter determination will be remembered and missed. Pat is glad she enjoyed family and friends and extensive international travel before post- polio syndrome and Lewy Body Dementia limited her ability to enjoy and experience life. Visitation Monday, September 23, 2019, 6:30-8 PM at Gill Brothers Chapel (5801 Lyndale Ave S). Service Tues., Sepember 24, 2019, 11 AM with visitation beginning at 9:30AM at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (4100 Lyndale Ave S) with lunch to follow. Memorials may be directed to Starfish Ministries - Bethlehem Lutheran Church or donor's choice. MINNEAPOLIS, MN 612-861-6088


Eleanor Felker 11/8/2019

Felker, Eleanor passed away peacefully Friday morning, November 8, 2019. She was born May 12, 1922 in the Bronx, New York and attended the Yale Divinity School. She relocated with her husband to the Macalester-Groveland area where she lived for many years and worked for the Minneapolis school system as a social worker. She traveled the world after her retirement in 1989. For the last decade she suffered from Alzheimer's disease and passed away from stroke complications. She is survived by sons, Eric and Kurt, and granddaughter Amelia. Visitation will be at noon followed by services at 1 PM on Saturday, November 16 Unitarian Church, 733 Portland Avenue, St. Paul followed with burial at Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis.


Jane C. Restrepo 9/17/2019

Restrepo, Jane Cecelia peacefully passed away Sept. 17 in Newton, KS at 102 years of age with the assurance of salvation in Jesus Christ. Born July 28, 1917 to John and Anna Hendrickson of Belgrade, MN she is survived by her son John and daughter Sylvia (Molgren), six grandchildren, and 8 great-grand children. Memorial services are in Newton, KS Sept. 20, 10am at Grace Community Church and a graveside service Sept. 27 at Hillside Cemetery, Mpls. at 2:30pm with a reception following at St. Pauls Ev. Lutheran Church


John P. Donais 8/8/2019

Donais, John Peter 86, passed away peacefully after a short illness on August 8, 2019 at Our Lady of Peace Hospice in St. Paul. John was a lifetime resident of Newport, MN. Between October 1986 and September 1987, 11 months, John lost both of his parents and his only sibling his sister, Sister Mary Charlotte Donais. He served in the U.S. Army in Ansbach Germany for two years 1953 and 1954. He said many times that they were two very happy years in his life. John taught art in Minneapolis public schools for 30 years. In retirement he truly enjoyed painting watercolors, especially on Madeline Island and playing the old standards by ear on the piano "bar style" as he would say. He is survived by his loving life partner of 30 years Tomas' Hardy of St. Paul, and the entire Hardy family as well as many cousins, in particular Josephine Ruiz Healy of San Antonio, TX, Eduardo Ruiz Healy, Mexico City, and Josephine Healy Lester, Indianapolis IN. His service will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday October 26th at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 1079 Summit Ave., St. Paul with a reception following. Memorials may be sent to Twin Cities Opera Guild (TCOG) 1043 Grand Ave. Suite 189, St. Paul MN 55105, and/or Our Lady of Peace Hospice 2076 St. Anthony Ave., St. Paul, MN 55104 Please include John's name in the memo.


Nancy L. Wiberg 10/29/2019

Wiberg (nee Anderson), Nancy Louise Minneapolis, died 10/29 at age 81 with some family at her bedside. Nancy was preceded in death by her parents Roy & Ruby (Peterson) Anderson and her brother Lee. Baptized at Svea Lutheran Church near Hager City, WI, Nancy lived, worked and thrived with her family on a small dairy farm amid fields, woods, hills, pastures and farm animals. She attended Wilson, a one room grade school, Ellsworth H.S., and graduated cum laude from Gustavus Adolphus College. She taught elementary school children in Richfield & Mpls. Public Schools. Together with her husband she served the church in Bukoba, Tanzania. Survived by her husband Joel Wiberg; daughter Jane (Russ) Opdahl, grandchildren Aaron and Kylin; son Per, grandson Connor; daughter Beth Barbosa, grand-children Noah, Isaiah, and Ella. Her brother Orlando (Darlene) Anderson sister-in-law Sue Anderson, brother-in-law Paul Wiberg and sister-in-law Anne Wiberg, nieces, nephews and their children. Memorials preferred for Holy Trinity Lutheran - Justice Work, Gustavus Justice Scholarship Fund or donor's choice. Funeral Nov. 23 at Holy Trinity Lutheran, 2730 E. 31st St. Mpls. MN 55406. 10:00 a.m. Visitation, 11:00 a.m. Worship with Eucharist. Rite of Burial in Springtime at Svea Church Cemetery. "Rest eternal grant her, Oh Lord; and let light perpetual shine upon her." ELW


Roxane Kavaloski 10/21/2019

Kavaloski, Roxane 74, of Fridley Minnesota, passed away on October 21, 2019, surrounded by her loved ones. She was born to Jerry Strukel and Francis Marie Strukel in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Roxane attended Richfield High School before going on to Mankato State University, getting her BS degree in Special Education, which lead her to teach Special Education for over 30 years. Additionally, Roxane received her MA in Curriculum and Instruction from the College of St. Thomas in 1991 . After retiring from the Minneapolis school district, she went to work for the Roseville school system before enjoying full retirement. Roxane loved camping, traveling, entertaining, shopping, cooking, reading, crafting and volunteering. In her later years, she spent time with her PEO sisters, her crafting group at Johanna Shores, her family and friends, and her Boston Bull Terriers. She is survived by her son, Charlie (Angie) Kavaloski; grandson, Josiah; nephew, Scott (Tina) Prchal; and her canine girls, Daisy Mae and Rosie Marie; along with many friends. Roxane is preceded in death by her parents, Jerry and Marie; sister, Jeri Lou (Robert) Prchal; partner, Gary Hargroves. In lieu of a funeral service, there will be a Celebration of Life from 1-5pm on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 5173 NE St Moritz Drive in Fridley, Minnesota. Stop by, eat some hors d'oeuvres, and share some memories of Roxane's life.


George N. Wemeier 10/22/2019

Wemeier, George N. Age 89 of Waconia, passed away October 22, 2019. Preceded in death by parents, Peter and Mamie Wemeier. Survived by his wife, Sue Borchart; sister, Mary (Don) Anderson; son, Peter Wemeier; and daughter, Ann Wemeier (Mark Dowdy). A memorial service will be held on Monday, October 28th at Faith Lutheran Church, Waconia, MN 952- 442-2101. Visitation at 1:00PM; service at 2:00PM. Memorials to Masonic Cancer Center or Waconia Moravian Church


Mariam Zamansky 10/17/2019

Zamansky, Mariam age 80 of St Paul, died October 17, 2019. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward and sister, Clara Simon. Survived by children, Sheril (Philip) Gilberstadt, Michele (Scott) Bordo and Steve (Debbie) Zamansky; grandchildren, Hannah and Josh Gilberstadt, Ryan Bordo, and Alex and Gabi Zamansky. Mariam was a retired Minneapolis Public School teacher, who taught until age 75. She made a difference in many of her students' lives. She was a avid bridge player with many master points. Funeral services 2:00 pm FRIDAY Oct 18th, TEMPLE OF AARON CEMETERY, 1690 Dale St. Roseville. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the St. Paul JCC or the American Cancer Society. Family and friends will gather 7:00 pm Saturday at the Waters of Highland Park, 678 Snelling Avenue S., St. Paul 55116 Hodroff-Epstein 651 698-8311


Consuelo (Connie Peterson) Craven 10/16/2019

Craven, Consuelo, aka Connie Peterson Connie died October 16, 2019, in Edina, Minnesota. Born in Brooklyn, New York on the 4th of July, Connie was a real firecracker! Connie earned her B.A. from Hunter College in New York City. She was perhaps most proud of her service in the US Navy during World War II, where she achieved the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade (LTJG). After her honorable discharge she earned her M.S. from the University of Colorado, Boulder and Special Education certificate from the University of Minnesota. Connie worked as a Special Education teacher in the Minneapolis Public Schools for many years. After retiring, she worked at Orchestra Hall for an additional 17 years as an usher. She enjoyed meeting and conversing with people she met and was the greatest at maintaining correspondence with friends and relatives. Even in her final days she was busily sending out cards and notes. Early in her youth Connie was a Brooklyn Dodgers fan who later became an avid Twins fan. She loved animals, especially Nino her therapy cat. Connie was preceded in death by her mother, Mabel Consuelo Pinna Craven, and her father James McDougall Craven, her first husband Gene Stuart Peterson, second husband Arnold William Stiehm, and daughter-in-law Carla Gaines. Also preceded in death by brothers Kenneth Craven (Rosanne) and John Pinna Craven (Dorothy); sister Mabel Neal (Tom). Connie is survived by daughter Susan Louise Peterson, son-in-law Roger Sharpe, son Jonathan Evan Peterson, daughter-in-law Pamela Ann Peterson, friend Joel Carter, and a number of nieces and nephews. Private service and interment held at Fort Snelling Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to the Wilderness Society, 25 Century Blvd., Suite 505, Nashville, TN 37214.


David E. Nelson 10/14/2019

Nelson, David Eugene Age 82 of Spring Park, MN (formally Maple Lake) passed away on October 14th 2019. Preceded in death by his wife, Jean Ann; father, O.K. Nelson; mother, Laura Nelson. Survived by his children, Melissa Robillard & Jennifer (Erik) Paulsen; grandchildren, Griffin and Grace Robillard, Ella Paulsen; sister, Sally Bronski; nieces, Beth Bronski, Barbara McCormick, Carol Michels. Graduate of Washburn High School, University of Minnesota, Masters- Minnesota State University Mankato. David taught Biology and Chemistry at Lake Benton and Minneapolis Public Schools for 35 years. Instrumental in starting the Medical Magnet program at Roosevelt High School and the International Baccalaureate program adopted by Minneapolis Public Schools. Coached cross country running/ skiing and hockey. Became a realtor in the 90's. A lover of racing cars, fishing/ hunting and the environment. He trained & championed his beloved Bullmastiff dog Maggie Mae and loved all of his dogs. Memorials preferred to Minnesota State University Mankato, MN for Chemistry and Biochemistry teacher training. Memorial service 2PM, Saturday, Nov 9, 2019 with visitation one hour prior at: Edina Chapel 952-920-3996 50th & Hwy 100


Elmer Eckland 10/12/2019

Eckland, Elmer "Bud" 92 years young, Elmer went to be with his Lord on October 12, 2019 surrounded by family. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Bob. Bud grew up in Superior Wisconsin. After graduation and a day after his 18th birthday in 1945 he enlisted and served in the US Navy. He is a member of American Legion, and Elks Lodge. After his service he earned his degree in Elementary Education at University of Wisconsin, Superior. He married Harriet, his high school sweetheart. As a new family they moved to Minneapolis so Bud could teach for the Minneapolis Public Schools where he continued throughout his career. He earned his Masters Degree-ultimately becoming an Elementary Principal. Mayor Hubert Humphrey sent him to represent Minneapolis at a human rights conference in Tennessee in 1958. He followed this calling throughout his career-with a passion for community organizing. He worked with parents, teachers and children to empower all to build skills and strong communities. He was active in his church and worked to educate there as well sharing his community experience and offering opportunities for all to connect and be involved. His love of all people never slowed down as he socialized wherever he went. He is survived by his wife Harriet of 69 years, daughters, Paula (Patrick) Donnelly, Ellen (Richard) Puppe, Sara (Keith) O'Brien, and son Robert (Penny) Eckland; grandchildren Pete Donnelly, Meggan Baade, Christine Baker, Bekki Ellinghysen, Sam Puppe, Betsy Pfingsten, Emelie Jensen, Anna Anderson, Hattie Eckland, Tim Eckland, Laura Aldrich and 10 great grandchildren. We will miss him - he is in our hearts forever. Celebration of life, Thursday, October 24th at Elk River Lutheran Church, 729 Main St, Elk River. Visitation 10 am, Service 11 am . Private interment at Fort Snelling.


Joyce M. Cullen 10/12/2019

Cullen, Joyce M. (Swedlund) Age 97, of Mpls.; Strawberry Lake, ND; Mesa, AZ died Oct. 12, 2019. Preceded in death by parents, Roy & Bessie (Gurnsey) Swedlund; siblings Wilda and Roy Otis; son, Reed. Survived by son, Ronald; daughters, Rita, Roberta; grandchildren, Jeremy Rosendahl, Rose & Adrian Hamill; great grandson, Cash Rosendahl, and many loving cousins, nieces, nephews, and other relatives. A loving mother, grandmother & great grandmother, teacher, singer, world traveler, ballroom dancer, & Life Master bridge player. Joyce taught primary for 43 years; 33 in Mpls. during the 1950s thru 90s. Past Pres. of Women In Education. Lead Metro Entertainers show troupe for many years. Funeral service (with reception following), 12 noon, Thursday, October 24th, 2019 at Minnehaha Communion Lutheran Church, 4101 37th Av. S., Mpls., MN 55406. Memorials to: American Cancer Society, American Indian College Fund or Heifer International. Bradshaw - 612-724-3621


Elena W. Schroeder 10/3/2019

Schroeder, Elena W. 69. Born August 4, 1950 - died October 3, 2019. Survived by her sister Tamra Sharp. Preceded in death by father Ordell Schroeder, mother Wynnette Schroeder, brother Douglas Ziesmer and sister Sharolynn Nelson. Elena was a dedicated educator and administrator in the Mpls School District for over thirty years in a number of schools. An exceptional artist, lover of animals and all causes related to their well being, loving sister, aunt and caring friend to all she met. A special thanks to Healtheast Hospice for their support and kindness over the last several weeks. We will have a celebration of life on Saturday, October 19th from 11 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. Please join us at Jimmy's Event Center, Vadnais Room, 1132 Co. Rd. E, Vadnais Heights, MN to share your thoughts and to celebrate Elena's life. We will have a short program at approx 12:30 p.m.


Marion C. Ravell 9/23/2019

Marion C. Ravell, age 91, died Sept. 23, taught 1st grade, mostly at Standish in MPS.
Ravell, Marion C. Age 91, of Edina, passed away on September 23, 2019. Originally from Stratford, Ontario and always proud of her Canadian heritage, Marion spent her career in elementary education, including many years teaching first-grade in the Minneapolis Public Schools (primarily at Standish Elementary). She was preceded in death by her husband, Don Ravell, and her sister, Marge Domroese. She is survived by her brothers, Walt and Bill Schoedel; daughter Sue (Kirk) Nosbusch; son Jim (Rhonda) Ravell; granddaughters Eloise (Marvin) Campos and Fran Ravell. Private interment planned. Sincere thanks to the many dedicated caregivers at Friendship Village of Bloomington. "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want."


Bonnie J. Daly 9/22/2019

Daly, Bonnie J. (nee Heinen) age 76 of Minneapolis and St. Paul passed away peacefully on September 22, 2019. Preceded in death by her husband Eugene P. Daly Jr. and parents Edward J. and Marjorie C. Heinen. Survived by her daughters Beth Daly and Kathryn Joo. Bonnie graduated with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Minnesota and a Master's of Education from the University of St Thomas. Mass of Christian burial 11 AM on October 2, 2019 at St. Peter's Catholic Church Mendota Heights. Visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment: Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Cretin-Derham Hall High School St Paul, University of St. Thomas St Paul, Children's Home Society of MN, or University of Minnesota Foundation. White Funeral Home Apple Valley 952-432-2001


Lois Webb 9/18/2019

Webb, Lois Age 89, of Roseville. Died peacefully Sept. 18, 2019. A longtime social worker in the Minneapolis Public Schools, Lois was proud of her family, Norwegian heritage and large network of dear friends. Preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Harry. Survived by their four children: Bill (Sue), Tom (Trevor), Nancy Derheim and David (Julie), as well as sister Lillah, ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Roseville at Hamline and Hwy. 36. Visitation one hour before service. Private burial at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials preferred to St. Christopher's Episcopal Church or donor's choice.


Donald H. Kaler 9/18/2019

Kaler, Donald (Don) H. 67, of Savage, MN passed away September 18, 2019 at N.C. Little Hospice, Edina, MN. The arrangements for Don's Celebration of Life are: Monday, September 23, Visitation from 5-7:30 pm. Tuesday, September 24, Visitation from 1-2 pm, with a Celebration of Life Service at 2 pm at Washburn-McReavy Chapel, 2300 West Old Shakopee Rd in Bloomington. Donald Henry Kaler was born June 29, 1952 in Staples, MN to Joseph and Bertha (Wegter) Kaler. He lived in the Staples/Motley area for five years before moving with his family to Hoyt Lakes, MN. Most of his childhood years were spent in Hoyt Lakes, and he graduated from Aurora Hoyt Lakes High School in 1970. Don attended Mesabi State College from 1970 to 1972, then transferred to Mankato State University where he graduated with a business education degree in 1974. After teaching Distributive Education for several years, Don returned to school and earned a Master's of Science Degree in Special Education at the College of St. Thomas. He acquired additional license credentials from St. Cloud State University. Don's teaching career started in Zumbrota, MN, and he also taught at various times in public schools and vocational technical colleges in Pine City, Buffalo, and Faribault before teaching special education in the Minneapolis Public Schools. After retiring from the Minneapolis Public Schools in 2014, he drove charter buses for Schmitty and Sons out of Lakeville, MN. Don Married Irene Heitola in 1972, resided primarily in the Chisago Lakes area, and had two children, Justin and Charity. Don and Irene divorced in 1997. In 2001, Don married Karen Kundert Peterson and resided in Savage, MN for 19 years. He enjoyed spending leisure time at the cabin in Longville and at the hunting camp in Cromwell with friends and family. Survivors include his wife, Karen Kaler, Savage, MN, son, Justin (Debra) Kaler, West St. Paul, daughter, Charity Kaler, Fort Collins, CO, stepsons, Mathew (Kim) Peterson, Farmington, MN and Andrew Peterson, Mesa, AZ, grandchildren: Ileana, Sayre, Kayla, Jack, Jodi, and Amy, Sisters: Barbara (Roland) Klevgard, East Bethel, MN, and Beth Kaler, Apple Valley, MN. Brothers: Joseph (Joan) Kaler, Black Forest, CO and Dan (Caryl) Kaler, Burnsville, MN, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins, along with friends too numerous to count. His parents, Joseph and Bertha Kaler, preceded him in death.


Shirley E. Gustafson 9/9/2019

Gustafson, Shirley Edna Age 86, of West St. Paul, passed away peacefully on September 9, 2019. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Edna Sterlinske of Ripon, WI, and cousin, Evelyn. Survived by husband, Russell; children, Mark (Wendi) of Seguin, TX, Craig (Debra) of Cottage Grove, MN, Jody (Daniel Trampf) of Sun Prairie, WI; grandchildren, Kiersten, Benjamin, Andrew, Natalie, and a grandson expected in December. Shirley grew up in Ripon, WI and attended Ripon High School and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where she received a B.A. in elementary education. She taught 5th and 6th grades at Howell Elementary in Racine, WI and at Sidney Pratt Elementary in Minneapolis, MN. Russ and Shirley met through the University of Life program at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church and were married for 56 years. She enjoyed spending time with Russ, their kids and grandkids, spending winters on the Gulf Coast of Texas, biking, canoeing, camping and RVing in national and state parks, attending events at Koinonia Retreat Center, and traveling to Europe. A highlight of her travels was a trip to Europe with her church group that worked on the rebuilding of a Methodist church in Ried, Austria, in the aftermath of the destruction of World War II. Her love of travel opened up a whole new world for Russ and inspired countless family trips over the years. Shirley sang in the Hennepin Church Choir for 38 years and played clarinet in the Seward Community Band and the Calhoun-Isles Community Band. She was an active volunteer for the West St. Paul school district, where her children attended school. Shirley devoted her life to her family, her church, and her community. She will be greatly missed by family and friends. Memorial Service 12:00 p.m. Friday, September 20th at the Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, 511 Groveland Ave., Minneapolis. A visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service at church (11 a.m.-12 p.m.) A private graveside service has been held at the Stanton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Music Ministry of Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church. Arr. Willwerscheid West Hgts Chapel (651) 457-7938


Charles C. Clarke 9/1/2019

Clarke, Cleophus Charles "Cle" Age 91, of Mpls, passed away Sept. 1, 2019. Renowned Musician and Teacher, a Loving Husband and Father. Survived by his Loving Wife, Mildred and children, Carl "Butch", Dexter, Fern, Mara, Russell, Anita, Denise, Robert, Wesley, grandchildren, great-grand- children and a host of friends. Ft. Snelling Military Honor Memorial Service to be held on October 11, 2019 promptly at 11:30 a.m.


Irene U. Johnson 8/10/2019

Johnson, Irene U. Age 73 of Minneapolis passed away on Sat., Aug. 10th, 2019. Preceded in death by parents Janina and Edward Szykula. Irene retired from the Minneapolis Public School system where she had worked for 30+ years. Survived by Tina Szykula; husband Sheldon Johnson; children Chrissy, Stevie; grandchildren; great grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and siblings Barb Jensen and Richard Szykula. A private memorial service for family and close friends at 1pm on Wed., Aug. 28th, St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery, 2729 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis 55418. Everyone is invited to attend her Celebration of Life at 3:00 - 6:00 PM at Columbia Heights VFW 230, 4446 Central Ave. NE, Columbia Heights 55421.

Published on August 27, 2019


Nancy Williams 8/19/2019

Williams, Nancy Age 74 of Mpls passed away Aug. 19, 2019. Preceded in death by parents, William and Susanna Renoe. Survived by sons, Glenn and Mitchell (Rebekah); granddaughters, Audrey & Aura Williams; and an abundance of family and friends. Nancy was a passionate, nurturing and giving teacher for 42 years at Minneapolis Public Schools. Funeral service 11am Thurs Aug. 29th with visitation 9:30-11am at Hennepin Ave. United Methodist Church, 511 Groveland Ave. Mpls. Washburn-McReavy.comCrystal Lake Chapel 612-521-3677


Lois Haugerud 8/2/2019

Lois was called home August 2, 2019. She was born December 21, 1921 at home in Minneapolis to Edwin and Deborah Ehlert. She graduated from West High in 1939 and from the University of Minnesota in 1943 with a degree in Home Economics. It was there she met the love of her life, Neil. They married shortly after graduation. Lois taught Home Economics in Edina during World War II while Neil was serving in Europe. Following the war, they lived briefly in St. Paul and started a family before settling in Richfield. Lois resumed her career in 1964 and taught for an additional twenty years in Minneapolis, once being named Minnesota’s Home Economics Teacher of the Year. After retirement, she worked several years at Land O’ Lakes with their seasonal help line. Lois was very involved in the Twin Cities Home Economics community, volunteering in the College of Home Economics at the U, serving as president of the Friends of the Goldstein Gallery and Phi Upsilon Omicron and serving as vice president of the Minnesota Home Economics Association. This work led her to be named as one of the college’s 100 Honored Alumni. She was also very active at Mt. Olivet Church often serving in the kitchen and volunteering both in the church office and at Cathedral of the Pines Camp as a cook. She was famous for her sour cream twists, her homemade rye bread and especially, her blueberry pies. Lois was preceded in death by her husband Neil; parents, Edwin and Deborah Ehlert and siblings, Helen Ehlert and Robert Ehlert. She is survived by a brother, John Ehlert and daughters, Terry Schultz, Debra (Grant) Peterson and Ann (Robert) McNattin; son, Donald (Sue) Haugerud, ten grandchildren; and fourteen great grandchildren. She was a devoted and loving wife, sister, mother and grandmother. The family would like to issue a special “Thank you” to the staff at Johanna Shores and the Optage Hospice team for the outstanding care they provided and friendship they shared during her last years. The memorial service will be at 11:00 Thursday, August 22 at Johanna Shores, 3220 Lake Johanna Blvd., Arden Hills with the visitation one hour prior. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Struthers Parkinson Foundation, University of Minnesota - Goldstein Gallery or donor’s choice.


Margaret E. Johnson 7/24/2019

Johnson, Margaret Elizabeth September 7, 1934-July 24, 2019 After a well-lived life of 84 years and with her loving family, dear friend and devoted caregivers by her side, Margaret peacefully passed away on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd P. Johnson and Edna M. Schlampp Johnson; her sister, Audrey Johnson Kelley; brother, Lloyd P. Johnson Jr.; and the most loving sister-in-law one could ever have, Rosie Gesner Johnson. She is survived by several nieces, nephews, and the dearest of cousins, their families and long-time friends. Margaret was born in Minneapolis, MN and spent her childhood years growing up on Lake of The Isles. She attended Carlton College in Northfield, MN, and the University of Minnesota where she received her B.S. in Elementary Education ('56). Margaret's 34 year teaching career began in San Diego, CA, alongside her life long friend Marlene Lawson. Family and the beautiful summers of Minnesota brought her back home in 1958 and the opportunity to work at Kenwood Elementary school. Margaret was continually seeking to expand her knowledge. She was awarded a scholarship to study Reading at Syracrus University, NY; attained a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a Reading emphasis, University of Minnesota ('70); taught Remedial Reading, Columbia Heights Elementary School ('70-'80); completed a second degree in Special Education, with an emphasis in Learning Disabilities, College of St. Thomas, MN ('80), which furthered her testing and teaching of reading challenged K-12 students in the Columbia Heights School District, Columbia Heights, MN ('80-'93). Margaret was always delighted to see people become successful because of what she had taught them. She'd say, "I try to meet my students on their own level. Gentle encouragement always works better for me than force." She was truly a gentle soul with a desire to make everyone's life better. An early retirement gave Margaret new opportunities to mix travel, academic consulting and testing, and time to lovingly manage the elder care of her mother, Edna, for 9 years. She was active in Pi Beta Phi, loved traveling abroad, treasured her friends, and designed her home at Normandale Lake Tower with one of her dearest friends, Michael Tomaszewski. Margaret will be remembered as a woman who stood her ground, welcomed intellectual debates and loved teaching children how to capture the joy of literacy. Her final wish is to allow students one last chance to learn from her through the University of Minnesota Body Bequeathing Program. A sincere and heartfelt thanks from the family to the caregivers and nurses at Touching Hearts at Home, Bloomington, Visiting Angels, Wayzata, and Allina Health Hospice, St. Paul, who took care of Margaret so tenderly and brought so much joy to her journey back home. CELEBRATION OF LIFE Visitation: 10:30 am Tues., Aug. 6 Service: 11:30 a.m. Tues., Aug. 6 Washburn-McReavy Edina Funeral Chapel 5000 West 50th Street Edina, MN 55436 952-920-3996 You are invited to join in person or if you are unable to attend, offer a prayer in Margaret's memory. In lieu of flowers or memorials, please share some time with a loved one and know that Margaret is grateful for your gesture.
Published on August 1, 2019


Nancy Newville 7/5/2019

Newville, Nancy A. On July 5, 2019, Nancy A. Newville passed away at the age of 74 years. She was born in Lincoln, NE to Don & Norma Newville. Nancy will be lovingly remembered by her partner, Joel Preslan, her sister Sally Torson (Jim), niece Christen Clement, nephews Porter and Miles (Portland, OR). After graduating from the U of N, she began 38-year teaching career in MN Public Schools. After retiring, Nancy continued tutoring, participating in book clubs, and aerobics. Nancy was joyful to be around and had a contagious laugh. She especially loved her work with children. A memorial luncheon will be held on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 11:00am at Glen Haven Chapel, 5125 W. Broadway, Crystal, MN. Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers.


Barbara Schroeder 7/19/2019

Schroeder, Barbara Age 82. Beloved wife, mom, grandma, great grandma and elementary school educator passed away on July 19, 2019. Barb was born and grew up in Waukesha, Wisconsin. After graduating high school, she received her Bachelors' Degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and soon thereafter began teaching first grade. In 1960, Barb married Leo Schroeder. Together they had four children: Suzanne (Kermit Cantwell), Peter (Shannon), Lisa (Dan Mattson) and Erich (Lynn), along with seven grandchildren and two great-grand-children. The most satisfying part of Barb's life was her family what joy they gave her! In 1962, a job transfer for Leo brought the family to Minneapolis, where Barb and Leo purchased a home near Lake Nokomis and never moved. In the early years of their marriage, Barb focused on raising the children. Together, she and Leo loved Minneapolis and took advantage of everything the city has to offer. They had the family constantly on the go including attending concerts, biking the parks in the summer, skating the lakes in the winter and much more. After the children were all in school, Barb returned to teaching full time in the Minneapolis Public School System. She was an excellent teacher and loved the children she taught. During this part of her career, Barb earned her Masters' Degree in Education at St. Thomas University. She also sat on a panel that reviewed children's books for the Kerlan Collection at the University of Minnesota. Barb loved to travel and enjoyed many trips to the family lake home in Carlton, Minnesota, camping in numerous state and national parks, annual visits to Disney World and frequent excursions to Europe. An avid tennis player, Barb was particularly thrilled to once attend the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament on a trip to London. Her other hobbies included reading, crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles and was a fun-loving, yet very competitive board game player. At Barb's request, there will be a private family memorial service. She will be interred at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. The family sends their love and gratitude to all of Barb's wonderful friends, and for those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Nokomis Library. To mail gifts, please make checks out to Friends of HCL Nokomis & include Barb's name in the memo line. Mail to 300 Nicollet Mall, Suite N-290, Minneapolis, MN 55401 or give online at:


Kathleen A. Haines 7/14/2019

Haines, Kathleen Ann (Williams) age 74 of Minneapolis passed away peacefully on July 14, 2019 with three of her best friends at her side, Gloria, Kathy, and Mylan. She is preceded in death by her husband, David; daughter, Heidi; parents, Ray and Kathleen; brother, Michael; and in-laws, Ray and Kathryn Haines. Survived by her daughters, Kristine and Kari; grandsons, Jaedyn, Caleb, and Evan; 3 grandpups; sister, Susan (Mark) Wilke; sister-in-law, Jan Williams; and nieces and nephews. Kathleen spent 30+ years teaching in the Minneapolis school system. She was a social butterfly and especially enjoyed being out on the dance floor. A celebration of Kathleen's life will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials are Edina Chapel 952-920-3996


Eileen H. Oslund 7/10/2019

Oslund, Eileen H. (Kane) age 94, of Brooklyn Center, passed away on July 10, 2019. She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Oslund. She will be deeply missed by her children, Patricia, William (Linda), Catherine; grandchildren, Elizabeth and Robert; siblings, Patricia (James), James (Betty), and Owen (Donna); 35 nieces and nephews, many other relatives and good friends. Eileen was a 62 year member of the St. Gabriel's Guild. Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, July 17, 11 AM at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 7025 Halifax Ave N., Brooklyn Center with visitation at church 1 hour before Mass. Private interment at Ft. Snelling.


Virginia A. Russell 7/5/2019

Russell, Virginia Anna age 84 of Minneapolis, MN was swept up into the loving arms of God in the early morning hours of July 5. She passed away peacefully in her sleep. Virginia was born and raised in Kirkwood, MO (suburb of St. Louis). She learned to play the piano at an early age and is best known for her involvement as a church musician. Virginia loved children. Teaching was truly her God-given gift. She was a special education teacher and taught basic academic subjects during the school year and summer school as well. Later, she became a vocational guidance counselor helping students with career planning and moving on to post-secondary education. She was employed with Minneapolis Public Schools for 34 years. Virginia is preceded in death by her daughter, Patricia Russell; mother, Prudence Brady; father Levi Brady; and brother Egbert Brady. She is survived by daughter, Pamela Russell; brother Levi L. Brady (Yvonne); Annamae Jeffers, widow of Egbert Brady; and a host of loving family members in Minnesota and Missouri. The remembrance of her life will be held on Tuesday July 16, at St. Peter's AME Church, 401 E. 41st St, Minneapolis. Visitation will be from 10-10:45 a.m. with service at 11 a.m. Interment immediately following service at Lakewood Cemetery. Memorials preferred to St. Peter's AME Church.


Eunice Lindberg Milbrath 7/1/2019

Lindberg Milbrath, Eunice (Linn) Age 94, of Minneapolis and longtime Kindergarten teacher, peacefully passed away July 1, 2019 at Our Lady of Peace Hospice, where she had received hospice care for 10 weeks.
Born in Lincolnville Kansas to Bertha and Erwin Linn, Eunice earned degrees in Music from Bethany College, Lindsborg, KS and later in Early Childhood Education from the University of Minnesota. She married the love of her life, Elwood Lindberg, and moved to the big city of Minneapolis where Elwood was teaching at Minnehaha Academy. They joined Bethlehem Covenant Church where they became life-long members.
Inspiration for Eunice’s Kindergarten teaching career came about after she organized a two-hour Sunday school program for Kindergarten-age children at Bethlehem in 1953 and from raising her own children. Wanting to learn more, she pursued a degree in Early Childhood Education at the U of M and began teaching Kindergarten in 1961. 
In 1974, at the age of 50, she went to Brighton, England to study innovative British teaching methods. Upon returning, she incorporated many of these into her teaching style.
She loved teaching Kindergarten and considered herself a true advocate for children. Her deep regard for children and creative, experiential, discovery-based teaching inspired her peers, impacted countless students and was recognized by district administrators as a model for other teachers. She taught Kindergarten for 28 years at Minneapolis schools Adams, Seward, Pratt, Minnehaha and Keewaydin.
Always an adventurer, Eunice enjoyed annual family camping and canoe trips, extensive world travel and time at her treasured cabin on Lake Superior's North Shore. She had a life-long love of gardening, classical music (especially playing piano), literature, writing and entertaining friends and family.


Arturo G. Herrera 6/12/2019

Herrera, Arturo Guillermo was born in Chile on July 19, 1927 and died in St. Anthony, MN on June 12, 2019. He was a charismatic man who touched the lives of many people: the type of person that would light up a room, start a conversation with anyone he met, and commit to helping kids across the world. He spent his life engaged with his primary loves: all things Chilean, all things British, teaching, and his family. The Chilean and British attachments were self-evident to anyone who had more than a 5-minute conversation with him. Pride in his heritage was obvious to all who knew him, and he visited Chile and England many times to connect with friends and family. His passion for being both a teacher and learner became evident to anyone who spoke with him about what he did for a living. Señor spent his professional career teaching and his students found him to be a kind, caring, gentle teacher who was generous with his time. He not only taught Spanish, he taught the values and traditions of multiple Spanish speaking cultures and encouraged his students to immerse themselves in the language learning experience. He also touched many lives with his passion for numerous humanitarian causes. At the top of this list was working with fellow refugees and immigrants as they settled in Minnesota. His own immigrant experience allowed him to teach English as a Second Language from both a personal and practical perspective which students embraced. It also allowed him the opportunity to learn about other cultures, a love which he passed on to both his children and grandchildren. His grandchildren will remember him for his annual birthday song calls, unwavering support of attaining their education and career goals, and for teaching them to have pride in their culture and heritage. His daughters will remember him for encouraging them to travel, for partnering with their mother to always put education first, and for always making sure they spoke grammatically correct Spanish and English. Arturo was preceded in death by his wife, Maria (Maruja) Herrera. He is survived by his daughters Rose Hamerlinck (Michael), Patricia Herrera, Monica Herrera (John Heintz) and Maria Claudia Herrera, and four grandchildren, Gabriela Hamerlinck (Tyler Smith), Kurt Herrera-Heintz, Marina Herrera-Heintz, and Samantha Steele (Joe Fletcher). The family would like to thank all the staff at Pearl Garden for their support and care of Arturo in his last few years. A memorial service celebrating Arturo's life will be held on Sunday, July 14 at 4:30 PM at Washburn- McReavy, 2901 Johnson Street NE, Minneapolis. A reception will follow at Jax Café from 6-8 PM, 1928 University Ave. NE, Minneapolis. Memorials will be accepted for the Arturo and Maruja Herrera Scholarship Fund at St. Anthony High School. Northeast Chapel 612-781-6828


Beryl Halldorson 6/27/2019

Halldorson, Beryl (Matson) Age 80, of Minneapolis, Plymouth, and Scandia, went home to Heaven to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on June 27, 2019. Preceded in death by parents, Raymond and Florence Matson; and beloved husband, Jerry. Beryl enjoyed teaching, the lake, opera, Spanish, and travel with friends. She loved raising and supporting her children and spending time with her grandchildren. Beryl was simply an amazing person. Survived by daughters, Laura, Kristin Cappola (Josh Gray), Rachel Smith, & Sonya Caltagirone (John); sons, Mark (Lana) and David (Leah); grandchildren, Annie (Andreas), Kyler, Jane, Walker, Sydney, Mia, Noah, Raymond, Grace, and Eric; sister Beverly, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral service 11 AM Tuesday July 9 at Bethlehem Baptist Church - Downtown Campus, 720 13th Ave S., Mpls. (lunch follows). Visitation 4-7 PM Monday July 8 at Washburn-McReavy Hillside Chapel, 2610 19th Ave NE, Mpls. and also one hour prior to funeral service at church. Interment Lakewood Cemetery Mpls. Hillside Chapel 612-781-1999 2610 19th Ave. N.E., Mpls


Dolores A. Pospesel 5/23/2019

Pospesel, Dolores A. Age 85, passed away peacefully on May 23, 2019. Preceded in death by parents, Agnes and Rolland Whitcomb, her brother, Dean Whitcomb and daughter-in-law, Jeanette Pospesel. Dolores led a life filled with optimism and energy that she shared graciously with everyone that knew her. Grandma D, will be lovingly missed by her daughter, Dawn (Cox) Pospesel and son, Dean (Jeanette) Pospesel and six grandchildren, Eric, Emily and Connor Cox and Cole (Allison), Ava and Blaire Pospesel. Dolores thrived in all phases of her life, from graduating as Valedictorian at Washington High School in Sioux Falls, SD, to holding the crown as Miss Sioux Falls before graduating from Carleton College, Northfield, MN in 1955. She loved dance and taught both tap and ballet, along with ballroom, for many years in Minneapolis, alongside a work career that included teaching and various posts with the MN Dept. of Education in program planning and development of vocational education before retiring. A smile was always visible whenever she described the honor of being a member of the Lake Harriet Yacht Club. Dolores added another gear to her life stride as a Grandma, and reveled in watching each of her grandkids grow and share her passion to explore life through travel and education. A celebration of life ceremony will be held at 10 AM on June, 27th 2019 at the Lakewood Cemetery Chapel, 3600 Hennepin Ave. So. Minneapolis, MN 55408 with a reception to follow. GILLBROTHERS.comMinneapolis 612-861-6088


Patricia M. Hatlestad 6/15/2019

Hatlestad, Patricia M. (Preston) Age 95 of Friendship Village. Preceded in death by husband David; infant granddaughter Alicia; parents Marie and Paul Preston; sister Mary, brother James. Survived by sons Charles, Jim & Bob (Sharon); grandchildren Leah (Rob), Katie, Kelsey, Eric, Preston & Kimberly; great-grandchildren Landon, Norah, Adeline and another great grand grandson on the way. Patricia was a graduate of the U of MN, and a Special Ed teacher for many years in the Mpls. Public School System. She loved to cook, play bridge, golf and was an avid MN sports fan. She was a volunteer cook at Cathedral of the Pines. Memorial service 11AM Thursday, June 20 at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church, 5025 Knox Ave S., Mpls. Visitation at church one hour prior to service. Private interment Lakewood Cemetery. Memorials preferred to Mt. Olivet Cathedral of the Pines or the Employee Assistance Fund at Friendship Village (EAF). Gearty-Delmore 952-926-1615


Klara Ruf 6/1/2019

Ruf, Klara Age 92 of Minneapolis passed away June 3rd, 2019. Preceded by husbands, Alexander Ruf and Anton Waluszko. Beloved Mom and Grandmother. Survived by daughter Val; sons, Edward, Tony (RuthAnn), James & Roy; grand-children, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and many friends. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Funeral service at KOZLAK-RADULOVICH CHAPEL, 1918 University Ave. NE Monday at 11 AM with visitation one hour prior. Interment Hillside Cemetery. "A Celebration of Life" 612-789-8869


Lafayette Mickel 6/1/2019

Mickel, Lafayette Age 72 of Eden Prairie, MN passed away June 1, 2019. Lafayette was preceded in death by his mother, Mauranda Crowder; father, Elbin Mickel. He is survived by his partner, Jill Smith; children, Angela Tripp, Roger Mickel; grandchildren, Tanisha and De'antye. Lafayette was born in Bassfield, MS. He taught English & French for many years. Later he served as an assistant principal at several schools and for a long time at Patrick Henry High, Mpls. Known as a patient and soft-spoken person, he will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and school colleagues. Funeral services and burial will be near Jackson, MS. Memorials may be given to Alzheimer's research.


Edward J. Krynski 5/20/2019

Krynski, Edward J. Age 87 of Bloomington. Passed away on May 20, 2019. Served in the United States Air Force from 1950-1954 and was stationed at Rhein Main in Frankfurt, Germany. He was a Staff Sergeant with the 12th Troop Carrier Squadron. After Honorable Discharge he went on to earn a Master's degree in Education and taught in the Minneapolis Public Schools for 30 years. Preceded in death by wife, Mary Ann. Survived by children, Lauri Krynski, Mike (Mary) Krynski, and Brad Krynski; granddaughters, Kaylen (Jason) Ricker, Joanna Walters, Rachel (Chad) Wenzel, Rebecca (Joe) Krivarchka and Michelle (Aaron) Weeks; 7 great grandchildren; brothers, Richard and Larry (Gloria) Krynski; numerous nieces & nephews, relatives and good friends. Memorial Mass 11 AM Saturday, June 8th at St. Edward's Catholic Church, 9401 Nesbitt Ave S, Bloomington. Visitation at the church 1 hour prior to the Mass. Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials preferred to Mayo Clinic, Bloomington American Legion or the church. Cremation Society of MN Edina 952-924-4100.


Joyce L. Anderson 3/31/2019

Anderson, Joyce Lorraine Age 90, formerly of Minneapolis, passed away on March 31 in Bloomington, Minnesota. Born in Eden Prairie on October 13, 1928, Joyce graduated from Eden Prairie High School and Gustavus Adolphus College and received a master's degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Following her graduation from Gustavus, she taught in Iowa and then served on the music staff at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. Joyce taught choral music and English for the Minneapolis Public Schools from 1957-1989. She was a very kind, generous and beautiful human being who was always helping others. Joyce was an avid gardener and very proud of her Swedish tomte collection which numbered over 800 gnomes. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents , Roy E. Anderson and Minnie O. Anderson (Hawkins); her sister, Jacqueline Marie Freeman; infant brother, Charles Peter Anderson; and nephew, Samuel Scott Freeman. She is survived by nephew, Rob Freeman; nieces, Tara Calder (John) and Tamara Laughton (Dale); great nephews, Christopher Freeman (Heather) and Jake Humphrey (Jennifer); great niece, Melissa Freeman; great great nieces, Chloe Curran, Marrisa Humphrey and Aria Humphrey; and many dear friends, colleagues and grateful students. A memorial celebration of her life will be held at 11:00 AM on June 6 at Colonial Church, 6200 Colonial Way, Edina, Minnesota. A private burial will take place at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Eden Prairie. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Alzheimer's Association (MN/ND chapter), Gustavus Adolphus College or the donor's choice. Joyce's family thanks the Park Nicollet Methodist Hospice team and the staff at Wealshire of Bloomington for the wonderful care provided to her. Washburn McReavy Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Beverly J. Shupe 5/7/2019

Shupe, Beverly Joy Age 85, of Bloomington, passed away May 7, 2019. Preceded in death by parents, Dr. & Mrs. Wayne Rydburg; brother, Robert; twin sister, Beatta. Beverly taught in Minneapolis Schools for 32 years. Member of Plymouth Rockers, Robbinsdale Band and Orchestra Hall. Survived by daughter, Nancy Tang; and son, David Shupe; grandchildren, Sarah, Natalie Sierra (Everardo), Wallace Tang Jr. (Marcy), Elsa Tang of Windsor, CA. Bryan and Taylor Shupe of Minneapolis; great grandchildren, Everardo III and Miana Sierra. Funeral Service May 18th 2:30pm at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 3045 Chicago Ave. S., Mpls, MN 55407. Visitation one hour prior to service. Interment Lakewood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Mt. Olive Lutheran Church Foundation. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996


Roberta Mark 5/8/2019

Mark, Roberta Age 94 of Minneapolis passed away May 8, 2019. Preceded in death by partner of 40+ years, Evelyn Green; parents Morris and Sarah Mark; brother, Aaron Mark. Survived by nephews, Rabbi Randall (Hadassah) Mark, Michael Mark. Roberta worked at Minneapolis Public Schools Special Education for over 30 years. She was past President and very involved with the Pratt JOY Senior group, served for many years as an election judge, and was involved with many community organizations. She also loved going to the Minnesota State Fair! Graveside Service 1:00 pm, MONDAY, May 13, 2019, Temple Emmanuel Cemetery, 4401 Woodland Avenue, Duluth. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Pratt Community Education, Southeast Seniors, or Walker Methodist. Hodroff-Epstein 612-871-1234


Gay Hallberg 5/7/2019

Hallberg, Gay Age 82, of Mpls., passed away May 7, 2019. Preceded in death by her parents, Gordon Robb and Dorothy (nee Mack) Robb and her husband, Francis L. Hallberg. Gay was a school Clinical Psychologist and retired from the Mpls. Public School District. She enjoyed working with children and people from diverse cultures and backgrounds. Gay and Francis owned two floral shops; Lake Harriet Florist in Mpls. and Greenhall, Inc. in New Prague, MN. Both businesses were sold after Francis passed away. In addition to her various occupations, Gay participated in OURS, a non-profit organization that specializes in assisting adopted children and their families. Gay enjoyed traveling, exploring, singing and learning new things. Her final bucket list trip was to Israel, Jordan and Egypt. She was a conservationist and loved nature and all creatures. Survived by daughter, Lee Sue (Sergio) del Campo; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; her beloved dog, Cayenne and many other relatives and friends. Visitation Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 2-4 p.m. at First Memorial Funeral Chapel, 7110 France Ave. S., Edina. Private family interment, Lakewood Cemetery, Mpls.


Leonard C. Brink Jr. 4/29/2019

Brink, Leonard Charles, Jr. Beloved husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend passed away on April 29, 2019, in Peoria, Arizona. He was 94. Mr. Brink, the son of farmers from the northern Minnesota town of Fosston, was born November 5, 1924, the first of three children of Leonard Charles and Lena Sveum Brink. He has one sister, Beverly Boeckman, of Seattle, WA, and was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and brother, Curtiss Brink. He was a graduate of the U.S. Navy's selective V-12 program, a college degree program instituted during WWII to quickly generate the large number of officers which the war would require for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The program took him from the farm to study at prestigious colleges and universities around the country, among them Columbia University in New York City, Princeton University, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Minnesota. Upon graduation, Charles was commissioned an ensign in the United States Navy and stationed in San Francisco, CA, on the battleship U.S.S. Massachusetts. Charles married Alvina Snobeck, of Gonvick, MN, on September 28, 1945. Upon decommissioning from the Navy after the war, they settled in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he became a fifth and sixth grade school teacher for the Minneapolis Public School System. There they had four children, and an active civic and social life centered around their church, the Minneapolis Gospel Tabernacle (now Christ's Church International), where he was a deacon for many years. Some of his proudest accomplishments included his involvement in the church's 1976 rebuilding program and helping to sponsor a Vietnamese boat family to a new life in Minneapolis and then a close personal friendship with that beautiful family. Charles and Alvina also traveled extensively, visiting Hawaii many times, going to Israel, taking a river cruise in France, and making trips to Scandinavia and Hong Kong. He retired from the Minneapolis Public School System after 31 years but never lost his love for teaching. A few former students stayed in touch with him over his lifetime, including some where he had taught both them and then their children as well. After retirement he commenced a second successful career as a realtor. Eventually the Brinks decided to relocate to a warmer climate and moved permanently to Surprise, AZ, in 1997. He is survived by his sister Beverly and his four children, Linda (Stan) Swisher, of Cushing, OK, Barbara (Lloyd) Kugler, of Surprise, AZ, Robert (Patrice) Brink of Landenberg, PA, and Karin (Marshall) Gardner, of Surprise, AZ, eight grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren. His beloved wife passed away in 2012. Charles will be remembered for his matchless kindness and gentle wit, his interest in current affairs and in expanding the borders of his world through reading and travel, his steadfast and sweet love for Alvina throughout their 65 years of marriage, his hard work and wise advice for his loved ones, and most importantly the ample evidence of Jesus' salvation in his life. He will be interred beside his wife at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in a private ceremony. A memorial service will be held at Evangel Church, 10701 W. Boswell Blvd., Sun City, AZ, on June 1, 2019 at 11:30a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley (
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Angeline J. Harrington 4/27/2019

Harrington, Angeline Jane (Campbell) September 13, 1940 April 27, 2019 Angie was born in the thriving town of Graceville, Minnesota to William and Angeline Campbell. She graduated from high school at St. Mary's Academy in Graceville and earned her college degree from the University of Minnesota focusing on education. She went on to teach elementary school and special education in the Minneapolis School District for more than twenty years, retiring in 1997. Most of Angie's life was lovingly spent with Jim, her husband and companion for 58 years. Living in Minneapolis and then moving to London (United Kingdom), Dublin (Ireland), Toronto (Canada), California and finally Denver. Jim and Angie spent a lifetime of international travel around the world. Angie's passions and pride were directed toward her teaching, children and grandchildren as well as her precious lake homes in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Her monarch butterfly gardens and love of nature brought her great joy. Angeline will be desperately missed by her husband Jim, son Ryan (Maria), daughter Shelley (Dan) and four grandchildren Reese, Luke, Liam and Owen. She kept regular and loving contact with her surviving sisters Tess Lanie, Lori Wennblom, Phyllis Campbell and Anna Marie Jones. Angie, you had a great life and left your mark. You loved and were loved in return. Now enjoy seeing old family, friends and pets in your next adventure.


Judith DG Strohl 4/30/2019

Strohl, Judith DG Age 78 of St. Louis Park. Preceded in death by parents, Erwin and Hortense Gutmann; husband, Richard; and grand-daughter, Amelia. A Jersey City girl, Judy was a childhood polio survivor, a Brandeis University graduate, a Peace Corps volunteer in Iran, a farmer in southern Minnesota, an ex pat for several years in Iran, and ESL teacher for Minneapolis Public Schools for more than 30 years. She loved books, foreign films, diddle daddling in her garden, being a literacy volunteer, and pink Trident gum. She was a risk taker and probably a radical. She did not speak loosely nor suffer fools lightly and when she did speak it was worth listening. Survived by her daughters, Leah Strohl Hernandez and Erica Strohl (Craig Oppegaard); grandchildren, Jordan, Ezekiel, Abigail, and Ethan; brother, Stephen Gutmann (Judy); sister-in-law, Doris Berger; as well as nieces, cousins, and many friends. Funeral, Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 1:45 pm at Adath Yeshurun Cemetery, 5605 France Ave, Edina, MN 55410. Memorial donations may be made to the Arava Institute, American Jewish World Service, or PCHP Program at Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis or donor's favorite nonprofit. Hodroff-Epstein 612-871-1234


Barbara M. Challman 1/17/2019

Challman, Barbara Madelyn Larson Age 83 of Shoreview, MN, made her transition on April 17, 2019, surrounded by her loving family and friends. Barbara is survived by her brother, Dale Larson; three loving children: David (Cathy), Wendy (Michael) & Robin (Jeffrey); and seven adoring grandchildren: Eric, Kate, Taylor, Jordan, Chelsea, Mackenzie and Madison. Barbara Madelyn Larson Challman was born in Albert Lee, MN to Oscar Emil Larson and Betha Pearl Larson. Barbara graduated from Luther College with a Social Science and Bible Studies major along with a minor in English. Upon graduation, she worked at the Neighborhood Settlement House as a camp supervisor where she met her future husband, Don Challman. They were married June 15th, 1959. Barbara later earned a Teaching Degree from the U of M, then went on to receive her Masters in Special Education at the University of St. Thomas. Barbara spent many years in the Minnesota public school systems in multiple teaching roles, consistently implementing creative ways for her students to learn. She was always ahead of the times. Throughout her life, her passions included: singing with multiple groups, traveling the world, enjoying nature (especially birdwatching) and creating art. Her lifelong spiritual exploration led her to Eckankar and her belief that we are all soul on our journey home to God. Friends and relatives are invited to celebrate Barbara's life at her memorial service on Saturday, April 27 2019 at 1:00 PM at the Temple of ECK (non-denominational) 7450 Powers Blvd., Chanhassen, MN 55317. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Barbara's honor to Eckankar ( or Audubon Society (


Lewis C. Duckett 3/27/2019

Duckett, Lewis Coleman Lewis Coleman Duckett, age 95 of Bloomington, MN passed away on March 27, 2019 with the support and loving care of Fairview Hospice at Good Samaritan Society in Inver Grove Heights. The youngest of five siblings, he was born in Greenville, SC on December 6, 1923 to John and Alma Duckett. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Elizabeth, Marguerite, June and brother, John. Remembering him with love is his wife of 66 years, Kathryn; daughter, Beverly Duckett Edwards; grandsons Coleman and Darren Edwards; niece, Ruth Phelps and nephew, Robert Duckett; sisters-inlaw, Carrie, Doris, Betty, and Drema; many great nieces and nephews, cousins, friends, students and colleagues. Upon graduating from Sterling High School, Lewis moved to Chicago where he was drafted for military service in the Pacific and was inducted into the Army at the age of 20yrs at Fort Custer in Michigan; he served as a Topographic Draftsman in New Guinea, Okinawa and the Philippines. After his honorable discharge, he enrolled in Hampton Institute (now University) in Hampton, VA where he completed a double major in Art History and Music and was a bass/baritone soloist with the Hampton Institute touring choir. It was at this time he met Kathryn Abram, another choir member and upon her graduation in 1952, they married at the campus church. Lewis and Kathryn then moved to Washington, DC where they taught school in nearby Maryland. In 1953, they moved to Minneapolis and in 1955, Lewis began teaching art and music at Jefferson Junior High School in South Minneapolis where he remained for 20 years. In 1962, he received his Masters Degree in Art History from University of Minnesota. However, in 1975, he chose to enter elementary school teaching where he taught at various schools for 18 years, ending at Armatage Elementary School in South Minneapolis. At the same time, he worked as a behind-the-wheel Drivers Education instructor teaching youngsters and adults alike. In 1993 Lewis retired from public teaching after 38 years in the classroom, but continued teaching Drivers Education until September 2004. Lewis leaves as his legacy his love for his family, his passion for art and music, his sense of adventure through travel, his love of languages, his limitless generosity, his love of teaching, his sense of humor, his intellect, and his talent for story telling. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to Good Samaritan Society, Inver Grove Heights. Care entrusted to Washburn-McReavy Werness Brothers Chapel 2300 W Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, MN. Visitation Sunday April 14, 1:00 p.m. until 2 p.m. with a Funeral Service at 2:00pm. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. Werness Brothers 952-884-8145


Phyllis Landstrom 3/16/2019

Landstrom, Phylliss (Straube) Phylliss passed away Saturday, March 16 at age 92 to join her beloved dancing partner Lyle in the afterworld. Phylliss Jane Straube was born the only child to Grace Nelson and Edwin Straube on June 29, 1926 in Mpls. MN. After graduation from Roosevelt High School, Phylliss earned her teacher's certificate from Miss Wood's School and married Lyle Landstrom, "the best thing that ever happened to her" on May 28, 1948, the day after she completed the first of her 37 years of teaching. Phylliss and Lyle raised their four children, many Labrador Retrievers and a menagerie of pets in SW Mpls. While raising her family, Phylliss continued to teach in the Mpls. school district, train and show her Labradors, continue her education, assist elderly neighbors, sew wardrobe creations, and dance regularly with Dad at the Officer's Club. An animal-lover and champion of the underdog, Phylliss still found time to take in stray or injured animals, and council, tutor, or just plain express love to troubled or misunderstood friends of her children and people in the community. Anticipating retirement, Phylliss and Lyle purchased their East Crooked Lake place near Nevis and moved to Bloomington after retirement. Though at times sidetracked by illnesses and surgeries, Phylliss enjoyed a fulfilling retirement with Lyle until 2002, when Lyle suffered a brain stem stroke. With assistance from her son Eric, Phylliss devotedly cared for Lyle for 8-1/2 years at home despite suffering her own significant health issues, a true testament to their love story. After Lyle died, Phylliss and Eric moved to the East Crooked Lake cabin in 2015 where Phylliss felt closest to Lyle. There she took comfort in the Lyle's presence, pleasure in the beautiful surroundings and Eric's escapades, and enjoyed making new friends to which to relay a lifetime of stories. Phylliss was strong-willed, humorous, hard-working, practical, organized and out-spoken. She was a caring champion of the underdog and defender of her children's dreams and of her husband Lyle. We are grateful to have had her as our mother and our example. Phylliss is predeceased by her beloved husband Lyle; mother and father, stepmother Rose Straube, brother-in-law Larry Landstrom, and many beloved Labradors. She is survived by her children Ann (Dan Hilmanowski), Lyle Jr. (Delia), Susan (Brian Belanger) and Eric; by grandchildren Beth and Nathan (Heather) Hilmanowski, Marissa Bergson and Samantha Landstrom; by great- grandchildren Gunner, Simo, Cody and Chase; sisters-in-law Joela Landstrom (Jim) and Shirlee Landstrom; and by faithful companions Bill-the-dog and Buddy. Celebration of Life is planned June 23. Memorials may be directed to any charity which serves "the underdog". We are forever grateful to our brother Eric for 17 years of devoted care for our parents.


Curtis V. Emery Sr 1/26/2019

Emery Sr., Curtis V. 89 years, passed away 1/26/2019 in Mesa, AZ. Survived by wife of 68 years, Veda; sons, Curtis Jr. (Sheryol), Paul (Laurie), Neal (Mary Jo); 9 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild. Preceded in death by parents, Lavern and Sylvia; brother, Bill (Linda) Emery; sister; Etta Hurley; and many nieces and nephews. He was a teacher and coach in Mpls Public Schools for more than 25 years, as well as St. Paul and Bagley MN. Private family memorial and service at a later date in MN or AZ. Memorials preferred to Hospice of the Valley in E. Mesa, AZ.


Olive L. Peterson 3/19/2019

Peterson, Olive Age 99 of Devils Lake, ND passed away peacefully at her home with her daughter and beloved puppy, Sam at her side on Monday, March 11, 2019. It was 28 degrees below zero on the farm near Keith, ND. A blizzard was blowing outside and only kerosene lamps were burning inside when Olive Lorrayne was born. She was the fifth of six children of Carl and Olga Schjenken Brudeseth. Her Dad was born in a sod house near Keith and he ran the elevator there. They were all 100 percent Norwegian. Olive and her sisters walked three miles each way to one room schools. She later roomed in Crary, ND where she finished high school. She received her two year teaching degree in Valley City, ND where she met her future husband on the first day of school. She married James Louis Peterson in a beautiful candlelight ceremony at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Devils Lake on June 1, 1941. Reverend E. Leland Rude led the service. Olive taught for three years in North Dakota one room schools. She then got her four year teaching degree cum laude in Special Education from the University of Minnesota. She taught Special Education for most of her 39 years in the Minneapolis, MN school system and was much loved by the children and their parents and was awarded for her excellent teaching. She and Jim had one daughter, Sharon Lee, and made their home in Bloomington, MN. Sharon had one daughter, Melissa Lynne. Olive was the best wife, mother and grandmother in the world. She was always so kind and looked for the good in everyone. She was an excellent cook and housekeeper. Everything was clean, clean, clean! She loved being on Sharon's farm and especially mowing with the tractors. In 2009, Olive and Sharon returned to Devils Lake. She was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church, the Sons of Norway, and Pioneer Daughters. Every Thursday, she would have her hair and nails done by Diane at Adeline's so she would look beautiful. She loved coffee, cookies and ice cream. Her last meal was ice cream. Olive is survived by her puppy, Sam; her daughter, Sharon Nelson, Devils Lake; her granddaughter, Melissa Nelson, Minneapolis, MN and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Olive dearly loved her granddaughter, Missy, and was so proud of her. She spoke about her all the time. Missy was able to be by her side in her last weeks and able to talk with her Grandma. Olive was preceded in death by her husband, Jim (August 31, 2003); her father and mother; brothers, Leo and Melvin; and sisters, Alta (Joe) Kettwig, Genevieve (Bert) Jensen and Myrtle (Paul) Skurdall. She was the last surviving child of Carl and Olga (Schjenken) Brudeseth. The family would like to extend a very special thank you to Anna Schemionek, Diane Togstad and Altru Hospice for all of the loving care they gave to Olive. They made her last days peaceful and beautiful and she knew that she was loved


Bruce A. Sabatke 3/3/2019

Sabatke, Bruce Alan died unexpectedly on March 3rd, 2019 at the age of 72. Bruce was a longtime Mpls resident of the ECCO neighborhood and dedicated member of Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church (LOTI). Bruce graduated from Anoka High School and the University of MN, earning an Undergraduate and Master's Degrees in Education. From 1969-1971 Bruce served as a Lieutenant in the US Armed Forces in Panama and Vietnam. Upon return, he joined the Mpls Public School System where began his professional career as a teacher at Lincoln Jr. High and ended his career as a Social Worker at Southwest High School. Bruce spent countless hours biking and running the Twin Cities lakes, competing in over 25 marathons, and volunteering as a coach and mentor in the community. Bruce especially enjoyed his summers with his friends and family at their Mpls home and relaxing at the family cabin on Rainy Lake, Ontario Canada with his fishing line in the water. Bruce is remembered for his laugh, his jokes, his ability to listen, his devotion to make a difference in the life of others, and often being the only one in the crowd to cheer for the underdog. Bruce was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, son, uncle, and friend. He is preceded in death by his mother, Janet Bain Sabatke; father, Raymond Sabatke, and sisters-in-law, Linda Sabatke and Harriet Rosenberg. He leaves behind his loving wife of 48 years, Mary (Mether) Sabatke; daughters, Kara Sabatke and Alina Sabatke Bailey; son-in-law, Joshua Bailey; grandsons, Oscar and Hugo Bailey; grand-dog, Dewey; step mother, Ruth Sabatke; brothers, Chuck and Kurt (Barb) Sabatke; sister-in-law, Karin Anderson; nieces, nephews, and many close friends. A Memorial and Celebration of his life will be held at Lake of the Isles Lutheran church on April 13th, 2019. A visitation will commence at 9:30 am, with a service following at 11 am. Memorials can be directed in Bruce's name to Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church or Southwest High School Foundation, 3414 W. 47th St. Mpls 55410


Ida-Lorraine Wilderson 1/26/2019

Wilderson, Dr. Ida-Lorraine Jules peacefully passed away on Friday, January 25, 2019 in her Minneapolis, Minnesota home. Born February 10, 1932 in New Orleans, Louisiana, Ida-Lorraine was 86 years old. Predeceased by her parents Emily and Henry E. Jules, Sr., and her five siblings, Adrienne Jules Young, Linda Jules Adams, Inez Jules Davis, Henry E. Jules, Jr., and Weldon James Jules. Ida-Lorraine is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Dr. Frank Benjamin Wilderson, Jr. She is also survived by her son, Frank Benjamin Wilderson, III (62), daughter, Fawn Elizabeth Wilderson (61), daughter, Amy Althea Cousin (56, son-in-law Tyrone Cousin), and son, Wayne Henry Wilderson (53); six grandchildren Reba Wilderson, Maarya Cousin, Shaa'ya Cousin, Ijaaz Cousin, Manaal Cousin, and Esau Cousin; and also great-granddaughters Bontle Wilderson, and Violet Ruby Johnson; as well as many relatives and friends. Having graduated from Xavier University Preparatory School (now known as St. Katharine Drexel Preparatory School), she attended Xavier University in New Orleans, taught 4 years in the Orleans Parish Public Schools, then went on to study at the University of Chicago. After that, she obtained her Masters Degree in Child Development from the University Of Michigan. Then to the University of California, Berkeley. After that, she went on to receive her PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota. She and Frank and their three young children Frank ("Frankie"), Fawn ("Wanda"), and Amy (6 months old) moved to Minneapolis in 1962. Ida-Lorraine was a Cordinator in the Minneapolis Public School System Department of Special Education, as well a Principal of many of the systems' schools. Ida-Lorraine was a Child Development Specialist in the Greater Minneapolis Daycare Association. Upon retiring from the Minneapolis Public Schools, she practiced as a licensed Clinical Psychologist alongside her husband. She was a Founding Member of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter of the Links, Inc.; a proud Member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (AKA); President of both Minnesota and Minneapolis chapters of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus; Twin Cities Chapter of Jack & Jill; a Board Member of the Friends of the Minneapolis Public Library; Board Member of the Overseers for the St. John's University School of Theology and Seminary; a Member of the Twin Cities Motorhome Camping Club; a Member of the Board of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. She and her husband Frank were co-Chairs of the Archdiocese Annual Catholic Appeal; a Member of the League of Women Voters; Vice-President of the Urban League; she was long-time Member of the Basilica Choir; a Member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; an experienced notary public and loan signing agent; and a Member of the Parish Council of The Basilica of St. Mary's Catholic Church. She traveled extensively with her family throughout the USA, Europe, Russia, and Asia, giving talks on child development and education. She is missed by family, friends, and many associates. There will be a visitation Friday, February 22, 2019 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Estes Funeral Chapel, 2201 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55411. The funeral will be Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 11:00 am at The Basilica of Saint Mary, 1600 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Saint Vincent De Paul Shoe and Coat Ministry at The Basilica of Saint Mary.… or Xavier University Of Louisiana…


David W. Roffers 1/16/2019

From Mary Roffers
My father got his bachelor's degree in English, minor in Spanish from St. Thomas University. He got his masters degree, special education, counselor, administration licenses and doctorate in Education Administration from the University of MN. He taught in Cloquet, and a St. Bernard's High School in the St. Paul before being hired in MPS in 1964. His first administrative job was Project Director of the Lincoln Learning Center, starting in 1966. For his work at the Lincoln Center, he received The Man of the year from the Minneapolis Jaycees in 1969. Also in 1969, he became the Principal of Bryant Junior High School, and went on to be Principal at many of the Middle and senior high schools until he retired in 1993. He went on to develop and teach in an education administration program through St. Mary's College, based in the Twin Cities. He ended his long career back at his alma mater, St. Thomas, continuing to train administrators. many of the former and current administrators in the Twin Cities area were trained by Doctor Roffers. He truly believed that regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation and/or religion, people could learn to be effective teacher/administrative leaders. 
Dad was an avid sportsman. He was captain of both his football and basketball teams at DePadua High School in Ashland Wisconsin. For many years he would hunt and fish, the latter often up in Canada. As he aged, Dad developed a healthy obsession in golf, and often went golfing with his brother Dale and other buddies. And of course, he was a devout MN Vikings fan, much to his sister Muriel's chagrin!!! 


Donald E. Murtha 2/4/2019

Murtha, Donald E. born June 14, 1928, grew up on the family farm in Erin Prairie, Wisconsin and attended a one-room country school grade 1-8. Don had a strong work ethic and a "you can do" attitude. He graduated from New Richmond High School in 1946 and wanted to be a teacher. After serving in the Korean War, earning a Bachelor's degree at River Falls State University, and a Master's degree at Macalester College, he embarked on a long, successful journey in the Minneapolis Public School System. He was a teacher at Tuttle and Hamilton, and a principal at Monroe, Seward, Armatage, and Hale Elementary School. As a teacher, Don taught assigned lessons in his classroom for professors from the College of Education, University of Minnesota. He was a strong advocate of teachers, parents and principal working together as a team. Don was "old-school" friendly, had a calm demeanor, was innovative and had a subtle sense of humor. He treated his students with respect and loving care. In his forty plus years in education, he influenced the lives of thousands of students and faculty. Don served a term as president of the Minneapolis Elementary Principal Association and was a member of the State Association. Preceded in death by: parents William J. and Ida Murtha, sisters Marlene and Valerie, and brother Warren. He married Darlene Anderson, a student nurse on August 27, 1955. Darlene, the love of his life, died in a car accident in 2012. They were married for 57 years and spent their time living in Minneapolis and summers at their cabin in Roy Lake. Both treasured the wonderful time spent at the lake with family and friends. Don was a good golfer, had two holes-in-one, and enjoyed fishing, his specialty was filleting and he loved fall pheasant hunting in South Dakota. He coached Little League Football for the Park Board and took pleasure in the time spent watching his sons and grandchildren participate in sporting events. He was a life member of the V.F.W, the Nisswa Gold Club, and the Nisswa American Legion. He liked playing poker with his principal friends. He was fond of country western music and playing the piano for his own enjoyment. Don's greatest joy was his family. He was a devoted, caring and proud father of his three sons, Greg (Lynn), Michael, William (Kate) and daughter, Kathleen (Stuart Samsky). He loved his grandchildren dearly, Lydon (Natasha), Laci (Ben), Ashley (Matt), Marcus (Misty), Brett, Mackenzie, Frank and Dom, and his great-grandchildren, Billy, Stella, Olivia, Liam, Ella, Brooklyn, and Liberty. He was a Christian and he met life's challenges with a strong sense of faith, courage, and hard work. He never forgot where he came from. He often said, "Keep the faith and cherish life's memories." He will be sadly missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him. Mass of Christian Burial 11 am on Monday, February 11th at All Saints Catholic Church, 19795 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville, MN. Visitation 10 am at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Parkinson's Foundation.


Curtis J. Kirschbaum 2/8/2019

Kirschbaum, Curtis J. Age 87, passed away on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 at Wealshire of Bloomington. He is preceded in death by wife Benita Kane Kirschbaum and his parents Ida and Irvin Kirschbaum of Granite Falls, MN. Survived by brother Darold (Audrey) Kirschbaum of Granite Falls, Glen (Georgia) Kirschbaum of Topeka, KS and many nieces, nephews and friends. Curtis grew up in Granite Falls, and studied education at the University of Minnesota. He taught industrial arts at Washburn High School in Minneapolis. Curt and Benita lived in Bloomington, MN, and enjoyed their cabin on Ten Mile Lake and traveling. Services for Curtis will be held at Washburn- McReavy Funeral Chapel, 2300 W. Old Shakopee Road in Bloomington on Friday, February 22, with visitation at 10:00 AM and Memorial Service at 11:00 AM, followed by lunch and then burial at Ft. Snelling at 1:00 PM. Memorials can be given to the Wealshire of Bloomington in appreciation for his excellent care these past five years. Bloomington Chapel 952-884-8145


Jeanne C. Wendell 2/8/2019

Wendell, Jeanne Carol age 72, of Elk River, MN has died. Predeceased by her parents, Fred and Marie. Survived by daughter Kirsten Montano, grandson Zach and granddaughter Madison, sister Judy Fretheim (Gary), brothers Dennis (Ruth) and David (Kathy). Jeanne was a devoted teacher in the Minneapolis and Wayzata school systems. A special thanks to Heartland Hospice and Colonial Acres for their compassionate care. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.


Karen A. Fournier 2/19/2019

Fournier, Karen A. (Skille) Age 81, of Mpls, passed peacefully 2/19/2019, surrounded by children & caregivers. Preceded in death by parents Hildore and Elsie Skille, and late-in-life sweetie Russ Starkey. Survived by children Hilary (Kahing), Eric (Kathy), and Jocelyn, and brothers John (Judy) Skille and Jim (Nan) Skille, grandchildren Ming-Yee (Drew), May-Ling, Ginger and Robin (Chris), and great grandchildren Andrew and Lilyan. A dedicated educator, Karen served as a long-time ABE (Adult basic Education), GED, and ESL (English as Second Language) instructor in the Twin Cities area before retiring in 2002. She was a lover of words, the arts, fall leaves, community and family. Heartfelt thanks to Augustana Care Center and Grace Hospice staff who gave care so generously. Celebration of life with reception to follow 11 am Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Augustana Health Care Center, 1007 East 14th St, Mpls, MN in the chapel.


Harold Martens 2/21/2019

Martens, Harold Born in Charles City Iowa, studied music from early age. During World War Two became a musician in the Navy Band. His favorite times were spent at the Dutch Harbor Navy Base in Alaska. After the war enjoyed times at the cabin at Big Sandy Lake. He continued in music as the University band manager where he met his to be wife, Joyce. Completed his doctoral masters with the trombone in Northwestern University Illinois. His first teaching job was in Prairie Du Sac Wisconsin. Returned to Minneapolis two years later to teach instrumental music in elementary schools. Five years later produce student vocal choirs for Jordan High School. Then was offered a position at Sanford Junior High school where he remained until retirement. Throughout his career he was the choir director for Nokomis Lutheran and House of Prayer Church. In his final days he mentioned that creating choir shows for his students was the love of his life. Died at the age of 94. For service details, please call the funeral home. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996


Willis H. Olson 1/24/2019

Olson, Willis H. 93, of Richfield and recently of Mount Olivet Careview Home died Thursday, January 24, 2019 from the effects of Parkinson's Disease. Will was born October 10, 1925 on a farm on the shore of Ham Lake, MN. He was the ninth of ten children. He recalled walking to the country school across frozen Ham Lake in the winter. At the age of seventeen, he enlisted in the Marine Corps. and served with the 4th Amphibian Tractor Battalion in the Pacific during WWII. He also served in the Navy stateside during the Korean conflict. Will had a long working career first with the Link Belt Company, then the Pillsbury Company, and finally as a teacher in the Minneapolis Public Schools. He earned a Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the University of Minnesota. In 1964, Will married Diane and two children were born, Sarah and then Matthew. Ever the involved father, Will planned trips with the children skiing in Utah, Colorado, and Michigan, as well as an excursion for the entire family to England and Scotland. Will traveled extensively in Europe. For eighteen years Will and Diane made Green Valley, AZ their winter home. Hobbies were a great source of pleasure for Will. By far the longest in duration and the most pleasur-able was Norwegian Rosemaling, which he enjoyed for over forty years. Will was preceded in death by his parents, six sisters, and two brothers. He leaves behind his wife Diane; daughter Sarah of Minneapolis; son Matt, his wife Cindy, and granddaughter Samantha of Lake Stevens, WA; brother Marvin of Anoka; sister-in-law Dorothy of Coon Rapids; and several nieces and nephews. A lifelong Lutheran, interment will be at Lakewood Cemetery. A graveside service at a later date is planned for the family. "A good man has left us"


Idonis J. "Donnie" McMullin 1/22/2019

McMullin, Idonis Jean Age 88, of Minneapolis passed away on January 22, 2019. She was born on April, 16, 1930 to William H. and Ina C. (Munson) McMullin in Cashton, Wisconsin. Idonis taught for Minneapolis Public Schools for over 25 years. Thank you to Jones-Harrison Residence, Living Life Home Care and Interim Healthcare Hospice for providing care in recent years. Per Idonis' request, no funeral service will be scheduled. She will be honored with a private family memorial at a later date. May the gentle way you had in teaching us all, live on in our hearts forever.


Fred Sulzbach 1/22/2019

Fred Sulzbach, 79, of Minneapolis, MN died on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 surrounded by family. Fred grew up in the inner city of Minneapolis in a close knit family with 6 siblings. He was a jack of all trades -- beginning his career as a high school drafting teacher, and later gravitating to co-owning a rodeo equipment business (CLG or Custom Leather Goods) with his brother John, driven in part by his lifelong love of horses. This business led to offshoots including manufacturing Duluth packs for canoe trips and installing hillside lifts for lake homes. Through it all, Fred volunteered to support myriad organizations and interests, and managed to spend quality time with his children. He served on the board of directors for Minnesota High School Rodeo as well for TruStone Financial Federal Credit Union, where he was recently recognized for 50 years of service. In recent years he also led the MN Multiple Myeloma support group, educating and instilling hope in others dealing with their diagnosis and treatment. Fred coached numerous sports teams for his three children, including hockey, baseball and softball. He and his daughter Sara were active in a YMCA dads and daughters group for over a decade, and Fred remained good friends with his “Aleut” brothers until his death. Camping trips, and especially canoe trips to the BWCA, were a highlight for Fred and his family.Fred is survived by his wife, Marie, children Sue (Lowell) Erickson, Tim (Sonia) Sulzbach, Sara (Dave) Sulzbach, his former wife, Clarice, their shared grandchildren Rafael, Claire, Lars, Kesiah, Ingrid, Siri and Diego, Marie’s children Greg (Karen) Geiselhart, Marc Geiselhart, Anne (Andy) Iwanin and grandchildren Sandra, Tess, Ellie and Ollie. A service will be held at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 3045 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN, 55407 on Saturday February 2, 2019 at 2pm. Visitation will start at 1pm, with a celebration of life and refreshments immediately following the service in the fellowship hall. He will be laid to rest in a private ceremony on Sunday. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the International Myeloma Foundation or to Mount Olive Lutheran Church are preferred. Fred was an avid supporter of the Myeloma Foundation, and his family has deep roots with Mount Olive, given his Uncle Theo served as pastor for 40 years, and that he and his siblings were baptized at the church, as were his children.


Charlototte Pocrnich 2/27/2019

Pocrnich, Charlotte (Hultstrand) Age 85 of Robbinsdale passed away on February 27, 2019. Preceded in death by husband, Anton; and beloved daughter, Rachel. Also preceded in death by her parents Victor and Frances Hultstrand. She is survived by her sister Marsha Hultstrand; brother John Hultstrand (Diane McNamara); & special friend Elijah Kollie and family. Charlotte grew up in Hibbing, MN. She attended the University of Minnesota where she joined the Chi Omega Sorority and made many life-long friends. Charlotte graduated in elementary education and taught first grade in the Minneapolis Public Schools for 36 years. She loved being a teacher. Charlotte loved God, the church and was a steward of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. She spent many hours there taking care of many administrative details for the church. It was here she found solace and made many great friends. Services will be held Friday, March 8 at 12:00 PM at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 1832 James Ave. N., Mpls. with visitation two hours before the service at the church. Interment will be 1:00 PM Saturday, March 9 at Maple Hill Cemetery, Hibbing, MN. Memorials preferred to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. Swanson Chapel 612-529-9691


Stephen J. Bonine 1/12/2019

Bonine, Stephen Jerald Of Eagan, Minnesota passed away on January 12, 2019 at the age of 63. Steve was born & raised in St. Paul. He attended Immaculate Heart of Mary grade school and graduated from Cretin High School. He spent the last 22 years working within the Minneapolis school district at Armatage Montessori and Lyndale Community School. He found a second home and family with his co-workers. Steve's personable nature was perfectly matched with a career working with children. Kids gravitated toward him, and he earned their trust and respect. Steve adored his daughter, Jessica. She never let him get away with anything and he was her biggest fan. He cherished the time he spent with his grandchildren, Clayton, Nolan, Claira, and Owen, with living room sleepovers, make-overs, and rocket launching. Steve was an original. A classic. His unassuming nature allowed him to get away with the endless pranks and jabs he took against his son-in-law, Chad, his brothers and sisters and in-laws. He could make his mother, Sally, shake her head, cover her eyes, and grin all at the same time. They all delivered right back and no one laughed harder than Steve, even if at his own expense. Affectionately known by his nieces and nephews as Uncle Buck, he never turned down an opportunity to make someone laugh. His larger than life personality filled the room all while having the unique ability to make everyone feel like his favorite. Steve is survived by his daughter, Jessica (nee Pfeffer) Chad Sanders, of Woodbury; grandchildren Clayton, Nolan, Claira and Owen; his mother, Sally Miller of Roseville; his siblings Bruce (Michelle) of Roseville; Sue (Dan) Sprick of Eagan; Patty (Mike) Kirchner of Shoreview, Craig of Cottage Grove and Barb (Mark) Newman of New Brighton; his aunt Sue Weleczki of Roseville; and 18 nieces and nephews and 21 great nieces and nephews; and his dozen cousins. Preceding him in death, father Richard Miller; grandparents Vera Laffen, Rudolph and Mary Bonine. A special family thank you to Steve's partner-in-crime at Arma-tage, Joan Franks, for her twenty years of friendship with Steve, and for graciously guiding and supporting his family through this process. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 19th at the Armatage Montessori School Auditorium, 2501 West 56th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55410. The day of celebration will begin with visitation at 10:00am and the Memorial Service to begin at 11:00am. Luncheon to follow. Our family is so grateful for your kind words, condolences and blessings. Simple Traditions by Bradshaw 651-767-9333


Dorothy M. Cunningham 1/10/2019

Cunningham, Dorothy M (Yahn) "Dode" Age 90, passed away on 1/10/19, leaving us slowly through her journey with dementia. Born 7/31/1928 to parents, William and Eleanor Yahn. Lifelong resident of Minneapolis. Graduated from Central High 1946. Worked at Mpls Public Library and Mpls Public Schools. While working at downtown Mpls library in 1946, met her husband, Jim. They were married from 8/27/1948 till his passing in 2000. Dode lived a full live and loved spending time with her family, many lifelong friendships, her house and neighborhood of 60+ years, membership at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, music, reading, gardening, playing tennis well into her 70s, neighborhood potluck groups, travels with her husband and friends, her famous baked beans, mystery jello desserts and shoes! Preceded in death by her husband, Jim, parents, brothers Wally and Bill Yahn, and son, Brian (11/26/18) Survived by daughters, Laura (Larry Kroells) Cunningham and Colleen Cunningham, 8 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and loving extended family. Visitation & Celebration of Life on Tues, 1/22/18 from 5-8pm at Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel. W 50th St and Hwy 100 and an hour prior to service at church. Memorial Service on Weds, 1/23 at 11am at Bethlehem Lutheran Church 4100 Lyndale Ave S. Mpls with luncheon to follow. Memorials preferred to Bethlehem Music Series or Grace Hospice, who we thank for their loving care. Washburn-McReavy.comEdina Chapel 952-920-3996


Linda A. Getz 1/3/2019

Getz, Linda Anne age 83 of Bloomington, passed away January 3, 2019, after a long struggle with dementia. Preceded in death by parents, Annabel and Wilbur Getz. Survived by partner of 30+ years, Karen Ahern. Linda was an avid birder, member of the MN Valley Audobon Society and participated in many annual bird counts. She had a passion for the outdoors and celebrated her 50th birthday by completing the last section of the John Muir Trail. Travels included trekking in Nepal, safari in Africa, fishing in Alaska, and camping in the BWCA. Linda completed her career in Physical Therapy with the Minneapolis Public Schools treating children with special needs. A special thanks to the loving and dedicated staff at Wealshire who cared for her these past 4 years. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Life Enrichment Program at Wealshire of Bloomington. A celebration of Life will be held on January 19, noon-2 PM at: Werness Brothers 952-884-8145 2300 W. Old Shakopee Rd.


Harry C. Collin 12/21/2018

Collin, Harry Clifford, Jr, age 86 of Gold Canyon, AZ, born Dec. 4, 1932 in Mpls. and passed away Dec. 21, 2018. Preceded in death by parents, Harry & Stella Collin; and sister, Marilyn Peterson. Survived by wife, Arlene; and nieces & nephews. Harry married Arlene Krabbenhoft Oct. 11, 1958 at Little Brown Church in the Vale in Nashua, IA. Graduate of Roosevelt HS in 1950 and Augsburg College in 1960. Served in the US Navy, was a sales rep/consultant, math teacher at Hastings HS and Roosevelt HS. Interment 1:00 PM, Thur. Jan. 17 at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Memorial service at a later date in Gold Canyon, AZ. Henry W. Anderson 612-729-2331


Bill T. Antholz 12/10/2018

Antholz, William T. 'Bill' of Minneapolis, Mn and Port Charlotte, Fl passed away on Dec. 10 at Northside Hospital in St. Petersburg. Bill was born July 25, 1936 in Cumberland, Wi and lived for many years with his parents H J and Beatrice Antholz in Spooner, Wi. He was a retired music educator who directed choirs and strings in the Minneapolis Pubilc Schools. He also directed various church choirs in addition to the Generation Gap, and sang professionally in the Minneapolis area. Bill may also be remembered for the many bus trips he drove for Lee Lines of Red Wing. Presently he was directing Encore Choir of Venice Fl. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by daughter Wendy and brothers John and Carl. Bill is survived by his wife of 59+ years, Jan; daughter Teri Kotilinek (Brian); three grandchildren, Dylan Bigelow, Britney and Kara Kotilinek; his brother and sister Jim and Mary B Antholz. Memorial services will be held 4:00 PM, January 14 at Mount Olivet Lutheran in Minneapolis, Mn. Memorial Park Funeral Home of St Petersburg, Fl is serving the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Colon Cancer Coalition, Cathedral of the Pines Camp, and Venice Musicale scholarship fund.


Billie William Hall 1/1/2019

Hall, Billie William Age 68, of Bloomington passed away January 1. Preceded in death by parents, Hosie William and Mary Lou (Richardson), siblings Grace and Carnell. A lifetime learner, he holds a Bachelor's degree from Moorhead State University, and Master's from University of MN and University of St. Thomas. He was a long term educator in the Twin Cities area. After his retirement, he continued to work as a substitute teacher and private tutor. Loved by wife Karen (Heule), sons Joseph Hall (Katie) and Billy Hill (Nova), 5 brothers, sister and large extended family. Funeral service Tuesday at 11:00 am followed by a luncheon at St Michael's Lutheran Church, 9201 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington. Visitation Monday 5:00-7:00 pm at Washburn-McReavy, Bloomington Chapel, 2300 Old Shakopee Rd., Bloomington and 10-11 am Tuesday at St. Michael's Lutheran Church. Interment at Crystal Lake Cemetery with family immediately following.


Louis C, Rudd 1/1/2019

Rudd, Louis Charles passed away peacefully at his home on January 1, 2019. He was 101 and preceded in death by his parents Charlotte and Charles Rudd, his brother, Joseph and sister, Marie Ventresca. Louis was born in Evansville, IN, where he spent his early years and met Joan Stoll, whom he married in Pierz, MN in 1953. In the sixties, Louis and Joan moved their growing family to Minneapolis where they raised six children. A veteran of World War II and a graduate of DePaul University, Louis taught history for 25 years at Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis. In addition to his wife Joan of 65 years, Louis is survived by his children, Charles (Linda) Rudd, Mary Lou (Chuck) Watson, Bill (Lorrain) Rudd, Charlotte (Chris) Swanson, Cathy Frautschi and John (Anya) Rudd; 25 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will take place at St. Edward's Catholic Church, 9401 Nesbitt Avenue S Bloomington MN at 11 am on January 12. Visitation will start at 10 a.m and a reception will follow the service. At Joan's request, in lieu of flowers or gifts, please send donations to St. Edward's Catholic Church. His family and friends will remember him as a lover of Mozart, a devout and proud Catholic, and a lifelong learner. Joan and family express their sincere appreciation to his caretakers including Fairview Hospice and Dignified Choice Home Care. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996


Mary Patricia Schouweiler 12/12/2018

Schouweiler Johnson, Mary Patricia (nee Falvey) Age 91 of Minneapolis, MN passed away on December 12, 2018 in The Woodlands, TX, her winter home, of natural causes. Born April 8, 1927 in St. Paul, MN to Jeremiah and Loretta Falvey. Mary Pat graduated from St. Scholastica Academy in Fort Smith, AR, then attended the College of St. Catherine and University of Minnesota, earning her Bachelor of Science in Education in 1950. In 1980 she received her Master of Education from the U of M. She was an enthusiastic elementary school teacher, and also wrote and illustrated resource material during her 35 years with the Minneapolis Public Schools. Mary Pat thrived on the energy of the classroom and her students. Over her career, she taught at Fuller, Whittier, Clinton, Field, Hale, Wilder, Page, and Wenonah Elementary Schools. Students remember Pat as the generous, inspirational teacher who sketched beautiful oil pastel portraits of each student for Mother's Day; visited student homes for teacher conferences; encouraged creative arts; and directed performing arts for exhibition at school and other venues in the community. When she retired in 1989, she began travelling with volunteer organizations such as Education for Democracy and Global Volunteers teaching around the world including in: China, India, Ireland, Mexico, Australia, South America, Hungary, Czech Republic. These experiences inspired her and Bob to begin CEETA, in 1992, an international teacher exchange program, bringing teachers to the US from Central and Eastern Europe. Throughout retirement, she continued to explore the world with friends and family, and visited many countries over six continents for extended periods. Mary Pat was a longtime member of: MEA, CMEA, NEA, Twin Cities Phi Mu, Delta Kappa Gamma, the Alumni Associations at St. Scholastica and the University of Minnesota, Global Citizen Network, St. Joan's Bookwomen, Minnesota Literacy Council, Minnesota Institute of Arts, SHAPE/Volunteer Connections, Senior Tennis Players Club, and Minnesota Science Museum and avid patron of the arts, specifically at Guthrie Theatre, Walker Art Museum and Minneapolis Institute of the Arts and the Minnesota Sinfonia. Despite the whirlwind of activity, this busy lady was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grand mother, spending school vacations travelling most of the the United States and Europe with Dave and the six kids packed into a station wagon. In retirement, she often included her children and grandchildren to her events and in her travelsand always returned with an intriguing story to share of her fascinating excursion. Every experience was a lesson for Mary Pat and she managed to work her adventures into her curriculum while she was a teacher to expand student horizons. Over the past three years, Mary Pat remained joyful and continued to thrive in both her winter home at Reunion Court of the Woodlands, TX and at the Waters on 50th in Minneapolis. Great appreciation is extended to all of the caregiving staff that contributed to engaging her fully during the time in your care. Mary Pat and her family felt your love and you enriched her life. Preceded in death by spouses, Robert C. Johnson and David Schou weiler; children, William Schou weiler and Mary Susan Strong; grandson, Joseph Marlowe Harmon; siblings, Donald Falvey, Robert Falvey and Kathleen Brown; and nephew, Timothy Falvey. Survived by children, Ann (Douglas) Jepson, David Schouweiler Jr., John (Marilyn) Schouweiler and Katy (Scott) Crabtree; son-in-law, Marcus Strong, and daughter-in-heart JoAnne Cassady; grandchildren, Molly (Jason) O'Connor, Mallory (Erik) Halaas; great-grandchildren, Riley, Kayleigh, Teagen, Liam, Casper and Izzy; sister-in-law, Elfriede Falvey; and the extended Johnson family. Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, December 29, 2018 11 a.m. at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 4537 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN. Visitation one hour prior to mass. Luncheon to follow. Interment will be held in the spring at the St. Joan of Arc Memorial Garden. Flowers are welcome. Contributions may be sent to St. Joan of Arc Church in Mary Pat's name. 612-861-6088


Mary M. DeVries 12/17/2018

DeVries, Mary M. 70, died on Monday, Dec. 17th in Minneapolis due to sudden illness. A visitation will be held on Friday, Dec. 21st 4-8pm at Washburn- McReavy Funeral Home in New Brighton (with sharing of memories at 7pm). A funeral mass will be held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in New Brighton on Saturday, Dec. 22nd at 10:30am with visitation one hour prior and a luncheon to immediately follow. Mary was born in St. Cloud, MN on April 4, 1948 to Theodore and Jane Ostmoe. She grew up in Milaca, MN and later attended UMN Duluth, where she earned a degree in Home Economics. Mary married Dale DeVries in December, 1969 and they settled in New Brighton to raise their 3 children. She was a FACS teacher with the Minneapolis Public Schools for over 30 years, before enjoying retirement. Mary is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Dale; children Michael (Mary Sue) DeVries, Amy (Matt) Linabery, and Joel (Katie) DeVries; grand- children Theodore and Thomas DeVries, Peter and Sadie Linabery, and Andrew and Lucy DeVries; siblings Paul (Linda) Ostmoe, John (Sandy) Ostmoe, Katie (Jim) Staska, and brother-in-law Bill Jarrells; several DeVries siblings-in-law; and many cousins, nieces and nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Theodore and Jane Ostmoe; twin sister, Martha Jarrells; parents-in-laws Albert and Wilma DeVries; and many extended family members. She will be dearly missed by many. In lieu of flowers, any memorials collected will be donated to heart failure research.


Janet L. Benson 11/22/2018

Benson, Janet Lenvik Age 83, Eden Prairie, MN. Feb 28, 1935 - Nov 22, 2018. Beloved mother, grandmother, mentor, educator and dear friend to all. She is survived by her adult children, Caryn (George), Kris (David), JB (Heather) and Dean (Laurie); grandchildren: Jenny, Jake, Tommy and Dani. Retired teacher extraordinaire at various schools, retiring from Edison HS in Mpls. Post retirement resource person and mentor for dozens of Wallin scholarship recipients as well as mentor to hundreds of ESL students and "American Mom" to several. A celebration of Janet's life will be held from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM on Wed., Dec 19, 2018 at Minnesota Valley Country Club, 6300 Auto Club Rd., Bloomington, MN 55438 In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to Janet Benson Memorial Scholarship Fund Edison High.


Gertrude Ender 11/21/2018

Ender, Gertrude "Trudy" Age 92, of Minnetonka, passed away peacefully on November 21, 2018 with her children by her side, after battling lymphoma. Preceded in death by husband Bob, and brother Norman. Trudy was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and was the oldest of 7 children. The family moved to Glenella, Manitoba before settling in Sudbury, Ontario. Trudy's dream was to become a teacher, and she started teaching at the age of 19 in a one room school house in Canada. She went on to teach in River Forest, IL, Cleveland, OH, Tacoma, WA and finally Minneapolis where she worked as an elementary education and special education teacher from 1958-1988. She met and married her husband Robert "Bob". Together they raised two children until Bob's death in 1980. Trudy then raised her teenagers as a single mother. She loved her family and has been our biggest teacher in life. Trudy is survived by her children, George (Angela) and Tina Petro (Dave), grandchildren Josh, Alaina, Amanda, Aidan, Eileen & Elias, brothers, sisters and many nieces and nephews and friends. Visitation Tuesday, November 27th from 5-8 PM at Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel. Funeral service Wed- nesday, November 28th at 11 AM with visitation one hour prior at Christ Memorial Lutheran Church, 13501 Sunset Trail, Plymouth, MN. Private interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Christ Memorial Lutheran Church. Special thanks to the Park Nicollet Hospice team and wonderful caregivers, Rhonda & Amy. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996 West 50th St. & Hwy 100


Kristine N. Norton 11/6/2018

Norton, Kristine Nelson Born 12/27/1952 Passed 11/6/2018 Kris was born and raised in Cloquet, Minnesota graduating from Cloquet High school, and later earned a Master's degree in English. She moved to Minneapolis and worked for ECFE for over 20 years. She loved teaching, the parents she taught and the colleges she was affiliated with. Upon retirement she enjoyed traveling and eventually moved to Fort Myers Florida with her husband Keith. Early onset dementia started 4 years ago. Kris did everything she could to hold it at bay but unfortunately there is no cure. As many friends have said, she will be remembered for her wit, fun and enthusiasm. Kris loved to sing which also gave her some peace during her illness. She was preceded in death by her parents James and Pat Nelson and Sister Laura Collman. She is survived by her loving husband Keith Norton, brother Ross (Jan) Nelson, sister Susan (Stephen) Knoll, brother-in-law Walter Coll-man, Daughter Andrea, 3 step children, 9 grandchildren, and her beloved Boston Terrier Joe Joe. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, November 24th at the Richfield VFW Post 5555, 6715 Lake Shore Drive, Richfield Minnesota from Noon to 2 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred.


Evelyn B. Froise 11/14/2018

Froise, Evelyn B. Age 93 of S. Mpls. passed away Nov 14th. Preceded in death by parents, Arne and Petra Froise; brother, Arthur Froise; & aunts, Olga and Emma Nokleby. Survived by sister, Margaret Olson of Bloomington; nieces and nephews; great-nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews. Evelyn was a long time member of Bethel Lutheran Church and a retired teacher from Mpls Public Schools. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Bethel Lutheran Church. Thank you to the loving staff of Presbyterian Homes in Bloomington. Funeral service 11am Mon. Nov. 19th with visitation one hour prior at Bethel Lutheran Church, 4120 17th Ave. S., Mpls. Interment at Lakewood Cemetery. Werness Brothers 952-884-8145


Marlene B. Wilson 11/4/2018

Wilson, Marlene B. Age 81 of St. Louis Park passed away peacefully at home November 4, 2018. Survived by loving husband of 57 years, Lee; daughter, Jennifer (Bob) Vaillancourt; grandchildren, Kristin (Will), Tygget; siblings, Louis (Barbara) Boyer, Cheryl Ross, John (Penny) Boyer; sister in law, Diane (Bob) Smith; brother-in-law, Robert (Don) Wilson. Preceded in death by brother-in-law, Bud Ross. Marlene was a teacher in the Minneapolis Public School system for 30 years. She helped establish the Spanish Immersion Learning Center (Emerson). She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother and will be dearly missed. A memorial service is being planned for spring 2019. Memorials preferred to Courage Kenny Kids, Mail Route 78414, 3915 Golden Valley Road, Mpls 55422. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996


Bruce C. McClellan 10/28/2018

McClellan, Bruce Carl age 76 of International Falls, MN, formerly of Mpls, unexpectedly passed away Sunday, October 28, 2108 from Alzheimer's. Born to Arthur and Eunice McClellan on July 2, 1942. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Donna; sister-in-law, Joyce McClellan; several special nieces and nephews, as well as many loyal friends. While in Mpls, Bruce worked for the Mpls Public Schools, teaching Mathematics and Computer Science. He retired in 1996 and moved to the Falls with a home on Rainy Lake. There he enjoyed the great outdoors, fishing, hunting and golfing. Hobbies included cooking, beer and wine making, pool, traveling and hiking


Mary J. Schloff 10/22/2018

Schloff, Mary Janet 74, of Fort Dodge, IA, formerly of Edina, MN, passed away October 21, 2018 at Journeys of Friendship Haven. Private family services will be held at a later date. Gunderson Funeral Home & Cremation Services are entrusted with arrangements. Mary was born on March 17, 1944 in Storm Lake, Iowa to Dr. Theodore and Alice (Gordy) Schloff. She graduated from Pomeroy High School class of 1962, Iowa Lakes Community College and Mankato State University receiving her BA in Speech Pathology. She later received her Master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She also had her ESL and TEFL certification from Hamelin University, St. Paul. In 1969 Mary began her Speech Pathology career. She retired from the Mpls. Public Schools in 2002. Mary was a beauty consultant for Mary Kay cosmetics receiving numerous recognitions. She held various offices in, ADK, DUVCW, Eastern Star and DAR. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Peace, Richfield. Her various interests included, international travel, the Arts, jewelry, reading history and biographies, genealogy and experiencing various cuisines. Her greatest love was being involved in her nephews' lives and their growing families. Mary was a very generous person. Her life reflected her favorite quote from Corrie Ten Boom, "The measure of a life, after all, is not the duration but its donation." Those who cherish her memory are her niece Linda (Rick) Zehr of Fort Dodge, great-nephews, Nate (Lori) Zehr of Parkville, MO, Matt (Becky) Zehr of Overland Park, KS, Joel (Nahed) Zehr of Nashville, TN and Seth (Nicole) Zehr of Shakopee, MN; 11 great-great nieces and nephews, Taylor and Carter, Wyatt, Taeya and Nylah, Nurah and Nadeen, and Brooke, Belle, Becca and Brayden. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, DuWayne Stuart, Kenneth Stuart, Theodore Schloff, Jr., sister, Wanda Stuart (Linda's mother) and great nephew Justin Michael Zehr. Condolences:


Barbara M. Reynolds 10/24/2018

Reynolds, Barbara M. Age 85 of Shoreview, passed away on October 24, 2018. Preceded in death by husband, Charles "Chub"; parents, Gerald and Celia Mary Smith and daughter-in-law, Julie. Survived by sons, Russ (Lisa) and Rich (Sheila); grandchildren, Rob (Rebecca), Joe, Peter, Nicole (Patrick), Kylie, Matt, Noelle and Ty. Barb was a career educator with over 20 years in the Minneapolis School District and was a member of the University of Northwestern (St. Paul) community through Chub's work as a coach and teacher and as a part time faculty member herself. Private family services were held. She will be buried alongside her husband at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials preferred to the University of Northwestern (St. Paul) - Football; 3003 Snelling Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113. 651-482-7606


Barbara Charnstrom 10/17/2018

Charnstrom, Barbara (Cederstrand) age 90 of Minnetonka passed away peacefully on 10/17/2018. Preceded in death by husband Chuck and their son Peter. She started the educational journey for many children in the Minneapolis Public Schools. Survived by her daughters, Gail Close and Kathleen (Dan) Lapham; grandchildren, Kevin (Cindy) Close, Kristin Close, Karin (Phil) Sollom, and Kate Lapham; great-grandchildren, Bridget Sollom, Gabe Krieg, and Avery Close; sister Lois Heim and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to donor's choice. Memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 20th at 2PM with visitation one hour prior, all at: Strobeck Johnson 952-938-9020 1400 Mainstreet, Hopkins


Richard Axelson 10/11/2018

Axelson, Richard "Dick, Ax" age 89, passed away peacefully in his home in St. Anthony Village on October 11, 2018 after a year-long battle with cancer. He was a graduate of Edison High School in Northeast Minneapolis. He went on to earn an Associate of Arts from the University of Minnesota. He attended seminary, served in the United States Navy, and taught English in the Peace Corps in Brazil, where he met his wife of 49 years, Irena Axelson. Dick gave everything he had to teaching and making a difference in the lives of students. He started his teaching journey at Park Rapids High School (MN), but he spent most of his career teaching in the Minneapolis Public Schools, retiring as a social studies teacher at the heart of the South High School Partnership Program in 1995. He lived his life tenaciously and unapologetically, with curiosity, laughter, joy, and purpose. He was a Christian, a teacher, a coach, a civic advocate, an activist, an instigator, a DEMOCRAT, a music-lover, a friend, a husband, a father, and a grand- father. He is survived by his wife, Irena; their three children, Janio Axelson, Davi Axelson (Bridget), and Nina Axelson (Don Huettl); three grandchildren, Rayna, Calum, and Emma; his sister Jeanne Woodbury; his nieces and nephews; in-laws; and extended family. A celebration of Dick's life will begin with a visitation at Washburn- McReavy Northeast Chapel on Monday, October 22 (2901 Johnson St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418), from 4:30-7:30 PM. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 23 at Salem Covenant Church (2655 5th St NW, New Brighton, MN 55112). Visitation begins at 10:00 AM. Service begins at 11:00 AM. Donations in lieu of flowers would be greatly preferred and may be directed to the South High Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union. Northeast Chapel 612-781-6828


James G. Saxton 9/28/2018

Saxton, James Gilbert It is with great sadness that the family of James Gilbert Saxton announces his passing on Friday, September 28th, 2018, at the age of 89 years. James will be lovingly remembered by his wife Barbara, and his children, Bonnie (William), Donald, William (JoAnn), and Paul (Julie). James will also be fondly remembered by his grandchildren, Rebecca, Paul, David, John, Laura, Benjamin, Rachel, Nicholas, and Kyle, and by his great-grand-children, Eli, Emma, Will, Christopher and Avery, and loving sister-in-law, Delores, and many friends. James was predeceased by his parents Percy and Esther (Lundquist) Saxton and his siblings Carroll, Beth, Charles, and Duane. After graduating from Central High School in Minneapolis, he enlisted in the Airforce, serving in Germany during the Korean Conflict. He completed his education degree at the University of Minnesota and graduate work at Mankato University. After teaching in southern Minnesota, James was proud to have taught 27 years in the Minneapolis district in which he grew up. A private family memorial service will be held at the Cremation Society of Minnesota, Edina, MN with interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Those who so desire may make memorial donations to the Alzheimer's Association. We are thankful to Wealshire in Bloomington and all their special staff for the out-standing care they provided James during the last 3 1/2 years.


Gertrude Genrich 9/18/2018

Genrich, Gertrude "Trudy" (nee Hovland) age 88 of Minneapolis, died September 18, 2018, after a short illness. Trudy is preceded in death by Randy, her husband of 61 wonderful years; her parents, Iver & Margaret Hovland, and her brother, Judson. Trudy is survived by her brother, Dr. Richard Hovland of Stillwater, MN; son, Steve (Ann) of Apple Valley; daughters, Sue of Minneapolis, and Sarah Langer (Gary) of River Falls, WI; grandchildren, Noah, Haley and Ryan; six nieces, nephew, and a sweet grand-dog named Sadie, who loved Grandma Trudy so much. Trudy taught second grade at Morris Park Elementary School in Minneapolis in the 1950's, and also worked as an aide at Jefferson and Wilder Schools. Trudy retired in 1993 from Keewaydin Elementary in Minneapolis where she was secretary. A special thank you to the staff at Village Shores Senior Living in Richfield, especially the wonderful LifeSprk staff on 3rd and 4th floors who were so very special to Trudy. A service celebrating Trudy's life will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday Oct 20, 2018, at Mayflower Church, 106 E Diamond Lake Road, Minneapolis. A lunch will be served after the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Mayflower Youth Programs.


John B. Knoblauch 9/21/2018

Knoblauch, John Bernard Age 86 of Bloomington passed away peacefully at home on September 21, 2018. Born in Minneapolis August 17, 1932 to Catherine Savage & Clarence Knoblauch. He was preceded in death by sisters Elaine (Denny) Thielen, RuthAnn (Richard) Fleck and sister-in-law Jean Knoblauch. John is survived by his beloved wife, JoAnne, his brother, Butch (Clarence), children Mary (Dave) Breault, Claudia (Frank) Wertin, John Paul Knob lauch, Elizabeth (Michael) Barnett and Cathy Knoblauch and grandchildren, Marie, Parker, Theresa, John, and Rachel as well as many nieces and nephews, dear friends, neighbors and former students. John proudly served in the Navy on the USS Boxer in munitions during the Korean Conflict. Jo and John dated at South High, rekindled their love when he was in the service and married in 1954 and had 5 beautiful babies. Jo remained his sweetheart through 64 years of marriage. He fought for freedom of the press and for our nation of immigrants. He was a life-long learner and attended the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and Duluth, St. John's, Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA, Pepperdine and others. He held many jobs to support his young family. He loved teaching: Saturday phy. ed. in Bloomington, religious education at Nativity, 6th grade teacher (Minneapolis Field, Kenny, U of M experimental school), then school counselor and retired as a behavior teacher. He was involved in the pairing of Hale and Field Elementary and sought to give the best education and counsel. He touched many lives. John loved life, family, people, babies, dogs, roses, fishing, hunting, reading the newspaper, looking for deals and feeding people. "The lake" was heaven on earth to him. Proud father of each of his children and loving grandfather, beloved uncle and friend to many. He was our hero. He lived kindness and made everyone feel loved and valuable. Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday 10 a.m. at Nativity of Mary Catholic Church, 9900 Lyndale Ave. So., Bloomington, MN. Visitation one hour prior to mass. Interment Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Nativity of Mary or donor's choice. BLOOMINGTON, MN 952.888.7771


Lesley E DuFresne 9/27/2018

Lesley Ellen DuFresne (nee, Christianson) of Backus, MN, formerly of Richfield, MN.
Born in Minneapolis, MN on 9/17/42 to Harold and Lila Christianson and passed away 9/27/18. Survived by husband of 57 years, Donald; daughters, Mary Martin (Thomas), Barbara DuFresne, Theresa DuFresne, Julie DuFresne, Katherine DuFresne-To (Tuan); 14 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; brother, James Christianson. Preceded in death by her parents and grandson, Shane Martin


Donald J. Davis 9/21/2018

Davis, Donald J. "Don" WWII Veteran. The Nose Gunner in a B24 Liberator Bomber during the China-Burma-India Campaign. Played Minor League baseball. Caricaturist for the MN Twins 1961 souvenir booklet. Taught for 38 years in the Minneapolis Public Schools. Received his doctorate in Education. Lived his 94 years. Our Hero. Service at Ft. Snelling Cemetery, November 3, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. Reception follows: American Legion #435, 6501 Portland Ave. S., Richfield 55423.


John S. Bridgeman 9/14/2018

Bridgeman, John S. Originally of East Chicago Indiana, born May 22, 1934 passed away Friday, September 14th, 2018 In the presence of his loving family. John was preceded in death by his parents, William and Riverlee, his brothers William and Ulysses and sisters Minnie and Gwen. John is survived by Wife, Faye Sons, Chris (Angela) and Marcus (Jennifer) Grandkids, Daniel, Brodyn, Natalia and Stella Siblings, Joyce (Ronald) Gearring Harold (Debra) Delroy (Judith) Many Nieces, Nephews and Other Loving Relatives whom he loved tremendously.. John attended the University of Wisconsin where he was one of the first African American's to play football for the school. In 1956 John Bridgeman carried the ball 75 times with 337 yards with a 4.5-yard average. In 1956 he had a 78-yard TD reception against USC which is still in the UW record books today. John made his way to Minneapolis, Minnesota. He went to work in Hennepin County as a parole officer in the juvenile courts. His family moved from Bloomington to Golden Valley, Minnesota. It was here that they spent the next 40 years. John spent his entire life in the service to others. After working in the Minneapolis Public Schools for over 30 years John retired only to go back to work to teach for several more years. In the early 2000's John and Faye became Snowbirds. John loved tennis and Arizona provided him the perfect setting. John will be sorely missed by everyone who had an opportunity to know him. The celebration of life will take place Friday, September 21st, from 5pm 7pm at Washburn Mcreavy Funeral Home located at 5125 West Broadway Crystal, MN 55429. There will be a formal memorial on October 13, 2018 in East Chicago, IN. In lieu of flowers please make a charitable contribution to your cause of choice in John's name. Glen Haven Chapel 763-533-8643 5125 W. Broadway, Crystal


Jeri Westerman 8/17/2018

Westerman, Jeri Age 85, of Golden Valley, passed away peacefully August 17th, 2018. Preceded in death by daughter Laura. Survived by sons, Jim (Sue), Eric and Peter; grandchildren Margit and Nathaniel Westerman, and sister Margit Berg. Jeri was born in Albert Lea, MN and attended the University of Minnesota, and later Saint Cloud State, where she received an MA in Education. She taught Special Education for many years in the Minneapolis Public Schools, and loved all of her students. At the end of the school year she would have her students over to her house for an ice cream sundae buffet. She was an avid reader of Mysteries and The New Yorker, and a formidable Scrabble player. She was kind, generous and a wonderful friend to everyone. Jeri really appreciated her longtime friends, her teacher friends, her book club and neighbors. She will be dearly missed by all of her family and friends who knew her. Memorial Service Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Lakewood Cemetery Memorial Chapel, 3600 Hennepin Ave S., Minneapolis, MN. Interment at Lakewood Cemetery. Visitation will be one half-hour prior to the service, and a reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial are preferred to the Minneapolis Public School's non-profit partner, AchieveMpls, or the donor's favorite charity.


Nancy K. Whalen 8/16/2018

Whalen, Nancy K. Nancy, of Mpls, MN and Schaller, IA, took her final journey on Thursday Aug 16 2018. She is survived by her children Kim, Mike and Kat, granddaughter Aurora, sisters Pat, Micky, Mimi, and many loving family friends and colleagues in the Mpls schools. Reunited in death with her parents Fritz and Marie, sister Coco, and daughter in law Erin. Nancy had a vibrant love of life and a quest for lifelong learning, music, the arts, travel and adventure. Nancy was full of love and gratitude and approached every aspect of her selfless life with passion and vigor. She will be greatly missed. A celebration of her life will be held at the Sholom Home West, where she lived the final years of her life, Monday August 20 at 2:00 PM in the chapel, 3620 Phillips Parkway St.Louis Park MN 55426. Donations preferred to the Animal Humane Society.


Maurice "Maury" E, Webert 8/11/2018

Webert, Maurice "Maury" E. 79 of Plymouth, joined his Heavenly Father August 11 after succumbing to rare Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. He is survived by wife, Nancy; sons, Mark (Beth), Mike (Kiersten), Tim (Kris); and eight grandchildren. Maury was a beloved history/economics teacher and coach in numerous Minneapolis Public High Schools. His 34 years teaching continued into retirement, teaching conversational English in China numerous times. High School sports were equally important to Maury from announcing hockey games at the old auditorium, to coaching wrestling, track & field, and football. After retirement Maury coached the WI Hayward Hurricanes and ended his coaching career at Burnsville HS. Maury and Nancy enjoyed retirement residing seasonally in Naples Florida where he was President of his condo building, started a popular Great Decisions program for the community and interspersed his active FL life with many international travels. A private family service has already been held. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Foundation, NC Little Hospice or a charity of your choice.


Randall "Randy"E. Genrich 8/7/2018

Genrich, Randall E. Age 89, passed away on August 7, 2018 at Village Shores in Richfield. Randy was born in Dorchester, Wisconsin and was preceded in death by parents, Otto and Emma Genrich; brother, Donald; and niece, Chrystyne. Survived by loving wife, Trudy (Hovland); children, Steve (Ann), Sue, and Sarah Langer (Gary); grandchildren Noah, Haley, and Ryan Langer; six nieces and one nephew; and many, many wonderful friends. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls with a Masters Degree in Education, Randy spent many years as a Special Education teacher in the Minneapolis Public Schools.  Randy taught at many schools in the district including; Hiawatha, Hamilton, Agissiz, Howe, and more.  Randy Coordinated the districts Hearing Impaired Program for many yearss. Randy was an avid gardener of both flowers and vegetables. He was a facilitator at the Twin Cities Men's Center and a friendly volunteer to many incarcerated men at the Minnesota Correctional Facility Stillwater and Lino Lakes. Randy was active in the Morris Park Players community theater and the Hiawatha branch YMCA. Randy was a United States Marine and was stationed in Japan during the Korean conflict. Randy was a devoted member of Mayflower Church in Minneapolis where he served on many boards and sang in the choir. A Celebration of Life will be held at Mayflower United Church of Christ, 106 E, Diamond Lake Road at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 15th, 2018. Please wear bright colors to represent all the colorful flowers that Randy loved! A lite lunch will follow the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Mayflower Church Music Ministry or the Twin Cities Men's Center, 3249 Hennepin Ave So, Minneapolis, MN 55408.


Mary Lucille Shaughnessy 8/8/2018

Shaughnessy, Mary Lucille "Lu" of Mpls, age 91, passed away gracefully on August 8th, 2018, at her home. Preceded in death by her parents, John & Barbara Shaugh-nessy, brothers John and Robert Shaughnessy, sister Barbara Enzler and longtime friend Josephine Zimmar. Survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Lu was a beloved Aunt, Great-Aunt and Great-Great-Aunt to many fortunate family members. Lu was a social worker for Minneapolis Public Schools and loved spending time traveling, dancing, playing tennis, hiking and socializing with her Ethnic Dining Club. Lu would try anything once! Her devotion to her family and her faith was seen and truly admired by everyone. Lu had a special love for SNOOPY and will always be the beagle's biggest fan! Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, August 16th at 11 am at the Church of St. Thomas the Apostle, 2914 W. 44th Street, Mpls. Interment at Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation one hour before Mass at St. Thomas the Apostle. Memorials to St. Joseph's Home for Children and The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity.


Lorraine E. Berger 8/6/2018

Berger, Lorraine E. 88, of Chanhassen, died Aug 6, 2018. It was Lorraine's honor to have been the daughter of Professor Fred E. Berger, University of Minnesota Emeritus Professor and long-time Nolte Center for Continuation Director, his wife, Mildred A. Berger, and the proud sister of her brother David D. Berger and the companion of many beloved animals. Lorraine was honored to have spent forty-three years in the Indianapolis, Indiana Public School System, the Fargo, North Dakota Public School System, the Minneapolis, Minnesota Public School System, the University of North Dakota at Valley City, and the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts in Denton, Texas. Upon her return to Minneapolis, Lorraine was honored to become a member of the Presidents Club at the University of Minnesota, her beloved alma mater. A memorial service for Lorraine will be 10:30AM, August 13, 2018 at the University Lutheran Church of Hope, 601 13th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414. Memorials may be directed to the University Lutheran Church of Hope's Stained Glass Window Repair Fund or the Second Harvest Heartland at 12140 Gervais Ave, St. Paul, MN 55109, or the Humane Society for Companion Animals at 1115 Beulah Lane, St. Paul, MN 55108. Interment will be at Sheyenne Valley Lutheran Church, Finley, North Dakota. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996


Barbara A. Hope 7/25/2018

Hope, Barbara A. Born Sept. 17, 1926 passed away Wed. July 25 at the age of 91. Preceded in death by parents, Harold Sr. and Gertrude (Hukee) Hope; brothers, Harold Jr. & Robert Hope; sister, Marilyn (Hope) Lieb. Survived by sister, Doris (Hope) Beyer/Meyer; many nieces and nephews; great-nieces and nephew, and great-great-nieces and nephews. Barb attended Kenyon HS in Kenyon, MN and was a graduate of MN State University-Mankato. She enjoyed a long teaching career in Amiret MN, Waseca MN, and Minneapolis MN-the highlight of which was the two years she spent teaching for the US Army in Nuernburg, Germany after World War II. Between school terms she drove her Volkwagen "Bug" to Norway to visit relatives in Bergen and at Leikanger on the Sogne Fjord. She enjoyed traveling all over the world, bird watching, hiking, cross country skiing, biking, and reading of all types. Her church and its activities were an important part of her life. Her family and friends enjoyed her unique sense of humor, great stories, and especially her eccentric gift giving style. Memorial service to be held 11am Friday, Aug 17th at Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, visitation 1 hour prior to service. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Animal Humane Society of Golden Valley. Strobeck Johnson 952-938-9020 1400 Mainstreet, Hopkins


Charlotte P. Rogers 7/19/2018

Rogers, Charlotte Pence born in Monmouth, IL on March 23, 1940 to Carol Flood and Lloyd Pence, died peacefully at home on July 19 in Ashland, OR. Charlotte held a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in Counseling from Western Illinois University and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. She worked for the Minneapolis Public School System for over twenty-five years as a counselor and testing consultant and was co-author of "Self - Esteem for Tots to Teens", a book eventually translated into several other languages. She was an adventurous person whose early interest in European travel inspired her children to be world citizens. Charlotte is survived by her husband of 55 years, Hank. Both were born and raised in Illinois but spent the greater part of their marriage working and raising a family in Minneapolis, Minnesota before retiring to Oregon in 1997. Deeply loved mother to Paige and Alex, best ever mother-in-law to Rob Melrose and Tina Rogers and grandmother ("gramdazzles"/"graham cracker") to Charlotte, Sebastian and Anika, she will be remembered for her love of music, reading and for the dignity with which she moved through life. The oldest of nine children, she was the heart of the Pence family of Kirkwood, Illinois. She is survived by seven siblings [Karen Pence, Stephen Pence, Anne Wells, Dan Pence, David Pence (Linda), Maida Pence and Claire Pence] as well as many nieces and nephews and her best friend for life, Janice Munneke. Charlotte was preceded in death by her sister Myra Lancaster and brother-in-law Bill Wells. A Celebration of Life will be held in Minneapolis in the fall. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her honor to the Parkinson's Foundation (, Planned Parenthood ( or Barbershop Harmony Society (


Niles R. Schulz 7/10/2018

Schulz, Niles R. (74) of Minneapolis, died on Tuesday, July 10th in a canoeing accident in the BWCA. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Don. He is survived by wife, Jane; children Sara, Claire (Cal), Daniel; grandchildren, Caroline, Adam, Richard; brothers, Dave (Kay), Ted (Sue), Chuck (Dorothy), Lee (Julie); sister-in-law, Betty (Don); and dear friend QingQing Chen (and family). After graduating from Zumbrota High School and Augsburg University, Niles left a legacy at Minneapolis Edison High School as an English teacher and football and wrestling coach. He was an active volunteer with many organizations: Edison Community and Sports Foundation, PFLAG, PFund, AIDS Rides, teaching conversational English to U of MN visiting scholars, and tutoring young readers at Minneapolis Pratt Community School. Niles was a cherished husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He was an avid reader and bicyclist. In the words of favorite poet Robert Frost, Niles still had "miles to go," but through us his legacy rides on. In memory of Niles's legacy and generosity, contributions can be made to the Save the Boundary Waters Campaign or the Edison Community and Sports Foundation. A celebration of life memorial will be held on Sunday, August 12th, time and location TBA:


Carolyn Perry 7/6/2018

Perry, Carolyn Our treasured mother, sister, and friend died at Minnesota Masonic Home in Bloomington on July 6, 2018. Her daughters are indebted to Minnesota Masonic's nurses, aides, and other staff for the loving care provided to Carolyn throughout her residence. Her family is also grateful to the staff of Grace Hospice for their role in easing Carolyn's final days. Carolyn was special to all who were lucky enough to know her, including countless graduates of Bancroft Elementary School in Minneapolis. It is impossible to recount all of the gifts that she granted to the world. We are all better for having known and loved her. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Minnesota Masonic Charities or Grace Hospice are preferred. A celebration of life is planned for a later date. Details to follow.


Joyce Taborn Jackson 6/22/2018

Taborn Jackson, Dr. Joyce Age 87, of Golden Valley. Daughter of John Livingston Taborn and Bertha (Allen) Taborn, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on June 22, 2018. Preceded in death by her brother, Dr. John Marvin Taborn. Survived by her nephews Dr. John Gregory and Craig Marvin Taborn, sister-in-law Marjorie Campbell Taborn, cousins Dr. Christine, Mark, and Nan Dunham, and daughter-in-heart Minia Rowe Goodwell. Dr. Jackson was a psychologist and retired Principal of Minneapolis Central High School. Memorial service Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 4 PM with visitation one hour prior and remembrance service at 3:30 at St. Peter's AME Church, 401 S. 41st St., Mpls 55409. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Our Lady of Peace, 2076 St. Anthony Avenue St. Paul, MN 55104. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996


Patricia L. Gerber 12/19/2017

Gerber, Patricia Louise 85, of Bonita Springs, Florida, died December 19, 2017 at Joanne's House at Hope Hospice. She was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 10, 1932. She was a second grade teacher in Mpls and nominated for Minnesota Teacher of the Year. Later she became Director of Drug Education at Inver Grove Heights School System. She served as President of the Minnesota Chemical Dependency Association. In 1991 Patricia and Gerald moved to Florida. She was an avid sheller and won three trophies at the Sanibel Shell Show in 1999. She is survived by husband Gerald Gerber, daughters Leigh Hansen and Lynne (Bart) Trench, and grandchildren Jack, Norah, and Ryanne Trench. She is also survived by her brother Dr. David (Phebe) Smith. In addition, Patricia is survived by five step-children and eight step-grandchildren. Patricia was preceded in death by her brother Richard Smith. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Peters Catholic Church in Mendota, MN, followed by a light lunch. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to St. Jude Children's Hospital or Hope Hospice, 27200 Imperial Parkway, Bonita Springs, FL 34135. Arrangements are being handled by Shikany's Bonita Funeral Home.


Patrick R. O'Brien 6/14/2018

O'Brien, Patrick R. Age 75 passed away June 14, 2018. Preceded in death by parents, Luverne and Deadina and brother-in-law, Ted Marble. Survived by son, Michael; daughter, Jennifer (Michael), and very best favorite granddaughter, Adaline, and dearest Bobbi; sisters, Beverly, Evelyn (Daniel), Nancy, Carmen (Brian), Sheila; brothers, Michael (Connie), Thomas (Bonnie) and nieces and nephews. Pat was a Minneapolis school teacher for thirty years. He spent his life in service to the Beloved Community. Three things will last forever - faith, hope, and love - and the greatest of these is love. A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.


George S. Traficante 6/12/2018

Traficante, George S. Age 83, of St. Paul, passed on peacefully June 12, 2018. Preceded in death by wife, Gladys L., Survived by brother, Edward; sister-in-law, Elizabeth. Memorials preferred Health East Hospice or donor's choice. Funeral Service 11AM Wednesday, June 20th at St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave S, Mpls. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996


Bruce L. Temte 5/5/2018

Temte, Bruce L. Age 74, of Bloomington, passed away May 5, 2018. Bruce was a high school math teacher, postal carrier, and member of Faith Covenant Church. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Preceded in death by parents Dell and Adeline Temte. Survived by wife of 47 years, Carolyn; daughters, Lisa (Jason) Hanson, Emily Temte (Caleb Anderson), and Sara Temte (Trevor Kraft); 9 grandchildren, and 5 siblings. Service Friday at Faith Covenant Church in Burnsville. Visitation at 4; service at 5. Memorials preferred to North Central Camp Cherith and Faith Covenant Church


Ruth Cronin 5/31/2018

Cronin, Ruth 93, passed away May 31, 2018 in Cape Coral, FL. Preceded in death by husband Ramon, her sister Edna and daughter Sharon. She is survived by sons Michael (Mary); Dale (Cindy) and Marc; three grandchildren Megan (Rolf Simonson), Melissa (Matt Kusilek), Angelica (Cronin-Raines) & six great-grand children. Ruth was a Minneapolis school teacher and an active member of Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church. Ray and Ruth retired and enjoyed many wonderful years together in Florida. A memorial service will be held July 21, at Gulf Coast Village in Cape Coral, FL. Memorials preferred to Hope Hospice, Fort Myers, FL.


Melvin G. Hoagland 6/1/2018

Hoagland, Melvin G. Age 86 of Edina passed away June 1, 2018. Born in St. Bonifacius, MN to the late Ernest and Augusta Hoagland. Survived by wife of 56 years Marge Hoagland; daughters Merri Lynn Jono (Ryusuke) and Laurie Egstad (Eric); 5 grandchildren Abby, Alyssa, and Benjamin Egstad and Alex and Emi Jono; sister Barbara Wagener (Art), nephew Bill Wagener (Nicole). Mel was an Eagle Scout, Troop #216, St. Bonifacius. He was the first Eagle Scout from the troop. Over the years he was a scouting volunteer for 25+ years. He received the Silver Beaver Award and the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award. Over the years, he maintained an interest in his hometown and was one of the founding members of the St. Bonifacius Historical Society. Mel graduated from St. Cloud State Teacher's College in 1953 with a BS Degree. Later he earned an MA Degree and PhD at the Univesity of Minnesota in school administration. Mel spent two years in the U.S. Army after graduation from St. Cloud. He was stationed in Japan. After discharge from the Army, he was hired to teach 6th grade at McKinley School in North Minneapolis. His career in the Minneapolis Public Schools included 6th grade teacher, principal, North Area Superintendent which included all elementary and secondary schools in N.E. Minneapolis. While a classroom teacher, he was active in Local 59 Teacher's Union, elected to be president of Local 59 and also the Minnesota State Federation of Teachers. After retiring from the Minneapolis Public Schools he worked for Group Health, Inc. as Vice President of Human Resources. Continuing his interest in health care and also labor relations, he took the position of the Director of the Twin Cities Area Labor Management Council (an organization that promoted positive ways of communications between management and their unions). Mel finally retired in 1999 to spend more time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Family trips were taken locally and around the country and in Minnesota. Athletic games and concerts were attended by Marge and Mel. Mel was a kind, generous man who always offered a kind word and helping hand to people. He will be greatly missed. Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 AM Thursday, June 14 with visitation beginning at 9:30 AM at the Church of Our Lady of Grace, 5051 Eden Ave. S., Edina. Interment Roselawn Cemetery. Memorials preferred to Troop #100, care of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Attn: Dave Moore, 1200 Marquette Ave., Mpls., MN 55403. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996


Deborah (Deb) K. Becker 5/29/2018

Becker, Deborah Kathryn "Deb" Age 66, died peacefully on May 29, 2018. She was born June 3, 1951 in Caledonia MN to Cyril and Matilda Becker. She graduated from Caledonia High School. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in teaching from St. Cloud State University, graduating Magna Cuma Laude. She lived most of her adult life in Minneapolis MN. She chose to apply her talents in the department of special education with Autism as her specialty. Deb has been an active volunteer during her retirement years. She was a Loring Park board member as well as member of Citizens for Loring Park. She devoted her time to the Minneapolis Retired Teachers, and enjoyed volunteering with Little Brothers and Friends for the Elderly. The Celebration of Life Service will be at 11am, Saturday, June 9 in The Art Room at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, 511 Groveland Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403. She is survived by her siblings, Gary Becker of Chippewa Falls WI, Mark Becker of Caledonia MN, Shirley (Patrick) Earley of Fridley MN, Scott Becker of Las Vegas NV, Tony Becker of Caledonia MN, Ann (Chris) Yule of Lakeville MN; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Cyril and Matilda Becker, and brother Craig Becker. Memorials are preferred to Loring Park or Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund.


Kay Janet Thyr 5/29/2018

Thyr, Kay Janet Born April 17, 1938, in Hibbing, Minnesota. Died May 29, 2018, Minneapolis of complications of Alzheimer's disease Survived by husband of fifty-six years, Roger; daughter, Lisa Barker; son, Brian (Danita Carlson); grandchildren, Charles Barker (Mee), Natalia Barker-Morrison (Ken), Nicholas Thyr, Ingrid Thyr; brothers, Robert Jones (Merryalice) and Dale Jones. Graduated from Hibbing High School 1956, Macalester College 1960. Taught third grade in Garden Grove, CA, Moundsview, and Minneapolis. Substitute teacher for many years in the Robbinsdale school district. Spent the majority (twenty-four years) of her career as an Elementary Special Education teacher in the Osseo School District. Memorial service 11 a.m., Friday, June 1, Westminster Presbyterian Church. Memorials to: Westminster Presbyterian Church.


Bette M. Jacobs 5/24/2018

Jacobs, Bette Mae "Penny" Penny, age 91, died peacefully in her home May 24th surrounded by family and friends. Preceded in death by her beloved husband, fellow traveler and dancing partner of 68 years, Sol. Survived by children Robin (Jay), Leslie (Miles), Paul (Angela) and Robert; grandchildren Leah, Rachel (Richie), Liza, Sophie and Cassie; sister Jeanne; nephew Jerry; niece Judy (Richard); grandnephew Arnie (Sandra); and many loving friends. Penny taught in Minneapolis for 37 years. She was loved for her creative teaching, and had close relationships with students and their families. Penny was a vocal advocate and marched for civil rights, gun control, workers' rights and the environment. She biked, skied, swam, rollerbladed, and never stopped moving. At the end she was still writing books and hosting musical evenings. She loved the outdoors and was frequently sighted in her yellow jacket walking around Cedar Lake. She will be greatly missed but never forgotten by family and friends. A celebration of a life well lived will be held at the Sabes Jewish Community Center in St. Louis Park at 12:00 noon on June 23rd. Donations may be made to support the Eloise Butler Wild Flower Garden at:


Ella Jean Peploe 5/7/2018

Peploe, Ella Jean Age 91 of Crystal MN. Full notice later. Service will be June 2nd at 1pm. Glen Haven Chapel 763-533-8643 5125 W. Broadway, Crystal


Jacqueline K. Heinrich 5/15/2018

Heinrich, Jacqueline Kay (Pelton) 81, of Minne-tonka, MN died peacefully on May 15 after complications from a stroke. Preceded in death by her husband Dean Pelton. Born to Katherine & Adrian Norman in 1937, she graduated from Patrick Henry High School in North Minneapolis. Jackie attended Iowa State and the University of Minnesota, where she received her master's degree. In 1959, she married Don Heinrich and they raised 3 children in St. Anthony Village. Jackie began her career as a food scientist at Pillsbury, later teaching Home Economics and running a restaurant magnet program in the Minneapolis Schools. She taught at North, Edison and Patrick Henry High Schools, from 1974 until 2000. Jackie married Dean Pelton in 2001, and they enjoyed many happy years together, playing golf, hosting dinner parties, and traveling around the world. She loved spending time with family and life-long friends and had a passion for gardening and reading. Jackie is survived by her sister Adrienne (John) Karns of Colorado, daughter Tamara (Mark) Bratland and sons Stephen (Lisa Wolfe) Heinrich and Michael Heinrich, grandchildren Ben (Taylor) Bratland, Tom Bratland, Ava Heinrich & great grandchild Oliver Bratland, nieces and nephews and a dear cousin, Nancy Larson. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Thursday, June 7 at 11:00 am with visitation beginning at 10:00 am at Parkway United Church of Christ, 3120 Washburn Ave. N, Minneapolis, MN, located at the intersection of Lowry Ave. N. and Vincent Ave. N. Memorials in honor of Jackie may be made to St. Croix River Association, to celebrate her spirit of adventure and love of plants and Robbinsdale Chapel 763-537-2333 4239 West Broadway


Mary Ann Fabel 4/30/2018

Fabel, Mary Ann Loving wife, mother and grandmother, age 71, of Minnetonka, freed from the bonds of Alzheimer's dementia on Monday, April 30th, 2018, surrounded by family. Preceded in death by parents, Ray and Lenore Close and first husband Don Salzer. Survived by husband Lee; sons Grant (Emily) and Ben (Meaghan); grandchildren Fiona and Ivy; and brother Ray (Lila). Mary Ann grew up in Bryn Mawr and graduated from West High School in 1964. She majored in English and bridge at St. Olaf College, received her Bachelor's degree in education from Winona State and her Masters degree in Experiential Education from Mankato State. Mary Ann was an elementary school teacher in the Minneapolis Public Schools for 33 years. She was a strong advocate for children, becoming involved in Open Schools and Progressive Education early in her career. Mary Ann was a highly respected teacher and leader at Clara Barton Open School and became known as the "Plant Sale Lady" helping to develop the Barton plant sale into a major fundraising venture for the school. She passed on her love of reading, learning and having fun to her students and her love of dogs became evident when she regularly took her yellow lab Chloe to school long before it became a popular thing to do. Even as her dementia progressed, she never lost her love of children and dogs. Mary Ann was a cancer survivor (non-Hogkins Lymphoma) and a strong, independent woman. She loved reading, playing games and spending time with her sons, their partners and her grandchildren and traveling with Lee, her husband of 46 years and their friends to many places around the world. She was an amazing mother, wife, teacher and friend. At her sons' baseball and football games she was one of the loudest parents cheering in the stands. Her warm smile and infectious laughter will be dearly missed. The family thanks neurologist Dr. Richard Golden, Grace Hospice and the staff at White Pine Senior Living in Mendota Heights for their wonderful care. A Celebration of Life will take place in late June with specific information to follow at a later date. Memorials preferred to Planned Parenthood of Minnesota or the Animal Humane Society or Alzheimer's Research Cremation Society of Minnesota 612-825-2435


Kayleen E. Bonczek 4/23/2018

Bonczek, Kayleen Estelle 6/26/41 - 4/23/18 Kay struggled with Anemia, Aortic Valve Stenosis, and Diabetes. She collapsed surveying her gardens on a beautiful sunny morning. Kay was kind, loving, generous, gentle, and fair. A retired MPS school librarian, teacher, administrator, and mid-school principle. Survived by loving spouse, Leona Lundin, brother Robert, nephew Michal, niece Leslie Benson (Ken), great niece Zoey & great nephew Sam. Services Sat. April 28th at 11am. Visitation 10am. Saint Paul Reformation Lutheran Church. 100 N. Oxford St., Saint Paul. "I tried" Kay Bonczek

Mary H. Linz 4/25/2018

Linz, Mary Hubbard concluded a lifetime of loving service on April 25th when she died of complications from Parkinson's Disease at age 78 in her home near Stacy with her devoted husband of 37 years, Mark at her side. Born in St. Paul in 1940, Mary attended Our Lady of Peace High School, the College of St. Catherine and Cardinal Stritch College. She received her Ph.D from the University of Minnesota and worked as a special education administrator for the St. Paul, Minneapolis and Elk River School Districts. Mary will always be remembered as a woman who used her loving faith as a catalyst for action, an author and articulate Tostmaster who was warm, smart, generous and a funny inspiration to friends, family and co- workers. She is preceded in death by her sister, Ann Linz and is survived by her husband Mark, son Adam and her Hubbard siblings, Claudia Tuma, Katy, Miles (Margaret), Patrick, Tom (Julie Kardachi) and Rob (Sosan Theresa Flynn) as well as many nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial 11 am Wednesday, May 2nd at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in North Branch. Visitation one hour prior to mass at church on Wed. Family interment Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Grandstrand Funeral Home

Nancy V. Rekow 4/11/2018

Rekow, Nancy Virginia (nee Steele) passed away on April 11th, eleven days before her 76th birthday. Nancy was the first child of The Rev. William J and Marion Elizabeth "Sue" (Bogert) Steele, born April 22, 1942 in Wakefield, Gogebic Co., Michigan. She graduated high school in Kewatin, MN, received her Bachelor's degree from the University of North Dakota, and her Master's degree from Oklahoma City University. She was teaching in Montevideo, MN when she met Gerald C. Rekow at Northland Rec Lab. They were married on September 4, 1966 in Hallock, MN by her father. In 1969, Nancy moved with her husband to Texas and became a pioneer in the Montessori in Public Schools movement as the first Montessori Kindergarten teacher in the Fort Worth Public Schools. In 1991, her family moved back to Minnesota, and Nancy became an E-1 teacher at Seward Montessori in Minneapolis. Nancy was passionate about her family and her daughters, Suzanne Claire Rekow (Jack V. McKee) and Emily Marie Caglayan (Mustafa), and was present at the birth of all three grandchildren, Claire Vernette, Derya Guler and Emre Kamil. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by immediate family as well as three brothers, William James Steele (Nadine), John Mark Steele (Sheila) and Paul David Steele (Lacey); and nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 3:00 PM at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to La Leche League USA, American Montessori Society, or to Open Arms of Minnesota. Morris Nilsen Chapel 612-869-3226


Kenneth C. "Bud" Kielty 4/9/2018

Kielty, Kenneth C. "Bud" passed away on April 9th at the age of 87, married 64 years to his wife Barbara. Survived by children Dan (Christine), Theresa Gade (Richard), Steve (Mary), Pat, Mike (Beth), Paul, Suzanne Hadley, and Michele Hutton (David); 19 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by granddaughter (Samantha), sister (Kathleen), and parents (Kenneth and Anna). Graduated from Roosevelt HS in 1949, attended Mankato State for 2 years prior to serving in the Army for 2 years. Graduated from University of Minnesota and was on the baseball team. Received a Masters' degree from St. Cloud State. He taught Math at Edgerton HS, Minneapolis West HS and Washburn HS. He coached football, basketball and baseball at Edgerton, West, Washburn and Southwest. Co-authored a book "Edgerton a Basketball Legend". He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and truly enjoyed family time. He loved to be active with fishing, boating, and belong to the Bay Lake Lions for 25 years. His true love was golf. He ran the Bay Lake golf tournament for 10 years and belonged to the Cuyuna Golf Course where he had a hole in one on hole 12. He was truly a person with a caring heart for his students and players. Family and holidays with a large family were treasured with great activities, conversations, and never forget the pecan pie. Service will be held on Monday, April 16th at 11 am at St Joseph Church in Crosby, MN. Visitation starting at 10 am prior to the funeral. Rosary on Sunday evening at 7 pm at St Joseph Church in Deerwood, MN. Military Honors will be given by the Walter Scott Erickson American Legion Post #557. In lieu of flowers, donations to Home Health Partnership Hospice, 320 East Main St, Crosby, MN 56441 are welcome. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.
Published on April 11, 2018


Barbar A. (Crist) Oleson 4/2/2018

Oleson, Barbara A. Age 85, of Edina, passed away on April 2, 2018. Barbara taught K-3 for Minneapolis Public Schools for over 40 years. Her students thrived in the compassion and encouragement she provided every day. She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Irene Crist, and her brother, Roger Crist. Barbara is survived by her loving husband, Stanley; nephews, David (Kyle) Crist, John (Cynthia) Crist, James (Jodie) Crist, Steven (Marcia) Crist and Michael (Susan) Crist; great nephews and nieces, James, Hillary, Samantha, Webster, Henry, Grace, Carly, Lauren, Michael, Joseph, Anna and Jennifer; great-great niece, Claire and great-great nephew, Arthur; sister-in-law, Patricia Crist; brother-in- law, Robert (Marilyn) Olson and sisters-in-law, Teresa Olson, Vivian Olson, and Marian Hedlund. Celebration of Life on April 11 at 11:00 am with visitation one hour prior at Washburn- McReavy Edina Chapel, 5000 West 50th and Highway 100, Edina, MN. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Grandview Library (Audiobooks), Edina, MN. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996 West 50th St. & Hwy 100


June L. Johnson 4/2/2018

Johnson, June Lorraine age 90 years and 10 months, formerly of Duluth went to heaven on April 2, 2018 at home in Wayzata, MN. Born in Duluth, MN. She was preceded in death by her husband, H. Glendon and parents, Walter & Martha Nielsen. Survived by loving family; two sisters, Elaine Hall, and her three children, Tod (Hilary) Hall, Mason (Brenda), and Susan of Silverdale WA; and other sister, Marlene (Lee) Engen and her two children, Heidi Engen, Kelly (Will) Yelle of FL; also survived by nieces, Sarah (Mikkel) Chambers, Rachel Amundsen, Deborah Yelle; nephews, Stephen and David Amundsen, Caleb Yelle and others. June graduated from Morgan Park High School and the University of Duluth, MN majoring in teaching and music, with a minor in voice. June was the first woman from Minneapolis side of Mississippi to head the St. Paul Opera Guild and to become the President. June was active in Minneapolis Women's Club, American Association of University Women, Thursday Musical, Great Books Club, Bible Studies, Investment Club and President of the Boys and Girls Club. A Golden member of the Wayzata Country Club for 50 plus years. Taught 7 years at Stowe school in Duluth, Windom School in Minneapolis for 10 years, and then a teacher-helper with the Minneapolis Board of Education. June loved traveling to many countries, entertaining with music and great stories, and especially being with children. A memorial service for June will be held on Monday, April 30, 11 AM at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, 5025 Knox Avenue South in Minneapolis. Visitation one hour prior to the service. David Lee Funeral Home Wayzata 952-473-5577


Hope Holmes 3/2/2018

Holmes, Hope Arleen "Arlene, Arlie, Ar" (Berg) Age 97, of Minneapolis, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 2, 2018. Hope was born in Duluth, Minnesota, January 10, 1921, to Arnold and Austrie Berg. She graduated from Duluth Central 1939, and earned her B.A. degree at St. Scholastica in 1943. In August of 1943, she boarded the bus to Fort Leonardwood MO, and married A. Verne Holmes. She entered the workforce in the late 50's as a commercial artist and designer. Her career was taking off when she was designing women's clothing for Munsingwear and found she was expected to spend some time on the east coast. She chose family over travel and went to work in 1960 for Minneapolis Public Schools as an Art teacher. She retired in 1982 from the classroom. Hope was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Verne; son, Scott; grandson, Gregory; and sister, Doty. Hope is survived by her children, Jeffrey (Kathleen) Holmes, Deborah (Malcolm) Layman, and Mark (Marjorie) Holmes; grandchildren, Scott (Christina) Holmes, Kara (Mark) Lucas, Stephenie (Rick) Labandz, Jessica Layman, Nara (Jeremy) Brunson , Gavin Layman, Sarah Holmes, Patricia (Joe) Santarius, and Julia Holmes; great- grandchildren, Cecilia, Carter, Zachary, Reid, Adler, Max, Zoe and Odin; as well as many extended family members. VISITATION: 10am Wednesday, March 7th at Sunrise Funeral Home, 4798 Miller Trunk Hwy, with funeral service to follow at 11am. Memorials are preferred to dementia research. Condolences: SunriseFuneralHome


Richard Dagenais 2/5/2017

Dagenais, Richard (Dick) Former Minneapolis School District Administrator Richard (Dick) Dagenais had a very rewarding career teaching math and business at Franklin Junior High, and Olson Junior High. During this time he continued his education at St Cloud State University to receive his Masters of Education, followed by receiving his Specialist in Education at St. Thomas University. Dick spent the last half of his education career as the Assistant Principal at Ramsey Junior High, Roosevelt High School, and Minneapolis Vocational School. Dick retired in 1989 after a fulfilling 30 year career as a teacher and administrator. Dick was born in Onamia, MN in 1926. He was raised on a farm in Greenbush Township near Princeton. He graduated from Princeton High School in 1944, where he met his future wife, Mary Kight. Following high school he served in the Army Air Corps and was stationed in the Philippines. After working various jobs, Dick decided at age 30 to pursue a career in education. Dick was preceded in death by his loving wife of 70 years, Mary, his parents, Richard and Flossy Dagenais, his sisters Evelyn, Thelma, Helen, and Marie. Dick is survived by his three sons: Gary (Linda), Doug (Mary) and Rick (Berit); five grandchildren: Cara (Joe), Chad (LaSaundra), Jilean (Sean), Chris (Cassie), and Jennilee (Brady); fifteen great-grandchildren; a brother Carroll (Clarice), and sister-in-law Bette Gerling. Funeral service Friday 2/10/17 at 11:00 AM at Brunswick United Methodist Church, 6122 42nd Ave N., Crystal. Visitation one hour prior to service at church. Interment Oak Knoll Cemetery, Princeton, MN. Memorials given will be donated towards Parkinson's research. Robbinsdale Chapel 763-537-2333


Maureen A. Mashek 3/6/2018

Mashek, Maureen Ann Age 89 of Carondelet Village, St. Paul, died on March 6th, 2018. Born in Fargo, North Dakota June 26, 1928. Preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Irene Mashek of St. Paul, MN; brother, John Mashek, of Washington, DC; & aunt, Mildred Mashek Meyer, of North Dakota. Survived by sister-in-law, Sara Mashek, of Washington, DC; four Mashek nephews and their families: Jim, David (Maureen), Tom (Helen), Bill (Marianne); as well as their children and many cousins. Maureen graduated from Washington H.S., Sioux Falls, SD, 1946; received a BA from the College of St. Catherine, St. Paul in 1950; an MA from Catholic University, Washington, DC in 1963; did further studies at the University of Iowa, University of the Pacific, University of Minnesota, and the St. Thomas University. Maureen taught English, speech, and theater for 42 years in metro area high schools. As a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet, she taught at St. Joseph's Academy in St. Paul and the Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield. She also taught at several Minneapolis public schools: Central, South, and Southwest. Funeral Mass 3/15/2018 at 11AM at Carondelet Village in St. Paul, MN. Visitation 1 HR prior. Memorials are preferred to St. Catherine University, St. Paul. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996 West 50th St. & Hwy 100


Jacqueline (Jackie) Williams 2/1/2018

Williams, Jackie (Jacqueline) Age 85 of Richfield. Passed away on February 1, 2018, born February 9, 1932 in Eveleth, MN. Upon the death of her father in 1934, she was raised by the Sisters at the Convent of Ste. Agathe near Winnipeg, Manitoba, for 2 years. Later she lived with her mother and sister on Park Point in Duluth until they moved to Minneapolis in 1942. Jackie graduated from Villa Maria Academy in Frontenac, MN, in 1949. She earned her B.S. and M.Ed. degrees in Education from the University of MN. Jackie taught in Fairmont and St. Louis Park, MN, and for the Department of Defense in Italy, England, The Netherlands and Turkey. Jackie traveled around the world with Micky Pearson spending time with friend, Ginnie Andrews, in Okinawa. She continued her career in the Minneapolis Public Schools and retired in 1992. Jackie, Micky and Ginnie bought a house in South Minneapolis and built a rock fireplace in their cabin near Grand Rapids, MN. They loved the northern lakes and woods and enjoyed canoe trips in the Boundary Waters. After 40 summers in the cabin on Inky Lake, it was time to leave and move to a small unit on the Mississippi River. Jackie was preceded in death by mother, Doris Williams, and sister, Carita Rick. Survived by "a nephew and 3 nieces whom she loved to pieces" (Steph, Doug, Michelle, Jay, and their families.) She was very thankful for longtime friends, Micky Pearson and Ginnie Andrews, friends from Girl Scouts, Annunciation Church, Gramercy Park Cooperative in Richfield and the Travelers Country Club on the Mississippi. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, 11 AM at Church of the Annunciation, 509 West 54th Street with visitation one hour prior. Interment Lakewood Cemetery. Memorials preferred to Annunciation Church, Ursuline Sisters, 353 S. Sappington Road, St. Louis, MO 63122, The World Jubilee, or your local humanitarian organization. Gill Brothers 612-861-6088


Norma P. Shannon 3/6/2016

Shannon, Norma P. Died peacefully, surrounded by loving family, at Lyng- blomsten CC of St. Paul, March 6, 2016. Pre- deceased by parents, George & Tillie (Bjork) Peterson, husband Harold, son Brian, siblings, Bernice Walsh, Helen Huff, Evelyn Bowman, Warren Peterson, one infant grandson, two infant great-granddaughters. Survived by children, Jim (Jan), Gretchen (Bill) Wesley, Mary (Les) Huie, Michael, Julie (Paul) Sibole, Cindy (Dick) Stolp and David (Anne), 21 grandchildren and 22 great-grand children. Born in Oakes, ND in 1922, moving to Minneapolis with her family in 1926. Lived in California during WWII. Moved to Louisiana, then Montana before returning to MN. Teacher with MPS, graduate of U of M. Until his passing, she enjoyed 49 years of marriage to beloved husband Harold. She lived in the Augustana Care Community in Minneapolis before moving to Lyngblomsten. Memorial service 11 AM Saturday, Mar. 19 at Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church, 1620 E. 46th St. Mpls. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Animal Humane Society, Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church or "She loved and was loved"


Willie "Bill" Price Jr. 11/18/2017

Price, Dr. Willie "Bill" Jr. age 72, died on Saturday, November 18, 2017. Bill was born in Bassfield, MS, but upon graduating and working in a number of states, he settled in Minneapolis, MN 30+ years ago. He then moved to Edina, MN a few years ago. Bill never married and leaves no children. His parents recently died, but he leaves two brothers and one sister, still living in Mississippi. Having kidney issues that led to a transplant, Bill continued to live a full life, earning his Doctorate Degree in Social Work, becoming a Licensed Social Worker for the State of Minnesota, high school teacher, High School Principal, etc. Bill was a member of numerous clubs and organizations, was often first to support charitable causes, and leaves a host of friends and acquaintances. He was a founding member of the Unity South Church of Bloomington, MN. where a memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at noontime. His friends and family hope to see you there.


Mary L. Oberg 11/11/2017

Oberg, Mary L. age 74 of Bloomington. Passed away on November 11, 2017. Preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Lucille Oberg. Survived by siblings, Rick (Susan) Oberg, Jane (Steve) Robinson and Jim (Emily) Oberg. Many nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews and friends. Mass of Christian Burial, Thursday, November 16th, 11:00 am at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 4537 3rd Ave. S. Visitation one hour prior to the Mass. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Family was everything to Mary. Mary was a tireless and indomitable warrior for social justice through education. She helped to lift thousands of students in the region from underperforming to high performing. She battled to reduce the "soft bigotry of low expectations" for children of color and those from lower socio-economic levels. She believed in the importance of human stories to convey knowledge. From the board room, to the state capitol, to the streets, she advocated for civil rights and human justice. Her story needs to go beyond short and sweet because her legacy is important to reflect on. If so desired, memorials may be directed to The Isaiah Project. isaiah@isaiahmn.orgMorris Nilsen Chapel 612-869-3226


Robert B. Dalton 11/9/2017

Dalton, Robert B. Age 94 of Edina. Preceded in death by wife Shirley. Survived by children, Tim (Carol), Martha (Gary) Bunkers, Mary Ruth (David) Holland, Rob (Debbie), Sam (Julie), and Katie (John) Rickert; 16 grandchildren; 16 great- grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild; brother-inlaw Dennis (Mary Clare) Wareham; sister-in- law Irene Wareham; cousin Gene (Audrey) Benson; many nieces, nephews, and friends. Bob graduated from Granite Falls HS and the U. of M. Married his beloved wife Shirley (68 years) on June 16, 1948. He was a longtime teacher with the Mpls. Public Schools, a retired Lt. Col. with the USAF, fighter pilot, lifelong athlete, avid golfer, and a member of the MN Air Nat'l Guard. His children would describe him as sweet, joyful, funny, kind, humble, warm, affectionate, and faithful. In talking with him, you would feel as if you were the only person in the room. He loved his family ... and they loved him. Mass of Christian Burial, Wednesday at 11 AM, Church of Christ the King, 5029 Zenith Ave. So. Private interment at Ft. Snelling Nat'l Cemetery. Visitation Tuesday, 5-7 PM at Gill Brothers Southwest Chapel, 5801 Lyndale Ave. So. and one hour prior to mass at church. If so desired, memorials may be directed to the Church of Christ the King. Thank you to the staff at Fairview Hospice and York Gardens for all their love and care. Mpls. 612-861-6088


Joseph A. Zetah 11/4/2017

Zetah, Joseph A. age 83 of Mpls, passed away comfortably at home November 4, 2017. Survived by loving wife of 32 years, Elizabeth; sister, Sr. M. Celine Zetah R.S.M.; triplet brother, Dr. Jerome Zetah (Carol); sister-in-law, Marlys Zetah; and brother-in-law, Loren Quam; many nieces and nephews. Prededed in death by triplet brother, James Zetah; siblings, infant brother Zetah; Raymond (Lucille) Zetah, Sr, Leona M. Zetah R.S.M., Vernon (Dorothy) Zetah, Alice (Stan) Nester, Frank Zetah, Leonard Zetah, Mary (Frank) Ukockis, and Therese Quam. Joe spent his entire career working in education starting off teaching high school in Henderson, MN. After moving from Henderson he worked at De La Salle High School as a teacher and a counselor. Following De La Salle he worked at MTI High School in Mpls. He finished his career as Vice President of Academic Affairs at MTC. Throughout his career he also taught part time at the University of Minnesota. He was an avid runner, running the Twin Cities Marathon 3 times. He loved the arts, the theater and the orchestra. He will be deeply missed. Visitation 4-7 PM Friday, November 10, Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel, West 50th St and Vernon Ave at Hwy 100. Mass of Christian Burial 11 AM Saturday, November 11 with visitation beginning at 10 AM at the Basilica of St. Mary, Hennepin Ave. at 17th St., Mpls. Interment Lakewood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Basilica of St. Mary, Fairview Hospice or MCTC Foundation. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996 West 50th St. & Hwy 100


Mildres E. (Mid) Hume 10/16/2017

Hume, Mildred E. "Mid" "Miss Hume" age 93, died peacefully in her sleep on 10/26/17. Mid is predeceased by her parents, Alton and Hannah (Olson) Hume, sister Buryl Salmon, brothers Mahlon Hume, George Hume and niece Patricia Olsen. She is survived by nieces Donna Gorski, Barbara Wicklander, Sharon (David) Carlson and Debra (Steve) Nolan, 12 grandnieces and grandnephews: Michael Gorski, Lisa (Gary) Deming, Alan (Paula) and Linda (Tom) Hupf; Marilou (Marty) Starr and William Olson, Robin (Lynn) Wicklander and Daniel Wicklander, Brian (Carrie) Nolan, Hanna Carlson and Heidi (Jeremiah) Lamont and Erin (Britt) Nemeth; 16 great grandnieces and great grandnephews: Christopher, Graham, Drew, Lauren, Sydney, Taylor, Eric, Meghan, Bella, Chloe, Max, Hugo, Callie, Brielle, Isla . Mid graduated from Benson High School in 1941 as valedictorian of her class. She worked for the war effort at Arden Hills Ordinance Plant, and also for Caterpillar, Inc. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1948 with a BS in Social Work, in 1957, a BS in Elementary Education, and in 1961, a MA in Education. Mid taught in the St. Paul Public Schools for four years before joining the Minneapolis Public Schools where she worked for 31 years at John Hay, and North Star. An exceptional teacher and mentor, she had a soft voice and a loving heart for her students and the student teachers she shepherded. On a sabbatical beginning in 1967, Mid was instrumental in starting the first Women's Studies program at the College of Education. Through her work coaching full time teachers and student teachers she helped to bring Black literature and history to many urban schools in the late 60s and 70s. Auntie Middie was truly beloved by her many nieces, nephews and family friends. She taught us to read and to enjoy reading; she taught many of us to drive; she helped us to enjoy nature and she gave us all unconditional love. We are especially grateful to the families of her best friend Ardyth Meister (dec.2007): Kathy Meister, Judy Murphy, Bill and Julie Meister and Mary and Mike Swords who honored and loved Mid for her entire life. Mid loved the Twins and the Vikings. She loved golf and bowling and was active until her late 80's. We thank those at Arbor Lakes Memory Care who watched over her ever-decreasing memories and her fragility, but always found Mid's cheerful smile a lift in their day. Memorial Celebration at Sunset Memorial Chapel, Saturday, November 11, 2017, 11:00 with service at 11:30. In her memory, please bring a book that can be given to those who have the desire to read, but not the means. Please, no flowers. Memorials may also be directed to the Animal Humane Society or to the school of your choice. SUNSET 612-789-3596


Roger S. Sandau 10/11/2017

Sandau, Roger Stanley age 83 of Fridley. Passed away on Oct. 11, 2017. Roger graduated from Glencoe High School in 1952. He joined the Air Force in 1954. Married Carol Warnke in 1957. He graduated from Minnesota State University in 1959, and got his masters degree in 1960 from the University of Northern Colorado. Roger taught in the Mpls. Public Schools from 1960-1990. He coached boys soccer at Patrick Henry and later at South High. Roger enjoyed going to Florida for the winter months and playing golf. He was very generous with a great sense of humor. Preceded in death by parents, Relnhold & Sarah Sandau and sister, DeVelda Roth; survived by loving wife of 60 years, Carol; son Mark (Trish); grandson, Jack; granddaughters, Emma & Trinity; other dear family & friends. Memorial service with a visitation one hour prior on Tues., Oct. 17, 2017, 11 AM at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 4512 France Ave. N., Robbinsdale. If desired, memorials preferred to the church.Condolences: Miller Funeral Home Fridley Chapel 763-571-1300


Jeannette Eide 10/1/2017

Eide, Jeannette age 96 of Brooklyn Park, passed away peacefully on 10/1/17 surrounded by family. Preceded in death by husband, Oscar; daughter, Susan; parents, Erick and Margaret Anderson; and brother, Kermit Anderson. Survived by son, Steven; daughter, Sandy (Dave) Bremer; grandchildren, Alex and Maggie Bremer; other family and many friends. Jeannette was a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College where she met Oscar. She taught in the Mpls School System. Member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church and then Calvary Lutheran Church, Mpls Women's Club, The Swedish Institute and Mpls Golf Club. Special thank you to the staff of North Memorial Home Hospice. Memorials preferred to the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association. Interment Crystal Lake Cemetery. Memorial service Thursday 10/5 at 11 AM with visitation 1 hour prior at: Glen Haven Chapel 763-533-8643 5125 W. Broadway, Crystal


Ann M. Fiedler 8/2/2017

Fiedler (McGrath), Ann Our beloved Ann died August 2, 2017. Age 102, formerly of Edina. Preceded in death by husband, Vern. Survived by daughters, Susie (Tom) and Libby (Gary); grandsons, Bill, Patrick, Matt and Tommy; many nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews; other relatives and friends. Memorial Mass Wednesday, August 9th, 11:00 am at Christ the King Catholic Church, 5029 Zenith Ave. S., Mpls MN 55410. Visitation 1/2 hour before Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Alzheimer's Association or Arthritis Foundation.


Marcia J. Mulhausen 9/14/2014

Mulhausen, Marcia Jean (Dustin) Age 89, Oak Park Heights, MN (formerly Minneapolis), died Thursday September 14, 2017 after a long illness. Marcia was born on December 5, 1927 in Barre, VT, then raised in Randolph, VT. She was preceded in death by husband Robert; parents Clifford and Maud Dustin; and brothers Donald and Robert Dustin. Marcia graduated from Randolph Union High School, then started her Great Adventure! She attended the Boston School of Occupational Therapy and Tufts University, certifying as an OTR in '50. In her professional life, Marcia provided OT services to children with disabilities. Her career brought her to the North Carolina Cerebral Palsy Hospital in Durham, NC; the University of Illinois School of OT in Chicago, IL; and Minneapolis Dowling School, from which she retired in '93. On Dec. 26, '54, Marcia married Robert O. Mulhausen in Randolph, VT, after meeting in Chicago, IL. They moved to St. Paul in '55 and started their family. She ultimately raised four children in South Mpls., near Lake Nokomis, where her adventures were shared with children and grandchildren. She was beloved by her family, who will forever remember her as the Best Mom Ever. Marcia loved! Marcia loved swimming, skiing, hiking, and the small adventures of the great outdoors. She loved snowy white winters and colorful hot summers. She loved music: piano, voice, cello, and the cacophony of a family orchestra! All played a part in the soundtrack of her life. No life experience was too small to embrace. She loved games board games, card games, word games, and goofball tricks. No life experience was too daunting. Her travels took her across our grand continent and around the world! She loved people. She loved her neighborhood, her church, her friends, her patients, and the people who cared for her in her late life disability. If you asked her, she'd say that most of all she loved her family: parents, sisters, brothers, husband, children, in-laws, grandchildren, great grandchild, and a whole slew of cousins. She most enjoyed sharing her personal joy and sense of adventure with those she loved most of all. Marcia is survived by her sisters, Mary and Carol; children, John (Cheryl) Mulhausen, Jean (Mark) Hoffman; Paul (Teresa) Mulhausen, and Karen Mulhausen; grandchildren, Ryan Mulhausen, Andrea (Casey) Johnson, Brian (Ariana) Hoffman, Lindsey Mulhausen, Kevin Hoffman, and Hannah Mulhausen; great-grandchild, Sadie Johnson. Memorial service Saturday, October 21, 11:00 am, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1720 E. Minnehaha Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55407. Reception following service. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Holy Cross Lutheran Church.


Linda Maye Smith 8/20/2016

Smith, Linda Maye was born and raised in Hawkeye country and learned THE IOWA FIGHT SONG as a toddler. She did her growing up in Ottumwa, but was born in Sioux City on January 28, 1942. After a year at the U of Iowa, she came to Minnesota and graduated from "The U." She learned to sing THE ROUSER, too, but never as enthusiastically as THE IOWA FIGHT SONG. In later years she earned her Masters of Liberal Studies from Hamline. After teaching a year in a trailer in Iowa, she came and taught many grades for the Minneapolis Public Schools for 30 years. She and Bobbi Held, who finally became her spouse, raised 4 children: Shima, Tepi, Sunita and Shova. Shima predeceased her. She is survived by Bobbi, brother David, Sunita(Nick), Shova, also her 4 grandchildren: Annabelle, Miles, Julia and Henry. On Sunday, August 20, 2017 she began soaring with the other hawks. The service will be at 11:00 on August 31, at Judson Memorial Baptist Church located at 4101 Harriet Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN, 55409. A luncheon will follow the service. Immediate family will bury her at a later date. Memorials preferred to the humane societies in Park Rapids, Detroit Lakes. Minneapolis, Feed my Starving Children, American Refugee Committee, or any other organization that you feel will make this world a better place. Crystal Lake Chapel 612-521-3677 Penn & Dowling Aves N.


Theresa Yee 8/16/2017

Yee, Theresa Age 88 of Fridley, passed away surrounded by her loving family on August 16, 2017. Preceded in death by her husband, Chester; and brother, Thomas Liang. Survived by her four children, Mary Yee Johnson, John Yee (Mia Chung), Joyce Yee, Ellen Yee; and eight grandchildren. Theresa was born in Shandong, China and immigrated to the U.S. in 1950. She graduated from Benedictine College (Kansas) and became an elementary school teacher. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Retired from teaching in the Minneapolis Public Schools, Theresa lived in California and New Mexico before returning home to Minnesota last year. A devout Catholic, Theresa was sustained by her faith throughout her life. Her family was blessed to have been loved by her and will miss her greatly. The funeral service will be held at St. William's Catholic Church, 6120 5th St NE Fridley, MN 55432 on Friday, September 8, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. Visitation 1 hour prior. Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials, in her honor, may be made to Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis at 651.482.7606


Joan A. Wilkosz 8/15/2017

Wilkosz, Joan Alisa Minnie (Raymond) 82, passed away peacefully in Scottsdale, AZ on August 15, 2017. She is remembered with love by her daughter, Mary Elizabeth Wilkosz, and her sister, Mary Raymond. Born June 5, 1935 in Duluth, MN, Joan grew up in Marble, MN. Following in the footsteps of her parents, both educators, Ollie Alisa Knuti and John T. Rich Raymond, Joan attended college at Montana State University (B.S. '57) and graduate school at the University of Minnesota (M.A., '65; Ph.D.,'75). Joan held teaching positions with the Hibbing ('58-'59), Duluth ('59-60) and Minneapolis ('61-'01) public schools. She also served as an administrator and educational consultant with the Minneapolis school system. Joan also taught at the University of Minnesota and participated as an Executive Fellow with the Bush Foundation in 1992. Throughout her career, Joan worked passionately to support and advocate for public education, making friends throughout her life through activities in organizations and communities within and outside of Minnesota. In 2009, she moved to Scottsdale, AZ to be closer to her family. Joan is fondly remembered for the kindness and compassion she showed to everyone throughout her life. Joan's memorial service is scheduled for 2:00 4:00 pm, Saturday, October 14 at Messinger Indian School Mortuary, Scottsdale, AZ. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be sent to the University of Minnesota Foundation, P.O. Box 860266, Minneapolis, MN 55486. Please note in the memo line: Wilkosz Fellowship, Fund # 22012.


Marian Bernstein 8/9/2017

Bernstein, Marian "Mickey" age 89, passed away August 9, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband Harold, parents, Harry & Sue Feldman and brother, Leonard Feldman. Survived by children, Jeff (Lisa), Stewart (Sarah Leah) and Sheila Bernstein; grandchildren, Max, Aaron, Seth, Binyamin Mordechai and Esther Rivkah; sisters, Sharon Levine and Eunice Jorovsky. Mickey was a kindergarten teacher for the Minneapolis Public Schools for over 38 years and was also active in the Beth El Women's League and Hadassah where she held numerous positions. Funeral service 2:00 p m THURSDAY (TODAY) at UNITED HEBREW BROTHERHOOD CHAPEL, 2605 W 70 1/2 Street, Richfield. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Hadassah. SHIVA, 2725 France Ave. S. (services Fri, Mon., Tues. and Wed. mornings @ 6:45 am, Sun morning @ 8:00am. Thurs., Sun., Mon. and Tues. evenings @ 8:00 pm). Hodroff-Epstein 612 871-1234


Ethel S. Johnson 8/4/2017

Johnson, Ethel Funeral services for Ethel Johnson, age 89, of Golden Valley, MN, will be held Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 2 PM at Zion Lutheran Church in Milaca with Rev. Stephen Blenkush officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Ethel Sophia Johnson (Olson) was born November 23, 1927 to Carl and Elin (Sjogren) Olson in Duluth, MN. She was the fifth of nine children. Ethel was raised in the home of Swedish immigrants that provided her with a love of God expressed through loving other people. During and after the depression, their family often fed homeless men and women that wandered past their doorstep. Ethel was raised to believe that she and her siblings were created to serve others. Additionally, her parents made it clear that they expected her to better herself through education and hard work. During her early adult years Ethel fulfilled the expectations of her parents by attending and graduating from Gustavus Adolphus College. Life during the college years was challenging. Before college, she spent a year working at Moose Lake State hospital to earn money, and during college, she worked as a lifeguard. When school was not in session she would hitchhike home to see her parents and family. Ethel was united in marriage to Fred Johnson on June 16, 1951 at Zion Lutheran Church in Milaca. Her father Rev. Carl Olson officiated. Fred was a lifelong friend of Lester and Glenn Olson, two of Ethel's brothers. Fred and Ethel shared a fruitful journey of 66 years together. Many of their years were spent in Minneapolis. However, they traveled to and lived for a short while in Oregon, Colorado and British Columbia. During their years together Ethel worked first as a medical technologist, then as an elementary school teacher, and finally as a school psychologist after earning her master's degree in psychology at the University of Wisconsin River-Falls. Ethel's greatest love was children. She loved her children, grandchildren, great grandson and students with abandon. She understood that "what you do to the least of these you do to me." She also loved to talk about her children, grandchildren and great-grandchild with anyone who would listen. Ethel retired at 71. Since then they have split their time between their house in Golden Valley and a house on a hill in Ithaca New York. The house on a hill was a joy for Ethel because it was the new, beautiful house Fred had built for her and more importantly it was next door to her daughter Sheri's children. Over the past 2 years, as her health declined, Ethel was able to stay in their Golden Valley home due to Fred's constant and unwavering devotion and care. His attitude is summed up as "How could I do anything else?" Ethel is survived by her husband, Fred Johnson; children, Sheri (James Henry), Wendy (David Scheie), Mark (Marilyn), Michelle, and Christopher (LeAnne); grandchildren, Christopher, Matthew (Ashley), Lia, Alexandra, Kalena, Rafaelle, Gabriel, Christela, Danielle, Erik, Michael (Brittany), Marisa, Daniel, Emma, Tamiea, Kieony, Parker, Chase, Kaelyn; and great-grandchild, Payton, as well as four siblings, Mildred Bloomdahl, Lester Olson (Peggy), Grace Lundeen (Lyman), and Roger Olson (Jan), and sister-in law Carol Mae Olson. She was preceded in death by her parents; Carl H. Olson and Elin T. Olson, and siblings, Elwood, Marie, Leroy, and Glenn. Arr. Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home - Milaca


Geneva N. Anderson 3/8/2017

Anderson, Geneva N. (Nygren) Age 93 of Colorado Springs, CO, formerly of Minneapolis, died Mar. 8, 2017. Wife of Dr. Alvin G. Anderson. Graduate of Gustavus College and U of MN with degrees in parish work and special education. Served as Lutheran church professional in St. Paul, Hopkins, MN, and New York City. Taught in rural NE, Denver, and Minneapolis until retirement in 1988. Traveled with her husband during his time with the St. Anthony Falls Hydraulic Laboratory at U of MN. Survived by three daughters and families: Shirley Mills (Donald) of Syracuse NY; Judith Spielbauer (Ronald) of Oxford, OH; Gail Bagenstos (Craig) of Colorado Springs, CO. Memorial service Friday, July 28, 4:00 PM, St. John's Lutheran Church, 4842 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis. Memorials to St. John's Church.


Don G. Bergerson 7/11/2017

Bergerson, Don Gilbert age 84 of Plymouth Mn, passed away on July 11, 2017. Born in 1933 to Alice & Gilbert in Litchfield, MN. Married for 56 years to his favorite traveling companion Jan. Father of Tim and Todd. Brother to Barbara (Boyd) Nelson. Don proudly served his country in Alaska and was employed by the Mpls school district for 30 years as a high school educator. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. The little red cabin on Pokegama Lake was his most favorite place on earth. Preceded in death by his parents; son Tim; brother Bob: and 2 nephews. Celebration of life Wednesday 7/19/17 11 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2060 County Rd 6, Long Lake MN. Visitation 1 hour prior to service at church. Memorials preferred to S.A.V.E., 8120 Penn Ave. S. #470 Bloomington, MN 55431, Trinity Lutheran Church or donor's choice. Robbinsdale Chapel 763-537-2333


Marlene Visser 7/1/2017

Visser (O'Hagan), Marlene Age 79 of Robbinsdale passed away peacefully to be with our Lord surrounded by her family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandma, sister and friend. Preceded in death by husband Dar Visser. Survived by daughters Jillene "Jill" (Scott) Moen and Julie (Stan) Dennis; grandchildren Kristian, Danielle, Amanda and Megan; brothers Jim (Ann) O'Hagan, Jerry (Marianne) O'Hagan, Joe (Mary Ann) O'Hagan; sister Maurene (Ron Garner) O'Hagan; nieces; nephews; many relatives and friends. She was a beloved Kindergarten teacher to thousands of children in the Minneapolis Public Schools. She loved spending time with her family and friends, traveling, volunteering and playing bridge. Her beautiful smile and heart will be greatly missed. Visitation Thursday 7/6/17 from 3-8 PM at: Robbinsdale Chapel 763-537-2333 4239 West Broadway


Naomi M. Nechtel 7/3/2017

Nechtel, Naomi M. age 96 of Edina, passed away July 2, 2017. Naomi was born July 27, 1920. Preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Margaret and her beloved sisters, Ruth and Esther. She was a long time educator in the Mpls Elementary School System. Naomi loved all God's creatures, people, especially children, animals and plants. A special thank you to the care givers at Mt. Olivet Careview Home where she resided the past 10 years. A celebration of her life will be held at 12 Noon Thursday, July 6 with visitation beginning at 11 AM, Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church, 50th St. and Knox Ave S, Mpls. Interment Lakewood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Mt. Olivet Careview Home. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996


Donald L. Ravell 7/5/2017

Ravell, Donald L. Age 88, of Edina, passed away on July 5th. Originally from Pontiac, Michigan, Don spent his career working in education, including as a longtime school principal in the Minneapolis Public Schools. He is survived by his wife, Marion; daughter Sue (Kirk) Nosbusch; son Jim (Rhonda) Ravell; granddaughters Eloise (Marvin) Campos and Francine Ravell. Private interment planned. "I know that my Redeemer lives!"


Susan Y. Phillips 7/3/2017

Phillips, Susan Y. of Mpls. passed away on July 3, 2017. Loving Mother, Sister, Aunt and Friend too many. Preceded in death by parents Eleanor & William Phillips, grandparents, John & Ethel Hall: nieces, Sesha Rae & Catlin, uncle, Darryl Hall; cousin, Sean Danforth. Survived by daughter, Jakkee-Patricia Phillips; brothers and sisters, Eric, Karen, Ethel, Arivia, Kevin, Kimberly, Jennifer and Patrick; aunt, Elaine Danforth; cousins Dennis Danforth Jr, & Monica Monsch; and 16 nieces & nephews. Social Worker with MPS from 1987-2015. Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, July 19, 2017@ 1 pm Church of the Ascension 1723 Bryant Ave North 55411. Interment @Gethsemane Cemetery. Visitation: Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 5-8 pm @ Gearty Delmore Robbinsdale Chapel, 3888 W. Broadway and again for 1 hour before the Mass at church. Gearty-Delmore 763-537-4511


Carl W. Kroening 6/29/2017

Kroening, Carl W. age 89 passed away June 29, 2017 surrounded by family. Carl was born in Minneapolis, MN. He graduated from John Marshall High School and earned a Bachelor's and two Master's degrees from the University of Minnesota. In 1950, he married Ruth Manning and raised six daughters. He served as a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. A life-long educator in the Minneapolis Public Schools, Carl taught chemistry at North High and served several schools as Assistant Principal. He was appointed to the Minnesota Higher Education Coordinating Commission, serving from 1971-1974. He served North Minneapolis in the State House of Representatives from 1975-1981 and the State Senate from 1981-1997. He was passionate about education, horse racing and golf. As a loyal and loving family man, he was active in the lives of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brothers, John (Joan) and Martin. He is survived by his daughters Kathryn (Timothy) Kroening-Smith, Judith, Cynthia (David Lauckner), Rosemary (Mark Barthelemy), Anne-Marie Johnson, Carole (Michael Sweere), former wife Ruth, two brothers George (Nancy), Robert (Paula) and sister-in-law June. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Memorial service will be at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, July 11th with visitation at 10:00 AM at St. Austin's Catholic Church, 4050 Upton Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55412. Private interment. In the spirit of Carl's love of education, please consider mailing a donation to the Communication Center: Radio Talking Book, State Services for the Blind, 2200 University Ave. W. Suite 240, St. Paul, MN 55114.


Andrew Pogoler 6/30/2017

Pogoler, Andrew age 87 of St. Paul passed away June 30, 2017. Preceded in death by parents, John & Helen Pogoler; and sisters, Edith (Michael) Liebgot and Leah (Harvey) Fenick. Survived by his wife of 22 years, Barbara; children, Jonathon (Robin) Nye, Christopher (Jennifer) Nye; grandchildren, Audrey, Lucas and Charlotte; nieces and nephews. Andrew was born in St. Paul and graduated from Central High and the University of MN. He served in the Navy Air Force during the Korean War as a member of the NATO Mapping Squadron. He worked with the Mpls Public Schools for 42 years as a teacher, counselor and administrator. Andy enjoyed an active life golfing, sailing, biking, running and traveling and spending his winters in Florida. Andrew was a lifelong Zionist and a strong supporter of Israel. He participated in many volunteer trips to Israel where he participated in archaeology and horticultural digs. Funeral services 11:00AM, SUNDAY, TEMPLE OF AARON SYNAGOGUE, 616 S. Mississippi River Blvd., St. Paul. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum ( Shiva: Sholom Home East, 740 Kay Ave., St. Paul (Sunday 7PM). Hodroff-Epstein 651-698-8311


Mary Patricia Westberg 6/27/2017

Westberg, Mary Patricia "Pat" Age 91, of Edina, passed away June 27, 2017. Preceded in death by her husband James, and her sister Rose Dungan. Survived by brother James Pengra, son Clarence, and daughter in law Katherine, granddaughters Gwendolyn (Matthew) Griswold and Elizabeth Westberg, sister in law Mary Lou Moran, brother in law Bob Dungan, and four nieces: Chris Hoffman, Janet Hermel, Susan Shipman and Cathy Burns, and nieces and nephews from her husband's side. "Pat" was born in Fort Dodge, IA, and raised in Mankato, MN. She was the daughter of Clarence and Ruth Pengra. She Graduated from Mankato State University and the University of Minnesota with degrees in education. She taught first grade in the Mpls. Public School system at Madison, Agassiz, Page and Hale Elementary Schools. Pat was a past Regent of the Cpt. J. Holmes chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a State Historian, and State Scholarship Chairman for the DAR. She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Colonists, and the Order of the Eastern Star. Memorial service Thursday, July 6 at 7 PM. at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church on W 50th St. in Edina. Memorials in her name preferred to the ALS Association.


Donald Turkingtom 6/18/2017

Donald Turkington was born November 26, 1922, in Ironton, Ohio, the son of Harry and Helen Turkington. His parents were Salvation Army officers who served primarily in Ohio and New York State. Don spent his childhood and early teens in Tully and Cortland, New York, where he was imbued with a love for all music, especially the Big Band era. After the death of his father in 1938, his mother took the family to Detroit, Michigan, where she took a job in a factory and established a home. Don joined the US Navy at the outbreak of World War II and served aboard the USS Cabana, a destroyer escort, in the South Pacific. His ship was involved in island hopping campaigns during this time. He was selected from the fleet to enter the V-12 program which trained naval officers in colleges and universities. He was assigned to the University of Michigan and then to St. Mary's College in Winona, Minnesota, where he met and married his wife Arline in 1945. Their daughter Leslie Ann was born in Winona in 1947, then later joined by her brother Scott in 1958. Don graduated from St. Mary's College and took his first teaching job in Wells, Minnesota. After his initial stint there, the family moved to Minneapolis, where Don attended graduate school for his Masters' degree. He accepted a job in Middle River, Minnesota, where he served as principal, science teacher and bandmaster. Then, in 1950, the family moved to Eldora, Iowa, where Don served as principal. The next step was Minneapolis, where he was privileged to serve as teacher, counselor, assistant principal and principal for many years. His last assignment was as principal of Susan B. Anthony Junior High School in South Minneapolis. Don was the director of several choral groups and choirs over the years, including the Franklin Creamery Male Chorus, the Knights of Columbus Chorus, and the Holy Family Church Choir. A great lover of classical music and a lifelong trumpet player, Don played in almost every style in local bands and orchestras. Throughout his life, Don maintained a deep and abiding faith in family values and the importance of community service, and served in many city wide committees. He is remembered with great love as a father, husband and respected member of the community.


Dolores Wright 4/17/2017

Wright, Dolores (Dee) age 91, passed away April 17, 2017, in Bigfork, MN. Dee was born to Walter and Dorothy Dempsey on February 10, 1926, in Minneapolis. After graduating from Washburn High School she moved with her family to Missoula, Montana where, in 1945, she married Robert Wright. While raising their four children, Dee earned a degree in Romance Languages from the University of Montana in 1961. The family moved back to Minneapolis where Dee taught for many years at Clara Barton Elementary School. She was an inspired and devoted teacher and, in 1971, was named Minneapolis Teacher of the Year. In the mid-seventies, Bob and Dee left city life behind and moved to their cabin on Burns Lake in Itaska County. After Bob's death in 1986, Dee moved to the nearby town of Marcell where she remained for the last three decades of her life. Dee was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bob Wright; her second husband, Red Vallaster; and her sister Gloria (Dempsey) Hauck. She is survived by her children, Robin Wright (Paul Spitzer), Richard Wright, R. Scott Wright (Debbie Hegstrom), and Ronelle (Wright) Mattingly (Gary); grandchildren, Sarah, Joshua, Caitlyn, Jessica, and Jacob; and seven great grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Bigfork Valley Villa at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, June 27. For details or to contact the family, please email Scott at


Patricia A. Carey 6/15/2017

Carey, Patricia A. age 81 of Edina, MN. Preceded in death by husband William and 11 brothers & sisters. Survived by sister Jan (Jim) Roy. Many nieces, nephews & family. Interment @ St. Margaret's Cemetery. Mass of Christian Burial Friday June 23, 11 am at Our Lady Of Grace Catholic Church, 5071 Eden Ave, Edina, MN. Visitation Friday June 23, 1 hour prior to service at church and Thursday June 22 4-7 pm at: Washburn-McReavy.comEdina Chapel 952-920-3996 West 50th St. & Hwy 100


Barbara J. Johnson 6/11/2017

Johnson, Barbara Jeanne (nee Bratschi) 71, residing at The Wealshire of Bloomington, lost her battle with Alzheimers Disease on Sunday, June 11, 2017. She was born to the late Theodore and Gertrude Bratschi, March 15, 1945, in Minnepolis, MN. Her brother, James Bratschi, passed away in 1982. She is survived by her husband, Roger K. Johnson of Edina; son, Kristofer Ghosh Johnson (Elka), Oak Park, IL; daughter, Karin Johnson (Mark Kanger) of Grants Pass, OR; four grandchildren and former husband, Duane "Dewey" Johnson of Apple Valley. She will also be mourned by Roger's children, Kathleen Johnson (Shane Carmelich) of Edina, Elizabeth Greiner (Mark) of St. Paul, and Timothy Johnson (Dennis Janowski) of Minneapolis and Roger's six grandchildren. Barbara graduated from Minneapolis Southwest HS in 1964. She enrolled at St. Olaf College and received a BS with distinction in Education in 1968 from the University of Minnesota. She taught in Seattle and returned to Minneapolis and was a dedicated elementary education teacher for thirty years in the Minneapolis Public Schools. Her college roommates, Susan Dunwell, Susan Berglund, Jodell Rockenstein, and Ardis Cox remained her dear friends throughout her life. Barbara loved to travel. She taught in New Zealand and Poland. She and her husband traveled to over twenty countries. She enjoyed music, hiking, and photography. A special thank you to the staff at Wealshire of Bloomington and Park Nicollet Hospice. A memorial service will be held at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis on Monday, June 19, 2017 at 2 PM. Visitation one hour prior. Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Memorials are preferred to Global Volunteers of St. Paul. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996


Sara Ann Sexton 6/8/2017

Sexton, Sara Ann Sara Ann Sexton, age 79. Legendary English teacher, Minneapolis Southwest High School. She is survived by her sister, Peggy Bouveret, who resides in Paris. Sara earned a Bachelor of Arts from the College of St. Catherine in 1959 and a Master of Arts from the University of St. Thomas in 1991. Over her more than 45 years of teaching, Sara changed the lives of generations of students. While at Southwest High School, Sara launched the International Baccalaureate Program. Every school in the community that now offers the IB curriculum owes it to the success of her work. She was awarded the Minneapolis Public Schools Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1987 and the College of St. Catherine Alumni Award in 1997. Of teaching, Sara said, "I was happy every day for 40 years." When she taught her students, she hoped they would learn how to move in the world with integrity; how to love richly and well; how to be rational, honest, generous, and humble. She was an extraordinary friend, and throughout her life she collected a band of smart, funny, strong-minded people who adored her. She loved gin, good food, all dogs, and fast Porsches. Many will wish to honor her life. She did not want a funeral, and so no public service will be held. Remember Sara in your heart when you read great literature and listen to beautiful music. Honor her life by engaging your intellect and spirit with the world around you, as she taught. If a life is measured by the difference it makes to others, Sara Ann Sexton lived a hundred lifetimes. Those who knew her are so much richer for having be given the love of her strong, courageous heart. Memorials preferred to The Humane Society of the United States and the Schubert Club.


Mary T. Healy 6/4/2017

Healy, Mary T. Age 87 of Mpls. was surrounded by her beloved children and grandchildren while they ushered her into heaven on June 4, 2017. Preceded in death by husband Jack; parents Leo and Anne; sister Patricia Misgen. Survived by children Patty Healy Janssen, Kathleen Healy Twistol, William (Jill) Healy; grandchildren Nikki, Christian, Molly, Kelly, Charlie, Leo, Vincent and Joseph; brother William (Fran) Belford; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Mary was a graduate of St. Catherine's University. She taught in the Minneapolis Public Schools for over 30 years. She loved to spend time with her family, especially her grandkids. She was a loyal wife, mother and grandma. She will be deeply missed. Visitation 4:00-7:00 PM Wednesday, June 7 at Washburn-McReavy, Edina Chapel, West 50th St. and Vernon Ave. at Hwy 100. Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 AM, Thursday, June 8 with visitation at 10:00 AM at the Church of Our Lady of Grace, 5051 Eden Ave. S., Edina. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996


Addell L. Dahlen 6/2/2017

Dahlen, Addell Louise (Halverson) born August 8, 1921 to Hjalmer and Lillian (Kohnke) Halverson of Elk Mound, WI, died on June 2, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN. She was preceded in death by her husband Karl Berner Dahlen, son James Dahlen, and great granddaughter. She is survived by sister Marian Tilleson, nephew Franklin Tilleson, daughters Karen (Stuart) Johnson, Joanne (David) Martin, son Stephen Dahlen, grandchildren Carl (Monica Herrera) Martin, Dagney (Benjamin) Virgin, Sage Dahlen, Anna Dahlen, Axel Dahlen, and 4 great-grandchildren. Addell was baptized, confirmed, and married in Barum Lutheran Church, Elk Mound, WI. She graduated from Hillside School, Elk Mound High School, attended the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, and graduated with a degree in English from Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN. Addell taught school in Brownton, MN, Fall Creek and Blair, WI, and in Minneapolis Public Schools, first as a substitute teacher then as an English teacher at Folwell Junior High and Roosevelt High School. In addition to her family and teaching, Addell was an active member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church and Augsburg College faculty wives and alumni groups. Her interests ranged from gardening, furniture refinishing, tailoring, sheltering displaced persons, hosting many foreign students including several from Brazil, and teaching Sunday school. She was a good neighbor and a generous host to many groups, both at her home in Minneapolis and at her lake home near Birchwood, WI. The Knit-Wits, the Girl Scout Moms, and the Birthday Girls, were just a few of friendship groups that spanned her life in Minneapolis. Addell was involved in delivering for Meals on Wheels, faithfully making sure the coffee was ready at the local Cooperative Adult Ministry, stirring up the batter for the annual Roosevelt High Pancake Breakfast and filling in as pianist for hymn singing at church and Nokomis Square. Addell was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She provided a strong anchor for a large extended family as well. Whether it was through her many years as an English teacher, her work in the church, her sharp humor or just as a neighborhood character, Addell touched the lives of everyone she met. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 1 pm at Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church, 5011 South 31st Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Food and fellowship following the service at the Church. Memorials preferred to Metro Meals on Wheels, 1200 Washington Ave S, Ste 380, Mpls, MN 55415.


Elaine M. Johnson 5/29/2017

Johnson, Elaine M. Our loving mother who lived in Mpls over 68 years passed away aged 95, May 29, 2017. Preceded in death by husband John E. Johnson; parents Elsa and Louis Neiman; one brother Lowell Neiman and son Keven Johnson. Elaine graduated from Iowa State Teachers College and taught at Windom El School. Worked at Target, volunteered at Value Village and Cathedral of the Pines Camp. She loved animals, was an avid reader, enjoyed gardening, singing, dancing, card games and playing Bible Trivia on her iPad. Survived by her daughters Teri Isner Windermere Fl. and Joyce Carroll Greensboro NC; 6 grandchildren David, Jacob, Bekki and Haeley Johnson, Sharon and Chris Carroll; 4 great-grand-children Kylie, Avery, Fiona and Kiefer. Funeral service June 5th at Mount Olivet Church 5025 Knox Ave. S., Mpls. at 11:00 AM. Visitation June 4th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at Washburn McReavy, 5000 W 50th Edina. Interment at Lakewood Cemetery. Memorials to Mount Olivet Church.


Richard F. Cornwell 5/19/2017

Cornwell, Richard F. 90, of Scottsdale, AZ, formerly of Minneapolis and Windom, MN. Born March 20, 1927, Spring Valley, MN died May 19, 2017, surrounded by family, after a courageous battle with cancer. Survived by loving wife Geraldine ("Gerry") Cornwell, Phoenix, AZ; sisters Shirley Hathaway, of Pennsylvania, and Ann (Roy) Kingsley, Scottsdale, AZ; brother Ron (Joan) Cornwell, Bloomington, MN; daughter Nancy Hadfield, Glendale, AZ; son John (MaryLee) Cornwell, Woodbury, MN; step-daughters Janel Moede, Chandler, AZ; and Mary (Jeff) Kaiser, Woodbury, MN; and many nephews, nieces, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents Finch and Agnes Cornwell, and son Richard A. Cornwell. Dick was a WWII-era veteran, devoted family man, school principal, fitness buff, competitive water skier, avid barbershop singer, and strident advocate for social justice. Dick graduated from Minneapolis West H.S. in 1945. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he earned a B.A. with honors in 1949, and M.A. in 1952, at the Univ. of MN. Dick then served the Minneapolis Public Schools for 29 years, as an elementary teacher and principal, at Cooper, Howe and Lyndale schools, as well as an assistant administrator to the Superintendent. Dick also worked as a principal and teacher in Burnsville, MN, and in Cave Creek, AZ. Dick then earned his securities license and worked as a stock broker. In his retirement Dick remained dedicated to education, serving as a volunteer tutor with the AZ Literacy & Learning, helping ESL and disadvantaged students in schools and prisons. His entire life Dick was passionate about community service, social justice and civil rights. He served as a church lay leader, on city committees on Human Relations and Fair Housing, as Toastmasters leader and as president of the Minneapolis Principals Forum. As a committee chair for the National Education Association, in 1964, Dick organized a referendum requiring all elementary school principals' state delegations be racially integrated. He was a vocal critic of the Vietnam and Iraq wars, as shown by a number of published letters to the editors of the Arizona Republic and MN StarTribune. Dick was equally energetic in his hobbies. He was MN State Water Ski Champion, Sr. Men's slalom, American Water Ski Assn., in the 1960s-70s and continued to ski competitively and win tournaments past the age of 80 years. Dick also sang for years in Barbershop music clubs, such as the Minnetonka Clippers, Phabulous Phoenicians, Chordhustlers Chorus, and quartets including Four Ever Young. Services have been held. Memorial preferred in lieu of flowers to Habitat for Humanity.


Kathleen M. Moberg 12/13/2016

Moberg, Kathleen M. Age 99, of Minneapolis, passed December 13, 2016 in West St Paul. Graduate St Cloud State and University of Minnesota, longtime teacher Minneapolis Public Schools. She was the joy of her late husband Reuben's life for more than 50 years. Beloved mother of Dr. Mark (Idella) and Paul Moberg, and Kristin Carey (Dr. Gregory); grandmother of Olaf (Melanie), Jenny Moberg, Christopher (Juli), Bridget Carey; great-grandmother of Blair, Alexander, Mark and Bianca Moberg and Dawn Carey. Preceded in death by parents Carl and Esther Ekstam; sister Margaret; brother Carl. Memorial service 10:30 am Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Sunset Funeral Home (2250 St. Anthony Blvd. NE). Memorials requested to Hennepin Ave Methodist Church or donor's choice.

Published on May 12, 2017


Donald L. Burton 4/24/2017

Burton, Donald L. Age 90 of Bradenton, FL., passed away on April 24, 2017 after succumbing to cancer. He graduated from the University of Minnesota and was a Teacher and Principal in the Minneapolis school system for 31 years. He served in World War II with the Third Division in Europe. He is survived by his loving wife Ann and brother Bruce (wife Marlyse). Also survived by step-daughters Lynn Jessen (husband Tim), Susan Johnson (husband Neil), Sally Franke (husband David), grandchildren Becca Wittmer (husband Matt), Brian Jessen, Bailey Johnson, and Tyler Johnson (wife Andrea), great grandchildren Eloise and Oscar Wittmer, and Vera Johnson, as well as cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife Byrldeen, son Thomas and sister Beverly Wychor (husband Walter). Interment will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, 7601 34th Ave S., Mpls., Assembly Area 4. May 3 at 10:15 AM. A celebration of Don's life will be at The Waters of Highland Park, 678 S. Snellng Ave, St. Paul following the burial at 11:30 AM. Donations may be made to the National Cancer Society or Our Lady of Peace Hospice Home, St. Paul.


Patricia D. Gertz 4/10/2017

Gertz, Patricia Dena age 73 of Brooklyn Park, MN, passed away on April 10, 2017. Born April 18, 1943 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada to Helen Elizabeth Cruickshank Moon and James Harold Moon, she together with her family immigrated to the US in 1956, settling in the Twin Cities. She graduated from Mounds View High School in 1960, and attended the University of Minnesota graduating with a degree in elementary education and later was awarded a Masters Degree in education. She was married to Jerome Gertz for several years, and they maintained a good friendship for the rest of her life. A much beloved teacher, she threw herself into the work of education with enormous passion in the Minneapolis public schools, serving at Willard, Northstar and Jenny Lind. Her students and her teaching were central to her life, and she took great pride in their achievements in her classroom and beyond. She was active in many community and service organizations, enjoyed a large and loving circle of friends, and doted on her nieces and nephews. A vibrant spirit, she was quick to laugh and ready with a hug. She is survived by her sister, Pamela Venkatesan, and by her brothers, Donald Moon and David Moon. A celebration of her life will be held in May or early June. In lieu of flowers, gifts in her honor might be made to Doctors Without Borders or NPR.


Renza H. Anderson 4/6/2017

Anderson, Renza Halls, October 7, 1914 to April 6, 2017 passed peacefully at age 102. Born in Hills, MN, Renza grew up on the farm homesteaded by her grandparents, enjoying the frequent company of her many aunts, uncles and cousins and embracing her family's Norwegian heritage and traditions. After graduating from Mankato State Teachers College, she established Northfield's first Kindergarten program. Married Paul M. Anderson June 20, 1942, they moved to Minneapolis, later settling in Golden Valley. They sang in their church choir for over 30 years. She put her career on hold to raise their family, then returned to teaching. Children brought a smile to her face and a twinkle to her eye and the feeling was mutual. In retirement, she was active with the Aquatennial Senior Ambassadors, Nordkap Auxiliary, Seniors on Screen TV and Golden Valley AARP. Renza was always gracious and kind. She was a special lady who will be missed by all who knew her. Survived by children Claire (Peter) Benson, Joan (Arlie) Scheppke, and John H. Anderson, grandchildren Mark, Lea and Kate and five great-grandchildren. Predeceased by Paul, her loving husband of 60 years, parents Clara and Arthur Halls and sister Erma Schubbe. Funeral service at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 4801 France Avenue S., Minneapolis 55410 on April 22 at 11 am. Visitation 1 hour prior to service. Memorials to Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd.


Sidney A. Buchanan 3/22/2017

Buchanan, Sidney A. age 88, of Minneapolis passed away Wednesday, March 22, 2017 in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He proudly served in the US Army of Occupation in Japan in 1947. He obtained a Bachelor and a Master's degree in Elementary Education, and was an elementary school educator for 35 years. He was first a teacher then a principal at Shingle Creek, Burroughs, Holland, Holmes and Kenny Elementary Schools. Sidney was active in ELEMENS group, and enjoyed "Born Again Jock's" bowling and golfing leagues in retirement. He was a world traveler. Survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Barbara (nee Heffelfinger); son, Bradley (Kathleen), daughter Kimberly (Alvin Krupicka); grandchildren, Andrew, Thomas, Patrick (Heidi), Benton, and great-children Alma and Eleanor. He is also survived by sisters Dorothy Lodahl and Margaret Ann Finke (Richard), and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by parents Peter and Wilhelmina Buchanan, brothers Donald, Robert, Waldemar, sisters-in-law Helen, Louise, Dorothy, Marguerite, and Gladys, brothers-in-law James and Paul, and nephews Sean & David, and niece Lisa. Funeral tentatively planned for Friday, March 31 at Fort Snelling Chapel. Detail to follow this week.


Lucille F. Miller 3/3/2017

Miller, Lucille Falk "Lucy" age 94, died peacefully in her sleep on Friday, March 3, 2017, in Sandpoint, Id, where she moved four years ago to be near her oldest daughter. She was born August 2, 1922, to Jennie (Morse) and Christian A. Falk in Huffton, SD, and was the oldest of two daughters. At the age of 14 Lucille and her family moved to Mpls, MN, where she attended South High School. She graduated June 1939 at the tender age of 16. She attended Augsburg College for a year, and then transferred to the University of Minnesota where she received her B.S. Degree in 1943. In 1953 she received her master's in social work (MSW) from the U of M. On September 5, 1943, Lucille married Donald R. Miller, and the young couple moved to Santa Ana, Calif., until the war ended. They returned to Minneapolis in December 1945 and in 1952 they were blessed with the first of their three children, Lois, followed by Lisa in 1954, and Davin in 1959. Lucille had a long and much admired career in social work, her life's passion. She spent her early years as a caseworker with Hennepin County Welfare Board/Hennepin County Court Services, before joining Minneapolis Public Schools as a social worker in 1953. Lucille worked full time at many of Minneapolis' junior and senior highs, while all the time also working part-time with the American Red Cross as a night caseworker, helping service personnel return home when faced with family emergencies. She retired from the school system in June 1982 and from the Red Cross a year later, after 30 years of service. Lucille was dedicated to dozens of community and church organizations. A particular favorite of Lucille's was the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Other organizations included Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Minneapolis League of Women Voters, Eagles Auxiliary #34, VFW Auxiliary (Ballentine Post), and more. Near to her heart was her work with Children's Kidney Disease Society and Crippled Child Relief. She was a treasured member of Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church for more than 50 years. Lucy will always be remembered for her love to dance, her joy to dress in vibrant colors and her commitment to help others in need. She loved to write poetry, often jotting down a poem on a napkin or scrap of paper whenever her muse stirred her. In 2011, she realized a lifelong dream, when her book Poems By Lucy, was published. ( She also was a talented artist and would spontaneously sketch a stranger or one of her grandchildren in a pensive or delightful expression. Her willingness to laugh and bring joy to others will be sorely missed. Besides her parents, Lucille was preceded in death by her loving husband, Don, and her dear sister Lois. She is survived by daughter Loi Eberle (Bob Bissett) of Bonner's Ferry, ID; daughter Lisa Simer, (Karl) of Fridley, MN; son Davin (Elizabeth Whitchurch) of Hudson, WI; five grandchildren who live from coast-to-coast: Will, Emily, Erin, Victoria and Jenna; and two great-grandchildren in Vermont. Memorial service is Monday, April 17, at 10:30 AM, with visitation beginning at 10 AM, at Lake of the Isles Church in Minneapolis, followed by a light brunch in the social hall. Private interment at Ft. Snelling. In lieu of flowers, family prefers memorials to Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church, The American Red Cross- Minnesota Regional Office, or American Association of University Women (Minneapolis branch).


Helen M. Smith 3/14/2017

Smith, Helen M. Age 104, of Edina, MN. Born January 1, 1913. Died March 14, 2017. Preceded in death by husband Jim Y. Smith: sisters Mary Wilson and Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Peterson; brother John Thorpe, parents Oscar and Amanda Thorpe. Survived by sons Henry Tressel (Carol) and Richard T. Tressel; daughter Margaret Ericson (Ed); grandson Peter Tressel (Randy Werner); granddaughters Sarah Tressel (Pete Sprengeler), Ann Kirn (Andy) and Robin Snover. Helen loved her church, Normandale Lutheran, gardening, golf, skiing, world travel and watching loons and eagles at Lake Washburn near Outing, MN. Graduated with Honors from Washburn High, Carleton College in 1934 and with advance degrees from the U of M. She was an elementary school teacher and principal in the Minneapolis Public Schools. Thank you to the loving staff at York Gardens Edina & Fairview Hospice. Memorials preferred to Normandale Lutheran Church Missions or to donor's choice. Funeral service 12 Noon, Monday, March 20 at Normandale Lutheran Church, 6100 Normandale Road, Edina. Visitation on hour prior to service. Interment Lakewood Cemetery. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996


Charlene R. Jensen 3/4/2017

Jensen, Charlene Rebecca age 71, of Mpls, passed away peacefully March 4, 2017. Preceded in death by parents, Jens & Esther; brother, Morris and aunt, Rebecca. Survived by brothers, Clayton and Lance; 3 nieces, and many grand nieces & nephews. Charlene was a dedicated teacher for 30 years with Mpls Public Schools. Memorials preferred to Abiding Savior Lutheran Church or Bible Study Fellowship. Memorial service Friday, March 17, 11:00 am, with visitation one hour prior at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, 8211 Red Oak Drive, Mounds View. Hillside Chapel 612-781-1999

Published on March 11, 2017


Elizabeth Telke, 2/23/2017

Telke, Elizabeth "Betty" age 103, of Minneapolis, passed away on February 23, 2017. Full notice at a later date. Cremation Society of MN Mpls. 612-825-2435

Published on March 4, 2017


Myrrhene Crawford, 2/18/2017

Crawford, Myrrhene D. died peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on February 18, 2017. She was an esteemed elementary school teacher in both St. Paul and Minneapolis Public School Systems and taught at both Field and Hale Elementary Schools for 35 years. She was a member of St. George's Episcopal Church in St. Louis Park. She was proceeded in death by her loving husband Marvin and is survived by sister Marcheta (Robert), son Stephen, daughters Kim (Rick) and Sherrie (Michael), granddaughters Kathleen, Erin (Andrew), Megan, Jasmine, Amber (Alaric) and Shamar (Eric), great grandchildren Elliot, Max, Audrey, Sidney, Christian, Andrew, Xavier and Kennedy, and great-great granddaughter Violet plus many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 11 at the Cremation Society of MN, 7110 France Ave So, Edina. Visitation 5:00PM Memorial Service 6:00PM. Cremation Society of Minnesota 952-924-4100


Richard C. Johnson 2/2/2017

Johnson, Richard C. Age 92 of Mpls., "The Music Man" passed away Feb. 2, 2017 after emergency hip surgery. Best known for leading the band and orchestra programs at Roosevelt High School 1963-1984. Survived by wife Joyce; children Kristi Johnson (Gene Rebeck) and Heidi Stokes (Brad); grandson Christian Stokes, and many nieces and nephews. Dick was the 6th and youngest child born to Lutheran pastor T.A. Johnson and Dena Johnson in Brandon, SD. He served as Radioman aboard the Navy flagship USS Argonne in WWII. He graduated with a double major in history and music from Augustana College in Sioux Falls. There, he met fellow music major Joyce Van Steenwyk in choir who became his wife of 65 years. In the early years he taught and led bands in Rock Valley, IA; Luverne, MN and South High School. He obtained his Master of Music Education at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and worked toward a Ph.D. at the University of North Dakota. In 1974 the Roosevelt Band was nominated, then selected from over 100 bands in North America to participate in the International Youth and Music Festival in Vienna, Austria. Their performance ranked among the highest from bands all over the world, and their concert was broadcast on Radio Free Europe. Dick also loved choral directing and was a gifted baritone soloist. He and Joyce traveled all 50 states, Europe, and China. He was a voracious reader, history scholar, and loyal Vikings fan. His quiet strength and artist's heart will be dearly missed by his family, friends, and countless students. Celebration of Life on February 25th, 2:00 at Bethlehem Covenant Church, 3141 43rd Ave., S., Mpls. Memorials to Augustana University, Bethlehem Covenant Church.


Mable Hokanson 2/12/2017

Hokanson, Mabel R. Age 95, of Minneapolis, passed away on February 12, 2017, at Episcopal Church Home in St. Paul where she was a resident for 10 years. She was born on December 10, 1921 in Gwinn, Michigan. For much of her professional life she was employed by the Minneapolis Public School System, retiring as a first grade teacher. Mabel had many joys in her life. She enjoyed volunteering for AICE, going to the Guthrie Theater, playing a competitive game of bridge and traveling the world. She was an avid reader right to the end of her life. Mabel loved spending time with her family and friends. Her generosity helped her grandchildren fulfill college aspirations and bridge life's interruptions. She had a wonderful sense of humor and her contagious laugh was attested to her love of life. She is survived by her sisters Grace Nolingberg, and Betty West; brother-in-law David West; sons Roger (Karen) and Kirk (Margaret McDonald); grandchildren, Spencer, Briana and Heda, and many nieces, nephews and friends. Preceded in death by her parents, brothers Stanley, John and Carlyle, sister Dorothy and husband John Hokanson. A special thank you to John Armstrong for his un-wavering compassion and caretaking for the past many years, and the supportive and warm staff of Episcopal Homes. A service will be held at Sunday February 19, 2017, 1:00 PM at Coventry Chapel in Cornelia House, 1840 University Avenue West, St. Paul, MN 55104. Visitation one hour before the service. Private internment at Sunset Cemetery. If so desired, memorials may be directed to the Minneapolis Public School System. Davies Chapel 612-377-2203


Yavonne M. Beseler 1/28/2017

Beseler, Yvonne Marie 73, went to her Lord on January 28, 2016. Yvonne was pre- deceased by her parents, Roy and Marcelline (Dworschak) Beseler. Yvonne is survived by her sisters, Clarice (Maurice) Swenson and Lois (Donald) Koehler and numerous nieces and nephews. Yvonne was born in Arcadia, WI, on October 10, 1943. Yvonne was an educator at heart earning degrees from Saint Catherine's and a doctorate from the U of M all with a focus on elementary and secondary education. Yvonne loved gardening, writing, playing the piano and craft projects and was happiest engaging in these hobbies at her lake home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church, New Brighton, on Friday, February 3 at 10:30 am. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service with interment at Saint John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery; a luncheon will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church, 835 2nd Ave NW, New Brighton 55112. New Brighton Chapel 651-636-9821


Bill Kuross 1/31/2017

Bill Kuross, a tennis and squash star who helped coach Washburn High School to a city conference championship in football in the 1960s, was known as much for his approachability as for his skills on both field and court.Kuross died of Parkinson’s disease Jan. 31 at Walker Methodist Care Suites in Edina. He was 87.Kuross was born in Minneapolis and played football for Central High School in Minneapolis. He earned an education degree from Augsburg College, where he was a repeat tennis champion in the mid 1940s. His tennis career continued to blossom in the 1950s when he played for the U.S. Navy team in Philadelphia and at the U.S. Open in Forest Hills, N.Y., said his son Bill, of Minneapolis. “Sports were definitely his passion,” his son said. “He was such an outgoing and gregarious guy. He had lots of friends.”

Kuross started teaching social studies in Slayton, Minn., before moving to Minneapolis and teaching at Ramsey Junior High and Washburn. He was part of the football coaching team that led the high school to consecutive city conference championships in the early 1960s. He became head coach in 1964. In an interview with the Minneapolis Tribune, his coaching style was described as “guiding the players with a strong hand overshadowed by a warm and outgoing personality.”

During the 1960s and ’70s, Kuross won several consecutive state open tennis championships. He was also ranked fourth nationally in senior doubles in his 50s. Kuross had a love for squash as well, a sport in which he also became a state singles and doubles champion. “Squash is the greatest conditioner there is,” he said in an interview with the Minneapolis Star in 1982. “It doesn’t involve running like tennis. I don’t think running is fun. Squash is quickness and fast movement.”

Kuross had another impact on the local tennis scene with the Minikahda Invitational, an idea he developed when he was a teaching pro at the club in Minneapolis in 1958. It was considered the premier tennis event in the Twin Cities and brought together a small group of local players against nationally ranked professionals. Past invitational champions Vic Seixas, Ham Richardson and Allen Fox helped shape tennis in the United States before the sport’s U.S. Open era arrived in the late 1960s. Future Grand Slam champion Andre Agassi also played in the tournament. The invitational raised funds for inner-city tennis programs of the Northwestern Tennis Association, and Kuross received awards recognizing the hundreds of thousands of dollars his efforts solicited.

Kuross eventually quit teaching and started work for Advance Machine Company in Spring Park, which manufactured and sold commercial floor cleaning equipment. During his 20 years with the company, he became its national sales manager. He then spent 30 years running his own janitorial wholesale equipment and product distribution company, Savoie Supply in Bloomington. He sold the business and retired about five years ago, his son said.

He loved anything sports-related and frequently attended Vikings, Gophers and Augsburg games. He was also an avid deer and duck hunter.

He is preceded in death by his wife Edith, who died in 2012, and brother Arthur. Besides his son, Kuross is survived by nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held later this year.


James 'Jimmy' Hamilton 12/31/2016

Fate smiled on Minnesota’s jazz scene decades ago, when pianist James “Jimmy” Hamilton traveled to the state with his wife, ran out of money, and put down roots. Hamilton became a fixture in Twin Cities’ jazz clubs, and his lessons on the fundamentals of music inspired thousands of Minneapolis teens — including one student with “big ears” who later became known as Prince. 
Hamilton, dubbed a Minnesota jazz legend, died Dec. 31 after prolonged complications from stroke. He was 80.
Local jazz enthusiasts knew Hamilton as a pianist who started playing in the 1960s at the Poodle Club in Minneapolis, appeared with stars at the Carleton Celebrity Room in Bloomington, and anchored a jazz trio at the Lafayette Country Club in Minnetonka. Relatives recalled a loving family man whose emotions poured out through his fingers onto the keyboard, but also through his time with his two children and three grandchildren.
“James … never shied away from showing that he cared about people,” said his daughter-in-law, Trena Hamilton. “He cried at our wedding before we even walked down the aisle. That was one thing that everybody loved about him; he showed emotion. That was always a wonderful thing.”
Hamilton grew up an only child in Alabama after being adopted into a musical family that included an uncle who played clarinet in the Duke Ellington Orchestra. He studied music in the 1950s at Tennessee State, where a roommate helped him get a two-week gig playing baritone saxophone as a fill-in for the Ray Charles Band.
“I told my dad after two and a half weeks, ‘I’m going to go back to Tennessee State and I’m going to stay until I graduate,’ ” Hamilton recalled in a Jazz Legends interview on Jazz88 radio last spring. “Boy I learned a lot about life being on the road with the Ray Charles Band.”
Hamilton was introduced to the woman he would marry, Barrow, while giving music lessons in Tennessee to her younger siblings; they remained husband and wife for 54 years. They were traveling between Michigan State, where Hamilton was starting graduate school, and Denver when they stopped in the Twin Cities to see relatives and ended up staying for good.
Hamilton was a band teacher for 28 years in the Minneapolis Public Schools, where he inspired musicians with his focus on pitch and clarity and fundamentals, rather than just the mechanics of playing instruments. The band program at Central High School grew from around 20 to 300 musicians in his years there, he said in his interview.
“I tried to introduce music theory and the business of music,” he recalled. “My philosophy was, anybody can pick up a guitar and start strumming … and teach themselves, but so many people do not know music theory.”
Hamilton called jazz saxophonist Bobby Watson his “prized pupil” and said student Prince Rogers Nelson had the “big ears” of a star.
“The ear is what separates the men from the boys, of course, and guys like Prince … they could hear,” he said in his interview, which was hosted by singer Patty Peterson, a friend who collaborated with Hamilton on two recordings.
Peterson sang Friday at Hamilton’s memorial service. Hamilton is survived by his wife, daughter, Darla, and son, Alan.
Hamilton’s other celebrity encounters included appearing at the Carleton room with Sammy Davis Jr., Rodney Dangerfield, Robert Goulet, Gladys Knight, Joan Rivers and (thanks to his country roots in Nashville) Jimmy Dean. Later, he would recall rehearsing on one of two grand pianos for a duet when the man playing with him, Steve Allen, walked over.
The musician and TV star simply told Hamilton, “Don’t show me up!


Marilyn M. Quist 12/26/2016

Quist, Marilyn Mae (nee Fedderly) Age 88, long time Lakeville resident, passed away December 26, 2016 at Augustana Emerald Crest of Burnsville where she was well cared for during the past five years. Marilyn, a retired elementary school teacher, often shared how grateful she was to those who encouraged her to go to the U of M and pursue a degree for a career she loved. She taught for 30 years at Minnehaha/ Keewaydin Elementary School in Minneapolis and enjoyed being part of the teachers group known as the "HaHa's". Marilyn also served in the US Naval Reserve, sang in church and community choirs, and assisted in developing the Dakota City Heritage Village at the Dakota County fairgrounds. She raised raspberries and managed a tree farm on her property with her husband C. Leonard "Len" Quist. Marilyn is survived by her sister, Fern Hendricks, Bonita Springs, FL and sister-in-law, Glorian Fedderly, Rosemount, MN, Leonard Quist's children, Paul and Wayne, a niece and nephews. She was preceded in death by husband C. Leonard Quist, former husband Peter Jensen, parents Clara and Henry Fedderly, brothers William and Stuart, sisters Dorothy and Virginia, and special friend Donald Limbeck. Visitation for Marilyn will be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 from 1-3 PM at Henry W. Anderson Mortuary, 14850 Garrett Avenue, Apple Valley, MN (952-432-2331). There will be a short service at 2:00PM followed by refreshments. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to Augustana Emerald Crest of Burnsville, or to Grace Hospice of Minneapolis. Henry W. Anderson (952) 432-2331


Michael P. Joseph 1/8/2017

Joseph, Michael P. Age 93, passed away January 8, 2017. Preceded in death by brother Philip and sisters Harriet McDonald and Louise Hannah. Beloved foster father of Jose Vilchis and dear brother of Lenore Mastin and Alice Szymanski. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and dear friends. Michael was a man of great intellect and faith who lived a full and happy life. As a young man, he served as a Christ-ian Brother, eventually earning a Master's degree and teaching at numerous high schools and colleges. He later earned a Ph.D. in Psychology. His many professional roles included St. Mary's College and University of Minnesota professor, counselor, founding principal of the Minneapolis Work Opportunity Center, principal of Washburn and Marshall University High Schools, and Director of Research for Minneapolis Public Schools. He was an active member of the National Apostolate of Maronites for many years. Liturgy of Resurrection at ST. MARON MARONITE CATHOLIC CHURCH (602 University Ave. NE, Mpls.) Thursday at 11 AM with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Private interment St. Mary's Cemetery. Memorials preferred to the church. "A Celebration of Life" 612-789-8869


Joan M. Wein 1/7/2017

Wein, Joan Mary Age 83, of St. Paul, passed away Jan. 7, 2017. Preceded in death by husband, Lowell and her twin sister, Jean Watts. Survived by her daughter, Christine Wein, brother in-law, Rodger Watts, nieces, nephews and friends. Joan taught in the Minneapolis Public Schools for over 30 years. She was also an avid swimmer, reader and bird watcher. Memorial Service 1:30 PM Saturday, January 14th (gathering starting at 12:30PM) at the HOLCOMB-HENRY-BOOM-PURCELL FUNERAL HOME, 536 N. Snelling Ave., St. Paul. Interment Fairview Cemetery Renville, MN. Memorials preferred to Alzheimer's 651-646-2844


Subhra Chowdhury 12/19/2016

Chowdhury, Subhra Passed away on December 19, 2016 in Kolkata, India at the age of 72. Subhra is survived by her son, Debashis Chowdhury, his wife, Laurel and her grandson Ethan, as well as her sister-in-law, Vijoya DasGupta and brother, Dipankar DasGupta, his wife, Krishna Banjeree DasGupta, their daughter Nandini, and her husband Unmil. She was preceded in death by her husband, Krishna Chandra Chowdhury and her brothers Ashok DasGupta & Bibhuti DasGupta. Subhra was born on October 12, 1944 in Kolkata, India to Profulla Ranjan and Renuka DasGupta. She was a graduate of Patna University in Patna, India where she completed her PhD in Philosophy in 1973 as well as St. Mary's University of Winona, Minnesota where she completed a Master's Degree in Education in 1991. Subhra was an elementary school teacher for both the Minneapolis and St. Paul Public School districts for over 25 years where she was once cited as their teacher of the year. She was a dedicated member of the Bengali Association of Minnesota for over 30 years and an active volunteer with various educational organizations in the Twin Cities. Important to her identity was her faithful devotion to the values of the Self-Realization Fellowship. A visitation is scheduled for Sunday, January 8th at 9 AM at the Cremation Society of Minnesota at 7110 France Ave South, Edina, MN. All are welcome to attend and celebrate her life. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to the Self-Realization Fellowship, 3380 San Rafael Avenue, Dept. 9W, Los Angeles, CA 90065.


Margaret R. Tuma 12/23/2016

A child of Minnesota, Margaret was born on the kitchen table in her family’s farmhouse in Webster Township, near Northfield on March 13, 1944.  Speaking Bohemian as a child, she always remained connected to her Czech heritage. She and her brothers walked to country school, then attended Northfield High School, where she was athletic and always wanted to run track. Margaret earned a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Minnesota and an MA in K-12 Counseling from the University of Minnesota, Duluth.  In California for a year, Margaret attended UCLA and worked for Price Waterhouse. There she met actor Walter Matthau and got to see the sealed Academy Award envelopes being readied for that year’s Oscar ceremonies.

Back in Minnesota, Margaret’s  teaching career began at Bancroft School in 1967, followed by assignments at Bremer, the South East Alternatives program at Tuttle,  the Free School and the Gifted-Talented Program.  She excelled as a 
classroom teacher, often being assigned the most challenging children,  because her calm demeanor and her wide-ranging interests and curiosity engaged her students so completely.

 A life-long Catholic, she attended St. Leonard’s Catholic Church and enjoyed attending church with her daughter, Mercedes, at First Congregational Church in Southeast Minneapolis. Out of college, she was a paid soloist at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and professional singer in the Unitarian Society Choir.  For several years, she sang Handel’s “Messiah” at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.            

Retirement in 2001 gave Margaret the time to pursue her true passion of being Mom to Mercedes. Margaret said that being a mom was the best job she ever had. She raised Mercedes to share her love of history, reading the Betsy Tacy and Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books together when Mercedes was a child. Margaret was an avid follower of music, especially Blue Grass, Classical and folk music.  She and Mercedes attended MBOTMA Bluegrass Festivals  together and even went on a Bluegrass music ocean cruise. 

Margaret served on the MRTI Board in numerous positions: Assistant Recording Secretary, Assistant Corresponding Secretary, numerous committees and, her special love, the Program Committee.  Becky Grover, Chair of the Program Committee credits Margaret with being “the backbone of the Committee. She never wanted to be in the spotlight,”  but her energy in following the Minnesota Arts scene was indefatigable, attending three, four or more performances a week in search of new, interesting, educational and entertaining programs to bring to our monthly MRTI luncheons.

Preceded in death by her parents, William and Elaine Tuma and her brother Neil, Margaret is survived by her daughter, Mercedes Tuma-Hansen, her brothers, Keith, Marvin and William Jr, many relatives and many, many friends who will deeply miss her..


Evelyn Kriesel 9/21/2016

Kriesel, Evelyn I. (Shelstad) Age 88, of Richfield, MN and Alamo, TX, passed away peacefully on September 21, 2016. She was born on March 31, 1928 in New Effington, SD to Iver and Esther Shelstad. She is preceded in death by her husband Gerald and brother Irvin. Evelyn loved spending time with family and friends. She enjoyed playing cards, rummy cubes, dominoes, and attending various social events. Evelyn is survived by her children: Jacqueline Lundemo, Thomas Kriesel, and Pamela (David) Kriesel-Koll; 5 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Evelyn's life celebration will be held Monday, October 3rd at 11:00 AM at Oak Grove Lutheran Church, 7045 Lyndale Ave. So., Richfield, MN. Pastor Tom Zarth will be officiating; a light lunch to follow.


Dolores V. Hanson 12/29/2016

Hanson, Dolores Vogen age 89, of Minneapolis, passed away December 29, 2016. Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 6, 2017 at Central Lutheran Church, 333 S. 12th St., Minneapolis. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to N.C. Little Memorial Hospice of Edina, Luther Seminary, Concordia College of Moorhead, MN or St. Olaf College. Private interment, Fort Snelling National Cemetery


Marilyn M. Quist 12/26/2016

Quist, Marilyn Mae (nee Fedderly) Age 88, long time Lakeville resident, passed away December 26, 2016 at Augustana Emerald Crest of Burnsville where she was well cared for during the past five years. Marilyn, a retired elementary school teacher, often shared how grateful she was to those who encouraged her to go to the U of M and pursue a degree for a career she loved. She taught for 30 years at Minnehaha/ Keewaydin Elementary School in Minneapolis and enjoyed being part of the teachers group known as the "HaHa's". Marilyn also served in the US Naval Reserve, sang in church and community choirs, and assisted in developing the Dakota City Heritage Village at the Dakota County fairgrounds. She raised raspberries and managed a tree farm on her property with her husband C. Leonard "Len" Quist. Marilyn is survived by her sister, Fern Hendricks, Bonita Springs, FL and sister-in-law, Glorian Fedderly, Rosemount, MN, Leonard Quist's children, Paul and Wayne, a niece and nephews. She was preceded in death by husband C. Leonard Quist, former husband Peter Jensen, parents Clara and Henry Fedderly, brothers William and Stuart, sisters Dorothy and Virginia, and special friend Donald Limbeck. Visitation for Marilyn will be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 from 1-3 PM at Henry W. Anderson Mortuary, 14850 Garrett Avenue, Apple Valley, MN (952-432-2331). There will be a short service at 2:00PM followed by refreshments. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to Augustana Emerald Crest of Burnsville, or to Grace Hospice of Minneapolis. Henry W. Anderson (952) 432-2331


Phebe Hanson 12/16/2016

Phebe Hanson once called poetry “the most democratic of forms.” And on her tongue, it was.
Her poems were vibrant and often witty, never intimidating or stuffy. They felt like stories of a Lutheran girl growing up on the Minnesota prairie. When she performed them aloud, as she loved to do, laughter warmed the room. “Phebe was a Norwegian, Lutheran comedian of the first order — under the guise of being a poet,” said Garrison Keillor, who first met Hanson in the 1970s, a frothy moment in the history of Minnesota poetry. “She was a rare one.” Hanson died Friday, at age 88, on the birthday of Jane Austen, a writer she loved.
Hanson will be remembered not only for her poetry, her friends and fellow writers said, but the way she welcomed people into the world of writing, inspiring them to start a journal and, perhaps, adding them to her long list of best friends.
“She believed everybody could write, everybody could participate,” said author Patricia Hampl, one of those best friends. “She combined this incredibly exquisite ear and sense of taste with a kind of openness.”
She was a “Lutheran comedian of the first order,” said Garrison Keillor.
Hanson didn’t start writing poetry until she was in her mid-40s. By then, she had been journaling for more than 30 years.
Dated Jan. 1, 1939, her first journal entry began her detailed accounts of her life in Sacred Heart, a small town in western Minnesota. Her first collection of poems, “Sacred Hearts,” published in 1985, stole from these early writings, showing a child’s eye for detail. “In Sacred Heart, Minnesota,” the title poem begins, “we Lutherans barely knew the Catholic kids.”
Their mothers smoked Camels, played bridge in the afternoons instead of Ladies’ Aid. Their fathers, lying under their Chevvies, said, goddam, cursing the motors to life.  Her Norwegian father was a Lutheran minister, so Hanson’s childhood was filled with stoicism and ritual. When she was 8, her mother died. “That was, I think, the incontrovertible, core fact of her life,” as well as her poetry, Hampl said.  In one poem, she writes about trying to forget that “my mother’s heart lies fading in a little bedroom beyond the rows of corn.”
After graduating from Augsburg College, Hanson began teaching, first in a one-room schoolhouse on the prairie, then in Minneapolis high schools. She and her then-husband raised three children and six foster children between work and pro-peace gatherings, said her son, Erik Riese.
In the 1970s, she helped build women-led poetry communities in the area.
A few days a week, she’d swing by Marly Rusoff’s bookstore in Dinkytown, a tiny place packed with skinny volumes of poetry and the writers who loved them: Robert Bly, Hampl, Keillor. Workshops in the store’s upstairs led to the creation of the Loft Literary Center, Rusoff said. Hanson was a founding member. A lot of poets were floating around in those days, Rusoff said, but Hanson could be counted on to do the work. “Phebe was the one with me, cleaning up.” She was the one who, for a reading inspired by poet Emily Dickinson’s birthday, remembered to bring the cake, Rusoff said. At her first meeting of the Women Poets of the Twin Cities, Hanson brought no poetry of her own. But friends encouraged her to bring her journal, and, at the next gathering, she read aloud from it. “So at 45 years of age, after years of writing steadily in all those blank books,” she wrote at one point, “I dared to think of myself as a poet, dared to read my poems aloud, dared to submit them for print.”
A black-and-white video captures Hanson, her blonde hair in a thick bob, reading one of her pieces at a benefit for the Loft in 1975. Her clear voice picks up, then slows, for effect. She pauses, making room for the audience’s laughter.  “It was Phebe who would not only read her work — she would, with full force, deliver it to an audience,” Rusoff said. “I think that came from being the daughter of a preacher. Keillor found it hard to read Hanson’s poems on “Prairie Home Companion,” he said Sunday, “because they don’t seem right coming from me. They are so much her voice and her. Her poems are just so linked to her.”  Alongside Keillor, Bill Holm and others, Hanson toured Minnesota in the 1970s with the Minnesota Poetry Out Loud series.
Though she won accolades and honors — a Bush Foundation fellowship among them — Hanson was “the least careerist poet I’ve ever met, maddeningly unconcerned with the usual notches on the holster,” as Hampl once put it. “She was a person of much less pretense than the rest of us,” Keillor said. “Some of us were mostly pretense. She was always a preacher’s daughter from a small town, from Sacred Heart, who came to the big city.” “Her work was brilliant, but she also empowered others,” Rusoff said. “Phebe provided warmth and support to people who wanted to be writers.”
Hanson’s second collection of poems came out in 2003 — 18 years after her first. In “Why Still Dance,” her personal stories again tell a larger history. One poem, titled “Crone,” ends with her resting on a sun-warmed stone, whose ridges remind her of her own wrinkles … a thought I find strangely comforting. “Soon I’ll be a crone,” I say to myself, “an elder with wrinkles and wisdom, and when even my walking stick can no longer support my old body, I’ll slide down the path, a gleeful child again, crawl on the rocks like a baby new to the world, toward the crashing waves and endless sky.” Hanson’s work is “immediate — it’s not difficult poetry,” Hampl said. “But you do find yourself going back to it,” she continued, not because it’s tough to crack open, but “because the surface simplicity of it is carrying a great deal more.” As she aged, and lost much of her eyesight, Hanson kept reading — on a slim Kindle with a soft light and big font. She devoured several books a week. She kept in touch with her dozens of “best friends,” and, on Emily Dickinson’s birthday, Dec . 10, a few of them came to visit.  Hanson was not able to sit up, Hampl said. But she recited, from memory, several of Dickinson’s poems.


Ila Mae Langguth 12/5/2016

Langguth, Ila Mae (nee Berg) Ila Mae, age 92 of Mpls, died on Dec. 5. She was married to Deane for 63 years prior to his death in 2009. Ila Mae was born in Wheaton, MN, was valedictorian at Marshall HS in Mpls and graduated from the U of M. She was a sixth grade teacher at Seward Elem and a Saturday School teacher for many years at her church. Ila Mae was a member of University Lutheran Church of Hope for 80 years. Ila Mae is survived by son Scott Langguth (Bernadine) and daughter Penny Langguth Thorkildson. She was "Grummy" to Kelly, Colleen (fiance' Chad), and Scotty Langguth, and Chris (Jenny) and Stephen (Seana) Thorkildson. She was "Great-Grummy" to Isla, Henry, and Darla Thorkildson and Brockton Sandell. Memorial service on Fri, Dec 16: Gathering of Friends at 5 p.m. and Service at 7 p.m. at University Lutheran Church of Hope: 601 13th Ave SE, Mpls MN 55414 (612) 331-5988. In lieu of gifts, memorials are preferred and may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association or the University Lutheran Church of Hope Trust.


Ronald (Sid) Sandeen 12/5/2016

Sandeen, Ronald "Sid" Born July 30, 1935 in Geneseo, ND, he died December 5, 2016 in New Hope, MN. Preceded in death by wife Barbara; parents, Florence and Ernest Sandeen; brothers, James and John Sandeen. Survived by sons, Michael, Christopher (Christy), and Anthony (Hillary); daughters, Laura Triden (Kevin) and Elizabeth Osborne (John); sister, Geraldine Hawker (Don); 11 wonderful grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; special friend, Phyllis Raffaelli. Ron was born in Geneseo, ND and moved to Glenwood, MN at an early age where he grew up and attended high school. He enrolled at St John's University in Collegeville, MN and graduated in 1957 with a degree in music education. He served two years in the Army as an officer and military band director at Fort Bliss, TX. Upon returning to MN he met his future wife Barbara and they married in September 1960. Later he complete a Master's Degree in Music Education with an emphasis on providing musical training to deaf students. Ron was an enthusiastic St. John's alumnus and represented the class of 1957 as class agent for 43 years. He carried forward the values and disciplines gained through his Collegeville experience and maintained many friendships with the St. John's community. He was a regular at Johnnie football games rarely missing a game. Go Johnnies!! Ron had a storied career as a decorated instrumental music director in the Minneapolis Public Schools, serving 37 years at all district levels. He founded the Tri-City Musicmakers marching band program at the Academy of Holy Angels, Richfield, MN which he directed for 23 years. Ron says, "A big thank you to all my former students for fond memories and a job well done!" Ron loved to travel and spent many summers showing his family the USA by station wagon and camper trailer. He loved the outdoors and introduced his kids to boating, ice fishing, bear watching, grouse hunting, and rock picking the shores of Lake Superior. He travelled extensively internationally with Barbara always making new friends along the way. Since 1965 Ron has been a member of St. Raphael's Catholic Church in Crystal, MN, serving as eucharistic minister, lector, and parish music director. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus #3656 and the Evergreen Club. He was a volunteer at St. Therese Nursing Home where he contributed fellowship and his musical talent. He and his family wish to thank the staff at St. Therese's for their caregiving and kindness as Ron prepared to receive the grace of God. Ron was an amazing father, grandfather, and best friend. He is loved and will be sorely missed. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 am Monday, Dec. 12 at the Church of St. Raphael, 7301 Bass Lake Rd, Crystal, with entombment at Gethsemane Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Sunday, with Prayers at 6:30, at Gearty-Delmore Robbinsdale Chapel, 3888 W. Broadway, and again one hour prior to Mass Monday AT CHURCH. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to St. John's University, P.O. Box 7222, Collegeville, MN 56321. Gearty-Delmore 763-537-4511


Barbara A. Mahigel 11/28/2016

Mahigel, Barbara Ann (Phenix) Our dearly beloved Barb, 74, was taken from us on November 28, 2016. Preceded in death by her loving parents, Esther and John Phenix. Survived by her devoted husband of 52 years, Dr. Elias "Lou" Mahigel; son and daughter-in-law, Michael Mahigel and Kelly Baker; sisters, Nancy Himes, Kay Howell, and Janet McCoy; grand-dogs, Lola and Bronson; and hundreds of loving friends. Barbara was a lifelong Minneapolis resident who dedicated her life to helping others. She held a BA in education from the University of Minnesota and taught at Seward Elementary School before her retirement. She fought for equal rights her entire adult life, from civil rights in the 1960s, to LGBTQ rights in her later years. She volunteered for the benefit of the underprivileged until her passing. Barb was a caretaker and a selfless protector of her kin. She loved life, family, friends, strangers, and animals. Her positive attitude and outlook could not be suppressed. Her smile and warmth brought joy to everyone fortunate enough to have been in her presence. Services will be held Saturday, December 17th at Good Samaritan United Methodist Church in Edina, MN. Visitation begins at 10 am and a memorial service will follow at 11 am.


Wilber K. Lewis 11/10/2016

Lewis, Wilbur Kindle Wilbur Kindle Lewis, age 92, died peacefully at home surrounded by family on November 10, 2016. He was born in Oxford, Ohio to Marion and Margaret (Bedenbaugh) Lewis. Wilbur started his undergraduate education in Ohio at Miami University, but put his education on hold to enlist in the military in 1943. He proudly served as a Montford Point Marine in World War II, stationed in the South Pacific. In 2012, he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his service to our country. After resuming his college education, he met and married fellow college student Isabel in 1947. They graduated in 1951 and he moved his family to MN in 1954. In Minneapolis, he attended graduate school at the U of MN, and began his teaching career in the Minneapolis School District at Marshall High School followed by work at Edison, Washburn, Central, Roosevelt High and Northeast Junior High as an Assistant Principal. Wilbur took an early retirement in 1981, but his quest to continue learning led him to acquiring licensure in real estate and as a broker after he and Isabel moved to AZ in 1989. Wilbur led his life by example, with conviction, determination and dignity. His range and depth of knowledge were unsurpassed. Devotion to family was paramount. As we all will miss him dearly, we know that his life and spirit will be carried on through his family and those whose lives he affected. Preceded in death by his beloved wife, Catherine Isabel (Cheeks) Lewis, and daughters Myla Katherine (Lewis) Collins and Debra Anne Lewis. Survived by children Gail Lewis-Miller, Mark (Kim) Lewis, Ken (Alison) Lewis, Ron Lewis, niece Anita Lewis, 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at St. Mark's United Church of Christ (8630 Xerxes Ave. S., Bloomington) on December 10 at 11 a.m. Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. and a luncheon will follow. A service will also be held on January 14 at Desert Garden UCC Church in Sun City West, AZ followed by a private interment. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Mark's UCC, Desert Garden UCC or American Cancer Society.


Rosemary E. Weitzel 11/16/2016

Weitzel, Rosemary E. 84, of Anoka, passed away peacefully Wednesday, November 16, 2016. She retired after 37 years of service with the Minneapolis Public School System. Rosemary was a union steward for Local Teacher's Union 59 and traveled the country in support of her belief in the importance of quality education. She donated her time and energy to many causes including the Northside Resident's Redevelopment Council. She was an enthusiastic bowler, an avid theater goer and did beautiful needlework. Rosie was a member of the Weston Woods River Belles. She deeply enjoyed spending time with her friends, including Bible Study, TOPS group, and most importantly, family. Every Saturday morning would find her at Courage Center watching as her great-grandchildren learned to swim with a smile on her face and conversation for everyone she met. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles, and grandson, Jason. Rosemary is survived by her children, Karen (Richard) Myers, Bev (Wylt) Chipman, Mike (Tammy) Weitzel, Steve (Geri) Weitzel, Eric Weitzel, Chris (Jean) Weitzel, and Greg (Tina) Weitzel; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, with 1 on-the-way; grateful exchange students; brother, Clarence; sister, Frances; nieces and nephews, especially Peggy Skarp; other family and friends. Memorial Mass will be Monday, Nov. 21 at 11 am with visitation one hour prior at Church of St. Stephen, 525 Jackson St., Anoka. Inurnment, Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Gearhart Anoka 763-421-4347


Dorothy A. Papatola 11/13/2016

Papatola, Dorothy Ann (nee Skwiera) age 87, having completed her work in this life, joined the souls and spirits of those who had gone before her on November 13, 2016. A devoted mother, she anchored the lives of her children with constant, reassuring presence. Her gifts of gumption, compassion and common sense nurtured responsibility and independence. She taught by example and quiet determination. Dorothy left her first year of college to marry Joe Papatola and returned many years and five children later to complete her education with bachelor's and master's degrees. Her work in Minneapolis' inner-city schools provided new dimensions to her worldview. Deeply touched by the stark and chaotic situations of her students, she filled in gaps wherever she could with time after school, lunch tickets, new shoes or winter coats. She loved family holidays and graciously shared them, often with the "orphan" friends of her children who had no place else to go. She loved music -- especially Broadway musicals -- often capping celebrations in front of her hard-to-tune baby grand piano with children and grandchildren gathered in song. She weathered the death of her husband and the untimely death of a son. Long-term effects of Parkinson's gradually diminished her mobility, but never to the point of refusing her children's invitations to her beloved arboretum. Her departure leaves an enormous hole in the hearts of those who knew and loved her. Dorothy was preceded in death by husband, Joseph Papatola; son Joseph Papatola, Jr; parents Peter and Stella Skwiera; sister Barbara Jean Beck; brother Edward Skwiera; son-in-law, Timothy Peterson. She is survived by her loving children and grandchildren: Kathleen Papatola and children Chase Peterson, Marissa Papatola and Tiffany Withers; Mary Jo Manzey (Gary) and children Paul (Gemma) and Sarah (David) Erdahl; Nancy Smith (Greg) and children Mara and Collin; Dominic Papatola (Mary Jones) and children Nicky and Sofia; Joe Jr.'s life-long partner, Tim Scott and many friends and loved ones. Visitation 5:30-8 pm Thursday at Washburn-McReavy Northeast Chapel, 2901 Johnson St. NE with vigil prayers at 7:30 pm. Mass of Christian Burial Friday, 11am, St. Charles Borromeo Church, 2739 Stinson Boulevard, with visitation one hour prior to service. Interment Sunset Memorial Park. Northeast Chapel 612-781-6828 2901 Johnson St. N.E.

Published on November 15, 2016


George M. Lansing 11/12/2016

Lansing, George Michael 71, of Bloomington, MN, loving husband, father, brother, and grandfather, passed away on November 12, 2016. Born on February 10, 1945 to George Frank Lansing and Rosella Chester in Minneapolis, MN. Survived by his wife Darlene, his brother Jay Lansing (Jean), his son Michael Lansing (Nina Clark), his daughter Jill Lucken (Kevin), and his grandchildren David Edsen and Chloe Edsen. A second-generation North-sider, he graduated from Patrick Henry High School in 1963, where he was a co-captain and all-city in football, as well as student council vice president. He started at defensive tackle on the first national championship football team at NDSU in 1965 and graduated in 1968 - the first in the family to earn a college degree. He married Darlene Vinje on February 28, 1970. His career as a teacher in the Minneapolis Public Schools -- inspired by his own teachers, Don Swanson and George Wemeier -- began the same year and lasted until his early retirement in 1997. He taught physical education and health at Nokomis, Standish, Ericsson, and the School of Extended Learning and was an assistant coach on Washburn's 1977 state championship football team. In 1997, he was the district's nominee for Minnesota Teacher of the Year. He touched the lives of hundreds of kids, and especially loved to work with students who came from disadvantaged backgrounds like his own. George dedicated himself not only to his students, but also to his family. Despite his success, he gave up coaching to spend more time with his own kids, whom he showered with love, attention, wisdom, and stories. George enjoyed travel, good food, hunting, clays shooting, and -- most of all -- spending time with his wife, brother, children, and grandchildren, who loved him as fiercely as he loved them. His larger-than-life personality meant that people always opened up to him. He enjoyed a wide circle of close friends wherever he went. George endured diverse illnesses for over twenty years and despite his suffering, made the most of life. The family thanks the staff at Presbyterian Homes-Bloomington and Fairview Hospice for providing excellent care in his final days. The memorial service with fellowship will be held Saturday, December 3 from 1PM-2:30PM at Heritage Lutheran Church, 13401 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd., Apple Valley, MN. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Don Swanson Scholarship Fund at the Patrick Henry High School Foundation in his honor.

Published on November 15, 2016


Leland J. Widga 11/6/2016

Widga, Leland J. Age 97 of Bloomington. A very special and loving person went to be with his Lord and Savior on Nov. 6 where he will be greeted by his loving wife Agnes, his son Charles, his daughter Sue, his parents, and his three brothers and their wives. Survived by his son, Robert (Maggie O'Groske); daughter-in-law, Barb; son-in-law, Allan (Lyuda) Thompson, 7 grandchildren, Teri Widga-Lockhart; Kim (Steve) Crusinbeny; Jason (Coty) Thompson; Jeni (Gary) Green; Amy (Mark) Cismesia; Eric Widga and Christine (Mike Dolce) Widga, 13 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Treslyn and Jim Koskan; and their children, Lowell (Mary) Koskan, Laurie (Denis) Biagini, and Becky (Bob) McDaniel, and 6 nephews and nieces and their families. Leland retired from teaching math at Franklin, Bryant and Anthony Junior High Schools in Minneapolis. Thank you to the staff at Masonic Home Care Center for their loving care of Leland. A celebration of life will be held on Friday, Nov. 11, at 11:00 at Lake Nokomis Presbyterian, 1620 E. 46th St. Mpls. Visitation 1 hour prior to service at the church. Memorials preferred to the church. Washburn-McReavy.comNokomis Park Chapel 612-721-1651


Lillian P. Bisbecos 10/13/2016

Bisbecos, Lillian P. "Zacharoula" age 86, of NE Mpls., passed away Oct. 13, 2016. Survived by sisters, Sophia Canelake and Bertha Bisbecos; nephews and niece, Peter Bisbecos, Peter and Elizabeth Canelake; great nieces and nephews, Mark and Andrew Bisbecos, Andronikki, Thespina and Leonidas Canelake. Preceded in death by brother, Andrew (Mary) Bisbecos; brother-in-law, Leo Canelake; and nephew, Dean Canelake. Lillian received her master's degree from the University of Minnesota. She taught school for over 40 years in NE Minneapolis and Germany. She was well respected by her peers and students alike. She was an avid golfer and skier and sportsfan who enjoyed watching the Vikings. She was a loving sister and aunt and will be deeply missed. Funeral service 11:00 AM Thursday, Oct. 20 with visitation beginning at 10:00 AM, St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave S., Mpls. Interment Lakewood Cemetery. Memorials preferred to St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996


Jean M. Wollan 10/9/2016

Wollan, Jean M. (nee Dow) Age 90 of Roseville formerly of Edina. Passed away peacefully at home Oct. 9, 2016 surrounded by family. Preceded in death by beloved husband, Sherman. Survived by children, Jeannette (Richard), Elizabeth (Spencer) and David (Barbara); grandchildren, Marni (Brett), Brandon, Ethan, Lauren, Christian, Brian and Katie; great-grandson, Cole. Jean was born Aug. 20, 1926 in Minneapolis to Emery and Hazel Dow. 1944 graduate of Marshall High School and 1949 graduate of U of M with a degree in Business Education. Jean and Sherm were married June 1950. She taught Business Education in the Mpls Public Schools for 25 years. Jean and Sherm enjoyed their long-standing bridge groups, volunteering at church, their cabin, traveling and Hawaii. Special thanks to her long-term care team: Jodi, Beverly and Roberta. Visitation 4-8 PM Thursday, Oct. 13 at HOLCOMB-HENRY-BOOM-PURCELL FUNERAL HOME, 515 Hwy 96 W., at Mackubin, Shoreview. Funeral Service 1 PM Friday, Oct. 14th (visitation 12-1PM) at NORMANDALE LUTHERAN CHURCH, 6100 Normandale Rd; Edina. Interment Acacia Park Cemetery. Memorials preferred to the 651-482-7606


Phyllis R. Sperling 9/29/2016

Sperling, Phyllis Ruth "Fifi" age 84, passed away peacefully on September 29th. Preceded in death by parents, Abe & Frieda Sperling and sisters Rosalie Dinkey and Sally Sperling. Survived by "children" Deb Freeman (Edward Lentsch) Steve Freeman and Julie Sinykin (Buck Strifert); "grandchildren" Emma Freeman, Stephanie Strifert, Samantha Freeman, Sarah Lentsch, Margo Strifert and Theo Lentsch, along with many other loving relatives and friends. Although she had no natural born children of her own, Phyllis was like a mother and grandmother to her relatives' and friends' children and grandchildren. Outside of a few years in Garrison, Minnesota as a young child and in San Diego, California as a young adult, Phyllis spent the majority of her life in the St. Louis Park area and in North Minneapolis, where she developed lifelong friendships with Molly Bader, Baylee Gordon, Rainy Kushner and the late Dolly Basuk. Phyllis was an elementary school teacher in the Minneapolis Public School system for 30+ years, and continued to work with children long after retirement, most recently helping out once a week with kindergarteners at Aquila Elementary School in St. Louis Park. Phyllis loved going to the theatre and the ballet, but most of all loved attending all of the life events of the children and grandchildren of her many relatives and friends. Phyllis had a unique way of making the people in her life feel special. She deeply touched the lives of all of those fortunate enough to know her, and will be greatly missed by all. Graveside service 2:00 p.m. FRIDAY September 30 (TODAY) at BETH EL MEMORIAL PARK, 3760 Winnetka Ave N, Crystal. Memorials preferred to Frieda Juster Sperling Nurses Scholarship Fund at Sholom Foundation or donor's choice. SHIVA 7:00 p.m. Saturday, October 1st at Temple Israel, 2324 Emerson Ave S., Mpls. Hodroff-Epstein 612


Donald D. Eblen 9/29/2016

Eblen, Donald D. Formerly of Minneapolis, passed away Thursday, September 29, 2016, at the age of 92. Don was a WWII Navy veteran, Minneapolis Public Schools teacher, volunteer at Fairview Southdale Hospital and Past Faithful Navigator of the 4th degree Knights of Columbus. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years Phyllis, daughter Kathy (Phil) Ledoux, son-in-law Russ Landers, grandchildren Chris Ledoux, Amy (Ryan) Lundquist, Denise Ledoux (Rasey Proeung), Joe Ledoux, Elizabeth (Nick) Lehmann, Tom (Holly) Lunde, Katie Landers, Patrick (Angie) Carbert, Meghan Landers (Jose), 19 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter Mary, two grandsons, parents, two brothers and two sisters. Visitation from 5-7 PM Monday at Gill Brothers Funeral Chapel, 5801 Lyndale Ave. S and one hour prior to mass at church. Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, October 4 at 11 AM at Church of the Annunciation, 509 W. 54th St., with burial to follow at Resurrection Cemetery. If so desired, memorials may be directed to Mount Olivet Careview Home in thanks for their loving care of Don. Minneapolis 612-861-6088


Donovan C. Strickland 8/30/2016


Strickland, Donovan Clyde age 84, of Saint Louis Park, checked out on August 30, 2016. Don was a man of impeccable integrity. He was low maintainance (understatement) and idiosyncratically resourceful (think double-stick velcro, duct tape and singular boat and home improvement projects). Don was kind and uniquely good at connecting with other people, no matter who or where they were. He was interested in what everyone else had to say, and certainly felt like everyone else should be interested in what he had to say. This most likely grew out of his many years spent as a teacher, coach, administrator and Athletic Director in the Minneapolis Public Schools. After retiring, Don enjoyed traveling and hiking throughout the U.S. and Canada with his wife and constant companion of 58 years, Lois Hope Strickland, who checked out first, in 2014. Her departure was preceded by their son, David Charles Strickland. Golf was Don's religion. He bogeyed his final 9 holes just a few weeks ago finishing with far fewer strokes than his partner, beloved grandson, Morgan Strickland Shields. No hard feelings and pizza ensued. Don was a fan of the hometown teams and he and his devoted daughter, Debra Strickland Bistodeau, frequently donned logoed gear and headed out to cheer them ALL on. Many beers, brats and Bloody Marys were consumed. A few party buses ridden. Don liked his martinis in a chilled glass, his salsa extra hot and his mystery novels thick. He didn't have time for games, hypocrites, people who don't follow the rules or read the directions. He valued authenticity and sought it in all of his friends and relationships. He proudly served in the Marine Corps as an officer during the Korean War. To say that Don was organized is also an understatement. In fact it's surprising he hadn't written and prepaid his obituary. It is perhaps, the only thing he ever left undone. A celebration of Don's life is being planned. Please e-mail '' if you would like to attend. Many beers, brats and Bloody Marys will be consumed.

Kenneth L. Breneman 9/1/2016

Breneman, Kenneth Louis age 89, of Brainerd, formerly a teacher for 30 plus years in the Minneapolis Public Schools, died Thursday, September 1. Services will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday, September 9, 2016 at the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter. He was a proud veteran and a Renaissance man who truly loved his family.


Roy A. Johnson 8/16/2016

Roy A. Johnson a long-time Minneapolis school teacher, went home to his Lord on Tuesday, August 16, 2016, at Hennepin County Medical Center, following heroic cardiac surgery.  He was 87 years old. 

Funeral services are 11 a.m., Wednesday, August 24, 2016, at Alexandria Covenant Church in Alexandria with Rev. John LeVahn and Rev. Rollie Mossberg officiating. Music is provided by pianist, Mertice Brueske. Full military honors accorded by the Minnesota Honor Guard, Alexandria American Legion Post #87, and Alexandria VFW Post #936. Burial is in Scandia, Minnesota.

Visitation is 5-8 p.m., Tuesday at Lind Family Funeral Home in Alexandria and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.

Roy was born to Norwegian immigrant parents, John and Marie Johnson, in the front room of his family’s up-down duplex in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  He and his five siblings thrived in a home filled with love, laughter, music and faith.  Roy attended the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and served in the United States Army during the Korean War.  Roy and his wife Connie welcomed their daughter, Gail, into their family not long before the onset of Connie’s illness and early death.  Roy married Lois Walfrid on June 26, 1959, and they recently celebrated 57 years of marriage.  They have two sons, Jeffrey and Kevin. 

Roy taught elementary school in inner-city Minneapolis for 28 years.  He was a caring, passionate, highly effective educator for many hundreds of students.  After his retirement from teaching, he worked with court-appointed youth in northwest Wisconsin, where Roy and Lois lived for 12 years before returning briefly to the Twin Cities and then moving to west central Minnesota 16 years ago.  They enjoyed exploring the lakes, landscapes, and small towns of Minnesota and Wisconsin as well as the Mississippi River byways.  Roy was an active idea person in conducting the historical research that resulted in Lois’ numerous novels.

Roy courageously surmounted many challenges and traumas throughout life, and these experiences made him a caring person both in grieving and giving comfort to others.

Roy was known for his deep faith in Christ, rich baritone voice, and love for family, which grew to include seven grandchildren and their two spouses.  He always valued making a difference above making a living, and his strong and gentle life can be summed up in the words, “No man stands taller than when he kneels to help a child.”

Roy was surrounded at HCMC by Lois and many children and grandchildren.  The family is grateful to Douglas County Hospital, LifeLink medics, and the HCMC surgeons, nurses, and staff for giving Roy and his family additional days of life filled with loving, meaningful conversations.  He was served well as he had served so many.

Roy was preceded in death by his parents, John and Marie; brothers, Harvey, Wally, and Gordy; and sisters, Helen and Mildred.

He is survived by his loving wife, Lois; children, Gail Swanson, Jeff (Cynthia) Johnson, and Kevin (Lyn) Johnson; as well as by grandchildren, Jessica Swanson, Daniel (Lacey), Justin, and Jennifer Johnson, and Nathaniel (Claire), Karin and Elise Johnson.

Pallbearers are his grandchildren.

Instead of flowers, memorials to Mt Carmel Ministries preferred.

Florence I. Dudley 8/14/2016

Dudley, Florence Iona Age 86, of St. Paul, passed away on August 14, 2016. She was preceded in death by parents, Leroy and Lorraine Dudley; brothers, Thomas Lenel and Larry Dudley; and sister Doris Shively. She is survived by her children, Donald E. Hudson, Jr. (Jennifer) and Natalie E. Hudson (Willie); sisters, Nedra (Don) Ellington, Quillard (Wilbert) Irby, Vivienne Williams, Audrey Nichols Harris and a host of grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Florence was a person of faith and was an active member of Morningstar Missionary Baptist Church in St. Paul. She was a life-long educator who taught both middle school and high school in the Minneapolis Public School System for over 30 years. In her retirement, she enjoyed activities with the Urban Partnership Seniors' Group. She was a vibrant, feisty lady who was small in stature, but who had an out-going, warm personality that was bigger than life. Florence was generous with her time and resources and often went out of her way to help others. She loved her family and her many friends and could talk up a storm. Florence loved traveling, both nationally and internationally, music (gospel and blues), clothes and shoes! There will be a Memorial Service on Monday, August 29, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, 451 Central Avenue West, St. Paul, MN. Memorials preferred to the Page Foundation, 901 N. 3rd Street, Suite 355, Minneapolis, MN 55401. Willwerscheid Funeral Home & Cremation Service 651-228-1006


Maurice A. "Mick" Weinblatt 8/4/2016

Weinblatt, Maurice A. "Mick" of St. Louis Park, passed away Aug. 4, 2016. He was preceded in death by his father, Paul; grandparents, Morris Goldman & Eva Goldman Kaplan and Frank & Bessie Weinblatt. Survived by mother Ruth Weinblatt; brothers, Micheal and Frank; lifelong friend, Julie Weaver; nephew and nieces, Deke and Tina Weinblatt and Shania Larkin. Mick was a art teacher and a administrator for the Minneapolis School System. Funeral service 11:00 am SUNDAY at the UNITED HEBREW BROTHERHOOD CEMETERY CHAPEL, 2605 W 70 1/2 St., Richfield. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Alzheimer's Association or Bet Shalom Congregation. SHIVA, 7:00 pm Sunday at Knollwood Place Apts., 3630 Phillips Parkway, St. Louis Park. Hodroff-Epstein 612 871-1234


Marjorie Moore Kadue 7/29/2016

Kadue, Marjorie Moore A home economist, Southern lady, lover of labor, and servant leader, Marjorie died peacefully on July 29, 2016. She was 96. For 25 years, she taught home economics in the public schools (including Jordan Junior High and Roosevelt High). She taught thousands of students how to budget, manage family relations, cook, and make clothes. Being a seamstress was one of the countless activities at which she excelled. Born September 3, 1919, Marjorie was the seventh of ten children born to Dempsey and Ida Moore. They were Southern Baptist farmers who urged their children to prize formal education. Marjorie graduated magna cum laude from the Mississippi State College for Women, and later, while a Mpls. school teacher, earned a Master's Degree in Education. She passed on her parents' passion for education. An advocate of family planning, Marjorie had her sons born four years apart'48, '52, '56to even out the cost of college tuition. During the War, Marjorie inspected munitions at the Gulf Ordnance Plant in Prairie, Mississippi. When her team rejected defective parts made by P&F Corbin Corp. (of Connecticut), Corbin sent a plant manager to investigate. His name was Arnold Kadue. Marjorie and Arnold were married in November 1945. During their final years together, she nursed him through a lingering illness; he died in their 61st year of marriage. Although Marjorie spent most her life in the North, she kept alive the best parts of her Southern heritage. She stayed close with her kin and never lost a subtle accent. She excelled at hospitality and good manners. She loved to entertain guests in her home, in a manner as lavish as her means would allow. She did the planning, the cooking, the flower arrangements, and most of the clean-up, without hired help. Her sons, meanwhile, learned to respect their elders in all stations of life and to populate sentences with appropriate "sirs," "ma'ams," "pleases," and "thank yous." Her thank-you notes followed a classic formula: a handwritten, detailed recital of how truly thoughtful her benefactor had been, and how immensely Marjorie had enjoyed the practical or beautiful gift or experience she was blessed to have come her way. Although she developed a taste for some finer things, her main delights were life-long and did not require big money. Chief among them were black coffee and French fries (served piping hot). She also fancied pecan pie, pound cake, lemon meringue pie, Russian tea cookies, and "yummie bars" (all of which she made to perfection). On the more elaborate side, she favored her own recipe for Chicken a la King, prepared from scratch and served on pastry crusts, with peas. In later years, as she relinquished control of the kitchen, she enjoyed taking guests to the Mpls. Women's Club. Marjorie's devotion to labor came from growing up in Depression-era East Central Mississippi. The home was not electrified till 1940. From an early age, she did her part for the family by picking cotton, slopping pigs, and sewing clothes. She maintained her prodigious work ethic well into her 80s, when, as a retiree working in a Dayton's warehouse (to qualify for the employee discount), she was named Dayton's Finest of the Year. And she was an avid gardener. In various Mpls. backyards, she cultivated acres of hosta, to border her sidewalks and to give to numerous friends. She gained local renown as the "hosta lady." Marjorie, if sometimes reserved, was a servant leader in her various communities. As a longtime member of Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, she served several terms as ruling elder and was a major benefactor. In 1955, she helped Arnold found Precision Associates, a company that over the years has employed thousands of Minnesotans. She served, for four decades, on the company's board of directors. Meanwhile, at home, she led by instruction and example. She taught her boys the value of a dollar. Each wore hand-me-down clothes, bequeathed by an older cousin or brother. And they learned it was a sin to buy anythingespecially at Dayton'sthat was not on sale. She maintained a massive inventory of coupons, arranged alphabetically by subject matter, to control spending for food and household supplies. But she also told the boys how to earn a dollar: they got one for each "A" on a report card. While she loved her family unconditionally, she did so expectantly. Preceding Marjorie in death were husband Arnold, four adult brothers (Cyril, Henry, Aubrey, and Joelwho died in the War), an infant brother (Sonny Boy), and three sisters (Cecile, Kittye Sue, and Bunch). Surviving Marjorie are her sonsRichard (Diane), David (Martha), and Paul (Chris); her brother Dr. Paul Moore; her six grandchildrenRon, Adrian, Bradley, Diana, Katie, and Laura; and her many great-grandchildren. Marjorie cited her progeny as her proudest achievements, but each often is but a pale reflection of a life well-lived in so many respects. When Marjorie and Arnold eventually moved to the suburbs, they made Faith Presbyterian Church in Minnetonka their final church home. In lieu of sending flowers, please send memorialsif so desiredto Faith Church. We will celebrate Marjorie's life with food and fellowship on her birthday September 3 at the Women's Club. If you might attend, please call (612) 770-6210, so we can make proper arrangements. Folks can begin to gather and visit at 10:00 a.m. Then the service starts at 11:00 a.m.. Marjorie liked people to be on time.


Milford "Bud" Yager 7/20/2016

Yager, Milford G. "Bud" age 90 of New Hope, passed away July 20, 2016. Preceded in death by parents Gilbert and Minnie; sister Orlean. Survived by wife of 68 years Marian; children Cheryl Hanson (Steve), Steve (Cindy), Julie Spike (Kirby); 7 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; sister Arline; brother Ronald. Bud served in the US Navy 1943-46 in the South Pacific. He taught elementary students in the Minneapolis Public Schools for 27 years encouraging and challenging his students to be all that they could be with tender love and care. Memorials preferred to Beyond Our Door Global's work in Haiti. ( Memorial service will be held Monday, July 25 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service at The Peterson Chapel, 119 Central Ave., Buffalo. Serving the family... The Peterson Chapel Buffalo, MN 763-682-1363


Roy E. Almen 7/14/2016

Almen, Shirley Jean (Johnson) Almen, Roy Emanuel, PhD. Shirley, dear wife of Roy, died peacefully at home at age 87, on July 14, 2016, surroun-ded by loved ones, with husband Roy holding her hand. Shirley is remembered as a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. Shirley met Roy at Northwestern Bible College where she taught French and Spanish. After teaching and raising their children, Shirley and Roy ran a family business, Nordic Imports, which allowed them to travel extensively throughout Scandinavia and Europe. Shirley and Roy were married for 63 years and both cherished the love and many blessings they shared. Together they raised four children, and were also blessed with four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Roy, devoted husband of Shirley, passed away peacefully at home at age 87, with family at his side, on July 16, 2016, following his sweetheart home to the Lord. Roy proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He began his career as a radio broadcast engineer and announcer, and taught in the Minneapolis Public Schools for over 30 years. Roy was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend who inspired others through his quiet example of faith, charity and hard work. Preceded in death by parents Axel and Inga Almen, Seymour and Gunhild Johnson, and Roy's brother John. Survived by Shirley's brother Alden Johnson, children Greg, Heidi, Susan and Tim (Suzanne), grand-children Erik (Danielle), Erica, Aimee and Greta, and great-grandchild Annali. We rejoice that they are together forever. They will be dearly missed. Memorials preferred to the or A memorial service for both will be held at Washburn-McReavy's Glen Haven Chapel (5125 West Broadway, Crystal, MN 55429) on Saturday, September 3rd, 2016. Visitation at 10:00 am, service at 11:00 am with a light lunch to follow. Glen Haven Chapel 763-533-8643


Mary L. Coghlan 7/7/1016

Mary Lucille "Mary Cele" Coghlan (July 7, 2016). Predeceased by her husband Thomas Richard Mason, her parents John Patrick and Catherine Lyons Coghlan and her brothers John P. Coghlan and James L. Coghlan. Survived by her siblings Catherine Coghlan Cook and Martin David Coghlan (Claudia Cannon), her sister -in- law Carol Coghlan, and many, many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by a legion of good friends from her childhood in Chicago, her studies at Clarke College, her career as a school teacher in Harvey and Minneapolis, her adventures in Ireland where she operated a B&B with her husband and her membership in the Silver Sneakers fitness program. Memorial visitation Wednesday July 20 at 9:30 am at St. Cajetan Church, 2445 W. 112th Street, Chicago IL 60643. Memorial Mass to follow at 11:00am. Interment private. Please omit flowers. For information call The Original Lamb Family Funeral & Cremation Service, Rose Lamb Director, 708-710-9549

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Suzanne K. Lundgren 6/15/2016

Lundgren, Suzanne K. age 72 of Golden Valley. Passed away June 15, 2016 after an auto accident. Preceded in death by parents John and Gladys Lundgren. Survived by partner Harriet Lerdal; brother John Lundgren; nephews Mikael and Olof Lundgren; other family and friends. Memorial service Thursday, June 23 at 2:30 pm with visitation one hour prior at First Lutheran Church, 4000 Linden St., White Bear Lake, MN. Memorials preferred to Fundacion; Minneapolis Public Schools Bicycle Project or donor's choice. Cremation Society of Minnesota (612) 825-2435


John H. Anderson 3/11/2016

Anderson, John Helten Age 86, of Mpls, passed away March 11, 2016. Preceded in death by parents, Carl and Agnes Anderson, and brother Leonard Anderson. John was a graduate of North High School and an Army veteran of the Korean War. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of MN. For most of his professional career, John was a teacher, counselor, and program administrator in the Mpls Public Schools where he considered every student his 'kid'. A man deeply rooted in the richest gifts of life, family, faith and social justice, John knew what mattered most, relationships. His greatest relationship was the one with his wife of almost 54 years, Noel, who entered hospice the same week he did and died just three months after he passed. John was a friend to everyone he met whether during a walk around the lake, a conversation at church, or a cashier at the grocery store. In retirement, John enjoyed traveling, time with his grandchildren, and volunteer work. John is survived by his children, Mary (Jim) McHugh, John (Robyn) Anderson, Monica (Kent) Stuart, and Matthew Anderson; grandchildren, Molly, David, John, Megan and Danielle; and brother, Robert Anderson. Private family service to follow. Memorials preferred to Bridging MN. Cremation Society of MN 612 825 2435.


Ronald E. Clubb 6/23/2016

Clubb, Fr. Ronald E. Age 86, died on June 23, 2016 in St. Paul. In his life he was a husband, father, educator and priest. He was a teacher at East Detroit High School, principal at Roosevelt and Marshall University High Schools in Minneapolis, principal at Derham Hall High School in St. Paul and canonical administrator of Risen Christ Catholic School in Minneapolis. He was among the men first ordained as Deacons in the Roman Catholic Church in the archdiocese of Minneapolis and St. Paul in 1976. After the death of his wife, he continued his seminary work and was ordained in 1986. He served at St. Peter Church in Mendota, St. Dominic Church in Northfield, Church of the Holy Name in Minneapolis and St. Benedict and St. Michael the Archangel Churches in Hawaii. He retired in 2000. He lived in Burnsville with his son, Joe, and his family. He was a long-time member of the St. Leonard of Port Maurice Catholic Church community in Minneapolis. He was preceded in death by his wife Doris and his daughters Leanne and Paula (infant). He is survived by his children and their spouses: Kathryn (Linda), Joseph (Anne), John, and son-in-law, Jeff; his grandchildren Miguel (Francia), Rachel, Aaron (Shannel), Jessica (Jeremy), Michaela, Noah, Cassandra, Maria and Katherine, and his great grandchildren Hailey, Sarai, Gloria, Jayden, Anchor and Liam and numerous friends, former parishioners and students. He died on the 60th anniversary of his marriage to Doris Borgert Clubb. Mass of Christian Burial is at Church of the Holy Name (3637 11th Ave. S., Minneapolis) at 11am on Tuesday, June 28. Visitation begins at 9am. Burial St. Mary's Cemetery in Long Prairie, MN. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Risen Christ Catholic School at 1120 East 37th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407. Arr: O'Halloran & Murphy 651-698-0796


Bill McMoore 6/6/2016

McMoore, Donald "Bill" of Plymouth, MN died peacefully at age 90 on June 6, 2016. His father, mother and three siblings preceded him in death. Bill is survived by his loving wife Margaret of 64 years, three sons Gregory (Heather), Daryl and Jeffrey and three grandchildren Sean, Terrell and Courtney Baglien (Kirk). Bill is also survived by his daughter Gail Davis of Morristown, NJ and three grandchildren Jason, Nicholas and Ellisa, his nephew Edward Anderson (Sharon), sister-in-law Carrie Flemming of Greens-burg, PA, cousin-in-law Marva Webster of Atlanta, GA and many friends, former students and colleagues. Born on January 26, 1926, Bill was a 1944 graduate of Minneapolis South High School, a Veteran of the U.S. Navy, and a 1951 graduate of the University of Minnesota where he lettered in football and boxing. Bill was President of the Varsity "M" Club at the University, a 31 year employee of Minneapolis Public Schools where he worked as a teacher-coach, principal, and Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics. Bill was a member of the Minnesota Vikings Chain Gang for 25 years and was Community Relations Manager for the Minnesota Timberwolves for 6 years. Bill actively volunteered with the South High Foundation. On June 13th, visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. and funeral service at 11:00 a.m. at St. Peter AME Church at 401 E. 41st St., Minneapolis, MN.


Mary Michael Connolly 5/19/2016

Connolly, Mary Michael Age 69, of Minneapolis passed away on May 19th from injuries sustained in a fall. Born on June 6th, 1946 to Charlotte Newell and Patrick Lawrence Connolly, Mary Michael was a graduate of Northrop Collegiate School, and Dominican College of San Rafael. Mary Michael taught junior and senior high school English for 15 years in the Minneapolis Public Schools. She also served for 15 more years as an assistant principal for MPS before retiring in 2005. Mary Michael loved to read and study history, especially the Civil Rights movement. Not noted for her driving skills, Mary Michael loved to get behind the wheel and thought nothing of going on road trips by herselfonce driving over 6,000 miles solo. She also drove nearly every weekend to Stockholm WI, where she owned a charming Victorian home overlooking the shores of Lake Pepin. She loved Stockholm and spent countless hours reading, playing Scrabble and other board games, and socializing with an adored circle of friends. Mary Michael prided herself on always remembering dates, whether it was someone's birthday, wedding anniversary or when someone had moved into a new home. Mary Michael had many friends and she loved socializing. An eccentric at heart, her family and friends loved her clever sense of humor. A lover of grammar rules, and all rules, she always corrected people when they called her Mary. Her correct name was, and always will be, Mary Michael. She is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Maureen Connolly; nephew Allison Mercer; niece Mary Michael Larsen. She is survived by her loving family, sister Sheila Morgan (John) Minneapolis; brothers, Larry Connolly (Ellen), Roswell NM, Tim Connolly, Minneapolis; seven nieces and nephews, twelve grandnieces and grandnephews, and her special friend John O'Leary, St Paul. Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the Basilica of St. Mary, 88 N.17th St., Minneapolis. Visitation 1 hour before service at church. Reception for family and friends will follow church service at the Minikahda Club, 3205 Excelsior Blvd, Minneapolis. Private Interment Lakewood Cemetery. Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers to The Basilica of St Mary, 88 N 17th St, Minneapolis 55403 or Achieve Minneapolis 111-3rd Ave S, #5, Minneapolis 55401. Davies Chapel 612-377-2203


Nancy Keith 5/18/2016

Keith, Nancy Norton born March 7th, 1928, died May 18th, 2016. Daughter of Louise and Adolph Norton, sister of Kathryn Donaldson Sisk, mother of David Keith, who predeceased her. Survived by two grandsons, Anthony and Andrew Keith, a nephew and 3 nieces. Smith College alumnus. Public school teacher for 40 years in Mpls. Services: 5:45 PM, 5/24/16 (TODAY), Crystal Lake Cemetery.


Jane M. Grubb 5/16/2016

Grubb, Jane May 84, of Minneapolis, died May 16, 2016. She was born May 1, 1932 in Mathews, VA. She served in the U.S. Air Force as a Staff Sgt. She attended Radford University and received a BS degree from RPI (VCU) and Master's from the U of M. She served as a social worker for schools in Washington state and in St. Paul /Mpls for 29 years, guiding the lives of multitudes of children. She demonstrated a genuine love for people and never knew a stranger. Preceded in death by her parents, Milton T. & Bettie Jane Grubb and 10 siblings. She is survived by her lifelong friend Kathleen Stuart. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Sat., June 4 in the Coventry Chapel of the Episcopal Homes, St. Paul.


Richard D. Howell Sr. 5/14/2016

Howell, Richard D., Sr. Age 89 of Maple Grove, MN, on May 14, 2016. Survived by loving wife Josephine; children Richard, Jr., Keith, Gail, Eric, JC Dampier, and a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren. Reviewal Sun., May 22, 4:30-7 pm, at Shiloh Temple Intl Ministries (STIM), 1201 West Broadway, Minneapolis. Homegoing service, Mon., May 23, 11 a.m., also at STIM. (Reviewal one hour prior). Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Family requests memorials in lieu of flowers. Arr by Billman-Hunt Funeral Chapel, 612-789-3535. Condolences:


Trudy J. Swentko 4/26/2016

Swentko, Trudy June age 65, of Minneapolis, formerly of Hammond, IN, entered heaven on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 after a 4 1/2 year battle with ovarian cancer. She was at home, surrounded by loving family. Preceded in death by parents and only brother, A. Irv Lang, Trudy loved children and was a life-long teacher, most recently taught first grade at Anne-Sullivan Communication Center. She was a loving wife and mother and taught her nearly 1000 students with love, care and respect whether she traveled to the inner city area of Indianapolis for home-bound children with special needs or a class filled with many non-English speaking students. She was always willing to give extra when needed, whether it be school supplies, hats, mittens or coats for children without them. In spite of her illness, she volunteered at Waite Park School, kindergarten, her daughter's classroom. Her kindness and loving, generous spirit lives on in the hearts of those who knew her. Survived by husband, Walter (M.D.), son Nathan (Stacy), daughter Rachel, who is following her mother's path as a teacher, sister Heidi (Rev. Jerry) Huber, sister-in-law Darlene Lang and sister-in-law, Wallene, with whom she shared many laughs, trips, recipes and books. Trudy was loved by her extended Pancheri family. She also has many nieces, nephews, great nieces/nephews, teacher-friends and neighbors in Minneapolis, Park Rapids, MN and Hammond, IN. Memorial Service will be at North Heights Lutheran Church, 2710 Rice Street, Roseville, MN at 11:00 AM, Saturday, May 21, 2016 with visitation one hour prior to service. Memorials preferred to donor's favorite charity.


Lydia Lee 4/28/2016

Lee, Lydia 1948 - 2016 Former Minneapolis School Board Director Lydia Lee died in her Newark, California, home on April 28 after a two-year battle with cancer. She is survived by husband, Michael O'Donnell, son Christopher Yue (Aleia) of Maple Grove, stepson Dr. Ryan O'Donnell (Esther) of Minneapolis, sister Wendy Lee of Hayward, California, brother Shuman Lee of Roseville, and numerous nieces and nephews. Ms Lee served on the Minneapolis School Board from 2005-2011 before moving to California to care for her ailing mother. Before running for school board, Lydia worked on Middle School Reform at the district office, was a mentor teacher, and taught ten years of middle school math at Andersen Open. A tireless educator Lydia gave workshops on Learning Structures and the Culture of Poverty (Ruby Payne), learning and the brain, and authentic assessment. Recognized for her leadership and knowledge, she was asked to join the board for the National Organization of Greater City Schools in 2009. Lydia's annual Chinese New Years party at her and Michael's Uptown home was celebrated by nearly a hundred guests and a cherished event for attendees. The party often included the animal of the year, bringing in roosters, sheep, dogs, snakes, rats, rabbitsincluding magician. Once even a small horse, and two baby tigers represented their animal years. Her generosity was known to all those in her circle. She gave generously of her money and time. She worked with Kids Vote, Homeless Connect, and Learning Works. In 2010 she began a scholarship fund for girls wanting to further their studies of mathematics. She called it Female Mathematicians Rock! In lieu of flowers or gifts, Lydia suggested you give to your favorite charity, especially those that benefit the education of our children. A memorial celebration will be held later this summer in Minneapolis.


Hallie B. Hendrieth-Smith 4/27/2016

Hendrieth-Smith, Dr. Hallie B. Age 99, of Mpls, passed away, April 27, 2016. Preceded in death by husband, parents, siblings, and other relatives. She retired in 1986 after serving as the director of the Talking Typewriter program, a teacher and an administrator in Minneapolis Public Schools. She was a longtime member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church AME, as well as a lifetime member of The AME Women's Missionary Society. She also was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She was a wonderful wife mother, grandmother, and friend. She was known as Grandmother Dear or B. She was always available to support those in need and to tell stories about her life growing up in the segregated south and to encourage youth to excel. Survived by grandchildren, Dr. Bernadeia Johnson, Donna Gingery, and Gregg Clemons, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held noon, Thursday, May 5th. at St. James A.M.E. 624 W Central St. Paul, Mn. Visitation will be one hour before at 11:00. Visitation will also be Wed, May 4th from 4-7 pm at Washburn McREavy, Robbinsdale, Mn 55442. In honor of Hallie's life we request that women wear hats to the service.


Aletha "Becky" Hawkins 4/26/2016

Hawkins, Aletha E. R. "Becky" age 75, of Minneapolis died Tuesday, April 26. She was born Feb. 2, 1941 to William and Ruth Beckmann in Albert Lea, MN. She grew up in Wells, MN, and graduated from Wells High School in 1959. She attended Mankato State University, then later the University of Minnesota, where she received her teaching degree, and completed her masters degree at St. Thomas University. Becky married George Hawkins, her high-school (really elementary school) sweetheart, Sept. 14, 1961. They moved to Texas where he served in the U.S. Navy, before returning to Minnesota, finally settling in Minneapolis. George worked for the Veteran's Administration Medical Center and Becky taught elementary school until she retired in 1999. The couple had two children, Todd and William and a shih tzu dog, Mickey. She taught elementary school in Minneapolis at Franklin and Seward schools before starting her family. She returned to teaching when her children grew to school age, completing a masters degree and teaching special education at Morris Park, Wenonah, Andersen and Lyndale schools, all in Minneapolis. Becky and her family enjoyed the Minnesota lake country for many years. Fishing at the family lake home filled most weekends and vacation times. A seamstress, she sewed many clothes for her family. She enjoyed music, played piano in her home for many years, and after retiring began each morning with coffee and crossword puzzles from the StarTribune. George helped her with many answers that required sports knowledge. She also enjoyed watching "The Bold and the Beautiful," game shows, mysteries, talent competitions and figure skating. Becky was a member of Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church in south Minneapolis. She was also a member of the Fort Snelling Lions Club, holding many offices with that group. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, George Hawkins, children Todd (Kelly) and William Hawkins (Michelle), grandchildren Grace Hawkins, Ethan Hawkins and Devin Masanz. She is also survived by many friends, neighbors, classmates and teaching colleagues. A funeral service will be held Saturday, May 7, at 11 am at Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church, 5011 31st Avenue South, Minneapolis, with visitation at 9:30. A reception follows at American Legion Post 99, 5600 34th Avenue South, Minneapolis. Memorials are suggested to Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church, the Minnesota Lions Vision Foundation or American Legion Auxiliary Unit 99. Nokomis Park Chapel 612-721-1651


Barbara L. Kydd 3/20/2016

Kydd, Barbara Lee "Barb" age 86, of Clear Lake, passed away Mar. 30, 2016. Survived by husband, George; children, Jakki Lee Kydd-Fidelman (David) and Michael George (Gloria Ann) Kydd; brother, David Blye (Debra) Krocak; 7 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter. Funeral Service 12 PM Sat., Apr. 9, 2016 at South Santiago Lutheran Church, 14675 37th St., Clear Lake, MN. Visitation 5-8 PM Fri., Apr. 8, 2016 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Becker & 1 hr. prior to the services at the church. Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home (763) 262-1454


Merle D. Griffith 3/5/2016

Griffith, Merle D. Age 89, died peacefully March 5, 2016. Preceded in death by infant sons ('56) Christopher and ('57) Steven; parents, Harry and Rachel Griffith; sister, Elsie (Joseph) Levengood. Survived by loving wife, Patty of 67 years; children, Cynthia (Roger) Zeman, Suzanne (Thomas) Scheidegger; grandchildren, Chad (Libby) Zeman, Breanna (Blake) Williams, Allison Zeman, Luke Scheidegger, Paul Scheidegger and great-grandchildren, Joseph Zeman, Elianna Zeman, Louis Williams, and Mason Scheidegger; nephew, Joseph (Sandy) Levengood, and niece, Sharon (Doc) Trego. His three careers included Elementary Teacher and Principal, with Minneapolis Public Schools. General Manager of Products Division and Vice President of Administration with Kurt Manufacturing and owner of a small consultant services company providing total quality training and corporate meeting arrangement services to local companies. Throughout his life he enjoyed a wide variety of community service with the Northeast YMCA, Minnesota Elementary School Principals Association, Teachers Park Ave Residence and Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church. Celebration of life 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church, St. Anthony at Ulysses St., NE, Minneapolis. Visitation will be one hour before the service. Memorials to the Mt. Carmel Foundation. Northeast Chapel 612-781-6828


Carmen C. Caruso 2/28/2016

Caruso, Carmen C. age 94 of Mpls, WWII USAAF Veteran, CONUS Service, member of the St. Anthony Society, 30 year teacher Mpls. Public Schools. Preceded in death by wife, W. Patricia "Paddy"; parents, John and Mary; siblings, Ann, John, Joe, Mally, Frank, Rosemary and Tom. Survived by children, C. Charles (Therese), Cathleen Smith, Rita (Kevin) Gildner, Teri (Jeff) Caruso, and Richard; grandchildren Colleen, Dominic, Anthony, Daniel, Michael, Brett, Brianna and Mark; great-granddaughter, Kylie and sister, Julie "Sal" Pinski. Mass of Christian Burial Friday 10:30 AM, Church of the Annunciation, 509 W 54th St. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Visitation Thursday 4-8 PM, Gill Brothers Southwest Funeral Home, 5801 Lyndale Ave S and 1 hour prior to Mass at church. If so desired, memorials may be directed to Sharing and Caring Hands. Gill Brothers 612-861-6088


George W. Engdhl 3/2/2016

Engdahl, George W. Age 88 of Anoka. Retired instructor at the Minneapolis Technical College. Survived by loving wife Mildred; son Craig; daughter Karen (Walter) Wallace; granddaughter Sonja (Nuno) Alves; great grandchildren Heidi and Paulo; brother Ronald (Ilene). Funeral service Tuesday, 11:00 AM at Thurston-Lindberg Funeral Home, 2005 Branch Ave., Anoka. Visitation one hour prior to service. Interment Forest Hill Cemetery. Thurston-Lindberg Funeral Home Anoka 763-421-0220


Shirley Ann Maxwell 2,24,2016

Maxwell, Shirley Ann (Rhoten) February 24, 2016 Shirley passed away peacefully during the night at the Jones- Harrison Residence in Minneapolis. Shirley was born in Olmsted Minnesota in 1927. She was preceded in death by her first husband Richard Carlson (1995) and by her devoted second husband Donald L. Maxwell (2011). She lived with Donald for many years in Crystal, and then on Medicine Lake in the home they built in 1973. Shirley is survived by her seven children; Sally, Howard, Stuart, Melissa, Mark, Ann, and James, eighteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Shirley graduated high school in 1945 as valedictorian of Roosevelt High. She went on to get her education degree at the University of Minnesota. She worked as a high school teacher in Minneapolis while she helped raise her family. At the age of 50, she proceeded to get her law degree at the University of Minnesota finishing in the top of her class. Most of her ensuing legal work was focused on helping families and much of her work was pro bono directed to individuals who could least afford legal assistance. Shirley was very active in the First Unitarian Society in Minneapolis. Known for her determination and tenacity, she was especially active as an anti-war activist, civil rights advocate, and feminist. Shirley and Don lived life to the fullest. In the last years of her life, she lived in the Jones-Harrison Residence where she was known as "the gal with the million-dollar smile." Donations in lieu of flowers can be directed to the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, The Jones-Harrison Residence, or the Alzheimer's Association ( A celebration of Shirley's life will be held June 25 (details to follow), 2016 at the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis.


Marvin B. Bjorlin 2/15/2016

Marvin Burud Bjorlin, age 90, of Excelsior, passed away peacefully on February 15, 2016. Marv was born and raised in Duluth, where he graduated from Denfeld High School. He then served two years in the Navy during WWII. A proud alum of North Park College, Dunwoody Institute, UMD, and the U of Iowa, Marv then taught industrial arts and work study courses for 29 years at Mpls. Southwest and West High Schools. He enjoyed coaching, playing, and watching his family play sports. Remembered by his family and friends as a man with a wonderful sense of humor, Marv was a long-time Excelsior Covenant Church member and was active in mission work throughout his life, taking trips to Africa, South America, Alaska, and more. He served on many church boards as well as the Tonka Bay Village Council. A loving husband, father, and grandfather, Marv is survived by his wife of 64 years, Charlotte; children, Sandy (Tim), Ken (Penny), Curt (Brenda), Pete (Laura); and grandchildren, Peter (Erica), Sarah (David) and Hannah, Daniel, Peter, and Anna, Katie and Lily, and John. A visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, February 25 at Excelsior Covenant Church, and the memorial service on Friday, February 26 at 11 a.m., with a visitation one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Covenant Pines Bible Camp or Excelsior Covenant Church. Marv's family wishes to thank his many caregivers.


Helene V. Turnbull 2/16/2016

Turnbull, Helene V. Helene Vivian Turnbull, a long-time resident of Lexington, Minnesota passed away peacefully in her home over President's Day weekend. Born on October 4, 1936 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to her parents, Charles and Lucille (nee Dallos) Turnbull, she is survived by her two sons, Malai John and Kavi Charles (Kristen); her brother, Charles (Marlene); nieces Charlene Quade, Mary Lager (Kip), Terry Leadabrand (Paul) and great nieces, (Rachel, Nicole, Alissa, Ashley, Amy, Katie); beloved foster brother, Jack Mielke; and the families of Gene and Helene Lourey and Bob and Marge Turnbull. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Lucile K. Moe. Helene was a graduate of Anoka High School, a proud alumna of the University of Minnesota (B.A.) and the University of Iowa (M.S.W.), where she was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni. Professionally, she provided social services at Children's Society of Minnesota, Lino Lakes Juvenile Detention Facility and from 1974-1998 as a school social worker at Minneapolis South High School, where she founded the Partnership program to help at-risk students graduate. Helene is also remembered for three plays she authored, `The Lipskis of Lodz,' `Jeremiad High,' and `Agnes & Diana,' the latter of which was featured on MPR when it was produced into a play called `The Diana Story.' Helene was a strong supporter of equality, political activism in the Democratic party and public education, and dedicated her life to the service of others. She was an avid fisher(wo)man, admirer of nature, and loved spending time with family fishing on the many great lakes of Minnesota. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 27th at 1:00 p.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 9185 Lexington Ave N, Circle Pines, MN 55014. A late lunch will follow. In lieu of flowers, a donation will be made on her behalf to the South High Foundation. MUELLER-BIES 651-784-3390


Sylvia M. Fisher 2/9/2016

Fisher, Sylvia Marie (Frost) Age 93 of Edina. Pass- ed away on February 9, 2016. Sylvia was born July 4, 1922 to Clara and Alfred Frost in Withee, Wisconsin. She graduated from Withee High School in 1940. Sylvia initially attended Grandview College in Des Moines, Iowa and went on to graduate from Eau Claire State Teacher's College in Eau Claire, Wisconsin earning a Bachelor of Science degree. Sylvia received a special provision allowing her to begin teaching elementary school (in Wausau Wisconsin) while finishing her last two years of college. On September 24, 1945, Sylvia and William (Bill) Fisher were married in Withee, Wisconsin. They moved to Des Moines, Iowa where Sylvia taught school and where their two daughters, Cheryl and Janiece, were born. In 1955, Sylvia and Bill moved to Minneapolis where she taught school in the Minneapolis school system. Most of her years teaching in Minneapolis were spent at Kenny Elementary, in the fourth or fifth grades. She taught for more than 30 years, retiring in 1983 and found teaching very rewarding and something she loved to do. While living in Minneapolis, Sylvia and Bill were members of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. They moved to Bloomington in 1962, and became active members of St. Stephen Lutheran Church. Bill passed away in 1987. In 2008, Sylvia moved from her Bloomington home to 7500 York in Edina, where she enjoyed a variety of activities and being with many good friends. Sylvia and Bill loved traveling and experienced many wonderful trips together in their 42 years of married life. Sylvia volunteered with many organizations throughout her life and serving others was very important to her. Some of the organizations include Meals on Wheels, Loaves and Fishes, Martin Luther Manor Adult Day Care, Rocking Reader and Quilt Makers at St. Stephen Lutheran Church. Sylvia was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Clara Frost, her husband, Bill, and brothers, Vernon and Ken. Sylvia is survived by her daughters, Cheryl (Jack) Hultstrand and Janiece (James) Scott, four grandchildren, Rebecca (Rick) Vossen, Lissa (Shawn) Anderson, Christopher (Mellissa) Hultstrand, and Stephen (Aurora) Anderson, along with six great grandchildren, Katie Vossen, Andrew Vossen, Nick Vossen, Brett Anderson, Zac Anderson, Aurelia Anderson, and sister-in-law Karen Frost. Sylvia counted time spent with her family as one of her greatest blessings and joys. The family would like to thank Molly and Kathy and the rest of the Park Nicollet Methodist Hospice staff for the loving care given to Sylvia. A memorial service celebrating Sylvia's life will be held at St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Bloomington at 11 AM on Friday, February 19, with visitation 1 hour before the service. Interment will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials preferred to St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 8400 France Ave S,Bloomington, MN 55431. Washburn-McReavy.comWerness Brothers 952-884-8145


Mary Ann Orlowski 1/30/2016

Orlowski, Mary Ann went to be with the Lord on January 30, 2016. Born on May 11, 1928 to Stephen & Verna (Klappa) Orlowski, she was a very young child when her parents passed away. Her loving grandparents, Casimir & Mary Klappa, and her beloved Aunt Katherine Klappa, raised Mary Ann throughout her childhood and young adult life. Mary Ann graduated from Mercy High School, Milwaukee in 1945, Wisconsin State College, Milwaukee, in 1955 with a Bachelor of Arts, Secondary Education, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1965 with a Master of Arts, Library Science. Mary Ann moved to Minneapolis, where she began her teaching career of English, Latin and Library, at Ramsey Junior High School, followed by Washburn High School. Upon her teaching retirement in 1985, Mary Ann became a librarian at various public libraries. Mary Ann was a World Traveler. Her travels included Europe, Asia, Australia, and throughout the United States. She often reminisced of her college days with Norma, her travels, with Glady and Wilma, and her visits to her dear sweet friend Lily, in Belgium. Mary Ann will always be remembered for her sunshine smile, and hugs of love. Mary Ann most recently resided at Deephaven Woods Senior Living, and previously at Sunrise Senior Living, and St Therese Senior Living. Mary Ann will be interred at St Adalbert's Mausoleum, 3801 South 6th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53221. Those wishing to Honor Mary Ann's Memory, may send donations to Brighton Hospice, 5775 Wayzata Blvd., St. Louis Park, MN 55416. Condolences may be sent to Michael Westphal, 3200 Ross Avenue #15, Dallas, TX 75204. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996


Charlotte A. Ransom 1/22/2016

Ransom, Charlotte Ann Born in Tacoma, Washington on April 28, 1929. Died in Spring Lake Park, Minnesota on January 22, 2016 at the age of 86. Preceded in death by parents Leonard and Elizabeth (Newton) Ransom, sister BettyLou and sister-in-law Beverly. She is survived by brothers Leonard (Sandy) and Thomas Ransom, nieces and nephews. Char grew up in the Puyallup/Sumner area of Washington. In 1951 she moved to the Midwest to enroll in Bethel College, St Paul MN. After one year of college she moved to Chicago to join a mission ministry of the Baptist General Conference, God's Invasion Army. She stayed in the Chicago area working at the Bellevue Baptist Church for eight years. In 1962 Char accepted the call to become the Minister for Children at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis for seven years. Char poured her life into her work. Eventually returning to college, Char completed her teaching degree at St. Cloud University and taught in the Minneapolis Public School system for 21 years, retiring in 1993. Her lifelong dream of going to Africa finally materialized and for the next 20 years, she made 10 trips to various countries in Africa, teaching children. Char has had a positive influence on hundreds of children, sharing her love and faith in Christ. Char leaves many, many loving friends, having made each one feel special and valued. She died peacefully after a very brief bout with lung cancer on Friday morning, January 22, 2016. Her memorial service is planned for Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 11:00 a.m. at Bethlehem Baptist Church North Campus, 5151 Program Avenue, Mounds View, MN 55112. Memorials are preferred to Bethlehem Baptist Church Short Term Missions.


Mary Frances Graham 9/15/2015

Graham, Mary Frances Age 100 passed away Tuesday, September 15, 2015. She was born February 1, 1915 in Brainerd MN. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Cloud University. She taught elementary school for 43 years before retiring in 1978. She is survived by her nephews Barry and Valry Graham of Kentwood, Rob and Janell Graham of Minneapolis MN, Mark and Jan Graham of Brainerd MN, Ron and Karen Graham of Kentwood; many great and great great nieces and nephews; sister-in-law Dorothy Graham of Kentwood. Memorial Services will be held 12:00 PM Monday Sept.21st at Ofield Funeral Home 4500 Kalamazoo Ave SE. with visitation at 11:00 AM. Pastor Sean Kidd officiating. Interment Brainerd, MN. Online condolences may be left at - See more at:

Marjorie O. Sealander 8/17/2015

Marjorie, daughter of John (J.A) and Mary Sealander, was born in Detroit Lakes on Feb. 17 1916. She lived a long and healthy life until shortly before her death on August 17, 2015 at the age of 99.arjorie was born and raised in Detroit Lakes, MN, graduating Valedictorian of her high school class. Some of her favorite childhood memories were from her summers at the family cabin on Big Floyd Lake. She received her bachelor's degree in 1938 from Gustavus Adolphus College and was a member of the Delta Pi Epsilon Sorority. After college, she began her career teaching school in Minnesota and ending up teaching high school business and economics classes at North High School and Washburn High School in Minneapolis for over twenty five years. As summer approached, she greatly looked forward to coming back to Detroit Lakes for the summer. Upon retirement, she returned again to her hometown, and became the caregiver for her parents and other elderly family members. She was a kind and generous woman who held her family in the highest regard.

Marjorie enjoyed spending holidays and vacations with her sister, Ruth Ruud, and her family. Her nephews, nieces and great nieces played a very special part in her life. Marjorie was an avid reader and walker and enjoyed bird watching. She was a member of First Lutheran Church throughout her life. She was known for her perpetual state of contentment. She was one of the first residents to move into the Winchester on Washington in Detroit Lakes. She enjoyed many years there, with her sister Ruth ultimately moving into the same building. Marjorie eventually moved to Lincoln Park Assisted Living, then in February moved to Oak Crossing. In her short time at Oak Crossing, she uplifted the spirits of her caregivers, offering frequent positive comments and compliments. While her last months were very challenging, she communicated a message of love to everyone she came in contact with. She felt well cared for and attended to there.

Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Carl Sealander and John Sealander II, sister Ruth Ruud, and niece Carla Sealander. Marjorie is survived by her nieces and nephews; Daniel (Nancy) Ruud in Fargo, ND; Arthur Ruud in Grand Forks, ND; Rachel (Rodney) Bauch in Bainbridge Island, WA; Sonja (George) Mockridge in Daly City, CA; Judith (Jerry) Sealander, Walton Beach, FL; John (Janet) Sealander III, Dallas, TX; Sara Sealander (daughter Alessandra), Dallas, TX; and her great nieces, McKaila Ruud and Gianna Bauch.


Delano L. "Gus" Beckman 12/30/2015

Beckman, Delano Lincoln "Gus" age 81, of Anoka, formerly of Eden Prairie, died December 30, 2015. Preceded in death by 1st wife, Kathryn (Swanson), daughters Debra Beckman and Elizabeth Bryan. He will be deeply missed by his wife Janis, children Lynn (Don) Kirksey, Bruce, Pam (Allan) Rylance and Allison (Matt) Olson; grandchildren Kristina (Luis) Cruz, Kathryn (Adam) O'Brien, Donnie Kirksey, Megan, Kyle & Lauren Bryan, Tory, Jeff & Mike Rylance, and Madison & Mason Olson; great grandchildren Ari & Lyndon O'Brien and Marilynn Cruz. He will also be missed by brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. Del served honorably with the US Army, was a high school teacher for the Mpls School District for 30 years and was the boys' & girls' golf coach. He especially enjoyed his summers at Lake Miltona. Memorial service will be held Saturday, January 9th at 10 am, Zion Lutheran Church, 1601 4th Ave, Anoka; visitation one hour prior. Private family interment. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred.


Phil V. Cognetta 1/1/2016

Cognetta, Philip Vito Age 71 of North Oaks 1944 - 2016 Phil went to Heaven with peace and grace on New Year's Day in the comfort of his home surrounded by the love of family and friends. Born on August 4, 1944, into an Italian family with a strong sense of hospitality, generosity, tradition and love. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Judy (Dixon); son, Jason; daughter-in-law, Joelle; grandchildren, Dimarco and Adrianna, (the loves of his life); brother, Jerry; sister-in-law, Julie; niece, Cheristi Cognetta-Rieke; (Steve); nephews, Vincenzo (Laura); and Ario; great nephews, Vincent and Luca; and many cousins and dear friends. Phil was touched by the support of many friends, especially during his recent illness. He joins his loving parents, Phil and Marie, mother-in-law Julie Dixon; father-in-law, Joseph Dixon, and many dear relatives and special friends who have passed before him. Phil touched the lives of many students and faculty in his role of counselor/educator with the Minneapolis Public Schools for 35 years and as an adjunct professor in the School of Counseling & Development at the University of Minnesota. He was a born counselor with empathy, listening and guidance skills second nature to him. He was a mentor, advocate and friend to many. Visitation 4-8 PM Wednesday, Jan. 6th at Holcomb- Henry-Boom-Purcell Funeral Home, 515 Highway 96, W. at Mackubin Shoreview. Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 AM Thursday, Jan. 7th (visitation 10-11AM) at St. Odilia Catholic Church, 3495 Victoria Street N., Shoreview. Holcomb-Henry-Boom-Purcell 651-482-7606

Pauline L. Strom 12/31/2015

Strom, Pauline Lange Age 100, of Mpls. Passed away December 31, 2015. Preceded in death by parents and three siblings, her husband, Carl Daniel Strom and great-granddaughter Brynn Aila Moritz. Polly was born in Sandstone, Minnesota to immigrant parents, George and Tena Lange. She moved to Minneapolis in 1936, where she met and married Carl Strom and they raised their family. In 1957 she and Carl bought a hobby farm outside of Sandstone, where they spent many happy years with their children and grandchildren. She was generous with her time and resources. She was a gardener extraordinaire, an avid birder, and highly engaged in the world at large. Her witty observations were thought provoking and she challenged those around her to see the world in a different way. She believed in women's equality and social justice before it was de rigueur. A life-long student, she traveled the world in her later years. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1968 and taught in Minneapolis Public Schools until she retired in 1980. Survived by three daughters, Mary (Charles) Larson, Sycamore, IL; Eileen Johnson and Martha (John) Cosgrove, Mpls.; six grandchildren, Martha O'Connor, Ingrid Crepas, Samuel Johnson, Christina Moritz, Margaret Heier and Alexander Cosgrove; four great-grandchildren, Ingrid O'Connor, Hanlon O'Connor, Linden Moritz and Patrick Moritz, eleven nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends. Special thanks to the staff at Grace Hospice for their kindness and support. Memorials preferred to donor's choice or the Salvation Army. Funeral arrangements will follow.

Elaine L. Sorenson 12/23/2015

Elaine Sorensen lived to take care of others. 
A longtime English teacher in the Minneapolis Public Schools, she introduced many of her students to mythology and Shakespeare.
Later, when her teaching days were over, she became a wildlife rehabilitator with the Animal Humane Society — rescuing orphaned baby raccoons and caring for them in her Eden Prairie home until they could be released into the wild.
Sorensen died on Dec. 23 of complications from dementia. She was 77.
Her best friend, Jackie Regan of Minnetonka, recalled meeting Sorensen in the fall of 1959. They taught together at Franklin Junior High School in Minneapolis. Many of their students had rough lives, Regan said, and Sorensen worked hard to give them a bit of joy at school. She and Sorensen started putting on talent shows for the kids. “They never had anything like that. We did makeup and we did sets,” she said. “We made it a pretty big deal for them.” Sorensen also ran the school newspaper, and decided it needed a mascot. So she bought a hamster for the class. “She did things to bring good things into the lives of these kids,” Regan said.

A native of Willmar, Minn., Sorensen was the daughter of a nurse. She competed in beauty pageants and won the Miss Willmar title one year, Regan said. She attended the University of Minnesota, where she earned her degree in secondary education. Teaching was a natural fit. “She was just very nurturing,” said her niece, Julie Sorensen, of Chanhassen.
At Christmas, she would stroll through her neighborhood with her beloved St. Bernard dog, Shai Kai, delivering gifts. She was creative, expressing her talents in many ways — through writing, decorating her home and oil painting. “She was a very fine palette knife painter of florals,” Regan said.
It was the raccoons in her own yard that drove her to learn how to care for them and to teach others to do the same, said Amy Cooper, one of many volunteer wildlife rehabilitators Sorensen trained. “It’s a lot of work,” Cooper said. “You have to keep on top of it.”  When someone would discover an orphaned raccoon baby in an attic or a window well, they would call the Humane Society and get connected to a wildlife volunteer to care for the critter, Julie Sorensen said.  The tiny, hairless babies needed to be bottle-fed, given plenty of water and trained to survive on their own. As part of their education, Sorensen would fill her bathtub with warm water and let the raccoons splash around. It was to teach them that water was going to be a big part of their environment in the wild, Cooper said.  While many people fear — and even loathe — the masked, clawed creatures, Sorensen quite loved raccoons. They were her favorite animal, Cooper said. “She was not fearful of any of God’s creatures,” she said. But Sorensen did take precautions when handling them and taught other volunteers to do the same. “We all had our rabies shots,” Cooper said.
Sorensen wrote a booklet on the care of orphaned raccoons called “Just a Helping Hand.” She was honored in 1990 for outstanding service in the Animal Humane Society of Hennepin County’s foster parent program.

In addition to her niece, Sorensen is survived by a sister, Kathy Mantz, of Arizona, and a nephew, Jay Schmoll, of Texas.  Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Jan. 9 at Washburn-McReavy Funeral Home in Eden Prairie, with visitation beginning one hour before the service.



Carol Virginia Peterson 11/28/2015

Peterson, Carol Virginia 88, of Edina, died peacefully on 11/ 28/15. Preceded in death by parents, siblings, and dear friends, Dawn Mennes and Phyllis Glaser. Survived by nieces, Carol Harris Perry and Susan Harris Leinberger and their families. Especially dear to her and of great help in her elder years was great-niece Rachel Perry Haen -- also loyal friends, Donna Diepolder and Susan Morgan. A retired physical education teacher, Carol taught and coached in the Minneapolis Public Schools, notably West High School. In the words of a former student, "Carol was the epitome of Title IX, well before its time. She believed that females deserved athletic training -- running swim meets, coaching basketball, and organizing golf matches for her female students." She avidly supported University of MN athletics. Memorial Gathering, Sunday, Dec 20th at 2:30 PM, Richfield United Methodist Church, Heritage Room, 5835 Lyndale Ave S, Mpls. Her family is so grateful for Carol's tender, compassionate care by the Sunrise of Edina staff and her Park Nicollet Hospice team. Memorials preferred to Park Nicollet Hospice, 700 South 5th St, Hopkins, MN 55343.


Coral L. Anderson 11/16/2015

Anderson, Coral L. (Olson) Age 94 of Prior Lake, formerly of Minneapolis and Roseau, MN. Passed away on November 16, 2015. She began a teaching career in a one room school house in northern MN. She continued as a substitute teacher for the Minneapolis school system and then worked for the Billy Graham Evangelical Assoc. for the last 17 years before her retirement in 1986. Preceded in death by her parents; husband Clarence; and her siblings. Survived by her children, Ann Marie (Ed) Youngblood, Craig (LaRie) Anderson and Gale (Tim) Case; 7 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. We want to sincerely thank the Arbor (memory care) where Coral spent her last few years and Optage Hospice. They provided Coral with loving care and support to her family. Funeral service 11 AM Saturday, November 21st at Henry W. Anderson Mortuary, 14850 Garrett Ave., Apple Valley with a visitation 1 hour prior to the service. Memorials preferred to the Alzheimer's Assoc., Optage Hospice or McKenna Crossing - the Arbor (Presbyterian Homes). Henry W. Anderson 952-432-2331


Donald D. Bevis 11/12/2015

Bevis, Donald D. Age 90, passed away peacefully Nov. 12 in his adopted home of Fountain Hills, AZ. He served with the 82nd Airborne in the Pacific during WWII, and later as a captain in the MN Nat'l Guard. Don, with wife Peg, moved to Mpls from IA in 1953 to teach science at Ramsey Jr. High. Over the next 30 yrs he held many positions with the Mpls Schools including interim superintendent. In retirement he and Peg split their time between Lake Alexander, MN and Bradenton, FL until her death in 2011. An avid hunter and fisherman, Don shared his passion for the outdoors with family and friends. He will be remembered for his kindness, intelligence, and positive outlook on life. Don will be missed by children Bruce (Ann) Bevis and Nancy (Mike) Garten, grandchildren Eric (Julliana) and Andrew (Alison) Garten, Beth (Ben) Cieslik, Ashley (Matt) Reubendale, and Adam Bevis, and six great grandchildren. Per Don's wishes, no service will be held. Memorials to Ducks Unlimited ( tributes/DonBevis)


John L. Schneider 11/1/2015

Schneider, John L. age 95, of Minneapolis, died November 1, 2015. Family man, scholar, teacher, life-long learner, Master Gardener and volunteer. Taught in Minneapolis Public Schools for 29 years. U.S. Navy veteran WWII, a member of the Greatest Generation. Preceded in death by wife of 55 years, June; son, Daniel and siblings, Delores and James and sister-in-law, Lorraine. Survived by son, Scott and his wife, Dona; grandsons, Garrett (Rina) and Dane; great-grandson, Henry and brothers, Eugene, Frank (Marlene) and Stanley (Marcia). Memorial service Friday, November 13, 11:00 a.m., First Unitarian Society, 900 Mt. Curve, Minneapolis. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Unitarian Society Foundation, Doctors Without Borders or Planned Parenthood. "A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." Henry Adams.


Joseph Capetz 10/16/2015

Capetz, Joseph age 86, died in his home 10/14/2015. Adored in life, he was an educator, author, jazz musician, veteran, devout husband, loving father, grandfather, uncle, and the best of friends. Joe was devotedly generous with his love and caring for family. He was beautiful inside and out. Joe will be sorely missed by everyone whose lives he touch-ed. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 56 years, Dorie, his parents, and eight siblings. He is survived by his five children, their spouses and eight grandchildren, Maren, William, Andrew, Kirsten, Matthew Hart of Chanhassen, MN; Joseph, Wendy Capetz of Richfield, MN; Jon, Chris, Sander Capetz of Kent OH; Cristinlisa, Joseph, Samuel, Emily Raiche of Plymouth, MN; and Peter, Daisy, Margaret, Carter Capetz of Mountain View, CA as well as many nephews, nieces, and lifelong friends. Memorial service will be Saturday, November 14th at 2 pm at the Cremation Society of Edina, 7110 France Ave (952-924-4100). Visitation is one hour prior to service. Memorials preferred to Alzheimer's Association or the Fender Music Foundation


Elizabeth A. Goggin 8/28/2014

Elizabeth Anderson Goggin, age 100, passed away on August 28. She had been a resident of Los Alamos for 24 years.
She was born in St. Cloud, Minnesota on May 16, 1914 to Arthur Anderson and Dorothy Mitchell Anderson. The family later moved to St. Paul, MN where she spent most of her early years. She attended Antioch College in Ohio where she got her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in the 30's during the depth of the Depression. In 1941 she married Richard X. Goggin, with whom she had two sons, and lived in San Francisco, CA during the 1940's. When the marriage ended in divorce she moved back to St. Paul, MN and then to Minneapolis, MN where she lived the majority of her adult life. In Minneapolis she taught Special Education classes in inner city schools for nearly 20 years.

She traveled extensively in the 1970's taking freighter cruises to, among other places, South America, the Orient, Alaska, Mexico, Yugoslavia, and Australia. She was an avid reader, walker, weaver and classical music lover.

Elizabeth moved to Los Alamos in 1990. She had worked in a Friends of the Bookstore connected to the Minneapolis Public Library in the downtown Minneapolis area for a number of years after she retired from teaching. She used that experience to spearhead the creation of the Friends of the Mesa Public Library bookstore at the old location. In 1998 she was honored at the New Mexico State Library Association's Awards Banquet with the Amigo Award.

She is survived by sons: David (Judy) of Los Alamos and Stephen (Kate) of Ithaca, NY. Grandchildren: Beth of Anchorage, AK; Jennifer (Jo) of Wolfeboro, NH; Jay of San Francisco, CA; Matthew of Chicago, IL; Samantha of Albuquerque, NM. Sister: Ruth of Eustis, FL, and numerous nieces and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by parents Arthur and Dorothy and brother John. 

At Elizabeth's request there will be no funeral or ceremony.


Marian L. Sampson 10/23/2015

Sampson, Marian "Aunt Sam" Athlete, stargazer and favorite aunt of many. Age 94, proud WWII US Marine and resident of Minneapolis passed away peacefully on October 23. Dedicated PE teacher and counselor at Folwell Jr. High School from 1948-1978, world traveler, 3 time hole-in-1 golfer and enthusiastic bird watcher. A zest for life - she was easy to love. Preceded in death by siblings Donald Sampson, Charlotte Nelson and Bill Sampson. Marian is survived by dear friends Lorraine Edberg and JoAnne Wilson, nieces and nephews John Sampson, Cheri Moir, Steve Sampson, Mary Jo Crippen, Nancy Nelson, David Nelson, Patty Nelson, Bill Nelson, Janet Loomis, Jimmy Sampson, Carol Engwall, and Sandy Hill. Join beloved family and friends for a funeral Mass at 12:00 PM Wed., October 28, St. Mary of the Lake, 105 Forestview Lane N., Plymouth with a visitation 1 hour prior to remember and celebrate her life.


Gearld J. Springer 10/15/2015

Springer Gerald J. ("Jerry") Of Mendota Heights, MN, and Palm Springs, CA, age 85. Born Waseca MN. Died October 15, 2015. Preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Evelyn Springer of Owatonna and by his beloved wife of 47 years Marlene. He is survived by his son Joseph, daughter-in-law Joan Ireland and grandchildren Sean and Jesica of Shoreview, brother-in-law Brian Sullivan and spouse Li of Kuwait and brother-in-law Mike Sullivan and spouse Deborah Cuneo and niece Mara of Mendota Hts. Jerry was raised in Owatonna and graduated from Owatonna High School (OHS) in 1948. He received a Bachelor of Science from Minnesota State University in 1952 and a Master of Arts from the University of Minnesota in 1963. He was selected as a Charter Member of the OHS Athletic Hall of Fame and was also inducted into the Minnesota State University Athletic Hall of Fame. Jerry earned ten letters in four sports at OHS and held five school records in basketball and track. He earned six letters in basketball and track at Minnesota State. Gerald was a business teacher and coordinator in the Minneapolis Public Schools for 35 years. He was also a tour manager for Cartan Travel for 12 years in the summers and later was a manufacturer's rep for gaming devices. He and Marlene loved travel, music and dancing. He was a very social person and will be missed by friends and family. Visitation 4-7 PM Thursday, October 29 at Willwerscheid Natural Burial and Cremation, 235 Wentworth Ave. W., West St. Paul, 651-457-7938. Service 11 AM Friday, October 30. Burial Forest Hill Cemetery, Owatonna. Memorials preferred to OHS Athletic Hall of Fame or Walker United Methodist Church.


Naomi P. Rotenberg 10/15/2015

Rotenberg, Naomi P. 93, of St. Louis Park, MN, passed away peacefully on October 15, 2015. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Max. She is survived by her son, Mark (Amy) Rotenberg; daughter, Karen (Dragutin) Ilich; grandchildren, Mathew, Ariella, and Max Rotenberg; brother, Dr. Leo Packer, and her nephew, Alex Packer. A graduate of Russell Sage College with advanced degrees in nursing, education, and public health from Columbia University and the University of Minnesota, Naomi will be remembered for her long career in nursing and social work on behalf of thousands of hospital patients and Minneapolis public school students. Most of all, her family will treasure memories of her love, devotion, and positive spirit. Funeral service FRIDAY (TODAY) 1:00 PM, BETH EL SYNAGOGUE, 5225 Barry Street West, St. Louis Park. Memorials preferred to Sholom Foundation, 3610 Phillips Pkwy, St. Louis Park, 55426 or the Rotenberg Jerusalem Fund c/o the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, 13100 Wayzata Blvd, #200, Minnetonka, 55305. SHIVA 7 PM, SATURDAY and SUNDAY, 715 Valley Way, Hopkins, MN, 55305. Hodroff-Epstein


Judith A. Schmidt 10/20/2015

Schmidt, Judith Ann (nee Williams) age 79 of Minneapolis passed away October 20, 2015. Judy worked as a journalist for close to 25 years and ended her career as a teacher for Minneapolis Public Schools. Judy had a love for reading, literature, current events, coffee, sharing good times and spending time with her family and friends. Preceded in death by spouse, Larry and sister, Linda Guthrie. Survived by son, Chris (Adabel); daughter, Kerry; grandchildren: Carly, Grace and Logan; niece and nephew, Brenda and Bill Guthrie; and many other family members and friends. Memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at Minneapolis Friends Meeting, 4401 York Ave. S., Mpls. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to charity of donor's choice.


Benita A. Kirschbaum 9/21/2015

Kirschbaum, Benita Ann (Kane) age 82 of Bloomington, formerly of Dubuque, IA passed away September 21, 2015 at Wealshire of Blooming-ton. Preceded in death by parents, Eldon and Marcella Kane; brothers, Richard Kane (Ruth) and Walter Kane (JoAnn); and sister, Irene Breitbach (Donald). Survived by husband, Curtis J. Kirschbaum; sister, Carol Kane; and many nieces and nephews. She attended Clarke University in Dubuque, IA and the University of the Americas in Mexico City. Benita retired in 1989 from teaching Spanish at Washburn and Roosevelt High Schools in Mpls. She loved her family, students, and all animals. Reading, fishing, traveling, and gardening were favorite interests. She worked diligently for the SNAP Program in the Twin Cities after retirement. Special gratitude to the caregivers at Welcome Home Residential Care and Wealshire of Bloomington. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to SNAP (Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests) and Wealshire of Bloomington. Memorial service Tuesday, September 29, 11 AM with visitation beginning at 9 AM prior to service at: Washburn-McReavy.comWerness Brothers 952-884-8145 2300 W. Old Shakopee Rd.


Guil Parsons 9/17/2015

Parsons, Guil Age 94, died peacefully Sept. 17, 2015. Born on a farm in Morris, MN Oct. 27, 1920. His family moved to NE Mpls. as a child, and he gradu ated from Edison High School in 1938 during the Great Depression. He participated in football, basketball, and track at Edison. After high school, he signed up for the CCC's (Civilian Conservation Corps), as there was limited jobs or money for college. At age 18, with the CCC's, he moved to a camp in northern MN, where they helped build the Gunflint Trail road and bridges. In 1940, he started college at Augsburg with the plan of becoming a doctor. Guil played football at Augsburg under Coach Edor Nelson. World War II interrupted his college, as he decided to enlist in 1942 because he felt an obligation to serve his country in the war effort. So after his third year at Augsburg, Guil went off to the Pacific Theatre with the U.S. Army Signal Corp as a radio operator. From 1942-1945, he was involved in the liberation of many islands Japan had conquered including Luzon, New Guinea, and the Philippines. He was involved in the mission that freed 552 Allied POW's from the Cabanatuan prison camp in Luzon- which was made into the movie "The Greatest Raid". He always said "war brought out the worst in man, but also the best in man." When he returned in 1946, he came back to Augsburg College. WWII had taken 3+ years of his life, so he decided to get his teaching degree. He captained the football team his Sr. year at Augsburg, and was class President. Guil's first teaching/ coaching job was at Minnehaha Academy from 47-49. He head-coached football, basketball, and baseball and in 1949 all 3 teams won conference championships. In 1950, Edison HS had an opening, so Guil took the job and decided to go back to his roots. He married Sally, and lived and raised his family in Brooklyn Center for 45 years. From 1950-1980, he spent 30 wonderful years at Edison teaching Biology, History, and Drivers Ed. He helped train 1400 students how to drive. He was head track coach for 18 years, assistant basketball coach for 12, and coached football for 25 years. He was an assistant under Pete Guzy before becoming head coach in football. His tough Edison teams won many championships- including a couple undefeated seasons in the Mpls. City Conference when it was the largest school system in the state. In his last few years, he became Edison's athletic director and supervised renovating the athletic field and building a new gymnasium. Guil was also a well-known certified referee of football, basketball, and baseball for 30+ years at the HS and college level around the state. Guil retired in 1980, and is in the Edison Hall of Fame. He then became very involved in the Edison Community Sports Foundation, which has given away thousands of dollars in scholarships to students of Edison HS. In retirement, Guil enjoyed traveling on cruises with his wife Sally, Canadian fly in fishing trips with his two sons, traveling to Army reunions all over the U.S., and enjoying time with his grandchildren. He spent his last 8 years residing at Copperfield Hill in Robbinsdale, where he enjoyed many friends....including his morning coffee group, where they would discuss current events, tell jokes, and play 500. He served as president of the residence council. He will be remembered for his lifelong commitment of building character in the student/ athletes he had the privilege of mentoring, his insistence of people to do more; to give more; to work harder; to be prepared, and his loyalty and commitment to people he was associated with. Preceded in death by wife Sally; parents George and Myrtle Parsons; and sister Evelyn Cartwright. Survived by sons Scott (Mary) Parsons of Brainerd and Matt (Evelyne) Parsons of New Hope; daughter Susan (Clint) Johnson of Rogers; 9 grandchildren (Ali, Britta, Sara, Nate, Kyle, Derek, Samantha, Reece, Alexa); sister-in-law Betty Wright; and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Edison Community Sports Foundation, or to donors choice. Funeral service 11 AM Thursday, September 24, at Brooklyn United Methodist Church, 7200 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Center. Interment Sunset Cemetery, Mpls. Visitation 6-8 PM Wednesday at Evans-Nordby Funeral Home, 6000 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Center, and 1 hour prior to service at church. Evans-Nordby

Published on September 21, 2015


Barbara Bennett 9/17/2015

Bennett, Barbara Age 65 of White Bear ("Go Bears") passed away at home on September 17, 2015. Barb was a Special Education Teacher for Minneapolis Public Schools and retired after 33 years of service. She will be missed by her daughter Lindsey Almer (Jason Harry); granddaughter Annie "Bananie" Bennett Harry; and loving partner of 20 years Charlie Westman. She was loved by her many friends and everyone she touched. Gathering Saturday, September 26th from 10am-12noon with Time of Sharing at 12noon at Bradshaw Celebration of Life Center, 4600 Greenhaven Drive at Hwy 96 (one mile west of 35E), White Bear. Bradshaw 651-407-8300


Marjorie H. Skarp 9/10/2015

Skarp, Marjorie Helen "Marge" age 88, died on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at Grace Homes in Hopkins, MN. Marjorie Helen Skarp was born on August 28, 1927 in Virginia, MN to Albert and Helen Skarp. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in Virginia, MN and received a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of MN. Marge began her teaching career in Duluth, MN and spent the next 40 years teaching 1st grade at Kenny Elementary School in Minneapolis, MN. Marge was truly an inspiration and a role model to those whose lives she touched. Her life revolved around children, family, friends, and her faith. Marge is survived by a sister, Lorraine (Raymond) Wallin, of Virginia, MN; nephew, David (Sandy) Wallin of Virginia, MN; niece, Marjorie Wallin of Chisholm, MN; great nieces and nephews, Sheila Wallin, Sara Bevan, Sandra Barrios, Katie Richards, Nicholas Richards, and their children, Skyler & Payton, Logan & Ashlyn, Michaela, Tyler & Noah, and Kaylynn. Marge was preceded in death by her parents and nephews, Mark Wallin and Glenn Wallin. Marge was also preceded in death by her special friend, Elma Hokkanen. She is also survived by the entire Hokkanen family, who have been a special part of her life, and a host of brothers and sisters in faith. The family also thanks the staff of Summerwood and Grace Homes for the care provided to Marge. Service 10:30 AM Saturday, September 19, 2015, at the Independent Apostolic Lutheran Church, 14000 129th Ave. N., Dayton. Visitation 1 hour prior to the service. Interment 10 AM Monday, September 21, 2015 at Greenwood Cemetery, Virginia, MN. Memorials preferred to the church. Evans-Nordby 763-533-3000

Published on September 13, 2015


Marjory J. Maier 8/12/2015

Maier, Marjory (Marj) Entered her heavenly home on August 13, 2015, after about six years of fighting cancer. She was born on January 30, 1933 in Lead, South Dakota, to Clifford and Lucille (Burbidge) Edwards. She grew up in the beautiful Black Hills with siblings: Bill, Arlene, Bob, and Dick. Their father was a pharmacist and owned two drug stores. Many happy years were spent climbing the hills and working at the stores. Marj graduated from Lead High School in 1950 and from the University of Dubuque cum laude in 1954. She received a Master of Social Work from McCormick Seminary (1956) and a Master of Library Science from the University of Minnesota (1972). She worked for Minneapolis Public Schools for twenty two years as a Media Specialist. Marj met John Maier when he was studying for the ministry at McCormick and married him May 6, 1956. They had three children, Steven, Karen and Mark. The family lived in Kansas, Illinois and finally in St. Louis Park, Minnesota for over forty-seven years. Marj was a member of Peace Presbyterian Church, in St Louis Park, where she served as a teacher, an elder and a deacon and sang in the choir. They went on many work camps and choir tours overseas. The family also travelled to all fifty states and many other countries. She was a member of the St. Louis Park Woman's Club and a volunteer at Methodist Hospital. Marj was preceded in death by her parents: Clifford and Lucille Edwards; brothers: Bill, Bob and Dick Edwards; daughter: Karen Maier; and grandson: Jason Maier. She is survived by her devoted husband: John Maier; sons: Mark Maier and Steve Maier (Judy); grandchildren: Christiana Kapsner (Kris), Adrian Kearns (Stephanie), Tonya Menard (Dan) and five great grandchildren; sister: Arlene Johnson; cousin: Gwen Cloninger (Ron); and many nieces, nephews, relatives and wonderful friends. A memorial service will be held at Peace Presbyterian Church, 7624 Cedar Lake Road, St. Louis Park, MN 55426, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 29, 2015, with a visitation one hour prior to the service and luncheon following the service. Instead of flowers, Memorials to the Church or to STEP are preferred. Private Burial will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Washburn-McReavy.comStrobeck Johnson 952-938-9020


Genevieve Merry 8/4/2015

Merry, Genevieve Barr Age 104, of Minneapolis, died peacefully August 4, 2015. Preceded in death by parents, John (age 98, 1975) and Emma Barr (1944), older brother Donald Barr (1949), younger brother Byron Barr, aka Gig Young (1978), and husband, Ora McKusick (O.M.) Merry (1982). Born in St Cloud, July 15,1911. Gen attended St Cloud Tech HS and obtained a 2-year degree at Teacher's College before becoming an elementary schoolteacher in Motley and Winnebago until marrying Fairmont bachelor, O.M. Merry, 20 years her senior in 1938. Later, after they moved to the University neighborhood in Minneapolis she finished her degree at age 54 at the U and returned to teaching 4th grade at Putnam School in NE Minneapolis until retirement. Young at heart and the life of the party-that was open-minded, intelligent and fun-loving Gen. She was never an "old lady". She instinctively connected with children-and they with her. She appreciated beauty and culture-art, literature, theater, music, movies, travel, good food. She lived and dressed in style. Engaged in the world around her, she read a daily paper, magazines, and watched public television until her last few days. With a warm smile and an upbeat attitude, Gen brightened this world every day for 104 years. Many thanks to her HealthPartners hospice team and the wonderful caregivers at Keystone Assisted Living Highland Park, where she spent her last 9 months after nearly 20 years of living independently (with valued assistance from Cheryl) at Ridgepointe in Minnetonka. A gathering to celebrate Gen's life will be held on Sunday, October 4. More information to follow. Memorials in her name may be made to the Twin Cities Public Television.


Rufus O. Webster 8/11/2015

Webster, Rufus O. age 94, of St. Louis Park, MN, passed away with his grandchildren by his side. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Aleece Gray-Webster and son, Anthony M. Webster I. He is survived by his grandchildren, AnDrea Webster, DeLona Webster-Scott (Damon), Tina Asinugo, Anthony Webster II, Karilee Dunn-Robinson (Tyrone), Anthony Davis and Rufus Sartin; his sister-in-law Juanita Gray, 21 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren and a host of relatives and lifelong friends. Rufus was a pianist, composer, and a big band jazz performer. He retired as an educator and vice principal after a 30 year tenure with the Minneapolis public school system. He was a lifelong member of The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the Sigma Pi Phi fraternity. As a regular attendee of the Grand Boule', he enjoyed the fellowship of Archons across the country. He was in Omicron for over 50 years attaining Life member status. A memorial will be held Saturday, August 15th at 12 noon at The Lakewood Memorial Chapel, Minneapolis, MN.


Sterling D. Peterson 8/1/2015

Peterson, Sterling David age 90, of Mound died Saturday, August 1, 2015. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and faithful witness of Jehovah for 60 years. Sterling was a graduate of Lake Crystal HS, US Merchant Marine Academy, and University of Minnesota. He was a teacher at Clarkfield, Orono, and Minneapolis Southwest high schools before becoming a consultant to Minneapolis Public Schools. Sterling is survived by sons, David (Donna) and Gregory (Debbie); grandchildren, Jesse, Mindy, Jackie, Nico, Angelina, and Raquel; great-grandchildren, Graham, Celia, Gia, Turin, and Caden; and many other loving family and friends. Memorial service will be held Sunday, August 16, 2015 at 3PM at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 3655 Togo Rd., Navarre. Burial will take place in Mound Union Cemetery at a later date. Huber Funeral & Cremation Services Mound Chapel



Marlys N. Johnson 7/30/2015

Johnson, Marlys 84, special education teacher in Minneapolis for 20 years before retiring to South Dakota. Preceded in death by her parents and three sisters. Survived by her husband of 64 years, Wilbur Johnson; daughters, Carolyn (Pat) Boulay; Lorene (Steve) Hanson; sons Lane (Beverly) Johnson and Neal (Lisa) Johnson; 14 grandchildren & 12 great grandchildren. Mundwiler Funeral Home, Milbank, SD. She leaves a great legacy of love.


Andrew James " Jim" Heller, 7/4/2015

Heller, Andrew James "Jim" Age 94 of Edina, MN, passed away peacefully at home on July 4, 2015. He was born on a farm in South Dakota in 1920. He attended college in Sacramento, CA earning an Associate of Arts degree. Returning to South Dakota in 1940, he attended Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD where he earned a teaching certificate. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1942 and was assigned to Gustavus Adolphus where he earned a B.S. degree. Following boot camp at Paris Island, SC he was transferred to Camp Lejeune, NC for advanced training and then to Quantico, VA for officer's training, and commissioned a 2nd Lt. After further training at Camp Pendleton, CA he was assigned to amphibious attack vessel APA-221 Oneida for 14 months, all spent in various landings in the South Pacific theater, including the invasion of Okinawa. He was discharged as a Captain in 1946. He had a deep love of music. Through both his college and post-war years, Jim was a performing musician in various touring dance bands. Beginning in 1946 he spent seven years as a principal and band teacher in McLaughlin, SD. Starting in 1953 he taught in the Minneapolis Public Schools for 34 years until his retirement. Most of those years were spent at Roosevelt H.S. teaching social studies and as a work coordinator. He also taught at Lincoln Jr. High, South and Henry high schools. He was actively involved in professional organizations. He was President of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers, VP of the Minnesota Federation of Teachers and VP of the American Federation of Teachers - AFL/CIO. He was one of the leaders of the 1970 teachers' strike that led to the passage of the Public Employees Labor Relation Act of 1971 which provided collective bargaining rights for all public employees in Minnesota. From 1973 to 1988 he was an elected trustee of the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund. After retirement he was President of the Minneapolis Retired Teachers Organization. Always interested in furthering his education, during his teaching years he spent summers studying at various institutions. He earned a Masters of Education at the University of Colorado. He also studied at the Universities of Minnesota, Wisconsin (Madison), Connecticut, Washington (St. Louis), Hawaii (on an East-West Center grant), Singapore (on a Fullbright Scholarship), and at the College of St. Catherine. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Ida; four sisters and one brother. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Nancy; son, John Heller (Laura); stepchildren, Rick Dahlen (Holly), Ron Dahlen (Jamie) and Cynthia Rasmussen (Peter); 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. A celebration of Jim's life will be held on Wednesday, July 15 at St. Edward's Catholic Church, 9401 Nesbitt Ave S., Bloomington, MN. Mass at 11:00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior. Memorials to Sharing & Caring Hands or charity of your choice. Cremation Society of MN (952-924-4100).


Robert L. Wolfe 6/30/2015

Wolfe, Robert L. "Bob" Age 87, of Mendota Heights, died surrounded by his family on June 30, 2015. Preceded in death by his mother Gertrude, brothers Jack and Earl and sisters June (Kogol), and Pam (Richardson). Survived by his wife of 53 yrs, Grace (Dolan), children Julie (Steve) Anderson, David (Gina) and Elizabeth (Joe) Gohman, sister, Phyllisan West and the joy of his life, his grandchildren Matt and Nick Anderson, Ellie and Robbie Wolfe, and Gracie, Jack and Claire Gohman, as well as many nieces and nephews. Bob grew up in St. Paul and graduated from Cretin H.S. in '46. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he was a professional photographer for several years. Later, he received degrees from the University of Minnesota and St. Thomas College. He worked as a teacher and science coordinator for many years in the MPLS Public Schools. Bob was always the happiest when helping others and sharing his gifts and talents with his family and friends. He was a volunteer for Habitat for Humnity and MN Literacy Council. Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 AM Wednesday, July 8th at St. Stanislaus Church, 395 W. Superior Street, St. Paul. Visitation on hour prior to Mass at Church. Private Interment at Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials preferred to St. Stanislaus Church or Second Harvest Heartland. O'Halloran & Murphy Funeral Home 651-698-0796


Rodney D. Chelberg 6/8/2015

Chelberg, Rodney D., Sr. Passed away on Monday, June 8 at the age of 87. He was born in Cambridge, Minnesota to Oscar & Alice Chelberg on March 14, 1928. There were seven children in their family. His family eventually moved to Minneapolis and dad attended the schools there. He obtained his high school degree from South High School. He then joined the Navy with his friend Tom Pallo and became a Third Class Petty officer. He studied electronics and was responsible for the service of various communication ships in the Pacific. After discharge, he went to Mac-Phail College and obtained a music degree. He taught band & orchestra in North Minneapolis for 30 years. While teaching, he earned his Master's Degree in music from Mankato State. After retirement from teaching, dad became a volunteer and served at the American Swedish Institute for over 15 years. During his time there, he was a friend, mentor, and repairman and helped to create numerous exhibits. Everyone there became part of his second family. Rod raised his own family of four in Hopkins, Minnesota. He is survived by two sons, Rod Chelberg Jr., M.D. who practices medicine in Bangor, Maine, Noel Chelberg who lives in London and plays Bass for several London orchestras and Jill Astor who is retired and lives in Red Wing, Minnesota. Renee passed away a few years ago from cancer. Rod is also survived by several relatives and very good friends. He is being remembered as someone who was very creative and kind. He loved to help people whenever he could. He made numerous contributions of time and money, love and support to those that knew him. He had a unique sense of humor but being Swedish, people put up with him. He blessed us all and made our lives richer. Good bye Dad, thanks for being there. A memorial service will be held in the fall, date and location to be determined.


Marvin B. Johnson 6/8/2015

Johnson, Marvin B. of North Branch, Minnesota, passed away on Monday, June 8, 2015 surrounded by his family at his son's home in Harris. He was 88 years old. Marvin was born on January 9, 1927 in Wanamingo, Minnesota to Lars and Theodora Johnson. Marvin served in the Navy Medical Corps during World War II. In 1948, he married Dorothy Quanbeck in Fargo, North Dakota. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Augsburg College where he played baseball and basketball. He later obtained his Master's degree from the University of Minnesota. Marvin taught science and coached baseball and basketball at Dassel High School, Willmar High School, and Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis. After twenty five years at Patrick Henry High School, Marvin retired and became a real estate agent in the North Branch area. Marvin is survived by his wife of 66 years, Dorothy; his three sons, Mark (Randi) Johnson of Harris, Thomas (partner Tabitha) Johnson of Morris, and Daniel (Lauren) Johnson of Goodhue; ten grandchildren, a brother and two brothers-in-law. A memorial service will be held on June 15, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in North Branch. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. The family prefers memorial donations be sent to the Augsburg College C.S.B.R. Campaign, Trinity Lutheran Church, or Allina Health Hospice Foundation. Grandstrand Funeral Home


Joyce E. Truax 5/14/2015

Truax, Joyce Edna Born on June 1, 1921, passed away peacefully on May 14, 2015.She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Ruth Truax; sisters, Gladys (Joseph) Kernler, Jean Barnhart, Beverly Truax, and Roberta (Dr. Richard) Oslund; nephew Donald Kernler and special friend, Bud. Joyce and her sisters attended Edison High School. Joyce received her teaching degree at the Winona Normal School. Her master's degree was through the University of Minnesota. First graders, in the Minneapolis Public School System, enjoyed Joyce's teaching efforts for thirty years at Prescott first and then Bethune Elementary School. Joyce had a passion for children, writing, music, and gardening. She recently presented several readings from her self-published book, "A Celebration of Verse". Joyce generously donated her body to the University of Minnesota. Interment will be in eighteen months at the Beaver Cemetery in Beaver, Minnesota. A memorial service for Joyce and her sister Bobbie Oslund, who passed away on August 20, 2014, is planned for June 20, 2015 at Centennial United Methodist Church in Roseville, Minnesota at 11AM with visitation starting one hour prior. A light lunch will follow. 651-482-7606


Natalie Atkin 3/16/2016

Three months after 15-year-old Aliza Sevillia arrived in Minneapolis from Greece in 1958, she found herself at Natalie Atkin’s kitchen table sipping tea and trying to converse in her broken English.
Aliza was the guest of Atkin’s oldest son, Stanley Gerstein, who would later marry her. But Atkin didn’t see the young woman as her son’s romantic interest — she saw her as someone with a fascinating story and a limitless future in her new country.
“She never treated me like I was a teenager,” Aliza Gerstein recalled recently. “She treated me like a young woman ready to take on the world.”
Family members said that interest in others was typical of Atkin, a St. Louis Park resident who died March 12 at the age of 105.
Born on January 10, 1911, to Russian immigrants who ran a grocery store on St. Paul’s East Side, Atkin pushed herself, going on to become the first in her family to attend college during an inhospitable time for women and Jews. She graduated from Humboldt High School in 1928, and from the University of Minnesota in 1932 with a degree in medical technology.
“She was a person who was before her time,” said her grandson, Dylan Gerstein. “She was ready to make her own contribution, but society expected her to be a wife and mother, and she accepted that with all of her heart and soul, but she never gave up on living to her potential.”
In her early 20s she set out for New York City, where she sold hats at Macy’s department store. At some point before she married her first husband, Rabbi Joseph Gerstein, in 1937, she worked as a lab technician in St. Paul.
For about a decade, Atkin traveled with her husband across the country starting new congregations. The two returned to Minneapolis in the 1950s, where they raised three sons a few blocks from Lake Calhoun.
Atkin returned to school, earning a teaching degree from the University of Minnesota, and briefly worked as a fourth-grade teacher.
When Joseph Gerstein changed careers and began investing in real estate, it was Atkin who ran the operation behind the scenes, advising her husband on what to purchase in south Minneapolis, Aliza Gerstein said.

“She was … an amazing businesswoman,” she said.
Her husband died in 1973, and Atkin married Louis Atkin in 1977.
Throughout her life, she consistently wrote, penning book reviews for the Star Tribune in the 1990s in addition to her personal writing (she self-published two volumes of her autobiography for her family, and a third volume is due out soon), led and participated in book clubs and played violin with the St. Paul Civic Orchestra for several years until arthritis set in.
She tried to impart her passion for language to her sons, creating a morning ritual that lasted throughout their lives at home.
From the age of 5 until he left for college in his late teens, Stanley Gerstein and his brothers were required to share a new word with the family at the breakfast table each morning, discussing its meaning and use.
It was, Stanley said, his mother’s way of ensuring that her sons would continue her legacy of higher education.
Atkin hoped to spare her own children from the struggles she experienced. The Great Depression left a lasting mark on her, and throughout her life she reused tea bags as often as three times, and gravitated toward day-old bread and cheaper, bruised fruit at the grocery store.
“Her life and her thinking was an attempt to dig out from under self-pity, of complaining about the misery and challenges of life, and to become nonjudgmental,” said her middle son, Dr. Arnold Gerstein.
In a review of “Lifespan: What Really Affects Human Longevity,” published in the Star Tribune in 1993, Atkin reflected on the quest for longevity: “We would all like to live longer and healthier lives. Read the book. It can improve your perspective and help you make better choices for yourself.”
What was her secret? Good genetics, she once told Stanley.
“She didn’t even watch her diet,” Stanley said. “Aside from walking, she never engaged in exercise.”
But she observed moderation, and there was one other thing. “She was always looking on the sunny side of the street,” Stanley said.
Atkin was preceded in death by her parents, sister and two husbands. She is survived by her sons, Stanley Gerstein of New York; Arnold Gerstein of Michigan; and Doran Gerstein of Minneapolis; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Services have been held.


Margaret M. Bergford 3/16/2015

Bergford, Barbara Mary age 83 passed away peacefully March 16, 2015. Preceded in death by parents, Rolf and Margaret Bergford; sister, Peggy (Charlie) Ross and infant sister, Sarah. Survived by sister, Mary (Paige) Donnelly; nieces, Barbara (John) Earle, Sheila (Tom) Donnelly-Coyne; nephew, Kevin (Beth) Donnelly; great nieces, Sarah, Courtney, and Leah Donnelly, and Brigid and Bailey Coyne. Graduated from the U of M with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She continued on to get her masters at Hamline University. She loved to travel, play bridge and loved teaching. Barb loved her family and she was deeply loved by them. She was a sweet, generous and loving person. Memorial service will be held 11 AM Fri., March 27, 2015 at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church, 5025 Knox Ave S, Mpls, MN 55419 with visitation 1 hour prior to service. Private interment to follow. Memorials preferred to the Cancer Society or St. Joseph's Home for Children. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996


Elizabeth White 3/3/2015

White, Elizabeth "Betty" was born January 13, 1924 in Denver, Colorado and passed away peacefully on June 3, 2015 at Colonial Acres in Golden Valley. Preceded in death by her parents, George and Ellene White and her brother, Dick. Betty, who has lived in Minneapolis for nearly 70 years, was a gifted educator with the Mpls Public Schools where she taught very lucky children and worked in curriculum providing resources and mentoring to equally lucky teachers and coworkers. She was an accomplished writer and a talented wordsmith, known for her wit and wisdom. Never excessive, she could take anyone's lengthy paragraph and distill it into one perfect thought. A true Anglophile, she loved all things British, had a love for reading, doing the crosswords, browsing through bookstores, tending her lovely gardens, and enjoying good theatre. True to her English heritage, she adored tea and scones, children, dogs and cats, and Agatha Christie. Her favorite activity was sitting under a tree on a hillside dotted with sheep, sketching and taking in God's creation. Her openness, her moral and intellectual strengths regarding truth, love, and honesty, and her ability to make everyone feel special defined who she was. She will fondly be remembered as a woman of faith, a paragon of integrity, and a gracious, loving friend by all who knew her. She is survived by her sister, Peg, of Colorado, her brother, George, her good friend, Ginny, and a host of other friends and family from Minnesota to Colorado to California. We were blessed to have her in our lives. Memorial service will be held on Monday, June 8 at 1 PM in the Chapel of Colonial Acres in Golden Valley.


Marion K. Olson 5/5/2015

Olson, Marion K. age 86 formerly of the Hopkins-Minnetonka area was born in Minneapolis on April 3, 1929 and passed away peacefully on May 5, 2015. Marion was a retired music teacher in the Minneapolis Elementary Schools. Preceded in death by husband, Eugene; parents Pearl and Harrison Odberg. Survived by daughters, Robin (Glenn) Becker, Roberta Hamilton; grandson, Keith (Heather), Jason (Katie), Michael (Jessica); great grandson, Isaac and Henry Becker; many nieces and nephews. Funeral Service Thursday 3 PM at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 715 Minnetonka Mills Road. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Visitation Thursday 1 hour prior to service at church only. Memorials preferred to Gethsemane Lutheran BLOOMINGTON, MN 952-888-7771


Esther N. Babiracki 5/9/2015

Babiracki, Esther N. of Mpls, passed away on her 95th birthday, May 9th 2015. Preceded in death by husband, Stephen; parents, Alma and Eino; four brothers and sisters. Survived by son, Larry (Sue) of Plymouth; daughter, Carol of Syracuse, NY; sister, Bertha Maki of Lafayette, IN; many nieces, nephews and friends. Esther graduated from Embarrass High School in 1938 and received her Masters Degree in Education from the U of M. She taught school in Beaver Bay, Cromwell and Mpls Public Schools for 25 years. Interment Fort Snelling Cemetery. Memorial service 11:30AM Friday May 15, at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 4801 France Ave S, Mpls. Visitation 5-7PM Thursday, May 14 at: Edina Chapel 952-920-3996 West 50th St & Hwy 100


Annabel M Satre 4/11/2015

Satre, Annabel (Berggren) 95, of S Mpls, died April 11. "Sweet, kind" was the way everyone described Ann. Considerate, superb hostess, encourager. She wanted her personal appearance and her home to always say "God my Father makes me feel like a true princess!" Is. 43 "Fear not, I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are Mine!" And open and approachable to all. Top grad. of her class, married Caroll; she taught, he did seminary, & they went into pastoral ministry, Ann homemaking and being Mom. Reentered teaching in Mpls., at Phillips and Folwell Jr Highs, to put her kids thru. She encouraged her kids and students to believe in themselves. Her inner running conversation with Jesus showed in her integrity, and care for people. Ann played both a supportive and active role in ministry, and she was loved by many because they were loved by her. We'll miss her love, wise counsel, cheerful spirit and her effective prayers. Preced. by husband Caroll, parents and four siblings. Survived by bro. Rev. Paul Berggren, Orono, MN, sister Lavonne (Eugene) Meyer, New Hope, MN, children Rev David (Marilyn), Apple Valley, MN, Dr. Paul (Joy), Elgin IL, Ruth (Rev. John) Larson, Oakdale,MN, Mary (Mark) Pent, Madison WI, 11 grand children, including a namesake, 10 great grandchildren. Memorial Tues. Ap. 21, 11 AM at Trinity Luth. Church of Minnehaha Falls. Visitation Mon. Ap. 20, 4-7 PM at Washburn Nokomis Pk., Memorials pref. to St. Paul's Ev. Luth. Ch. (1901 Portland Ave S, Mpls. 55404), Trinity Falls Ch., or World Mission Prayer League Nokomis Park Chapel 612-721-1651 1838 E. M'haha Pkwy., Mpls


Ralph G. Mendenhall 3/30/2015

Mendenhall, Ralph G. Age 93, of Walker, MN passed away on March 30 in Bemidji, MN. Ralph was born in Mpls., admirably served our country in the US Navy in WWII, and graduated from the U of Minn. He was a band director in the Mpls. school system, an accomplished musician (trumpet), and organized/ led many bands (including the Vikings Football Band at Metropolitan Stadium). Ralph was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend to all who knew him. He had a quick wit, and the gift of leaving people with a smile on their face. He is survived by his wife, Jewell; his daughters Judith and Jill (Bernie) Anderson; his sons Jeff (Ghazala) and Jack (Rita); eight grandchildren, three great-grand-children; and sisters Ruth/Betty Jane. The Funeral service was held April 3 in Walker. A scholarship fund has been set up in Ralph's memory at the Bemidji MusiCamp, where he was on the trumpet faculty for many summers. The scholarship will go to a promising young trumpet player in need. Ralph took great pride in guiding the students in his bands, and believed that music-making was a powerful way to build character, confidence, and a strong work ethic. He would be happy to know that his memory lives on in this way. Donations can be made to Bemidji MusiCamp with notation Ralph Mendenhall Scholarship Fund. Send to: BSU Dept. of Music, C/O Del Lyren, 1500 Birchmont Dr. NE #16, Bemidji, MN 56601.


Lois L. Miller 3/27/2015

Miller, Lois L. Formerly of Bloomington, MN, died age 88 in Windom, MN, where she had lived for several years. She was preceded in death by son Gregg, sister Gladys Isaacson, parents May and Day Linn, and former husband Dawes Miller. She is survived by her children David Miller (Leslie), James Miller (Mary) and Catherine Behrend (Andrew); grandchildren Matthew Miller (Brianne), Sonja Miller (Andrew Brynjulson), and Anna and Joseph Behrend; great-grandchildren Graham and Milo Miller; brother-in-law Darrold Isaacson; former sister-in-law Rachel Schrader; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Lois was born in Miller, South Dakota. She graduated from Brookings High School in 1944 and South Dakota State University in 1948. She taught Home Economics in the Minneapolis schools and later worked in Special Education in the Bloomington school system. Lois was an active volunteer in the Bloomington community for many years, offering her leadership and involvement in the Great Books Program, The League of Women Voters, and as a reading tutor. She was a devoted mother. She will be remembered for many things, among them her love of beauty and nature; reading, learning and language; but above all her love of family. Memorial Service will be 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at LaCanne Family Funeral Service, 2280 Sixth Avenue, Windom, MN. Informal visitation prior to and following service. Private Interment at a later date. Memorials may be directed to Reinbows, Inc., 43341 480th Avenue, Windom MN 56101 (, or The Nature Conservancy - Minnesota, 1101 West River Pkwy, Suite 200, Mpls MN 55415-1291 (


Wendy Weimer 2/17/2015

Weimer, Wendy On Feb. 17th, Wendy Weimer passed surrounded by her family after a long battle with cancer. Wendy was unflinching in her positive outlook, strong for herself, her friends and family. This reflected her in life: first as an admin in Mpls. Public Schools; later as a guardian ad litem; and, later still, as a president of the Cass Gilbert Society. Wendy was a great leader, a greater friend, and someone who brought people together. She'll be missed, but is survived by two children and many friends so her memory endures. Her memorial will be held at Saint Clements Episcopal, Feb. 28th 2015, at 1 pm.


Donald V. Stoyke 3/13/2015

Stoyke, Donald Victor (1925-2015) 90, died on March 14, in Sun City, AZ. He was a lifetime union musician specializing in the cornet (trumpet). He played in bands with renowned performing artists: Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie and Count Basie Bands. He also played with Broadway musicals and with the Minnesota Symphony. Donald was a Mpls. Public School music teacher and band director. He taught at Southwest High from 1959 to 1978, Normandale Community College, and conducted the Richfield Symphonic Band. In Sun City he played in many dance bands and was the director and music librarian for the Sun City All Stars Band. Donald served in WWII in the Army Ground Forces (AGF) with the Band Unit. Donald was preceded by wife Connie (Sullivan) Stoyke, his two brothers - Robert and Richard Stoyke and his parents, Dr. Victor and Helen (Schmelzer) Stoyke. He is survived by six children: Steven, Douglas, Marcie, Mary, Connie, Donnie, 12 grandchildren & many great-grandchildren.


Louise L. Huebner 3/4/2015

Huebner, Louise Jane Lievense age 92, died March 4 in Minneapolis, MN, after living valiantly with Parkinson's disease for many years. Louise was born in Chicago, IL, to Jacob and Lola Lievense. After graduating from Cornell College, she married John Huebner and moved to Minneapolis. She is survived by her daughters and their partners, Carol and Michael Venezia, Elizabeth Huebner and Hedley Freake, and Marjorie Huebner and Jeff Nygaard; grandsons, Luca Venezia and Matthew, Duncan, and Jacob Freake; her sister, Marjorie Funderburg and nieces, Diane, Margaret and Lise Funderburg. It was important to Louise to be useful. She was a dedicated elementary school teacher and worked tirelessly to end war and racism. She loved music and sang and played the piano all of her adult life. She supported the arts and attended theater and symphony concerts into her nineties. She was a gardener, loved food, and had a dramatic flair for fashion. She spent summers on Little Birch Lake where she worked, relaxed, and entertained. Louise was loved by many and will be greatly missed. Louise was a long-standing member of First Congregational Church where her memorial service will be held, date to be announced.


Kathleen Kieffer 2/25/25/

Kieffer, Kathleen "Kathy" of New Brighton, passed away Wednesday morning, February 25, 2015. Kathleen, age 83, was with family and friends at Langton Place in Roseville, MN. Kathleen was born September 23, 1931 to William Schaffer and Kathryn Brummel. Kathleen is survived by her brother William (Carol) Schaffer, son Joe (Eileen) Kieffer, and grandchildren Sheena, Scott (Victoria) and Brandon Kieffer. She was preceded by her parents William and Kathryn Schaffer, husband Ralph Kieffer, brother and sister-in-law Harold and Alyce Kieffer, niece Laurie Kieffer and many friends. There will be a wake on Friday, February 27 from 4-8 PM. Location will be Methven Taylor funeral homes, the Miller-Brighten Chapel on 706 4th Ave. NW, New Brighton, MN 55112. The funeral service will be on Saturday, February 28 at St. John the Baptist in New Brighton. Mass will be at 10 AM, with a viewing one hour prior at the church and a luncheon to follow. Burial will be in Miesville, MN later on Saturday. 


Bonnie Bell Holtzman 2/14/2015

Holtzman, Bonnie Bell age 88 of Bloomington. Memorial service planned at later notice. Full notice to follow. Werness Brothers 952-884-8145


Roxy Prenevost 2/4/2015

Prenevost, Roxy age 70 of Woodbury. The family of Roxy Prenevost invites friends and colleagues to a celebration of his life after his passing on Wednesday, February 4, 2015. Roxy is survived by brother, Steve (Jan); brother-in-law, Keith Dahlen; step children, Kim (Jeff) Kays and Sean (Kristen) Karls; grandchildren, Andrew, Joseph, Michael and Tyler; nieces and nephews, Erica, Adam, Amy, Katy and Paul. Roxy was preceded in death by parents, Ade and Ed, sister, Patti Dahlen, and grand daughter, Sydney. Roxy was a teacher for Minneapolis Public Schools and later a "professional" fishing guide and rock bass culler at his special cabin at Larson Lake in Hackensack, MN. Roxy's life celebration will begin on Thursday, February 12 at Billman Hunt Funeral Chapel with a 10 AM visitation and 11 AM service. The celebration will continue at Stanley's Bar, 2500 University St. where we can share some of Roxy's favorite food...a bar hamburger and drink of choice. Billman Hunt 612-789-3535


Robert W.Blackmur 1/14/2015

Blackmur, Robert W. age 86, died January 14. Beloved brother, uncle, friend, neighbor and teacher. Bob taught Shakespeare and English literature at Washburn High School in Minneapolis for 11 years, then worked on a doctorate at the University of Minnesota. In 1978 he moved to Emmitsburg, Maryland to work as assistant to the President of Mount St. Mary's, then assistant to the Provost. Bob retired to Minneapolis in 1996 and subsequently spent 8 years as substitute teacher at Academy of Holy Angels, where he was also involved in many school activities. Survived by sister, Kathie Donohue; niece, Alina Trowbridge; nephew, Ned Trowbridge; and nephews, Shawn Donohue and Dennis Donohue. Memorial service at Judson Memorial Baptist Church, 4100 Harriet Avenue South on Saturday, January 31st, 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Student Scholarships Fund at Academy of Holy Angels, 6600 Nicolet Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55423.


Howard J. Straiton 1/16/2015

Straiton, J. Howard "Howie" age 97, of S. Mpls. Graduate of Washburn High School and the U of M. Played for the MN Gopher Football team which won 2 National Championships. Served as a Naval Officer during WWII. Howie was a Junior High School Principal and High School Football Coach for the Mpls Public Schools. Past President of the MN State Principals Association, board member of the National Principals Association. Elder in the Presbyterian Church, longtime member of Knox Presbyterian Church. Preceded in death by his daughters, Peggy and Janet. Survived by his loving wife of 73 years, June; son, John (Mary) Straiton; grandchildren, Blain Auer, Ellen and David Higginbotham, Suzanne, John Mark, Colleen and Kyle Straiton; 7 great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends. Visitation Sunday, Jan. 25 from 3-6 PM at the Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel, W. 50th St. & Hwy. 100. Funeral service Monday, Jan. 26, 11:00 AM with visitation one hour before at Knox Presbyterian Church, 48th & Lyndale Ave S., Mpls. Private interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to Knox Presbyterian Church. www.Washburn-McReavy.comEdina Chapel 952-920-3996











































We learned of the passing of the following people from the Minneapolis newspaper (Strib). We will attempt to list only recent deaths here and also add these names to the 'In Memoriam' page.'