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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: millerfuneralfridley.com 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: Washburn-McReavy.com 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. cremationsocietyofmn.com

 

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. Washburn-McReavy.com 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 cctwincities.orgHolcombhenryboom.com 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 hodroffepstein.com

 

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 pjfuenralhome.com

 

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. capadonnafh.com

 

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. Washburn-McReavy.com 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: Washburn-McReavy.com 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. Washburn-McReavy.com 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 gearty-delmore.com

 

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 (give.ushmm.org/donate). Shiva: Sholom Home East, 740 Kay Ave., St. Paul (Sunday 7PM). Hodroff-Epstein 651-698-8311 hodroffepstein.com

 

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 swright1051@netzero.com.

 

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. Washburn-McReavy.com 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. Washburn-McReavy.com 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. SunsetFuneralServices.com

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. (Amazon.com). 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. Washburn-McReavy.com 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. Washburn-McReavy.com 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. Washburn-McReavy.com

 

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. Washburn-McReavy.com 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. Washburn-McReavy.com 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 henrywanderson.com

 

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. kozlakradulovich.com "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 Research.holcombhenryboom.com 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 henrywanderson.com

 

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 gearty-delmore.com

 

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 gearhartanokachapel.com

 

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. Washburn-McReavy.com 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. Washburn-McReavy.com 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 church.holcombhenryboom.com 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 612 871-1234hodroffepstein.com

 

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. wwww.GILLBROTHERS.com 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 'Studiobinc@iexposure.com' 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. brenny.com

 

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 hodroffepstein.com

 

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. (beyondourdoor.org) 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 thepetersonchapel.com

 

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 cartercenter.org or worldvision.org. 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. Washburn-McReavy.com 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 Comunidad.org; 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. Washburn-McReavy.com 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: Billmanhunt.com

 

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. Washburn-McReavy.com 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 williamsdingmann.com

 

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. Washburn-McReavy.com 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 GILLROTHERS.com

 

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 thurston-lindberg.com

 

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 (Alz.org). 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 muellerbies.com

 

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. Washburn-McReavy.com 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 Ofieldfuneralhome.com - See more at: http://obits.mlive.com/obituaries/grandrapids/obituary

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 holcombhenryboom.com 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 henrywanderson.com

 

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 (ducks.org/ 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 612-871-1234hodroffepstein.com

 

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 763-533-3000evansnordby.com

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 evansnordby.com

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 952-472-1716huberfunerals.com

 

 

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 grandstrandfh.com

 

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. holcombhenryboom.com 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. Washburn-McReavy.com 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 Church.GILLBROTHERS.com 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: Washburn-McReavy.com 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 www.Washburn-McReavy.com 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 (www.reinbowsinc.org), or The Nature Conservancy - Minnesota, 1101 West River Pkwy, Suite 200, Mpls MN 55415-1291 (www.nature.org).

 

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. www.Washburn-McReavy.com 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 www.billmanhunt.com

 

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.'
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