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Ratner, Elizabeth "Betty" Age 93, of Edina, passed away at her home on November 17th. Preceded in death by her parents John and Celestine Duffy, brother William Duffy, brother Jack Duffy, sister Mary Allen, and daughter Rocel Kingman. Survived by brother Earl Duffy (Jan) of Andover, MN, son Jeffrey Cochran (Petra) of Rochester, MN, son Michael Cochran (Arlene) of Eden Prairie, MN, and daughter Shayne Ratner of Edina, MN, 6 grandchildren and 7 great- grandchildren. Betty was a wonderful cook and a gracious hostess and held numerous dinner parties at her home on Lake of the Isles. Betty also gave her time and talents to a variety of organizations including the Variety Club where she was President of the Women's Auxiliary, President and District Governor of La Sertoma, served on the Aqua-tennial Committee, Mt. Sinai Hospital board and the Board of Brandies University. Betty planned and coordinated the National Governor's Conference hosted by Vice President Hubert Humphrey. Betty was also a past recipient of the WCCO radio Good Neighbor award. Betty worked at Edina Realty and JCPenney prior to her retirement. A memorial service will be held at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, 55347 at 1:00 PM on December 4th with visitation starting at Noon. Memorials preferred to the American Cancer Society.
McGovern, Robert William "Bob" born June 1, 1941 and passed away peacefully on November 21, 2017 at the age of 76. Bob is survived by his wife and soulmate, Dawn; beloved and devoted sons, Timothy (Jeannie) and Daniel (Marney); treasured grandchildren, Matthew, Nora and Gage; loving sisters, Florence Quinn and Barbara Mahigan; many nieces, nephews and cousins. He will be missed by many good friends, great neighbors, and his SCORE and State Fair friends. He is preceded in death by parents, William and Mary; sisters, Janet and Pat; brother, Tom; godson, Joe; and niece, Lisa. He graduated from the University of MN, was proud to have served in the U.S. Coast Guard, earned his CPA in New York while working for Price Waterhouse and Company. He spent many years working with Gold Medallion Nursing Homes, which was probably his favorite work. He loved time with his family, travel, the water, good books, and the Vikings. Thank you to Dr. Meyers and Dr. Schousboe for their care through the years, and to caregivers Tenzin from Methodist and James from Villa. You were all so good to Bob. Memorials preferred to the Lupus Foundation, MN Heart Association, or to the family for a future memorial. A visitation will be held at Huber Funeral Home, 16394 Glory Ln, Eden Prairie, on Thursday, Nov. 30 from 5-7pm and 1hr prior to service on Friday. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, Dec. 1 at Pax Christi Church, 12100 Pioneer Trail, at 11:00am. Interment at Pleasant Hill Cemetery immediately following service. Huber Funeral & Cremation Services (952) 949-4970 huberfunerals.com
Cox, Janice K. Age 60 of Eden Prairie, MN. Janice passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on November 4, 2017. Preceded in death by her parents Frank and Helen Bergstrom. Survived by husband of 39 years, Norm; children Christie (Anthony) Gumbert, Katie (Greg Hamre) and Joe; granddaughter Kylie Gumbert; mother-in-law Violet Senich; sisters Judy Edeen, Mary Kay (John) Murray; brothers Jon (Kelly) Bergstrom, Peter Bergstrom, and Jason (Thoa) Bergstrom; sisters-in-law Gloria (Rod) Ruffell, Barb (Bruce) Iwen, Arlene Christenson and many nieces and nephews. Visitation Thursday, Nov 9th from 4 to 7 PM at Washburn McReavy, Eden Prairie Chapel, 7625 Mitchell Rd, Eden Prairie, MN. Memorial service Friday Nov 10th, 11:00 AM at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN with visitation 1 hour prior to the service at church. Washburn-Mcreavy.com Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400
Kieser, Steven Paul Age 49 of Long Lake, formerly of Mpls. passed away suddenly on October 22, 2017. Preceded in death by father William; grandparents Othmar and Mildred Lardy and John and Florence Kieser. Survived by mother Rita Kieser; brother Chris Kieser; sisters Lynne (Bob) Harris, Karen Kieser and Kelly (Dave McMahon) Kieser; nieces and nephews Josh, Lauren, Joey, Jessica and Madelyn; feline friends Smokey and Bandit. Although Steve's life ended too soon, he gave the gift of life through his organ and tissue donation. Mass of Christian Burial Friday, October 27 at 11:00 AM at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie. Visitation one hour prior to Mass at the church. Washburn-McReavy.com Werness Brothers 952-884-8145
Died peacefully on October 20, 2017 surrounded by family. Preceded in death by husband, Robert E. Muchow; along with 6 brothers. Survived by loving children: Robert P. (Patricia) Muchow, David (Peggy) Muchow and Patricia Lieberman; many loving grandchildren and great grandchildren. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial 11 AM Thursday, October 26, 2017 at PAX CHRISTI CATHOLIC CHURCH (12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie) with visitation one hour prior to Mass at the church. Inurnment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials preferred to donor’s choice. Arr. ROSEVILLE MEMORIAL CHAPEL 651-631-2727.
Rose (Bailey) Stuhlman, age 79, of Eden Prairie, died Thursday, October 12 of an aortic dissection.
Born September 20, 1938, in Marshall, Minnesota, the youngest of 8 children. Rose received a Bachelor of Science in nursing from St. Kate's. She married Don Stuhlman on August 6, 1966, and they resided in Mendota Heights.
Rose enjoyed sharing tales of her nursing career, from the psychiatric unit at St. Joseph’s to Richfield Public Schools where she was forced to quit when she became pregnant, and later on doing compliance work while striving to learn as few computer skills as possible. She was an avid reader of mysteries and fan of detective shows such as N.C.I.S., Magnum P.I., Perry Mason, Sherlock Holmes, and Murder, She Wrote. She shared fond memories of traveling in Europe after college graduation and enjoyed “rubbernecking” as the passenger on any car trip. Rose enjoyed cooking, famous for her spaghetti sauce recipe and coconut cream pies, and loved to go out for a pizza. She adored her grandchildren, enthusiastically attending band concerts, soccer games, circus performances, and sending them cards for every little occasion. Her passing creates a big hole in our lives.
Rose is preceded in death by her parents, husband Don, sister Marilyn and brothers Fred, Jim, Don and Paul. She is survived by her daughters, Pam (Lonnie) Gades, Sheila (John Crippen) Stuhlman; granddaughters, Megan, Taylor, Audrey and Eleanor; brothers Jack Bailey, Jerry Bailey; and many nieces and nephews.
There will be a Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, October 17 at 11am at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, Minnesota. A visitation will take place for one hour prior to the service. Luncheon follows immediately after the mass. Interment will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials to Pax Christi and the PROP Shop are appreciated.
Lavelle, Margaret A. 50, of Burnsville, MN passed away on 10/10/17. Survived by: Husband Richard Lavelle, daughters Kaitlin (Ryan), Meghan, Alyssa, and mother Eileen Cavanagh. Funeral 11 AM Monday, October 16th, 2017 at Pax Christi Catholic Community, Eden Prairie. Visitation Sunday, October 15th from 4-6PM at Gearty-Delmore Plymouth Chapel, 15800 37th Ave N., Plymouth, MN. Gearty-Delmore 763-553-1411
McGough, Marnie (Margaret) Ann age 53 of Boca Raton FL, born in St. Paul, MN on May 20 1964, passed away September 20, 2017 due to surgical complications. Marnie was a graduate of Chaska High School and went on to earn both her undergraduate communications degree and her graduate law degree from the University of MN. Marnie's empathy and compassion motivated her advocacy as a criminal defense lawyer, working at Nelson Law Office and her own McGough Law Office. Her children were her greatest passion; she left her law career to raise them with love, wisdom, and joy. A lover of learning, Marnie spent countless hours volunteering in her children's classrooms and enjoyed her time working for the University of MN, Thompson-West group, and most recently at Florida Atlantic University. She made friends easily and loved good food, good company, and good books which led her to founding book clubs, dinner clubs, and wine clubs wherever she lived. Preceded in death by parents David and Patricia, and brothers Paul and Thomas. Survived by husband, Craig Kurvers, and by children Erin, Claire, Maia, and Sean; brothers Michael and Steve (Brenda); sisters Mary (David) Stacken and Molly (Eric) Preudhomme; sister-in-Law Jan Winterhalter; many beloved nieces, nephews, and friends. Marnie was a light to all and a friend to many. She was fond of punny humor and inspirational quotes: "When the time of our particular sunset comes, our things, our accomplishments won't really matter a great deal. But the clarity and care with which we have loved others will speak with vitality of the great gift of life we have all been for each other." (Author Unknown). Mass of Christian burial will be held at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, 12 noon, Friday, September 29, with visitation starting at 11 AM. Huber Funeral & Cremation Services Eden Prairie Chapel 952-949-4970 huberfunerals.com
Formerly of Owatonna, died at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, Minnesota on September 18, 2017 at the age of 82. She was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on August 3, 1935 to John and Helen Rausch. She is survived by her husband, of 54 years, David Dombrock of Eden Prairie (formerly of Owatonna); her children, Helen (Brian) Feltovich of Park City, Utah; Tom (Claire) Dombrock of Richfield; Jennifer Dombrock (Stephen Manwell) of Mission, Texas; Gretchen (Fred) Haynes of Eden Prairie and Kara Dombrock of Eagan; and her grandchildren, Lucia Feltovich, Gemma Feltovich, Helen Dombrock, Rosie Dombrock, Nicholas Haynes and Linnea Haynes. A Memorial Mass will be held Monday, September 25, 2017 at 11am at Pax Christi Catholic Church 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, with visitation one hour prior to the service and a luncheon will follow in the church hall. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Mary's life. Due to David's severe allergies, the family requests no flowers. Memorials preferred to the COPD Foundation. Private Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. NationalCremation.com 612-869-3418
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Beauchane, Terrence A. Beloved Husband, Dad & Grandfather of Eden Prairie, MN, died at age 74 on Sept. 4th surrounded by family. Survived by loving wife Diane (Gustafson); 3 brothers; 2 sisters; and children, Tamera (Beauchane) Loerzel, Shawn Beauchane, Lisa Crouse, Jason Beck and Tara Beck; grandchildren Jenna, Kayla, Lucas, Ian, Elsa, Leo, Jessica, Bailey, Madison, Caitlyn, Joe, Sam, Isabel. Preceded in death by many who loved him and welcomed him into heaven. Service on Tues., Sept. 12, at 11am with visitation at 10am at Pax Christi Church, 12100 Pioneer Tr, Eden Prairie. Burial follows 1:45pm at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Washburn-McReavy.com
Blunt, Joanne M. Age 77, of Eden Prairie, passed away August 10, 2017. Preceded in death by her parents, John and Alice McCormick, sister, Mary Jean, brother, Larry, and beloved husband Robert. Survived by children, Michelle (Jim) Lindgren, Scott Blunt, Pamela (Matt) Miller, Jody (Nick) Walstrom; grandchildren, Brittany Mitchell, Emily Miller, Michael Lindgren, Anna Lindgren, Etta Walstrom, and Thomas Walstrom; great-grandchild Cameron Mitchell, beloved relatives, and cherished friends. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 15 at 4 PM, with visitation one hour prior, at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, 952-941-3151.
Tyler, Mary Ann (Gelhar) Age 84 of Eden Prairie, passed away July 16, 2017 after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Preceded in death by her husband William (Bill), father, Leo and mother, Cathryn as well as her brother Ambrose. Mary was born and raised in Little Falls MN, and graduated from St. Frances High School. She became a teacher, and taught first grade in Richfield MN, a profession that she loved. She remained teaching until her third child was born. Mary had many friends, and was known and loved for her positive outlook on life, her contagious energy and her ability to find a song or a rhyme for nearly every situation. She tended to be the life of the meeting, gathering or party, and loved to follow the all of the local sports teams especially the Twins and the Vikings. Mary was politically active and worked tirelessly for free public education for children with special needs. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. Mary was very active, and thoroughly enjoyed golfing and bowling. Like her husband, she loved vacationing in Florida and spending time on the many lakes of Minnesota. Mary will be greatly missed by all who knew her, and remembered for her laugh, her humor, and her love of turtles. Mary is survived by her brothers Leo and Robert and sister Leora, daughter Julie (Mark), sons Joel (Starlett) and Mike, granddaughters Mackenzie and Madison, as well as several nieces and nephews. A special thanks to the Brookdale Hospice team, especially Jamie and Isabella. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, July 27 at 11 AM at Pax Christi Catholic church in Eden Prairie. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment Resurrection Cemetery in Mendota Heights. Memorials preferred to Community Involvement Program, or the Alzheimer's Association. Washburn-McReavy.com Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400
Tyler, William H. (Bill) Age 84 of Eden Prairie, passed away January 12, 2017. Preceded in death by father, F. Cottington Tyler, and mother, Kathryn Hinton, as well as his brothers John and Mike, and his sisters Deborah and Pat. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, he grew up in Minneapolis and was a graduate of Roosevelt High School. Bill worked at Honeywell and served as President and Secretary Treasurer of Local #1145 for 30 years. He was a wonderful father, grandfather and friend, and provided a great deal of support to many. One of Bill's greatest gifts was his ability to listen to and understand all sides of a problem. Even under tremendously difficult situations, he brought varying people and opinions together, and arrived at a solution that most, if not all, could agree with and abide by. He enjoyed vacationing with his family in Florida, and spending time on the many lakes of Minnesota. Bill will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Bill is survived by his wife, Mary; daughter, Julie (Mark); sons, Joel (Starlett) and Mike; granddaughters, Mackenzie and Madison; as well as several nieces and nephews. A Memorial service is pending. Memorials preferred to Community Involvement Program, or the Alzheimer's Association. Washburn-McReavy.com Werness Brothers 952-884-8145
Pauling, Michael Ronald "Mike" Mike died peacefully on Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 at 1:02pm in Eden Prairie, MN at the age of 70 of complica- tions from Alzheimer's disease surrounded by family and friends. Mike is survived by his wife of 50 years, Diana Jean Pauling (Zeches); children, Heather Pauling, Derek (Jennifer Moore) Pauling; grandchildren, Zachary Pauling, Sterling Rouleau, Taylor Pauling, Iris Rouleau; siblings, Cheryl Pauling-Simanovski (George), Roxanne (Jerry) Christenson, Wade Pauling (Laurie Erickson), Michelle Wehrle, Kimberly Jegloski, Joy Schmidt, Merleen (Mike) Knott, Aubrey (Emu) Johnson, Lowell (Nuvia) Johnson; stepmother June O'Gara, special extended family and friends. Preceded in death by; mother, Dolores Pauling Welin; father, Theodore (Ted) Pauling; brother, Scott Pauling, stepmother Rosemary Pahlen. the special extended family and friends. Mike was born on August 11, 1946 in Mpls, MN. Mike's high school years were some of his most memorable. He lettered multiple years in baseball, wrestling, and football and at Bloomington High graduated in 1964. Mike played college football and wrestled at Augsburg for one year, then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served in Vietnam, was wounded in action and awarded the Purple Heart. While recovering in Japan, Mike's sweetheart since junior high, Diana Zeches, joined him and they were married April 21, 1967. Following recovery from his injuries Mike played football for 2 years for the Navy/Marine Corps team in Japan. His service in the Marine Corps was exemplary from the day he arrived in boot camp until his honorable discharge in November 1969. He obtained the rank of sergeant. Following returning to the Twin Cities he continued his education at Normandale Community College and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B. S. in Business. Mike and Diana raised their family in Eden Prairie and were proud to be residents for 40 years. Mike started his career working as a train engineer for Queen Anne Kiddieland. While looking for a permanent management position, Mike did landscaping for road construction, eventually accepting a position at Satellite Industries in developing the office trailer and portable restroom expansion. According to Mike, entrepreneurism became his fatal disease. In 1985 he started the first of many businesses that focused on conserving natural resources including Preferable Fuels & Systems Inc., Pauling and Associates Consulting, Signature Sportswear, Biffs Boxes, LLC, and Biffs Pathfinders all leading to his biggest success, the portable restroom and service company, Biffs, Inc. Mike brought Biffs into the Twin Cities from Hutchinson, MN in 1986 with a few hundred portable restrooms, a few trucks, and a vision to be the best. Mike grew Biffs with the help of his wife, Diana, into the largest portable restroom company in the Twin Cities metro area which now has evolved to a 2nd generation company with thousands of pieces of equipment, 40 trucks and 70 employees. Mike was an awarded leader in the portable sanitation industry worldwide and served as the President of the Portable Sanitation Association International (PSAI) for multiple terms. Mike was known for his ambition, hard work and integrity; and he inspired others to do the same. He loved vacationing with Diana in St Maarten and summers on their boat docked at Lake Minnetonka. He enjoyed the outdoors; fishing, deer hunting, horseback riding, and landscaping. He was a loving brother, husband, father, grandfather (especially), uncle, cousin and friend. Semper Fi, and as Mike would say, "Sure is great to be an American." MRP Please join us in celebrating Mike's life. Services are Wednesday, July 26th, Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN 55347, 9-11 am Visitation, 11 am Funeral. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Cure Alzheimer's Fund, curealz.org Washburn-McReavy.com Eden Prairie Chapel
Reiter, Robert J. "Bob" Age 76 of Bloomington passed away peacefully on July 6, 2017 at home surrounded by his family. Preceded in death by parents Mary Ellen and Mathias; sister Mary Pat Peter; brothers Tom and Dan. Survived by loving wife of 36 years Barbara; son Rick (Heather) Michel; grandchildren Mollie; Emily and Bailey; brother Steve (Colleen); many nieces, nephews, and special friends Bob, Jerry, and Bob. Bob was a 1959 graduate of Roosevelt High School where he was an outstanding multi-sport athlete. He attended the U of M where he played hockey for the Gophers. He worked on the Alaskan pipeline as an electrician. Bob was an avid golfer who had 3 holes in 1. Special thanks to Mikki and Emily from Methodist Hospice and Drs. Charles McCoy and Melissa Sherman. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred. Mass of Christian Burial, Tuesday, July 18 2 PM at Pax Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie. Visitation beginning at noon prior to Mass. Washburn-McReavy.com Werness Brothers 952-884-8145
Jean, Daniel G. Age 79, of Savage, passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer on July 9, 2017 with his loving wife of 29 years by his side. Preceded in death by his parents, Antoine (Pete) and Alice Jean of Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Survived by wife, Mary; brother, Ray and sister-in-law, and Bernadette Jean; daughters, Sherrill, Laurie, Donna and Bonnie; stepdaughter, Lisa and stepson, Tom; 10 incredible grandchildren. Dan grew up in Pawtucket, Rhode Island and moved to Minnesota in 1985. Dan was an award winning salesman for Physical Electronics located in Eden Prairie from 1973 until his retirement in 1999. Dan was an affable, caring and selfless man who loved his family deeply. Dan loved traveling all over the world and lived life to the fullest. He will be greatly missed. Memorial Mass 11 AM Friday, July 14th at Pax Christi Church, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie. Visitation one hour prior to service at the church with reception following the service. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation, in Dan's name, to the National Cancer Research Center. Private inurnment Dawn Valley Memorial Park. Washburn-McReavy.com Dawn Valley Chapel 952-941-7686
Gessner, Marion Phillippi of Friendship Village, Bloomington. Born November 28, 1916 and passed away July 1, 2017 at age 100. She was preceded in death by parents, Arthur and Elizabeth Bennett; husbands, Joseph Phillippi of 40 yrs. and Roy Gessner of 15 yrs; sons, Tom and Tim Phillippi; grandchildren, Andrew Archer and Megan Phillippi. Survived by children, Joel (Bonnie) Phillippi, Kathy (Bill) Fox, Mike (Kathy) Phillippi, Gail (Scott) Archer, Marilyn Phillippi (friend, Bob Mallon), Sally (Brad) Hunner; daughter-in-law, Marcia Scavuzzo; 8 grandchildren, Jason (Michele) Phillippi, Chris (Johnathan) Smith, David Fox, Kerry (Paul) Mahoney, Colleen (Steve) LaQua, Ryan (Kelli) Phillippi, Ali Archer (fiance' Nick Schwarzrock), Peter Hunner, Michael (Kristy) Ferlis and 8 great grandchildren, Jason Phillippi, Connor and Katie Mahoney, Olivia, Chloe and Fallon Smith, Drew and Alex LaQua. She was admired for her intelligence, generosity, kindheartedness, and energetic personality. She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed golfing with her good friends at Minikahda. A Memorial Mass to celebrate Marion's life will be held at 11 AM on Tuesday, July 11th at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie with visitation beginning at 10 am. Many thanks to all the caring individuals at Friendship Village of Bloomington and Methodist Hospital Hospice, St. Louis Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Pax Christi Church, Friendship Village of Bloomington or Methodist Hospital Hospice. Gearty-Delmore 952-926-1615
David Lynn Edwards, 77, of Columbus, Ohio, passed away on March 20, 2017.
Visitation will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 26, 2017, at Washburn-McCreavy Funeral Home, 5000 W. 50th St. Edina, MN 55436.
Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at Pax Christi Catholic Church, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, Minnesota, 55347. An additional visitation will be held at Pax Christi at 10 a.m. prior to the funeral Mass. A Military Funeral Honors Ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, located at 7601 34th Ave. S. Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55450.
Memorials preferred to donor’s favorite charity.
Age 91, of Bloomington, MN passed away peacefully on June 7, 2017 due to complications incurred from a fall on May 18. He was a wonderful human being and a man of deep Catholic faith.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, June 13th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Washburn-McReavy, 2300 W. Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, MN 55431.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, June 14, at 11:00am at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie MN 55347, with a Visitation before mass at 10:00 am. A lunch will be provided after the service. Burial at Fort Snelling is planned. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Catholic Charities.
Bill is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Rosemary; his three sons, Gregory (Cindy), Steven (Darcy) and Paul; two grandchildren, Stephanie and Adam; brother Richard (Mary Jo), many nieces, nephews, family members and friends. He was preceeded in death by; parents George A. and Mary DeGonda; brother George N. DeGonda; sister-in-law Luciel DeGonda.
Norman, Mary Lu formerly of Minnesota, died peacefully at her home in Tampa, Florida on May 19, 2017. Mary Lu was born on February 1, 1928 in Des Moines, Iowa. She is survived by her husband of 70 years Morris; her children, Morrie Jr. (Cindy), Mike (Karen); Nancy (David) Griffith; Karen Sommer; Mark (LeeAnn); 11 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and one brother, Mike Cunningham (Judy). Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 12, 2017 at Pax Christi Catholic Community in Eden Prairie, MN. Burial will be at Dawn Valley Memorial Park in Bloomington, MN. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church on Monday starting at 9:00 a.m. Memorials are preferred to Autism Speaks at autismspeaks.org. Washburn-McReavy.com Dawn Valley Chapel 952-941-7686
Teubert, William Ronald "Bill" age 80 of Eden Prairie and formerly of Maple Grove, MN. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandpa, businessman and friend - his spirit lives on in the hearts of those who knew him. Preceded in death by his loving wife of 44 years Joel Ann Teubert. Survived by wife Sally Roosen Teubert; daughters Denise (Tim) Bentson, Kathy (Jim) Burns; grandchildren, Adam and Emily Bentson, Joe and Ben Burns; many family members and friends. Mass of Christian Burial Friday, May 5, 2017 at 11:00 AM, Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie (952-941-3150) with visitation starting at 10:00 AM. Interment Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Huber Funeral & Cremation Services Eden Prairie Chapel 952-949-4970 huberfunerals.com
Smith, Earl J. of Eden Prairie, MN was born June 25, 1926 and passed away January 20, 2017 at the age of 90. Son of Earl & Gladys Smith born in Minne apolis, MN. Graduate St Thomas Academy in 1945 where he was an avid football player. Earl married Jeanne M. Emerson on 8/27/1949. Earl's career started with the Teamsters Local 975 as Secretary/Treasurer. He spent 18 years as a Teamster. Earl went to work for Federal Mediation and Conciliation in 1964. He retired from FMC in 1990 at age 64. Earl was an avid golfer and played regularly until he was 86. Earl was preceded in death by his spouse Jeanne (Emerson), parents Earl and Gladys, sister Gloria (Bandy), grandson Matthew and close friend Doe Callahan. He is survived by sister Kathryn, brother Paul, his 4 sons Michael (Karen) Bemidji, Dave (Jo Ann) Puposky, Dan (Barbara) Minnetonka and Patrick (Kristi) Elk River, 9 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. His celebration of life will be at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN. Family gathering 10am, service 11am on Saturday (4/29) with lunch to follow service at the church. Burial immediately following the lunch at Pleasant Hill cemetery next to the Pax Christi church. Family asks memorials be directed to Pax Christi Catholic Community or N.C. Little Hospice House Edina. We thank the staff of North Memorial Hospice and N.C. Little Hospice for the care he received his last days. The family has set up a fund for the employees of N.C. Little Hospice House. Huber Funeral & Cremation Services Eden Prairie Chapel 952-949-4970 huberfunerals.com
Wilcox, Robert W. Lt. Col. USAF (Ret) Age 96 of Melbourne, FL. Formerly of Rice Lake, WI, died April 11, 2017. Preceded in death by Lorraine E. and daughter Mary Jean Wilcox. Sur- vived by children, Susan (Terry) Watkins of Gainesville, VA. Robert W.Jr. (Mary), Eden Prairie, MN , Michael J.(Gay), Eau Claire, WI; grandchildren Brian (Kaye) Schrinel, Aaron (Angie) Schrinel, Laura Wilcox, Amanda Wilcox, Gary (Jamie) Wilcox, Brittany and Bridgett Franz; great grandchildren, Andrew, Emma, Katie, Tyler, Jordan, and Jake; nieces, nephews & friends. He served in WWII as a bomber pilot with over 73 missions in Europe including D-Day. Bob was a sweet, wise and very humble man. He loved hugs and blowing kisses. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred. Mass of Christian Burial 11 AM Friday, April 21 at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie. Visitation 1 hour prior to Mass at the church and also Thursday, April 20, 5-7 PM at Washburn-McReavy Eden Prairie Chapel. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Washburn-McReavy.com Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400 7625 Mitchell Rd. (1 blk. N. of Hwy 5)
Maher, Walter J. "Joe" age 89 of Brooklyn Center, passed away peacefully April 12, 2017. Preceded in death by parents; wife, Josephine; and siblings. Sur vived by sisters-in-law, Carol Maher, Billie Maher & Mary (Norman) Trudeau; many nieces and nephews. Funeral Mass 10:00 AM, Thurs., April 20 with visitation one hour prior at Pax Christi Catholic Church, 12100 Pioneer Trl, Eden Prairie. Interment Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials preferred to donor's favorite charity. Washburn-McReavy.com Werness Brothers 952-884-8145
Deegan, Paul J. of Eden Prairie passed away on April 3, 2017 after a long illness. He was born to Ray and Ellen (Coughlin) Deegan on March 19, 1937 in Mankato, MN. A 1955 graduate of Loyola High School, Mankato, MN, he was active in athletics and debate. A highlight of his life was being inducted into the Loyola Hall of Fame in 2004. After graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1959 with a degree in journalism, he was a sports writer for the Minnesota Daily. On September 24, 1960, he married Dorothy Schreiner at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in New Ulm, MN. They lived briefly in Austin before moving to Mankato where he was a reporter and editor at the Mankato Free Press and later wrote for the Catholic Bulletin. Throughout his life, Paul loved reading and writing. He wrote over 80 children's books. He was an avid runner, tennis player, sports enthusiast, and one of the founders of the Mankato Little League. Paul had a passion for learning and served on the Mankato School board where he was chairman for five years. He perfected the art of conversation and leaves behind many life-long friends. We will all miss his Irish wit. Paul & Dorothy eventually moved to Eden Prairie, where they have resided since 1989. Paul was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dorothy, and their children; Lisa Frandsen (Joseph) of Eden Prairie, Michael (Susan) of Chanhassen, John (Lisa) of Shakopee; eight grandchildren, Megan (Andrew Burt), Matt, Nick, Katie, Mollie, Ryan, McKenna and Jack; brother Daniel Deegan (Barb) of Edina, and many nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, April 7th, 11 a.m. at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, with visitation one hour before the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to St. Gertrude's Health and Rehabilitation Center, 1850 Sarazin St., Shakopee, MN 55379, in gratitude for the love and care shown to Paul the past two years. Washburn-McReavy.com Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400
Smith, Corinne Jane age 83 of Bloomington, Minnesota died March 30th, 2017 at her home in Friendship Village. Born to the late Henry and Elizabeth Schneider on March 10, 1934 in Rego Park, NY, she is survived by her siblings Carol (Joseph), Mary Ellen (Anthony), and Henry (Karen). Corinne is also survived by her loving husband James of 60 years; five children, Nancie (Will), James (Carol), Michael (Cara), Peter (Liz) and Patrick (Meredith); twelve grandchildren, Alise (Jason), Daniel, Claire (Mark), Matthew (Molly), Megan, Will, Mara, Brad, Stephen, Marika, Sarah, and Grayson; three great-grandchildren, Ingrid, Madeleine, and Ivy. The oldest of four children, Corinne was raised to be a strong and independent woman. Spending summers on the beach in Rocky Point, NY she developed her love of the water and a passion for swimming she maintained her entire life. The wife of an airline pilot who flew for Minneapolis based Northwest Airlines which relocated Corinne and Jim to Minnesota in 1958 where she raised her family. In addition to swimming, Corinne loved to sew, making most of her own clothes and to cook, never ever making anything that came out of a box. Her single biggest passion however, was her family. She passed the resourcefulness and strength of character her father instilled in her onto her children and her grandchildren. She said recently, "I didn't do anything that important, but I did it every day." Her family would beg to differ, citing the importance of what they witnessed in her as she demonstrated how to love unconditionally in her marriage to James over 60 years, the importance of faith in her life and her commitment to the strength of family. There will be a visitation at 10 AM, April 5 at Pax Christi Catholic Church (12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347) followed by a funeral service and lunch.
August 30, 1950 - March 24, 2017 Age 66, passed away peacefully at his home in Inver Grove Heights surrounded by family after a battle with leukemia. He will be deeply missed by beloved wife Ginny (Moravec); sons Steve (Theresa), Chris (Christine), Greg (Sarah); treasured grandchildren Will, Maddie, Sammy, Mikey, Jake, Max, Cooper, Nathan, Reese; and his three sisters, Bette (Don) Pilger, Karen (Jim) Winters, and Mary Jo (Craig) Brownell. Preceded in death by parents, Albert & Marion, and grandson, Nicholas. Al grew up and raised his family in Highland Park, St. Paul. He was a familiar figure around town, especially on the ballfields with his kids and grandkids. Al was most happy at home enjoying the company of his family and friends. He made all feel welcomed with his warm smile, great sense of humor, and fully-stocked bar. He loved spending time with Ginny and the kids, attending the grandkids' activities, fishing, golfing, planning haunted houses, Easter egg hunts, themed birthday parties, and the annual family vacation to the lake. Al is already missed beyond measure and will never be forgotten. Special thanks to Dr. Erica Warlick and the amazing caregivers at the University of Minnesota Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinic and hospital. Visitation Tuesday, March 28, from 4:00-7:00pm at O'Halloran & Murphy (575 Snelling Ave, St. Paul). Funeral service Wednesday, March 29, 10:00am at Lumen Christi Catholic Church (2055 Bohland Ave, St. Paul), visitation prior to service from 9:00 to 10:00am. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Funeral Mass: 11:00am
Nelson, June V. age 81, of Bloomington and Scottsdale, AZ passed away March 12, 2017. Preceded in death by parents, Melvin and Gladys; and sister, Marion. Survived by her high school sweatheart, love of her life and husband of 61 years, Wayne; children, Jim Nelson, Dave (Vanessa) Nelson and Sandra (Jerry) Johnson; 6 granddaughters, Molly, Abby, Samantha, Alison Whitney (fiance Andrew), Jackie Whitney and Stephanie Whitney Spangler (Kent); great-grandson, Killian Wayne Spangler; also survived by her lifetime friend, Barb O'Brien. June's biggest joys in life were her grandchildren and traveling with Wayne. Memorials preferred to Bridging. Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, March 21, 11 AM at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie. Visitation one hour prior to Mass at the church and also Monday, March 20, from 5-8 PM at: Washburn-McReavy.com Werness Brothers 952-884-8145 2300 W. Old Shakopee Rd.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Funeral Mass: 11:00am
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Evers, Scott age 52, of Eden Prairie, died peacefully at his home on March 5, 2017. Scott grew up in Dyersville, Iowa, attended Iowa State University and had a successful career in Information Systems Management, most recently working for Born Information Systems and Department 56. Scott lived life to its fullest while battling ALS for almost 19 years. Despite his disability and spending the last five years in a wheelchair, Scott was always cheerful and was devoted to his wife and four sons. He encouraged his sons to do the right thing and give their best. Until this past year it was rare for Scott to miss any of his sons' events; baseball for all, football, hockey, choir, or band. Scott always had a twinkle in his eye and a kind word for all. He had a strong faith, enjoyed studying the Bible, spreading the word and inspiring others to live their lives in Christ. It was his wish to inspire others in the faith in hopes that we all be joined once again in God's Heavenly Kingdom. Scott is survived by his wife Kristi, sons, Erik, Zach, Craig & Kenneth; mother Jane, brothers Aaron and Bradd, sister Paula, mother-in-law Suellen Karow, brother and sisters-in-law: Courtney Evers, Sara, Jim & Tonya Karow, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins and many friends. Scott was preceded in death by his father Gary. Visitation will be at Huber Funeral Home in Eden Prairie, 16394 Glory Lane, from 5:30 to 8:30 on Friday, March 10th. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, March 11th, at 11 am with visitation one hour prior, at Pax Christi Catholic Parrish in Eden Prairie, 12100 Pioneer Trail. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the ALS Association or Hospice of the Twin Cities preferred. Huber Funeral & Cremation Service Eden Prairie Chapel 952-949-4970 huberfunerals.com.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Funeral Mass: 11:00am
Bugman, Clare (Clarence) age 87, of Plymouth, MN, died peacefully surrounded by family on 2/24/2017. Preceded in death by parents and son, Thomas. Survived by loving wife of 64 years, Inez; son, James; daughters, Linda and Lisa; 6 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and sister, Shirley. Clare spent more than 50 years in the food business in both Minnesota and New York. A man of many interests, most important was his family, whom he loved dearly. Visitation at Washburn-McReavy Eden Prairie Chapel, on Feb. 27 (4-7 PM), and 10-11 AM Feb. 28 before the Mass of Christian Burial at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie at 11 AM. Lunch to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Park Nicollet Hospice.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Funeral Mass: 11:00am
Gillham, Harry G. Age 80, of Bloomington, passed away February 17, 2017. Preceded in Heaven by parents, Dr. Harry J. and Mary Gillham; sister, Gay. Harry traveled the Midwest for 40 years as a sales rep. for women's outerwear manufacturers. He loved to laugh and tell stories. Survived by loving wife, Susan; sons, Harry (H.J.) and James; beloved granddaughter, Eleanor; sister, Noni; dear nieces and nephews; family and friends. Mass of Christian Burial Thursday (2/23), 11:00 AM with visitation starting at 10:00 AM at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trl., Eden Prairie. Private interment Resurrection Cemetery, Mendota Heights. Memorials preferred to the family.
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Funeral Mass: 11:00am
Brenckman, Sean Jeffrey age 34 of Eden Prairie, passed away January 21, 2017. He was preceded in death by his grandparents. He is survived by wife, Elizabeth; parents, Kim and Rae Ann; sister, Sarah (Hans) Leida; nephews, Levi, Sam, and Miles Leida; and many other loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Sean earned his Eagle Scout award, played for the Eden Prairie drumline, and was captain of the University of St. Thomas cross country team. After college, he worked for Ameriprise Financial for most of his career and completed his Certified Financial Analyst designation. An avid outdoorsman, golfer, and runner, Sean loved being out in nature. He hiked 2,655 miles on the Pacific Coast Trail in 2015. His spontaneous spirit and sense of humor will always be remembered. A service will be held at 11:00am Saturday, January 28 at Pax Christi Catholic Church, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN 55347, with a visitation beginning at 10:00am. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Pacific Crest Trail Association (pcta.org) or to Pax Christi (paxchristi.com). Huber Funeral Home Eden Prairie Chapel (952) 949-4970 huberfunerals.com
Thursday, December 29
Funeral Mass: 11:00am
Murphy, John F. “Jack”, 9/03/25 to 12/19/16, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on 12/19/16. Jack is survived by his children Miriam “Mimi”, John (Jeanie), Maureen (Rod) Pitsch, Molly (Steve) Kenney, and Bob; grandchildren, Molly Murphy, Vince, Ellie, Charlie and Jack Murphy, Mark Pitsch, Jilian (Collin) LeMaster, Bridget and Jim Kenney, Connor and Jack Murphy, and great grandson, Enzo; siblings, Robert, William (Sue), sister-in-law Mary Lou and many nieces and nephews. Jack was preceded in death by his loving wife Miriam, parents Robert and Marie “Mae” Murphy, siblings Virginia and Paul, and sister-in-law Gladys.
Jack was born in the small town of Chillicothe, Missouri and was the son of Irish immigrants. Jack’s father was a tailor and later became the custodian at Jack’s high school. Even though money was tight, Jack grew up in a loving family that instilled in him the value of hard work, education, humility, respect for others and a deep faith in God.
From these humble beginnings, Jack persevered and graduated from the University of Missouri @ Columbia law school and began a long and notable career as an attorney and lobbyist. Jack married the love of his life, Miriam Seidel, on June 12, 1954 and together they were blessed with five children in six years! They began their early years of marriage in St. Louis, Missouri and later moved their growing family to Minneapolis in 1960 to pursue a career with NWNL in their legal department, specializing in government relations. Jack continued his career as a lobbyist for the insurance industry with Lutheran Brotherhood and later with the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. In all aspects of his professional life, Jack subscribed to a simple standard: “Be prepared!”
Jack volunteered his time in a number of different ways for the betterment of his community and environment. Besides being a regular scripture reader and CCD teacher at Annunciation Church in Minneapolis and later as a greeter at Pax Christi Catholic Community in Eden Prairie, Jack also served on several boards, committees, and neighborhood groups. He was on the board of the Friends of the Minneapolis Public Library, (now known as Friends of the Hennepin County Library), for 17 years where he advocated for the new construction of the downtown library. Jack was on the board of the Cullen Lakes Association for many years, where he spearheaded efforts to preserve the shoreline and its habitat. He also organized his Colfax neighborhood to help control Dutch Elm disease. Jack also was a leading volunteer for the United Way campaign at NWNL.
Jack enjoyed the outdoors and raised his children to experience the joys and misadventures of camping, fishing and hunting. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends at the “Joint on the Point” cabin in Nisswa, Minnesota. Jack passed on his love for playing cards, reading stories and building campfires at the cabin with all of his children and grandchildren. Known as the “Everlasting Captain” by his close group of fishing companions, Jack was always ready to organize the annual fishing trip to Lake Kabetogama.
Jack was a gentleman in the truest sense of the word. He was kind, compassionate and took a genuine interest in people from all walks of life. He was a careful and considerate man who always had a smile and a handshake at the ready for those that might need it most.
“That Smile” is what stood out for those who knew Jack during his last three years at Mount Olivet Careview Memory Care Unit. Although Alzheimer’s robbed Jack of his broad vocabulary, he was still able to communicate and light up a room with his smile and face the darkest part of his disease with grace and unwavering courage. The staff at Mount Olivet cared deeply for Jack when he was most vulnerable and he was blessed to have them in his life. Through their loving care, Jack was ready and prepared to be reunited with Miriam and the rest of his departed family.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, December 29 at 11:00 am at Pax Christi Catholic Church.Visitation beginning at 10:00 at the church. Private interment at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Eden Prairie, MN. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Careview Home, 5517 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55419; Pax Christi Catholic Church, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN 55347 or Friends of Hennepin County Library: John F. Murphy Endowment Fund, 300 Nicollet Mall 55401.
Tuesday, December 27
Funeral Mass: 11:00am
Warfield, Mary Margaret age 81 of Eden Prairie, MN passed away on December 8, 2016. Preceded in death by parents, George and Ursula Schmidt; stepmother, Caroline Schmidt; and brother-in-law, Jim Connell. Survived by Grant, her loving husband of 59 years; children, Tim (Connie) Warfield, Sarah (Richard) Hoban, Lisa Warfield Monk, and Anne (Paul) Cummings Warfield; grandchildren, Bryan (Keely), Mark, Hunter, Dan, Rory, CeAnna, Michaela, and Selena; great-granddaughter, Brooklyn Margaret; siblings, Joann Connell and Robert (Mary) Schmidt; cousins, Connie Williams and Domingo (Aislinn) Williams; nieces, nephews, and many extended relatives and friends. Mass of Christian burial Tuesday December 27, 2016 at 11 AM at Pax Christi Catholic Church 12100 Pioneer Trail Eden Prairie, MN. Visitation one hour prior to mass at church. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to Methodist Hospice Program c/o Park Nicollet Foundation, 6500 Excelsior Blvd., St. Louis Park, MN 55426.
Tuesday, December 20
Funeral Mass: 11:00am
Jody-Kay (Coyle) Patterson, age 48, of Rogers, passed away peacefully at home on the morning of December 12 after a 2-year battle with cancer. Traveling to Crosslake, Carmel or anywhere with family made her smile. However, her unbelievable smile was never brighter than when she was helping others, especially children. This passion for kids made her an extraordinary mom, a favorite aunt and the adopted guardian for all her kids’ friends. This passion also devoted her to charities such as ChildFund International and Operation Christmas Child.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Frank & Kathleen Mann and Herb & Violet Coyle.
She is survived by her true love and loving husband, Steve; together they cherished time with family including their children, Michael (Cassie), Andrew, and Kaitlyn; step-children, Chris (Stephanie) and Nick (Jess); grandchildren, Caden and Roman; parents, Jim & Judy Coyle; siblings, Jim Coyle (Kelli), Julie (Todd) Martin, Joe (Stacy) Coyle, and John (Misty) Coyle; many nieces & nephews, other relatives and friends.
Her life and passion will be celebrated with a Mass of Christian Burial 11 AM Tuesday, December 20, at Pax Christi Catholic Church, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie. Visitation 4-7 PM Monday, December 19, at Evans-Nordby Funeral Home, 34 2nd St. NE, Osseo, and 1 hour prior to mass at the church.
Memorials preferred to the American Cancer Society or ChildFund International.
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Friday, December 16
Funeral Mass: 10:30am
Focht, Verna J. age 94, of Hopkins. Preceded in death by her husband, Jack; son, Michael and sister, Doris. Survived by sons, John (Monica), Dan, Karl (Sue) and special daughter-in-law, Stephanie; grandchildren, Jason, Joshua, Megan, Samantha, Brian, Caroline, Taylor, Carter and 9 great-grandchildren. JoAnn was born and raised on a farm in Lancaster, MN. She met and married Jack Focht during WWII. They traveled the world raising their family in Guam, Seattle, Hawaii and California, finally settling in Minneapolis. She worked at Northwest Airlines and maintained close relationships with co-workers throughout her life. JoAnn lived her Catholic faith joyfully, enjoying visits from Joan, the Pax Christi Companion Minister, when she could no longer attend Mass. Her last years were spent at Grace Home, where she and her cats were lovingly cared for by Grace and the entire staff. Mass of Christian Burial Friday, Dec. 16, 10:30 AM, Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie. Visitation one hour prior to Mass. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. GILLBROTHERS.com Minneapolis 612-861-6088
Thursday, December 15
Memorial Service: 11:00am
Botz, Conrad George Age 94 of Chaska, MN died peacefully 12/3/16 in Shakopee, MN. Born in Sauk Centre, MN. Preceded in death by parents; 5 brothers; 3 sisters; step daughter Lori; grandsons Nick and Travis. Survived by wife of 47 years Jeanne; 6 children; 5 step-children; 16 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. Connie was a long time member of the Eagles, Lions, MCF, Pheasants Forever, Sportsman Club and Wild Turkey Federation. He was also a huge supporter of the Jordan Brewers Baseball Team. Memorial service Pax Christy Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN at 11:00 AM with visitation starting at 10:00 AM on Thursday, 12/15/16.
Visitation: Monday, November 28, 4:00–7:00pm; Tuesday, November 29, 12:00pm at Pax Christi
Funeral Mass: 1:00pm at Pax Christi
Schoenecker, Guy age 89, passed away peacefully at home. He had many ailments in recent years but never complained. He would only say how grateful he was for the excellent care he received from the many fine people at Park Nicollet Clinic and Methodist Hospital. He is survived by his beloved wife Barb and seven children: Lisa and Rich Anderson, Larry Schoenecker, Paul and Jen Schoenecker, Bob Schoenecker, Sue Schoenecker, Dave and Kim Schoenecker, and Shelley Schoenecker and by 9 grandchildren: Tara Anderson, Marissa Anderson, Danny Schoenecker, Derek Schoenecker, Sam Schoenecker, Katie and David Weeres, Matt McMullen, Morgan Schoenecker, and Murphy Schoenecker. He is survived by his loving sister Donna Krengel and her children and their spouses and families. He is also survived by his dear friends Roger and Elvina Nelson. He was the patriarch of a large and inclusive family. He was preceded in death by his loving parents Lawrence and Fern Schoenecker from Eden Valley, MN. Guy was a husband, father, grandfather, step grandfather, entrepreneur, business owner, CEO, friend, advocate, philanthropist, horseman, hunter, fisherman, gardener, beekeeper and world traveler, to name a few. He was also a devout Catholic and was well known by the local Catholic community for his commitment to his faith and his generosity to Catholic organizations. He was a 1949 graduate of the University of St. Thomas and served on the University's Board of Trustees from 1978 to 2008. He started a business while in school at the University of St. Thomas in the late 1940's selling engagement rings to fellow students. That business led to a jewelry distribution business and furniture stores. The jewelry business became Business Builders, Inc. and later Business Incentives Inc. It is now known as BI WORLDWIDE and has 1500 employees in offices in the US, Canada, the U.K, India, China, Singapore, Australia, Venezuela, Columbia, and Brazil. He was in the office and at his desk the day before he passed. His business earned the Minnesota Quality Award in 1994 and the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 1999. He was inducted into the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame in 2008. Guy Schoenecker lived a large, passionate, and engaged life. Through his business and generosity he touched many thousands of people in positive ways. He cared deeply about our country, his family, the Catholic Church, his company and its employees. He saw positive things everywhere he looked. His glass was always more than half full. He made everyone around him want to be better at everything they do. Visitation Monday, November 28th @ Pax Christi Catholic Church, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN, 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Mass of Christian Burial, Tuesday, November 29th, 1:00 PM @ Pax Christi Catholic Church, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN. Visitation 1 hour prior to the service at church on Tuesday. Burial Eden Prairie Cemetery. Washburn-McReavy.com Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400 7625 Mitchell Rd. (1 blk. N. of Hwy 5)
Monday, October 31
Funeral Mass: 10:30am
Joseph M. Sutila, born December 5, 1938 in New Haven, CT to parents Joseph and Mary Sutila. Graduate of Hamden High School 1956, where he played Football, Baseball and Basketball. Graduate of the University of Connecticut in 1961 with a BA in Geology and Geography. Joe was a member of the Varsity Squash Team. He was a member of the Air Force ROTC and commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant upon graduation.
After graduation he attended Air Force Pilot Training at Reese AFB in Lubbock, TX. Upon completion he was selected to fly the F-102A and completed training at Perrin AFB in Sherman, TX. He then was assigned to Truax Field in Madison, WI from 1963-65. His next assignment was at Clark AFB in the Philippine Islands with the 405th Fighter Wing deploying regularly to North Vietnam and Thailand during the Vietnam War. He completed his Air Force Service in 1967. During his Air Force career, he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Joe was hired by Northwest Airlines in the fall of 1967 in Minneapolis, MN. Joe flew for 32 years on the B-707, B-727, and DC-10. He retired a DC-10 Captain at the age of 60. At Northwest he served as an Instructor on the DC-10 in his final years at Northwest.
Joe quietly departed this life on Monday October 24, 2016 at home surrounded by family. Married to Pat Sutila, preceded in death by parents Joseph and Mary Sutila. Survived by sister Emily Coppola, two children Donna Nord and Husband Mike Nord and Craig Sutila and wife Sharon Sutila. His four grandchildren, Tyler, Mitch, Alex and Tesla and two great-grandchildren Jace and Harlyn Nord.
Thursday, October 2
Funeral Mass: 11:00am
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Kathleen A. Clausen, Age 70, of Eden Prairie passed away October 13, 2016. Preceded in death by parents and sisters, Anne Marie and Margaret; brothers, Robert and Richard. Survived by husband, David; daughter Michelle Boe; grandson Erick Boe; sister Mary Faerber; brother Patrick Buttell; sisters-in-law Marge (Robert) Buttell and Marlys (Richard) Buttell. Memorial Mass Thursday 11:00 AM at Pax Christi Catholic Community 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie. Visitation one hour prior to service. In lieu of flowers memorials preferred.
She was such a beautiful person inside and out. She was the best wife, mom, grandma, and friend that anyone could ask for. She lived for her family. She didn’t have a mean bone in her body and would give you the shirt off her back if it would help. She loved candles, music and her flowers. The State Fair was an outing she did usually more than once a year. She followed the Twins and the Vikings closely…we knew never to call her during a Vikings game! She would talk about her cats, Callie and Punky like they were her kids…they are already missing her. She was the kindest person you could ever meet. We lost an angel…but heaven gained one.
Visitation: Tuesday, September 27, 2:00–7:00pm; Vigil Prayer at 6:30pm
Funeral Mass: Wednesday, September 28, 4:00pm
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Tim was born on October 13, 1939, in Faribault, MN, and graduated from this life on September 21, 2016, in Eden Prairie, MN. Preceded in death by parents Tim and Theresa, and siblings Francie, Mary, Bob, and Joe. Survived by a large number of loving friends, cherished nieces Kathleen and Sandy and their families, and special friend, Karen. Tim was ordained a Catholic priest in May of 1966 and spent most of his ministry serving parishes in the Twin Cities area. He felt especially lucky to be able to pastor in the era of the Second Vatican Council. He recognized that the focus on laity, justice, and collegiality opened new doors for parishes. He especially felt this was true during his 23 years serving Pax Christi Catholic Community. Another joy of his years in Eden Prairie was serving as chaplain for Eden Prairie Police and Fire Departments.
As Tim had time to reflect in his life, the words of Brian Doyle seemed to mirror his own sentiments: “I have had a glorious blessed hilarious graced life, and no man was ever as slathered with love and laughter as me, and when my time to dissolve comes, I hope to acquiesce with some modicum of grace, and remember that I was granted a long and colorful run; indeed I hope to spend eons happily reviewing the tape, minute by minute, paying even more attention to the infinitesimal details than I did the first time, and replaying the highlights again and again, driving my new roommates nuts.”
All are welcome to remember and celebrate Tim’s life. Visitation will be 2:00-7:00pm on Tuesday, September 27, at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN; vigil prayer at 6:30pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 4:00pm on Wednesday, September 28, at Pax Christi Catholic Community. Burial at Pleasant Hill Cemetery immediately following Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Bridging or Pax Christi Pastoral Care Fund.
Thursday, July 7
Funeral Mass: 10:30am
O'Brian, Gayle Marie (Wagner, Buse) Age 72, of New Hope, MN, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on June 29, 2016. Gayle was born in Slayton, MN, on September 5, 1943, to Benjamin and Marie Wagner of Iona, MN. Gayle's joyful childhood was spent in Iona, MN with her two parents and four brothers, Bruce, John, Tom, and Chuck. She graduated from St. Columba High School in Iona Minnesota and attended Mankato State University and Southwest State University graduating with a BA Suma Cum Laude. She worked as CCD coordinator at St. Anns Catholic Church. She taught Health, Physical Education, and English at Gibbon Public School. She excelled in her career as Activities Coordinator at Knollwood Place senior living apartments. Gayle was a devout Catholic and her faith helped guide her throughout her life. Gayle thrived at life, dedicating herself to her family, faith, friends and health. She raised six children, instilling in them the same love, integrity, and wisdom she brought to the world. She was an energetic woman, active in many sports, such as softball, volleyball, tennis, biking, hiking, golf and bowling. Gayle had a great passion for horses! Even as a little girl she was barrel racing and roping calves in rodeos. What brought her the greatest joy was anything that involved spending time with her family, especially her grandkids. There is no light brighter than the look on her face when she was near any of her six kids or twelve grandchildren. She was a loving mother, grandmother, wife and person of faith. Additionally, she was an exceptional teacher, athlete, and so much more. Gayle was preceded in death by husband James G. O'Brian, parents Benjamin and Marie Wagner, brother's John Wagner and Tom Wagner. Gayle is survived by children, Michael (Kim) Buse, Patrick (Cathy) Buse, James C. (Patti) Buse, Lisa (Rick) Grathen, Timothy Buse (Sara Kubal), Daniel T. Buse (Nicolas Burrows), and step-son, Sean O'Brian; grandchildren, Nicole Buse, Cody Buse, Andrew Buse, Rebecca Buse, Elizabeth Buse, Kalee Buse, Kelsey Buse, Sawyer Grathen, Brekken Grathen, Nicole Faouen, Sebastian Buse, Daniel B. Buse, and step granddaughter Lindsey O'Brian; brothers, Bruce (Linda) Wagner and Chuck (Sandy) Wagner; sisters-in-law, Margaret Wagner and Judy Wagner; and many other relatives and friends. Visitation and Life Celebration will be held Wednesday, July 6, 2016, at Washburn-McReavy Eden Prairie Chapel, 7625 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55344, 4:30 8:30 pm. At 7:30 pm, please join us in honoring Gayle with stories and memories. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, July 7, 2016, at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN 55347, 9:30 am visitation, 10:30 am funeral services followed by a luncheon. Interment to follow at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials preferred to the Alzheimer's Association in memory of Gayle O'Brian. act.alz.org/goto/… ALZ.ORG 1-800-272-3900 Washburn-McReavy.com Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400
Friday, July 8
Funeral Mass: 11:00am
Monday, June 27
Funeral Mass: 11:00am
Larkin, Thomas R., DDS 1928 - 2016. Age 87 of Eden Prairie, MN. Born 7/31/1928, passed away June 4, 2016. Preceded in death by parents Leo and Mary (Harrington) Larkin, brother Jim Larkin and wife Barb, brother-in-law Andy Becwar. Survived by sisters Shelagh Larkin, Mary Lee (Larkin) Becwar, and loving companion of many years Gwen Kline. Also survived by children Anna Marie (Dave) Bailey, Leo (Cathi) Larkin, Patricia (Earl) Green, Jane (Harald) Kihm, Katie (Van) Johnson, Mary Larkin, grandchildren Michele (Scott) Hessian, Danielle Bailey, Jake and Conor Larkin, Hendrix and Coletrane Johnson, Kyle, Dylan and Scott Kihm, great grandson David Hessian. Tom enjoyed tennis, golf, skiing, travel and Ullr Ski club. He loved life, family, friends and his patients. He practiced dentistry over 45 years following 2 years service in the USAF Dental Corps. Graduate of Campion College HS in Regina, Saskatchewan. He then spent 2 years at Creighton U and 2 years at St. Thomas College, graduating with a B.S. in 1949. Following 1 year at the U of MN he entered the U of MN Dental School where he graduated in 1954. During his years of practice he served as the President of several organizations including: MN Children Dental Society, Mpls Torch Club, Mpls SW Suburban Sierra Club, Mpls, District Dental Society (Guest of Honor recipient), Thomas was a lifetime member of: ADA, MDS and MDDS. Memorial Service 11:00 AM Monday, June 27, 2016. Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN 55347. Visitation 10AM. Interment Maple Grove Cemetery, Cloquet, MN. Memorials preferred to the Larkin/Harrington Scholarship Fund at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN.
Wednesday, June 22
Memorial Service: 11:00am
Schwalen, Joseph Sr. Age 71 of Eden Prairie passed away May 24, 2016.
Monday, June 20, 2016
Funeral Mass: 10:30am
Burns, Gerald P. age 80 of Bloomington, passed away June 11, 2016. Survived by wife of 58 years, Jeannette; children, Teri (Steve) Montbriand, Colleen (Jim) Durda; Pat (Tim) Bot, Maureen (Ben) McKean, Michelle Burns, Michael (Natalie) Burns and Brian (Kristen) Burns; 16 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchilden. Family was everything to Jerry. Celebration of Life Monday, June 20, 10:30 AM at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie. Visitation 1 hour prior at church. Memorials preferred to the Mayo Clinic Children's Cancer. Washburn-McReavy.com Werness Brothers 952-884-8145
Satruday, June 18, 2016
Funeral Mass: 10:00am
Boe, Ronald (Bloomington MN). Passed away Sunday evening... What a terrific long life, a loving Husband, (65/years) father, grandfather and friend to many. Born in 1927 to Sue (Mimi) & Roy Boe. Ron grew up in Minneapolis along with his brother Barron & his beloved sister & best friend Patricia (Sis) Thomas. Ron graduated from Washburn High School (1945) and attended U of M. An avid golfer, he continued to play to the age of 87 and even beat his sons just last summer!! We could all hope to live such a healthy, active life!!! Ron enjoyed a long & successful career in print ad sales with Process Displays. Most people thought he actually worked for Dairy Queen, but he did not. He was, however, responsible for printing all those delicious pictures of Ice Cream in the stores. He made many life long friends at DQ. An Army veteran, he and the troops Occupied Japan after WWII. Known by family as Dad, Papa, Ronnie and Uncle Dewey, he spent most of his free time at the family's Tree farm in New Richmond, WI, inviting all friends and relatives to spend weekends of quality time together. In retirement he & Mary traveled with friends throughout six continents, made it on the cover of Sports Illustrated when they attended the Masters. He especially enjoyed the times spent at Lake Julia, WI with dear friends. An incredible father of five boys (Bradley, Ronnie, Peter, Mark & David), Ron loved the time he spent with his kids. He literally came home from work every night to coach all five in Baseball, Football & hockey, simply known by all his sons friends as "Coach Boe". As the life of any party, he was a natural to make people laugh. He had an incredible sense of humor & nicknamed most everyone... The nicknames were something that stuck with people for life and were endearing to all. Ron is survived by his wife Mary, their five sons & spouses & nine grandchildren. Dad, "It really was a Wonderful Life"!!!! Memorial mass and reception to follow Saturday, June 18th, 9 a.m. at PAX CHRISTI Church, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN. Suggested memorial to St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Memphis, Tennessee. Private interment.
Visitation: Monday, June 13, 4:00–7:00pm
Funeral Mass: Tuesday, June 14, 11:00am
Saturday, May 28
Funeral Mass: 3:00pm
Lyons, Jean Elizabeth age 98, formerly of Eden Prairie. Preceded in death by grandsons, Mike and Kirk Benson; sister, Janice Briggs. Survived by daughters, Sally (Bernie) Benson, Janice (Paul) Bartone, Lorie (Dale) Korpi; grandchildren 7, great-grands 17, great-great-grands 2, and 4 nephews. Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, 3:00 pm, with visitation 1 hour prior at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie. Washburn-McReavy.com Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Funeral Mass: 3:00pm
Anselmo, Arthur O. Passed away peacefully April 26th in Duluth, MN. After spending a weekend of story telling and special moments with his family and close friends. He was 89. Arthur was born May 8th, 1926 in Hibbing, Minn. He was the son of Italian immigrants Pietro and Erminia Anselmo. After graduating from Hibbing High School in 1944, Arthur served a brief stint in the U.S. Army Air Corps before attending college at St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minn. He followed his undergraduate study with a law degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, and returned to Hibbing, where he became the village attorney. He was elected as a special municipal judge in1952 at the age of 26. At age 34, Arthur became a Judge in Minnesota's Sixth Judicial District, and at the time was the youngest person to ever have served in this position. After six years on the district bench, the onset of bipolar disorder forced him to resign. Arthur spent the next several years trying to wrest his life back from his illness as he learned to manage the drastic swings between mania and depression. He eventually went on to serve 20 years as the Assistant Minnesota Attorney General in Duluth, where he helped navigate the complex and emotionally charged legal proceedings involved with bringing I-35 through the city. During this period, Arthur also chaired Governor Rudy Perpich's State Commission on Bocce Ball and brought the U.S. Bocce Federation's national tournament to Duluth in 1986. In his retirement, Arthur became a mental health advocate, serving on the boards of several mental health organizations and sharing his experience with bipolar disorder. He even made a brief appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show to share his experiences of despair and recovery. Arthur was the proud father of two sons, Dario (Jeanne) and Greg; grandchildren, Andrew, Aidan, Alessandra, He is also survived by Lynda Anselmo and countless friends. Arthur loved fast cars, Frank Sinatra and Italian food. He will be remembered for his energy, charm and wit. He leaves behind a great legacy. SERVICE: A Catholic Memorial Mass, 3 pm, Tuesday, May 10th at Pax Christi, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to: Mental Health Minnesota, 2233 University Ave. W., Ste. 424, Saint Paul, MN 55114, mentalhealthmn.kindful.com, In Memory: Arthur O. Anselmo. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, Duluth. (218) 727-3555
Visitation: Friday, May 6, 5:00–7:00pm
Funeral Mass: Saturday, May 7, 10:00am
Murphy, LaLonne Lou Born March 13, 1948 to Betty and Allen Patrick Murphy in Willmar, MN. She is preceded in death by her father, Allen Patrick, husband, Robert Burkhardt, cousin, Peter Schmitz, her step-son, Jeff Burkhardt, step-son-in-law, Terry Ellis, and her grandparents, aunts and uncles, forming a Great Cloud of Witnesses. Survived by her dear friend, Shari Steffen of Eden Prairie, MN; mother, Betty Murphy, formerly of Willmar now of Bloomington, MN, siblings Mark Murphy of Houston, TX, Debby (Warren) Templin of Palmer, Alaska, Michele (Bill) Dougherty, Minneapolis, MN; her nieces and nephews: Brianna (Steve) Holland, Ruahkaka, New Zealand; Jacob (Claire) Templin, Michigan; Caitlin Templin, Palmer, AK; Andy Wong (friend LaDonna), Minneapolis, MN, Cory (Pam) Wong. Her grand nephew and nieces, Steve, Sophie, Claire, Ellie and Nora. On June 2, 1990, Lonne Married Bob Burkhardt of Minneapolis and they enjoyed over 13 years of marriage. She is survived by her Burkhardt family: Sandy Ellis, Bloomington, MN; Tim (Kathy) Burkhardt, Hinckley, MN; Kris Burkhardt, Bloomington, MN; and Lizbeth Burkhardt, Colorado. Her step-grandchildren: Taryn (Nate) Merda, Richfield, MN, Ryan (Jacquie) Ellis, Minneapolis, MN; Andy (Heidi) Burkhardt, Michigan: Peter Burkhardt, Hinckley, MN; Christopher (Tosha) Torgerson, Prior Lake, MN; Rob (Kelly) Torgerson, Bloomington, MN; Esabella Burkhardt, Colorado; and her step-great grandchildren, Emelyn, Mason, Aleck, Hayley, Laney, and Miss Scarlett. Her intellectual pursuits included a BA in Music Education K-12 in 1972 at St. Catherine University; MA in Theology with Emphasis on Spirituality, 1996, St. Catherine University; Spiritual Director Certification, The Cenacle of Wayzata, 1977; Mastery Level Bioenergy Healer, Rukha Academy, Eden Prairie, 2012. For 41 years she worked in parishes throughout the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis. She spent her years at St. Peter's in Richfield, Incarnation Church in South Minneapolis, St. Bart's in Wayzata, St. Edward's in Bloomington, and Pax Christi Catholic Community in Eden Prairie. Most of her ministry was as Director of Worship and Music. She loved her life and the people she met along the way. Wake: Friday, May 6, 5-7 p.m.; Gathering: Saturday, May 7, 9-10 a.m.; Funeral: Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m., lunch to follow service at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN 55347. Memorials preferred to Lonne Murphy Scholarship Fund, Rukha Academy, or Pax Christi Handbell Choir.
Friday, May 6, 2016
Funeral Mass: 11:00am
Hokanson, James W. Age 69 of Eden Prairie died unexpectedly on April 30, 2016. Preceded in death by parents, Wesley and Marcella Hokanson and son, Christopher Hokanson. Survived by loving wife Barbara; son Michael; stepson Paul Oles; stepdaughter, Judy (Jerry) Ziemiecki; sisters Diane Baltz and Cindy Brussell; grandchildren Colby Hokanson, Jessica and Justin Ziemiecki; Aunt, Mary Patterson; nieces and nephews John, Patrick, Timothy Baltz, Molly and Ryan Brussell; other relatives and friends. Mass of Christian Burial Fri., May 6, 2016 at 11 AM at Pax Christi Catholic Church, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie (952-941-3150). Visitation 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Interment Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Eden Prairie. Memorials preferred to the American Heart Association or donor's choice. Huber Funeral & Cremation Services Eden Prairie Chapel 952-949-4970 huberfunerals.com
Friday, April 29
Funeral Mass: 11:00am
Phillippi, Megan L. Age 42 of Edina. Survived by loving parents, sister, brother, nieces, 1 nephew, many friends and extended family. Mass of Christian Burial 11 AM Friday, April 29th at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie. Visitation one hour prior to Mass. Private interment at Resurrection Cemetery, Shorewood. Memorials preferred to Pax Christi Youth. Gearty-Delmore 952-926-1615
Tuesday, April 12
Funeral Mass: 10:00am
MacDonald, Douglas Daniel age 76 died Thursday, April 7, 2016 after a long struggle with CHF and cancer. Preceded in death by parents, Glenn and Olive (DeWolf) MacDonald; and brother, Robert MacDonald. Survived by wife, Carol; son, Douglas Jr. (Traci) MacDonald; daughters, Beth (John) McCormick, Kristen Lane; granddaughter, Molly McCormick; grandsons, Braden, Tanner, Austin, and Parker Lane; nephew, Derry (Karen) MacDonald; niece, Linda MacDonald; also many cousins and friends. Doug was employed by IBM Corp. for over 32 years and enjoyed the many friends he made and treasured their friendships. Doug loved golf and spent many hours enjoying the green grass and sunshine both at Bracketts Crossing Country Club in Lakeville as well as Punta Gorda Country Club and Port Charlotte Golf Club in Florida. His hobby the last few years was enjoying horse racing at Canterbury Park. He was a good handicapper of the horses with his friends. and had many "woulda, coulda, shoulda" stories. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 10 AM at Pax Christi Catholic Church, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie (952-941-3150). A visitation will take place for 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Memorials preferred to the family or to donor's choice. Huber Funeral & Cremation Services Eden Prairie Chapel 952-949-4970 huberfunerals.com
Thursday, April 7
Funeral Mass: 11:00am
Joe Weierke, age 30, of Chaska, passed away surrounded by his family on Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016. A visitation will be held on Thursday, April 7, 2016 from 9-11AM with a Memorial Service beginning at 11AM all at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie. Deacon Al Schroeder will preside. Joe’s sister, Kristi, and brothers, Matthew and Luke, will be urn bearers.
On November 13, 1985 Mary (Hedstrom) and Bob Weierke celebrated the birth of their youngest child, Joseph Paul Weierke. As the baby of the family, Mary worried Joe would be spoiled, especially by his brother Luke who doted over him. Yet Joe grew to be a kind person who always put others before himself despite the obstacles he faced in life.
While accompanying Mary to a physical therapy appointment, the doctor noticed something amiss with Joe’s gait. At age six a diagnosis was given, Joe had Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Joe was a fighter. He survived many long hospital stays with pneumonia at St. Paul Children’s Hospital. His family will be forever grateful for the loving care he received there. Joe continued to walk unassisted until the age of nine.
During his school days, Joe was shy, often keeping to himself and his studies. His teachers and paras always encouraged Joe’s education. When it came time for Joe’s high school graduation, he worried there wouldn’t be people to cheer when he accepted his diploma. Unbeknownst to Joe, he had a cheering section. Joe was astonished when he heard the seemingly endless applause from his former and current teachers, paras, and classmates.
For the past 22 years, Joe’s favorite pastime was attending car shows with family. He could identify the make, model, and year by a car’s head lights. Matthew and Bob would take Joe to car dealerships to test drive the vehicles. Often, Joe knew more about the cars than the salesman. Joe also enjoyed attending concerts with his mom and going out on the pontoon and going for long walks with family and friends.. Spending time with family was important to Joe. When he was granted a wish by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Joe choose to take his family on a vacation.
Within the past four years, Joe decided to become more social. He quickly became acquainted with his neighbors, always stopping to chat when he was outside. Joe was well known by the employees of Best Buy, Home Depot, and Lowes—his favorite places to go with Bob. In the final days of Joe’s life, he invited friends and family to visit him. He encouraged them not to worry or cry for him. Joe told his family if he had to live his life over again, he’d take the same one, even if it meant being sick, because it made his family stronger and more connected.
Joe was a kind, compassionate, and positive person. He will be deeply missed by his parents, Mary (Hedstrom) and Bob Weierke; siblings, Kristi Weierke, Matt (Amanda King) Weierke, and Luke (Katie) Weierke; nephews and nieces, Brandon, Brianna, Angelo, Alyssa, Weston, and Wyatt; grandmother, Maragret Hedstrom; many other loving relatives and friends. Joe is preceded in death by his grandfather, Earl Hedstrom, and grandparents, Mildred and Paul Weierke.
The Weierke family extends a special thank you to Paul Holmes and Pam Hanson for their support and encouragement over the years. Dan, Marcia and Mike at Rehab Designs, we will forever love you for your immediate response to Joe’s wheelchair needs and your friendship. He loved you so much. Dan Cleve, his home respiratory therapist, for helping him through many difficult times. Gary Dungey for the amazing trips you made possible for Joe.
Joe and his family were truly blessed to have exceptional doctors caring for him during his journey. A very special thanks to Doctors Ann Dunnigan, Stephen Smith, Paul Kubic, Jospeph Kandiko and Rolland Pistuka for their loving care throughout his life. We also want to thank his homecare nurses, Rachael, Phoebe, Jenny and all those along the way, who came to be like family.
Tuesday, March 22
Funeral Mass: 5:00pm
Benolkin, David Leo age 71, of Bloomigton, died March 13, 2016 after an 11 year struggle with Alzheimer's. Preceded in death by infant son, John; parents, Charles and Virginia; sister, Kathleen Stalberger; brother-in-law, Roger Stalberger; brother, Jim Benolkin; sister-in-law, Marilyn Benolkin; nephew, David Schultz; and niece, Sharon Williamson. Survived by loving wife of 46 years, Sandie; sons, Mike (Erin) and Jake (Sara); grandchildren, Jack, Andrew, Joselyn, John, Quinn and Charlotte; brothers, Charles (Pat) and Mike (Laurie); loving nieces, nephews and many, many friends. Loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all. Owner of Westwood Sports for 40 years where he supported youth athletics. He enjoyed spending time at the cabin with family and friends boating, fishing, hunting, golfing and skiing. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Alzheimer's Association. Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, March 22, 5:00 PM at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie. Visitation beginning at 3:30 PM prior to Mass. Washburn-McReavy.com Werness Brothers 952-884-8145
Saturday, March 19
Funeral Mass: 2:00pm
Strawman, Claire Elizabeth age 15, of Bloomington, passed away peacefully at her home on March 11, 2016. Preceded in death by her grandparents: Ed & Bette Prunty and Ernest & Patricia Strawman; Aunt, Pam Lusardi. Survived by her loving parents, Bob & Ellen; siblings, Kelly and Aaron; and by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Mass of Christian Burial 2 pm Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Pax Christi Catholic Church (12100 Pioneer Tr.) Eden Prairie, MN. Visitation from 5-8 pm Friday, March 18 at Pax Christi Catholic Church and one hour prior to service Saturday. Condolences: White Funeral Home Burnsville 952-894-5080 whitefuneralhomes.com
Saturday, March 19
Funeral Mass: 11:00am
Esterley, Patricia F. age 90, of Bloomington. Loving wife, sister, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Born in Minneapolis on St. Patrick's Day 1926 to Christopher and Abigail Mills. Passed away peacefully on March 3, 2016, due to complications related to COPD. Preceded in death by her parents, Chris and Abigail Mills, husband, Chuck, brothers Bob and Frank, sisters, Margaret Mary Esher, Elizabeth (Betty) Woehrle and Barbara Bonneville, as well as her precious granddaughter, Aubrey Jensen. Survived by her loving sister, Lolita (Larry) Schultz; daughters, Margaret (Dave) Dillon, Robbie Jensen (Stephen Newell); sons, Mike (Pat) and Tom (Julie), 9 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. Widowed in her 60's, she lived independently up until the last 18 months, traveling the world and chasing her dreams. She loved to do ceramics and left many wonderful keepsakes for those she loved. They will be cherished and she will be missed dearly. Special thanks to Dr. Gary Brunkow, the staff at Newton Manor, Masonic Home, and Optage Hospice for the loving care they all provided. Memorial Mass at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 19th, 2016, at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail in Eden Prairie with visitation beginning at 10:00 AM. Lunch and 90th birthday celebration to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Lung Association. Please don't smoke! GILLBROTHERS.com BLOOMINGTON, MN 952.888.7771
Monday, February 22
Funeral Mass: 11:00am
Popowich, John G., MD "Jack" of Naples, FL, Eden Prairie, formerly of Edina, passed away Feb. 17, 2016. Memorial Mass 11 AM Monday, Feb. 22 at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie with visitation beginning at 9:30 AM. Full notice to appear Sunday. Washburn-McReavy.com Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400
Friday, February 19
Funeral Mass: 11:00am
Brockert, Magdalen "Lenny" age 91, formerly of Long Lake, MN, passed peacefully on February 4, 2016. Preceded in death by her husband, Wallace "Brock". Survived by daughters, Barbara, Diane (David), Wallis Ann (Steve); grandchildren, Lindsey (Nick), Daniel, Cole and Blake (Nicole); great-grandchildren Carter and Fischer. If preferred, memorials to Caring and Sharing Hands or Interfaith Outreach. Mass of Christian Burial Friday, February 19 at 11 AM, visitation 1 hour prior and rosary at 10:30 AM at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie. Washburn-McReavy.com Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400
Saturday, February 13
Funeral Mass: 12:00am
Saturday, January 30
Funeral Mass: 11:00am
Hanson, Richard Allan (Dick) Born July 11, 1934 in Grand Forks, ND to Elmer and Wanda Hanson passed away on January 26th 2016 at Little Hospice in Edina MN after a prolonged and courageous fight with Parkinson's Disease. Dick Hanson was a 1952 graduate of Grand Forks Central High School where he lettered in basketball and golf. After graduation he went to the University of North Dakota and earned a bachelor of science degree in mathematics education in 1956. He continued at UND and earned his master's degree in 1960. On August 21, 1954 Dick married Phyllis Hanson also from Grand Forks. Dick's first teaching job was at St. Mary's School in Grand Forks, North Dakota, from 1952 through 1956. He taught math, coached football and basketball. He next taught at St. James High School in Grand Forks where he was an assistant football and basketball coach, as well as the head golf coach. In 1960, Dick arrived at Burnsville High School in Burnsville, Minnesota. He taught math from 1960-1992. He presented at many local, state, and national conferences on mathematics and taught graduate courses at the University of Minnesota and St. Thomas University. He insisted his classes included the spectrum of student's math abilities including developing curriculum for advanced math students so they could receive college credit. Dick was an assistant football coach from 1961-1968. In 1969, he became the head football coach at Burnsville, a position he held until 1993. He captured conference titles, section titles, and state championships. Dick won numerous teaching and coaching awards. Dick volunteered his time with hospice, homeless shelters and brought his sheet music into senior living to play the piano. They enjoyed summers with family, grandchildren (cousins week), and friends at their place on Whitefish Lake. They also enjoyed traveling with family and friends. He loved his role as father, grandpa, great grandpa; cherished his family; was comforted by friends; and continued teaching and coaching until his final days. Dick is survived by three children - Marty (Cheryl) Hanson of Eau Claire, WI; Stephen (Katherine) Hanson of Eden Prairie; and Karen (John) Tomes of Eagan; one brother, Robert Hanson of Montreal; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren mourn his loss, along with his nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Phyllis, mother, and father. Memorial Mass, 11:00 a.m. January 30, 2016 at Pax Christi Catholic Church, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie. Memorial visitation from 5-8 p.m. Friday at White Funeral Home (12804 Nicollet Ave) Burnsville and one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the National Parkinson's Foundation, Fairview Hospice, or the Hanson Scholarship Fund. White Funeral Home Burnsville 952-894-5080 whitefuneralhomes.com
Saturday, January 23
Funeral Mass: 11:00am
Saturday, January 16
Funeral Mass: 12:00pm
Sabean, Samuel H. Age 85, born October 11, 1930. Passed away January 13, 2016. Service: Pax Christi Catholic Church, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, 55347, Saturday, January 16, 2016. Visitation with Family: 11 am-Noon, Funeral & Celebration of Life: Noon-1 pm. Luncheon to Follow.
Friday, January 8
Funeral Mass: 11:00am
Saturday, January 2
Funeral Mass: 11:00am
Zieper, Mary Angela age 83, of Eden Prairie, MN, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, Dec. 17, 2015. Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Robert H. Zieper; children: JoEllen (Michael) Gohr of Columbus, OH; Lynn (Michael) Howard of Portland, OR; Jeanne (Simon) Root of Eden Prairie, MN; MaryLee (John) Cornwell of Woodbury, MN; Robert F. Zieper of Eagan, MN; James Zieper of Denver, CO; Todd (Traci) Zieper of Apple Valley, MN; 20 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Mary was born Feb. 3, 1932, in Stevens Point, WI. She married Bob Zieper in 1951 and after Bob returned from duty in Korea with the U.S. Army they moved to Minneapolis, where he worked in advertising. Together they raised seven children and were active in their local parish. Mary volunteered at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Edina, and at Pax Christi Catholic Community in Eden Prairie. Over the years, Mary and Bob enjoyed visiting family and traveling to Mexico and California. We will miss "Mimi" every day, especially during the holidays, but we take comfort in knowing that she is resting in the arms of our Savior in Heaven. Memorial Service is Sat., Jan. 2. Visitation 10 a.m., Mass celebrating Mary's life 11 a.m., followed by luncheon, at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to: Courage Kenny Foundation, 3915 Golden Valley Road, Minneapolis, MN 55422 (612-775-2589) CKFoundation@allina.com Washburn-McReavy.com Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400
Thursday, December 31
Funeral Mass: 11:00am
Roepke, Robert W. age 63 of Bloomington, passed away suddenly on December 19, 2015. Preceded in death by father, Robert and father-in-law, Harry J. Bacon, Jr. Survived by loving wife of 40 years, Mary; children, Bob (Kara), Liz (Joe) Gadbois and Bridget; and his first grandchild, Madeline Noelle Gadbois who was born 5 days after Bob departed; mother, Lorraine; sister, Laurie (Bummer) Gacsko; brothers, Jim (Susan), Gary (Katy) and John (Dee); nieces, nephews, many other wonderful relatives and friends. Bob loved spending time with his family, the beach and kayaking. He enjoyed his 40+ year career as an engineer. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Diabetes Association or another charity of your choice. Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, December 31, 11 AM at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie. Visitation 1 hour prior to Mass at the church and also Wednesday, December 30, 4-7 PM at Washburn-McReavy.com Werness Brothers 952-884-8145 2300 W. Old Shakopee Rd.
Friday, December 18
Funeral Mass: 11:00am
Nyberg, Mary J. Age 86, formerly of Chanhassen. Passed away December 9, 2015. Beloved mother of: Mark, Paul, David, Jay, Teri Bauer, Patty Montague, Kathy Roseberry and Jenny Hilton: 21 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Mary loved spending time with her family and summers at the lake. Her smile, great sense of humor and infectious laugh will be remembered by all. Funeral service Friday, December 18th at 11AM at Pax Christi Catholic Church, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie. Visitation one hour prior to service at church. Memorials preferred to Catholic Charities. Washburn-McReavy.com Washburn McReavy Albin Chapel Eden Prairie (952) 914-9410
Monday, November 30
Funeral Mass: 11:00am
Saturday, November 21
Funeral Mass: 11:00am
Sorenson, David August Age 80 of Savage passed away November 14. Preceded in death by his first wife Karen; parents; one brother; and two sisters. Survived by his loving wife, Joanne; children Eric, Melanie (Scott) Forner and Paul; stepson Todd (Mary) Twining; grandchildren Tyler, Joshua, Jenna, and Marie; several nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, 11/21, 11:00 AM with visitation one hour prior at the Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie. Interment Grand View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Pax Christi Catholic Community or Fairview Hospice. Washburn-McReavy.com Werness Brothers 952-884-8145 2300 W. Old Shakopee Rd.
Thursday, November 19
Funeral Mass: 11:00am
Budd, Joan (Traynor) Age 80 of Bloomington passed away peacefully November 14, 2015 in her home surrounded by her loving family. Retired special education teacher with the Bloomington Public Schools. Preceded in death by her husband Harold W. Survived by children Chuck (Cathy) Budd, Sue Budd, Lynn Norby, Mary Bente, Terri (Scott) Wykle; grandchildren Jeffrey, Lora (David), Greg, Jacob, Chris, Charley, Ellie, Joe and Tommy; great grandchildren Xavier and Sydney; many nieces, nephews and many others who were touched by her lifetime devotion to serving others. Visitation Wednesday, 11/18 4-7 PM at the Washburn-McReavy Werness Brothers Chapel, 2300 W. OLd Shakopee Rd, Bloomington. Mass of Christian Burial, Thursday, 11/19 at 11:00 AM with visitation one hour prior at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie. Private interment St. Joseph Cemetery, El Paso, Wisconsin. Memorials are preferred to the Phyllis Wheatly Community Center. Washburn-McReavy.com Werness Brothers 952-884-8145
Saturday, November 14
Funeral Mass: 11:00am
Cure, Joseph O'Connell Age 31, of Bloomington, MN. Holy Angels 2002 graduate, UCLA 2008 graduate & MSU Masters student, died unexpectedly in a car accident in Montana. Joe had an enormous heart and will be tremendously missed by his parents, Bob & Mary; sister, Kelly; brother, Randy; aunts, uncles, cousins & extended family of friends around the world. Preceded in death by grandparents, Ted & Shirley McKeone and Orin & Mary Cure. Joe refused to live an ordinary life and truly valued the importance of each individual, seeing past all labels. As a family, we would like to extend our love to all those who miss Joe and were able to share in his life. A Visitation will take place from 5-9 PM on Friday 11/13 with an hour of memories at 7 PM at Cremation Society of MN - Edina Chapel, 7110 France Ave. S., 952-924-4100. Mass of Christian Burial Saturday 11/14, 11 AM with visitation one hour prior at Pax Christi Catholic Church, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, (952) 941-3150. Memorials preferred to Academy of Holy Angels Scholarship Fund. "This Is Ridiculous" "This Is Ridiculous"
Monday, November 9
Funeral Mass: 11:00am
Wilwerding, Michael J. of Eden Prairie, passed away October 27, 2015 at the age of 77. Mass of Christian Burial is Monday, November 9, 2015 at 11:00 AM with visitation from 9:00 - 11:00 AM at Pax Christi Catholic Community, Eden Prairie. Mike is survived by his wife, Anne Wilwerding; daughter, Michelle (J.B.) Matthews; stepsons, Devin (Adam Ciarleglio) Dwyer and Sean (Sereen) Dwyer; siblings, Lee (Ruth) Wilwerding; Anne Truax; other loving relatives and friends. Mike is preceded in death by his parents, John and Leone (Pauly) Wilwerding; sister, Polly DeBella; infant brother, Stephen Wilwerding. Memorials preferred to: Park Nicollet Rehab and Fitness Center, 6500 Excelsior Blvd., St. Louis Park, MN 55426 or Eden Prairie Preserve Assn., 11221 Anderson Lakes Pkwy, Eden Prairie, MN 55344. BallardSunderFuneral.com Jordan (952) 492-2818
Tuesday, October 27
Memorial Service: 2:00pm
Bryan, Thomas F. Age 84 of Minnetonka passed away peacefully in his sleep October 17, 2015. Preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and one brother. He was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather. Tom adored his family and made sure we knew it. He had a great sense of humor and would never pass up a chance to tell a story or joke. He leaves a huge hole in our lives. Tom served honorably with the U.S. Marine Corps in the Korean War. He is survived by Dutch, his loving wife of 58 years; sons Tom, Matt, Dan, and Jeff (Kimberly), along with daughter Liz (Linda Solka); grandchildren Megan, Colin, Kyle, Lauren, and Claire. Memorial Service 2 pm Tuesday, October 27th at Pax Christi Catholic Church, Eden Prairie, MN. Visitation one hour prior to the service. Private family interment at Fort Snelling Cemetery.
Wednesday, October 21
Funeral Mass: 11:00am
Scheid, William "Will" Age 24 of Bloomington passed away on Oct. 16th, 2015. Preceded in death by his father, Stephen J. Scheid and grandparents, Bill and Marcella Scheid. He is survived by his mother, Mary Lou Scheid; brother, John (Emilee) Scheid; sister, Bridget (James) Moroney; nieces and nephews, Elizabeth (8), Stephen (5), Clara (5), Nolan (3), Sarah (2); grandparents, Archie and Patricia Black; and his cat, Window. Will was born Feb. 19th, 1991 in Minneapolis, MN. Will grew up in Bloomington, MN and spent several years in Antigua, Guatemala as an early teen. He attended Benilde-St. Margaret's High School and graduated with a triple major from Marquette University in 2014. Will was recently recognized by the mayor of Antigua for his contributions to the community. He had a natural curiousity, a thirst for knowledge, and a passion for animals. Will was a loyal friend, son, brother, grandson, and uncle. It did not matter if you spent an hour or a lifetime with Will, he always left you with a positive memory. Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 AM on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail in Eden Prairie. Visitation will be held 5-7 PM on Tuesday, October 20 at Washburn-McReavy, Edina Chapel with a time of remembrances at 7 PM. Visitation also one hour prior to Mass at church. Interment St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Will's family will be establishing a scholarship fund in Guatemala in his honor. Washburn-McReavy.com Edina Chapel 952-920-3996 West 50th St. & Hwy 100
Saturday, October 10
Funeral Mass: 11:00am
Halek, Yvonne A. (nee Sullivan) Age 92, passed away September 8, 2015 at home in Bloomington, MN. What a Lady! What a Legacy! Preceded in death by parents, 5 siblings, love of her life, Lawrence Halek; daughter, Dianne Sullivan; daughter, Cheryl Magnuson; granddaughter, Catherine Dahl. Survived by daughter, Pamela Zimba; son-in-law, Michael Magnuson; son, David (Cindy) Halek; daughter, Jane Halek; daughter, Elaine (Bill) Yost; son, James (Ester) Halek; 14 grandchildren, 18 1/2 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild, and many other relatives and friends. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on October 10, 2015 at Pax Christi Catholic Church, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN. Visitation one hour prior to Mass at church. Internment St. Anthony Cemetery. Memorials preferred to Heifer International or SmileTrain.
Monday, October 5
Funeral Mass: 11:00am
Zweber, Daniel F. age 78 of Savage, passed away on September 30, 2015. Preceded in death by brothers: Jim, Zeke, and Tony; and sister, Aggie Deutsch. Survived by wife, Mary; children: Janie (Doug) Hufford, Dan (Connie), Mike (Karen), and Rob Zweber; grandchildren: Tim, Molly, Kaitlyn, Shaley, Luke, Josh, Colin, Sean, Ryan, and Jake; siblings: Bernard, Val, Ed, Ben, Carrie, Lenny, Jerry, and Dave; also by many other loving relatives and friends. Gathering of family and friends 10:00-11:00 AM, with Memorial Mass at 11 AM on Monday, October 5, 2015 at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN. Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. White Funeral Home Burnsville - 952-894-5080 whitefuneralhomes.com
Wednesday, September 23
Funeral Mass: 11:00am
Law, Robert W. 94, of Mpls. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 AM on Wednesday, September 23 at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, with visitation after 10. Interment St. Patrick's Cemetery, Maple Grove. Full notice was Sunday. Gearty-Delmore 952-926-1615
Saturday, September 19
Funeral Mass: 9:30am
Hastings (Studt), Michele age 57, of Eden Prairie passed away on Sept. 11, 2015. Preceded in death by parents, Robert and Aileen Studt. Survived by children, Kelly, Michael, and Matthew Hastings, and their father, Steve Hastings; siblings, Robin Cordray, Gene (Lindy) Studt, Denise (Wayde) Boe, and Scott Studt; loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Memorials preferred to donor's choice. Memorial service 9:30 AM Saturday, Sept. 19 with visitation one hour prior to service at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie with reception following the service. Visitation also 4-8 PM Friday at: Washburn-McReavy.com Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400 7625 Mitchell Rd. (1 blk. N. of Hwy 5)
Friday, September 18
Funeral Mass: 11:00am
Martiny, Johnathon age 29, of Eden Prairie, passed away on September 13, 2015. John will be remembered as a kind-hearted son and brother, and loyal friend to those he knew. He is now at peace. Please join his family and friends at a Memorial Service 11 AM Friday, Sept 18 at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie. Visitation 1 hour prior. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Safe Families, Mpls, St. Joseph's Home for Children, Mpls, & The Bridge for Youth, Mpls. Washburn-McReavy.com Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400
Wednesday, September 2
Funeral Mass: 11:00am
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Surrounded by the love of his family, a prominent former Ironwood businessman passed away peacefully at age 86 on Aug. 14, 2015, at The Castle Ridge Care Center in Eden Prairie.
Joseph William Mrofchak was born Jan. 10, 1929, in Ironwood, Mich. Son of the late Frank and Josephine (Sobolewski) Mrofchak. He attended the Ironwood school system, graduating from Luther L. Wright High School in 1947, followed by one year at Gogebic Community College and Aberdeen Proving Grounds. He spent two years in the U.S. Army, including three months in Thule, Greenland, and 12 months in Germany as an automotive parts specialist. After the service he worked for Prudential Insurance for three and a half years, leaving that to open Mrofchak's Men's and Women's Clothing Store which he operated for 33 years. He was a former member and usher of St. Michael's and Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Ironwood, the Knights of Columbus, Elks Lodge, American Legion Post 5 and Chamber of Commerce.
Joe is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Phyllis; three daughters, Diane, of Michigan, Catherine, of Alaska, and Janet, of Minnesota; eight grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Frank, George and David; and sisters, Helen Arasim and Virginia Buda.
Joe was a loving and devoted son, brother, husband, father, grandpa, uncle, cousin and friend.
He was a "sharply dressed man" who will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
A Mass celebrating Joe's life will be at Pax Christi Catholic Church in Eden Prairie Sept. 2, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. Visitation is one hour prior to service. Military honors will be held at 1:30 p.m. at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis.
Family condolences can be sent to 18271 Coneflower Lane, Eden Prairie, MN 55346.
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