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Lois Piras

Passed: February 5, 2021
Funeral Mass: 10:00am, July 1, 2021

 

 

 

 

 


Wendy Louise Henry

Passed: February 6, 2021
Funeral Mass: 10:30am, June 25, 2021

 

 

 

 

 


Margaret Clarissa (Halley) Kremer

Passed: May 11, 2020
Funeral Mass: 10:30am, June 18, 2021

 

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Kremer (Halley), Margaret Clarissa Age 90, of Bloomington, (formerly Robbinsdale) passed away peacefully of natural causes with family by her side on May 11, 2020. Born 3-31-30 in Minneapolis, she was a loving and devoted wife of Arthur for 52 years with 4 children, 10 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren. Marge was a 1st grade teacher in the Robbinsdale School District for many years. Marge loved travel, music, cooking and entertaining. She and Art sang in the St. Ed's Catholic Church Choir for many years. They traveled extensively and spent their winters in Arizona and California after retiring. Marge loved hosting dinner parties, cooking and baking. She also loved dancing, playing bridge and flying with Art in his Cessna, even taking flying lessons and doing her own solo flight. Marge was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Kremer (deceased in 2005); parents, Joe and Ellen Halley, of Minneapolis; and her sister, Theresa Schultz, of St. Cloud. She is survived by her children and their families. Kathy (Kent) Vilendrer and their family: Steve (Ellie) with Leila and Shayda, Stacie (Nick Benavides), Stephanie (Ryan) Deppe. Fritz "David" Kremer and his family: Vanessa, Geoff (Dana) Margie (Darwin) Dahl and their family: Zach (Laura) Dahl with Erik, Alisha (Michael) McLellan, Matthew. Nancy (Anthony) Lopez and their family: Anton (Kara) with Gideon, Luke. Private interment at Dawn Valley in West Bloomington. Life Celebration Mass will be scheduled at a later date. Washburn-McReavy.com Dawn Valley Chapel 952-941-7686
 

 

 

 


Kathryn "Kay" Himsl and Margaret "Marge" McClellan

Kay Himsl Passed: February 21, 2021
Marge McClellan Passed: October 9, 2019
Funeral Mass: 10:30am, March 18, 2021

 

 

 

 

 


Mary M. Davis

Passed: February 17, 2021
Funeral Mass: 1:00pm, February 25, 2021

 

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Davis, Mary M. age 69, of New Brighton, MN, died peacefully on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at Benedictine Health Center Innsbruck in New Brighton. Virtual Memorial Service Thursday, February 25, 1 PM. Please visit bertasfh.com for the link. Memorials may be sent to Benedictine Health Center Innsbruck or Ralph Reeder Food Shelf, both of New Brighton. Former loan officer at American National Bank (formerly Western) in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Preceded in death by her parents, LeRoy and Evelyn Davis and brother, Thomas. Survivors include her sister-in-law, Marge Watry of Chaska; nephew, Spencer of Chaska; niece, Emily (Justin) Jones of Minneapolis. bertasfh.com
 

 

 

 


Carol Tessmann

Passed: February 15, 2021
Funeral Mass: At a later date

 

Barbara "Fallon" Humphrey

Passed: January 24, 2021
Funeral Mass: 10:00am, February 26, 2020

 

RoberT "Bob" Small

Passed: November 26, 2020
Funeral Mass: 10:30am, December 10, 2020

 

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Born 9/14/1927 to Bill and Verna on a farm in rural St. Clair, MN. Delivered by great uncle, Richard Juliar, St Clair country Doctor. He lost his dad at age 10 and was a big help to his mother and baby sister Rosemary.

"ALWAYS LEAVE 'EM LAUGHING" was his lifelong motto. He had jokes for every occasion. He was Master of ceremonies for the Mankato High Senior Variety show. After graduation from high school in 1945, he attended the University of St. Thomas from 1946- 1950.

The Korean war began in June 1950 and Bob was among the first draftees from Minnesota. He was discharged as a sergeant in 1952 and served in the Air Force reserve until 1955 where he was discharged as a Sergeant-First Class. During his Army service, he married Judy Butzer, they had four children, Maggie, Julie, Mark and Jean. He worked with Sentry Insurance in Minneapolis and was transferred to Manager, and in 1955 transferred to Santa Barbara Ca.

Surfing was just beginning, and Bob tried it. There were only about 20 beach bum regulars who would make a board for you for 25 dollars. The surfing was at "Ventura county line", that the Beach Boys wrote about in their song.

But his real goal was to be in Insurance Sales, and they moved to Bakersfield Ca. in 1956. From his first year, he began breaking company sales records for Southern Calif., and continued to break them for years. Then he and four other agents formed their own agency which is still growing annually.

He was a perpetual student, achieving the insurance profession's three highest designations: CPCU, CLU, and CHFC. He would always say, when the school bell rings, let it ring for you.

He was active in civic affairs, serving on the board of directors of the Golden Empire Gleaners, Aunt Cherie's Home, and Catholic Charities.

Bob's hobby was physical fitness. He set the record as the oldest finisher of the Marine Corps obstacle course at age 70. He won may medals for marathon and triathlons.

He was a devout Catholic, being a lector-song leader at Our Lady Of Perpetual Help in Bakersfield as well as leading the rosary on Saturday mornings and helped form the first Parish Council. He presented religious instructions to high school students and inmates of juvenile hall. He was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus.

Tragedy struck twice in Bakersfield with the loss of daughter Maggie and Son Mark, as well as a fatal illness to wife Judy. They moved back to Minnesota where she later died.

There was a happy ending. When Marilyn Pauley was a senior at Good Counsel Academy, she invited Bob to a formal dance. They went their separate ways in life but were always so glad to see each other at bi-annual " Katoland " reunions. After they each lost their spouse, they found each other again and lived happily ever after.

Bob is survived by his wife Marilyn, Daughters Julie Sisson, Jean Small (Becky). Step children, Bill Simonett (Indira), Mike Simonett (Teresa) Paul Simonett (ciorsdan) Jane Fleming (Jim). Two Granddaughters, 4 Great grandsons, and several Step Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren.

There will be a Mass said for Bob, at the Washburn Mcgreevy Funeral Home in Bloomington Minnesota, but because of COVID restrictions - it will be for immediate family only. We would love that you raise a glass to toast Bob's memory. 
 

 

 

 


Mary Jodeen LaFrenz

Passed: November 2, 2020
Funeral Mass: 10:30am, December 9, 2020

 

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LaFrenz, Mary Jodeen was born on October 5, 1938 in Willmar, MN. She was the daughter of Robert and Lewista Paris. She passed away on November 2, 2020 following a battle with cancer. Jodeen moved to Mandan, North Dakota when she was 13. She had many fond memories of her childhood including being the only girl that could climb the hanging rope to the top of the gym and being a member of the marching band. She was a proud graduate of Mandan High School. Jodeen graduated from NDSU in 1960 with a BS in Education and was in the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. She got her first job teaching Home Economics at Faribault Junior HS. This is where she met her husband Dale, a math teacher. They married in 1963 in Mandan. Jodeen was a dedicated and loving mother who stayed at home to raise four kids. Jodeen had many passions including travel, family cabin time, building strong connections with friends, family and especially grandkids. She will be remembered lovingly for her strength, kindness and relentlessly positive spirit. She is survived by her loving husband, Dale, of 57 years; son Jason (Naomi) LaFrenz, daughter Jennifer LaFrenz, daughter Sarah (Jason) Bass and son Todd (Jackie) LaFrenz and seven grandchildren Ian, Will, Emma, Madeline, Gavin, Matea and Sam; brothers Frosty Paris, Richard (Kathy) Paris and Jack (Kristi) Paris; Dean and Carol LaFrenz; nephews and nieces; and many dear friends. Jodeen loved her connection with the Pax Christi Quilters and their annual project of making quilts for graduating seniors at Christo Rey Jesuit HS in Mpls. Memorials can be made to Pax Christi Quilting Ministry or directly to Christo Rey HS. 
 

 

 

 


Doris Hazuka

Passed: November 27, 2020
Funeral Mass: 10:30am, December 4, 2020

 

Doris C. Hazuka, age 90 of New Ulm, formerly of Bloomington, passed away Friday, November 27, 2020, at the Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm. She is survived by her children: Paul (Joan) Hazuka of New Ulm, Mary (Butch) Daniel of Oak Park, IL, and Anne (Lance) Brown of Redlands, CA; thirteen grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren; her sisters: Rita Toenies of Sauk Rapids, Arlene Moening of Waconia, and Maureen (Al) Luetmer of Melrose, and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Hubert and Rosalia Heinen; her loving husband, L. Joseph Hazuka; her daughter, Amy Hazuka; and her infant sister, Dorothy Heinen.

Doris and Joe were blessed to have been part of the Pax Christi Catholic Community for many years. A private Mass of Christian Burial for Doris will be held on Friday, December 4th at 10:30 a.m. with interment following at Pleasant Hill Cemetery. For those who wish to join virtually, the service will be live-streamed at the Pax Christi website.

 


 

 

 

 


Roman T. 'Rome' Neeser

Passed: November 16, 2020
Funeral Mass: 10:30am, November 25, 2020

 

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Neeser, Roman T., “Rome” age 86, of Eden Prairie, originally from St. Cloud, passed away suddenly on November 16, 2020. He is survived by wife Floreen “Flo” Rumreich Neeser, children: Sue Burk (Bryan), Barb Darst (Pat), Doug Neeser (Cheryl), Karen Danielson, and Nancy Thom (Jim). Also survived by 14 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by infant son, David. Due to COVID, a private funeral mass will be held for immediate family on November 25. Interment will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery at a later date..
 

 

 

 


Roman T. 'Rome' Neeser

Passed: November 16, 2020
Funeral Mass: 10:30am, November 25, 2020

 

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Neeser, Roman T., “Rome” age 86, of Eden Prairie, originally from St. Cloud, passed away suddenly on November 16, 2020. He is survived by wife Floreen “Flo” Rumreich Neeser, children: Sue Burk (Bryan), Barb Darst (Pat), Doug Neeser (Cheryl), Karen Danielson, and Nancy Thom (Jim). Also survived by 14 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by infant son, David. Due to COVID, a private funeral mass will be held for immediate family on November 25. Interment will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery at a later date..
 

 

 

 


Harold L. 'Harry' Garry

Passed: November 14, 2020
Funeral Mass: November 24, 11:00am

 

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Garry, Harold L. "Harry" Age 84, of Bloomington, with heavy hearts we share that Harry has passed away peacefully after a valiant struggle, surrounded by his family. He was known as a man with many friends and will be greatly missed. Harry was a proud Irishman, a 1954 graduate of Bethlehem Academy, proud member of the US Navy, a 60 year member with the Knights of Columbus and 38 years with the telephone company. He was an avid MN sports fan, but more than anything he enjoyed supporting his grandchildren's sporting and school events. We will be forever blessed by his faith and family values, he was truly the best. Preceded in death by parents, William and Mary Garry; grandson, Benjamin Keeler; son-in-law, Terry Keeler; siblings, Alice, Lucille and Lawrence. Survived by wife of 59+ years, Diane; children, Thomas (Christine), Colleen (Dan) Dockendorf, Ann Eisenbarth, Lynn (Jim) Morrow, Laura Keeler, John (Stacey); grandchildren, Maddie, Jack, Patrick (Mara), Michael, Cory, Samantha, Nick, Nikki (Drew), Austin, Michael, Brenna, Rylee, Will, Gavin and Luke; brother, Paul (Jil) Garry; nieces, nephews and many life-long friends. In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to Bethlehem Academy. Private family Mass of Christian Burial, Tuesday, Nov. 24 11AM at Pax Christi Catholic Community of Eden Prairie. Due to COVID restrictions the service will be livestreamed at: PaxChristi.com.
 

 

 

 


Jodeen LaFrenz

Passed: November 2, 2020
Funeral Mass: TBA 

 

Mary Jodeen LaFrenz was born on October 5, 1938 in Willmar, MN. She was the daughter of Robert and Lewista Paris. She passed away on November 2, 2020 following a battle with cancer. Jodeen had many passions including travel, family gatherings at the cabin (especially 4th of July), building strong connection with grandkids, Pax Christi Quilters and constantly catching up with friends and family. She will be remembered lovingly for her strength, kindness and relentlessly positive spirit. She is survived by her loving husband Dale of 57 years; son Jason (Naomi) LaFrenz, daughter Jennifer LaFrenz, daughter Sarah (Jason) Bass and son Todd (Jackie) LaFrenz and seven grandchildren Ian, Will, Emma, Madeline, Gavin, Matea and Sam; brothers Frosty Paris, Richard (Kathy) Paris and Jack (Kristi) Paris and many dear friends. Jodeen loved her strong connection with the Pax Christi Quilters Club and their annual project of making quilts for graduating seniors at Christo Rey Jesuit High School in Minneapolis. Memorials can be made to- Pax Christi Quilters or directly to Christo Rey Jesuit High School. Memorial service is pending.
 

 

 

 


Mary Jo Jeppeson

Passed: October 31, 2020
Funeral Mass: November 10, 1:00pm

 

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Jeppesen, Mary Jo 75, Chaska, MN. Jesus picked her up for a forever party on October 31, 2020. She was reunited with parents John and Burnell Jeppesen, sister Barbara (Holzer), brother-in-law Fred Amrhein and niece Angela (Amrhein). She will be sorely missed by sisters Judy (Amrhein), Burnell (Lovaasen), Virginia (Mahigan), brothers John (Mooresville, NC), Jim, Jerry and Joseph, numerous nieces nephews and cousins. "Sister" Mary Jo was an associate member of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and a "friend of Bill W." since 1988. "MJo" lived her faith to the letter, loving everyone she met and will be missed by all. Thoughtful, kind, generous and quirky are just some of the terms that set her apart. Greeting cards and gifts were often sent "just because." One included an overnight Old Home cottage cheese delivery to brother John. Interment will be at the Mound Cemetery, Brooklyn Park. MN. Memorial services are pending due to COVID restrictions.
 

 

 

 


Demetrios T. Demetriou

Passed: October 29, 2020
Funeral Mass: November 6, 10:30am

 

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Demetriou, Demetrios T. Born in Burgas, Bulgaria on January 13 1939. Passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 29, 2020. A proud Greek patriarch, he adored his family and was actively involved in their daily lives. He emigrated to the US in 1957, arriving in St. Paul in April without understanding a word of English. By that September, he was enrolled in Macalester College. Still learning, he translated his textbook from Greek to English to finish his assignments and proudly graduated in 4 years. A true entrepreneur, he followed a successful career at Control Data to become the newest Greek tycoon in Twin Cities apartment buildings. Fiercely proud of his Greek heritage, he never missed an opportunity to educate the non-Greeks on the Hellenic history of the world. Preceded in death by his parents, Theodoros and Ekaterini (Evangelou) Demetriou. Survived by the love of his life, Martha (Speltz), his wife of 54 years. Further survived by his children Laura (Mark) Mahoney, Mark, and James Preston (JP). Such a proud Papou to Elizabeth, Conor, and Catherine. Brother to Maria (the late Gary) Paradise. Brother-in-law to the late Mary and Jim Keller, Nora (Roger) Pearson, and Jane (Lowell) Baerenwald. Devoted to all of his Greek cousins in Minnesota, California, Athens, and Burgas. Visitation to be held Monday, November 2nd from 4pm to 8pm at Washburn-McReavy Albin Eden Prairie Chapel, 7625 Mitchell Road (952-975-0400). In lieu of flowers, donations appreciated in his honor to St. George Greek Orthodox Church (1111 Summit Ave, St. Paul, MN) or Pax Christi Catholic Church (12100 Pioneer Trail Eden Prairie, MN). Private burial service to be held at Pax Christi Catholic Church, Eden Prairie.
 

 

 

 


Maureen A. Olofson

Passed: October 30, 2020
Funeral Mass: Wednesday, November, 4, 10:30am

 

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Olofson, Maureen A. age 76, of Bloomington, died peacefully at home on Saturday, October 31, 2020. Survived by son, Eric (Sarah) Olofson; daughter, Christine (Brian) Czock; grand children, Devon and Haley Olofson, Brandon and Tyler Czock; brother, Dan (Ginny) O'Brien, brother, Joe (Sylvia) O'Brien, brother Tim (Patti) O'Brien, sister Bridget (Tony) Richardson; many relatives and friends. Preceded in death by father Richard, mother Alice and sister Theresa. Private Christian burial service. Maureen has donated her body to the University of Minnesota Anatomy Bequest Program, and her brain tissue donated to Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, FL for further Corti-cobasal Degeneration Research. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred in Maureen's honor to Pax Christi Catholic Community or CurePSP at psp.org.
 

 

 

 


Dennis Wipperling

Passed: October 24, 2020
Funeral Mass: 10:30am, November 2, 2020

 

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Wipperling, Dennis (68) of Bloomington, MN, passed away suddenly on Saturday, October 24 from colon cancer complications. A devoted husband, amazing father and loving "Gramps," he is survived by his wife, Kathryn and children, Karlie and Tyson - married to Katherine with daughter, Cora. While gone much too soon, his impact will forever be felt by those who were fortunate enough to know him. The family is having a small, private funeral on Monday, November 2nd at 10:30 a.m. For those who wish to join virtually, the service will be live streamed at paxchristi.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent in Dennis' name to: Demontreville Jesuit Retreat House (demontrevilleretreat.com), Yellowstone Forever (yellowstone.org) or Pax Christi Catholic Community (paxchristi.com). 
 

 

 

 


Anton Henry 'Tony' Westerhaus

Passed: October 20, 2020
Funeral Mass: Tuesday, October 27, 11:30am

 

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Westerhaus, Anton "Tony" Henry At age 94, Anton "Tony" Henry Westerhaus, a loving husband and father of five sons, peacefully went home to be with the Lord this week. Born in Duluth, Minnesota and a longtime resident of Eden Prairie, Tony served our country in the Army Air Corp and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in horticulture, which he put to good use as a successful business owner for many years. Tony was a man of great Catholic faith who lived it out every day with his family and in helping others. He loved to work with his hands whether in landscaping, crafts, gardening or building hair raising bobsled runs. He avidly followed sports or just enjoyed being outdoors with nature. Tony's legacy of love, joy, hope and peace lives on! Tony was preceded in death by his father, Anton; mother, Maria, sister Clara and brother Edward. He is survived by his wife Jean of 72 years and sons Jim (Rochelle), Thomas (Elizabeth), Paul (DeeAnn), Jon (Susan) Peter (Denise), 27 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. Due to seating restrictions, a private Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, October 27th. For those unable to attend the Mass, it can be live streamed by going to paxchristi.com at 11:30. Prior to the service, visitation will be open to friends and family, and held at Washburn-McReavy Eden Prairie Funeral Chapel from 9:00-11:00am. In memoriam donations may be sent to 7870 Prairie Smoke Blvd. South, Hastings, MN 55033.
 

 

 

 


Gerald Schwankl

Passed: July 1, 2020
Private Memorial Service: October 15, 2020 

 

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Gerald "Jerry" M Schwankl, age 79, born on December 14th, 1940, in Richmond, MN to Elmer and Margaret Schwankl, passed away peacefully in his home on July 1st, 2020, with his family at his side. Jerry graduated from Eden Valley High School in 1958. He served his country in the United States Army. After being honorably discharged from the Army he attended Dunwoody Institute. He married Kathleen Johnson September 10th, 1966 at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Eden Valley, MN. They settled in Eden Prairie, MN and became members of Pax Christi Catholic Church. Jerry was a dedicated volunteer firefighter for 20 years with the City of Eden Prairie where he served as Captain and Fire Marshall. He was employed by Paul's Woodcraft Company, an Architectural Woodworking Design firm, for 44 years as a Project Manager and Draftsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and other sporting events. Jerry's moral compass remained constant his entire life. He was always kind, thoughtful, polite and ready to lend a helping hand. A true gentleman. Gerald is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Kathleen Schwankl; sons Gerhardt Schwankl of Eden Prairie; Bryon Schwankl and Michelle Schjodt of Eden Prairie; brothers Elmer (Carol), James (Ann-Marie), David (Margo); sisters Dorothy Chermak (Alan) and Mary Stein Flanagan (Dan); and many nieces and nephews. Gerald was preceded in death by his son Quentin; father Elmer, mother Margaret Schwankl Stein and stepfather Frederic "Fritz" Stein; parents-in-law Raymond and Isabelle Johnson; nephews Warren and Wayne Schreifels; in-laws Wally and Ruth Johnson. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to the Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org.
 

 

 

 


Eunice Weber

Passed: October 2, 2020
Private Memorial Service: October 14, 2020 

 

 

 

 

 


Basil Lee Wissner

Passed: September 17, 2020
Private Memorial Service for Basil and Mary Jane Wissner: October 8, 2020 

 

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Wissner, Basil Lee Died September 17, 2020. Born February 13, 1938, to Grace Marie (Phoebus) and Irving Henry Wissner, Baltimore, MD. Attended Brooklyn Park High School in Baltimore. Entered USMC in 1955. Honorably discharged at rank of Lance Corporal in 1958. On February 24, 1962, he married the love of his life, Mary Jane (Kinninger), in a ceremony held at Saint Pius X Church in Baltimore. At that time, he was employed by Union Trust Commercial Bank where he was promoted into the data processing department. Later hired by Bendix Friez to head the data processing department and then by Honeywell Computer Systems as a Branch System Manager. Basil's career at Control Data in MN began in January, 1968, and spanned 21 years, including a 2-year assignment in the Republic of South Africa. Basil continued to work in the computer field until 2000 when he joined Triad Transportation Company, where he served as General Manager and later as President, until he retired in 2012. Basil was an active volunteer at Pax Christi, PROP, and the SWT shopping bus. He and Mary Jane loved Eden Prairie and enjoyed supporting their community - from painting all the park benches around Starring and Round Lakes, to serving as election judges, and attending every EPC Council meeting. They co-chaired fund-raising activities for the Dr. Jean Harris Memorial Bridge, served on the HTC Foundation Board, contributed to the Eden Prairie Community Foundation and funded numerous student scholarships. In 2004, Basil received the EP Rotary Club Service Above-Self Volunteer Award. In 2007, he received the City of EP Human Rights Award. Preceded in death by his loving wife Mary Jane. A private service will be held at the Pax Christi Catholic Community, Eden Prairie, MN. Washburn-McReavy.com Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400
 

 

 

 


Tom Finch

Passed: September 25, 2020
Private Memorial Service: October 5, 2020 

 

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Finch, Thomas "Tom" Matthew Age 82, of Eden Prairie MN, passed away September 25, 2020. Preceded in death by his wife, Joan Gotzian Finch; brother, Robert "R.P." Finch; and parents. Tom was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather who will be greatly missed. Visitation 3-5pm Sunday October 4 at Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel. Funeral service Monday October 5 at Pax Christi Catholic Church in Eden Prairie. Contact family in advance to register for funeral; visitation is open to all. Washburn-McReavy.com Edina Chapel 952-920-3996 West 50th St. & Hwy 100
 

 

 

 


Kevin McGraw

Passed: September 26, 2020
Private Memorial Service: October 1, 2020 

 

 

Kevin McGraw of Eden Prairie, MN, formerly La Crosse, WI and Mankato, MN died of complications from cortico-basal degeneration syndrome on Saturday, September 26, 2020. Kevin was living at Summit Place Memory Care in Eden Prairie at the time of his death. Kevin was born and raised in Mankato, MN. He graduated from Loyola High School in 1968 and attended college at St. Mary's University in Winona, MN and graduated from Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI. In 1974 he married the love of his life 'Chris Cross from La Crosse.' Kevin received his Masters in Social Work from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Kevin worked at Gundersen Health and then began his private practice with his dear friend and business partner, Jim Lageunesse. They worked together for more than 25 years until Kevin retired in 2009 at which time he left for his bucket list dream - a seven-month motorcycle trip around the United States. Upon his return, Kevin lived with and cared for his elderly father in Mankato for three years. After he died, Kevin returned home to La Crosse and volunteered at Place of Grace Catholic Worker House, and as a Eucharistic minister for St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral. His 'favorite job' was his last one: being 'Grandpa Fred' to his precious granddaughters. Kevin is survived by: his wife Chrisanne (Cross); his son Casey and daughter in-law Kyla and their two daughters Rowan and Hannah; his daughter Shannon; his eleven siblings - Jimmy, Mary, Barbie, Johnny, Peter, Patty, Mickey, Bridget, Molly, Anne, and Katy and their spouses; his brother-in-law Greg Cross and wife Jill; numerous nieces and nephews; and is preceded in death by his parents Jim and Florence McGraw; his infant brother Martin Paul McGraw; his brothers in-law Norbert Kenney and Michael Haefner; his sisters in-law Mary Dunn McGraw and Sally McGraw; his nephew Kiel Kraft; and his uncle Greg McGraw and his Aunt and Uncle Patty and Tony Lenczewski. Kevin was the most wonderful person that all of us knew - no argument. He was loved and will be loved forever. Memorial donations can be sent to: The Salvation Army and Place of Grace Catholic Worker House in La Crosse; and Loyola High School, The Salvation Army - Mankato, and St. John's Catholic Church in Mankato.
 

 

 

 


Rebecca Yvonne Glavan

Passed: September 23, 2020
Private Memorial Service: September 30, 2020 

 

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Rebecca Glavan, age 64 of Eden Prairie passed away Sept 23. Preceded into death by her parents, Jack & Gwendolyn (Farr) Graham; brother, Jack. Grateful for having shared her life is her husband, Joseph; children, Shayna (Josh) Hines & Edward Dub; grandchildren, Clayton & Brantley Hines; and sister, Elizabeth (Troy). Interment at Eden Prairie Cemetery.
 

 

 

 


Beverly Steichen Nesseth

Passed: August 25, 2020
Private Memorial Service: September 30, 2020 

 

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Nesseth, Beverly Steichen Blessed with a full and interesting life, Bev passed away at the age of 95. Born November 23, 1924 in Pierre, SD she was predeceased by her husband Skip (K.A.) Nesseth. Sharing many memories are her daughters Nancy Norman (Richard), Susan Needham (Mark), and Cathy Stringer along with grandchildren Chris Sells, Jeff Norman (Melissa), Chad Needham (Laurel), Nick Needham (Erica), Aubrey Stringer, Sonya Stringer (Josh Compton), 8 great grandchildren, and a newly born great great-grandson. Bev graduated from Central High School in Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota. She was a lifelong member of Kappa Delta and kept close to many of her sorority sisters. She was a co-owner of several antique and resale shops. She volunteered at ARC Value Village and used the time to collect some jaw-dropping Christmas gifts for the family. She loved to keep active by playing tennis, skiing, and golfing. She and Skip logged countless hours playing bridge and she was a fierce Spite and Malice player. Bev will be remembered by her warm and outgoing manner, her organized approach to life, her clean home, and her pretty terrible cooking. She traveled extensively with her husband, daughters, and friends. Regardless of language, she cheerfully talked to one and all. Her family is extremely grateful for the gentle and kind nursing provided by the Methodist Hospital comfort care team and the hospice care at Friendship Village. Bev would appreciate any memorials to the Friendship Village Employee Appreciation Fund or Pax Christi Catholic Community in Eden Prairie. The family hopes to schedule a virtual memorial service this fall. An in-person celebration of a life lived with love and kindness will be held when it is safe for people to gather and hug and share and laugh.
 

 

 

 


Joyce (Shaw) Jennings

Passed: September 15, 2020
Private Memorial Service: September 24, 2020 

 

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Jennings, Joyce (Shaw) Born 4-19-1938 in Tracy, MN. Preceded in death by devoted husband, Michael "Jim" Jennings; her parents, Chester and Norine Shaw; and brother, John. Joyce moved to the Twin Cities in 1956 where she spent the majority of her career in the women's clothing field. She and Jim were married in 1992. They loved traveling in their marriage and spending time at their Scottsdale residence. Later as her health declined, she enjoyed dining at the family restaurants: JJ's, Jimmy's, and The Scoreboard, visiting with staff and patrons there. Her strong faith, her loving heart, kind words, easy laugh and great sense of humor will be sorely missed. Survived by her loving children, Laura and Chris Jensen; grandchildren, Chelsea Snyder, Madison, and Meagan Jensen; great-grandson, Remington Snyder; siblings, Colleen Van Beek (Dennis), Dean (Diane), Mary Orman (Mike), Anne; numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family. Additionally are the Jennings children, Mary, Ann, Mike (Cara), Tim, Peggy Frisch (Scott), Barbie, and their family members who dearly loved her. The family is forever grateful for the wonderful care she received from all of her caregivers especially Val, Beth, Suzy, and Andrea. A special thank you to Yvonne for her 6 years of devotion to Joyce's care. Due to COVID, services at this time will be limited. A celebration of her life is planned for next spring. Donations preferred to the Allina Hospice Foundation or donor's choice.
 

 

 

 


Chrysanne Turner

Passed: August 17, 2020
Funeral Mass: September 10, 2020

 

 

Chrysanne Carole Turner, age 81, of Eden Prairie, MN, passed away Monday, August 17, 2020, surrounded by the love and care of her family. Chrysanne was born September 9, 1938, in St. Cloud, MN. She was the first child of ten in the family of Elwin and Merlin Turner. Chrysanne grew up in St. Cloud, MN and was a graduate of Cathedral High School. She attended cosmetology school and obtained her license to practice. Chrysanne married George Orr in 1959 and had a large family of 6 children of her own. Chrysanne played many important roles in her life. Her most important roles were both as a mother and a provider. Not only was she busy raising her children but she developed a very successful custom drapery, upholstery, and design business named Creations by Chrysanne. Her business thrived for almost 50 years due to her creative work and exemplary craftsmanship. Her business had thousands of satisfied customers over many years. Family, faith, and gardens were her true passions. She had the strength to raise her family by playing the role of a single mother for many years. Her faith was simply her compass to navigate through life. Her gardens were her reward to herself. The garden’s beauty was cultivated over decades and was a labor of love. Chrysanne enjoyed good conversation, good food, good wine, good coffee and a good cold beer from time to time. She is survived by her children: Brenda (Roger) Peters of Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, Michael (Moreen) Orr of South Haven, MN, Patrick (Debbie) Orr of Pine, CO, Benita (John) Justen of Eden Prairie, MN, Shawn (Stephanie) Orr of Murrieta, CA; her grandchildren Madelynn Orr, Justin Wolff, Jessica Orr, David Ellingen, Angela Orr, Chase Orr, Mackenzie; her great- grandchild Ava Edwards. Chrysanne was preceded in death by her son Timothy W. Orr, her parents and three sisters. A visitation is planned for Wednesday, September 9th from 4:00PM until 8:00PM, at Washburn McReavy Funeral Chapel in Eden Prairie, MN. A private mass is planned for Thursday, September 10th at Pax Christi Catholic Church, Eden Prairie, MN. Masks or face coverings are required, social distancing is to be maintained and funeral home capacity limitations will be observed.
 

 

 

 


Margaret Jean Kimrey

Passed: August 20, 2020
Funeral Mass: September 4, 2020

 

Margaret Jean Kimrey (Forbush) of Eden Prairie, MN died peacefully at home August 20, 2020. Jean, as she was known, was born February 6, 1930 in Calwa, CA. While raising her children, Jean graduated from the University of Minnesota and received her Master’s degree from the University of St. Thomas. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond V. Kimrey, her daughters Anne Hamilton and Linda Burau, her sister, Joan McCoy and brother, Robert Forbush. Her humor and wit will be missed by her son, Michael (Barbara) and daughters Nora (William) and Catherine (William), her 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren as well as nieces, nephews and many friends. A private family service will be held at Pax Christi in Eden Prairie, MN and internment at Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Sisters of the Poor, St. Paul, MN or the Salvation Army.
 

 

 

 


Steven J. Nelson

Passed: Monday, August 13, 2020
Funeral Mass: Friday, August 21, 2020

 

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Nelson, Steven J. Age 66 of Eden Prairie. Passed away August 13, 2020. Preceded in death by parents George & Gladys Nelson, sister Vonnie (John) Bear. Survived by his beloved wife Julie, sons Michael Nelson & Jeff Kokaisel, daughter Rachel (Joe) Lenzen, grandchildren Emelia, Wynston & Evelynn Lenzen, brother Ronnie (Sharon) Nelson, sister Donna (Jerry) Hemming. Private funeral for close friends and family Friday, August 21, 2020. Visitation will be from 4-7 PM on Thursday, August 20, 2020 at: Washburn-McReavy.com Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400 7625 Mitchell Rd. (1 blk. N. of Hwy 5)
 

 

 

 


Scott Blunt

Passed: Monday, July 13, 2020
Funeral Mass: Friday, July 24, 2020

 

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Mary Kay Bertas

Passed: Monday, July 20, 2020
Funeral Mass: Friday, July 24, 2020

 

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Mary Kay (Whipple) Bertas, age 80, of Chaska, MN, died on Monday, July 20, 2020 at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, MN. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, July 24, 2020, 2:00 PM with visitation 1:00 – 2:00 PM all at the Bertas Funeral Home, 200 West Third Street, Chaska, MN. Father Michael Byron of Pax Christi Catholic Church will preside. Wearing protective masks are recommended. The burial will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Eden Prairie, MN. Mary Kay was born on March 23, 1940 in Minneapolis, MN, to Chauncey and LaVernis (Whitford) Whipple, one of three children. She has been a resident of Chaska since 1974 and was a member of Pax Christi Catholic Church in Eden Prairie. Mary Kay enjoyed photography, skiing, tennis, dahlias, gardening, card stamping and collecting miniatures. Her greatest joy was her grandchildren and she also was a nanny to many children throughout the years. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Tom and Mike Whipple. Survivors include her children, Brett Witta of Chaska, Troy (Debra) Witta of Minnetonka, Greg Witta of Victoria, Tony (Jean) Bertas of Jackson, MS, Amy (Ken) Ritterbusch of Orlando, FL; 6 grandchildren, Gunnar and Anderson Bertas, Adam and Jack Witta, Stanley and Norman Ritterbusch.
 

 

 

 


Lucille Marie (Bouley) Jennings

Passed: July 17, 2020
Funeral Mass: July 23, 2020 

 

Jennings, Lucille Marie (Bouley) of Eden Prairie, passed away on July 17th, 2020 at the age of 96. She was born on March 20, 1924 in Dayton, MN. She was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Agnes Bouley, and her 12 older siblings. She is survived by her husband of 76 years, Thomas Jennings, her two daughters, Michelle (Chris) Wilson and Milissa (Gary) Gustafson, her six grandchildren, Scott (Liesl) Wilson, Kelly (Carrie) Wilson, Jenny (Jon) Spohn, Nick (Erica) Gustafson, Megan (Alex) Gustafson, and Caitlin Gustafson, and her seven great grandchildren, Cooper, Olive, Thomas, Felix, Stella, Wilson, and Ramona. She loved spending time with her family, playing golf and blackjack, and yelling at the TV when the Twins and Vikings were losing. Due to the Covid-19 gathering limitations, a private funeral for immediate family will take place on Thursday, July 23rd at Pax Christi and a private interment at Fort Snelling. Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers.
 

 

 

 

 


Margaret "Peggy" Ward

Passed: June 21, 2020
Funeral Mass: July 14, 2020 

 

Age 92, of The Glenn in Hopkins, Minnesota, passed away on June 21st. Preceded in death by her husband Raymond; parents Ambrose and Margaret Barden; sisters Mary Cleary and Martha Myszka; brothers J. Vincent, Richard and Jerome Barden. Survived by her children Elizabeth, Mary Ellen, Patricia, Timothy (Stacy) Ward and cherished grandchildren Melissa Ward-Kracher (Zachary Stern), Ryan Ward and Conor Ward, as well as her sister-in-law Mary Barden and many nieces and nephews. Peggy was born on July 3, 1927, in Waseca, Minnesota, married Ray (Bloomfield, New Jersey) in 1952, and settled in Edina, where they raised their family. A Mass of Christian Burial, attended by immediate family only, will be celebrated at Peggy's beloved Pax Christi Catholic Community in Eden Prairie. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Mendota Heights.
 

 

 

 

 


Zachary Charles Bichler

Passed: July 5, 2020
Funeral Mass: July 10, 2020 

 

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Zachary Charles Bichler, 24, passed away unexpectedly July 5th. Zach was a lover of life with the energy to experience all of it. He was passionate and had many loves. He loved his family, his friends, his dogs, his "Irish Squad", playing hockey, golfing, bonfires, choosing different shoes to match each outfit he wore, and stealing raw batter from anything being baked. At a young age, Zach became a Gopher hockey fanatic and never lost his love of the sport, attending many Gopher and Wild games with family and friends, playing for the Rosemount Irish and the club hockey teams at UNL and the U of M. Zach became a keen observer of current events and a Joe Rogan aficionado. He enjoyed debating politics and other less agreeable topics with his dad, but mainly it pleased him to simply get his dad riled. Zach loved to use his sharp witted humor to charm people and make them laugh. He loved to push the limits, raise a ruckus, stir the pot, and create a memory that had a great story to go along. All his life he loved working with his hands to build things, first using his scotch tape dispenser and cardboard to now helping renovate the cabin and his new found passion for woodworking. We will treasure the gifts he created and all the stories he left us. Perhaps most of all, Zach was a lover of dogs. All dogs. A very recent memory of Zach is of him holding and loving up on a puppy at a bonfire at the lake, and he was happy. We will always remember and cherish these memories of our son. Zach is preceded in death by his grandparents, Bernie and Delrose Bichler, Joe Michels and his dogs Lincoln and Winnie. He is survived by parents, Chuck and Chris; brother, Alex of Eugene OR; sister, Kristi(Justin)Lovell of Sioux Falls, SD; grandma, Jan Michels and many very special aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, great-aunts and uncles, godparents, teammates, friends. We love you, Zach. We miss you. Go in peace. Heaven just got a little livelier. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Can Do Canines, The Humane Society, or NAMI.
 

 

 

 


Jean Rose

Funeral Mass: Thursday, June 11, 2020

 

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Rose, Jean January 19, 1928 - May 8, 2020 When people discovered that Jean raised five boys the comments would begin: I can't imagine how many trips to the ER you must have made? How much did you have to spend on sports equipment? And always, you must be a saint! And how right they were, yes about ER trips and sporting equipment but mostly about her sainthood. Our beloved mom was indeed a saint who lived a beautiful life worthy of imitating. Jean went home to heaven to be with Jim, her husband of 65 years. Her funeral took place at Pax Christi Catholic Church on June 11th, which would have been their 71st anniversary. She is survived by her five boys and their wives: Bob and Michelle Rose, Tom and Darlene Rose, Dick and Kerry Rose, Pete and Kyle Rose, Phil and Sheryl Rose; grandchildren Erin (Scott) Wright, Tim (Allison) Rose, Mike (Michelle) Rose, Kristin (Devin) Neske, Nick (Clara) Rose, Chris Rose & Holly Hilgenberg, Sarah Rose & Sarah Omernik, Lilly Rose (Nikki), Justin (Tessa) Rose; great grandchildren Tyler, Isabella, MacKenzie, Megan, Delaney, Virgil, Hazel, Sadie, Madelyn, and Flora with two more due this summer; her brother Hank Adams and her best friend Evelyn Coffey. Memorials preferred to Episcopal Homes of Minnesota or Grace Hospice. Washburn-McReavy.com Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400
 

 

 

 


Rachel Claire Schmitz

Passed: Friday, May 22, 2020
Funeral Mass: Tuesday, June 2, 2020

 

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Rachel Claire Schmitz passed away peacefully on May 22, 2020 at the age of 21. She was born on October 2, 1998 at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, MN and baptized at Pax Christi Catholic Church in Eden Prairie, MN. She grew up in Bloomington, MN and graduated from the Main Street School of Performing Arts High School, Hopkins, MN and Normandale Community College, Bloomington, MN. She worked at the Eden Prairie Senior Center, Eden Prairie Art Center and Cutco. Rachel was a strong, intelligent, kind, determined, fun-loving soul that was truly beautiful inside and out. She befriended everyone that she met and was known for her fun-loving personality. She loved spending time with family and friends, going on adventures and visiting her grandmother, who adored Rachel with all her heart. She will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved her, including her parents Charles and Wendy Schmitz; her brother, Adam Schmitz and his fiancé Kaitlyn Brandon; her grandmother, Clarice Wildfeuer; Aunts and Uncles; Amy (Brian) Koroll, Jason Wildfeuer, Kyle (Barb) Wildfeuer, Whitney Wildfeuer, Francis (Kelly) Schmitz and Mike Schmitz; many cousins, other relatives, friends and cherished pets, Scarlett and Oliver. She is preceded in death by her uncle, Tim Wildfeuer and grandparents, Arvin Wildfeuer, Vernon and Phyllis Schmitz. Our hearts are broken and our lives will never be the same without Rachel’s presence and love. Rest in peace, our dear Rachel and child of God. A small family service will be held on Tuesday June 2nd at Pax Christi for immediate family at this time. A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date for those whose hearts were touched by Rachel.
 

 

 

 


Lindsey Lee Verdegan

Passed: May 21, 2020
Funeral Mass: May 26, 2:00pm

 

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Verdegan, Lindsey Lee Brooklyn Park Born Feb 3, 2020 Lindsey was a strong little girl, fighting for life from day one. There was always hope as she continued to exceed expectations. Lindsey was loved and treasured for three short months as she taught patience and perseverance to those fortunate enough to know her as Covid-19 forced social distancing. Sadly, she lost that fight May 21, 2020. Lindsey is survived by parents Jody and Joseph Verdegan and big brother Logan, who was the first one to get her to open her eyes. Preceded in death by grandfather, Tom Bierman and uncle, Tim Bierman. Private Mass of Christian Burial at Pax Christi Catholic Community Church, Eden Prairie with a burial at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
 

 

 

 


Craig Alesso

Funeral Mass: Tuesday, May 19
Passed: Tuesday, April 7, 2020

 

 

 

 

 


Mary Jane Wissner

Passed: Saturday, May 9, 2020
Funeral: TBD

 

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Wissner, Mary Jane Called home on May 9, 2020. Survived by husband Basil of 58 years and her sister Martha & her husband Tom Frecka, nephew Jim and nieces Susan & Johana. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date with full notice to follow. Washburn-McReavy.com Eden Prairie
 

 

 

 


Michael George Rowekamp

Passed: Saturday, May 9, 2020
Funeral: Thursday, June 25, 2020 

 

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Rowekamp, Michael George Age 61 of Bloomington MN, died peacefully the morning of May 9th. When Mike received a diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease in 2013, it was formal confirmation of what the family had suspected for a few years. While not an easy diagnosis to get, Mike was determined to make each day the best it could be. As his condition advanced, he wanted others to know he had the disease, and educated many restaurant servers, store clerks and people he just started a conversation with by wearing a pin that said "Please be kind. I have Alzheimer's" He wanted to contribute to work for a treatment and cure, participating in an Alzheimer's drug trial for over 3 years and donating his brain to the Alzheimer's Research Disease Center at the Mayo Clinic. Mike grew up in Rochester. He enjoyed that part of his life, and when he reminisced you would hear about playing with friends on the hill, meeting the Smiths at "the hole" (a worn spot in the hedge between two neighboring families), biking to play golf at Soldier's Field, serving mass at and later working at "the Motherhouse" Assisi Heights, a Sisters of St. Francis community a few blocks from his home. After graduating from Lourdes High School and attending Rochester Community College for a year, Mike transferred to St. Thomas University in St. Paul, where he completed simultaneous degrees in Computer Science and Business Administration. A December graduate, he got a student job for the summer before at the Land Management Information Center, Minnesota State Planning Agency. Little did he know how that job would affect his life. In August of 1980, he attended a staff meeting and was introduced to a recent full-time hire, Terese. She had worked in the same office as a student worker the previous summer. When friends told her right before starting her first real job "maybe you'll meet someone," she replied that she had worked there the summer before and no one of interest worked there. But in her first staff meeting, there was a guy sitting across the table who had beautiful eyes and the nicest smile. Two weeks after they met, they started dating. Ten weeks after they met, they were engaged. Ten months after they met, they were married. When you know you've met the love of your life, why wait? After graduating from St. Thomas, Mike worked as a computer programmer and eventually ended up at Pillsbury, where he had a position running interference between IT and a product marketing team. He was someone who could speak both languages. He developed an interest in marketing, earned an MBA from the U of MN at night while working full-time, and moved into a marketing position at Pillsbury, which he loved. By then he also had three young daughters. He wanted to find a way to be at home more and work for a smaller company where he could make a real difference. Terese had started her own Geographic Information Systems consulting and services company in 1992. Mike joined the company in 1996 and they worked together for 20 years until Mike was no longer able to work due to advancing Alzheimer's. Mike collected friends all his life. Friends he made when he was 4 or 5 years old remained good friends his entire life. Each place he worked, he was the one organizing golf outings, mid-day breaks to The Cookie Man, or trips to watch town ball baseball games. At each place, he created another group of friends who continue to stay in touch. He was an avid softball player, playing 6 or 7 nights a week at the time he met Terese. When the girls were old enough to play, he converted to coaching fastpitch softball. He was instrumental in starting the first 10U fastpitch league in the state. He coached for 25 years, first with Megan's teams, then later with Georgia's. Many hours were spent transporting not just his own girls but often a van full of players to tournaments. Many life lessons were learned on those trips. He not only taught his players the fundamentals of playing ball, but also that hard work has reward, that winning is fun but it's important to win graciously, and that something is learned from losing as well. He showed by example that being a good world citizen is the most important thing of all. Mike loved to golf and especially shared that love with Kate. Sometimes he would sneak into her room making sure not to wake up the rest of the family. He would tuck her into the van, and she would fall asleep on the way to the golf course he had chosen just for them. She'd wake up to breakfast waiting, golf paid for and Dad putting on his golf shoes. It was special one-on-one time for both of them. Mike was a wonderful son, brother, husband, brother-in-law, father, father-in-law, grandfather and godfather. Playing with grandkids was a special time for all involved. He loved his family, and they loved him. Mike appreciated simple things, getting excited when seeing an eagle flying above, a beautiful sunset on the horizon, or hearing a loon call. The next time you see an eagle or the setting sun or hear a loon, think of him and smile. He'd be doing the same. Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Dorothy. He is survived by his wife Terese; daughter Megan Bernard (Nick) and grandchildren Ava and Briar; daughter Kathryn Hale (Jeremy) and grandchildren Bailey and Ben; daughter Georgia Henderson (John) all of Bloomington MN; siblings Greg (Cheri) of Rochester MN, Paul (Kim) of Roseville MN, Dave (Linda) of Eden Prairie MN, Kevin (Julie) of Bloomington MN, Kim Seitz (Jim) of Eagan MN; and numerous nieces and nephews.
 

 

 

 


Ralph William Bailey

Funeral: Wednesday, April 29
Visitation: 10:00am

 

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His guitar gently weeps. The life of its maestro has passed on. After a long illness, on April 23, 2020, Ralph left this earthly realm. He was known by most as a stellar musician, singer and songwriter. He was known by others as a CPA. He was known by some as a remarkable historian. He was known to his wife, Miriam Porter, as a gentle but adventurous, loving soul. He was known to his son, Andrew Bailey, as Andrew's greatest fan. He was known to all who knew him as the one who "wanted to take your tear drops and turn them into falling rain; Make your trouble ride on a one way plane. He wanted to make things grow. He didn't want to cause any pain". (excerpt of lyrics from the Rain Song by Ralph Bailey). He was preceded in death by his parents and one child. A Celebration of Ralph's Life will be held at a later date. Bertas Funeral Home, Chaska bertasfh.com
 

 

 

 


Richard F. Rausch

Friday, March 20
Visitation: 10:00am
Funeral Mass: 11:00am

 

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Rausch, Richard F. of Edina was welcomed as a gift to this world on February 6, 1947 and called back to heaven at the age of 73 on March 11, 2020 in New Braunfels, TX. He was preceded in death by his parents James and Agnes (Jonas), sister Patricia (Maurice) Bloms, brothers Bishop James, and Charles. He is survived by his loving wife, Beverly (Haronik), son Stephen and his wife Amanda of Frisco, TX, sister Shirley of Trego, WI, and brother Gordon of Minneapolis. Richard brought to all a zealous, positive, enthusiastic and passionate love of life. He was always ready to lend a helping hand demonstrated by his many hours of volunteer work. He took pride in his work as an election judge for the city of Bloomington, as well as his efforts at the Bloomington Crime Prevention's annual book sale. He was especially proud of his military service in the U S Army Reserves. He was active in several German organizations. He enjoyed visiting Germany and exploring his German heritage. He was a longtime member of the Bloomington Businessmen's Association. He loved fishing and generously shared his catch with others. Richard graduated with a degree in sales and marketing and spent his career as an exceptionally successful salesperson who with his enthusiasm and integrity could sell whatever he believed in. He had an infectious laugh, robust personality and a warm and giving heart. Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 19th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Washburn-McReavy Eden Prairie chapel, 7625 Mitchell Road. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 am on Friday, March 20th at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Washburn-McReavy.com Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400 7625 Mitchell Rd. (1 blk. N. of Hwy 5)
 

 

 

 


Joseph M. Longval

Friday, February 28
Visitation: 10:00am
Funeral Mass: 11:00am

 

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Longval, Joseph M. 79, of Eden Prairie, MN and Mesa, AZ, loving husband and proud father of three, passed away peacefully on February 17, 2020. Joe was born on November 5, 1940 in Sioux City, Iowa. After graduating from Iowa State University in 1963, Joe went on to work for Deere and Company for 39 years. On November 25, 1967, Joe married the love of his life, Teresina (Terry) Kuhn. They raised one daughter, Leslie and two sons, Brent and Scott. While cancer was the cause of death, Joe will forever be remembered for how he lived with compassion, dignity, humility and honesty. His genuine and caring personality was infectious, and led him to forge many lifelong friendships, which he cherished deeply. Nothing gave Joe more joy than his family. He was a devoted and loving husband, who treasured his wife every day. He was a supportive and loving father, who gave his children the ultimate gift, a blueprint on how to raise family through unconditional love and support. Joe especially loved his role as Grandpa, always an enthusiastic and avid supporter of his grandchildren's numerous activities and sports including basketball, baseball, tennis, softball, football, hockey, golf, and dance. And while Joe has left us, it is his strong, life- long faith that has guided him to the Kingdom of God. Joe was preceded in death by his father, Maurice, and mother, Mary Madeline. Joe is survived by his wife of 52 years, Terry (Kuhn) Longval; children, Leslie Witter- schein (Joseph) of Chanhassen, J. Brent Longval (Lesley) of Shore- wood and J. Scott Longval (Elizabeth) of St. Paul, along with seven grandchildren; Hannah, Henry and Sadie Witterschein; Andrew and Anna Longval; Mack and Gage Longval; and sisters Linda Roberts and Cinda Kefalas of Mesa, AZ. A visitation will be held on Thursday, February 27th from 5-8 pm with a prayer service from 7-7:30 pm at Washburn McReavy Funeral Home, 7625 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie, MN. A Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Friday, February 28th 11 am (with a visitation 1-hour prior) at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN. In lieu of flowers, support to the Ed Anderson Scholarship Fund through Catholic Charities is preferred, a cause to help educate students from under resourced families. Donations can be made online at cctwincities.org/donate/ donate-now/. Under the "Designation" drop-down box please select "Other" and type in Ed Anderson Scholarship Fund Washburn-McReavy.com Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400 7625 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie, MN
 

 

 

 


Phyllis J. Olson

Friday, February 21
Visitation: 10:00am
Funeral Mass: 11:00am

 

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Olson, Phyllis J. age 89, of Bemidji and Wayzata, passed away peacefully February 7. Preceded in death by husband, Jim; parents Warren & Florence, and her Aunt Louise. She is survived by her children, Mike (Judy) Olson, Gary (Carolyn) Olson, Jodie (Tom) Woodrow, and Jamie (Jill) Olson; grandchildren Carin, Chris (Leah), Patrick (Karla), Nikki, Morgan, TJ, Kayla (Reece), Kelsey, and Danny; brother Richard (Marlene) Holbert; and many loving and wonderful relatives and friends. She was born in Cumberland, WI, on August 27, 1930. Phyllis moved to Minnesota, met Jim at a dance in St. Paul and went pheasant hunting with him the very next day-Phyllis and Jim married in 1952. She shared Jim's passion for bird hunting; in 1964 they built their "cabin" in Bemidji which served as foundation of their family and hub for numerous friends and guests for over 50 years. Phyllis was the gracious host known for her gentle spirit, warm heart, engaging laugh and welcoming personality. She loved to garden, enjoyed feeding and watching birds, and poured her heart and soul into her children and grandchildren. Memorial service February 21 at 11 AM with visitation 1 hour prior to service at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie; luncheon after service. Memorials preferred to Haven Homes of Maple Plain or Alzheimer's Association.
 

 

 

 


Patrice Marie Alkire

Thursday, February 20
Visitation: 10:00am
Funeral Mass: 11:00am

 

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Alkire, Patrice Marie 67, of Eden Prairie, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 7, 2020. Born September 28, 1952 in Mpls. to Ernest & Virginia O'Sullivan. Patrice attended St. Peters, graduating from the Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield; later majored in theatre at Denver University in Colorado. While attending university, Patrice met Gary Alkire and was married in 1977. They raised two daughters, Rachel and Robyn. In 2018, Patrice remarried to Thomas Linton. Together they enjoyed traveling to various parts of the US, Mexico and Africa. Thomas was by his wife's side when she slipped into eternity. She is survived by her husband, Thomas; her daughters, Rachel Alkire-Wozniak and Robyn Aboni; brothers, Bill and Jay O'Sullivan; grandchildren, Riley, Rowan and Leo; and former husband, Gary T. Alkire. Visitation is from 10:00-11:00 am with the Memorial Service beginning at 11:00 am at Pax Christi, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, (952) 941-3150 on Thursday, February 20. Lunch following service. Cards may be sent in memory of Patrice to her husband, Thomas Linton, 10084 Gristmill Ridge, Eden Prairie, MN 55347. Memorials preferred to Pax Christi and/or Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.
 

 

 

 


BRIAN FOLTZ

Friday, February 7
Visitation: 10:00am
Funeral Mass: 11:00am

 

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Foltz, Brian L. Age 78 of Bonita Springs, FL and Chanhassen, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family. Preceded in death by cherished wife, Janet; parents Leo and Eustachia. Brian will be greatly missed by his children; Sharon (John) Ringstrom, Kathleen (Rick) Preston, Lisa (Bruce) Schuette and Michael (Paula); grandchildren Matt, Michael, Mason, Mariah, Anthony, Katherine and Lucas; great grandchildren Jaxon and Maizie; brother Greg (Nancy) and so many loving and wonderful friends. Brian's life was blessed with what he treasured most: faith, family, friends. He enriched every life he touched and we are all better for having known him. Brian was an extraordinary man with great integrity: a loving son, father, husband, brother, who will be missed by all, and his wonderful Irish spirit and charm will live on forever. God Bless his precious soul. Brian's children are so very grateful to have had him as our dad. Our memories of the good, kind things he did for us, and everyone in his life, will forever remain in our hearts as we emulate his giving spirit. You have made our lives so wonderful; we love you, dad. "May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand." Memorial service February 7, 2020, 11:00 AM with a visitation 1 hour prior to the service at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN. Interment at Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Memorials preferred to Pax Christi.
 

 

 

 


LOURDES LACABA

Thursday, February 6
Visitation: 2:30pm
Funeral Mass: 3:00pm

 


 

 

 

 


Elizabeth A. 'Liz' Lindow

Thursday, January 23
Visitation: 10:00am
Funeral Mass: 11:00am

 

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Lindow, Elizabeth A. "Liz" age 81 of Bloomington went to be with her Lord on Jan. 17, 2020. She was born Sept. 1, 1938 in Whittemore Iowa. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and a friend to many. She is survived by her husband, Wayne; children, Doug, Marilee (Kevin) Hoban, Brad (Betsy); grandchildren Jenna, Brandon, Julia, Ben and many nieces and nephews. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 AM Thursday, Jan 23 at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie. Interment Ft. Snelling. Visitation one hour before mass at church. Morris Nilsen Chapel 612 869-3226 morrisnilsen.com
 

 

 

 


Francis J. 'Fran' Heitzman

Visitation: Thursday, January 16 at Pax Christi,