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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 "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.
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
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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 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 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.
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.
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 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 (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.
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)
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.
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.
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, 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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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)
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
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.
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.
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.
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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
Age 94, Bloomington, MN passed away peacefully on 1/11/2020.
Fran is preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Jeanne; 1 sister, Kate; 2 brothers, Lloyd “Bud”; Elwood “Al”; daughter-in-law Debbie and granddaughter, Heather.
Survived by sister, Mary (Sullivan); children Lloyd “Duff” (Mary Fran), Tom (Karin), Diane, Steve, Rick, Bob, Mike (Heidi); 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Fran was a life-long resident of Bloomington, graduating from Bloomington High School in 1943. He served stateside in the United States Navy during WWII. Upon his return from service he married the love of his life, Jeanne (nee Boll). His entrepreneurial spirit led him to establish Oxboro Cleaners and Heitzman Landscaping. In later years he became the head of maintenance at Pax Christi Catholic Community in Eden Prairie. This is where he accepted a donation of a used crib. He wondered, Why can’t we accept items people no longer use and give them to those in need? Thus, Bridging was born.
Fran started every day with a smile, and ended many days playing cards with family. His passion was to serve those in need, with a special place in his heart for children. Those who had the opportunity to work alongside of him at Bridging over the last 33 years will forever cherish the memories and be inspired to keep his dream alive.
“When good people get together to do good things, then good things happen.” — Fran Heitzman, Bridging founder
Visitation 4:30-8:30 pm, Thursday, 1/16. Mass of Christian Burial 1:00 pm, Friday 1/17, with visitation one hour prior to service. Visitations and services to be held at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie.
In lieu of flowers…Donate your stuff to Bridging in Fran’s memory on Saturday, January 18th. Bring your donations to the Bloomington and Roseville warehouses between 9am-3pm. Visit BRIDGING.ORG for a full list of acceptable items to donate and location details.
McDowell, Gary Donald born in Rapid City, SD in 1939 to Donald McDowell and Helen (Queeney) McDowell, passed away on Thursday January 9, 2020. Gary grew up in the Black Hills of SD and then graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1961 where he was a member of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. After graduation he was commissioned into the United State Navy. He served as a Naval Squadron aviation intelligence officer as part of the East Coast replacement AD-Skyraider group. Upon completion of active duty, Gary joined the Naval Reserve Intelligence Program, serving for 27 more years. During his service, Gary was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, the highest award given during peace time, for his distinguished Naval career. In 1967 he was asked to return to active duty as a Naval Intelligence Officer at NAS Cubi Point, Navy Base Subic Bay, in the Philippines, where he briefed the Chief of Naval Operations during the Vietnam War. He retired as a Captain in the Navy after 30 years of service. Gary received his law degree from the University of Minnesota. He was proud to be a member of the extraordinary law class of 1968. Gary practiced law in Minneapolis for 44 years retiring from Lindquist & Vennum (now Ballard Spahr) in 2012. During his law career, he co-authored the legal deskbook, "Drafting Wills and Trust Agreements in Minnesota." Gary was elected by his peers to numerous leadership positions, including: Chairman of the Probate and Trust Law Section, the Death Tax Reform and Legislation Committee of the Probate and Trust Law Section of the MSBA; he was a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and chair of the Governing Counsel of the MSBA Probate and Trust Law Section. He was also a Member and Chairman of the Minneapolis Estate Planning Council and Chair of the Minneapolis Breakfast Club. Gary enjoyed many years at his cabin in Wisconsin, solely to enjoy having his family around him. Those days with his children and grandchildren were his fondest memories. He also enjoyed family trips to the Black Hills, Hawaii, Florida, and Mexico. The proud and loving family that survives Gary includes his loving wife of 57 years, Karen Thompson McDowell; his children Andrea (Brian) Poehler, Craig R. (Sothira) McDowell and Karine (Brad) Hernandez; grandchildren Alyssa (fiancee' Sam Terzich), Micaella, Ryan, Alexandra, Garen, Joshua, Landon, Nicholas, Kira and Adam; sister-in-law Sharon VanderVelden, and many nieces and nephews in the United States and Sweden. Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Helen, his brother Dr. Craig A. McDowell, and brother-in-law Jon VanderVelden. While Gary's passing leaves a great void in our family, we are comforted that his Irish eyes are smiling and he is now held in the palm of God's hand. Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Pax Christi Catholic Church, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN 55347. Interment to follow at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Visitation one hour before service at the Church and Wednesday, January 15th 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m at Washburn-McReavy, Edina Chapel, 50th Street & Hwy. 100, Edina, MN 55436. In lieu of flowers, it would please Gary and the family if everyone could make contributions to Catholic Charities or to the charity of the donor's choice.
Rogers, Patricia (Pat), nee Kokesh, age 90, long-time resident of Eden Prairie, passed away peacefully January 6, 2020. We say good-bye to a kind and curious mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother with soft hands and a warm heart who was always ready for a new adventure. Preceded in death by beloved husband John of 64 years; daughter, Maria; granddaughter, Ellen; parents John and Pauline Kokesh. She will be deeply missed by her children, Cori Austin, Julie (Duke) Bascom, Paul Rogers, Ann Rogers, Hallie (Steve) Becker; grandchildren, Megan, Lauren, Emily (Daniel), Michael, Catherine, Benjamin, Mac, Jordan, John Robert, Janelle (Jordan), Abby, Sydney (Hunter); great-grandchildren Nolan and Anthony; sisters, Yvonne, Janet, Donna, Rosemary, and many friends. Visitation on Sunday January 12th, 5-7 PM with Rosary at 7 PM at Huber Funeral Home, 16394 Glory Lane, Eden Prairie. Mass of Christian Burial on Monday January 13th at 11 AM with visitation one hour before at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Park Nicollet Foundation.
Age 71, of Bloomington, passed away 12/20/2019. Longtime member of Pax Christi Catholic Community. She was a longtime elementary teacher in the Eden Prairie School District and very involved in the Children's Faith Formation at Pax Christi.
Survived by husband, Bob; sons, Paul (Jamie), Craig, and David; grandchildren, Miles, Ella, Zoe, and Serena; brothers, Tom, Bill (Gwen), Dave, and John Whiting
Mass of Christian Burial 12PM Friday, December 27th with visitation one hour prior at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN 55347. Interment Dawn Valley Memorial Gardens. Memorials preferred to Special Olympics.
Buttschau, Raymond J. age 95 of Bloomington passed away peacefully on December 5, 2019. Preceded in death by beloved wife, Ann J. Buttschau; son, Dale R. Buttschau; parents, James and Viola Buttschau. Will be greatly missed by children, Barb (Brian) Goad, John (Shawn Anne) Buttschau, Jeanne (Jeff) Leonard; grandchildren, David (Christine) Goad, Evan Goad, James (Emily) Leonard, Jacob Leonard, Jessica Leonard; great-grandchildren Asher, Clayton, Mira, and Selah Leonard; and a host of long-time and new-found friends. Ray retired in 1988 after many years as a purchasing agent for the Minneapolis Public Schools. He was a wonderful man who adored his wife, loved his children, and enjoyed lake life. He reveled in music, and entertained us by playing the guitar and singing harmony. At the age of 79 he began playing golf with an amazing group of friends, and also joined the Bloomington Good Times Barbershop Chorus, where he found his musical home. He enjoyed his coffee, day or night, and longed for the occasional fishing trip. Visitation 10:00 AM and Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 AM Monday December 16, at PAX CHRISTI CHURCH, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN. Luncheon to follow. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to a charity of your choice, or Visions for Haiti's Tomorrow, a charity organized by his daughter Jeanne. For more info, go to visionforhaitistomorrow.com. Bradshaw 612-724-3621
Tousignant, Annette "Annie" Age 83 of Bloomington passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on November 23, 2019. Survived by husband of 65 years, Richard; children, Roger Tousignant, Cyndy Thompson, Laurie Tousignant, Stephanie (Rich) Marlier, and Steven (Meghan) Tousignant. Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, November 27th 11:00 a.m. Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN. Visitation one hour prior and luncheon to follow Mass. GILLBROTHERS.com Bloomington, MN 952-888-7771
Geib, Lois E. Lois passed away peacefully on Saturday November 16th while in the loving care of LuAnn's Place in Eden Prairie, her home she so dearly loved and enjoyed over the last year. Lois spent almost her entire life in the Minneapolis area while living a short period of her childhood in Duluth during the depression. She graduated from St. Margaret's Academy in 1945 and went to the University of Minnesota where she met her husband Bob. After marrying and starting a family in Minneapolis they moved to Chicago following Bob's engineering career and then back to Minneapolis until her death. Moving to Minnetonka in 1963, she was busy raising the kids being the family bus driver and Betty Crocker home maker. Even with those busy days she found time to volunteer at St. Therese, Benilde and St. Margaret's. Sharing herself with others was something she enjoyed. With that caring need, she decided later in life to return to school and become a nurse to continue helping others well into her 80's. While nursing she continued volunteering at Little Brothers of the Elderly, Hennepin County Medical Center, Open Circle and Chapel View Care Center. She loved being a mom, grandmother and great grandmother. Most of all she enjoyed the excitement of having all the family together. She not only entertained and fed any and all of the family that was available on Sundays, but later in life treated her children, their spouses and grandchildren to many family vacations. Beginning in the summer of 1994 with a trip to Myrtle Beach, the tradition continued with several tropical cruises, Disney World, Las Vegas, The Grand Canyon, Seattle, Alaska, Canada and many more. Truly family memories that will never be forgotten and will forever bond all our family together. She will be remembered for her contagious smile, her gentle soul and her special compassion for caring and helping others. Lois was preceded in death by her loving parents Carl and Elizabeth MacMillan, infant brother Bobby, daughter Carol and special friend Roy Phenow. She is survived by sons Robert (Patty) of Florida, Thomas (Laura) of Spring Park, James (Vivika) of Phoenix and daughter Mary (Thomas) Shackle of Bloomington; 9 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday November 26, 11 AM at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, with a private interment at Lakewood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to LuAnn's Place. We will miss her dearly as she would and will leave us with her warm smile, a kiss and her famous "BYE BYE" "BYE BYE" We love you Mom! Gearty-Delmore 763-553-1411 gearty-delmore.com
Vecellio, Raymond Joseph Age 84 of Eden Prairie, passed away on Nov 11. Ray was born on June 25, 1935. Raymundo, Rayzee, Big Al ...is now sharing his stellar voice with the angels. Ray's 39-year career in radio broadcasting went from disc jockey to program and music director, sales and sales management. After various radio stations in MN and IA, he moved to WCCO Radio in 1970 and achieved record setting sales awards until his retirement in 1997. Ray was inducted into the MN Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2011. Ray was also a trustee at St. Joseph's church in Hopkins for 25 years. It didn't matter who you were - a dear friend, caregiver or wait staff for an evening - Ray always took the time to use your name. Strong in his faith, Ray loved music, travel and time with family and friends. He's listening to Sinatra, Scotch in hand and dancing again. He is missed dearly by many. "Hi Pally - until we meet again." Survived by loving wife, Karen Kelsay; family Tony, Chris & Jennifer (Nick & Tess, Ali, Jake, Ben), Mike & Char (Gianna, Dominic, Bella), Fr. Peter, Troy & Dani Kelsay (Bailey & Jacob Lampe, Quinn), Rod & Kim Kelsay, Stephanie & Todd Campbell (Emily); many extended family & friends. Preceded in death by wife Mary (nee Schoenecker), parents Raymond & Ann, in-laws Elmer & Alma Schoenecker, brother Joe. Ray requested a party. Come celebrate his life with a Mass of Christian burial, Mon, 11/18, 11 am at Pax Christi, 12100 Pioneer Trl, Eden Prairie with visitation at church 1 hr prior to Mass. Visitation also Sun, 11/17, 4-7 pm (6:30 pm Rosary) at Washburn McReavy, 7625 Mitchell Rd, Eden Prairie. Interment at Resurrection Cemetery, following luncheon. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to N.C. Little Hospice, Pavek Museum or Pax Christi Catholic Church. Washburn-McReavy.com Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400
Piontek, Donald Of Eden Prairie passed away on November 1, 2019 surrounded by his family. He was born March 17, 1945 in New York City and was raised in the Bronx. Don served in the Navy during Vietnam and as a Navy Sailor, sailed through the Arctic. Don's career as a print specialist consultant took him all over Europe and he eventually settled in Minnesota in the early 1990's. He enjoyed running, dining out, traveling & music. Don is preceded in death by his parents, Walter & Sophie. He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Janet; son, Stefan (Grace); brother, Thomas (Nanette); extended family & friends. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial at PAX CHRISTI CATHOLIC CHURCH (12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie) Wednesday at 11 AM with visitation one hour prior. kozlakradulovich.com "A Celebration of Life" 763-416-0016
Smith, Leoneze "Lee" Jean Age 89 of Eden Prairie, passed away surrounded by family on October 27, 2019. Preceded in death by parents, Kermit H. and Marian L. Graff; & beloved husband, Richard H. Smith. Survived by sister, Dianne (Wendel) David; daughter, Renee (Loren) Stephens, sons, Bruce (Deborah) and Blake (Sheri); grandchildren, Courtney (Fletcher) Emerson, Lauren (Wesley) Olson, Hunter and Taylor; great granddaughter, Nora Emerson; and nephew, Trent (Kim) David. Lee especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and supporting all of their interests. She was an avid gardener who enjoyed tending to her many varieties of flowers and plants. Memorial Mass 11 AM, Tuesday November 5, 2019 at Pax Christi Catholic Church, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN 55347 with visitation one hour prior and luncheon to follow. Memorials may be made to: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.
Horozaniecki, Mary A. Age 68, of Prior Lake, Minnesota, passed away on October 23, 2019, after a long and valiant battle with cancer. Preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Richard and Barbara Budd. Also preceded in death by her sister, Dr. Deborah Iverson (Budd) and son-in-law, Chad McAnelly. Mary was a devoted wife and mother. She loved everyday life at home with her family and gentle Westie dog, Basil. Every family meal was a celebration of life, livened by her quick wit and insightful discussion of music, art and daily events. Mary studied violin performance with the renowned master teacher Jozef Gingold of the Indiana University School of Music and Margaret Pardee of the Meadowmount and Juilliard Schools. She was a very accomplished violinist and performed in a number of chamber music groups and orchestras. Her most recent concertmaster performance was with the St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral Music Series, "Elijah," on May 11, 2019. Mary enjoyed a distinguished career spanning decades as studio instructor of violin performance at Augsburg University and Macalester and Carleton Colleges. Finally, above all, she loved her personal time with her family and close friends in Prior Lake, and magical time at her family home on Lake Superior. Survived by husband of 46 years, Dr. Joseph Horozaniecki, and daughter, Sharon Horozaniecki; sister Cynthia Budd (Kay Peltier); sister Laurie Budd; brother-in-law Dr. Robert (Amy) Iverson; and nephews Rick and Colin Iverson. Funeral mass Monday, November 4th at 11 a.m., Pax Christi Catholic Church, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Visitation one hour prior to service at church. Family will gather at a private interment, November 5th at Dawn Valley Memorial Park, 9940 Bush Lake Road, Bloomington, Minnesota. Memorials preferred to Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies and the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center.
Cochran, Michael B. Age 72 passed away on 10/17/2019 from cancer. Mike started this journey on Aug. 10, 2018 and said "Don't cry for me, I have lived a full life, have done more than most people and have no regrets. I have been to the top of the Eiffel Tower, ran with the bulls in Pamplona, spent 3 months hitchhiking through Europe, caught a 200# Marlin off the coast of Mexico and many 30" Walleyes in Canada." Mike graduated from West High in Minneapolis in 1964, volunteered for the United States Marine Corps in 1966 and served in Vietnam. He was a radio operator attached to a helicopter squadron, based at Marble Mountain on the outskirts of DaNang. After Mike completed his service duty, he enrolled at the U of M and graduated with a BS degree in Business. Mike always said he was privileged to have a career doing what he enjoyed: designing and installing more than 13,000 closet organization systems in homes throughout the Twin Cities. Mike is survived by his loving wife, Arlene and children, Patrick (Emily), Kathryn (Greer) Montgomery and four beautiful granddaughters, Savannah, Elia, Hazel and Clara. His father, Gaun Cochran; mother, Betty Ratner and sister, Rocel Kingman preceded Mike in death. The family wishes to acknowledge the exceptional care Mike received at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis, his Oncology doctor, Dr. Waseem Touma, and the wonderful care and compassion he received from the infusion nurses at 3F-127 as well as his Allina Hospice Team. Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 AM Friday, November 1 with visitation beginning at 10:00 AM at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie. Interment Fort Snelling. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to any cancer research organization. Cancer can be cured.
Died unexpectedly on the 11th of October at his home in Chanhassen MN at the age of 51 years young. Robert is survived by his parents Dave and Jule Barrett, his wife Lynnette Barrett, sons Raymond and Adam Murillo, daughter in-law Run Murillo and granddaughter Lilliana. His brother David Barrett and sister in-law Shannon Barrett, and uncle Berrent Stoylen. Robert was proceeded in death by his grandparents Robert and Thelma Barrett, aunts Kathleen and Diane and uncle Herb
Robert was born on the 8th of March 1968, in Minneapolis, MN to Dave and Jule Barrett and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1986. He married the love of his life Lynnette on September 12th, 1998; the two enjoyed 21 years of marriage together.
Robert started his career as a collections agent with CPC in Eden Prairie in August of 2002, where he worked as one of five employees. With his tremendous work ethic and dedication to his team he became President of CPC in 2016 which now employs over 120 people; being an integral part of the company’s growth.
Robert was an accomplished hunter and fisherman who won bass fishing tournaments held on several of the state of MN’s 10,000 lakes. Robert was a generous and dedicated man who was passionate about mentoring others. He was an active and committed member of youth outreach programs including the Treehouse fishing day, D.A.R.E fishing tournaments and most recently coached the Elk River high school fishing team on the Student Angler Tournament Trail. Robert also had a fondness of firearms and was avidly pursuing a Gunsmithing Licensure prior to his passing.
Robert was a loving, caring, and devoted husband, son and brother that will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Robert's children remember him as a father that loved, supported and guided them through their lives.
A service is scheduled for Friday October 25th, 2019 at Pax Christi Catholic Community 12100 Pioneer Trail Eden Prairie, MN 55347. Visitation will be at 10 am and mass will be held at 11 am. There will be a celebration of life held at Buca di Beppo 7711 Mitchell Road Eden Prairie 55344 after the service all are welcome. Flower arrangements should be sent to Pax Christi Catholic Community in Eden Prairie. The family would like to thank Mark Hedge and Alicia Lesher for their assistance and support during this difficult time.
Charest, Floyd M. Age 85 of Bloomington passed away October 2nd, 2019. Preceded in death by wife, Sandra; son, Terry; and brothers, Vernon and Darrell. Survived by son, Timothy (Amy); granddaughters, Catherine and Laurel; sister Sr. Doreen Charest; step daughter, Cynthia. Retired long-time employee of Land O' Lakes, US Navy Veteran serving aboard the USS Bon Homme Richard from 1955-1957, long-time member of St. Rita and Pax Christi parishes. Member of the American Legion and the Knights of Columbus. Beloved husband, father, grandpa, brother, and friend to all animals. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Pax Christi Catholic Community. Private family services were held. Washburn-McReavy.com Dawn Valley Chapel 952-941-7686
Stryker, Mary (Eich) passed away on September 29 at the age of 87. Preceded in death by husband or 40 years, Ray Stryker, and husband of 19 years, Marvin Klocke. Fondly remembered for her love of family, golf, fudge, laughter and books. She was a wonderful mother to Lynn Harrington (Dennis), Doug Stryker (Lori), Thomas Stryker (Cathie) and Laura Hatzenbuhler (Jerry), Grandmother to Amanda (Thomas) Johnson, Emily (Phil) Keyes, Melissa (Vaughn) Stryker, Jennifer Stryker, Michelle Stryker, Sarah (Greg) Koch, David (Karey) Stryker, Alex (Jenna) Hatzenbuhler, Clayton Hatzenbuhler, and great grandmother to Charles & Lucille Johnson, Nicco Stryker & Lucy Koch. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, October 4, 11am with visitation starting one hour prior at Pax Christi Catholic Church, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie. A light luncheon will follow at the church. Interment at Lakewood Cemetery - 3600 Hennepin Avenue, Mpls following the luncheon. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Park Nicollet Hospice Care would be appreciated. Washburn-McReavy.com Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400
Nelson, Margaret Mary (McCarty) Age 94, longtime resident of Bloomington passed away peacefully on September 15, 2019, surrounded by family. Margaret Mary was born in St. Paul December 8, 1924. Preceded in death by parents Charles and Margaret (Murphy) McCarty, sister Bernadette Gallagher, and former husband, Lorne Nelson. Margaret Mary balanced motherhood with a career in classified advertising, before retiring from Sun Newspapers. She was proud of her six children and had a special bond with her grandchildren. She enjoyed entertaining and socializing. She never met a houseplant or baby she didn't like. Margaret Mary lived with dementia for eight years, but she will be remembered for her kindness, the twinkle in her eye, Irish wit and dry humor, classic red nail polish, and her love of ice cream right up to the end. Survived by her children, Bridget, Stephen (Brenda), Daniel (Eman), Peter (Patty), Thomas (Kathleen), Michael (Kathy); eleven grandchildren, a great grandson, many nieces and nephews, and a cousin. Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, September 26, 11:00 AM, with visitation one hour prior, at Pax Christi Church, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN. The family is grateful to Jenny Morgan and the wonderful caregivers at Breck Homes for their care, support and friendship.
Nelson, Marijan (St. George) age 82 of Eden Prairie, went home to the Lord on September 17, 2019. She is preceded in death by her husband of 20 years, Don Nelson; parents, John and Erma St. George; siblings, Christopher and Jennifer. Survived by 3 loving daughters, Nanette (Scott) Johnson, Jody Nelson, and Christy Nelson; 5 grandchildren, Nichole Mastain, Joseph Mastain, Courtney (Dane) Inderrieden, Ryan (Jessica) Oliver, and Nicholas Kivi; 3 great-grandchildren, Douglas Inderrieden, Braylen & Eden Oliver; siblings, Carol, John, Michael, Sydney, and Bradley; and many nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial, 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 24 at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trl, Eden Prairie, MN 55347. Visitation Monday, September 23rd, 5-8 p.m. Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale Ave. So., Bloomington, MN and one hour prior to Mass at church. GILLBROTHERS.com Minneapolis, MN 612-861-6088
Belrose, Etta Jane 80 years old, died peacefully surrounded by her family. Etta Jane was married to William Michael Belrose for 62 years and is survived by their 4 children, 10 grandchildren and 2 cats. Etta Jane's father died when she was 3 years old, so she grew up as an only child. She always wanted a large family and her whole life centered around her children and her grandchildren. She met William Michael Belrose when she was 14 years old at a high school dance circa 1953. On the way home from the dance she told her mother "I will marry that man." Michael and Etta Jane were married on September 20, 1958 in Hayward, California. They lived in California until 1974 when Mike's job was transferred to Minnesota. The family grew up in Minnesota and at Etta Jane's direction learned to love baseball, figure skating and snow. She taught them well. I will always love you Etta Jane. You are the light of my life. At night when I reach out to find your hand and it's not about, I will know that you are in a better place. Mass of Christian Burial 11AM Thursday, September 5th with visitation one hour prior at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Pax Christi. Washburn-McReavy.com Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400
Schoenecker, Barbara J. "Barbie" Age 78 of Eden Prairie, MN, passed away on August 22, 2019. Preceded in death by beloved husband, Guy; parents, Warren C. Johnson and Gladys H. Johnson; sister, Mitzi Nowlin. She was a matriarch of a large and inclusive family. Survived by brother, Frederick (Mary) Johnson; niece, Ann (Carlton) Linton and children Justice and Cage; niece, Jane (Zach) Sheffler and son, James; nephew, Bryce (Elizabeth) Johnson and children Dylan and Sloane; nephew, Devon (Jennifer) Johnson and children Maddy and Gavin; Auntie Jeannie Sedoff and many loving cousins; "kiddos" Lisa (Rich) Anderson, Larry Schoe- necker, Paul (Jen) Schoenecker, Bob Schoenecker, Sue Schoenecker, Dave (Kim) Schoenecker, Shelley (Andy) Schoenecker Moats and Josh (Ali) Guetzkow; grandchildren, Tara Anderson, Marissa Anderson, Danny Schoenecker, Derek Schoenecker, Katie (David) Weeres, Sam Schoenecker, Matt (Steph) McMullen, Morgan Schoenecker, and Murphy Schoenecker; great- granddaughter, Penelope Weeres; sister-in-law, Donna Krengel; dear friends, Roger and Elvina Nelson. Barbie was loved by all who knew her. She shared a deep and enduring love with her husband Guy. She had an exceptional ability to care for others before herself including her husband, sister and mother. She was a counselor to many. "Oh Honey." She had a passion for sewing and made gifts for many. She had a special love for her dogs and her one-legged goose. Memorials preferred to: Bridging, 201 W. 87th St., Bloomington, MN 55420 Bridging.org. Visitation 5-7 PM Tuesday, September 3 at Washburn-McReavy, Eden Prairie Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial 11 AM, Wednesday, September 4 at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie with visitation 1 hour prior to service at church. Interment Eden Prairie Cemetery. Washburn-McReavy.com Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400 7625 Mitchell Rd (1 blk N of Hwy 5)
Hanson, Byron "Barney" Lawrence Age 89 of suburban Minneapolis, passed away August 17, 2019. Preceded in death by parents Austin and Evelyn Shave, and four siblings. After a career in human resources at Control Data Corporation, he became a parish administrator for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. He served in the Army during the Korean War. Barney was a devoted, principled, and fun husband, father and grandfather. His family was his first priority. He was his children's and grandchildren's biggest fan and spent many hours watching and encouraging them in their interests, sports, and activities. He enjoyed reading, traveling, gardening, and photography. He was very active in the churches of which he was a member. He was a humorous, enthusiastic storyteller and an eloquent public speaker. Barney is survived by his wife of 66 years, Margaret Proulx; children Anne, Kathy Quick (Jack), Mark, Brian, and David; grandchildren and step- grandchildren Alissa Doth (Jeremy Stratton), Lou Doth (Erin), Carrie Roberts (Aaron), Brady Johnson, Aaron Hedrix (Casey), Brianna Rodriguez (Ulises), Kelsie Hadrava (Josh), Dana Liberty (Matt), Sara Hanson (Reese Thoen); great grandchildren Theo, London, Kennedy, Paul, Miles, Isabelle, Abigail, Eloise, Gabriella, Adelynn, Elise, Lauren, Whitney, & Harrison; many family and friends. Funeral service 11 AM, Friday, August 30 at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, 55347. Visitation 10 - 11 AM. Burial at adjacent cemetery. Lunch follows. Memorials preferred to the dono
Foltz, Janet Frances Age 76 of Bonita Springs, FL and Chanhassen, MN passed away peacefully on August 7th, 2019 after a brief stay at the Folkestone Care Center in Wayzata. She was preceded in death by parents Wency and Evelyn Rock. Survived by her beloved family, Husband of 55 years Brian; daughters Sharon (John) Ringstrom, Kathleen (Rick) Preston, Lisa (Bruce) Schuette and son Michael (Paula); grandchildren Matt, Michael, Mason, Mariah, Anthony, Katherine and Lucas; great grandchildren Jaxon and Maizie; sister Susan, brothers Mark (Vicki) and John and so many loving and wonderful friends. Janet was a very kind, loving, caring and generous person who was very proud of her family and thankful for each and every one. She was blessed with a beautiful singing voice and was a member of the Pax Christi choir and other church choirs. The family is very appreciative of the excellent care that Janet received at Folkestone/Gables from their staff and from the Allina Hospice staff. Memorials preferred to Pax Christi Catholic Community. There will be a visitation from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM on Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 @ Washburn McReavy Eden Prairie Chapel. Also visitation will be on Thursday, August 29th, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Praire, MN, followed by a Celebration of Life Mass at 11:00 AM and lunch. Interment will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery next to the church. washburn-mcreavy.com Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400 7625 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie, MN
Bryan, Gertrude 'Dutch' Age 89, passed away Aug. 4, 2019. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Thomas, her parents, and 4 siblings. A longtime resident of Eden Prairie, Dutch was living at The Glenn in Minnetonka at the time of her passing. Known for her sense of humor, compassion, grace, and her ability to control 5 rambunctious children even into adulthood, Dutch will be sorely missed. She lives on in our hearts. She is survived by children Thomas (Lisa); Matthew (Cheryl); Elizabeth (Linda); Daniel (Deb) and Jeffrey (Kim), 5 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The family would like to thank the residents and staff at The Glenn for their friendship and wonderful care. Memorial service at Pax Christi church on August 28, 2019. 10:00 reception and 11:00 mass. Please join us for lunch afterwards.
McGrath, Mickey (Michelle), aged 64, passed away July 21st in Eden Prairie, MN
Funeral Mass Wednesday, August 21st, at 11 am, Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN 55347, Tel. # 952-941-3150. Visitation there to proceed mass (10 am to 11 am), with lunch to follow.
Mickey was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Murphy and her father, John William McGrath
Mickey was survived by her mother, Peggy McGrath; brother, John (Vickie) McGrath; sister, Jeanne (Steve) Karnowski; nephews, Jack (Erin Mohr) McGrath and Donovan (Erin) McGrath; grandnephews, Logan, Arthur and Harlan McGrath; and other family and friends.
Mickey grew up in Bloomington, MN. She graduated from the Academy of the Holy Angels and earned her bachelor’s degree in art. Mickey later lived in New Orleans (LA), Seattle (WA), Orcas Island (WA), Ballyheigue (County Kerry, Ireland), and Eden Prairie (MN).
While Mickey traveled to many places, at heart Mickey liked to experience new places by moving to a place rather than just traveling through it. Mickey would then learn about her new environment, find a job (waitress, artist, flower and vegetable farmer, mystical headdress maker, florist, personal assistant to the ill and the elderly, and restorer of holy statutes). She would then create a home and establish deep relationships within that community. Each time Mickey left a place, she carried the love and friendships from those relationships with her.
Two of the places Mickey most enjoyed living were Orcas Island and Ballyheigue. In Ballyheigue, Mickey met and married Tom Murphy. After Tom’s death, Mickey moved to Eden Prairie. There, she created a rich life, retiring but volunteering for: political causes, with the Pax Christi pet ministry, on her townhouse association board, and painting pet portraits for police canines as appreciation for their service. Mickey also enjoyed spending time with her mother and other family members, reconnecting with friends from Holy Angels, and as always making new friends whom she cherished.
Mickey had a gift at giving love and friendship that was irreplaceable. She will be sorely missed.
If you are interested in making a donation to memorialize Mickey, please donate to the Eden Prairie Crime Prevention Fund which helps support the Eden Prairie Police’s canine unit. https://www.edenprairiecrimepreventionfund.org
Frankie made his transition July 19, 2019 after almost 3 years of treatment for cancer. Born March 13, 1954 in Philadelphia, PA to Jose and Annemarie (Armstrong) Santos. He will be dearly missed by his wife, Debra, and her daughters Jessi and Allie, 7 siblings and In-Laws Betty, Terry, Scott, Doug and Tim Bergemann
Frank lived an amazing life. He worked for the Pilot's Association in PA for 31 years. He retired and moved to Tucson, AZ to open a restaurant, "Frankie's South Philly Cheesesteaks". He was always found there to greet his patrons with a handshake, smile, and a delicious meal.
He sold the restaurant in 2017, moved to Minnesota, and bought an RV. He traveled the USA with his loving bride and family of pets.
Mass of Christian Burial: August 8, 2019 at 11:00am at Pax Christi Catholic Community Church, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN, 55347. Visitation one hour prior.
Luncheon following the service at CRAVE Eden Prairie
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Stotesbery, Carol LaVonne age 65 of Bloomington, MN, passed away July 28, 2019. Preceded into death by her parents, Avon & Frances (Semon) Stotesbery. Survived by; sister, Donna; brothers, George, LeRoy, and John. Service will be Tuesday, Aug 6, 2019 at 11AM, at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN; visitation is one hour prior. Memorials preferred to American cancer. Washburn-McReavy.com Werness Bros Chapel 952-884-8145
Nye, Dolores "Dee" Age 83, of Eden Prairie, MN, passed away after a short illness on July 27, 2019, surrounded by her immediate family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul, & her parents Elmer & Susan Christianson. She is loved and will be missed by her daughters, Susan (John) and Ann (Tom); grandchildren: Kirsten (Andy), Nick, Kerry, Tommy, Erin, Megan & Paul; step-grandchildren: John III, Katie, Joe Emily; great-granddaughter, Hollis; brothers, Edward and Ambrose (Joanne) and countless nieces, nephews and friends. Visitation will be held at The Cremation Society of Minnesota at 7110 France Ave. South on Sunday, August 4, 2019 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, August 5, 2019, at Pax Christi Catholic Community at 12100 Pioneer Trail in Eden Prairie, MN with a visitation beginning at 10 a.m. Burial services at Fort Snelling National Cemetery will be held that afternoon. Memorial donations in memory of Dee can be made to Pax Christi Catholic Community.
Hengel, Constance "Connie" Age 72 a lifelong resident of Bloomington. Since retirement Mom was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Post 550, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Post 1296 & the Bloomington Lions Club. Mom has enjoyed gardening, entertaining friends and family as well as spending time at the cabin with her granddaughters. Preceded in death by parents, Ray and Helen Bischof; and loving puppy companions, Solo and Jazz. Survived by George; sons, Scott (Lisa) and Steve; granddaughters, Mollie and Abbie; brother, Raymond; and sisters, Donna (Jim) Buckingham and Bonnie Denker. Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, August 1st, 11 a.m. at Pax Christi Catholic Community 12100 Pioneer Trail Eden Prairie. Visitation Wednesday, July 31st 5-8 p.m. at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale Ave. So. and 1 hour prior to mass at church. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to the family for a donation to a charity(s) of their choosing in remembrance of Connie. GILLBROTHERS.com BLOOMINGTON, MN 952-888-7771
Schaitberger, Kristin Jo (Porter) Age 61 of Eden Prairie & Chaska passed away peacefully on July 21st. Kris was proceeded in death by her Mother: Mary Jean Porter, Father: Bennett Porter Jr., Father In-Law: Harold Schaitberger, Mother In-Law: Betty Schaitberger, Sister In-Law: Margaret Schaitberger, and High School friend Patrice Reinhardt Neidenfeuhr. Survived by Husband of 40 years Charles Schaitberger, Daughters: Katherine Jean Schaitberger and Carolyn Anne Mikkelson (Patrick) including grandsons William age 2, and Noah 5 weeks. Further survived by: Brothers: Bennett Porter (Mary), Thomas Porter (Jonele), and Sister: Susan Porter, Brother In-Laws: Rev. Stephen Schaitberger (Sharli) and Michael Schaitberger (Lynette). And many loving Nieces and Nephews. Kris struggled the past few years with multiple health issues. Kris would often say she wasn't that sick. She was so strong during this part of her life, but really throughout her life she was a fighter. Kris was a Registered Nurse with Fairview Southdale Hospital for 34 years. She loved to scrapbook, camp, and most all she loved her family especially her two Grandsons. Memorials preferred to Arthritis Foundation or Courage Kenny. Mass of Christian burial will be Thursday, July 25th 11:00 AM @ Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN with visitation 1 hour prior to service at church. Visitation also Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM at: Washburn-McReavy.com Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400 7625 Mitchell Rd. (1 blk. N. of Hwy 5)
Cline, Denise A. Age 91 of Bloomington, MN went to be with the Lord July 7, 2019. Preceded in death by husband, Raymond Cline; parents, Anton and Vonda Babinski; siblings, Helen Sandvig, Jean Kostmatka, Ann Johnson, Stanly Jr., and Judith Ahartz. A server for most of her life, mainly at the Fort Snelling Officers Club, she retired in 1993. She will be remembered for her quick wit and tenacious personality. Survived by her 2 children, Patricia Linderholm and Ronald Nohre; grandchildren, Guy and Tamara Linderholm, Katelyn and Allison Nohre; great-grand-children, Damariel and Sherrea Martin. Celebration of Life at 7 PM Sunday, July 21 at Mystic Lake. Funeral Prayer Service at 11 AM Monday, July 22 at Pax Christi 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN
Kirchner, Ervin E. Jr. Age 83 of Bloomington passed away July 6, 2019. Survived by loving wife of 32 years, Betty; children, David (Dee), Tom (Susan), Rhonda (Kevin) Kertzman, Scott (Tracy) Carolan; grandchildren, Jenni, Chris, Eric, Scott, Alex, Kyle, and Landon; brothers, Les & Gary (Julie); sister, Carol. Retired 25 year employee of Insignia. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred. Mass of Christian Burial, Mon., July 15, 11am at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie. Visitation 2 hours prior to service at the church. Washburn-McReavy.com Werness Brothers 952-884-8145
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Sittauer, Mary was born June 14, 1922 in Drayton, ND to Katherine (Zink) and Cornelius Boyle, the second of four children, and grew up on farms in SE ND. Jerry received her Assc. RN at St. Michael's in Grand Forks and served in the Army Nurse Corp in WWII at Fitzsimmons in CO. She went to the VA in Oakland, CA, then private practice and the VA in Fargo. She married Leroy "Doc" Sittauer and they enjoyed fishing and bird hunting. They had four children; Nancy Mahony (Peter) Rosell, the late Katherine(Jay) Gartin, Mary Ann (David) Brock, and Kevin (Anne) Sittauer. Doc passed in 1980. After 30 years as an RN, she retired in 1982 to volunteer and travel. Mary was a patient and giving family member. Wise, kind, and sharp-witted, Jerry made people feel welcome and accepted, and made new friends throughout her life. She is survived by 3 children, 9 grandchildren and a great-grandson.
Prestrud, Mary Clare (Pierce) Age 80, passed away peacefully on June 15, 2019 from cardiac failure while in hospice at Our Lady of Peace Home, St. Paul, MN. Mary Clare was preceded in death by her parents George T. Pierce, Helen Lyden Pierce and sister Emily Louise Horner. Mary Clare is survived by her husband Peter, son Eric Prestrud (Jennifer), and daughter Peggy Whisler; grandchildren: Jackson and Olivia Prestrud; Anna, Will and Tim Whisler; sisters Betty Hagedorn and Casey Warren; and many nieces and nephews. She was born on August 12, 1938 in St. Paul, MN, graduated from Holy Angels Academy, earning her BS and MS in Education from the U of MN. She taught for 27 years in the 3 school districts. She loved her Irish heritage, people's stories, reading, writing, home decorating, projects and travelling. The family wishes to thank the team from Fairview Hospice, for their dedication to making Mary Clare's last 8 months as comfortable as possible. Visitation Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 10-11 am at Pax Christi Catholic Community Church 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN followed by a celebration of life Mass at 11 am and lunch. Private burial at a later date. All memorials preferred to Fairview Home Care & Hospice 2450 South 26th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406.
Ryan, Maret was a lovely, gentle and cheerful wife, mother and friend who delighted in the many pleasures of family and friends their lives and accomplishments. She was always there to brighten the lives of others and her many paths through life were guided by her boundless faith in God. Maret's many passions included her imagination and skills as a gourmet cook, accomplished quilter, gifted artist and joyous work as a Master Gardener. Maret treasured her time with family and friends, especially her grandchildren, embracing with love every cherished moment with them. Maret was a friend to all she met, but no more than to the women and men of Minnesota's prisons who loved her for her sense of humor, generous spirit and tireless efforts on their behalf. Maret and John were dedicated to the Charis prison ministry. Maret served in many capacities for more than 30 years, including the Charis Board and six years as President of the Ministry. Maret's deep faith and commitment to forgiveness and second chances for everyone created in her a voice for the "Overcomers". She boldly petitioned the MN Dept. of Corrections for the prison community achieving a pilot program for women returning to the community. Maret was a joyful and enthusiastic person who made life a pleasure. Maret is survived by her husband John, son Michael (Barb), daughter Robin (Ryan), three grandchildren. Maret's life will be celebrated with love and joy at Pax Christi Catholic Church, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie (952-941-3150) on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 11:00 am with a luncheon to follow. Visitation will be Wednesday, June 12 from 5-8 PM at the Huber Funeral Home, 16394 Glory Ln, Eden Prairie. Huber Funeral & Cremation Services Eden Prairie Chapel 952-949-4970 huberfunerals.com
Jennings, Michael "Jim" Age 95, well-known twin cities restaurateur, entered into eternal life on June 4th. Jim is survived by his beloved wife, Joyce, his children: Mary, Ann, Michael (Cara), Tim, Peggy Frisch (Scott), Barbie and eight grandchildren. Jim grew up in Minneapolis where he attended West High School and achieved status as an outstanding athlete and football player. Jim also played football at the University of Minnesota and served honorably in the armed forces during World War II. Jim was introduced to the game of golf, which quickly became one of his greatest passions. Jim was a 67-year member of Minneapolis Golf Club and played golf until his passing. As a restaurateur, Jim opened his first restaurant, Jennings Red Coach Inn in 1963, followed by Timothy O'Toole's Pub (1973), Gipper's (1987) Scoreboard Bar and Grill (1991) and JJ's Clubhouse (1995). Jim was an elected by his peers to the prestigious Minnesota Restaurant Hall of Fame as well as the Minnesota License Beverage Association Hall of Fame and was once named Operator of the Year for the state of Minnesota. Jim will be remembered by so many people as a great, faith-filled, loving and humble man who cherished his wife, children, grandchildren and his loyal employees. He will be dearly and sadly missed by all that knew and loved him. Mass of Christian Burial 11 AM Monday, June 10 at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie. Visitation at church 10 AM Monday. Gearty-Delmore 952-926-1615 gearty-delmore.com
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Owens, Debra M (Fujan) Age 60 of Prior Lake passed away June 1, 2019. Survived by husband, Roland; parents, Edward and Joleen Fujan; sisters, Pat (Charles) Brown, Beth (Jeff) Kochie and Amy (John) Urlaub; nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends. Deb was an internal auditor for The City of Bloomington. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Pax Christi Catholic Community or the MS Society. Mass of Christian Burial, Thurs. June 6, 1pm, 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
Norwich, Donald P. Age 76, of Eden Prairie, MN passed away on May 29th, 2019. Preceded in death by parents, Lee and Ann Norwich, and brothers, Jim and Richard. Survived by siblings, Kenneth, Ellen, and Craig, and ten loving nieces and nephews and their children. Private funeral and burial will be held. Always a man of honor and compassion, he will be dearly missed. Washburn-McReavy.com Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400
Norman, Morris L. formerly of Minnesota, passed away peacefully on March 26, 2019 in Bonita Springs, Florida. Morris was born on August 20, 1925 in Spirit Lake, Iowa He is now reunited in Heaven with Mary Lu, his wife and love of his life for 70 years. Morris is survived by his children: Morrie (Cindy), Mike (Karen), Nancy (David) Griffith, Karen Sommer, Mark (LeeAnn), their grandchildren and great grandchildren, brother Jack, one brother in law, four sisters in law, and numerous nieces and nephews. Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 31 at Pax Christi Catholic Community in Eden Prairie, MN. A visitation will be held one hour prior and a reception will follow. Memorials are preferred to Hope Hospice at hopehcs.org. Washburn-McReavy.com Dawn Valley Chapel 952-941-7686
Elizabeth(Betty) Cassady Shackle, age 95, passed away peacefully on May 17, 2019, with family at her side while holding her son Tom’s hand.
Born in Thief River Falls to Claude and Edythe Cassady on February 12,1924. Preceded in death by parents; husband, Richard; son, Richard; brothers, Thomas and Melford Cassady and sister, Mercedes Cassady. Survived by son, Thomas (Mary); daughter–in-law, Chris; 6 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Betty graduated from St. Margaret’s Academy in 1941, went to business school in 1942 and married Bud, the love of her life in 1943. After Bud’s early death, at 44 years of age Betty needed to learn to drive and return to work in order to support herself and Tom. As a trailblazer for working women she went on to a 25 plus year career attaining executive status at the Dayton Hudson/Target Corporation Credit Union.
Her many attributes express the woman she was and had to be. Betty was a woman of strong faith, grounded in family, stoic and strong in her convictions. She was quick to smile, laugh and cherished being a wife, mother and grandmother. She was loyal and dedicated in her many interests with family, volunteering and close friends.
As a baker at heart, she will always be remembered for her chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin and peanut butter cookies. A true kid at heart, she loved her sweets, especially those jelly beans. At 5 foot 4 she was short in stature but tall in her many lifelong accomplishments.
As the adopted Grandma of the Geib family (Mary) she loved all the holidays, special celebrations and family gatherings. Her dear friend Lois Geib always had Betty join in on all the Geib Tribe family rituals, something she always talked about and was proud to be a part of for over 40 years.
Many, many thanks for her last year of life that was given with loving care and compassion by the special caregivers Sue, Angela, LuAnn and all the other staff at LuAnn’s Place. To her it was like having a little heaven on earth for her and our family.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to LuAnn’s Place for the 6 other special women residents that share the smiles, love and hugs on a daily basis.
Her last words before a nap and always to Tom were “I love you” she truly felt that faith and love were meant for all. We are going to miss her smile.
Davis, Thomas W. Age 66, of Chaska, formerly of Worthington. Preceded in death by parents, LeRoy and Evelyn. Survived by loving wife, Marge Watry; son, Spencer of Chaska; daughter, Emily of Juneau, AK; sister, Mary Davis of New Brighton. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial Monday, May 20, 1 PM at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the Mass at church. Bertas Funeral Home, Chaska (952) 448-2137 bertasfh.com
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Daggett, Audrey Rose Age 87 of Edina passed away May 6, 2019. Preceded in death by husband, Robert, and daughters Sharon and Lynn. Survived by son, Robert (Heather), sister Grace, sons-in-law Tim Nordquist and Michael Sarno; 6 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Audrey was born in Wilmette, Illinois and met her husband, Bob, while working at the Naval base in Chicago. They were married in 1953 and celebrated 55 years together. They moved to Edina in 1971 where they lived for the remainder of their time together. Audrey worked for many years at American Family in Eden Prairie and had continued to enjoy the many friends she met there. She moved to Friendship Village in 2015 where she was active in many of their social activities. Memorial service at 11:00 AM at Friendship Village Tuesday, May 14, 8100 Highwood Drive, Bloomington. Memorials preferred to Twin Cities Juvenile Diabetes Association. Private interment Lakewood Cemetery. Washburn-McReavy.com Edina Chapel 952-920-3996
McCarthy, Edward J. age 88, of Eden Prairie, MN (formerly of Plymouth, MN) passed away on March 31, 2019. He was born to Harry and Bessie McCarthy of Newport News, VA. He was preceded in death by loving wife of 52 years, Louise; parents, Harry and Bessie McCarthy; sisters, Patty Mutchko and Nancy Boerner. He is survived by wife, Maxine Martin McCarthy; children, Kevin (Cindee), Patrick (Arlene), Colleen (Brandon) Guest and Michael (Linda) McCarthy; grandchildren, Mathew Guest, Elizabeth (Guest) Kibler, Caitlyn McCarthy and Ryan McCarthy. He will also be greatly missed by his loving relatives, step-daughters, Lynn Moffet, Natalie (Tom) Culhane, Valerie Hirshman, Tracy (Tom) Rheineck; step-grandchildren and friends. He is also survived by brothers, Harry and Patrick McCarthy of Newport News, VA and sister, Sr. Bessie McCarthy, RSM of Belmont, NC. He served in the Air Force for 37 months and upon his discharge moved to Minnesota. He got his business degree from the University of St. Thomas. Upon his graduation he started his career in grocery store management with Red Owl, Super Valu and Lunds, Inc. retiring in 1995. Upon his retirement he was always busy traveling, golfing, playing cards, socializing with friends and watching his grandchildren play sports. Sometimes the grandchild would say: "I could not always see you, but I heard your voice." Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Pax Christi Catholic Church, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN on Friday May 10, 10:30 AM with visitation one hour prior to service. Interment at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Pax Christi Church or the Lupus Foundation Gearty-Delmore 763-553-1411
Dalida, Robert J. Passed peacefully on April 25, 2019 at age 80. He was surrounded by his loving wife Carole of 54 years and his dearly loved daugh ters Kristi, Jill (Ben) and Jennifer. He was born March 20, 1939 in Weyerhaeuser WI. Preceded in death by parents, Joseph and Estelle Dalida, brother Lee (Lois). Survived by sister Marlene Goodsell (Jerry), Lynn Rust (Roger), Wayne Dalida (Lori); and beloved grandchildren Brennan, Cole and Mason. Also many cherished in-laws, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. He baked a mean apple pie and loved making beautiful woodwork. He always offered a genuine smile and warm hello to everyone he met. A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday April 30, 2019 at Pax Christi Catholic Church in Eden Prairie located at 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN 55347. Visitation starts at 10am followed by service at 11am. Private interment at Fort Snelling on Wednesday May 1. Memorials preferred to Fairview Hospice to the angels for their loving care. Washburn-McReavy.com Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400
Maulwurf, Douglas A. Age 80 of Shakopee, MN & Stuart, FL, passed away at home on April 7, 2019. Doug was born in Baraboo, WI to Siegfried and Marie (nee Geissler) Maulwurf. In 2001 he retired from the Metropolitan Waste Control Commission after serving as Plant Manager of Blue Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant in Shakopee, MN for 35 years. Preceded in death by parents; sister, Audrey and grandson, William. Survived by Marcia (nee Felix) his loving wife of 53 years; children, Michelle (Mark) Murphy, Tony (Melissa) Maulwurf, Jennifer (Pete) Anderson and Gretchen Hawk; 19 grandchildren, and 4 great-grand-children. Mass of Christian Burial Fri. April 26, 11am, at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, visitation one hour prior to Mass at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Downsize Farms. McNearney-Schmidt Shakopee 952-445-2755 mcnearneyfuneralhome.com
Ahmann, Frank "Bud" Age 89 passed away April 5, 2019. Bud was an Army veteran and a proud member of Minnesota Valley Country Club for 49 years. Preceded in death by parents, Frank Sr. and Minette; brothers, Dan & John; sister, Marjorie and step-son, Blaine. Survived by wife, Marcia; step-children, Barb (Brad) Mundy, Brent (Marsha) Herdegen & Brionne (Jeff) Sillman; step - daughter-in-law, Melissa; sons, Jim and Rob; 10 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; brother, Tom, and many relatives and friends. Mass of Christian Burial Friday, April 12 at 11 am at Pax Christi 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie. Visitation 1 1/2 hours prior to mass at church. Private Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials preferred to Kidney Foundation or Pax Christi. GILLBROTHERS.com BLOOMINGTON, MN 952.888.7771
Clements, Paul F., Jr. Of Bloomington, MN passed away Mar. 15, 2019 at the age of 74. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul F. Clements, Sr. and Nina Clements. Paul was born in Minneapolis and raised in Robbinsdale. He graduated from Robbinsdale High School in 1962 and Brown University in 1966. With an entrepreneurial spirit, Paul was a founding partner in MultiMedia Inc., a media production company based in Minneapolis, that he guided for 50 years. Paul was eternally optimistic, had an uncanny knack for solving problems and saw challenges as opportunities. He cared deeply about the people he worked for, and the people he worked with. Paul's life was grounded in his family. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was passionate about sharing experiences with those he loved, especially his grandchildren. His favorite moments included sharing a ski lift or golf cart with them, and watching them compete in baseball, soccer and ski racing. He was always present. He loved watching sports, playing golf at MVCC, and his family. Paul had a beautiful smile, and will be dearly missed. Paul is survived by Kris, his wife of 52 years; sons Matt, Derek (Victoire); beloved grandchildren Matthew and Scarlett Clements; siblings Judy (Dwane) Melville, Tim (Jan) Clements, Eileen (Dave) Krenz and many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be held at Pax Christi Church, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN on Thursday, April 11, at 11:00AM. Visitation will begin at 10:00AM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials in Paul's memory be made to the University of MN Foundation (200 Oak Street SE, #500, Mpls, MN 55455 with attention to Lung Disease Research Fund #12728 in memory of Paul Clements). Washburn-McReavy.com Werness Brothers 952-884-8145
Gagne, Mary G. Age 66, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Mar. 29, 2019. Preceded in death by parents, Robert and Shirley Graiziger. Survived by husband, Greg Gagne; children, JP (Laura) Gagne, Gail Gagne, and Peter Gagne; grandchild Margaret Gagne; siblings Robert (Stacey) Graiziger, Pat (Carolyn) Graiziger, Judi (Paul) Vergosen, and David Graiziger; and many other relatives and friends. Mary was an Alexander Ramsey High School and University of Minnesota Graduate, a Northwest airline flight attendant, a mentor, a wife, a friend, a mother, and grandmother. Mary was handy with any tool, a wealth of fun facts and had a knack for finding a good deal. Her gift of gab and unfiltered tongue made her a true character and one- of-a-kind. Mary thrived in the kitchen and hosted many parties for family and friends. She was a selfless mother and wife whose door was always open. Her pride and joy in life were her children and grandchildren, who she loved dearly and was never short of sharing her wisdom with. As a true explorer, our family finds comfort in knowing that her next adventure has just begun. We would like to thank Dr. Levine and his staff at North Memorial Cancer Center for their continued care of Mary during her 4-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Visitation to be held Tuesday (4/9) from 4PM 7PM at Washburn- McReavy, 5000 West 50th St, Edina. Memorial Service to be held Wednesday (4/10) at 11:30AM, one hour visitation prior at Pax Christi Catholic Church, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie. Washburn-McReavy.com Edina Chapel