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Born 9/14/1927 to Bill and Verna on a farm in rural St. Clair, MN. Delivered by great uncle, Richard Juliar, St Clair country Doctor. He lost his dad at age 10 and was a big help to his mother and baby sister Rosemary.
"ALWAYS LEAVE 'EM LAUGHING" was his lifelong motto. He had jokes for every occasion. He was Master of ceremonies for the Mankato High Senior Variety show. After graduation from high school in 1945, he attended the University of St. Thomas from 1946- 1950.
The Korean war began in June 1950 and Bob was among the first draftees from Minnesota. He was discharged as a sergeant in 1952 and served in the Air Force reserve until 1955 where he was discharged as a Sergeant-First Class. During his Army service, he married Judy Butzer, they had four children, Maggie, Julie, Mark and Jean. He worked with Sentry Insurance in Minneapolis and was transferred to Manager, and in 1955 transferred to Santa Barbara Ca.
Surfing was just beginning, and Bob tried it. There were only about 20 beach bum regulars who would make a board for you for 25 dollars. The surfing was at "Ventura county line", that the Beach Boys wrote about in their song.
But his real goal was to be in Insurance Sales, and they moved to Bakersfield Ca. in 1956. From his first year, he began breaking company sales records for Southern Calif., and continued to break them for years. Then he and four other agents formed their own agency which is still growing annually.
He was a perpetual student, achieving the insurance profession's three highest designations: CPCU, CLU, and CHFC. He would always say, when the school bell rings, let it ring for you.
He was active in civic affairs, serving on the board of directors of the Golden Empire Gleaners, Aunt Cherie's Home, and Catholic Charities.
Bob's hobby was physical fitness. He set the record as the oldest finisher of the Marine Corps obstacle course at age 70. He won may medals for marathon and triathlons.
He was a devout Catholic, being a lector-song leader at Our Lady Of Perpetual Help in Bakersfield as well as leading the rosary on Saturday mornings and helped form the first Parish Council. He presented religious instructions to high school students and inmates of juvenile hall. He was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus.
Tragedy struck twice in Bakersfield with the loss of daughter Maggie and Son Mark, as well as a fatal illness to wife Judy. They moved back to Minnesota where she later died.
There was a happy ending. When Marilyn Pauley was a senior at Good Counsel Academy, she invited Bob to a formal dance. They went their separate ways in life but were always so glad to see each other at bi-annual " Katoland " reunions. After they each lost their spouse, they found each other again and lived happily ever after.
Bob is survived by his wife Marilyn, Daughters Julie Sisson, Jean Small (Becky). Step children, Bill Simonett (Indira), Mike Simonett (Teresa) Paul Simonett (ciorsdan) Jane Fleming (Jim). Two Granddaughters, 4 Great grandsons, and several Step Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren.
There will be a Mass said for Bob, at the Washburn Mcgreevy Funeral Home in Bloomington Minnesota, but because of COVID restrictions - it will be for immediate family only. We would love that you raise a glass to toast Bob's memory.
LaFrenz, Mary Jodeen was born on October 5, 1938 in Willmar, MN. She was the daughter of Robert and Lewista Paris. She passed away on November 2, 2020 following a battle with cancer. Jodeen moved to Mandan, North Dakota when she was 13. She had many fond memories of her childhood including being the only girl that could climb the hanging rope to the top of the gym and being a member of the marching band. She was a proud graduate of Mandan High School. Jodeen graduated from NDSU in 1960 with a BS in Education and was in the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. She got her first job teaching Home Economics at Faribault Junior HS. This is where she met her husband Dale, a math teacher. They married in 1963 in Mandan. Jodeen was a dedicated and loving mother who stayed at home to raise four kids. Jodeen had many passions including travel, family cabin time, building strong connections with friends, family and especially grandkids. She will be remembered lovingly for her strength, kindness and relentlessly positive spirit. She is survived by her loving husband, Dale, of 57 years; son Jason (Naomi) LaFrenz, daughter Jennifer LaFrenz, daughter Sarah (Jason) Bass and son Todd (Jackie) LaFrenz and seven grandchildren Ian, Will, Emma, Madeline, Gavin, Matea and Sam; brothers Frosty Paris, Richard (Kathy) Paris and Jack (Kristi) Paris; Dean and Carol LaFrenz; nephews and nieces; and many dear friends. Jodeen loved her connection with the Pax Christi Quilters and their annual project of making quilts for graduating seniors at Christo Rey Jesuit HS in Mpls. Memorials can be made to Pax Christi Quilting Ministry or directly to Christo Rey HS.
Doris C. Hazuka, age 90 of New Ulm, formerly of Bloomington, passed away Friday, November 27, 2020, at the Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm. She is survived by her children: Paul (Joan) Hazuka of New Ulm, Mary (Butch) Daniel of Oak Park, IL, and Anne (Lance) Brown of Redlands, CA; thirteen grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren; her sisters: Rita Toenies of Sauk Rapids, Arlene Moening of Waconia, and Maureen (Al) Luetmer of Melrose, and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Hubert and Rosalia Heinen; her loving husband, L. Joseph Hazuka; her daughter, Amy Hazuka; and her infant sister, Dorothy Heinen.
Doris and Joe were blessed to have been part of the Pax Christi Catholic Community for many years. A private Mass of Christian Burial for Doris will be held on Friday, December 4th at 10:30 a.m. with interment following at Pleasant Hill Cemetery. For those who wish to join virtually, the service will be live-streamed at the Pax Christi website.
Neeser, Roman T., “Rome” age 86, of Eden Prairie, originally from St. Cloud, passed away suddenly on November 16, 2020. He is survived by wife Floreen “Flo” Rumreich Neeser, children: Sue Burk (Bryan), Barb Darst (Pat), Doug Neeser (Cheryl), Karen Danielson, and Nancy Thom (Jim). Also survived by 14 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by infant son, David. Due to COVID, a private funeral mass will be held for immediate family on November 25. Interment will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery at a later date..
Garry, Harold L. "Harry" Age 84, of Bloomington, with heavy hearts we share that Harry has passed away peacefully after a valiant struggle, surrounded by his family. He was known as a man with many friends and will be greatly missed. Harry was a proud Irishman, a 1954 graduate of Bethlehem Academy, proud member of the US Navy, a 60 year member with the Knights of Columbus and 38 years with the telephone company. He was an avid MN sports fan, but more than anything he enjoyed supporting his grandchildren's sporting and school events. We will be forever blessed by his faith and family values, he was truly the best. Preceded in death by parents, William and Mary Garry; grandson, Benjamin Keeler; son-in-law, Terry Keeler; siblings, Alice, Lucille and Lawrence. Survived by wife of 59+ years, Diane; children, Thomas (Christine), Colleen (Dan) Dockendorf, Ann Eisenbarth, Lynn (Jim) Morrow, Laura Keeler, John (Stacey); grandchildren, Maddie, Jack, Patrick (Mara), Michael, Cory, Samantha, Nick, Nikki (Drew), Austin, Michael, Brenna, Rylee, Will, Gavin and Luke; brother, Paul (Jil) Garry; nieces, nephews and many life-long friends. In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to Bethlehem Academy. Private family Mass of Christian Burial, Tuesday, Nov. 24 11AM at Pax Christi Catholic Community of Eden Prairie. Due to COVID restrictions the service will be livestreamed at: PaxChristi.com.
Mary Jodeen LaFrenz was born on October 5, 1938 in Willmar, MN. She was the daughter of Robert and Lewista Paris. She passed away on November 2, 2020 following a battle with cancer.
Jodeen had many passions including travel, family gatherings at the cabin (especially 4th of July), building strong connection with grandkids, Pax Christi Quilters and constantly catching up with friends and family. She will be remembered lovingly for her strength, kindness and relentlessly positive spirit.
She is survived by her loving husband Dale of 57 years; son Jason (Naomi) LaFrenz, daughter Jennifer LaFrenz, daughter Sarah (Jason) Bass and son Todd (Jackie) LaFrenz and seven grandchildren Ian, Will, Emma, Madeline, Gavin, Matea and Sam; brothers Frosty Paris, Richard (Kathy) Paris and Jack (Kristi) Paris and many dear friends.
Jodeen loved her strong connection with the Pax Christi Quilters Club and their annual project of making quilts for graduating seniors at Christo Rey Jesuit High School in Minneapolis. Memorials can be made to- Pax Christi Quilters or directly to Christo Rey Jesuit High School. Memorial service is pending.
Jeppesen, Mary Jo 75, Chaska, MN. Jesus picked her up for a forever party on October 31, 2020. She was reunited with parents John and Burnell Jeppesen, sister Barbara (Holzer), brother-in-law Fred Amrhein and niece Angela (Amrhein). She will be sorely missed by sisters Judy (Amrhein), Burnell (Lovaasen), Virginia (Mahigan), brothers John (Mooresville, NC), Jim, Jerry and Joseph, numerous nieces nephews and cousins. "Sister" Mary Jo was an associate member of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and a "friend of Bill W." since 1988. "MJo" lived her faith to the letter, loving everyone she met and will be missed by all. Thoughtful, kind, generous and quirky are just some of the terms that set her apart. Greeting cards and gifts were often sent "just because." One included an overnight Old Home cottage cheese delivery to brother John. Interment will be at the Mound Cemetery, Brooklyn Park. MN. Memorial services are pending due to COVID restrictions.
Demetriou, Demetrios T. Born in Burgas, Bulgaria on January 13 1939. Passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 29, 2020. A proud Greek patriarch, he adored his family and was actively involved in their daily lives. He emigrated to the US in 1957, arriving in St. Paul in April without understanding a word of English. By that September, he was enrolled in Macalester College. Still learning, he translated his textbook from Greek to English to finish his assignments and proudly graduated in 4 years. A true entrepreneur, he followed a successful career at Control Data to become the newest Greek tycoon in Twin Cities apartment buildings. Fiercely proud of his Greek heritage, he never missed an opportunity to educate the non-Greeks on the Hellenic history of the world. Preceded in death by his parents, Theodoros and Ekaterini (Evangelou) Demetriou. Survived by the love of his life, Martha (Speltz), his wife of 54 years. Further survived by his children Laura (Mark) Mahoney, Mark, and James Preston (JP). Such a proud Papou to Elizabeth, Conor, and Catherine. Brother to Maria (the late Gary) Paradise. Brother-in-law to the late Mary and Jim Keller, Nora (Roger) Pearson, and Jane (Lowell) Baerenwald. Devoted to all of his Greek cousins in Minnesota, California, Athens, and Burgas. Visitation to be held Monday, November 2nd from 4pm to 8pm at Washburn-McReavy Albin Eden Prairie Chapel, 7625 Mitchell Road (952-975-0400). In lieu of flowers, donations appreciated in his honor to St. George Greek Orthodox Church (1111 Summit Ave, St. Paul, MN) or Pax Christi Catholic Church (12100 Pioneer Trail Eden Prairie, MN). Private burial service to be held at Pax Christi Catholic Church, Eden Prairie.
Olofson, Maureen A. age 76, of Bloomington, died peacefully at home on Saturday, October 31, 2020. Survived by son, Eric (Sarah) Olofson; daughter, Christine (Brian) Czock; grand children, Devon and Haley Olofson, Brandon and Tyler Czock; brother, Dan (Ginny) O'Brien, brother, Joe (Sylvia) O'Brien, brother Tim (Patti) O'Brien, sister Bridget (Tony) Richardson; many relatives and friends. Preceded in death by father Richard, mother Alice and sister Theresa. Private Christian burial service. Maureen has donated her body to the University of Minnesota Anatomy Bequest Program, and her brain tissue donated to Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, FL for further Corti-cobasal Degeneration Research. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred in Maureen's honor to Pax Christi Catholic Community or CurePSP at psp.org.
Wipperling, Dennis (68) of Bloomington, MN, passed away suddenly on Saturday, October 24 from colon cancer complications. A devoted husband, amazing father and loving "Gramps," he is survived by his wife, Kathryn and children, Karlie and Tyson - married to Katherine with daughter, Cora. While gone much too soon, his impact will forever be felt by those who were fortunate enough to know him. The family is having a small, private funeral on Monday, November 2nd at 10:30 a.m. For those who wish to join virtually, the service will be live streamed at paxchristi.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent in Dennis' name to: Demontreville Jesuit Retreat House (demontrevilleretreat.com), Yellowstone Forever (yellowstone.org) or Pax Christi Catholic Community (paxchristi.com).
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 fr