Munger Barbara H., age 88, of Richfield. As previously announced, Barbara went Home peacefully on February 7, 2005. A celebration of her life will be held Thursday, June 16th at 6 PM in the Gramercy Room at Gramercy Park Cooperative, 6711 Lake Shore Dr., Richfield, MN 55423. Interment will be Saturday, June 18th at Lakewood Cemetery.
Shull Thomas L., age 57, of Col. Hts. Born Feb. 17, 1948, died suddenly June 7, 2005. Preceded in death by mother, Loretta and infant brother, James. He will be deeply missed by loving wife, Mary Jo; children, Sheila (Tim) Mulvaney, John (Colleen), Brett (Jennifer), Ryan, Cristy Jo (Shawn) Lawrence; 8 grandchildren; father, James; siblings, Barbara (Jeff) Brody, Robert (Karen), Kathe Voss; nieces, nephews, other family and friends. We love you Dad & Grandpa! Visitation SUNDAY, 5- 8 PM at the Miller-Methven-Taylor Funeral Home, 831 40th Ave NE, Col. Hts. Mass of Christian Burial Monday, 10 AM at Immaculate Conception Church (4030 Jackson St., Col. Hts. 763-788- 9062) with visitation starting at 9 AM. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred. Miller-Methven-Taylor Col. Hts. 763-789-3338
Gongoll JoAnn E., age 74, of Minnetonka. Funeral service TODAY, 10:30 AM, Zion Lutheran Church, 241 5th Ave N., Hopkins, with visitation beginning at 9:30 AM at church. Interment Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mayer, MN. Washburn-McReavy 952-938-9020
Deminsky Lucille M., age 85, of NE Mpls. Full notice Sunday. Visitation Sunday. Funeral Mass Monday. Memorials preferred to Our Lady of Good Counsel. KAPALA-GLODEK (612) 378-1331
Smith Lester W. Smith (Smitty). Born January 1921, passed away June 8, 2005, at age 84. Lester is survived by loving wife, Joy; 3 adoring children, Stephen (Katie) of Fayetteville, NC, Lorrie (Wayne) Tongen of Lake City, MN, David (LuAnn) of Oak Grove, MN; six grandchildren, Jessica, Lucas, Tyler, Ellen (Dick) Bourcy, Crystal, Mallory; and 3 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by several cousins, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews, and loyal friends who thought he was "the greatest". Lester was affectionately called SMITTY by his friends, co-workers and Joy's family. However, by his own Smith family members, he was called Lester or Uncle Lester. Lester was born in Ladoga, Indiana but spent most of his childhood in Waynetown, Indiana where he was graduated from High School. He was the last of his family to survive. His mother died when he was 3 yeas old. His father and grandmother tried to keep the family together but found they couldn't manage. He had 3 brothers and 2 sisters: Edith, Roy, Ralph, Kenneth and Edna who were taken in and raised by very close friends of the family. The Klines, (J.B. and Mary) adopted his sister, Edna, as she was just an infant at the time of her mother's death. Lester was raised on a farm and has very fond memories of it. However, he chose to work and study very hard to become educated so that he might find success in business management. He joined the Navy in 1942 and served for 4 years. He served in Washington, D.C. working on secret coding. He was able to get into the Navy's V-12 program for officer training, which also gave him the opportunity to attend college on the GI Bill. Smitty attended Swarthmore College, Case School of Applied Science, and was graduated from the University of Michigan and in later years worked towards his Master's Degree at the University of Minnesota. He was recruited by Cargill, Inc. right from the University of Michigan in 1948. He worked for 39 years for Cargill in the Grain Division in Northwest Region Management. Smitty and his wife, Joy, were married on June 29, 1946 and are the proud parents of 3 children who adored their Dad. Smitty has been very civic minded and volunteerism has been one of his highest priorities. He served many years on the Charter Commission of Minnetonka, as chairman. Also, he was honored for many years of service with the Metropolitan YMCA, as well as a founder of the West Suburban YMCA, now Ridgedale Y. He has been very active in the Cargill Spice Group, a group of active retirees. He also served several years on the Minnetonka Senior Advisory Board. Until he was no longer able, Smitty was active in several churches in the areas where he lived, doing teaching, serving on boards or ushering. He was a member of 2 harmonica groups: The Tonka Harmonicas and the Twin Cities Harmonica Group performing for community affairs and nursing homes. He spent several years as an election judge, performed with the Tonka Tale Tellers, wrote with the Tale Spinners. He also struggled to learn the idiosyncrasies of the computer by membership and leadership in the Minnetonka Senior Computer Interest Group. Smitty was an avid contributor of time and effort to Habitat for Humanity for a number of years. Also, another of his favorite volunteer jobs was to drive the senior van for the Minnetonka Senior Center. He said he especially enjoyed driving the van so he could "tell people where to get off". Lester was a life long member of the Masonic Lodge of Indiana and Lake Harriet in Minnesota. Because Smitty believed that education should be forever, he (with Joy) attended eight Elderhostels around the country and was unable to select a favorite because he enjoyed them all so very much. When Lester's children were young, he was a leader in Indian Guides and other groups so he could spend more time with them and further friendships for them and himself.
Smith Con't He also encouraged his children and taught them strong work ethics and Christian Values. As, a dad, he camped and taught his children to enjoy and honor nature and the environment. He took the family on travels locally and around the country to historical spots where they could develop a sense of pride for their country. Smitty was an avid reader and especially enjoyed history and biographies. Smitty chose to be a follower of Christ in practice, principles and prayer, and living the teachings of the word through the Bible. He will long be remembered for his gentle manner and deep principles and convictions. We celebrate and honor and respect his life with joy, sadness and thankfulness for sharing his life with us. Love you, Dad. See you soon. A memorial service will be held on Monday, June 13, 2005, at 11:00 AM, Faith Presbyterian Church, 12007 Excelsior Blvd., Minnetonka, MN 55343. No flowers, please. Memorials to Habitat for Humanity or Faith Presbyterian Church, Minnetonka, MN. Washburn-McReavy Strobeck Johnson Chapel 952-938-9020
Roman Verna A. Roman, age 86, of Plymouth, went home to be with the Lord June 8, 2005. Preceded in death by son, Delroy and husband of 54 years, Nicholas. Survived by children, LaRayne (Tom) Hollander and Duane (Jodi) Roman; grandchildren, Paul, Mark, David and Nicholas; great grandchildren, Olivia and Ella; sister, Lorraine; loving nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation Sun., 6/12, 5-8 PM at Crystal Lake Funeral Home, corner of Penn & Dowling Aves N. Funeral service Mon., 6/13 at 10 AM at Crystal Lake, with add'l visitation 1 hr. prior. Interment Crystal Lake. Crystal Lake FH 612-521-3677
Rutz Raymond J., age 75, of Columbia Heights. Full notice tomorrow. Miller-Methven-Taylor Col. Hts. 763-789-3338
Avoles Anthony Walter Avoles, "Wally," age 82, of Lindstrom, MN, passed away following major surgery on June 8, 2005. Wally was born on October 27, 1922, in St Paul, MN. You can find a full obituary in the Sunday, June 12 newspaper. Wally is survived by his wife Fern of Lindstrom, a sister Marita (Don) Towle of Portland, OR, two daughters Rita (Pastor Robert) Knutson of Granite Falls, Debra Avoles of Little Canada, and a son Charles (Marjorie) Avoles of St. Paul. Grandchildren are Rebecca (Wayne) Herrmann of Bismarck, ND, Robyn (Keith) Leverton of Lindstrom, Randy Knutson of Willmar, Peter Avoles of St. Paul and Tony Avoles of Madison, WI. and also 9 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by parents Anthony and Lucy Avoles, his grandparents John and Anna Woelm, and a brother Raymond Avoles. Celebration of Life and Memorial Service will be held at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 674 Johnson Parkway, St. Paul, MN, on Thursday, June 16 at 11:00 am. Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers.
Karol Rozella S. Karol, age 92, died June 9, 2005. Preceded in death by husband, Arnold J. Karol. Survived by daughter and son-in-law, Patti & Robert Sandler; sister, Pauline Ziskin; grandchildren, Kim & Steve Earnhart and DeDe Sandler; great granddaughter, Alexa Jae Earnhart; brother-in-law & sister- in-law, Saul and Janet Amdur and many loving nieces, nephews and friends. Graveside service SUNDAY 3:30 PM at BETH EL MEMORIAL PARK, 38th & Winnetka Ave. Crystal. In lieu of flowers, donations preferred to Bruce Barenbaum Scholarship Fund c/o Beth El Synagogue or donor's favorite charity. Arr. Hodroff-Epstein 612-871-1234
Tuttle Scott C., 46, of Franklin, NH died Monday, June 6, 2005 in Boscawen from injuries suffered in a single automobile accident. He was born in Boston, MA January 14, 1959, son of the late Earland W. Tuttle Sr. and Helen Dai (Flynn) Tuttle. Scott spent his youth in the Boston area. He graduated from Suffolk University in Boston with a BS in Computer Science. Scott moved from Minneapolis, MN to Concord, NH and lived there for several years before moving to Franklin 4 years ago. Prior to an illness Scott worked for over 19 years as a mail handler for the U.S. Postal Service, most recently in Concord, NH. Scott was a veteran of the US Army. He was predeceased by his parents and sister. His family includes his wife, Shauna D. (Hinzie) Tuttle; son, Tarik Hindi Tuttle; daughter, Priya Dai Tuttle; brothers and a sister. A service will be held Sunday at 3:30 PM at the Satsang Hall, Sant Bani Ashram in Sanbornton, NH. The Smart Memorial Home of Tilton, NH is handling arrangements (603-286-3132). Expressions of sympathy may be made in Scott's name to the Polychondritis Research, c/o Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55901.
Price Katherine (Kay) Price, Edina, MN, formerly of Becketwood in Minneapolis, died of natural causes on June 6, 2005, surrounded by family and friends. Kay was born and raised in Gary, IN. In 1933, she was married to the love of her life, Ray Price. He had been her instructor in a night school business class. After marriage, they formed a partnership of teaching, writing, entertaining and traveling for 54 years, until his death in 1987. Kay was an active member of the University of Minnesota Faculty Wives Club, U of M Retirees Association and the 2nd Church of Christian Science. She loved to sew, garden, attend the theater and art museums and greatly enjoyed sharing in the lives of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family thanks the entire staff at Walker Elder Suites for all the love, care and support they have given Kay and her family during the past three years. We also want to thank all the Fairview Hospice caregivers for the dedicated and compassionate care they have given Kay and the rest of the family this past year. Kay is survived by her son, Ray & his wife Helen of Montana; by her daughter, Roberta Mays & her husband John of Plymouth, MN. She is also survived by special family friend, Gretchen Price; grandchildren, Kathy & Doug McMillan, Kim Mays and Linda & Bob Giesen, Bob Mays, Steve & Kathy Mays, Dana Price, Alison & Walter Preuninger and Karl Price; 15 great- grandchildren; nephew, Arthur Travers & wife Laurie; sister-in-law, Lois Travers, and nieces, Ernadene Travers and Mary Dragoo. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Ray G. Price Lecture, Research and Scholarship Fund, University of Minnesota Foundation, c/o College of Education & Human Development, 105 Burton Hall, 175 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455. Her life will be celebrated on Friday, July 15. The family will be receiving friends at 9:30 AM, followed by a memorial service at 11 AM at: Cremation Society of MN 7110 France Avenue S. Edina 952-924-4100
Durling Ruth G., age 82, of Bloomington, on June 9, 2005. Full notice Sunday edition. WERNESS BROTHERS Bloomington Chapel 952-884-8145
Griffith Constance Thorp Griffith, age 74, passed away Wednesday June 8, 2005 at her home in Wilmington. Connie was born and spent her first 22 years in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her life was enriched by her art, poetry, and love of singing in choral groups and choirs for which she often soloed. This included the Minneapolis Choralaires. She inherited her love of music from her father, the late Conrad Thorp of Minneapolis who was a choir director and lifelong organist. She is survived by her husband Charles Griffith, four children and their spouses, Linda Griffith and Scott Kellogg, Sandee Griffith and Chip Rose, Pam, and Bill Glaub and Clark & Jillian Griffith. Her memory is cherished by 11 grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, DE. Burial will be private. chandlerfuneralhome.com
Combs Timothy D., age 38 of Burnsville. Service Wednesday, 11 AM, Henry W. Anderson Mortuary, 147th & Garrett. Full notice Tuesday. Henry W. Anderson 952-432-2331
Pecha Matthew Kyle Nordos, age 5, of Blaine. Complete notice Sunday. KOZLAK-RADULOVICH 612-789-8869
Hennes Teresa Anne, of St. Paul, age 48, died after a courageous battle with cancer on Friday, June 10, 2005 at N.C. Little Hospice in Edina. See full notice Sunday. Arr. O'HALLORAN AND MURPHY FUNERAL HOME 651-698-0796.
McDonald Raymond "Red" McDonald of Bloomington, died June 9, 2005 at age 81. Preceded in death by loved and missed son, Jim; daughter, Pat Fulton; brothers, Richard and James McDonald; sisters, Marion Holmes, Jean Ericksen and Dorothy Boeser. Survived by loving wife of 58 years, Pauline; sons, Dick (Maureen), Mike (Pat); daughter, Pauline "Penny"; 8 grandchildren, Scott (Darcy) McDonald, Kelly (Dave) Smith, Kristin McDonald, Michelle (Dave) Greenhouse, John (Stephanie) McDonald, Missy (Tim) Dawson, Aaron Fulton, Daniel Fulton; 6 great grandchildren; brothers, Charles, Patrick (Patricia) McDonald; sisters, Rosie Gephart, Barbara Wrycza, Eleanor Branson, and Joanne (Wayne) Pahl. Red owned McDonald Realty for 35 years. He also owned Ray-Mac Homes developing land and buildings, about 400 homes, mostly in Bloomington, but also in Prior Lake, Burnsville and Lakeville. He was a member of the Bloomington Fire Department for 20 years, the American Legion #550, VFW #1296, DAV and K of C #3827. Mass of Christian Burial Monday 11 AM at the Church of the Nativity of Mary, 9900 Lyndale Ave. So. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Visitation Sunday 3-7 PM at Gill Brothers Funeral Chapel, 9947 Lyndale Ave. So. and 1 hour prior to service at church only. Memorials preferrred to family. GILL BROTHERS 952.888.7771
Logeais David R., age 53, of Medina. Memorial service Monday 4:30 PM at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2060 6th Ave. N., Long Lake. Visitation Sunday 5 to 8 PM at Gearty-Delmore Chapel of Plymouth, 37th Ave. N. and Vicksburg Lane. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Karen Wykoff Fund at 3312 Richmond Ave., Shore- view, MN 55126. Full notice Sunday. Gearty-Delmore Plymouth 763-553-1411
Zywiec Deborah Ann Zywiec 7/14/1950-6/9/2005 Of Cottage Grove, passed away on June 9, 2005 at the age of 54 from lung cancer, non-smoker. Preceded in death by parents, Fred & Joyce Dahm and brother, Steve. Survived by husband, Joe & four children, Natalie (Bryce) Quinn, Aaron (Tiffany) Zywiec, Joseph & Jonathan Zywiec and sister, Pam (Dale) Krosch. A 1968 graduate of Henry Sibley & a 1972 graduate of Bemidji State. Debbie taught school in the W. St. Paul, Mounds View & S. Washington County School districts. Debbie was a lover of life & more than anything loved her family and friends. Debbie was most proud of being a mother. Her children & her husband of 31 years were the most important part of her life. Debbie said, "Friends are what make life great!" A special thank you to Alice Reuter and Dr. Dudek for their wonderful care. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Minnesota Medical Foundation for lung cancer research at the U of M Masonic Cancer Center. Visitation 2-5 PM Sunday, June 12, & also on Monday, June 13, 1 hour before service at Zion Lutheran Church, 8500 Hillside Trail, Cottage Grove. Service 11 AM Monday at Zion Lutheran Church. Burial in Newport Cemetery. Arr: Kok Funeral Home Cottage Grove (651) 459-2875 www.kokfuneral.com
Blau William V. (Bill) Blau, age 83, of Montgomery, Minnesota, passed away at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital June 8th, 2005, with his family by his side. Survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Kathryn (Mohrbacher); sons, Peter (wife Lucia), Billy (wife Terri), John (wife Sigrid) and Jim; his 10 grandchildren and his great-grandchild. Bill was born in LaCrosse, WI on April 27th, 1922. He moved to Belle Plaine, MN, in 1934. He was a Naval Pilot in World War II and proud of his years in service. Bill married his hometown sweetheart, Kathryn Mary Mohrbacher, on June 1, 1946. He worked for Green Giant/Pillsbury for 35 years in Iowa and Montgomery, Minnesota, and after his retirement, frequently assisted with Green Giant's operation in France. Bill enjoyed spending time with his family, loved golfing, traveling and music of any kind. Funeral Service 10 AM Monday, June 13, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery, MN. Visitation Sunday, June 12, 4-8 PM at Schoenbauer Funeral Home, 200 Third Street SE in Montgomery. Interment is at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Chesler Dr. Merrill David Chesler, M.D., age 86, of Scottsdale, AZ formerly of Minneapolis, died June 8, 2005, surrounded by his wife Grayce of 56 years and his children. Preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Bessie, sister, Mary Cabot, brothers, Harry, Max, Lennie, and Nate, and son, Steven. Merrill is survived by his beloved, "She's the best thing that ever happened to me," wife, Grayce, sons, Larry and wife Jan, Brad and wife, Jean, daughter, Paula, and grandchildren, Matt, Aaron and Rachael, and Caitlin, Ryan and Zachary. Dr. Chesler was an internationally renowned plastic surgeon in the Minneapolis area. He graduated from North High in 1936 with top honors and received the Menorah scholarship for his academic and extracurricular achievements. He attended the University of Minnesota where he received his undergraduate and medical degrees in 1943 and was a member of the Phi Delta Epsilon medical fraternity. Upon graduation from medical school he interned at Anchor Hospital in Saint Paul and did his residency at the Veterans Hospital in Minneapolis. After finishing his surgical training he entered the army during World War II. He spent several years in the army surgical hospital corps as a Captain stationed at army hospitals in several European theaters. At the end of World War II, Merrill met and married his wife, Grayce in 1948. The newly married couple then traveled to New Orleans, where Merrill entered training in Plastic Surgery at Tulane University. After the completion of his plastic surgery training the couple returned to Minneapolis. During his career as a plastic surgeon, Merrill was instrumental in the formation of the Cleft Lip and Palette Clinic at the University of Minnesota. Additionally he was a founding member of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Merrill also served tenure as the Chief of Staff during his 30 years of practice at Mount Sinai Hospital in Minneapolis. He was a quiet man who spoke loudly by his example. An ethical man who always said, "It was not as important to be right, but rather to do right, it was only necessary to know you have done right." Merrill often donated his professional time to the betterment of unfortunate victims of accidents and birth defects. The power of his professional skill was only surpassed by his humility and desire to help the human condition. Merrill spoke to those around him with a strength of moral character that belied his quiet demeanor. Guided by his clear sense of his giving nature, he touched the lives of many, through his medical practice, social contacts and family involvements. A devoted husband and father, he will be greatly missed. The example of his life will continue to be our guiding light. Funeral Service SUNDAY, 2:00 PM, MINNEAPOLIS JEWISH CEMETERY CHAPEL, 70 1/2 & Penn Ave. S., Richfield. Immediately following the funeral family and friends will gather together at 6051 Laurel Ave., Golden Valley. Memorials preferred to Rabbi Marcia Zimmer- man's Discretionary Fund at Temple Israel or the Minnesota AIDS Project. Arrangements: Hodroff-Epstein 612-871-1234
Peterson Marcella A., age 77 of Elk River, formerly of Dayton, died June 10, 2005 after a lengthy battle with lung disease. Mass of Christian Burial 10 AM Monday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Dayton. Visitation 4-8 PM Sunday at the church and one hour prior to Mass at church on Monday. Interment St. John's Parish Cemetery. Memorials preferred. Full notice Sunday. Arr. Dare's Funeral Home 763-441-1212
Hensley Roy M. Hensley, "Rockstar" 57, beloved son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend to all, passed away in Minneapolis on June 8, 2005. This unique and talented artist was recently inducted into the Minnesota Rock and Country Hall of Fame as a member of "The Castaways" of "Liar, Liar" fame. Roy is survived by his mother, Donna Hart; two brothers, Philip & Richard Hensley, wife, Dawn Hensley, three sons, one daughter, five grandchildren, many cousins and millions of adoring fans. Services will be held at 4:00 PM Sunday, June 12, 2005 at the Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont, MN with burial in Antrim Township Cemetery. Rocky will be deeply missed. www.lakeview funeralhome.net
Hawkins George Steve "Pops, the Professor" Hawkins of Mpls leaves a legacy of Christian love with his wife, Phyllis; children, Nathan (Joy Ulrickson) & Sarah (Jake Storms), and countless others who were touched by his ministry, teaching (St. Paul public schools) and service. Preceded in death by his parents and 3 siblings of Hammond, IN. Open house Sunday 6/12, 3-7 PM at the family's home, Celebration service Monday at SE Christian Church, 960 15th Ave SE, Mpls. 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorials to SE Christian Church or the Salvation Army.
Tibbetts Matt C., 64, of Aitkin, died Thursday, June 9, 2005 at Riverwood Extended Care, Aitkin. He was born August 8, 1940 in Aitkin to Vernon C. and Kathryn C. (Graves) Tibbetts. He graduated from Aitkin High School. He was a lineman for Aitkin Public Utilities and owned Tibbetts House Moving. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church, Aitkin. Matt supported the Women's Shelter of Brainerd, lived by the principles of A.A. for 25 years and brought A.A. to people in jail. He will be remembered for being generous with his time and talents. He was preceded in death by his son, Gregory; brother, Ronnie, and his father, Vernon. Matt is survived by daughter & son-in- law, Gina (Jon) LaFlamme of El Mirage, AZ; son, Jeff Tibbetts of Parker, CO; 8 grandchildren, Matthew, Zachery, Canaan and Zoe LaFlamme and Trista, Amanda, Kayla and Jeffrey Tibbetts; mother, Kathryn Kalberg of Aitkin; 3 brothers and sisters- in-law, Mike (Kathy) of Aitkin, Dick (Marva) of Forest Lake, Steve of Minneapolis; two sisters & brother-in-law, Cyndi Camarco of Apache Junction, Mary (David) Massey of Sachse, TX; and many other relatives and friends. Funeral service 10 AM Monday, June 13, 2005 at St. James Catholic Church, Aitkin. Fr. Robert Monaghan will officiate. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetry. Visitation 4-8 PM Sunday, with a prayer service starting at 7 PM at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.
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