Robbins, Patricia "Trisha" Bach Age 74, of Minnetonka, died July 2, 2021. She was a graduate of St. Louis Park High School and had a BS degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was a captain and a nurse in the U.S. Army, stationed in Heidelberg, Germany, where she cared for soldiers during the Vietnam war. Following her service as a nurse in the U.S. Army, she had a 39-year career in nursing, at Lutheran Deaconess, Ramsey County Medical Center, Eitel and Abbott-Northwestern hospitals in the Twin Cities. Her hobbies included knitting and sewing. She began working as a costumer during high school plays. She also volunteered at Methodist Hospital, giving hand massages to cancer patients who were undergoing chemotherapy. She was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Minneapolis (1990-2011), and from 2011 to the present at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Edina.
Mary L. Holt, age 74 of Perham, passed away on Friday, September 24, 2021 at Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes, MN.
She was born to Charles and Delma (Glander) Barnum on July 17, 1947 in St. Louis Park, MN. Mary spent many years working as the head hostess at the Minikahda Club in Minneapolis. She loved gathering for pontoon rides on the lake, cocktail hour, and was known for her contagious laugh and spunky personality. She enjoyed the sunshine, music, and spending time with her family, especially her grandkids.
Mary is survived by her daughter, Holly Holt; granddaughters, Brittany (Nick) Campana and Dorthy Wilson; and great-grandchildren, Serenity, Nolan, Autumn, and Hudson. She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings; and granddaughter, Raquel Stutsman.
On October 5, 2019. Wife of Steven Cohen; Daughter of Glenn (and the late Helen) Beaubaire; Step-mother of Jodi (Jennifer Raymond) Cohen and Kimberly (Jonathan) Hyman; Sister of Susan (Leonard Lichtblau) Beaubaire, Bonnie Beaubaire (Kevin Lorenson) and Thomas (Liz Bardon) Beaubaire; Grand-mother of Beatrix and Sadie; Aunt of Alanna, Lauren, Jay and Nolan.
Berdass, Daniel Mark age 69, of Minnetonka, Minnesota passed on November 22, 2016 after a courageous battle with leukemia. Preceded in death by his father Fred Berdass, father and mother-in-law Vitek & Eda Strauss, and brother-in-law Jerry Strauss. Survived by his mother, Margo Berdass; devoted wife, Pearl; adoring children, David Berdass, Ellen Feldman (Joey), and Josh Berdass (Ali); loving granddaughters, Evie, Kira, Myra, Annie and Ruthie; siblings Nancy Hartman (Bob), Jeff Berdass (Connie), sisters and brothers-in-law Dennis & Marcie Ashenfarb, Randy & Bobbi Heiligman, Michael & Abby Strauss, and Eileen Strauss; many loving aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Dan was past President and CEO of BERMO, INC., a contract manufacturing company in Circle Pines, Minnesota. Dan's leadership and dedication was recognized throughout the industry. Spending time with his precious granddaughters gave Dan tremendous pleasure in life. More recently, Dan found inspiration by providing support and hope to cancer patients and survivors through the Be the Match organization. A special thank you to the University of Minnesota Bone Marrow Treatment medical team and hospital staff. Funeral service 2:00 pm WEDNESDAY (TODAY) at ADATH JESHURUN CONGREGATION, 10500 Hillside Lane W., Minnetonka. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Daniel Berdass Fund at Adath Jeshurun Congregation. SHIVA 7:00 pm Wednesday and Sunday at Adath Jeshurun Congregation. Hodroff-Epstein 612-871-1234 hodroffepstein.com
Robert S. Bergeson (Bob) passed away at home from a suspected heart attack. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on April 30, 1947 and died on July 9, 2019. His mother Ruth Herrmeyer Bergeson and father Emory Kirkhus Bergeson preceded him in death. Bob attended St. Louis Park High School in Minnesota and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay.
Bob married his high school sweetheart, Winky in 1968. They resided in Two Rivers, Wisconsin for the first 3 years of their marriage while Bob served in the United States Coast Guard.
Bob was known for his business acumen and “daring to do things differently” throughout his successful sales and marketing career. Ethics and truly caring about his customers led Bob to achieving unprecedented results for his companies: including Eastman Kodak, MCI and TelAuthority.
Bob was extremely athletic and played football, baseball, basketball and golf; but most of all he found pleasure in his grandchildren’s sports.
Bob loved being outdoors; hunting, fishing and boating. He was an avid archer who enjoyed developing the love of the sport in others. He was a Master Instructor for the state of Kansas who originated and taught the Hunter Education program at JCCC. Bob was also a certified Pope & Young antler scorer. He was a true ambassador for ethical, responsible, hunting, respect for wildlife and outdoor education. It was especially important to Bob that he share his knowledge and love for the outdoors with his family. He will leave behind a legacy of continued annual Canadian family fishing trips and South Dakota pheasant hunts.
Bob was an active member of the Overland Park Rotary Club and the recipient of the Paul Harris Award. He was always the first to volunteer and lend a helping hand.
Bob showed unconditional love for his family and friends. He guided his children with honest wisdom, support and advice. He is survived by his wife, Winky Bergeson, children; Kimberly Bergeson Oelschlager, Todd Bergeson and Justin Bergeson, son-in-law Ronnie Oelschlager, daughters-in-law Tori Bergeson and Lisa Bergeson, grandchildren; Alexis & Tripp Oelschlager, Brianna & Nikki Bergeson, Fisher, Boden and Bristol Bergeson, Bob’s brother Bill Bergeson, his wife Kris, their children Erin (Corby) Brooks & Ryan (Melissa) Bergeson, great nieces & nephews Carter & Peachy Brooks, Ty & Sophie Bergeson and Bob’s brother Jim Bergeson, his wife Linda, their children Travis (Nichole) Bergeson, Derek (Mallory) Bergeson, Jenna Bergeson and great nieces Kira & Lacey Bergeson.
Bob was beloved by his family and a genuine friend who will be truly missed.
I was devastated to read of Bob's death just now. Bob and I grew up in the same neighborhood. We attended Kindergarten through our Senior year together. We played baseball together in the Summer, had acorn fights with fellow class of '65 classmates, Kathy Engdahl and Bill Dahl. Bob and Bill's snow forts were legendary on West 25th Street! Bob and I got married at the Sophomore Sadie Hawkins Dance, but it was beautiful Winky who stole his heart so long ago.
Shortly before Bill Dahl passed away, he made me promise that I would contact Bob to let him know of his death. I contacted Bob and we shared stories of our childhood. We kept in touch with Christmas greetings after that every year. It was so wonderful to reconnect with Bob and Winky after so many years. God Bless you and keep you Bob. Thank you for being such a great friend so many, many years ago. I will never forget you. You will be in my heart forever.
Miller, Sandralynn (Bowlin) Age 72 of Rosemount passed away peacefully on 8/15/19. Survived by loving husband of 52 years, David R. Miller; daughter, Kim R. (Garret) Ibsen; grandchildren, Chelsea (Arick Schaibly) Ibsen, David Ibsen, Ashlee and Alex Sellner; many nieces & nephews. Preceded in death by daughter, Kris Sellner; parents, Kenneth & Ruth Bowlin. Sandi loved camping and fishing with her husband, David, and spending time with family. She also spoiled her grandpup, Rosco with lots of treats & kisses.
Recently we received the sad news thatTom (Mouse) Bracher had passed away on Wednesday, February 1,2023.
As some of you may know, Mouse has been dealing with a number of heart and mobility issues over the past several years, but throughout those times he always maintained his positive attitude and sense of humor. Lee Davies, who was a neighbor of the Bracher family, shared that he and Mouse were friends since they were four years old, and that it was Tom’s mother who nicknamed him Mouse, because when he was born she thought he looked like a mouse.
With all the inconsistency in our lives, over all the years that we knew him, Mouse was always a good and decent person that enjoyed life and gave generously of his time to the track and field community.
Bracher, Thomas Reid age 76 of Chaska, Minnesota, passed away Wednesday, February 1, 2023, surrounded by family members. Born January 20, 1947, he is preceded in death by his parents Richard George Bracher and Mary (Neemes) Bracher, brother Richard Bracher, and nephew Todd Bracher. Survived by sister, Patricia (Bracher) Jensen of Eden Prairie, Minnesota and brother, Christian Carl Bracher (Kathy) of White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Nephews Scott Soderberg (Cathy), Troy Bracher (Biz), Chad Bracher. Nieces Elizabeth Soderberg Chollar (Andrew), Kerri (Bracher) Lesch (Paul). Along with 12 great-nieces and nephews and one great, great nephew. Tom was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He grew up in St. Louis Park, graduating from St. Louis Park High School in 1965 and later from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. degree with a double major in Business and Economics. While at the University of Minnesota, he was a football lineman on the last U of M football team named Big Ten Champions in 1967, the year in which he was also a member of the Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Champions. He was also an inducted member of the "M" Club at the University of Minnesota. Tom worked for many years in the real estate industry in the Chicago area. He returned to Chaska where he was employed at the former Chaska Building Center until his retirement. Throughout his retirement years, he loved working the shot put event at track and field meets. He officiated at state high school meets, university and college meets, and USATF events. Generations of high school throwers know of no one else managing the shot put at the State Meet each spring. Tom also spent many years employed by the Minnesota Twins baseball organization in the Hospitality Department.
Mouse was a rare character and special friend. He was an imposing, gentle soul. His seeming low key, innocent demeanor disguised a crafty michievousness. He was subtlety extremely clever but endlessly loyal.
Despite being quite frail last summer at the reunion he remain curious, caring and genuine.
We'll miss him but have been bless to have known him.
Steven 'Stoney' Burke
Burke, Steven "Stoney" Age 69 of Plymouth, formerly of St. Louis Park passed away April 16, 2017. US Army veteran. Steve was an avid hockey player, coach, and mentor throughout his entire life. Preceded in death by parents, Bill and Ethel; siblings, Jack and Susan. Survived by his wife of 39 years, Gwynne; nieces, Stacy and Karla; nephew, Kevin; in-laws, Lynne, Martie and Jon; and many valued friends.
Bruce Chesin worked in hospitality all his life, his wife said. He would deliver bread in the morning when he was a student at the University of Minnesota, and shortly after that, he and a friend ran disco venue The Establishment in the Foshay Tower in downtown Minneapolis, and later The Hippogriff in St. Louis Park, which is where he met Anne. She was a bartender at the busy nightclub. The couple moved to Las Vegas for a while in the early 1980s to help Bruce Chesin’s ailing parents, and to Scotland for five years, where Bruce Chesin helped Anne Chesin’s mother with a small fishing hotel she owned. It was while in Scotland that Bruce Chesin began to work for Holiday Inn. He worked in various cities as a general hotel manager for that comp In 1999, Chesin was given the opportunity to open a stand at the Minnesota State Fair. The Chesins had just moved back to Bruce’s home state from Chicago, where Bruce fell in love with Chicago dogs — real Vienna beef hot dogs topped with brown mustard, onions, sweet relish, tomatoes, cucumbers, sport peppers, a dill pickle spear and celery salt. “He loved Chicago dogs,” Anne Chesin said. “It was a great thing, such a simple, tasty treat, that Minnesota hadn’t seen before.” In 2002, Bruce retired from his job at Holiday Inn, and in 2006, the couple opened the Chicago Dogs stand in downtown Stillwater.
He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After he graduated from high school and joined the Marines to serve his country. He went to Vietnam in 1966 and was with the 2nd battalion, 9th Marines. After serving 13 months there he went on to be sergeant of guard of President Johnson’s and Nixon’s helicopter. After his service he went on to college and received his BA in mathematics from Minnesota State University.
David was active in Vietnam Veterans group. He followed his brother to Sandpoint in 1991 where he resided until his death.
Nancy Heideman, Christopher, Keithley
Heideman, Christopher, Keithley, Nancy went to be with Jesus on 9/8/2020. Nancy was born 6/10/1947 and grew up in St. Louis Park, MN. She was a loving Sister, Wife, Mother, Nana, Great Nana, and a longtime daycare provider. She loved being around little children to teach them and show them God's Love. Nancy will be deeply missed by her brothers: Dale, Todd and John; her son Chris (Patty); daughter Carla; her 13 grandchildren: Colton, Kyle, Quinn, Caleb, Abby, Sarah, Andrew, Gianna, Tim, Daniel, Andrew S., Kaitlyn and Megan.
Dahl, William L., DDS age 69 of Minnetonka, passed away at home Monday, October 3, 2016. Preceded in death by parents, Lester and Maxine Dahl and brother, Robert Dahl. Survived by wife, Linda; children, Christine, and Erik. He grew up in St. Louis Park, graduated from the U of M School of Dentistry in 1971, practicing dentistry in St. Louis Park, Mpls, MN, Hayward, WI, Kihei, Hawaii, and Eden Prairie, MN.
David Martin Dikel (Age 74)
On Friday, November 26, 2021, of Rockville, MD. Much loved husband of Margaret Dikel; father of Aaron and Ilana Dikel; brother of William, Thomas, and James Dikel; grandfather of seven. Also survived by many friends and family
Cathie Duncan Johnson-Sepp, passed away peacefully April 25, 2018 surrounded by family. Cathie is preceded in death by parents, John Duncan and Jacqueline Duncan; husband, Steve Johnson. She is survived by loving husband of nine years, Hans Sepp; daughters, Gina (John) Schroeder and Steffanie Johnson; grandchildren, Steven, Sam, Nathan and Joey; sister-in-law, Karen Anderson; nephews and many friends. Cathie graduated from St. Louis Park High School, Class of 1965 and later from Mankato State University. She worked in Real Estate for 30+ years. She loved her grandchildren, beloved dogs and gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred.
Alexander, Sandra E. (Eidem) Age 73 of Plymouth, formerly of St Louis Park, passed away peacefully in her home. Sandy was a devout Christian and her faith guided her through life. Sandy received the greatest joy caring for the people around her. Her beloved family, her many friends, and neighbors, were all touched by Sandy's unending generosity and devotion. Having genuine interest and care for others was Sandy's greatest gift. But most of all, she deeply loved her children and cherished her many grandchildren, whom she spoiled with lunch dates and surprise gifts that came by mail, or simply positive, supportive, uplifting conversation. Grandma Sandy's love came with no strings attached, and all of her grandchildren received her affection equally. After retiring from the YMCA, she loved to spend endless hours working in her beautiful summer gardens with her husband. Sandy was preceded in death by her father Thomas Eidem. Sandy is survived by her husband of 20 years, David; mother Elaine Eidem; children Carrie (Larry), Jeffrey (Stacy), Christopher (Alissa), Stephanie (Dominic), Nicholas (Amy); and her husband David's children Charlie and Jillian; 22 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; brother Michael; sister Patricia and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Feldman, Steven Allen age 70 of Minnetonka, died unexpectedly November 10, 2017. Preceded in death by mother-inlaw and father-in-law June & Bob Berg. Survived by beloved wife of 46 years Susie; children Noah & Aimee Feldman and Cassie & David Benowitz; grandchildren Allie and Chloe Feldman and Leo and Brody Benowitz; parents Lenore & Alvin Feldman; sister and brother-in-law Ellen & Earl Reinhardt; sisters-in- law and brothers-in-law Laurie & Mark Pasch and Rick & Carol Berg; nieces, nephews and many other close relatives and friends. Steve was a graduate of St. Louis Park High School and the University of Minnesota. He was devoted to his family and people often marveled at how he and Susie did everything together and truly loved being together. Even though he absolutely hated biking, he rode hundreds upon hundreds of miles just because Susie loved it. Steve was an amazing son, father and grandfather and he loved being with his children and grandchildren more than anything else. He loved to play golf, especially with Noah, and he and Cassie shared a special bond talking and texting back and forth a million times every day. He will be greatly missed at all his grandchildren's games and events but mostly Allie, Chloe, Leo and Brody will miss spending time with their grandpa. Steve's family and friends are heartbroken and will miss him dearly.
Filister, Harvey age 73, of Minneapolis, passed away on May 10, 2020. Preceded in death by parents, Maurice and Florence Filister; sister, Darlene Stillpass; and nephew, Michael Stillpass. Survived by husband, Ted Bair; children, Geri Filister, Stephanie Filister and Marc (Marianne) Filister; grandchildren, Riley, Henry, Natalie, Sara and Adam; and nieces, Wendy (Raffi) Lulavy and Nancy Stillpass.
Freidson, Mark age 70, of Minnetonka, passed away peacefully on September 16, 2017. Not tall in stature, but larger than life; Mark is preceded in death by his parents, Herman & Audrey. He is survived by significant other, Betty Holmes; brothers, Stephen, Bruce (Paula); nephew & nieces, David (Jacqueline), Sarah, and Adi; great-nieces and great-nephew Ayla, Rena and Ari; and brother from a different mother, Steve Gordon. Special thanks to the caring staff at Jones-Harrison Residence. Funeral service MONDAY 11:00 A.M. TEMPLE ISRAEL, 2323 Fremont Ave. S., Minneapolis. Memorials preferred to donor's favorite charity. SHIVA at Jones-Harrison Residence, 3700 Cedar Lake Ave., Minneapolis, Monday & Tuesday at 7 pm. Hodroff-Epstein 612-871-1234 hodroffepstein.com
Gears, Gregory Greg Gears passed away at age 70 in his sleep after a long struggle with COPD. Greg was preceded in death by his older brother Gary and parents, Mary Kotz and Wallace Gears. He is survived by his loving wife, Letty; daughter, Jessica (Jack) Senese; son, Adam (Amber); grandchildren, Olivia, Jackie, and Gray Senese and Stella Gears; brother, Cris (Donna); stepmother, Donna Gears and stepbrother, Greg (Bitsy) Hagglund; nephews, Mike (Lisa) Gears, Jeff (Michele) Gears, Jon (Katie) Gilbert, Josh (Tiffanie) Gilbert and niece, Jaime (Tor) Blackstad. Greg lived a remarkable life beginning his career first as a disc jockey, and then seguing into full time work as a commercial voice talent. He enjoyed every aspect of the "sound" business, building professional sound studios in each of his homes, where in addition to producing commercials, he recorded music and lyrics for commercial jingles. Later as Greg's disease progressed, he turned an avocation for all things computer into work providing technical support on internet security to large corporations. His kindness, humor, generosity and wit will be missed by all who knew him. A Celebration of Greg's Life will be held Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 1:30PM at 9165 Toledo Rd. in Bloomington. The family asks that all donations be made to the charity of donor's choice.
Gill, Stephen Joel 12/4/2019 Ann Arbor, Michigan Stephen Joel Gill, 72, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, died on December 4, 2019. Beloved husband of 49 years of Nanette Gill. Devoted son of the late Udell and the late Jessie Gill. Loving son-in-law of Ina Mae Goodman and the late Gene Goodman. Cherished brother of Daniel (the late Rose McNulty) Gill and Charles (Sylvia) Gill. Dear brother-in-law of Robert (Patricia) Goodman. Proud uncle of Matthew Gill and Aaron Gill.
Patricia Joyce Goodchild passed away peacefully in her home on January 8th, 2023. Trish, as most people knew her, departed from a life truly lived after 75 years.
Trish was born in Minneapolis and lived her whole life in the city and its suburbs. Her intelligence, curiosity, and work ethic propelled her through a remarkable and fulfilling career in the hospitality industry, most notably her more than 20 years as a beloved linchpin at Carlson Companies. Trish’s career brought out the qualities her friends and family will miss most in her – her resilience, creativity, thoughtfulness, and unfailing vitality.
All of those she leaves behind know that Trish was an inspiration. She was a talented and accomplished poet, and we are blessed to have her words with us always as we wait to see her again. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, and grandmother, and left her legacy in her family’s traditions and closeness. Perhaps most of all, Trish was an unforgettable force of nature, who would gladly step into any challenge and leave everyone wondering how they would have ever managed without her.
Trish was predeceased by her parents, William and Ethel “Rick”, sister Sandra, brother Timothy, and beloved aunt Shirley. She is survived and missed by Jim, her husband of 55 years, her son Jamie, daughter-in-law Shari, brothers Bill and Jeffrey, sisters Elizabeth and Marilynne, granddaughter Brianna, grandson Cody, and granddaughter-in-law Sophia. Trish is also survived by countless friends and colleagues who she treasured throughout her life.
Nancy Josephine Milless, age 68 of Pine River, formerly of St. Louis Park, passed away on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center (Brainerd) after a courageous battle with cancer. A nurse who touched many lives, Nancy gave unconditional love to her family and brought much joy to everyone who knew her. She was highly involved in the VFW Auxiliary throughout her life and enjoyed scrapbooking, gardening, and above all the company of her grandchildren.
Haley, Tim Age 68, of Cottage Grove, formerly of Minneapolis, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, May 2, 2016 under the care of his loving wife. Preceded in death by parents, Jim "Clem" and Jane; and brother, Billy. Survived by wife, Denise; daughter, Tamara (Bob) Cheney; and son, Chris (Kristy); grandchildren, Ana (Alex), Jackie, Toni, and Deaven; and sister, Mary (Bill) Sylvester. Tim retired from Ford Motor Company after 30 years of employment and in his free time he loved fishing, hunting, bowling, photography, and spending time with family and friends. He was also an avid Twins fan, lover of science fiction, and enjoyed having philosophical discussions. Above all, Tim looked forward to his winters in Belize; where he and his family have made many wonderful memories throughout the years. A gathering of family and friends will be 6-8 PM, Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at Kok Funeral Home, 7676 80th St. S., Cottage Grove, MN, 55016. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred. Dress in Twins baseball apparel. Kok Funeral Home 651-459-2483 kokfuneral.com
<span style=""font-size:" 16px;="" caret-color:="" rgb(51,="" 49,="" 35);="" color:="" font-family:="" cambria,="" georgia,="" serif;"="">Hansen, Steven "Steve" Millard Passed away at home August 19, 2022 at the age of 75 in St. Louis Park, MN, surrounded by family. Despite his rapidly failing health, he still managed to make those around him laugh and feel his love as we said our goodbyes in the final days. Steve was born in International Falls and grew up in St. Louis Park. He traveled extensively in the US on his motorcycle, joined the Peace Corps and met his wife as they worked in Thailand. They earned Master's degrees at the University of Illinois (Urbana) and then spent almost three years in Algeria, working and traveling in Europe. They returned to Minnesota and started a family, raising two daughters with patience and devotion. He cared for his parents Keith and Dorie Hansen, in their final years, and was active in his church. After retiring, Steve continued to be an involved resident of SLP, joining the Police Advisory Commission and acting as an election judge, and writing his memoirs for his daughters and grandsons to enjoy. Steve was always up for a fishing trip, a walk with the dog, a cold glass of beer, a new book, or a good conversation. He had a smart sense of humor and a strong sense of what was right and wrong. He was always willing to help another person, and walked a fine line between realism and optimism. He brought so much light and happiness to his family and will be missed.
Thomas Robert Harland was born May 23, 1947, in Minneapolis, MN. He graduated from St. Louis Park High School and the Dunwoody Institute, with emphasis in the sheet metal trade. He worked within his trade, installing heating/air conditioning systems. Tom enjoyed working with and talking with his customers. While in the Army, Tom served in Vietnam; after returning to the U.S., he served with an honor guard team for those who lost their lives. Tom thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his son David and David’s sister, Holly—especially on an Iowa acreage. The children and grandchildren brought many smiles to his face! Relocating from the metropolitan area to a small-town Iowa was a good choice for Tom. Snowmobiling was the best part of winter; during the summer, he watched his two acres of crops grow! Tom is survived by his wife, Mary Holtan Harland; son, David Thomas Harland; grandchildren, Alexandria, Savannah and Liam; and a brother, Mark.
Survived by loving husband, Irwin; parents, Dale and Edna Hartman; brother, Alan Hartman; and daughter, Avril Clarin. zin 1966, Linda moved to Evanston, IL, where she first met second husband Irwin. Thirty years and a move to Florida later, she reaquainted with and finally married Mr. Rozen, the love of her life, and spent the rest of her time between Skokie, IL, and Deerfield Beach, FL, where she finally succumbed to her more than 2 decade long slow dance with Parkinson's. She loved this quote and it is her, "[S]He was born with the gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad."
Obituary for Jay Hoffman
Jay Frederick Hoffman, Minnetonka, born March 22, 1947, passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 4th after several years of declining health. He is preceded in death by his parents, Harriet E. Hoffman and Elliott B. Hoffman. Jay is survived by his devoted wife of 47 years, Roberta; loving sons, Edward (Lauren) and David (Rachael); grandchildren, Maxwell, Tessa, Avery, Ryan and Simon; brother, Michael Hoffman (Elizabeth); brother-in-law, Charles Davis (Sheila); and loving cousins, nieces and nephews. Jay was an active member of Adath Jeshurun Congregation and a volunteer for JFCS. Avid tennis player and golfer, his greatest love was coaching his sons and their friends in Little League and basketball and recently attending all his grandchildren’s activities. He and Roberta enjoyed tennis, golf, bridge, theater and concerts. Jay’s infectious spirit will be sadly missed by his many friends and family.
John P. Hughes, 74, of Bloomington, died January 3, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife Elaine; nieces Sandra (Jason) Froats and family, Larryne (Earl) Fox, and Barbara Johnson; nephews Wesley R. (Melissa) Johnson and Christopher Hughes; and brother-in-laws Wesley (Judy) Johnson and Alan (Diane) Johnson. John was the drummer for the Chancellors, "The Band with a Beat," a well-respected group on the Twin Cities music scene from 1963-66. In 1966 he joined the U.S. Army and proudly served America as an Army cook for four years. With his military service, he followed in the footsteps of his father, who served in Germany WWII. Following his military service, John learned the upholstery trade and built a successful business due to his attention to detail. He married Elaine in 1975, and they spent 45 wonderful years together. They took many road trips and explored 49 states together. John loved to travel and kept a daily log of his life.
Hymanson, Arnold "Arnie" Stuart age 70, passed away on July 17th after a short illness. Arnie was born in Minneapolis and grew up in St. Louis Park and for the last 35 years resided in Edina. He received his B.A. from the University of Minnesota and Master's degrees, in education and history, from the University of St. Thomas. Arnie had many careers during his life ranging from education to stock brokering to insurance. He was an avid reader and always had a book in his hand, more often than not about social justice or politics. Arnie lived his life with gusto and was fiercely loyal to his friends and family. Arnie was bluntly honest, sometimes brash but always engaging, and always true to himself. Arnie had a soft heart. Friends often described him as a 'sabra', prickly on the outside but sweet and succulent on the inside. He was a warm and generous friend and a uncle who adored his niece and nephew.
I coinsidered John a Friend in High School. I was not aware that he was Killed in Nam until I got out in 1969. I made my Harley a Tribute to John, and all POW's & MIA.
A few years back, I was perusing a website for the National Archives. I looked up John.
What I found out was he was Drafted just a few short days after his 18th birthday. He was sent to Vietnam on September 20, 1967, and was killed in action (KIA) by a grenade in Boa An Dong, Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam on February 9, 1968. John received Multiple Fragmentation Wounds and died instantly.
John was a member of the 4th Infantry Division, B Company, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry as a Infantry Indirect Fire Crewman (ARMY) Specialist Fourth Class: The day that Johnny was killed, was the 10th Day of the TET Offensive. That is significant. The province Quang Nam, was the heaviest fighting of the TET. Just east of DaNang.
William “Bill” Jacobson, passed away on October 9, 2022 after a long, courageous battle with cancer.
Bill was born on March 12, 1947, in Slayton, MN. He attended St. Louis Park High School and graduated from the University of Minnesota followed by a law degree from William Mitchell. Bill was an avid outdoorsman and animal lover. He spent many weekends walking the fields with his dogs and volunteering for conservation organizations. Bill’s friend groups were many and diverse: childhood, college (BORS), wildlife organizations and neighbors.
Bill is survived by his son Billy (wife Li), daughter Sarah, son Ben (wife Mary), three grandchildren: Aiden, Riley and Charlie and his sister Janet.
Mary Ann (Johnson) Olander
Olander, Mary Ann (Johnson) age 69 of Minneapolis, was reunited with her husband (Robert) on June 11, 2017. Mary Ann is survived by Daughter, (Angela), Sister-in-law (Sue), and Nephews (Scott and David). Preceded in death by Father (Clifford), Mother (Beatrice), and Brother (Gerald).
Thomas Charles Laurie
Laurie, Thomas Charles (1946-2022) passed away peacefully on April 2 at Sholom Home West after many years of health challenges. He was a graduate of St. Louis Park Senior High School and St. Olaf College and spent many years working as a courier for Allina Health Care in support of his avocation as a sculptor. He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Dorothy Laurie; his siblings, Janice, David, Donald Jr. and Richard. His brother, James survives him. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law and friends. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
Lear, Nancy 69, of Hopkins. She was born October 23, 1947, and died on March 29, 2017. Preceeded in death by her father, Zavie. She is survived by her mother, Reva; siblings, Judy Lear, Steven (Sheri) Lear, Sandy Lear and Robert (Ann) Lear as well as many nieces, nephews and other relatives. She will be remembered for her brilliant and inquisitive mind, and her kind heart.
Litt, Steven T. Age 68, passed away surrounded by family on Sunday, November 22 after a long battle with Anti-phospholipid syndrome. A loving husband to his wife of 43 years, a role model to his children and a hero to his grandchildren, Steve was born in Marshalltown, Iowa on September 7, 1947. Steve is survived by his wife and best friend Louise, his children Melissa Engelberg (Adam) and Rob Litt (Monica), and the light of his life, his four grandchildren Sammy and Rachel Engelberg and Jaden and Maya Litt who all affectionately and appropriately called him "Grandpa Gopher." Steve is also survived by his mom Mary Smith. Steve was a proud older brother to Jeffrey (Pamela) Litt, Larry Litt, Stewart (Esther) Stein, Phyllis Osman and Frank (Barbara) Litt. He was also a beloved Uncle to his many nieces and nephews, cousins and proud of his close friends, many of whom shared a collective passion for Gopher sports together. Steve was preceded in death by his Mom Molly and Dad Henry, his in-laws Ruth and Herb Brody, and sister-in-law Lea Brody. Steve was a proud alum of the University of Minnesota. Steve's family would like to extend their appreciation and gratitude to the dedicated nurses and doctors, in particular Dr. Bloom, all whom gave the gift of time.
We lost our beloved Harold on Wednesday, July 29. He passed away peacefully at the NC Little memorial hospice residence in Edina, MN. Harold, age 72, is survived by his wife of 33 years Jan Withers, children Jolie Stukel, Noah Londer (Pamela), grandchildren Evie and Maddox Stukel, Sadie and Bo Londer, and many loving life long friends, cousins and in-laws. He was preceded in death by his parents Maurice Londer and Sybil Corbert Londer and brother Gregory Londer. Harold was born and raised in North Minneapolis and attended North High until his family moved his senior year. He graduated from St. Louis Park Senior High school in 1965. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree (summa cum laude) and medical degree from the University of a MN. He moved to Bethesda, MD in 1975 to complete a fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in medical oncology and hematology. He returned to MN in 1978 and began his 35 year career affiliated initially with Minneapolis Medical Specialists followed by joining with North Memorial Hospital to establish the Hubert H Humphrey Cancer Center in 1994. He served as their medical director until retirement in 2013. Harold was loved and respected by his colleagues, patients and coworkers in every department of the hospital and clinic. He was high energy and a great multitasker leaving everyone who worked with him exhausted at the end of the day. Harold was cofounder (along with the late Dr. Larry Garfin) of Or Emet: MN Congregation for Humanistic Judaism in 1988. Harold became ordained as a Madrikh (ritual leader) in 2007 and officiated at numerous lifecycle events and services until he transitioned to Madrikh Emeritus in 2018. Harold had an evident passion for his life's work as a physician and Or Emet leader but most of all he cherished being a husband, parent and grandparent. Harold was known for his keen intellect, reading several newspapers before his 7 AM conferences(!), quick wit and famous sense of humor. He was a wonderful writer and his poignant columns written as the co-editor of the Medical Staff newsletter at North Memorial Health had many laughing through their tears quite often. His compassion and commitment to patients, their families and his excellent team that worked with him over many years will be forever remembered.
MacKrell, Richard T. "Rick" age 70, of Golden Valley passed away peacefully at home on May 13, surround-ed by loved ones, after a hard fought battle with prostate can-cer. Rick was a 28 year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department. After leaving the department at age 50, he was able to enjoy 20 years of retirement. Rick is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Connie; daughter, Jenna; sister, Sandy; brother, Greg (Sue) Olson; nieces and nephews, Jennifer & Irving Hahn, Justin & Annika Olson, and many, many wonderful friends.
Obituary Star Tribune Oct 31, 2007: Hinson, Karen M. age 60, of St. Louis Park. Loving wife, mom, and grandma. Preceded in death by parents, Omar and Ethel (Christensen) McGary and step-son, Justin. Survived by husband, Jim; children, Sally Gale and husband, Ray, Steven Karl, Chad Loren, and Brett Wallace and wife, Belinda; step-children, Dirk, Eric, Shawn, Breck and Kristy Hinson; grandchildren, Bailey Danielle Fath, Hayden McGary, Carin Ethel, Grace Lyn, and Anna Marie; other relatives and friends. Actice volunteer at Union Congregational Church in St. Louis Park.
Neff, Nathan Wayne age 69, of Saint Louis Park, passed away January, 25, 2017.Loud and Boisterous, a laugh that could fill a room. He was preceded in death by his parents, Irving and Fae Neff whom he loved deeply and brother Norton Neff. Survived by children, Nicole, Mischa (Staci) and Stephani Neff (fiancé Noah Sawyer); grandson Ellis Neff; nieces and nephews, Michael Karsh, Robyne Karsh-Teff, Steven Neff and Lisa Neff-Bernick; former wife and friend Holly Orstad-Neff. Dog Mindy and Sister Leona. Nathan will be laid to rest beside his family, 1:30 p.m. FRIDAY at the UNITED HEBREW BROTHERHOOD CEMETERY, 2605 W. 70 1/2 St., Richfield. A special thank you to Hodroff-Epstein. In lieu of flowers, donations to Temple Israel Synagogue or Torah Academy in honor of Nathan Neff. "Goodnight Dad, rest easy" Hodroff-Epstein 612-871-1234 www.hodroffepstein.com
Pamela Neff Rothstein, age 71. Beloved daughter of Burton and the late Annette Neff. Loving mother of Katie (Ben) Agam and Charles Rothstein. Proud grandmother of Max and Alex Agam. Caring sister of Richard (Valerie) Neff. Memorial service Monday, 2 PM at Chicago Jewish Funerals, 195 North Buffalo Grove Rd., (one block North of Lake Cook Rd.) Buffalo Grove. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorials in her memory may be made to American Diabetes Association, www.diabetes.org or Breast Cancer Research Foundation, www.bcrf.org.
Pfannsmith, Ronald age 68, of Minnetonka. Son of Robert and Marie. Was a printer at the Star Tribune for 38 years. He was an old car enthusiast and enjoyed lefse and krumkake. Graduate of St. Louis Park High School. Served his apprenticeship at Augsburg Publishing. Was proud of his Minnetonka Police Reserve time. Loved swimming and all-inclusive winter trips with friends. Was very appreciative of his kidney donors (twice) and a good steward of these gifts of life. Loved his senior bingo on Tuesdays at Mystic Lake and trips to Grand Marais since 1955. His mother Marie died Sunday 11/8/15 and his father, Bert in 1995. He was the youngest charter member of Westwood Lutheran Church. Survived by his wife, Teri; son, Jeremy; daughter, Gretchen (Jerry) Hagberg; grandchildren, Arianna, Samantha and Ronin; other relatives and friends. Memorials to Hennepin County Transplant, c/o Sarah Schuh, 825 S. 8th St., Suite 800, Minneapolis, MN 55404. Private service. Washburn-McReavy.com Glen Haven Chapel 763-533-8643
Sanford 'Sandy' Proosow
Proosow, Sanford "Sandy" Age 69, of St. Louis Park, passed away Nov. 16, 2016. Survived by wife, Barbara; children, Stacey Ackerman (Eirik), Brian Proosow (Erin); grandchildren, Evan, Eithan, Emily, Allison, Jacob and Sam; beloved aunt, Sophie Beugen; former spouse, Harriette Peterson. Funeral service THURSDAY (TODAY), 3:30pm, UNITED HEBREW BROTHERHOOD CEMETERY CHAPEL, 70 1/2 and Thomas Ave., Richfield. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the American Heart Assoc., and the American Cancer Society. SHIVA: Beth El Synagogue, 5225 Barry St. W., St. Louis Park (Thurs 7:00 pm). Hodroff-Epstein 612-871-1234 hodroffepstein.com
Ronald Russell Roberts, age 74, of Las Vegas, NV died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday morning,1, 2021 after battling many health issues over the past few years.
Ron was born in Minneapolis, MN on March 24, 1947. He grew up in St. Louis Park, MN and graduated high school in 1965. He began a career in the pizza business starting out as a cook and eventually owning a few pizzerias in MN. Later he switched careers to sales of cars, mobile homes and timeshares. Before he retired, his favorite sales job was selling spices to restaurants and deli shops in Las Vegas.
Beloved husband, dad, and Pappy Rob, age 71 of Inver Grove Heights, has ended his journey here on earth April 9, 2018 surrounded by family and is now at home in heaven. We will miss him as an entertainer, cook, provider, friend, husband, dad and Pappy. We know where he is. We just get to imagine what he's doing. Rob is survived by wife, Kris; children, BJ (Laura) and Cassie (Matt) Daulton; grandson, Beau; and a loving extended family and friends.
I first met Ronnie when she moved to SLP from Chicago. I think that we were about 15 years old and in the tenth grade. Then 45 years later, I received a message from her on Facebook. I was so surprised to find out that she was also living in the Los Angeles area. We used to see each other whenever I drove up to the valley to have my hair done. We would talk for hours about our families and about Minneapolis. I remember how excited she was when her daughter became engaged. Coincidentally, we were supposed to be in Minneapolis at the same time. I was visiting my mom and she was coming in for her daughter's bridal showers. Unfortunately, we didn't get together.
Then when my husband and I returned from Sicily I had messages on Facebook that she had passed away. I really regret that I didn't get to see her before she passed on. I enjoyed seeing her in Los Angeles and having her as my friend.
B.Monday, August 25, 1947D.Friday, September 15, 2017
Sunny Lynn Cave (Sizer) of Alexandria passed away at the age of 70 surrounded by friends and family. She is survived by her children, Daughters Melanie Johnson, Rindy LukeFahr-Sizer and Becky Young. Son, Brennan Cave, plus 12 grandchildren and countless friends. Her love of singing, children and all of God's creations will be missed.
Erickson, Gloria Diane 73, recently of Sturgeon Bay, WI, previously of Spokane, WA, passed away Sunday, August 9, 2020. She was born April 13, 1947 in Minnesota, daughter of the late Donald Oakley Soles and Helen D. (Calvin) Soles and sister of Nancy, Ric, and Rob Soles. Gloria graduated from high school in St. Louis Park, MN before obtaining her technical degree. Gloria will be missed by her son, Michael Ward (Valerie) Thompson; daughter, Cheryl Ann (Max) Goralnick; grandchildren, Daniel, Samuel, and Caleb Thompson and Gavin and Hannah Goralnick.
Lynda Anne (Spencer) Durst of Richfield passed away peacefully on August 30, 2022. Lynda was the third daughter of Oliver "Ben" Spencer and Anne Elizabeth Spencer. Lynda suffered from Alzheimer's disease the last years of her life. Lynda resided at Wealshire Memory Care where she received extraordinary care. Throughout her illness her warm and caring personality were present.
Lynda worked in hospitality for many years. Her bright and cheerful disposition was suited for this work. She was intelligent, practical and cherished by friends and family. She was a patriot, imbued with old fashioned sentiments. She was sensitive and gentle and these qualities were manifest in her love of pets.
Lynda was preceded in death by her mother and father Annie and Oliver "Ben" Spencer, and sister Sally Rae Spencer. She is survived by her sister "Sammy" Nicholson, daughter Annie Durst, grandson Thadeus, nephews John and Michael Nicholson, niece Jayne Windnagel (Ned) and great nieces and nephews Lizz, Sam (Angie), Rose, and Gabriel Windnagel.
Jack N. Spetz, 75, of Aitkin, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 in North Memorial Health Hospital, Robbinsdale. He was born March 26, 1947 in Moose Lake to George and Ruth (Erickson) Spetz. Jack was united in marriage to Paula Eckenberg on June 1, 1968 in St. Louis Park. Jack was an avid sportsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, playing pickle ball and the lake life. Jack and Paula enjoyed vacationing at Tybee Island, Georgia where Jack ocean fished. Jack especially enjoyed watching his grandkids play hockey and lacrosse. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Jack is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Jennifer Eckers; 2 brothers, Jim and Jerry Spetz.
Jack is survived by his loving wife, Paula Spetz; son, Jason Spetz; grandchildren, Holly and Daniel Eckers; sister, Janet (Kurt) Libby; son-in-law, Scott Eckers; other relatives and friends.
Marcia A. Tuttle, Age 71 of Delano passed away Sunday. Survived by her loving family: husband John Tuttle; sons and daughters-in-law Christopher and Jennifer Tuttle, Richard and Theresa Tuttle; grandchildren Carly (Josh) Perez, Ellie Tuttle, Jared Tuttle, Mason Tuttle and Andra Tuttle; brothers David (Phoebe) Strimling, Michael Satre; sister-in-law Joyce Dahlberg.
Lynda Van Poll Van Poll, Lynda of St. Louis Park passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at the age of 74. Preceded in death by her parents, Una (Schaak) and Chub Van Poll; brother, Duanne Van Poll. Survived by sisters, Charlene (Jan) McClurg & Marsha (Ron) Pilegaard; along with several nieces and nephews. A celebration of her life will take place on Saturday, October 30, 2021 from 11am - 1:30pm at the Park Tavern, St Louis Park, MN. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Lung Association or the Animal Humane Society of Minnesota. *Forever in our hearts*
Dr. Martin Thomas Zanna
Zanna, Dr. Martin Thomas age 71, of Princeton, New Jersey died Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at Princeton Medical Center. He was preceded in death by his parents Peter and Mary Zanna. He is survived by brother Mark (Betsy) and sister Eleanor Brown (Dave) along with nephews Adam (Colleen) and Jaime (Geni), a niece Madeline. Also, surviving him are grandnephews and a grandniece Theo, Ethan, Dylan and Penelope. He was well loved by his family, his colleagues and his friends. A private interment will be held at Resurrection Cemetery in Mendota Heights, MN.