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Claudia (Dee Dee) Noren

- - April 9th, 2019

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Claudia M. 'Dee Dee' Noren 
Noren, Claudia M. "Dee Dee" Age 67 of Champlin, passed away April 9, 2019 surrounded by family and friends. Preceded in death by parents, Lachlan M. and Shirley M. (nee Wilkinson) Noren; brother and sister-in-law, Randall J (Cheryl) Noren. Dee Dee was a bright light who looked at the world through rose-colored glasses. She was retired and a volunteer with Lutheran Social Services. Survived by daughter Jessica (Daniel) Sylvestre; grandson Vincent Noren-Sylvestre; siblings, Robert (Debra) Noren; Jude Savage; Nancy (Gary) Carpenter; and Pat (Lyle) Noren Enderson; uncle, Marlow O. Noren; friend, Cindy Olson; nieces, nephews, cousins and many other loving family and friends. Funeral service Friday April 26 at 6pm. Cremation Society of MN, 7835 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445. Visitation an hour & a half before service. Memorials preferred to the family. Cremation Society of MN 763-560-3100.

Published on April 21, 2019

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Richard Friedman

1952 - December 18th, 2018

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FRIEDMAN, Richard L. Passed away at the age of 66 on December 11, 2018. Rick was born in Chicago in 1952 and moved to Minneapolis in 1957. He graduated from University of Minn. in 1974, and he received Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Microbiology in 1979. He worked as a research scientist in Bern, Switzerland 1982-1984. Rick was a professor at University of Arizona, College of Medicine, as a Microbiologist from 1984-2017. He served one sabbatical as a scientist at St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in London England 1994-1995. Rick published numerous scientific articles during his career and he was a guest speaker at biological science conferences in the U.S. as well as Europe, Egypt, South Korea, China and India. Rick is survived by his aunt, Bernice Berger and cousins, Michelle Sarab, Robin Goldstein, Karen Kaplan and families, and his partner, Martha Frailey. In his younger years, Rick was a soccer player and skier. He was an ardent supporter of University of Arizona basketball and was a season ticket holder for 30 years. He was an avid fly-fisherman and hiker. Throughout his adult life, Rick was passionate about cooking both in his kitchen and on his outdoor grill. Rick was well loved by family and friends who will miss him greatly. Those who wish may contribute in his memory to the Jewish Community Center or the Food Bank. A Memorial and Celebration of Rick's Life will be held on Sunday, January 20, 2019 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at 4732 N. Tomnitz Place, Tucson. Arrangements entrusted to ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES Dodge Chapel (520-326-4343).
 
 
Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Jan. 6, 2019

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Daniel S Oakes

- - October 8th, 2017

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Oakes, Daniel S. age 65 of Minneapolis, MN passed away on October 8, 2017. Cancer technically beat Dan, but he fought very hard for six years. He was still trying to qualify for a cancer study last week and was working as a much-loved Veterinarian at his clinic, Diamond Lake Animal Hospital, until Wednesday. Even though he couldn't go into the office, he refused to quit and continued to work from home. He passed away peacefully in his sleep with his family by his side. Preceded in death by his father, Arthur. Survived by his wife, Pat; his children, Krista (Colin Simmons), Kelsey, and Jeff; his grandchildren, Arona, Leon, and Simone; his mother, Marion; his siblings, Rosanne (Tom) Higley and Tuvia (Nina) Alon; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Visitation is Friday, October 13th from 4-7 p.m. at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 5801 South Lyndale Ave. Minneapolis, MN and a half hour prior to service at Lakewood. Funeral Service is Saturday, October 14th at 10 a.m. at Lakewood Cemetery Chapel, 3600 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis, MN. Private family interment at Lakewood Cemetery. GILLBROTHERS.com MINNEAPOLIS, MN

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Patricia Iverson (Tietze)

- - September 10th, 2017

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Iverson, Patricia "Patty" Age 65 of Eden Prairie, MN, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by family on September 10, 2017. Preceded in death by parents Clarence and Dorothy Tietze; brother Thomas Tietze. Survived by loving husband, Donald; children, Chelsa (Fletcher) Bigelow and Alec Iverson; grandchildren, Dorothy and Frederick Bigelow; nephews John, Sam and Hugh; other family and friends. Graduate of St. Louis Park High School. Graduate of U of MN with a Masters degree in Human Resources. She enjoyed traveling, spending time with family and friends, and making others happy. Patty was a loving and caring wife, mother, Noni, aunt and friend who will be deeply missed. Funeral service Wednesday 11:30 am with visitation 1 hour prior to service. Washburn-McReavy 7625 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 (952) 975-0400. Interment 2 pm at Fort Snelling.

Published on September 13, 2017

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Craig L Mattson

February 28th, 1952 - March 25th, 2017

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At last, a son! Craig Luverne Mattson was born to Ralph and Frances Clauson Mattson on February 28, 1952 in Karlstad, MN. His first years were spent on a farm near Lake Bronson, MN. His family moved to Minneapolis, MN where he attended Calhoun Elementary School, Westwood Junior High and St. Louis Park High School graduating in 1970. While in high school Craig modified his car and did some drag racing at MN Dragways. Later on he customized a 1965 Nova which he raced at Brainerd International Raceway and Rock Falls, WI with his crew. He enrolled at Dunwoody Institute to learn the trade skill of welding only to be interrupted by a draft notice from the U.S.Army. After basic training he was stationed in Germany. Upon return he traveled to California and found employment making side cars for motorcycles which led him to purchase a Harley Davidson Sportster which he customized. It’s a beauty! Using his skills he was employed by Twin City Welding and Maple Grove Welding for many years until he opened his own shop…. C Mattson’s Welding in Hopkins, MN. He was well known as the best welder in the area.

Craig was married two times and divorced. He has a son, Kyle Luverne, with Jean Moy. He also became a second Dad to Jean’s two children. He has two sisters, Kay and Mary/Lainey Mattson Vagle, Brother-in-law Chuck Vagle and Kay’s son, Kevin whom he considered his brother. Craig’s Doberman Pinscher, Tina, was an important part of his life and well trained.

Craig lived life to the fullest. His friend, Kelly King (and his deceased brother, Jeff) knew him well...the good and the bad. They worked hard but also played hard! They partnered in restoring cars, presently working with Kyle on a 1969 Camaro. Craig made friends easily with everyone he met and retained his connections with high school friends and even Cub Scout friends as well. He would help anyone in need. John 15:12-13. Craig told his sister “this very funeral home has become our hangout now” as he has lost many buddies in recent years.

In the later years he was a seasonal worker for Chuck Minter and family in McGregor, MN on Davis Lake. He became a family member to them. Craig said often it was like paradise living there with clean air, acres of trees and lakes, the natural habitat, picturesque and peaceful. Old Murphy (his least favorite horse) has outlived even Craig!

Craig’s loving care team of Kyle, Kay, Mary/Lainey, Chuck and Julane witnessed his transition to his eternal home. It is a Swedish/Norwegian tradition in our family that when a death has occurred you open a window and light a candle, which we did, to let his spirit soar. At the same moment on the street outside we heard a roaring motorcycle go by…...Craig’s last ride! RIP Buddy!

Survived by a host of family and friends.
 

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John Liepke

- - January 16th, 2017

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Liepke, John D. age 66, of Eden Prairie, formerly of St. Louis Park, passed away suddenly Jan. 16, 2017. Survived by wife of 38 years, Debra; children, Gina (James Fehling) Bliss, Sherri (Eric) Moyer, Brian (Chelsea) and Erik (Amber); grandchildren, Holly, Olivia, Blake, Julia, Savannah and Skylar; brothers, Malcolm "Skip" (Michelle) and Peter (Roberta); also many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. A 10-year baseball coach for Eden Prairie Community baseball. Memorial service Saturday, Jan. 21, 11:00 AM at Prairie Community Church, 9145 Eden Prairie Road, Eden Prairie. Visitation one hour prior to service at church. Washburn-McReavy.com Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400

Published on January 18, 2017
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Patrick J. McIntosh

- - October 11th, 2015

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McIntosh, Patrick J. Age 63, of St. Bonifacius, passed away Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 from pancreatic cancer. He was preceded in death by father, Donald. He is survived by his loving wife, Patricia; mother, Gloria; sister, Mary (Dan); brother, Douglas (Polina); nephew, Leo; Patricia's family; aunt, Patty; many cousins and friends. He will be greatly missed. An open house to celebrate Patrick's life will be held Saturday, Oct. 24 from 1 - 4 PM at Island View Golf Course in Waconia. Casual dress: wear blue or plaid. Share some of his favorite snacks, stories and memories. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to American Cancer Society or Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice Home.

Published on October 18, 2015 Star Tribune

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Gale M. Winikoff (Southworth)

July 28th, 1952 - July 15th, 2015

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Gale M. (Southworth) Winikoff

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Winikoff, Gale M. (Southworth) Age 62, of Edina, passed away July 15, 2015. Preceded in death by parents and two siblings Patricia and Diana. Survived by husband Arlan; daughters, Andrea (Sean) Davis and Sarah (Stuart) Winikoff; grandson, Benjamin Davis; sister, Sue (Steve) Holmer; brothers, Bill and Skip (Audrey) Southworth; many other relatives and friends. Gale dedicated her career to education, teaching grades 4, 5, and 6 in the Osseo School District. She will be remembered for her devotion to friends, family, and students. Memorial service to be announced. Visitation held Sunday 3-5 PM at the Cremation Society of Minnesota in Edina, 7110 France Ave. S.

Published on July 17, 2015

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From Debbie Peterson on July 26th, 2015
I first met Gale at Westwood Jr. High, in Mr. Clark's History class.  Gale was funny and at times (to our delight!) exasperated Mr. Clark.  We remained friends throughout the rest of junior high and high school.  I loved the twinkle in her eye when she thought of something amusing.  She had a wonderful, positively aggressive approach to life.   Our world is not as lovely without Gale.  
 

Thomas Merfeld

- - June 2nd, 2015

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Howard Brand

- - May 14th, 2015

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Dona L. Taylor (Miyazaki)

- - March 27th, 2015

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Dana Larson

- - December 30th, 2014

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Died in his apartment on December 30, 2014 in St Paul, MN due to a heart attack. He was 62 years old. Dana was born on April 12, 1952 in Minneapolis, MN to Raeder and Sue Larson. He graduated from St Louis Park High School in 1970, Amherst College in 1974 and University of Denver Law School in the late 1970s. He subsequently passed the Colorado Bar. Dana is survived by his wife Sandy Yanez-Larson, and two sons - Dana C and Tyler. He is also survived by his Mom, Sue Larson and siblings, Jim (Jill), Rolfe (Peg and daughter Mariella), Lee (Jose and daughter Oliviana) and Judd (Monica and daughter Maya). He is also survived by the many people he came in contact over his journey of life: Working at DeGigido's Restaurant on West 7th Street in St Paul, working at Bakers Square in St Paul, driving a School Bus with rowdy kids that he always enjoyed bantering with, working with the accounting for the Baseball Teams of West St Paul. Dana will be cremated, as per his wishes. A Gathering of Family and Friends will take place on Monday, January 5th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, and A Time of Sharing taking place at 2:45 PM at Simple Traditions by Bradshaw at 488 Humboldt Ave, St Paul, MN. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Dana's life. Dana enjoyed life to the fullest. He was an excellent sportsman both in his physical abilities and his extensive knowledge of football, baseball, hockey, etc. He could pick up any sport within a matter of hours, and was one of the top Squash players in America in the early 1970s. He always tried to do what was best for everyone, and was always interested in other people. He would learn something from every conversation he had with anyone, including total strangers. It is with great sadness that we will pay our final respects to Dana, he may be missing from our family get togethers, he will never be missing from our hearts.
 
 
Published in Pioneer Press on Jan. 4, 2015
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Dana Linder LARSON Obituary
Died in his apartment on December 30, 2014 in St Paul, MN due to a heart attack. He was 62 years old. Dana was born on April 12, 1952 in Minneapolis, MN to Raeder and Sue Larson. He graduated from St Louis Park High School in 1970, Amherst College in 1974 and University of Denver Law School in the late 1970s. He subsequently passed the Colorado Bar. Dana is survived by his wife Sandy Yanez-Larson, and two sons - Dana C and Tyler. He is also survived by his Mom, Sue Larson and siblings, Jim (Jill), Rolfe (Peg and daughter Mariella), Lee (Jose and daughter Oliviana) and Judd (Monica and daughter Maya). He is also survived by the many people he came in contact over his journey of life: Working at DeGigido's Restaurant on West 7th Street in St Paul, working at Bakers Square in St Paul, driving a School Bus with rowdy kids that he always enjoyed bantering with, working with the accounting for the Baseball Teams of West St Paul. Dana will be cremated, as per his wishes. A Gathering of Family and Friends will take place on Monday, January 5th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, and A Time of Sharing taking place at 2:45 PM at Simple Traditions by Bradshaw at 488 Humboldt Ave, St Paul, MN. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Dana's life. Dana enjoyed life to the fullest. He was an excellent sportsman both in his physical abilities and his extensive knowledge of football, baseball, hockey, etc. He could pick up any sport within a matter of hours, and was one of the top Squash players in America in the early 1970s. He always tried to do what was best for everyone, and was always interested in other people. He would learn something from every conversation he had with anyone, including total strangers. It is with great sadness that we will pay our final respects to Dana, he may be missing from our family get togethers, he will never be missing from our hearts.
 
 
Published in Pioneer Press on Jan. 4, 2015
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Dana Linder LARSON Obituary
Died in his apartment on December 30, 2014 in St Paul, MN due to a heart attack. He was 62 years old. Dana was born on April 12, 1952 in Minneapolis, MN to Raeder and Sue Larson. He graduated from St Louis Park High School in 1970, Amherst College in 1974 and University of Denver Law School in the late 1970s. He subsequently passed the Colorado Bar. Dana is survived by his wife Sandy Yanez-Larson, and two sons - Dana C and Tyler. He is also survived by his Mom, Sue Larson and siblings, Jim (Jill), Rolfe (Peg and daughter Mariella), Lee (Jose and daughter Oliviana) and Judd (Monica and daughter Maya). He is also survived by the many people he came in contact over his journey of life: Working at DeGigido's Restaurant on West 7th Street in St Paul, working at Bakers Square in St Paul, driving a School Bus with rowdy kids that he always enjoyed bantering with, working with the accounting for the Baseball Teams of West St Paul. Dana will be cremated, as per his wishes. A Gathering of Family and Friends will take place on Monday, January 5th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, and A Time of Sharing taking place at 2:45 PM at Simple Traditions by Bradshaw at 488 Humboldt Ave, St Paul, MN. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Dana's life. Dana enjoyed life to the fullest. He was an excellent sportsman both in his physical abilities and his extensive knowledge of football, baseball, hockey, etc. He could pick up any sport within a matter of hours, and was one of the top Squash players in America in the early 1970s. He always tried to do what was best for everyone, and was always interested in other people. He would learn something from every conversation he had with anyone, including total strangers. It is with great sadness that we will pay our final respects to Dana, he may be missing from our family get togethers, he will never be missing from our hearts.
 
 
Published in Pioneer Press on Jan. 4, 2015
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Dana Linder LARSON Obituary
Died in his apartment on December 30, 2014 in St Paul, MN due to a heart attack. He was 62 years old. Dana was born on April 12, 1952 in Minneapolis, MN to Raeder and Sue Larson. He graduated from St Louis Park High School in 1970, Amherst College in 1974 and University of Denver Law School in the late 1970s. He subsequently passed the Colorado Bar. Dana is survived by his wife Sandy Yanez-Larson, and two sons - Dana C and Tyler. He is also survived by his Mom, Sue Larson and siblings, Jim (Jill), Rolfe (Peg and daughter Mariella), Lee (Jose and daughter Oliviana) and Judd (Monica and daughter Maya). He is also survived by the many people he came in contact over his journey of life: Working at DeGigido's Restaurant on West 7th Street in St Paul, working at Bakers Square in St Paul, driving a School Bus with rowdy kids that he always enjoyed bantering with, working with the accounting for the Baseball Teams of West St Paul. Dana will be cremated, as per his wishes. A Gathering of Family and Friends will take place on Monday, January 5th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, and A Time of Sharing taking place at 2:45 PM at Simple Traditions by Bradshaw at 488 Humboldt Ave, St Paul, MN. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Dana's life. Dana enjoyed life to the fullest. He was an excellent sportsman both in his physical abilities and his extensive knowledge of football, baseball, hockey, etc. He could pick up any sport within a matter of hours, and was one of the top Squash players in America in the early 1970s. He always tried to do what was best for everyone, and was always interested in other people. He would learn something from every conversation he had with anyone, including total strangers. It is with great sadness that we will pay our final respects to Dana, he may be missing from our family get togethers, he will never be missing from our hearts.
 
 
Published in Pioneer Press on Jan. 4, 2015
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Dana Linder LARSON Obituary
Died in his apartment on December 30, 2014 in St Paul, MN due to a heart attack. He was 62 years old. Dana was born on April 12, 1952 in Minneapolis, MN to Raeder and Sue Larson. He graduated from St Louis Park High School in 1970, Amherst College in 1974 and University of Denver Law School in the late 1970s. He subsequently passed the Colorado Bar. Dana is survived by his wife Sandy Yanez-Larson, and two sons - Dana C and Tyler. He is also survived by his Mom, Sue Larson and siblings, Jim (Jill), Rolfe (Peg and daughter Mariella), Lee (Jose and daughter Oliviana) and Judd (Monica and daughter Maya). He is also survived by the many people he came in contact over his journey of life: Working at DeGigido's Restaurant on West 7th Street in St Paul, working at Bakers Square in St Paul, driving a School Bus with rowdy kids that he always enjoyed bantering with, working with the accounting for the Baseball Teams of West St Paul. Dana will be cremated, as per his wishes. A Gathering of Family and Friends will take place on Monday, January 5th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, and A Time of Sharing taking place at 2:45 PM at Simple Traditions by Bradshaw at 488 Humboldt Ave, St Paul, MN. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Dana's life. Dana enjoyed life to the fullest. He was an excellent sportsman both in his physical abilities and his extensive knowledge of football, baseball, hockey, etc. He could pick up any sport within a matter of hours, and was one of the top Squash players in America in the early 1970s. He always tried to do what was best for everyone, and was always interested in other people. He would learn something from every conversation he had with anyone, including total strangers. It is with great sadness that we will pay our final respects to Dana, he may be missing from our family get togethers, he will never be missing from our hearts.
 
 
Published in Pioneer Press on Jan. 4, 2015
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Eloise L. Schwab

- - March 18th, 2014


 

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From Shelley Paulson on January 16th, 2019
Eloise and I were friends since first grade.  We lived next door to each other in Mpls. and went to Calhoun School. Then we both moved away from that area and found each other again in St. Louis Park.  We were friends for a long time after graduation but then lost track of each other.  I was very suprised to learn of her passing. Goodbye old friend!
 
From Vicki Roser Bonk on July 15th, 2014
Sweet memories of Eloise and her kindnesses. Remember being blown away by her gymnastic ability in phy ed class. Lost contact but sounds like she did good work in her life. Would have loved to see her again.
 

Barb LaVigne (Hougdahl)

February 4th, 1952 - July 20th, 2013

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Barbara LaVigne of rural Star Prairie left us unexpectedly on July 20, 2013 at Regions Hospital, after the sudden onset of serious health issues. 
Barbara Joanne LaVigne was born February 4th, 1952, in Stevens Point, WI, to John and Margaret Hougdahl. She attended school in Colfax through her sophomore year, and graduated high school in St. Louis Park, MN. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in social work. 
She married Nick LaVigne in 1979, and they had three children, Tyler, Anna, and Tucker. 

Barb worked as a social worker for Polk County, and has worked at Baldwin Area Medical Center for over 20 years. 

She loved to be with her family, work in her flower gardens, read, and travel.
While sharing our loss and our memories, friends mentioned a few thoughts that reveal a lot about Barb: She made the time for what was important- family and friends; She was the “conduit” that kept the extended family connected; Her irreverent sense of humor raised raucous laughter-and eyebrows; If you asked for her opinion or advice, you could depend on getting the unvarnished “truth according to Barb”; She went above and beyond to meet the emotional and financial needs of patients and their families; and this was repeated by many, “She was my best friend”.

Left to miss her and celebrate her life are: Husband, Nick; children Tyler (Jenny Phillips-Kube), Anna, and Tucker. Brothers John Hougdahl (Ginny), Doug Hougdahl (Debi), and Tommy Hougdahl. “Grandchildren,” Jake and Lucy Kube. Niece (Cassie) and nephews (Robin and Josh), Aunt Bev, and many cousins. Mother-in-law, Ina LaVigne, and sisters and brothers-in-law. Many life-long friends, close friends, neighbors, and co-workers. 

Preceded in death by: Parents John and Margaret Hougdahl; father-in-law Norman “Stony” LaVigne.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to SART (Sexual Assault Response Team, http://stcroixvalleysart.org/), or The Family Resource Center in Baldwin, WI.( http://www.frcscv.org/). Barb worked closely with these organizations, and they were very dear to her heart. 

A visitation will be held Wednesday, July 24th from 5 to 8 pm at the Williamson- White Funeral Home, 222 Harriman Ave. North, Amery, WI. 54001. 

There will be a celebration of Barb’s life at East Immanuel Lutheran Church on Thursday, July 25th, 207 120th Street, Amery, WI. A visitation will take place from 10-11 a.m., followed by the memorial service at 11 a.m. A luncheon will follow. Burial will be at the East Immanuel Cemetery.

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Mark Thompson

- - February 26th, 2013

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Mark A. Thompson

 
Thompson, Mark A. age 60 of Schaumburg, IL, formerly of St. Louis Park, MN, died Tuesday, February 26, 2013. He is survived by his two loving daughters, Sarah Thompson and Michele (Patrick) Pope; his sister, Ann (Robert) Moore and brother, Michael Thompson and his many nephews. He had many passions in life including car racing and being outdoors with his family. He devoted much of his time and energy to his love of photography. He will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Edina Art Center in his memory, 4701 W. 64th St., Edina, MN 55435. A memorial service will be held March 23 at 1 PM at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 1313 Mill St., Naperville, IL. Luncheon to follow at Cress Creek Country Club.
Published in Star Tribune on March 10, 2013

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Steven K. Balick

December 4th, 1951 - September 9th, 2012

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Steven was diagnosed with Lymphoma approximately 15 months ago and was undergoing various treatments including chemo and bone marrow transplants.  He lost his battle this month after a courageous fight.  Here is his story from his Caring Bridge site:

In February of 2011 I was diagnosed with Lymphoma. It was clear from the pathology that the best way to treat the disease was a bone marrow transplant. The idea was that I would have 6 rounds of chemo to kill all of the cancer in my body, extract healthy stem cells, then put me in the hospital at Stanford, kill my immune system and then put the stem cells back into my body where they would eventually grow a completely new healthy immune system.The transplant took place in September 2011 and it wasn't long before I was feeling OK, weak but OK. Unfortunately our optimism was short lived. We found out shortly after the first transplant that the lymphoma never went away and that a donor transplant would be necessary.The idea behind this one is that after chemo, donor stem cells are infused into my body where they fight with my own compromised cells, take over and create a new healthy immune system. Weird science.

Since we have not been able to find an obituary, if you would like to read more on his Caring Bridge site, his journal and the outpouring of support for him and his family, here is the link:

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/stevenbalick

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James C. Raabe

- - August 2nd, 2012

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Risa Weisman

- - July 16th, 2012

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From Wayne Klayman on August 2nd, 2012
 Hello...
I was a classmate of Risa's at St. Louis Park High School...if memory serves me well, I first met her in the 7th grade at Central Jr. High School. I was a shy, nervous, insecure boy with few friends. Risa took me under her wing, introduced me to her many friends, saw to it that I was invited to many Bar and Bat Mitzvas, etc. I can't imagine life at that awkward age without Risa's friendship. She was a friend to anyone and everyone and I can still see and hear her "strong" presence in my mind. I have never forgotten her and had always hoped our paths would one day cross again. I remain hopeful they still will....

I am profoundly saddened to learn of her passing, and offer my most heart-felt condolences to her family. 

Wayne Klayman
Oakdale, MN
 

Kevin P. O'Reilly

- - July 13th, 2012

 

 
 

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Donald C. Aldrich

- - May 15th, 2012

 
 
 

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Don C. "Dondo" Aldrich

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Aldrich, Don "Dondo" C. age 59, died May 15, 2012. Preceded in death by mother, Dorinda Aldrich. Survived by wife, Cynthia; father Anthony; brothers, Robert (Jane), Alan, Steven (Nancy); 9 nephews, 4 nieces, 8 grand nephews, 3 grand nieces; and many stupendous friends. A celebration of Don's life will be on May 24, 2012 at 2:30 PM, Castle Chess Club, 1121 Jackson Street, #134, Minneapolis, MN 55413. As he requested, no flowers, no ties. From 5-7 PM, Don will be holding court for the last time at the Bulldog NE, 401 East Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis 55414 As he requested, no flowers, no ties.
Published in Star Tribune on May 20, 2012
 

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David Tabor

- - March 17th, 2012

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Tabor, David L. age 60, of Ham Lake. Preceded in death by sister, Jennifer Johnson; grandparents, Tabor and Stevens; father-in-law, Thomas Wiswell Sr.; brother-in-law, Rich Wiswell; niece, Rebecca Olson. Survived by loving wife and partner, Margaret (nee Wiswell); daughters, Heather Marie Tabor, Rachel Renee Shirpiro; 5 grandchildren; parents, John and Lorna Tabor; siblings, Gail (Chip) Shaefer, Bruce Tabor, Cynthia (BIL) Hopp; many other relatives and friends. Funeral service Thursday 1 PM, with visitation one hour prior at Miller Funeral Home, 6210 Hwy. 65 NE, Fridley, 763-571-1300. Private interment. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred. Online condolences at: www.millerfuneralfridley.com
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Published in Star Tribune on March 20, 2012

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From craig nestor on July 29th, 2014
Never forget the blizzard of 65'.  Tabor drove up to the house on a tractor.  Leave it to the Tabors?  LOL!  I also double dated with him for Prom.  Smashed up my sisters new Mustang when I ran a light downtown.  Yeah I remember Dave quite well.
 

Wendy Schoenike (Dahl)

- - October 29th, 2011

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  • Wendy S. Schoenike

Schoenike, Wendy S. Age 59, of St. Louis Park, passed away on October 29. Preceded in death by parents, Juul and Marie Dahl. Survived by loving husband of 40 years, Everett; children, Paul (Sara), Jenny (Nate) Snedaker; grandchildren, Sierra, Lynk, and Ella; sister, Judy (Don) Schlais; brother, Rick (Diane) Dahl; and nieces and nephews. Funeral service 11 AM Thursday, Nov. 3 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8115 Hwy. 7, St. Louis Park. Visitation 1 hr. prior to service. Interment Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to COPD Foundation, 2937 SW 27th Ave., Suite 302, Miami, FL 33133. Washburn-McReavy Strobeck Johnson Chapel 952-938-9020

Published on October 31, 2011

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Gary A. Nelson

October 27th, 1952 - August 17th, 2010

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Nelson, Gary A. age 57, of Brooklyn Park. Gary was loved by his family: son, Todd (Sheena); grandson, Crosby; mother, Mabel; 2 sisters and their families. Gary loved watching storms and enjoyed fishing. He will be greatly missed. Private family service. 

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From Jim Gust on August 22nd, 2010
Gary was a great friend, team mate, brother-in-law, hunting partner, and father of my nephew. He will be remembered as the guy with the  thumbs up signal and a smile before the opening kick-off on a cold Friday night in 1969. I remember his shaking hands as he field dressed his first deer... and again the smile. I remember a Gary full of life, an Afro on his head... and again the smile as he married my sister. Those are the things I choose to remember. Good hunting, good luck ...
 

Michael H. Golden

- - March 27th, 2010

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From James Herrmann on July 7th, 2013
I got to know in junior high. We wrestled each other in gym class. He usually be beat me. He was my friend and will miss him . Just a really nice person. My condolences.
 
From Don Scroggins on June 1st, 2010
Michael was truly a nice guy.  I got to know him first in 9th grade, as he would play his guitar and introduced me to Hendrix.  Although he traveled in 'different circles' and I saw him less and less - I had found out that he was quite sick and hoped to be able to catch up with him at the reunion.  Rest in peace Michael!
 
From Bill Goldman on May 24th, 2010
Mike was a talented musician...I remember many days where I took his schoolbus home and we would jam on his guitars--LOVED Hendrix tunes and BB King the most back then, but incredibly knowledgeable of the whole blues scene.

Unfortunately, we lost track of each other for the last several decades and I'm deeply saddened by his passing--wished I could have attended the funeral but found out about it afterwards.......don't stop jamming, Mike.

Bill
 

Robert Gendreau

May 13th, 1951 - March 1st, 2010

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Gendreau, Robert H. age 58, of Maple Grove. Loving husband, father, brother and papa died suddenly on March 1, 2010. Preceded in death by parents, Robert C. and Helen E. Gendreau. Survived by wife of 38 years, Linda; sons, Robert A. and Daniel (Hope); daughter, Mia (Ryan) Hobus; 3 precious grandchildren, Isaiah, Hannah and Bethany; sisters, Eileen (Norman) Schwartz and Mary Snell; nephews, Adam, Ryan, Nate and Erich; niece, Heidi; and many more family, friends and wonderful neighbors. Robert was a union carpenter for 30+ years. He enjoyed morning coffee with friends, camping, outdoor sports, helping people and playing with his grandchildren. Family time was very precious to him. Private interment. In lieu of flowers, please consider bringing canned food items or money for the Hope Bridge Food Shelf. A further celebration of life will be held on his birthday in his garage. Contact family for info for this service. Memorial service Saturday 1 PM with visitation one hour prior at: Washburn-McReavy Glen Haven Chapel 763-533-8643 5125 W. Broadway, Crystal
Published in Star Tribune on March 5, 2010

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From craig nestor on July 29th, 2014
Knew Bob well from Park Hill on.  Loved his sister as well.  They lived a couple doors down from Park Hill.  Then he married one of the neighborhood girls, Linda Land.  When we were little he used to protect me.  Because I was so small.  A great guy for sure.
 
From annonymous neighbor on April 23rd, 2011
So sad!!! Rob was our paperboy, and my very first crush.
He was so nice, and let me tag along on his paper route,
always the sweetest guy.
He'll always be 15 and special too me.
 
From Wayne Klayman on April 8th, 2010
 Bob was the consummate "good guy"...fun as well as funny...sarcastic, but with a twinkle in his eye that let you (and everyone) know, he was just kidding...he often took the less popular kids under his protective wing as, he too, didn't run with the top social circles...and yet, he fit in with everyone in his own way. he defied labeling. Tough when he had to be, but a more gentle guy you'd rarely find. I have several personal stories about Bob that I was looking forward to sharing with him at our upcoming reunion...Bob Gendreau was the kind of guy who would go up to the least-known classmate and say: "I remember you!" - and mean it...Goodbye Bob, you will be missed...
 

David D. Smith

May 14th, 1952 - February 1st, 2010

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From Cary Femrite on August 7th, 2010
Dave and I were good friends. He used to make me laugh and the craziest of ideas he had. One time at the theater, he coaxed me into blowing my nose {hay fever all the time} and I made it honk. The theater erupted from not me but from Dave's laughing. I'll never forget it.
 
From Dick Abrohams on April 7th, 2010
David and I lived across the street from each other and were best childhood friends.  He had a great smile, laugh, and sense of humor. He loved practical jokes (at your expense). He was always upbeat and fun and loved life. David was genuine with no pretense and concerned about others. He would stop by and visit with my mother when he was in the neighborhood. Who else do you know who do that?

Best memory is playing football in the front yard when David runs helmetless into my Dad's old rusty Buick. We couldn't stop laughing as the red crinkled rusty metal virtually vaporized from the front fender. You had to be there! The car came out a lot worse than David.
 

Cynthia L. Ginsberg (Kunin)

July 19th, 1952 - September 28th, 2009

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Ginsberg, Cynthia Kunin age 57, of Minneapolis, died peacefully at home surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with uterine cancer. Survived by husband, David Ginsberg; children, Andrew (Emily), Todd, Adam, and Charles Ginsberg; grandson, Ethan and Eli; parents, Beverly & Paul Kunin; sisters, Jennifer Kunin and Wendi Kunin Tanner (Kenneth); mother-in-law and father-in-law, Doris & Ted Ginsberg; brothers-in-law, Gordon (Kate), and Joel (Sara) Ginsberg; nieces and nephews, Sam, Josh, Brody, Miya, Dana, Jessica, and Amanda; and a powerful & devoted circle of friends. The family is so thankful for their love and help. Funeral service WEDNESDAY (TODAY) 3:30 PM, TEMPLE ISRAEL, 2324 Emerson Ave. So., Mpls. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Cynthia Ginsberg Women's Cancer Fund c/o Temple Israel. SHIVA, 7 PM Wed. and Thurs. at Temple Israel. Everyone who knew Cindy will miss her smile, her caring nature, her kindness and her love. Hodroff-Epstein 612-871-1234
Published in Star Tribune on September 30, 2009

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From Nancy Hartman on February 2nd, 2010

Sweet Cindy was my hero! Her courageous battle, passion for life & faith in miracles gave her the strength to "never give up!" David was her knight in shining armor! He stood by her side every step of the way, and her beaautiful boys: Andrew; Todd; Adam & Charlie surrounded her with peacefulness & harmony! Cindy was truly blessed with a warm, loving family and dear, dear heartfelt friends!
As you know Parkettes played a big role in Cindy's life and she so enjoyed communicating with each and everyone of you!
Unimagineable that she is no longer here!

 
From Wayne Klayman on January 3rd, 2010
 ...very shocked and saddened to learn of Cindy's passing. While I was not in her circle of friends, and only greeted her occasionally in passing, I always thought she was one of the nicest girls in our class. Talented, pretty, and friendly to everyone. I admired and respected her from a distance, but still considered her a friend. 
 

Mary D. Jaenson

- - September 24th, 2009

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Lorene Burns (Munson)

June 11th, 1952 - March 9th, 2008

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From Linda Land/ Gendreau on July 18th, 2010
I was very shocked and saddened to see that Lorene had passed. She was a very good friend in high school and after when we went to Maxim's Beauty College together. Our commute downtown was always an adventure in her old blue car. She always had a smile for everyone and a contagious laugh that would always lead to silliness. About 12 years ago we ran into one another at a grocery store and exchanged phone numbers and promised to get together......I am so sorry we never did that. Rest in Peace, Lorene
 

Linda J. Doyle (Svendsen)

March 22nd, 1952 - September 25th, 2007

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From Linda Doyle on February 19th, 2010

 

Doyle, Linda (Svendsen) age 55, of Medina. Survived by husband of 35 years, Tim; son, Michael; daughters, Amy and Molly; brothers, Michael Svendsen, Steven Svendsen; sister, Mary Svendsen Hjort. Private services were held. Gearty-Delmore 763-553-1411
 

Herbert D. Weitz

February 2nd, 1952 - September 2nd, 2007

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From Mark Freiberg on July 12th, 2010
Rocky was a really "good guy"  sorry to see him gone.....
 

Ronald Keith

August 4th, 1952 - August 27th, 2007

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From Bruce Siegfried on May 24th, 2010

I remember Ron as my best buddy at Aldersgate Church every Sunday.  I never knew how brilliant he really was until reading all those life's accomplishments.  He was just one of the guys trying to have fun with the rest of us.  Little did we know at the time. 

 
From Dick Abrohams on April 7th, 2010
Ron and I met at St. Louis Park High School, probably in a German class with Herr Russell. We hug out a little bit, playing tennis, or going to Embers to eat. Ron could eat a whole lot!

I remember Ron's tennis game included a huge powerful serve. He enjoyed hitting the ball as hard as possible, as did I. We went to his family's lake cabin to fish one summer, with Jim Cohen. I was not much of a fisherman (and haven't gone since), but enjoyed the company.  There was a lot of teasing and pointed sarcastic humor all around.  I remember conversations with Cathie McElroy, my then girlfriend and later wife, about finding a nice girl for Ron. We would also attend Gopher basketball games with a group of friends.

Ron would talk about astronomy, physics, Carl Sagan, and later mused about how to get college students enthusiastic about physics. He was always an avid learner and sought to promote his learning ethic and science education in particular. Ron would bemoan the lack of resources and the inadequate promotion and emphasis that science (physics, in particular) received in the curriculum. He later became a most revered, honored and dedicated educator.

I remember Ron's goofy smile and chuckle. He enjoyed laughing and having fun. He was an optimist, clever, genuine, and curious. He was humble and not self-impressed, despite his substantial accomplishments. I will always treasure our friendship.
 

Michael Z. Burnett

October 23rd, 1951 - March 20th, 2007

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Mark K. Greffin

May 10th, 1952 - December 3rd, 2006

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From Bruce Siegfried on February 16th, 2010
I was in the same boyscout troop as Mark going all the way back to the Cub Scouts.  I can remember Mark as the bugler of the Boy Scout Troop.  Up at ManyPoint Scout Camp he refused to get up and blow his bugle in the morning unless someone got up and warmed it up first in a pail of water over the fire.  What a prankster he was!  And laugh, could he make you laugh!
 

Joan Chazin - Esterkin (Chazin)

March 10th, 1952 - October 20th, 2006

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From Jeff Liss on April 18th, 2014
Joan and I were very good friends back in high school and college. We used to drive around with my CB and talk to the truckers. Joan did a perfect Mae West impersonation. The truckers chuckled and we roared in laughter. There were many similar stories. I'll never forget her smile and laugh.
Sadly, I just found out about her passing about an hour ago. I am stunned and shocked, and deeply saddened by this awful news.
May you rest in peace, my dear old friend. God is lucky to have you near him now.
 
From Bruce Siegfried on February 16th, 2010

While working at Laventhol & Horwath back in the 80's I worked on the account involving Joan's fathers Norm Chazin.  Norm and "Joannie" as she liked to be called, were the nicest people.  Recently, I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with Joan's husband, Neil.  Must have rubbed off because Neil is just as nice! 

 

Sara Esther Burstein

August 21st, 1952 - October 26th, 2005

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Died of liver disease on October 26, 2005 at the age of 53. Preceded in death by parents, Abraham and Sadie Burstein. Survived by sister, Linda; brother- in-law, Marty; nephews, Adam and Sean Dveris, and many other relatives and friends. Born in Winona, moved to St. Louis Park at age 14, B.A. the University of Minnesota. In her work at organizations such as the Cricket Theater, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, the Jerome Foundation, and the Minneapolis Jewish Community Center, she recognized and supported many young artists before they became well-established. People knew her as a passionate and sensitive human being. Sara also served on the boards of Jewish Vocational Service and the Adath Jeshurun Congregation. Four years ago, she moved to Washington, D.C. to work at the New Israel Fund where she organized young supporters and conducted outreach to cities such as Minneapolis in support of progressive organizations in Israel. The family thanks the staff at HCMC, especially Medical ICU 1 for their dedication and care. Memorials preferred to Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council, Barry Family Campus 4330 S. Cedar Lake Rd. St. Louis Park, MN 55416.
Published in Star Tribune from October 27 to November 1, 2005

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Gary Sprague

November 20th, 1951 - July 6th, 2005

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From Don Scroggins on May 21st, 2010
As I began to prepare for our 40th reunion I thought a great deal about seeing many folks that may have not been in my close circle of friends, but whom I knew well and always liked.  Gary was one of those folks, in fact near the top of my list.  All through junior and senior high Gary and I would 'connect' through social gatherings, sports, at school, and especially in high school, a good deal of partying (at the Carriage House and Lake Harriet).  I was therefore shocked and saddened when I first accessed this website and found that Gary had passed away.  Rest in Peace Gary,-you were really a Good Guy and thank you Mary Segal for letting me know what happened.
 
From Wayne Klayman on April 8th, 2010
 Gary was one of the guys I have "known" all my life. He lived a few blocks away, went to Brookside together, Central of course, and finally Park...For me, he was one of those friends you knew but for whatever reason, hung out in different circles. Sometimes though, those circles overlapped and that's when I realized what a nice guy he truly was. To Gary, I was one of those just-described friends. We easily could have been great friends, but were only close acquaintances...and yet, in that socially-charged, in-between classes ritual in which we all greeted our friends (and looked away from those who weren't) as we passed by, Gary Sprague never once looked away from me if we passed one another. He easily could have (he was a big guy and I was...well, let's just say I was "stature deficient") but he never did. Not once. He always passed me with a friendly and enthusiastic greeting - a gesture I didn't receive with much frequency. I think he knew that too. He was always there for me at those important, but seemingly insignificant moments. He was the friend I never knew...and the friend I never knew I had...Thank you Gary, for all those little things that ended up meaning so much...
 

Keith R. Pelton

June 3rd, 1951 - December 17th, 2004

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Pelton Keith Robert Pelton, 52, of Inver Grove Heights, died Friday after a short illness. He was kind hearted and a loving husband and father. He loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting, golf and tennis. He is preceded in death by his mother, Mildred, and brother Lee. He is survived by his loving wife Ann Carlon, daughter Brenda and her husband Ben Furuseth, son Robert, twin brother Ken and his family, and his father Clifford Pelton and family. He was a 21 year veteran in the Air Force. He retired from military service in 1993 as a Senior Master Sergeant. He graduated from college in 2002 with a degree in business management. His family and friends were what mattered most in his life. We will miss his beautiful soul. Funeral services will be held at Fort Snelling Chapel on Thursday, December 23, 2005 beginning at 1:30 pm. Memorials in lieu of flowers should be sent to Eagan Rotary Club.
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Charles M. Cornelius

June 21st, 1952 - October 14th, 2004

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Cornelius Charles M., age 52, of Elk River, died on October 14, 2004 after a courageous battle with cancer. Survived by his loving wife, Vicky; daughters, Mary, Rachael, Amy, Carolyn and Katherine. His mother, Jane; brother, Richard; and sister, Kathy Shafer. Also survived by mother-in-law, Jacky Austin. Funeral service 11 AM Tuesday at Christ Lutheran Church (Hwy. 101 at Cty. Rd. 39, Otsego). Visitation 4-8 PM Monday at Dare's Funeral Home, 805 Main St., Elk River, 763-441-1212, and 1 hour prior to services at church on Tuesday. Interment Orono Cemetery, Elk River, MN Memorials preferred.
Published in Star Tribune on October 17, 2004
 

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From Glenn Mayeda on November 15th, 2013
Charlie was always happy go lucky, a clown, and had a precious heart!!!!
He always had to make everyone laugh and cheer people up through his gestures and attempting to act clumsy.  (Note---Charlie was very coordinated---so---he actually had an easy time acting clumsy.  I hope that makes sense!!!!)
Charlie even attempted comedy with the unique $25 cars he drove!!!!
Such 4 wheeled ---classics!!!!!!!!!
He would even wear a classic--old--fashioned--rimmed--hat while driving his cars.
Always loved and remembered as the life of the party!!!!!!
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Charlie was always willing to help his friends with whatever they needed!!!!
 
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Charlie will be missed a lot -- but -- it is comforting to know-----he is cheering people up in Heaven!!!!!!!!
 
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Odell Olson

October 19th, 1951 - November 2nd, 2002

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From Nancy Clark on December 20th, 2011
Odell is greatly missed by all of his good friends.  We had many fun times together.  We know he is now in heaven with his great friend Jim Clark.  Odell,We love and miss you so much!!!
 

Carolyn L. McNeil

August 27th, 1952 - July 5th, 2002

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Marsha Jean Stagg (Sewall)

May 30th, 1952 - May 17th, 2002

Marsha died from complications of a seizure related to her M.S.  She leaves behind her two children, three grandchildren, her parents and siblings.
 

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Steven K. Eakins

September 25th, 1952 - March 8th, 2002

As we heard from his wife, Cindy Crow:  "He died from liver cancer in March of 2002.  He would have loved to be part of the reunion.  He enjoyed getting together with old classmates."

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From Bruce Siegfried on February 16th, 2010
Snowmobiled with Steve before high school.  He always had a way of making people laugh.  Didn't have the fastest snowmobile out on the Minneapolis Golf Course back then, but he kept up with us.
 

Jeffrey Goodman

December 7th, 1951 - July 24th, 2001

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Steven Schlicht

July 8th, 1952 - April 16th, 2001

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From judy bezanson on October 21st, 2013
We were together for a number of years, he was the love of my life.
 
 
From Mark Shinn on August 16th, 2010
Because of alphabetic proximity (Schl-Shi) I sat next to Steve in a bunch of classes including enduring Mr. Zanna's (Black Pete's) PE class.  "You could be in Viet Nam, you know." Folks are correct about his smile.  A good guy and fast on the track. 
 
From Cary Femrite on August 7th, 2010
Steve and I were great friends in school. We shared many classes together. We always seemed to get teamed up in phy. ed. He was a great athlete and a really nice kid. He had an infectious smile. I'll never forget him.
 

Deborah L. Johnson (Lauer)

January 17th, 1952 - February 21st, 2001

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Eileen Nelson

- - August 18th, 1999

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From Debbie Peterson on August 2nd, 2010
I am so saddened to read of Eileen's passing.   Her dedication to all things academic, and her love of music have been a continuous source of inspiration to me.  I have fond memories of her in orchestra, playing her cello with such ease and grace.   She is missed. 
 

Paul D. Knigge

- - February 11th, 1999

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Mark R. Griffith

February 20th, 1952 - August 1st, 1998

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Mark R. Griffith, born February 20, 1952 passed away August 1, 1998 as a result of an automobile accident.  He attended Southwest Minnesota State College for one year before moving to Florida where he lived for several years.  He had been a resident of Spencer, Iowa for the last 15 years.  Mark is survived by two daughters:  Shaeli and Alissa.

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From Al Hartman on August 19th, 2010
I had so much fun kidding around with this guy.  He was such a great sport and I am sorry to learn of his death.
 

Tairi Gould

June 19th, 1952 - January 27th, 1998

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From Bob Edelstein on August 5th, 2010
In high school, I use to refer to Tairi as my "Yiddisha Mama".
She was a very caring and special person with the biggest heart.
 
From Audrey (Hork) Seitz on July 8th, 2010
 Tairi was my "Bat Mitzvah Sister"--April 18, 1965.  While we were not close as we grew older, she will always hold a special place in my heart.
 

Barrie Haskovitz

December 27th, 1952 - October 27th, 1997

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From ferris craig on June 25th, 2016
Barrie was a great dancer. We performed together many times. I still have pictures of our performances!
 
From Wayne Klayman on November 19th, 2013
Dear Jack,
I don't log on to this site very often but tonight I did and saw your moving tribute to your brother Barrie. Since you specifically mentioned his former classmates, I wanted to respond.
I had several classes with Barrie throughout HS and while I was unaware of his being gay at that homophobic time, it wouldn't have mattered to me. He made me laugh so many times and I loved knowing him - even if I wasn't in his closest circle of friends. 
While his death saddens me, I am spirited by the many lives he touched after High School and am grateful for your sharing so much of his life with all of us - his former classmates and friends. 
May Barrie rest in peace. It was a pleasure to have known him...
 
Wayne Klayman
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From Jack Haskovitz on August 21st, 2012
Barrie wasn't just my older brother, but a person who was one of my hero's in life.  How memoriable he was is illistrated by how many people still come up to me that knew my brother and always have a smile when they talk about him.  Although My brother lived a short life, don't feel bad for him, because we should all live such a full life.  From the time he graduated Slp he was one step on a Airplane off to somewhere exotic place.  Unfortunately our father had to call the police to escort him off the plane till he was 18 a couple of times :-) He traveled the world twice, visited places Like Iran, Iraq, India, China, and too many countries to count.  When He came back to the states he settled in L.A.  Self teaching himself the skills to become extremely succesful.  Barrie wanted to be an actor getting a few small roles in movies, one I still watch every time its on is the original star trek motion picture.  He also took his dancing skills to the gong show being the only person to be on it twice and actually won!  I still have the gong in my living room mantle.  From there he had to make a living so he became the head controller of Hemdale pictures, a little studio that while he was there produced a couple of small pictures you may have heard of,  "Platoon, and Terminator".  He was on his way to reaching the stars until one fateful day when he went to UCLA to have himself tested for a sickness that was afflicting Male Homesexual Men.  My brother was alway courageous and open with his sexuality.  When He found out that he had contracted this disease and was HIV positive, Like everyone at the time, he knew it was a death sentence.  That was 1981.  It wasn't till 2 years later that he accepted that it didn't need to be a death sentence.  I truly believe My brother's life began after he contracted the most incidious disease, of our generation.  As more and more of his close friends, lovers started passing away around him, he became more active in aids awarness and prevention.  He was a constant beacon of light for so many.  Because he was diagnosed at UCLA, he was in the first comprehensive study of its kind on the diease.  Because of this he had access to all the cutting edge drugs available.  He had AZT before it was called that.  He had the cocktail before it was the cocktail.  But I truly believe his calming nature, his sense of humor, and how at peace he was kept him healthy and alive for so long.  He was one of the backbones of the Pasedena Aids service center.  Being a person so many looked up to, showing that Aids doesn't have to be a death sentence.  But what was one of his truest acts of courage, was a project he received a small grant from to start a literacy program for homeless people. The difference is he would teach homeless people to teach other homeless people how to read. His belief is that a homeless person would be more responsive another homeless person, and give self worth to the person who was the teacher.  He had no immune system left but still worked with homeless people every day.   It was one of his proudest achievments.  My brother lived for 16 years with Aids and He fought it till the end.  I don't know what was harder to see in the end, him passing away, or the countless people that were devestated by his passing that on a daily basis were cheered up by his sense of humor.  How he was seen as a symbol of how you can survive with Aids.  How many people came up to me after and personally wanted me to know how he affected them in such a positive way.  So I just wanted you fellow classmates of my brother to know he lived, he dreamed, and he became a person who represents the best of what a person can be.
 
From David Goldstein on August 21st, 2010
Barrie was a sweet man.  A lot of fun and a wicked sense of humor.  I liked him very much.
 

Steve H. Koval

- - January 4th, 1997

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Deborah K. Sims (Anton)

May 5th, 1952 - July 28th, 1996

Debbie Anton Sims passed away July 28th 1996 of breast cancer.
 

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Thomas P. Larson

November 12th, 1951 - August 28th, 1995

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From Wayne Klayman on November 19th, 2013
I got to know Tom in 12th grade art class. We were both born again hippies and we became fast friends. I still look fondly at his dry-humored tribute to me in my senior class yearbook. I was saddened to see he had passed so young. He should have outlived me. I miss you Tom...
 
Peace,
 
Wayne Klayman
Oakdale, MN
 
From Mark Shinn on August 16th, 2010
Met Tom in Grade 7 when I was much taller then (relative to other kids our age) and we played basketball together.  Very sharp elbows and a great guy to be on a team with.  By 10th grade, he was getting awfully good.  Athletic and artistic, strong views, yet often quiet in the group. Enjoyed my time trying to get his official approval, because if Tom thought you were OK...
 
From Steve Aretz on July 29th, 2010
Tom and I lived on the same block grew up together and became good friends.  I have many fond memories of Tom, David Le Sage,Dean Benjamin,Steve Steige, and I hanging as the pack of boys terrorizing the neighborhood.  I can still here his sweet mother opening the front door and saying in the kindest of voices " Tom you'll have to come in now, Boys you'll have to leave".  I know what his mother thought that some of us were a bad influence on Tom, but those of us that knew him knew that along with that kind demeanor was just was a boy just as mischievous and adventurous as any of us.
Tom and I were also roommates when we went to the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. We spent many nights,smoking,drinking and listing to Cat Stevens and T-Rex while solving the worlds problems.  He was a very talented man with a gentle sole.          
 
 
From Jane Wipf on July 26th, 2010

Know how great a belly laugh feels?!  Tom could make me belly laugh.   I looked up to him as both my brother and friend. 
Tom was inclusive, supportive, an encourager and kind.  Full of ideas, his creativity was a joy, his music beautiful. His tender heart and compassionate spirit led us to name our son after him.
We thank God for Tom's wife Sue.  Tom was gifted with and valued Sue's love and companionship in the final portion of his life.
I loved hugging Tom 'round the middle as he was so tall.  I miss you Tom!!

 
From Jim Bergeson on April 7th, 2010
What a great friend Tom was.  We grew up across the street from each other at the age of one and continued our friendship until Tom’s passing.  I admired Tom’s positive outlook on life and his ability to always see the positive in other people.  Because of that, Tom had a lot of great friends.  One of the friends Tom made after graduation was his future business partner, Bruce McFarlan.  Bruce has a great tribute to Tom on his business website – www.reelworks.com.  Look under Info, Company Bio.

 
From Liz Schendel on February 28th, 2010
Tom and I spent a lot of time together in the 5 years after HS.  We camped our way around Europe for four months in 1975.  He was  a funny, gentle,  creative, dog-loving guy.   I keep in touch with his sister, Jane,  and we share good memories of him.  The world lost a creative soul when Tom died.  He is missed.
 

Dennis R. Nordstrom

February 19th, 1952 - December 8th, 1994

Dennis was a great friend during high school. Lots of fun and full of energy. Started his work life at the orginal Target food department at Knollwood. I, like a lot of his friends, ended up working there too because of him.
He is missed.

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From Al Hartman on December 20th, 2009
Image Dennis and I were pretty close buddies in grades 1-3 at Lenox.  We walked to and from school and his house was between mine and Lenox.  We lost track once school boundaries started changing. 

The picture is him in 1st grade Ms Bradeen's class at Lenox '58 - '59
 

Nancy Adelmann (Johnson)

- - January 18th, 1992

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Richard E. Rose

February 23rd, 1952 - November 15th, 1990

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From Lee Kurenitz on July 6th, 2010

A great guy and an even better friend.

 
From Bob Brill on July 6th, 2010

Boy, did Dick pass too soon! I remember all those drives around Lake Harriet, with a cigarette or two (always Harriet - never Calhoun). What were we looking for? No, not the Rose Garden. All the years working at Burt's - Max Kamel telling us to stop playing switch finger (never quite knew what that meant but it didn't sound good) and Andy Nowak bringing his lunch. Dick was a good guy and a good high school friend. He is a good memory!

 
From Lee Kurenitz on July 2nd, 2010

Dick was a great guy and an even better friend.

 
From Bill Goldman on May 24th, 2010
How many free games did we rack up after school and weekends on the pinball machines at the Carriage House?  Pretty much every day after school for us it was hang out there with Garber, Peltz, Scroggins and Kurenitz.  When we weren't there and the weather was nice, it was hop into the car and out to Paul's Landing where we jumped in a boat and spent the late afternoon and evening fishing (what homework?).  Well, I guess I did skip the other "hangout"---working at Burt's Shoes with many of the same crowd as above.  Lunch on Saturdays at the Nankin, then back to the store.......

You left us WAY too early and I think about you often.  We'll miss you at our gathering, always do......

Bill
 
From Don Scroggins on May 21st, 2010
Dick was truly one of the nicest people I have ever known.  We became very close during high school and working at 'Burt's Shoes' together.  After high school, as I visited at least once a year, we remained close all the way up until his death, in an era without cell phones or email to stay in touch regularly.  I last saw him during our 20-year reunion and he died suddenly a few months later.  Too many memories to pass on here.  I can only repeat what a fine person he was and that I still miss him.  Rest in Peace Dickie!
 
From David Ketroser on March 6th, 2010
Dick's mother and my mother were best friends since college so I knew him his entire life.  Considering he had many friends and a great sense of humor, I'm surprised to be the first to write a memorial.

We would all be fortunate if we were as personable as Dick, had as quick a wit or as friendly a smile.  His premature death came as a complete shock to everyone who knew him and made us all feel more vulnerable.

His mother (an awe inspiring and accomplished woman who died recently) never really recovered from Dick's death.

I'll leave the anecdotes to his circle of high school friends, but the reunion will be a little empty without Dick.
 

Janine A. Holzem (Christian)

November 9th, 1951 - October 23rd, 1983

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Larry A Holm

May 14th, 1952 - July 1st, 1979

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Pery Affias

December 15th, 1952 - March 2nd, 1978


 

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From Jeanne Johnson Bray on October 10th, 2015
I still think of him too. He was a great person.  I will never forget the day you told me what happened to us.
 
From Ginny Rutz (Revak) on January 22nd, 2010
Image I often think of what Pery would look like all grown up like the rest of us.....He was a handsome and fun loving friend and I miss him still.
 

Kevin P. Ringham

June 28th, 1952 - September 6th, 1977

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From Al Hartman on September 4th, 2015
As Nestor points out, there were a number of us hanging out with Kev back in the '60s and I could name a few more people.  Kevin was, at times, a crazy sort like when he climbed a high voltage tower and did a Superman flying impersonation at the top until the cops ordered him down and took him home.  But he had his serious moments, too.  He was a good friend with a good sense of humor and he left us way too soon.
 
From Craig Nestor on July 16th, 2010
Kevin, Wheeler, Myslak Brothers, Hartman, Herbert, Rheinhart, Stansfield.  All from the old neighborhood.  Good memories, all of them. 
 

Dean R. Benjamin

March 31st, 1951 - December 17th, 1969

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From Beth Kimball on August 6th, 2010
Dean and I started to become friends in senior high, especially 12th grade.  We sat across from each other in, I believe, Mr. Allen's class.  We talked about alot of different things, but one thing that sticks out in my mind was that Dean idolized Steve McQueen.  When he passed, I remember going to his funeral and it was wicked cold and blustery.  The next day I became very ill and remember talking to Dean alot from my sick bed.  I missed him alot back then, and still think about him today.
 
From Steve Aretz on July 29th, 2010
Dean and I were best friends from the age of 7 until his death.  We lived and terrorized the same neighborhood together.  He was a great guy who died way to early.
 
From Jim Bergeson on March 21st, 2010
Dean died suddenly during our senior year from Hepatitis. Dean was a great guy that was well liked by all who knew him.
 

Richard G. Cochran

- - January 25th, 1965

Richard Cochran was a classmate of ours at Brookside and Central Junior High.  We understand that he was hit by a car while delivering papers in 7th grade.

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From Wayne Klayman on November 19th, 2013
I too remember the day Richard was killed while delivering papers.
He was a quiet boy and not many of us in 7th grade knew him very well at all. He was just one of those many kids that blended in with the background. That day, however, I rememember so many people crying and/or in shock. We had never lost one of "us" before, and suddenly dear Richard had more friends than he ever knew he had in life. His death taught all of us a lesson that day. Many of us felt guilty for never even having said hello to him. I know I did. And as it turned out, he was more ambitious than all of us put together. I carried Richard's memory with me all thru my school years. 
 
Wayne Klayman
Oakdale, MN
 
From Martha Reed on August 16th, 2010
I remember the morning that Richard was killed- it was a dark morning, raining as I recall. I was in math class that Richard was a part of when out teacher told us that he had been delivering papers that morning and was hit by a car. I remember hiim as a quiet shy boy. It is a enduring memory from junior high school.
 

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