Funeral Notices

Friday, May 2, 2014

Mertz, Shonda Renae Beloved mother, daughter, sister. Age 48. Passed away May 2, 2014. Preceded by her father, George Mertz. Survived and greatly missed by loving daughters Ashley and Aundreya; brother Bill; mother Carol. Service 5pm Thursday, May 8th at Gill Brothers Chapel, 9947 Lyndale Ave. S., Bloomington, MN 55420. Visitation opens at 3pm. Interment at Bloomington Cemetery. Shonda had a loving heart and great spirit. She will be forever missed.

BLOOMINGTON, MN                            952 888 7771

Gill Brothers Funeral Home Minneapolis MN
Thursday, May 1, 2014

Major John Anthony Miller (USAF Ret.) age 84, of Minneapolis. Born April 13, 1930 in Minneapolis, passed away peacefully on May 1, 2014. Preceded in death by brothers, David and William, and sisters, Mary and Shirley. John is survived by many nieces and nephews. Funeral Mass 11 AM Saturday, May 31st at St. Richards, 7540 Penn Ave S. Richfield. Visitation one hour prior to mass. Private interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

BLOOMINGTON, MN                      952.888.7771

Monday, April 28, 2014

Gullickson, Marlene B. 

Age 88 of Dayton, MN.  Lived with daughter Kathy for 12 years and died from complications due to Alzheimer's disease.  She enjoyed going to adult day-care, loved music and singing.  Loved by her family and friends, her hospice nurse Kate Rose and all the Allina Hospice team.  Preceded in death by husband, George; parents; 2 brothers, and a great-great-grandchild.  Survived by children, John (Bonnie) McGuire, Julie McGuire, Kathy Christensen and Linda (John) Haeg; 6 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren.  Mass of Christian Burial, Wednesday, May 7, 2014 ~ 11 AM at the Church of the Incarnation, 3817 Pleasant Avenue So. Minneapolis, MN.  55409.   Interment Fort Snellling National Cemetery.  Visitation Tuesday 5-8 PM at the Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 5801 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN and one hour prior to mass at church

MINNEAPOLIS, MN                  612 861 6088

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Virginia Agnes (Casci) Grazzini

June 6, 1918 – April 27, 2014

Age 95, died peacefully on Sunday, April 27, 2014, after 6 days of saying thank you, I love you and goodbye to those she loved and who loved her. Virginia lived life to the fullest, raising 6 children, travelling the world with her husband, affectionately known as ‘lover’, enjoying summers at “the cabin”, and wintering in Florida. Virginia was a great Italian cook who loved to entertain.  She was a woman of strong beliefs and homespun wisdom who shared it with her family and friends. Preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, Gene; her parents, Adelmo and Lucy Casci; her brother Louis; and sisters, Rosemary and Evelyn. Survived by her 6 children: Gene (Rosalie), Janette Grazzini-Cook (Roger), Gayle Hanser (Joe), Frank (Sandy), Wayne (Patt), Allen (Kathy); 16 grandchildren, 4 step grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 5 step great-grandchildren, and  3 great-great grandchildren, as well as her brother, Gene (Audrey).  Visitation 4-7PM, Tuesday, April 29th at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale Ave. S, Bloomington and one hour prior to Mass at Church.  Mass of Christian Burial 10AM, Wednesday, April 30th at The Church of the Nativity of Mary, 9900 Lyndale Avenue South.  Private Interment Resurrection Cemetery, Mendota Heights.  In lieu of flowers please send memorials to Ursuline Sisters , 353 S. Sappington, St. Louis. MO 63122 or The American Kidney Foundation.

Bloomington, MN   952-888-7771

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Age 70 of Bloomington passed away on April 27 following a brief illness. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in law. He practiced law in Bloomington until retirement in 2006. Preceded in death by parents Harold and Katherine, brother Thomas. Survived by wife of 39 years Maurea Spinler; brothers Wayne and James (Sandy); sister Peggy Newgren all of Duluth; several nieces and nephews; many friends and relatives; and his four-legged pal Mandie. Dick was a kind, compassionate person who loved life. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting, traveling to the Caribbean, and spending time with family and friends. He spent several winters golfing in Arizona. Until this year, he was a member of the Minnesota Valley Golf Club. He also enjoyed bike riding, walking and keeping bird feeders well stocked. A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 13, 2014, at 10 AM at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale Ave S, Bloomington. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to service beginning at 9 AM.

BLOOMINGTON MN        952.888.7771

Friday, April 25, 2014

Marion Gertrude Whitmire "Omi", 86, of Minneapolis, ascended to heaven at 11:00 AM, Friday, April 25, 2014 while surrounded by her loving family. She was born September 3rd, 1927 in Berlin, Germany. She married TSGT Charles Delbert Whitmire and eventually landed in Minneapolis where they started their family.

She is survived by daughter, Lorine "Rainy" Goblirsch (Robert) of Wabasso, MN and her children, Delbert, Shiela and Michelle; son, Delbert Whitmire (Bettina) of Green Bay, WI and his children, Jason, Justin andDevin; daughter, Denise Battenberg (Tom) of Minneapolis and her children, Thomas, Michael and Stacey; 5 great-grandchildren; Eli, Sienna, Emily, Charlie, and Gabriel; and her nephew, Halbert Wenngatz (Kathy) of Annadale,MN. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 58 years Charles; her beloved sister, Rita Carnes and her dearest friend, Edith Laubhan of Bay City, MI.

Although a trained secretary, she dedicated her life to raising her children and added great guidance and loving care to her children and grandchildren. She taught them that cleanliness was next to Godliness and the importance of completing tasks swiftly. She loved to cook and enjoyed reading German romance novels and Danielle Steel books; however, her greatest joy revolved around the time spent with family, especially her grandchildren. She will be long remembered as compassionate, caring, gracious, and kind-hearted. Blessed be her memory. The family wishes to express their sincerest gratitude to the Fairview Oncology Center and Fairview Hospice for their wonderful and caring treatment.

The visitation is from noon until 1 pm on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 at Gill Brothers Funeral Home. The funeral service will follow at 1 pm at the same location. Entombment will commence at Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis.

Memorial contributions may be made to Fairview Hospice.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Gerry Rauenhorst, a business leader with a steadfast commitment to God, family and The Opus Group passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 24, 2014.  Fueled by unwavering optimism, Gerry demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and a commitment to finding a better way to build a business, community and a value-centered life.  Respected for his quiet humility, Gerry was a dedicated husband to his wife Henrietta (Hanky) of 60 years, a devoted father and loyal friend.

Born in Olivia, Minnesota in 1927, the son of tenant farmers and one of eight children, Gerry began his business career at age 6 selling sweet corn  at a busy highway intersection near the family farm.  Gerry learned early practical lessons about the necessity of hard work and faith, anchoring his life on the words of St. Augustine: "I shall work as if everything depended on me; I shall pray as if everything depended on God."

Gerry attended St. Thomas College, graduating in 1948 with a degree in economics in just three years.  While at St. Thomas, he invited Hanky Schmoll, a girl from the College of St. Catherine and a neighboring farming community, to the Tiger Homecoming Dance.  That date launched a lifetime together.  The couple was married in 1950 and spent the next six decades raising seven children, building a business and  living out their shared commitment to Catholic social values.

In 1951 Gerry earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from Marquette University where he was concurrently a student and an assistant professor.  Convinced that it was possible to succeed in business while maintaining a strong ethical code, he started his own business in 1953 with the company's headquarters in the breezeway of his growing family's home.

From that initial leap of faith, The Opus Group has grown today into a family of commercial real estate development, construction and design companies headquartered in Minneapolis with eight additional locations, hundreds of employees and millions of square feet of completed projects nationwide.  An early visionary, Gerry served as a pioneer of the design-build method, taking a vertically integrated approach to real estate development.  Fueled by his tenacity and hard work, companies Gerry founded developed corparate headquarters for Best Buy Corporation, ConAgra, Gavilon, the Medtronic Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management office complex, The Nic on Fifth in downtown Minneapolis and more that 50 buildings on university campuses across the country.

With an enduring belief that business has a responsibility to strengthen society, Gerry started a group of family philanthropies that today include GHR Foundation, The Better Way Foundation, Enkel Foundation, Opus Foundation, and Opus Prize Foundation.  Together these independent grantmaking organizations invest in closing the achievement gap through Catholic education, offering early childhood education in low-income communities  and countries, providing stability for children in families, investing in community revitalization and other life-changing causes. 

As a careful steward and committed community member, Gerry was a trusted advisor to the University of St. Thomas, forming close partnerships  with three presidents and contributing to the vision of the law school, Minneapolis campus and other strategic investments.  He also served on the board of directors of Marquette University College of Business and in 1969 was named its Alumnus of the year.

Gerry was a founding member of the Minnesota Keystone Program and the Papal Foundation, a leader of the Minneapolis Suburban Serra Club, Serra International, and the Knights of Columbus, as well as an advisor to Sogang Jesuit College in Seoul, South Korea.  He served on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis from 1990 to 1995 and in 2005 he was named Outstanding Individual Philanthropist of the Year by the Minnesota Chpter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals

Pope Paul VI named Gerry a Knight of the Equestiran Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem in 1965, and John Paul II named him a Knight of St. Gregory in 1983.

Professionally Gerry's accomplishments have been widely recognized.  In 1974, he was awarded a Distinguished Engineering Award from Marquette University for the innovative design-build business model.  That work was later recognized with a Lifetime  Achievement Award from the Design Build Institute of America.  In 1992, the company he founded was named Developer of the Year by NAIOP, the leading commercial real estate development association.  Gerry was also honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from Ernst & Young in 1997 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Assicated General Contractors of Minnesota in 2005.  In 2010, he was inducted into the Real Estate Hall of Fame at the Shenehon Center for Real Estate at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business.

Gerry was a visionary in business and an adventurer at heart.  To have a healthy supply of materials for building models, he encouraged his young children to eat as many popsicles as they could.  He also opened the doors of the world to his family throught trips across the American South in the family station wagon and to see the great artistic masterpieces of Europe.  Gerry enjoyed creating pottery, exploring new gadgets and spending time at the lake with his grandchildren

Gerry was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Henrietta Schmoll Rauenhorst; parents Henry Theodore Rauenhorst and Margaret Keltgen Rauenhorst; his seven siblings William, Muriel, George, Jerome, Henry, James, Robert and his infant son Gerald Anthony Rauenhorst Jr.  Gerry's enduring legacy is his family.  He is survived by his seven children, Judith (Lee) Doerr, Mark (Karen) Rauenhorst, Neil (Becky) Rauenhorst, Joseph  Rauenhorst, Michael (Margaret) Rauenhorst, Susan (Jeff) Turner, and Amy (Philip) Goldman; 21 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  Mass of Christian Burial, Tuesday, May 6th, at 10 AM, Church of Our Lady of Grace, 5051 Eden Avenue, Edina, MN.  Visitation Monday, 4-7:30 PM at the church and one hour prior to mass.   Memorials are preferred to the University  of St. Thomas' Opus College of Business, Marquette University's College of Engineering Opus Scholar program, the Mayo Clinic's Center on Aging or a charity of the donor's choice.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN                        612 861 6088

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Age 75, of Bloomington, died peacefully at home on April 23, 2014, after a short battle with cancer. Carol was born in Minneapolis and grew up in Champlin/Minneapolis. After marrying James in 1954, they moved to Bloomington and raised their 4 children. Preceded in death by her husband, James; Parents, John and Myrtle Browning; brothers, James and Donald and sister Joyce O’Brien. Survived by children, James (Penny) of White Bear Lake, Thomas of Lakeville, Laurie (Joe) Horarik of Farmington and Kathleen (Jeff) Bellin of Bloomington, Eleven grandchildren and Twelve Great grandchildren.

For more than forty years, Carol was known to many of her daycare families as Grandma Carol. She loved all the children that entered her home and they quickly became a part of her family. She touched many lives, making sure that each child knew how important they were to her.

Funeral Service Saturday, 1 PM at Gill Brothers Funeral Chapel, 9947 Lyndale Ave S. with visitation one hour prior. Interment Dawn Valley Memorial Park. Memorials preferred to Fairview Hospice.
Bloomington 952.888.7771

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Marrianna Adaline Gorin-Giedd

The exciting moments of parenting have turned to sorrow and heartfelt loss with the death of our 4 ½ year old baby girl, Marrianna Adaline Gorin-Giedd on April 22, 2014.

She was preceded in death by: Great-Grandparents Giedd, Great-Grandparents Matthey, Great-Grandparents Thompson, Great-Grandparents Gorin and Great-Grandpa Warren.

She leaves behind her loving family who will always love her: Parents Darin and Kelly, Brothers, Huxley and Orson; Grandparents Barbara Thompson and Joe Warren, Grandparents Jan and Jerry Giedd, Uncle Dave, Aunt Jenny, Uncle Jeff, Uncle Doug and Uncle Jeffrey, Cousins Adam, Austin, Thai, Andrew, Nicholas and Soren, and other loving family and friends.  

Funeral Service 12:00 p.m., Saturday, April 26th at Lakewood Cemetery Chapel, 3600 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls.  Visitation 4-8 p.m., Friday, April 25th at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 5801 Lyndale Ave. South and ½ hour prior to service. 

In lieu of gifts or flowers we would appreciate a donation in her honor be made to Children’s Hospital of Minneapolis (; Cornelia de Lange Foundation or The Deaf Blind Project of Minnesota These organizations combined, provide children like Marrianna the best life possible through research and world class medical care which will provide us comfort and memories for years to come.

Minneapolis, MN   612-861-6088

Gill Brothers Funeral Home Minneapolis MN
Monday, April 21, 2014

75 of Minneapolis, passed away on April 21. He is survived by his wife, Jeanette; children, Robert Jr. & Carol Ann; 3 grandchildren. Served in the Navy and was a lifetime member of VFW Post #494, and retired Teamster Local 974. Mass of Christian Burial, Friday, April 25, 2014, at 11 AM, Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 7300 42nd Ave N, New Hope, MN. Interment at Glen Haven Cemetery.
New Hope 763-531-1777