Funeral Notices

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Charles Thomas Murphy, “Chuck, C.T.” of Edina, Minnesota.  February 28, 1917- March 24, 2013.  Preceded in death by his wife of fifty-one years, Kathleen Hatch Murphy; son, Thomas Charles Murphy, Chagrin Falls, Ohio; son-in-law, James Thomas (Tom) Rowen, Omaha Nebraska; parents, James E. and Cora Larpenteur Murphy, Minneapolis and sister, Virginia Murphy Paulson, Denver, Colorado.  Survived by wife, Mary Blair Murphy; daughter, Kathy Murphy Rowen (Omaha, Nebraska); sons, Robert Murphy and wife, Diane (Minnetrista), Dave Murphy and wife, Pam (Eden Prairie) and daughter-in-law, Ann Murphy (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) and 3 step-children  Also survived by brothers, J.E. Murphy and wife, Darlene; John Murphy and wife, Jean of Paradise Valley, Arizona; and brother-in-law, Bill Paulson of Denver, Colorado; grandchildren, Kelly Rowen Gage (Overland Park, Kansas), Molly Rowen Carroll (Bend, Oregon), Tommy Rowen (Omaha, Nebraska), Michael Rowen (St. Louis, Missouri), Leo Rowen (Denver, Colorado), David Murphy (New Brighton), Katy Murphy Keesey (Washington, D.C.), Ryan Murphy (Minneapolis), Christie Murphy (Eden Prairie), Meghan Murphy Rocha (Daly City, California); 15 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. 

 Chuck’s mother’s Larpenteur Family and Henry Sibley founded St. Paul, Minnesota. Cora Larpenteur’ Murphy’s Great-Grandfather, Louis August Larpenteur built the first frame house and the first brick store.  He also built and operated the first post office.  His wooden case with 16 pigeon-holes is preserved by the Minnesota Historical Society.  Larpenteur Avenue is named after Chuck’s family.

 Chuck, a World War II veteran, attended Washburn High School where he was named All-City in Basketball.  Upon returning from the war, he worked for Gopher Equipment.  He owned and operated Hayden-Murphy Equipment Company.  He sold this company in 1980 to American Hoist and Derrick.

 Chuck was a member of the Church of St. Patrick, The Gibraltar Club, Knights of Columbus, the Downtown YMCA, University of Minnesota Gopher Club, Edina Country Club where he was a member for 54 years and Camelback Country Club in Scottsdale, AZ, and many philanthropic organizations in the Twin Cities.

 He fondly remembered his childhood jobs including his 25 cents per hour job at the Piggly Wiggly, and caddying at Minikahda Country Club, carrying two bags, for fifty cents.

 Chuck loved playing golf.  On his eighty-sixth birthday he shot 86! And on his 90th birthday Chuck golfed with his children and had a “hole in one.”Chuck passed on his love of golf to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren!

 Chuck died peacefully.  He spent his last days surrounded by his loving family and enjoying life as he always did, cheering on the Timberwolves by calling each player by name and viewing the Arnold Palmer Golf Tournament.  At 96 years young, Chuck was energetic and active. On Palm Sunday God welcomed him home. This is fitting because Chuck lived a faith filled life as a devout Catholic, which was reflected in his devotion and his enduring love for his family and friends. We will miss his warm smile, his kind heart and gracious soul. 

Mass of Christian Burial 11:30AM, Monday, April 1st at the Church of St. Patrick, 6820 St. Patrick’s Lane, Edina.  Interment Resurrection Cemetery, Mendota Heights.  Visitation one hour prior to Mass at Church.  In lieu of flowers memorials to the Church of St. Patrick or the Special Olympics Minnesota Area 11,

Minneapolis, MN   612-861-6088

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Salmi, Kirsten Kvamme
Age 38 of Golden Valley, passed away March 23rd, 2013.  Kirsten was thoughtful, kind, and uniquely perceptive.  She was at the center of her family circle.  In everything she did, Kirsten put great thought and care towards the feelings and needs of others.  Gatherings at her home were marked by detailed planning and simple eloquence.  Her gardens and her home reflected an insight into beauty that was a gift to family and visitors.  Kirsten and her husband David were enthusiastic traverles, visiting over 30 countries in their 13 years of wonderful, loving marriage.  Kirsten carried those passions to her career as a Buyer at Target, where she worked after graduatiing from Augsburg, majoring in Psychology and Religion.  Kirsten was deeply loved by family and friends and will be terribly missed.  She is survived by her husband David; parents Joel and Marion Kvamme; brother Soren Kvamme; father-in-law Stan (Sally) Salmi; mother-in-law Kathy (Don) Roberts and brother-in-law Steve Salmi.  Funeral service Tuesday, April 2nd at 7:00 PM, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4100 Lyndale Ave. So.  Interment Lakewood Cemetery.  Visitation beginning at 5:30 PM.  If so desired memorials may be directed to Starfish Ministries at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.


                     MINNEAPOLIS, MN          612 861 6088

Friday, March 22, 2013

Geddes, Ann Marie

Age 43 of Birchwood, WI, formerly of Minneapolis, MN.  Preceded in death by brother John Joseph Geddes.  Survived by son Sage Mikkel; parents John and Maureen Geddes; brother Bill (Anne); niece Cassidy and nephew John Joseph.  Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 at 11:00 AM ~ Lumen Christi Catholic Community, 2055 Bohland Avenue, St. Paul, MN.  Private interment St. Mary's Cemetery.  Visitation one hour prior to mass at church.  If so desired, memorials may be given to any mental health organization of choice.

Gill Brothers  612-861-6088

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Age 87, of Bloomington, MN, passed away Mar. 21, 2013. Preceded in death by parents Clarence and Margaret and wife, Dorothy (nee Wolla). Survived by children Nancy Klein; Steve (Michelle); Jeanne (Rich) Wolf; Mary (Ron) Carlson; sister Marlys (Russ) Moore; he and Dorothy’s seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild; dear companion Esther Geil; and all his friends and neighbors. Bill met and married Dorothy in 1952. He then embarked upon a career as an insurance adjuster, a profession he shared with his father and brother-in-law. An honest and trusted adjuster, he brought integrity and fairness to his work at Auto-Owners Insurance Company. Bill’s love of fishing never waned nor did his delight that Dorothy shared his passion. Their love of God and church community at Nativity of Mary in Bloomington was an anchor throughout their lives. Visitation Monday, 3/25/13 5-8 PM at Gill Brothers Funeral Chapel, 9947 Lyndale Ave S, Bloomington. Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, 3/26/13 at 10 AM Nativity of Mary Catholic Church, 9900 Lyndale Ave South Bloomington 952-881-8671. Reviewal one hour prior.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Hommes, Agnes "Aggie: B.

(nee Melsvor)

Age 81 of Bloomington, MN.  Born September 6, 1931 in Minneapolis, MN to Olaf and Mabel (Bangstad) Melsvor.  Survived by husband, Clifford; children, Dale (Lisa) Hommes, Amy (Tim) Miller, Chuck (Mary Jo) Hommes, and Janice Hommes (Dean Birkholz); 5 grandchildren; sisters, Irene Stoyke, Marge (Brent) Larson, and Ruth (Bill) Korfphage.  Funeral service Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 11 AM ~ Christ the King Lutheran Church ~ 8600 Fremont Avenue South.  Interment, Lakewood Cemetery.  Visitation Tuesday, March 26th, 4-8 PM at Gill Brothers Bloomington Chapel, 9947 Lyndale Avenue South and also one hour prior to service at church.  If so desired, memorials may be directed to Christ the King Lutheran Church of Fairview Hospice.

GILL BROTHERS  952-888-7771


Sunday, March 17, 2013

William F. Coutier, Age 81 of Bloomington.  Born July 15, 1931, died March 17, 2013. Preceded in death by wife, Mary Anne Coutier; grandson, Harley Davis; great-grandson, Brenden; parents, Francis and Catherine Coutier; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Survived sons, Bill Coutier and Pat Coutier; daughters, Mary Kay Shepard (Jack), Theresa Bermudez (Jimmy), Carol Chapman (Rick), Connie Coutier and Julie Hirman (Kevin); 21 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; brother, Mike Coutier (Lori); sister, Kathy Kessler (Ken); 2 sisters-in-law; many nieces, nephews, family and friends.  Bill was a proud and active member of Nativity of Mary Church for over 55 years, Pipefitter Local Union 539, RSES, Knights of Columbus and the Phase Out Fitters. Mass of Christian Burial 1PM, Thursday, March 21 at the Church of the Nativity of Mary, 9900 Lyndale Ave S., Bloomington. Visitation 4-8PM Wednesday at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale Ave S., with prayer service at 6:30PM.  Visitation also one hour prior to Mass at church. Interment Bloomington Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the American Cancer Society or Fairview Hospice

Bloomington, MN   952-888-7771

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Thomas Vertes, age 84 of New Hope.  Born October 18, 1928 in Budapest Hungary; died March 16, 2013 in Brooklyn Center.  Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 25th at St. Joseph Parish Community, 8701 36th Avenue North, New Hope with visitation 1/2 hour prior to service.  Interment Gethsemane Cemetery, New Hope.

GILL BROTHERS        New Hope, MN    763-531-1777

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Conrad, Carol Jean

Of Edina formerly of Bloomington.  She passed away on March 14, 2013 at the age of 74. She fought a brave and gallant battle with breast, colon and liver cancer.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Jerry, who passed away in 2011; her parents, Carl and Elsie Simensen; her father-in-law, Maynard and two brothers-in-law, Don and Erwin.

She is survived by her two sons, Jeff (Jackie) of Bloomington and Scott (Tracy) of Savage. She was a very proud and devoted grandmother to five grandchildren; Jessica, Jeff Jr., Jenna, Nick and Blake. She is also survived by her mother-in-law, Irene; brother-in-law, Richard (Naomi); two sisters-in-law, Jill and Arla; many nieces, nephews and a large circle of devoted friends.

Memorial service 11 AM Tuesday March 19, 2013 at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 8400 France Ave. So. Bloomington with a visitation beginning at 10.  A private family interment.  Memorials preferred to St. Stephen Lutheran Church.

BLOOMINGTON, MN     952 888 7771

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Pilgram, Margaret E.

Age 85 of Bloomington, MN, passed away March 14, 2013 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.  Born July 29, 1927 in Saint Cloud, MN to John and Rose (Swintek) Kampa.  Preceded in death by husband, Jack Pilgram; parents; sister, Mary Slaby; and brother, Arnold Kampa.  Survived by daughters, Susan (Tim) Sasse, Joyce (Tom) Heither, and Carol (Michael) Ashwood; grandchildren, Chris, Tess, Andrea, and Ryan; sister, Rita Pietruszewski.  Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, March 20, 2013 ~ 11:00 at the Church of Saint Bonaventure, 901 East 90th Street, Bloomington, MN.  Interment, Fort Snelling National Cemetery Thursday~ March 21, 2013 at 2:30 PM.  Visitation will be Tuesday, 5-8 PM at Gill Brothers Home, 9947 Lyndale Avenue So.  and one hour prior to mass at church.  If so desired, memorials may be directed to Abbott Northwestern Heart Hospital, Martin Luther Care Center or EWTN TV. 

Gill Brothers  952-888-7771

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Boxleitner, Msgr. J. Jerome Reverend Monsignor J. Jerome Boxleitner (or "Box" as he was affectionately known) was a tireless advocate for "preferential options for the poor" in the Twin Cities community. He passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the age of 82. Msgr. Boxleitner was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1931. He attended St. Paul Seminary and was ordained to the priesthood in 1956, beginning his career as a parish priest at The Church of the Holy Name in Minneapolis. In 1963, he completed a Master's degree in social work at Catholic University in Washington D.C. Upon his return to the Twin Cities, Boxleitner became Executive Director of Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, a position he held for 35 years. Msgr. Boxleitner was a revered community leader locally and nationally. He was deeply concerned with social services and social policy, particularly those programs and issues which address the needs of the poorest of the poor. Monsignor Boxleitner began a children in crisis program at St. Joseph's Home for Children, street outreach services (Minneapolis Branches I, II, III and Dorothy Day in St. Paul), volunteer program for over 1000 people a year, an unwed mother program, drug program, many housing and emergency services programs, aging, migration, and refugee services. Msgr. Boxleitner spent a half day a week as prison chaplain at Lino Lakes for several decades. In 1992, the University of St. Thomas conferred upon Boxleitner the honorary degree of Doctor of Humanities. He also received the Morris Hursch Award for Outstanding Contributions to Social Services in Minnesota. With this award, he joined the ranks of previous winners Walter F. Mondale and Senator Hubert H. Humphrey. In addition, Msgr. Boxleitner received a medallion from Pope John Paul II in recognition of his leadership of Catholic Charities USA, a position he held from 1983-85. Upon his retirement from Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis in 1998, a Pioneer Press editorial described Boxleitner as "a cross between Michael the Archangel, a Chicago ward boss and a gruff uncle. He bears the ferocity of Michael when defending the poor, the cunning of a 1960s Chicago politician who wheels and deals, and an occasional orneriness that camouflages his passion for social justice." Msgr. Boxleitner challenged us all to put a name and a face to every individual living in poverty. He leaves a legacy of compassion, service and social justice advocacy that will inspire and motivate the Twin Cities community for generations to come. Boxleitner is preceded in death by parents, John and Theresa (Doepner) Boxleitner; sister, Dee Tobin; and niece Carol Hammer. Survived by sister, Audrey Gareis; nieces and nephews, Mary (David) Schultz, Susan (Bob) Daniel, Kathy Tobin, John Tobin, and Mark Tobin; many great- nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, March 19, 2013 10 AM at The Church of the Holy Name, 3637 11th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55407. Interment, Calvary Cemetery, St. Paul, MN. Visitation Monday 4-8 PM (7 PM prayer service) at The Church of the Holy Name and one hour prior to Mass at the church. The family would also like to thank the caregivers and staff at St. Therese Care Center for their loving support and gental care during Monsignor's stay.  Memorials may be directed to Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis or St. Therese Care Center.


                                    MINNEAPOLIS, MN         612 861 6088