Funeral Notices

Gill Brothers Funeral Home Minneapolis MN
Monday, April 14, 2014


Ray J. age 90 died peacefully on April 14, 2014 at St. Therese of New Hope.  Longtime resident of Golden Valley; served in the US Navy on the U.S.S. Shields during WWII and a retired 30 year employee of Northwestern Bell . Preceded in death by wife, Olga; grandson, Ray. Survived by children, Judy (Larry) McGraw, Bruce Choromanski, Mark (Jan) Choromanski, Susan (Michael) Jane; 9 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; brother, Jerry (Ursula) Choromanski. Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday 11 AM at the Church of St. Margaret Mary, 2323 Zenith Ave. North. Entombment, Gethsemane Cemetery Mausoleum.  Visitation Wednesday 1 hour prior to Mass at Church only.  Memorials preferred to St. Therese of New Hope.

NEW HOPE, MN      763 531 1777

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Francis Lloyd Pladsen

ATTN: United Auto Workers

Age 70 of Bloomington, completed his journey on April 13, 2014, peacefully, surrounded by his family.  He was born and raised in Gully, MN and graduated from Gonvick High School in 1962.  Following graduation he went to work for the Ford Motor Company where he enjoyed 32 years of employment.  He was married to Ruth Gunelius for 51 years.  They have three sons, Todd (Kris), Paul (Patty) and Troy; three grandsons he adored, Kyle, Nathan, and Brett.  He was an avid sports fan; attended two Super Bowls and two World Series.  He enjoyed the MN North Stars, Wild, Twins, Vikings and Gophers.  He loved his cabin on Mille Lacs, fishing and Deer Camp.  He enjoyed traveling and spent winters in Rockport, TX for many years.  Thank you to Fairview Home Care and Hospice for the wonderful care given to Francis the last two years. Mass of Christian Burial, 11AM, Monday, April 21st at the Church of St. Bonaventure, 901 E. 90th St., Bloomington.  Visitation one hour prior to Mass only.  Interment St. Charles Borromeo Cemetery, Trail, MN.  Memorials preferred to St. Charles Cemetery Fund.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

HORDINSKY Walter Hordinsky, 74, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, passed away on Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014 after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Lviv, Ukraine on November 1st, 1939.  His parents, Dr. Bohdan and Irene (Tysowsky) Hordinsky, emigrated to the United States in 1947 and eventually settled the family in Drake, North Dakota where Walter worked for many years as a coder in his father’s clinic.  Walter was well-known for his prodigious memory, particularly focused on his favorite subjects of books, films, and family histories. The family wishes to acknowledge Walter in a beautiful script written by his niece Kristina on the day Walter passed away: There are people in this world who only help you see the good in all circumstances, and that was you, Uncle Walter. I hope you are now in a better place, away from the pain that was consuming you. I have never known someone so strong and caring, and will forever miss the “hello princess” and “hello Christie” every time I return home from school. You were a light in this world and I will be sure to emulate your caring nature in order to make this world a happier and more welcoming place. I am so thankful for the two months we had together this past winter because no matter how hard it was to see the cancer consume you, I got to know the Walter everyone loves. May you rest in peace and may God care for you on this Palm Sunday and forever. 

Walter is survived by his mother Irene; sister Maria and her husband Robert (Bohdan) Kramarczuk; niece Irene Mannering with husband Nick and children Laryssa and Isaac of Irvine, California; niece Catherine Voulgarides with husband Anthony and daughter Cielle of New York City; nephew Alexander Kramarczuk; niece Kristina Kramarczuk; sister-in-law Martha Hordinsky of Oklahoma City; nieces Alexis Hamilton,  Natalie Hamilton, and Audrey Hamilton of Houston, TX; aunt-in-law Stefania Tysowsky and daughter Ulana Stepchuk and family; Bianca Seabold with husband Jim and children Drew and Cayden of St. Paul; Stefan Kramarczuk with wife Dana and children Aria and Lucas of Bloomington; Adrian Kramarczuk and children Chloe and Adrian Jr. of Aitken; his cousins and their families: Olenka Yurchuk and Ksenia Hapij of New Jersey; George Tysowsky and Anna Rybak of New York; Lada Caillat of Paris, France; Laryssa Toliver of Massachusetts; and a host of other relatives.  Walter was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Bohdan Hordinsky and by his brother, Dr. Jerry Hordinsky. Funeral services (Devine Liturgy) will take place at 9:30 AM Thursday at St. Constantine’s Ukrainian Catholic Church at 515 University Ave. NE.  Visitation Wednesday 5-7 PM at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 5801 Lyndale Ave. So. And ½ hour prior to service at Church.  The panachyda (wake) will be at 7:00 PM Wednesday The family sends special thanks to Fairview Hospice and Home Health and to Walter’s University of Minnesota physicians who provided outstanding care and family support. Special thanks to Drs. Blaes (oncology), Pacala, (primary care) and Burmeister (endocrinology). The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations or memorials be directed to the Minneapolis Public Library or the Drake Public Library in Drake, North Dakota, two places Walter thoroughly enjoyed visiting!

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Eischen, Lorraine M.

Age 82 of Minneapolis, MN.  Born January 17, 1932 in Eden Valley, MN to Theodore J. and Mary Helen (Bruning) Eischen.  Former employee of IBM and J.C. Penny.  A longtime dedicated volunteer at Annunciation Church and Mt. Olivet Careview Homes.  Preceded in death by parents; sister, Rosemary; brothers, Francis and Henry.  Survived by sisters, Marcella (Orville) Berg and Mary Lou Keller; nieces and nephews.  Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 11:00 AM at Church of the Annunciation, 509 West 54th Street, Minneapolis, MN.  55419.  Interment Oak Hill Cemetery.  Visitation one hour prior to mass at church.  If so desired memorials may be directed to donor's choice. 

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Laing, Muriel age 84 of Bloomington passed away peacefully on April 10, 2014. Survived by loving husband of 60 years, Norbert; brother, Alfred Schreiner; many nieces and nephews.  Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday 10 AM at the Church of the Nativity of Mary, 9900 Lyndale Avenue South. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Visitation Tuesday one hour prior to Mass at church only.  Memorials preferred to Donor’s Choice.

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Gill Brothers Funeral Home Minneapolis MN
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Johnson, Thomas Gordon age 89 of Bloomington, born July 29, 1924 in Deer Creek, Minnesota passed away on April 8, 2014. He is survived by his wife Sharon, his five children David (Susan), Daniel (May), Douglas, Doreen Strawman and Laura (Kip) Ingvaldsen, 12 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, brother Arthur. Preceded in death by wife Phyllis Gardner Johnson. He served in the  Army Air Corps during WW II as a flight engineer and mechanic on B29 and B17. He was employed at Northwest Airlines for 35 years as a mechanic and flight engineer. Memorial service will be held on April 12, 2014 4PM at Hillside Church 4300 W 98th, visitation held one hour before service. Memorials to Hillside Church or Bethesda Mission Hospital, Indonesia.


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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Robert William Rankka, Jr., age 48 of Bloomington, MN passed away on April 6, 2014.  Preceded in death by parents, Robert Sr. and Joan Rankka; sister, Roseanna.  Survived by son, Andrew Williams (Jasmine); sisters, Kija Humphrey, Erica Rankka (Shawn) and Angela Rankka; nieces, Victoria and Ashley; nephews, James, Luis and Joseph; many family and friends. Funeral Service 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 16th at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale South, Bloomington. Visitation Tuesday, 4-7 p.m. and one hour prior to service. Memorials preferred to the family.

Bloomington, MN   952-888-7771

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


David R. age 49 of Minneapolis formerly of St. Paul passed away suddenly from a heart attack on April 2, 2014. David is survived by his parents, Dennis and Mary; brothers, Jeff and Tim.  Mass of Christian Burial Friday April 11, 2014 11 AM at the Church of the Nativity of Mary, 9900 Lyndale Ave So. Visitation one hour prior to Mass at church only. In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to Second Harvest.

BLOOMINGTON, MN                     952 888 7771

Gill Brothers Funeral Home Minneapolis MN
Saturday, March 29, 2014

Becker, Warren W. age 85 of Bloomington passed away March 29, 2014. Preceded in death by wife, Dorothy Becker and Son, Bruce Becker. Survived by daughters, Carol (Rich) Femling, Joan Becker and Laura (Jolly) Holloway; grandchildren, Melissa, Brian, Jenna, Christopher, Meisha, Mary Ellen, Desiree, Sarah and Mariah; 2 Step-Grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; sisters, Marion (Dwight) Brown, Norma (Fred) Demuth and many other relatives and friends. Mass of Christian Burial Thursday 10 AM at the Church of St. Richard. 7540 Penn Ave. So. Interment, Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Visitation Wednesday  4-8 PM at Gill Brothers Funeral Home,  9947 Lyndale Ave. So and 1 hour prior to Mass at Church.

After his retirement from Unisys, Warren remained a dedicated member of many organizations (Sperry Incentive Retiree Advisory Committee, Unisys VIP Club, HealthPartners, S.A.V.E., MGFA, K of C Marian Council). He was a charter member of St. Richard’s Catholic Church where he served as a member and volunteer for over 60 years.

 He was a kind and loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, brother-in-law and friend to many. He will be incredibly missed by all.

BLOOMINGTON, MN        952 888 7771

Monday, March 24, 2014

“Here It Is, Then”

A Tribute to Mark Haggerty

Mark and his dedicated wife, Linda, raised three terrific children.  He had a deep love for his wife and was a devoted father and grandfather.  His children and grandchildren were his finest accomplishments. 

Mark was Patty’s fraternal twin!  He embraced valued time with his family of origin.  Cherishing his memories with his beloved brothers, sisters, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Mark was an eager and savvy family historian.  He tracked his lineage to Irish royalty, specific passengers aboard the Mayflower, President John Adams and President John Quincy Adams-no less!   A proud Irishman, indeed!

Mark possessed the gift of Blarney!  He was a man of many words-written and spoken.   A talented storyteller!  He welcomed a captive audience-the more the merrier.  His intelligence and interest in politics knew no bounds.   Mark was never shy about expressing his opinions.  His sense of humor was boundless and his smile and laughter were legendary.  He, like his father and brothers, was a man for all seasons.

Mark LOVED to travel.  He cherished his trips to visit his daughter, Marcia, in Alaska and his daughter, Carol, in Japan.  An especially treasured travel experience was an often-touted trip to Ireland with his brothers, John and Bob.   The photos speak volumes showcasing the shenanigans of the Haggerty lads while on Erin’s sod.

Mark fancied the sport of sailing!  Many summers were happily spent navigating the challenging waters of the splendid North Shore.   

He had an uncanny way of touching the hearts of those he met.   A true friend to all-come rain or come shine, through thick and thin.

He lived life to the fullest!

Haggerty, Mark E. age 65 of New Hope.  Mark was an Evans Scholar at the U of MN and a graduate of the U of MN School of Law. Preceded in death by parents, Dorothy & William Haggerty; mother and father-in-law, Ruth & Earl Olson; brothers, John and Bob; niece Moira Haggerty. Survived by beloved wife of 41 years, Linda; children, Marcia (Lonnie Holley) Haggerty, Brian (Sarah) Haggerty, Carol (Jake) Hosokura; grandchildren, Alexis, Joanna, Marcus, Lydia, Fio; brother, Tom (Sue) Haggerty; sisters, Patty (Richard) Danda, Maryann (Bob) Neeser. Mass of Christian Burial Friday 3/28/2014 11 AM at the Church of St. Joseph, 8701  36th Ave. North, New Hope. Viewing one hour prior to Mass and a luncheon to follow. Private interment St. Joseph Cemetery, Rosemount, MN. Visitation Thursday 5-8 PM at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 7300 42nd Ave. North.

NEW HOPE, MN           763 531 1777