Funeral Notices

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Elyse Hope Finseth, Nov 18, 2012-Jul 14, 2013.

 Elyse Hope was born on a Sunday morning and passed away on a Sunday evening. Months before she was born, her sister, Aubrey, emphatically named her Angel; she would join the angels sooner than any of us knew. At four weeks of age, she was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder, hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH). She endured several rounds of chemotherapy in preparation for a Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT). She spent much of her life at Amplatz hospital in Minneapolis, where she battled courageously through many infections, a clot in her heart, and several trips to the ICU. Elyse passed away before she could receive the transplant.


We will remember Elyse’s contagious smile, her brilliant eyes and long eyelashes, and her attentive gaze. She was a sweet, beautiful little girl who captured the hearts of countless visitors, hospital staff, and especially family. She was an unpredictable little pumpkin until the very last moment. Her response to treatment seemed to be a continual anomaly, puzzling doctors, staff, her parents, and everyone but Jesus himself. She greeted Jesus after an evening of hymns, psalms and spiritual songs, sung by family and close friends. “The LORD gave and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” Job 1:21


Elyse is survived by parents, Karsten & Joni (Lang) Finseth, siblings Aubrey (4) & Isaac (3), Grandparents Bjorn & Barbara Finseth (Fergus Falls, MN), Eric & Sue (Otnes) Wilken (FF, MN), Gary & Connie (Kusler) Lang (Plevna, MT), Great Grandmothers Judy (Hauptli) Otnes (FF, MN), Betty (Schueler) Kusler (Baker, MT), and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins. She is preceded in death by Great Grandparents Emery Otnes (FF, MN), Erling & Dorine Finseth (Underwood, MN), Christ & Ida Lang (Plevna, MT), LeRoy Kusler (Baker, MT).


Funeral Service 11AM, Thursday, July 18th at Riverside Reformed Church, 10201 Nicollet Ave. South, Bloomington.  Visitation, 4-7PM, with prayer/rememberance service at 6:30PM, Wednesday, July 17th at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale Ave. S.   

GILL BROTHERS           Bloomington Chapel         952-888-7771

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Carol Kass, age 81, of Bloomington, Minnesota, passed away on July 11, 2013, 19 years to the day after the death of her husband, Raymond J. Kass.  Also preceded in death by parents, Norbert and Augusta (Krueger) Bergeron; daughter, Debra Rapacz; sisters, Barbara Reynolds and Marlys Baerwald; brothers, Duane, Sherman, and James Bergeron.  Survived by her children, Michael (Ann) Kass of East Dubuque, IL; Thomas (Jean) Kass of Richfield, MN; Steven (Mary) Kass of Shueyville, Iowa; Jeanne (Thomas) Armstrong of Oakdale, MN; Sharon (Don) Thompson of Inver Grove Heights, MN; Patrick (Patty) Kass of Billings, MT; Greg Kass of New York City, NY; Laura Kass of Cranford, NJ; and Andrew (Annie Bosacker) Kass of St. Paul, MN; son-in-law Walt Rapacz of Plymouth, MN; nineteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  Also survived by two sisters, Shirley (Frank) Berger and Judy (Mike) Ertelt, a brother, Robert (Sandy) Bergeron; and many more family members and friends.  She married Raymond J. Kass on Sep. 1, 1947, at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church, Minneapolis.  She lived in Dubuque, Iowa for 48 years before returning to the Twin Cities area, where she has resided for the last 18 years.  Carol was a strong and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  She was an accomplished seamstress, and she made the world’s best apple pie.  Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at 11 AM at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 7025 Halifax Ave. N., Brooklyn Center, MN.  Visitation will be on Monday, July 15, from 5–8 PM at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 7300 42nd Ave N, New Hope, MN, and for one hour prior to Mass at Church Tuesday.  A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 AM Friday, July 19, at Resurrection Catholic Church, 4300 Asbury Road, Dubuque, Iowa.  Visitation will be at 9 AM at the Church.  Interment, Resurrection Cemetery.



                                NEW HOPE, MN                763 531 1777

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Christensen, Lois M.

Age 82 of New Hope, MN.  Born April 1, 1931 in Lake Mills, Iowa to Lewis B. and Mable C. (Sondrol) Hagen.  Preceded in death by parents; sister Arlene (Alfred) Sorbo; and brother Wallace Hagen.  Survived by husband Donald W.; children Jane (Mike), Eric (Jill), and Amy; granddaugher Lindsay (Lider); great-granddaughter Marisol; brother Rev. Levine (Grace) Hagen; and sister-in-law Catherine Hagen.  Memorial service SATURDAY, JULY 20, 2013 ~ 11 AM at Holy Nativity Lutheran Church, 3900 Winnetka Avenue North, New Hope, MN 55427.  Private interment.  Visitation at the church one hour prior to service.  If so desired, memorials may be directed to Holy Nativity Lutheran Church or Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. 


                                          NEW HOPE, MN             763 531 1777

Gill Brothers Funeral Home Minneapolis MN
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Craig William Bergman, age 65 of Apple Valley on July 10, 2013.  Preceded in death by parents, Parker and Pearl Bergman and brother, Bob.  Survived by wife, Nancy; children, Michael, Aaron and Sasha; sister, Barbara (Ray) Hand and many nieces and nephews.  Mass of Christian Burial, 11:00AM Tuesday, July 16th at The Church of the Incarnation, 3817 Pleasant Ave. S., Mpls.  Visitation Monday, July 15th, 4-7PM at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 5801 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls. and one hour prior to Mass at church.  Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to Smile Train.

Minneapolis, MN     612-861-6088

Gill Brothers Funeral Home Minneapolis MN
Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Robert W. Owens Sr., 96, of Minneapolis, devoted husband, father, grandfather, son and brother. passed away July 9, 2013, five years to the day after the death of his beloved wife, Joan Engeldinger Owens.  Born November 27, 1916, in Cresco, Iowa, to Lawrence J.  and Clara (Schuetz) Owens. Preceded in death by parents; wife, Joan; sister Dorothy Owens Reilly; and brothers, James Owens and Lawrence Joseph Owens Jr. Survived by children Marie Terese Owens, Elizabeth Owens (Douglass Faherty), Robert Willliam Owens Jr. (Maria Weinbeck); grandchildren, Laura (Paul) O’Flanagan, Anna Owens Faherty and  John (Jack) Owens Faherty, and Nicholas Weinbeck Owens; great-grandaughters, Eleanor Joan O’Flanagan and Rose Alyssa O’Flanagan; nieces and nephews.

Bob graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism in 1939, entering the broadcast business at radio stations in Winona and Duluth.  He served during WWII as a supply officer for the Army’s 35th Evacuation Hospital, which landed at Normandy 16 days after D-Day. After the war, he launched a long and successful career, retiring from sales at KSTP-TV in 1985. He was a fine writer who left his memoirs and a treasure trove of letters to his family. He was a consummate family man, whose devotion to his wife during her long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease exemplified his love of family and caring nature. He supported his church and many charities in his long life, and was especially dedicated to supporting access to education for all students.  To that end, he and Joan endowed two scholarships, one at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa; one at the University of Minnesota Journalism School.  In his retirement, he and Joan traveled the globe and he golfed into his 90s, as a longtime member of the Edina Country Club.

He will be remembered especially for his intelligence and humor, warmth and generosity.  His family extends its deepest gratitude to the extraordinary staff at Jones-Harrison Residence in Minneapolis, and to the Allina Hospice team.  Services will be private as per the family’s request. Interment will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery at a later date.  Memorials preferred to the Robert and Joan Owens Scholarship Fund at the University of Minnesota Foundation, McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455.


                                       MINNEAPOLIS, MN              612 861 6088

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Billing:  Gill Brothers, 952-888-7771

Bernt Martin Fosse, age 77, of Bloomington, MN, died July 6, 2013. As a baptized child of Christ, he now lives in heaven with his Savior Jesus. He was born September 13, 1935 in Seim, Norway.  He grew up in the Seim area of Norway and was baptized and confirmed and married at the church at Seim. He served in the Norwegian military from 1956 to 1958 achieving the rank of Sergeant. On October 19, 1959 he married Kari Rebnord.  In 1964 he first immigrated to the United States and worked as a carpenter.  In 1974 he moved back to Norway for 10 months and in 1975 returned to the Minneapolis area and worked as a general contractor until his retirement.  He was an active member at the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church in Minneapolis where he served in various positions of leadership. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Kari; four children, Kristian (Beth) Fosse of Cedar Rapids, IA, Juliane Fosse of Richfield, MN, Roald (Cindi) Fosse of White Bear Lake, MN and Elizabeth (Roald) Skråmestø of Bergen Norway; one granddaughter, Sophia Fosse; five grandsons, Adam, Aaron, Jacob, Joseph, and Nicholas Fosse; two sisters, Anne Karin (Trygve) Nesse and Bibbi (Magne) Wiik; one brother, Magnus (Wiil) Fosse of Oslo Norway; two sister-in-laws, Astrid (Magne Kvamme) Rebnord of Honefoss, Norway, and Solveig (Ragnvald) Valle of Lauvas, Norway; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial Service 11AM Thursday, July 11th at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, 9201 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington (952-831-5276).  Visitation 6-8PM, Wednesday, July 10th at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale Ave. S and one hour prior to service at church. Memorials preferred to St. Michael’s Lutheran Church or the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church

Bloomington, MN    952-888-7771

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Leininger, Ruth E.

Age 88, of Bloomington, passed away peacefully in her home on July 6, 2013.  Born on June 10, 1925 in Credit River, MN to Frank and Pauline Boegeman.  Preceded in death by her parents, her husband Rod; siblings, Florence Dorn, Lucille Seifert, Ethel Westphal, Roland Boegeman, Annabelle Norregaard, Marian Ryan, and Francis Boegeman.

  She will be deeply missed by her children, Jeff (Jan), Doug (CeCe), Rod (Olga), Katie Belland, Polly (Frank) Fox and Andy (Carrie); grandchildren, Angie, Leeann,  Amber, Carly,  Matt,  David,  Chris, Vanessa,  Lisa, Ryan, Tom, Stephanie, Addison, Allyson; great grandchildren, Brady, Bryn, Jennifer, Michael, Mitchell, Anna, Reese, Peighton; and great-great grandson, Landon.  Also survived by brother, Ed Boegemann and his wife Bernie and sister, Elaine Kerber, numerous nieces, nephews and relatives.  Mass of Christian Burial Friday, 10 AM  July 12, 2013 at Nativity of Mary Catholic Church, 9900 Lyndale Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55420, with visitation 1 hour prior to Mass at church.  Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

BLOOMINGTON, MN    952 888 7771

Friday, July 5, 2013

Moriarity, Verena A. “Vi”


Vi Moriarity, age 89, died peacefully on July 5, 2013. She was born on June 29, 1924 in New Prague, Minnesota, to Adeline and John Schoenecker.  She was employed for 20 years by Norwest, now Wells Fargo, National Bank.  Vi was active in Resurrection Catholic Church and volunteered at the school.  She was also active in the Knights of Columbus, golfing, playing cards, gardening, sewing, and attending her grandchildrens soccer, baseball, basketball, and lacrosse games.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 61 years, Joe, her sister, Lillian, and her brother Ray.  She is survived by her sisters Aurelia Mares and Lorraine Dvorak, children Joseph, “Joe” (MariaLuisa), Kathleen, “Kathy” (Mike) Tekautz, and Margaret, “Peggy” (Robert); grandchildren Conor (Anna) Tekautz, Dylan Tekautz, Garrett Boldt, and Jessica Boldt, and many nieces and nephews. 

Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday July 17, 2013 10:00 a.m. at the Church of the Nativity of Mary, 9900 Lyndale Ave. So.  Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery.  Visitation Tuesday July 16, 2013 4-7 PM at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale Ave. So. and 1 hour prior to Mass at church.  The family would like to express its deep appreciation to the entire staff at Vindauga View & Isabelle’s House, Parmly LifePointes and to St.Croix Hospice for their dedicated and loving care of Vi during the last three years.  Memorials are preferred to St. Croix Hospice-Cambridge, 38794 Sixth Ave, #105, North Branch, MN 55056, and Parmly LifePointes, 28210 Old Towne Road, Chisago City, MN 55013     

BLOOMINGTON, MN       952 888 7771

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Irwin, Shirley Ann
Born November 29, 1938 in Mower County to Melvin and Martha (Fairbanks) Newkirk.  Died July 4, 2013 in Minneapolis, MN at the age of 74.  Preceded in death by parents and husband Charlie.  Survived by children Cathy (Ulie) Seal, Chuck Irwin, Cindy (Duane) Haddick, and Chris (Phil) Wolf; 10 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; sisters Thelma Givan and Donna McCullough; brothers Jim (Shirley), Ray (Nylene), and Marv Newkirk.  Funeral service Tuesday, July 9, 2013, 10:30 AM at  Lutheran Church of the Redemption, 927 East Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, MN.  Visitation beginning at 9 AM.  Private interment.  If so desired memorials may be directed to Donate Life.


                                            BLOOMINGTON, MN      952 888 7771


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Betty A. Fischer, passed away peacefully on July 2, 2013 surrounded by family at the age of 90.  She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 52 years, Jim; parents, Grover and Edna Mayn; as well as her three sisters, Mary, Margaret and Patricia.  She is survived by her sons and their wives, Jim& Bernadette, Tom& Kara, Bob &Judy and Rich & Julie; 8 grandchildren , Kelly, Ben, Jake, Katie, Griffin, Trent, Lauren, Annie) as well as many other family and friends.  Betty was devoted to her family and loved life.  She worked at the Decathlon Athletic Club in Bloomington, was a Grandfriends volunteer and a member of St. Bonaventure Parish. Mass of Christian Burial, 11AM, Tuesday, July 9th at the Church of St. Bonaventure, 901 E. 90th Street, Bloomington.  Visitation Monday, 5-7PM at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale Ave. S. with prayer service at 6:30. Visitation also one hour prior to Mass at church.  Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery, Minneapolis. In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or the Church of St. Bonaventure.

Bloomington, MN   952-888-7771