Funeral Notices

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Christianson, Clara R.

Age 96 of Bloomington, MN.  Born August 17, 1918 in Mayville, ND to Hjalmer S. and Rebekah (Grundhovd) Froiland.  Preceded in death by husband Gordon; son Bruce; and brother-in-law Pr. Erling Hansen.  Survived by children Sandra, Paul (Greta) and Robert; granddaughters Mara & Kari; brother Pr. Phil (Marilyn) Froiland; and sister Ruth Hansen.  Funeral service Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 2 PM ~ BETHLEHEM LUTHERAN CHURCH, 4100 Lyndale Avenue South with visitation beginning at 1 PM.  Interment Lake View Cemetery, Chetek, WI.  If so desired memorials may be directed to Bethlehem Lutheran Church or the Hjalmer S. Froiland Scholarship Fund at St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN.



Gill Brothers Funeral Home Minneapolis MN
Sunday, September 21, 2014

Edward Benjamin Kaiser age 88, died on Sunday, September 21, 2014.

 He was born April 14th, 1926 in Belle Plaine, MN to Anthony and Rose Kaiser.  He graduated from Watertown High School and received his BS and MS degrees from St. Cloud State University. Ed joined the Navy at age 17 and served during WWII in the Pacific.  Ed married his high school sweetheart Evelyn on May 30th, 1949.  They spent 62 years together raising four boys, enjoying their seven grandchildren, traveling the world and loving life at the cabin he built in Pine River, MN.

 Ed demonstrated his love of learning and caring for others through his service to his church and community.  He spent most of his career as principal of Northport Elementary School and retired in 1986 from the Robbinsdale School District.

 Ed is preceded in death by his wife, Evie; sisters, Florence, Helen; brother, Leroy and grandson, Anthony (Tony).  He is survived by four sons and their wives; Dr. Thomas (Jill), Eric (Amy) of Duluth, MN Scott (Trudy) of Crystal, MN and Michael (Heidi) of Washington, DC.; six grandchildren, Andrew (Patty), Benjamin (Fiorella), Edward (Katie), Samuel, Kathryn (Clayton), Wilson and 6 great-grandchildren,  Emelia, Evelyn, Calvin, Anders, Edison, and Elliot.

 Services will be held on Saturday, September 27th, 11:00 at Holy Nativity Church 3900 Winnetka Ave, New Hope, MN. 55427 where Ed and Evie were charter members.  There will be a visitation 1 hour prior (10:00) to the 11:00 service.  In lieu of flowers donations to the YMCA or Holy Nativity Church are appreciated.

NEW HOPE, MN      763 531 1777

Saturday, September 20, 2014

64, of Eagan, passed away on Saturday, September 20, 2014 surrounded by her family after a long battle with cancer. She was loved and respected by many for her generosity, her skill as a nurse and first assistant, and her amazing skills in the kitchen. Carol grew up in New Hampshire and, after finishing school, met her husband Richard in Dallas, Texas. They settled in Minnesota where she raised her family while working as an operating room nurse and later a first assistant for Southdale OBGYN. She will be missed by her many friends and former coworkers.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles & Evangeline, and her brother, Charles Skoolicas. She is survived by her husband, Richard; daughter, Kathleen (Samuel) Jordan; sons, Paul (Amanda) Johnson & Mark Johnson; grandsons, Charles and Zachary Johnson. Funeral Service will be on Wednesday, September 24, at 12 Noon, at Lakewood Cemetery Chapel, 3600 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis. Visitation will be on Tuesday, September 23, from 5-8 PM at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale Ave S, Bloomington and for 30 minutes before the service at Lakewood.

Bloomington      952-888-7771

Friday, September 19, 2014

Kelly, Jeffrey William

 Most beloved son, brother, uncle, and cousin, Jeff died unexpectedly on September 19, 2014 after a long and heroic struggle with depression. He was preceded in death by grandmother, Clara Mueller; father, Dr. William D. Kelly; brothers, Greg and Darryl; uncles, Edi Mueller and Howard Kelly and aunt Liz Cooper. Survived by mother, Claire; sisters, Karen (Marshal), Lori and Wendy (Doug) Ruble; brother, Chris (Suzan); niece, Chelsea (Donovan), nephews, Tyler, Adam, Aaron, Jack and Cole; uncles, Jack Cooper and Ed (Anne) Kelly and aunt Babe.  Jeff was a brilliant talent and an accomplished, award-winning writer, a well-regarded market commentator and an avid student of history and politics. A charismatic presence, he could fill any room with his charm and humor, but he was also thoughtful, generous and compassionate.  He had a noble heart and loved his family and friends deeply. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest, dearest Jeff.  We will hold you in our hearts, while missing you all of our days.  Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday 11 AM at the Church of St. Thomas the Apostle, 2914 W. 44th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55410. Lunch follows the mass; internment at Lakewood Cemetery. Visitation Tuesday 5-7:30 PM at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 5801Lyndale Ave. So. and one hour prior to Mass at church. Memorials preferred to St. Thomas the Apostle Church or SAVE.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN    612 861 6088

Gill Brothers Funeral Home Minneapolis MN
Thursday, September 18, 2014


James R., age 85 of Apple Valley formerly of Bloomington, MN. Jim served in the Army during the Korean Conflict and was a member of the Minneapolis Gun Club. Preceded in death by wife, Betty. Survived by children, Lisa (Eric) Reynolds, James Melin; grandsons, Nick, Mitch, J.P., Jaylen; sister, Marlys Anderson.  Funeral service Saturday 9/27/2014 11 AM at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, 2200 West Old Shakopee Road. Interment Bloomington Cemetery. Visitation Saturday one hour prior to service only. Memorials preferred to the Children’s Home Society or Loaves & Fishes at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church.

BLOOMINGTON, MN            952 888 7771

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Bryan (Mac) Michael McGroarty of Bloomington, MN and Naples, FL died September 17th, 2014 after a lingering illness.  He was the son of William Hugh McGroarty and Mary Rafter McGroarty of St. Paul. He was predeceased by his parents, brother, William, sisters Mary Therese (Tweezy), and Ann, and a stepson, Joseph F. Braun.

He is survived by 3 sons:  Bryan Matthew McGroarty, Eagan, MN, Mark McGroarty of Colorado, and Patrick McGroarty of Bloomington, MN and former wife, Marilyn McGroarty of Apple Valley.  

Also surviving are Mac’s wife of 29 years Donna M. Braun and her children Kay B. Nicholls (Marc) of Raleigh, NC; Dr. Stephen E. Braun (Caterina) Covington, LA; William L. Braun (Heidi) Winona, MN; Gary J. Braun (Jennifer T.) Morristown, MN; and Jennifer Coburn (Peter) of Tampa, FL.  The blended family enjoyed 19 grandchildren and 4 great grandsons and 4 nephews.

Known as Porky McGroarty at Murray High School in St. Paul, he was an outstanding athlete in football, hockey, and baseball.  He attended Gustavus Adolphus College and the University of Minnesota majoring in Chemistry.

Several patents directed at public safety and comfort were products of Mac’s scientific mind, creative energy and problem solving abilities.  He revolutionized the construction industry by designing, patenting and manufacturing dual membrane products that are used worldwide, as in tunnels, subways and commercial construction and a separate market to contain toxic waste, as in landfills.

He was a popular speaker to students seeking entrepreneurship with his simple message:  “There’s gotta be a better way to do this.” 

He coached youth baseball teams in both Bloomington and Spearfish, SD and helped to provide facilities for training. 

He served the community of Spearfish, SD by providing business acumen and leadership on several boards including Black Hills State University, Spearfish Economical Development Assn., Spearfish Canyon Assn., and the Library Board.

Noted for his great humor Mac loved music, history, geology, travel, time spent with family and friends. He played golf until back surgery interfered.  He fed the crows, the squirrels, the raccoons and in Naples, the Ibis.  He was particularly proud of his Irish heritage and his nearly 39 years of sobriety in AA.

Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2014, at 11 AM at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale Ave S, Bloomington.  Visitation will be for one hour prior to service beginning at 10 AM.

Bloomington                      952-888-7771

Gill Brothers Funeral Home Minneapolis MN
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

90, of Minneapolis, passed away on Tuesday, September 16, 2014. Born December 30, 1923 to Walter and Dorothy Winslow. He was preceded in death by his wife, JoAnn, and brothers, Charles and Richard. He is survived by his daughters, Martha (Thomas Nolz) Winslow, Carol Winslow, and Susan (Cynthia Aigner) Winslow; 2 grandchildren, Colton and Heyden Leekley-Winslow; and special friend, Paula Pendleton. 30 Year career in banking at Norwest and Richfield banks and 8 years as Business Administrator at Plymouth Congregational Church where he was also a member. Member of Rotary Club of Minneapolis, and the Minneapolis Suburban Gyro Club. Funeral Service will be on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 10 AM at Plymouth Congressional Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave N, Minneapolis. Visitation 1 hour prior to service beginning at 9 AM. Private Interment at Lakewood Cemetery to follow. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Plymouth Congregational Church or the donor’s favorite charity.

Minneapolis    612-861-6088

Monday, September 15, 2014


 Rose M. age 76 of Burnsville, MN passed away September 15, 2014. Survived by husband of 51 years, Glen; sons, Gregg (Virginia) Achman, Chris (Tim Lyons) Achman; sisters, Bernice (Walter) Molitor, Doreen Moran, Eunice (Andrew) Molitor, Betty Gross and  many nieces & nephews.  Mass of Christian Burial Friday September 19, 2014 11 AM at the Church of St. Bonaventure, 901 East 90th Street, Bloomington, MN. Private interment. Visitation Friday 10-11 AM at church only.  Memorials preferred to the MN Humane Society. (

BLOOMINGTON, MN            952 888 7771

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Owens, Charmaine Mavourneen

Age 74 of Minneapolis, MN passed away in peace September 14, 2014.  Charmaine was the beloved wife of Joseph Owens for 42 wonderful years, and the devoted and loving mother of Joseph and David Owens.  Preceded in death by parents Oscar and Sue Vare, and sister Yvonne Tallerico.  Survived by many loving extended family members and dear friends.  She taught ESL for some forty years, 6 years in Los Angeles and then34 years in Minneapolis, primarily at Lyndale Elementary.  Charmaine loved her work, she loved her students, and she was richly rewarded by the enhancement she brought about in their lives.  Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, September 18th, 5:00 PM at the Church of St. Joan of Arc, 4537 3rd Avenue South with visitation beginning at 4:00 PM.  Interment Friday at Lakewood Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to Arm in Arm in Africa.

Gill Brothers Minneapolis Chapel



Sunday, September 14, 2014

Mary E.  Webb (nee Corcoran). Mary was born December 10, 1920 in Arlington, MN to James and Bridget Corcoran and passed away September 14, 2014 at the age of 93.  She was a long time Minneapolis resident, member of the American Legion and employee at Wirt Wilson.  Mary enjoyed playing cards, but most importantly loved being surrounded by friends and family.  Mary and her family are  grateful to her younger brother, Greg and other family members, who helped her stay in her own home for many years. Preceded in death by her parents and brother, Jack Corcoran.  She is survived by son, Kiernan Webb; grandchildren, Ivan and Calla Webb; siblings, William, James, Marguerite and Greg; many nieces and nephews.  Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 19th at the Church of St. Joan of Arc, 4537 3rd Ave. S, Mpls. with visitation one hour prior to mass only.

Minneapolis, MN  612-861-6088