Funeral Notices

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

Friday, September 12, 2014

Evan Joseph Thornton, age 13 of Mpls. died on September 12, 2014 surrounded by his family. Evan died fighting and punching cancer in dah face until the very end. Preceded in death by great-grandparents, Grover and Bertina McLaughlin, Leo and Adeline Beckmann, Joseph and Lillian Lapka, James and Mary Thornton. Survived by parents, Michael and Trina; siblings Leo and Rae; grandparents, James and Janice Thornton, Dennis Beckmann, Beverly McLaughlin and Thomas Johnson; aunts and uncles, Mary Kraft, Ann and Erik Thornton-Kleiner, Susan and Dennis Thornton-Ball, Catherine and Stephen Schmid, Tricia Burandt, and Dennis Beckmann; cousins, Daniel, Katlin and Kristin Kraft, Drew, James and William Kleiner, Elizabeth and Zachary Ball, Samuel, Lola and Otto Schmid, Alex Beckmann, Jordan and Tanner Burandt. Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday 11 AM, Church of the Incarnation, 3817 Pleasant Ave. Interment St. Mary's Cemetery. Visitation Monday 5-8 PM AT THE CHURCH and 1 hour prior to Mass.  Prayer service Monday at 7 PM. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Children's Hospital for their support. In lieu of flowers and donations please visit your local coop and drink a green juice in honor of Evan :)


Gill Brothers Funeral Home Minneapolis MN
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

90, of Minneapolis, passed away on September 9, 2014. Preceded in death by parents, Clarence R. and Grace L. Carpentier; sister, Grace M. Carpentier and brother, C. Lang Carpentier. Survived by, Bradley A. Sharratt, friend and caregiver; The McClement Family; The Mertz Family, and many cousins and friends. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Basilica of St. Mary, 88 N 17th St. Minneapolis, MN 55403, on Wednesday, September, 17, 2014 at 1:00 PM. Visitation will be for one hour prior to service at the church, beginning at 12 Noon. Luncheon following Mass. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Paul’s name to the Animal Humane Society, 845 Meadow Lane N, Golden Valley, MN.


                                        Minneapolis, MN      612-861-6088

Gill Brothers Funeral Home Minneapolis MN
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Florence Julia Swanson, born October 29, 1923 in Monterey California has passed away on September 9, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. Formerly of Bloomington and Walnut Grove, MN Florence served during WWII in the WAVES. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Vernon Swanson Sr., brothers, John Thacker, Bill Thacker, Frank Thacker and sisters Claire Merrill and Edie Allen. She is survived by her 4 children, Vernon "Sandy" Swanson Jr. (Paula) MN, Dave Swanson (Donna) NE, Sharon Whitney MN and Mark Swanson (Andrea) TX. Florence has 9 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Vitas Hospice for the care they provided to Florence. Florence was strong in her faith, family and country.  She will always be remembered by all who knew her. Thank you. Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association.  Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday 10 AM at the Church of the Nativity of Mary, 9900 Lyndale Ave. So. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Visitation Monday 5-7 PM at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale Ave. So. Bloomington, MN and one hour prior to Mass at church Tuesday. Rosary service Monday 6:45 pm.

BLOOMINGTON, MN      952 888 7771

Monday, September 8, 2014


Dorothy Mae (formerly Dorothy Mae Clodfelder) of Bloomington, known to friends and family as Johnnye Driscoll (her Dads little tom boy) passed away peacefully at the age of 85 on Monday the 8th of September. She is survived by her loving children, Michael, Thomas, Steven (Giselle), Mark, Patrick (Carol), Susanne, Linda, Julianna (Brian); grandchildren, Ben, Jessica, Chrissy, Rosemary, Tony, Anna, Christopher, Matt, Megan, Daniel, Madison, Jack, Julie, and Mindy; great grandchildren, Holly, Cody, Jason, Alexis and Joshua. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, James. She was a good Mom, a good Grandma, and a good Great Grandma and a beloved friend to all who knew her and she will be missed. The heavens can now rejoice, for a new angel has arrived. God Bless you, Mom.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 11 AM at The Church of St. Bonaventure, 901 E 90th St, Bloomington. Private interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Visitation Thursday 4-8 PM at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale Ave. So. and for one hour prior to Mass.

BLOOMINGTON, MINNESOTA               952 888 7771


Monday, September 8, 2014

Tidemann, Bonnye (Royla)

Age 90 of Bloomington, MN.  Born June 8, 1924 in Englewood, CO to Ella Schmechel and Roy Heald.  Graduated 1942  Ponca High School, NE.  Resided in Ponca, NE, South Sioux City, NE, Sioux Falls, SD, and Bloomington, MN since 1956.  Member of Christ the King Lutheran Church, Stephens Ministry, and Contact.  Preceded in death by husband Kenneth Tidemann; brother Donald Heald; and daughter Cheryll Marty.  Survived by Darrell (Patty) Heald, Kathy (Mic) Neeb, Sam Marty, Harvey (Denise) Tidemann, and Roxanne Tidemann/Carter Hanson; 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.  Funeral service Saturday, Sept. 13th, 2014 at 1 pm, Christ the King Lutheran Church, 8600 Fremont Avenue South, Bloomington, MN with visitation one hour prior to service.  If so desired memorials may be directed to Christ the King Lutheran Church (Stephen Ministry).

BLOOMINGTON, MINNESOTA           952 888 7771