Funeral Notices

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Michael Edward , age 80, of Bloomington, MN passed away on July 23, 2014, surrounded by his family. Born in Minneapolis, the youngest son of Edward and Veronica McDonald, Michael graduated from Southwest High School. He was proudly employed in sales with Procter & Gamble for 38 years, retiring in 1994. Preceded in death by his parents and brother, John.  He is survived by his loving wife, Colleen; three children, Mike (Sharon), Kevin (Sharon), and Stacey (Chuck) Torborg, along with grandchildren; Peter, Matthew, Caitlin, Clare, Michael, Eleanor and Jack and his sister, Jean (Bob) Dunn. Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 am, Thursday,  August 7th at The Church of Christ the King, 5029 Zenith Ave. S., Minneapolis.  Visitation one hour prior to mass only. Memorials preferred to St Stephen's Shelter, 2211 Clinton Av So 55404

BLOOMINGTON, MN     952.888.7771

Monday, July 21, 2014


Patricia A age 66 of Minneapolis died peacefully on July 21 with her children at her side. Preceded in death by husband, George. Survived by children, Kelly (Mike) Finger, David (Cheryl) Williams; grandchildren, Joseph, Keegan, Emily, Phillip, Andrew, Grace; brothers, Mike, Joe and Tom Lynch. Visitation only, Thursday 9:30-11:30 AM at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 5801 Lyndale Ave So. Private Interment  Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN      612 861 6088

Monday, July 21, 2014

Linda Buthman Bedwell

January 25, 1935 – July 21, 2014

Linda Lee Buthman Bedwell died on Monday, July 21st, 2014 after a courageous battle with a Parkinson’s related disease that robbed her of everything but her spirit. She was 79. A Nebraska native and a longtime resident of Omaha, Nebraska, Linda and her husband, Bill, moved to the Minneapolis area in 2011 to be near three of their four children. She died in her home there, with Bill holding her hand and her family at her side.

Linda radiated passion - her zeal for life was contagious. She completely dedicated herself to each task at hand, from her careers in volunteerism, public relations, women’s fashion and retail to her commitments as a loving wife, mother and friend.  Her family was everything to her.  When her kids were small, she created  “The Bedwell Fan Club” to remind us that we must always love and support one another, celebrate one another’s victories and comfort each other through difficult times.  The BFC is active to this day as Linda’s legacy to her family and friends.

A fabulous cook and superb entertainer, Linda made every house she owned a charming place to come home to.  She had a gift for seizing the moment, for making holidays and birthdays magical.  She could captivate a room with her stories and she adored a healthy debate. It is a sad irony that her disease took away her ability to communicate.

Linda was born in Falls City Nebraska to William A. (Boots) Buthman and Ruth Simanton Buthman on January 25, 1935. An only child, she gained her lifelong love of flowers growing up across the street from the greenhouse that was her family’s business. She attended Falls City High School and was the 1953 Class Salutatorian.

She and her parents spent each summer in Crosslake, Minnesota and that area was a large part of the family’s lives for several generations. When her father, Boots, died in 1996, the family established Grandpa’s Run For The Walleye, an annual 5k race that raises funds to support the Walleye population on the Whitefish Chain of Lakes. The race held its 18th event on July 5th this year.

Linda attended The University of Nebraska, majoring in Journalism and Home Economics. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority; The Kappa Tau Alpha Journalism Scholarship Society; The Sigma Phi Journalism Honorary Society; editor of the 1957 “Cornhusker” Yearbook and member of the Mortar Board.

She married Bill, her high school sweetheart, on June 9th, 1957 and they began their married life at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi.  Eventually they settled in Omaha, where Linda contributed significantly to the city of Omaha through her many volunteer efforts. She held several leadership posts with The Junior League of Omaha, serving as the First Chairman of the Omaha International Tennis Tournament as well as President in 1974.

Linda was a member of  the Ak-Sar-Ben Women’s Ball Committee; President of the Girls Club of Omaha; Chairman of the Clarkson Hospital Gift Shop; Chairman of the Joslyn Art Museum Family Membership Division; and Chairman of the 2nd Annual Omaha Symphony Designer Showhouse. She served on the Directors Boards for the Clarkson Hospital Service League; The Joslyn Woman’s Association; The Omaha Ballet Association; The Omaha Symphony Guild; The Salvation Army Auxiliary; and The Omaha Volunteer Bureau.

In 1979, Linda was the Public Relations Director who helped re-elect Mike Albert as the Douglas County Commissioner. From 1980-1987 she was a buyer and sales representative for Topp’s of Omaha, a woman’s fine clothing store. She worked in other retail capacities before retiring in 1999. In retirement, Linda served on the Alter Guild for All Saints Episcopal Church.

In addition to Bill, Linda is survived by her four children, their spouses and her seven grandchildren: Laurie Bedwell Sawatzky (Randy Sawatzky); Marci Bedwell Roesler (Tim Roesler); Todd Bedwell (Chris); and Jeff Bedwell (Nancy); Noah Sawatzky; Carolina Roesler; Madeline Roesler; Sam Tonia; Logan Tonia; Jeffrey Bedwell Jr; and Daniel Bedwell.  She also leaves behind many dear friends who were part of her and Bill’s lives for as much as 60 years.

In one of Linda’s last conversations with her oldest granddaughter, she offered advice that will remain with us always: “Where ever you are, make the most of it." We’re certain she’s in heaven doing just that.

The family would like to thank Struther’s Parkinson’s Center, which brought Linda so much joy in her last two years. Thanks also to Park Nicollet Hospice for their comforting guidance. Above all, we want to thank the remarkable caregivers who watched over Linda as her disease took hold of her. The compassion they showed is beyond measure.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 28th at Mount Olivet West campus, 7150 Rolling Acres Road, Victoria, MN and at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 2nd at All Saints Episcopal Church, 93rd & Blondo Street, Omaha, Nebraska.  Visitation 1 hour prior to both services.

MINNEAPOLIS MN      612.861.6088


Monday, July 21, 2014

64, of Bloomington, passed away on July 21, 2014. Preceded in death by her husband Steve. She is survived by her children, Chris (Jeff), Joe (Jackie), Melissa (Jarod) and her 9 grandchildren. Graveside service will be held on Tuesday July 29, at Fort Snelling Cemetery, meeting at lane #4 at 1 PM.

Bloomington      952-888-7771

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Lucy died on July 20, 2014.  She was born Lucille Magdalene Copa in Little Falls, MN, on September 11, 1919, to Vincent and Pauline Copa.  Preceded in death by parents, 8 brothers and sisters, husband Floyd Eckman, husband Jerome Murray, and daughter Carole Busch.  Survived by children Dennis (Theresa) Eckman, Michael (Colleen) Eckman and Jean Eckman; sisters Eleanor and Margaret; son-in-law Joseph Busch; 9 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

 Lucy grew up on a farm outside Little Falls and attended Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary and Little Falls High School.  She worked as a waitress, mother, housewife, and as a cook at Incarnation School and Walker Homes in south Minneapolis.  While living on Pleasant Avenue in south Minneapolis, she became active at Incarnation Church, serving as Women’s Club president.  Lucy was an avid and very competent bridge player who was much sought after as a partner.  Lucy loved to cook for family and friends and was a gracious hostess.  Upon retirement, she took up tennis and continued to play into her 80s.  Lucy was an energetic walker, who only grudgingly slowed down in her later years.

 Always known as Bushi to the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, she enjoyed being with each one of them and is remembered and loved by them all.  She was also the beloved Aunt Lucy to her many nieces and nephews who kept in contact with her often.

 Her greatest ability was that of making friends.  Wherever she lived or worked, she soon found new friends and kept in touch with old ones throughout her life.  Part of her attraction was her wonderful smile, for which she received many complements.

Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 a.m, Tuesday, July 29th at the Church of the Annunciation, 509 W. 54th Street, Mpls.  Visitation 4-7 p.m., Monday, July 28th at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 5801 Lyndale Ave. S., and one hour prior to mass at church.  Private interment Gethsemane Cemtery, New Hope, MN.

 Remembrances can be made to the Monastery of St. Clare, 8650 Russell Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN, 55431, or charity of choice.

Minneapolis, MN   612-861-6088

Sunday, July 20, 2014

80, of North Riverside, IL, passed away on July 20, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Marion Jelinek, and great niece, Iris Tallman. She is survived by her brother, Ronald (Rita) Jelinek; nieces, Laura (Jonathan Tallman) Jelinek and Heather (Christer Dziedzic) Jelinek; great niece and nephews, Maeve, Cyrus, Atticus, Beck, and Taro. Darlene was a graduate of Eastern Illinois and received a Masters Degree from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. She was a dedicated school teacher for 39 years in the Villa Park/Lombard School District. She was also an active member of Riverside United Methodist Church. Memorial Service will be on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 1 PM, at Riverside United Methodist Church, 82 Woodside Rd, Riverside, IL.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Louise Miner "Wee Zee" of Bloomington.She fought her battle courageously and on her terms until the end. Preceded in death by parents, Harold and Edna; brother, Dick. Survived by sister, Gloria (Ray); brother, George (Marlene), nephews and nieces and many special friends. Her love of life, her pets and horses carried her on this long journey. She was accomplished in her art, and her ability to write stories. Wee Zee “The Diva” was unique, generous, and very special. Memorials preferred to the family for a special fund being set up in her name. Visitation Wednesday July 23rd 4-8 pm at Gill Brothers 9947 Lyndale Ave So. Prayer service and time of sharing at 6pm.

BLOOMINGTON, MN       952.888.7771

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Age 96, of Bloomington, passed away July 16, 2014. Preceded in death by husband Clifford and son-in-law Jerry Clay. Survived by daughters, Arlene Clay, Donna (Robert) French, Mary (Don) Cross; 8 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Memorial service Saturday, July 26, at 11:00 AM, with visitation one hour before service at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 1701 W. Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington.

Bloomington      952-888-7771

Monday, July 14, 2014

Bernadine Fitzpatrick Brink, age 88, longtime resident of Edina, passed away peacefully with her family by her side July 14, 2014.  Preceded in death by her beloved husband, Chuck; parents Hugh and Anna Fitzpatrick; siblings Ann, Tom, Jim and Kate. Survived by her children Chip, John (Roz), Pat, Tim (Pam Lundell), T.J. (Gretchen Schellhas), and Bridget Crane (Lance); 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 

 Bernadine was an incredibly devoted wife and mother with a wonderful sense of humor.  Her true passions were her family and her faith. She enjoyed nothing more than spending time with her six kids. Bernadine was a devout Catholic who especially enjoyed her work with St. Cabrini Guild at St. Patrick Church. She also managed a successful career as a Realtor with Edina Realty in the Twin Cities and Ebby Halliday Realtors in Dallas.

 Funeral Mass will be Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 5:00 pm at St. Patrick Church, 6820 St. Patrick’s Lane, Edina.  Visitation at 4:00 Thursday at the church.   Private Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.   In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Basilica of St. Mary -St. Vincent de Paul Ministries.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN  612 861 6088


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Marie Mathilda Jarosch, age 91 of Bloomington.  Loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away peacefully at home on July 12, 2014.  Preceded in death by husband, Joseph and 7 siblings.  Survived by son, Daryl (Cheryll) Jarosch; daughters,  Sue Quickstad, Kathy (Paul) Klis and Becky Carlson; grandchildren, Stacy (Andy) Reiff, Angela (Jeff) Gallagher, Jason (Faith) Jarosch, Jessica (Ryan) Hamilton, Jon (Tina) Jarosch, Jenny (Nick) Klein, Andrea Klis, Michael and Matthew Carlson and Jacob Klis; 10 great-grandchildren; siblings, Rita Kaluza, Vennette Kmetz, Betty Pavlak and Leo Host;  many loving and supportive relatives, friends and neighbors.  Mass of Christian Burial, 11 a.m., Thursday, July 17th at the Church of St. Bonaventure, 901 E. 90th Street, Bloomington.  Visitation Thursday beginning at 9:30 a.m.  Interment Dawn Valley Memorial Park.

Bloomington, MN   952-888-7771