Funeral Notices

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

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Davidson, David A., age 60 of Minneapolis. Born October 21, 1953, passed away on March 23, 2014 from ALS.  Preceded in death by parents, Irvin and Frances Davidson; brother, Larry; sister-in-law, Irene Davidson and niece, Trudy Molberg.  Survived by wife, Penny; daughter, Kelly (Jason) Barbes; grandchildren, Anastasia & George; son, Alexander Davidson; siblings, Don (Theresa), Ron (Patti), Thomas (Donna), Irvin Jr., Timothy (LuAnne), Renee (Troy) Muehlenhardt and Daryl; many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.  Funeral Service 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 26th at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 1111 Summit Ave. S., St. Paul (651-222-6220).  Visitation, Tuesday 4-8 p.m. at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 5801 Lyndale Ave. S. with Trisagion Service at 7 p.m.  Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery.  Memorials preferred to the Mpls Veteran’s Affair Health Care System Voluntary/ Community Resource Service, Attn: Poly Trauma Program, One Veterans Drive, Mpls, MN 55417.

Minneapolis, MN 612-861-6088

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Dolores Frances Kilkelly. age 95 of Richfield. Preceded in death by husband, John; grandson, Mark McNulty, sisters, Mary May and Maggie.  Survived by children, James Kilkelly, Kathleen (Jim) McNulty, Thomas (Carla) Kilkelly, Mary Jo (Michael Vadnie) Kilkelly; grandchildren, Shannon, James, Meghan, John, Michael, Sean; and 5 great grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, March 27th, 6 PM at the Church of St. Peter, 6730 Nicollet Ave. Private interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Visitation Thursday one hour prior to Mass at church only. Memorials preferred to the Church of St. Peter or N.C. Little Hospice.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN            612 861 6088

Thursday, March 20, 2014

69 of Edina, passed away on March 20, 2014.
She is survived by her sisters, Peggy (Jerry) Zadow, and Kathleen Walker; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Robert and Donald.
Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 10 AM, at Crosspoint Church, 9801 France Ave S, Bloomington, MN. Visitation Thursday, March 27, from 5-8 PM at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale Ave S. Bloomington.
Memorials Preferred to Martin Luther Care Center, 1401 E. 100th St. Bloomington, MN 55425.

BLOOMINGTON, MN     952 888 7771

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Boeser, Dorothy M. age 95 formerly of Richfield. Preceded in death by husband, Gilbert; her parents, Frank and Ethel Johnson; brothers Carl and Richard Johnson. Survived by children, Nancy Haney, Gary Boeser, Judy and husband Marty Erickson; grandchildren, Bambi Haney, Holly (Nick) Cerretani, Natasha Felten, Maria (Doug) Barton, and Frank (Brenda) Thomas; 9 great-grandchildren; great-great grandson; sister, Beverly Johnson.  Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday 11 AM at the Church of the Assumption, 305 East 77th Street. Interment Lakewood Cemetery. Visitation one hour prior to Mass.  Memorials preferred to Donor’s choice.

BLOOMINGTON, MN     952 888 7771

Thursday, March 20, 2014


Danny age 55 of Maplewood passed peacefully of cancer on March 20, 2014. Preceded in death by his parents, Grant and Dorothy Richey; brother Kenny.  Survived by wife, Lynn; children, Jarrett (Tracy), Derrick (Cayla), Danelle Richey. 6 grandchildren; sister, Karen (Dick) Clevenger; brother, Jim Richey; mother and  father-in-law, Wayne and Ann Stubbe; brother and sister-in-law, Todd and Jennifer Stubbe; many other relatives and friends. Funeral service Monday 11 AM at Riverside Reformed Church, 10201 Nicollet Ave. Visitation one hour prior to service only.

BLOOMINGTON, MN     952 888 7771

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Skjelbostad, Astry,

Age 94 of Minneapolis, MN.  Born October 14, 1919, passed away March 19, 2014.  Preceded in death by husband Odmor.  Astry Woldseth was raised on a North Dakota farm during the Great Depression, along with 7 college-educated brothers and sisters.  The influence of farm, family, the church and hard times shaped her.  Astry's path led her to Minneapolis and a career in nursing at Fairview Southdale Hospitals, where she excelled.  In 1965, she was named head nurse of surgery at Fairview Southdale.  Her training, care and persistent nature served her well dealing with patients, doctors and nursing staff.  While in nurse's training, she became reacquainted with a family that emigrated from Norway with her parents.  Those family ties resulted in her marriage to Odmor, with whom she raised two sons and a daughter in St. Louis Park and Eden Prairie.  Her family and career didn't interfere with her farm-honed passions for gardening, cooking, sewing and knitting and a church life that included singing in the choir and participating in church and community activities in Eden Prairie.  In 1970, a car accident claimed the life of Odmor.  Though she survived, it took Astry more than a year to recover from her injuries.  Still, she persevered and continued to be a guiding force at Fairview Southdale initiating new hospital outreach efforts, including pre-surgery patient and family counseling.  She continued to nurture her family until age took its toll.  She will be missed.  Survived by son, David (Marilyn Nyquist), Harold (Connie Nelson), and Marie; grandchildren Sabrina (Jeff) Sheriff, Nicholas and Justin; sister, Bergit Bakke and brother, Harold Woldseth; many relatives and friends.  Funeral service Monday, 7 PM at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4100 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55419 with visitation beginning at 6 PM.  Private interment ~ Eden Prairie Cemetery.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN        612 861 6088