Funeral Notices

Gill Brothers Funeral Home Minneapolis MN
Friday, August 15, 2014


Russell C. age 86 formerly of Bloomington died in his sleep peacefully on August 15, 2014. Served in the Navy during the Korean War and retired after 37 years from Bloomington Tile. Preceded in death by wife, Rose and daughter, Lonnie. Survived by children, Keith (Sara), Tessie, Bryan; grandchildren, Jennifer, Jackie, Austin, Amanda; brother, Gene and sister, Helen.  Visitation Friday 8/22/2014 5-8 PM at Gill Brothers Funeral Home 9947 Lyndale Ave. So. Memory sharing starts at 7PM Private interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Johnson, Lois E. age 91 formerly of Maple Grove, MN   and Duluth, MN passed away peacefully on August 11, 2014. Preceded in death by husband, Gorden and son-in-law Paul.  Survived by children, Joy (Peter) Jensen, Tricia Burley, Judy (Jim) Ehrenkrook, Jim, Tom (Jodell); 10 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; sister, Dorothy Holmberg. Funeral Service Monday August 25, 2014 11 AM at New Hope Church, 4225 Gettysburg Ave North. Interment Hillside Cemetery. Visitation one hour prior to service only. Memorials preferred to New Hope Church.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Joanne L. Mahoney, age 90, of Edina passed away suddenly on Sunday August 10, 2014. Survived by sons Michael (Ginny), Terrence (Anne) and daughter Catherine (Martin), twelve grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband Joseph and children Dennis and Megan. She was above all an elegant woman who, as she put it, “just came to paint.” She was founder and artist spirit behind the renowned needlepoint shop, The Picket Fence, Inc., which she ran for more than 45 years. Generations of women found beauty, joy, camaraderie and solace at Joanne’s shop in Edina. She loved life, chocolate and all things beautiful and never, never gave up pushing forward. Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, 11:30 am with visitation beginning at 10:30, Church of Our Lady of Grace,  5071 Eden Ave, Edina MN. Private burial Monday, Fort Snelling National Cemetery.  Joanne loved flowers. Donations may be given to any family member in memory of Joanne.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Age 91, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 8, 2014.  He was the last surviving member of his family of 4sisters and 1 brother and his parents.  His beloved wife, Marge, died in April of 2006.  Together they raised a large, loving family: Kathy (Doug), Mardy (Bill), Mary (Greg), Tom (Lori), Theresa (Dennis), Molly (John), John (Carolyn) and Mike (Kari).  His 24 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren gave him much joy and entertainment too!  Survived by his dear brother-in-law Bud and his wife Nancy and his sisters-in-law Fran and Jeanette who were always in his prayers.  Our deep gratitude and appreciation to everyone at Parkshore Senior Campus, Park Nicollet Hospice andSholom Johnson Hospice  and all his caregivers for providing a wonderful environment that helped him stay comfortable, interested and engaged in the world for so long.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, August 13th at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 6820 St. Patrick’s Lane,  Edina.  Visitation begins at 9:30 a.m. and the funeral Mass is at 11:00 a.m.Private burial at Resurrection Cemetery in Mendota Heights. Memorials to First Tee Minneapolis and SholomJohnson Hospice.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

"For I am convinced that neither life nor death nor angels nor demons ... will separate us from the love of God"  On August 8, 2014 David W. Schmidt, 72, returned to the presence of God after a lengthy struggle with vascular dementia.  David was born on March 8, 1942 in Reno, Nevada to William and Oma Schmidt.  He spent his childhood in Carson City, Nevada graduating from Carson City High School in 1961 and Westminster College, Salt Lake Lake City in 1965.  He married Norma Evans in 1970 and together they raised four children. 

David graduated from General Theological Seminary in 1971 and was subsequently ordained an Episcopal Priest.  He began his ministry in the Diocese of Utah (Church of the Resurrection) and continued faithful service in the Dioceses of Alaska (St. Christopher's) Eastern Washington, and South Dakota (Trinity, Pierre and Trinity, Misssion).  In 1985 David received a Master's in Social Work from Eastern Washington University enabling him to serve residents of St. Francis Boys Home in Salina, Kansas. 

Throughout his life and service to the church David was focused on those who were in any kind of need and he did everything he could to make a humble difference in their lives.  David enjoyed hiking in the mountains, and traveling to national parks across our nation.  Yellowstone was of paticular fondness as a honeymoon destination and a consistent family vacation spot.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Norma; children Tim (Rachel) Schmidt, Rebecca Gruba, Ted Schmidt, and Stephanie (Michael) Silbernagel; and 5 grandchildren Jon Gruba, Aubrey Gruba, Emma Schmidt, Audrey Schmidt, and Natalie Silbernagel.

Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, August 12, 4:30 PM at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 3045 Chicago Ave. South, Minneapolis and on Monday August 18, 10 am at Trinity Episcopal Church, 408 North Jefferson, Perre, South Dakota.  Inurnment will take place in Pierre.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, the National Lutheran Choir,; or the charity of your choice.


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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Born September 4, 1910, passed peacefully on August 6, 2014.  Evelyn was preceded in death by Edmund Smith (husband), Harold Lilledahl (husband) and son Steven Smith.  She is survived by sons Dennis Smith (Mary Kay) and Gary Smith; grandchildren Susan O'Leary, Nancy Swanholm, Dan Smith, Stephanie Smith, Angela Smith, Marnie DuPaul, Nicholas Rossow-Smith, Jennifer Heiland, Sarah Strecker and Elizabeth Lindow; great-grandchildren Bobby O'Leary, Mamie O'Leary, Annie Swanholm, Susie Swanholm, Audrey Smith, Eleanor Smith, Jocelyn Rudd, Dillon Smith, Dustin Fisher, Olivia DuPaul, Amelia DuPaul, Colin Heiland, Adam Heiland, Nora Heiland, Evelyn Heiland, Lindsay Strecker, Lilah Strecker, Julia Lindow and Benjamin Lindow. Funeral service 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 11, 2014.  Visitation one hour prior at Gill Brothers, 5801 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis.

Gill Brothers Funeral Home Minneapolis MN
Saturday, August 2, 2014


Phillip G. LeBoutillier, age 94.of Minneapolis, passed away at the Masonic Home on August 2, 2014.  Phillip was born July 24, 1920, to Thomas H. and Hyla LeBoutillier in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  He is preceded in death by his wife Irene, son Marc, parents, and brothers-in-law Kenneth Anderson and Merrill Fox.  Phillip entered the Navy in 1943 in Minneapolis and served in Jacksonville, Florida, and the Twin Cities Navy Base as an Airplane Mechanic.  He retired from the Navy with the rank of Chief Petty Officer after 22 years of service. Phillip attended school and graduated from West High, Minneapolis.  He and Irene Straiton were married in 1943. They welcomed a son, Marc, in 1947.  After losing 24-year-old Marc in a car accident, Phillip cherished his family and relatives and faithfully followed news of his friends from school and the Navy.  He attended many reunions and gatherings, both happy and sad. Phillip was a man of many talents and interests.  He ice skated well into his eighties. He was a long-time member of the Long Blade Skating Club. Phil restored old cars, built boats, and worked as a tool-maker and welder after retirement. He loved his river property on the St. Croix River, often staying there for days at a time, pioneer fashion. After 55 years of marriage, Irene passed away.  Phil’s brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews gathered around him for support.  He endured several surgeries for broken bones. He came to live at the Masonic Home in 2012, where the Staff gave him loving care and support until his death.  Phillip is survived by brothers, John (Barbara) and Gordon (Pat) and sisters, Joan Fox and Jean Anderson, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday 11 AM at Gill Brothers Funeral Home 9947 Lyndale Ave So. Visitation 1 hour prior to service.  Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

BLOOMINGTON, MN  952 888 7771

Friday, August 1, 2014

In Loving Memory Of

Janet Corrine Benson

Janet Corrine Benson was born on September 22, 1923 in Madison, Wisconsin to Clarence and Clara Gulson Haugner. She grew up in Madison where she attended Randall Elementary School and graduated from West High School. She attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN for two years and completed her degree in Secondary Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She taught English for two years in Janesville, WI. On August 16, 1947, she and Claude Benson were married at Bethel Lutheran Church in Madison. They made their home in Minneapolis, MN where Janet taught at St. Peter’s Lutheran School and then worked in the library at Ramsey Junior High School. They moved into their new home in Richfield in August 1952 and Claude died of polio six weeks later. Janet continued living in Richfield for almost 50 years. She was an assistant librarian at Roosevelt High School and then was head librarian at Washburn High School before becoming the head librarian at Richfield High School. She had studied Library Science through evening and summer school at the University of Minnesota and earned a Media Specialist degree from St. Cloud State University. Janet retired in 1983. She moved to Sunrise Terrace Apartments in Slayton, MN in 2002. In January 2003 she moved to Lindenwood Assisted Living Apartments and became a resident of Golden Living Center in Slayton in October 2005. Janet moved to Ebenezer Ridges Care Center, Burnsville, MN in September 2013 and passed away there on August 1, 2014 at the age of 90. Janet was a former member of House of Prayer Lutheran Church in Richfield. She had belonged to a retired teachers group and the American Association of University Women. She enjoyed reading, traveling, music and she was an accomplished pianist, walking and spending time visiting with family and friends.

Survivors include her daughter, son and their spouses: Corrine and Tim Totzke of Savage, MN, and Claude and Kaye Benson of Excelsior, MN; three grandchildren: Ann and her husband, Chance Nelson of Otsego, MN. Amy Smit of Savage, MN and Mark Totzke and his wife, Stacie of St. Paul, MN; three great-grandchildren: Gabe Smit and Matthew and Katie Nelson; a sister-in-law, Barbara Taft of Eden Prairie, MN; and six nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, Claude, her parents, sister, Pauline Taylor, brother, Raymond Haugner, sister-in-law, Esther Benson. brothers-in-law, Gordon Taft & Jim Taylor, and grandson, Michael Horton.

Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 4:00 pm at Gill Brothers Funeral Home,5801 Lyndale Ave. So.Minneapolis, MN with the Rev. Walt Lichtenberger officiating. Interment will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery in Northfield, MN. Her family will serve as her pallbearers. Visitation will be from 3:00 pm until the time of the service on Sunday.

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Gill Brothers Funeral Home Minneapolis MN
Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hoffman, Robert L. age 85, of Mendota Heights, formerly from Bloomington, died peacefully on July 29, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. Bob Hoffman always put his faith and his family first. He was a man of integrity, vision, and determination. Born in Minneapolis in 1928, Bob enlisted in the Army at age 17. He graduated from Carleton College and the University of Minnesota law school and married Lulu Dodd in 1955. Bob co-founded the Larkin, Hoffman, Daly & Lindgren law firm. His expertise was in land use and he was instrumental in development of the Mall of America. Bob served his community as a Bloomington city councilman for 14 years and on the Metropolitan Council for 7 years. He coached youth athletic teams in Bloomington, Eagan and Minneapolis for 50 years. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Lillian (Drury) & Leonard Hoffman and infant grandsons, Daniel Hoffman, John Hoffman and Joseph Schissel. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Lulu Hoffman, and their 8 children, Michael (Mary), Patrick (Colleen), Gregory (Amy), Kevin (Sharyn), Mary (Jeet) Singh, Marcia (Brian) Howard, Shelly (Mark) Schissel, Tony (Paula); grandchildren, James, Thomas, Robert, Renee, Lauren, Claire, Ava, Kyle, Cole, Allie and Nick Hoffman, Sarina Singh, Nathan and Haley Howard, Matthew and Riley Schissel; and sister, Mary (Don) Olson. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church (901 E. 90th St., Bloomington, MN) on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 5:00 pm. Visitation will be for 2 hours (3:00-5:00 pm) just prior to the Mass and also at 6:00 pm immediately following the Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Bridging or Sharing & Caring Hands.

BLOOMINGTON, MN       952 888 7771

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Lee Virgil M.

Age 75 of Bloomington, MN.  Born November 10, 1939 in Austin, MN to Edwin and Elsie (Hightshoe) Lee.  Preceded in death by parents; siblings, Elmer, Lucille, and Rosie.  Survived by beloved wife, Nancy; children Shari (Randy) Wassather, Todd Lee, and Alan (Tina) Lee; grandchildren Tyler, Mithchell and Tessa; siblings Richard (Ida May) Lee, Evelyn (Marvin) Durben, and Vera  Armbrust; many nieces and nephews.  Funeral service Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 3 pm at Lutheran Church of the Redemption, 927 East Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, MN.  Visitation one hour prior to service at church.  Private interment.  If so desired, memorials may be directed to donor's choice. 



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