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Gill Brothers Funeral Home Minneapolis MN
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Thomas K. Scallen

Born August 14, 1925 died peacefully at home on March 21, 2015, sent on his next adventure with love by his wife, family, friends, and his faithful dog Bella.

Tom’s unique and colorful life can be matched by few. He was a lawyer, entrepreneur, businessman, and impresario. Tom brought entertainment and joy to many through a career that spanned law, banking, business, ice skating and other arena shows, professional sports, theater, television, and film.

Tom was proud graduate of Saint Thomas Academy high school. Immediately after graduation, Tom and his twin brother Raymond enlisted in the US Army to serve in World War II, becoming members of “the Greatest Generation.”Tom was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and a Bronze Star, for heroic or meritorious conduct in combat in Europe.  After returning to Minneapolis, Tom married Mary Semsch, the mother of his six children. They moved to Denver, where Tom received his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Denver. Tom returned to Minnesota to practice law.  He first served as a state Assistant Attorney General, and later went into private practice at Scallen, Evidon and Harder with his father, renowned trial lawyer Raymond Scallen.

In the early 1960s, Tom began a long and successful career in business. From 1962 to 1965 he was Senior Vice President and Managing Officer of the Olmstead County Bank of Rochester, MN, President of the Lake City Bank of Lake City, MN; and, from 1964 to 1969, the founder, President, and CEO of the Bank of Minneapolis.

As Tom built his banking career, he listened to his brother Ray, by now a prominent physician, talk about the need for rental medical equipment.  As a result, Tom founded and served as President and principal shareholder of Medical Investment Corporation (“Medicor”). In the late 1960s, he acquired and produced the Shipstads and Johnson Ice Follies, which he had loved since his youth, and later acquired its competitor, Holiday on Ice. The early 1970s represented one of the pinnacles of Tom’s career.  Tom became the founder and President of the Vancouver Canucks Hockey Team and a member of the NHL Board of Governors. He was appointed as a Senior Vice President, Executive Committee Member, and Director of 20th Century Fox Film Corporation, as well as Chairman of the Blaine Thompson Company, a leading New York theater advertising firm.

In the 1980s, Tom became President and CEO of International Broadcasting Corporation (“IBC”), through which he acquired and produced the Ice Capades and the Harlem Globetrotters. Contemporaneously, Tom served as Chairman and owner of Apache Plastics, Inc., and Airport Express. Tom was also Chairman of Century Park Pictures Corporation. He was a proud member of the Producer’s Guild of America, carefully screening and voting each year on nominees for the Academy Awards.

Tom took great pleasure in producing and directing the following television and live entertainment shows: the Rockette’s Holiday Salute to Radio City Music Hall for NBC; six television specials for the Ice Follies; three television specials for the Ice Capades; and five live shows for Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. To round out his entertainment career, Tom even joined the circus for a time, as a producer and CEO of the Clyde Beatty – Cole Bros. Circus. 

In the later stage of his career, Tom took great pride and satisfaction in his ownership of the Lexington Restaurant (the “Lex”) and the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. He took special care to maintain their character and continued the quality, reputation, and class of these venerable Twin Cities institutions.

In 1990, he married Bille Jo Brice.  They enjoyed 25 years together—travelling the world and entertaining their many friends and family members.

Tom was a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, the World Presidents’ Organization, and the American, Minnesota, and Hennepin County Bar Associations.

Tom is survived by his loving wife Bille Jo, his twin brother Dr. Raymond Scallen(Mary),as well as  younger brothers Stephen Scallen(Chacke) and Terrence Scallen(Joan);his children: Thomas Scallen (Mary Beth) Sheila Gregory, Patrick Scallen (Margo), Eileen Scallen (Marianne), Maureen Failor (Greg), and Timothy Scallen (Katy); his grandchildren: Bridget(Peter), Meghan, Brian(Amanda), Kevin, Patrick, Michael (Julie), Sean, Daniel, Jack, Conor, Annie (Shawn),Molly, Paul, Brad (Katie), Lisa (Rick),Timothy, Catherine, Erin, and Colleen; and eight great-grandchildren.

Tom’s family would like to give special thanks to his hospice nurse, Mary Anne Reed, and his caregivers Irene Wissell, Christina Tugbe, and Erwin Yango.

Mass of Christian Burial Thursday  March 26, 2015 12 PM at the Basilica of St. Mary, 88 North 17th Street Minneapolis. Visitation Wednesday 4-8 PM at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 5801 Lyndale Ave. So. and one hour prior to Mass at church.

 Memorials preferred to Saint Thomas Academy, Animal Humane Society or Donor’s choice.

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Gill Brothers Funeral Home Minneapolis MN
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Gleason, Thomas J., age 78 of Edina. Preceded in death by parents, Helen A. and Lester B. Gleason; brothers, John “Jack” Lester Gleason, Michael Gleason.  Survived by loving wife of 44 years, Frances F. Gleason; sister, Laurie Trow; brother, Pat (Marilyn) Gleason; sister-in-law, Joan Young;  many nieces and nephews. Tom was a graduate of the University of MN Business School, served in the Army Security Agency from 1957-1962 and was employed by Northwestern National Bank for 25 years.  Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m., Thursday, March 26, 2015 at the Church of Our Lady of Grace, 5071 Eden Ave Edina. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery.  Visitation Wednesday 4-7 p.m. at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 5801 Lyndale Ave. So. and one hour prior to Mass at church.  In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Poor Clare’s Monastery, 8650 Russell Avenue South, Bloomington, MN or Our Lady of Grace Church.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Doig, Ione E.

Age 86 of Bloomington, MN.  Born October 9, 1928 in Gary, Indiana to Albert and Olga (Johnson) Fischer.  Preceded in death by husband, Thomas Russell Doig; sons, Jerry and Thomas, Jr.  Survived by daughters, Susan Lavone, Terry Doig, and Lori (Ken) Powis; daughter-in-law, Laurel (Wade) Olson; 4 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; brother, Jerry (Bev) Fischer; sisters, Fay (John) Krogstad and Yvonne (Ole) Akey; nieces and nephews.  Funeral service ~ Wednesday, March 25, 2015~ 11:00 a.m. at Oak Hill Lutheran Bretheran Church, 8901 France Avenue South,  Bloomington, MN.  Interment ~ Fort Snelling National Cemetery.  Visitation ~ Tuesday, 4-7 PM at Gill Brothers Funeral Chapel, 9947 Lyndale Avenue South and one hour prior to service at church.  If so desired, memorials may be directed to the church.


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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Age 81 passed away suddenly March 18, 2015. She is survived by her husband Robert “Bob” and 4 children, Debra Watson (Wally Watson), Barbara Ann Koester (Timothy Koester), Douglas Helgeson (Holly Helgeson), Tom Helgeson (Linda Black); 2 sisters, Mary Johnson (Mork) of Cottage Grove, Blanche Gibson (Mork) of Gordon, WI; also 10 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Martha was married to her husband Bob for 61 years. She enjoyed planting her garden every year with several varieties of veggies and herbs. Martha was employed with Northwest Airlines for 36 years in various departments. Martha was born May 16, 1933 in Havana Township to Charles and Agnes Mork. She attended country school and later enrolled in Medford MN High School, she graduated in 1951. She was employed by Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. After she married Bob Helgeson in 1953, they moved to Bloomington, MN. Martha enjoyed traveling and meeting new acquaintances. Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday March 24 at 11 AM at the Church of St. Bonaventure, 901 E 90th St, Bloomington, MN. Visitation Monday March 23 5-8 PM at Gill Brothers 9947 Lyndale Ave So Bloomington, MN and 1 hour prior to Mass at church. Private family interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Nancy Ann (McGarvey) Burke of Wayzata, MN peacefully left us March 18, 2015.  Survived by her children, Jim (Christina Simpkins) of Los Angeles, Tom (Shannon Gale) of Wayzata, Sheila Harris (Darrell) of Edina, Katy Burke (Bob McNamara) of Wayzata, Annie Spizale (Jeff) of Edina, Patrick (Sarah) of Eagan; grandchildren, Madelyn, Shelby, Sean, Shea, Burke, Libby, Jimmy, Aidan, McKinley, Will, Lilli, Nick, Meadow, Cormac and River. Proceeded in death by husband J. Warren Burke and parents Robert M. and Mildred McGarvey, brother Robert McGarvey, Jr. She was very proud of the family McGarvey Coffee Business and the entrepreneurial spirit her father instilled in her.  However, she was especially proud of the years of work her father and 2 others spent as the original founders of Hazelden. The vision of these 3 men proved to be an historic innovation.  It offered alcoholics a new alternative to jail, mental wards, or homelessness for the first time ever. Bob McGarvey was a Director of Hazelden and it’s first Vice President.  Nancy was privileged to receive an award in his honor at Hazelden’s 50th Year Anniversary.  Nancy grew up in Minneapolis and was the Southwest High School Homecoming Queen in 1952.  She was a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in History. Her foundation was her family, faith, community and travel.  Raising her children in the Catholic Church was of utmost importance to her.  The family were long time members of Our Lady of Grace in Edina where all 6 children attended school. Nancy was a lifelong member of The Minneapolis Woman’s Club and held numerous board positions, including Vice President.  When nearly all children had left the home, she launched an exclusive meeting and incentive business, Preferred Meetings. The business thrived for many years and afforded her the opportunity to see the world over numerous times. She served on the advisory boards of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Sonesta Hotels and Carey Limousine. Nancy was on the forefront of “Women Leadership”, long before it became as popular as it is today.   She has served as a mentor to her 3 daughters in their woman- owned business “Preferred Speakers”, which they still run today. 

Funeral Service Tuesday March 24 10:30 AM at the Church of St.Bartholomew, 630 East Wayzata Blvd. Interment Lakewood Cemetery. Visitation Monday 4-8 PM at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 5801 LyndaleAve. So.  In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to The Retreat in Wayzata.

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Gill Brothers Funeral Home Minneapolis MN
Saturday, March 21, 2015


Rotvold, Howard  A. “Howie”

Age 89 of Minneapolis.  Born September 1, 1925, and died February 17, 2015.  Preceded in death by parents,  Haakon and Anna; sister, Evelyn Monio; and wife, Ethel.  Survived by sons, Brian (George Erimie) and Gregg; long-time partner, Geraldine “Jerry” Dudley; many nieces, nephews, and loving friends.   Growing up Howie’s  family lived on 36th St and 36th Ave S, and for a time at 401 Cedar/Seven Corners where his father was custodian for the bank on the first floor.   Howie left South High after his junior year to join Honeywell, and shortly thereafter enlisted in the Marine Corps, where he served in the 2nd Marine Airwing from 1943-1946.  Stationed in the Philippines and Okinawa, Howie was an Aviation Mechanic, rising to the rank of Corporal.  Upon discharge he returned to Honeywell.  He soon met Ethel Skokan, with whom he was smitten, and they married in 1948.  Sons Brian and Gregg arrived in 1953 and 1958.  Howie took a leave of absence from work to care for Ethel during her final battle with cancer in 1988, and then returned to Honeywell from where he retired in 1990 after 47 years as a Tool and Die worker.  Retirement didn’t slow Howie down,  his fascination with all things WWII led him to volunteer at the Planes of Fame Air Museum, as well as involvement in WWII roundtable discussions.  He also participated in the WWII Veterans group at church, and was active in monthly Honeywell retiree breakfasts.  In 1992 at a Singles All Together meeting Howie met Jerry, who had a huge impact on his life.  She introduced him to ballroom dancing, traveling, and golf.  Howie’s kind and compassionate nature was never more evident, and he took great pride in joke-telling, often preparing well in advance for his 15 year role as Santa in SAT’s “Christmas in July” party, which was a highlight for all who attended.  Howie began to show signs of Alzheimer’s in 2008 after a car accident in which he was knocked unconscious.  Despite slowing down both physically and mentally since,  Howie never lost his kind and gentle disposition (nor his corny humor!).   The family wishes to thank the staff at Mt. Olivet Home for the wonderful care they showed Howie.  We miss him, and he will forever be in our hearts.  Memorial service will be Saturday, March 21st, 11 AM at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4100 Lyndale Ave S, Mpls, MN 55409. Visitation one hour prior to service at the church.  Memorials preferred to the Bethlehem Music Series.


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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Schubkegel, Renata Anna Elenora age 88 of Richfield, MN passed away on March 14, 2015. Preceded in death by siblings, Alvin (Lorraine) Schubkegel, Alfred Schubkegel, Helen Schubkegel and Francis Schubkegel . Survived by siblings, Theodore (Quinta), Naomi (Jim) Nycklemoe, and Hattie (David) Larson; sisters-in-law, June Schubkegel and Joyce Schubkegel; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Funeral Service Saturday March 21 12PM at Lakewood Chapel 3600 Hennepin Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55408. Interment Lakewood Cemetery. Visitation one hour prior to service.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Curtis  Phillip Gnerer age 50 formerly of Rosemount, MN.  Born July 29, 1964 and died in his home on Tuesday March 10, 2015. He leaves behind his wife of 22 years, Diane; children, Jennifer Gnerer and Nathaniel Gnerer; parents, Carole and Phillip Gnerer; sisters, Renee (Ringo) Biegler, Deanna (John) Davis, Corinne (Dan) Berndt; many loving nieces & nephews; special aunts, uncles, cousins and good friends.  Mass of Christian Burial Thursday 11 AM at the Church of St. Edward, Church of St. Edward, 9401 Nesbitt Avenue South, Bloomington with visitation one hour prior to Mass.

One of Curt’s goals was to move south but it was short lived being only 6 months. Other than his love for family he enjoyed working on and building classic cars.

Memorials preferred to the family.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Brownrigg, Gertrude “Trudy” age 86 of Bloomington, a faithful servant of the Lord, died peacefully at Hennepin County Medical Center on March 13, 2015. Preceded in death by parents, Louis and Sophie Safranski; husband of 50 years Gene Brownrigg: brother, Ted Safranski; sisters, Irene Burke and Lucille Hickey. Survived by children, Joe (Kathie) and their children, Alyonah and Valentina; Anne Kern and her children, Jordan (Amy), Nick and Georgie; Tom and his daughter, Alex; 3 great- grandchildren; sister, Delores Lutz. Mass of Christian Burial 11:00am Wednesday, March 18th at The Church of Saint Bonaventure, 901 E. 90th St., Bloomington. Visitation one hour prior to Mass at the Church only. The family would like to offer their gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff at Hennepin County Medical Center; with special thanks to the HCMC Transplant Clinic Team. Trudy loved each and every one of them very much. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to HCMC Transplant Clinic.

BLOOMINGTON, MN        952 888 7771


Gill Brothers Funeral Home Minneapolis MN
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Marjorie “Joanne” Ganley Struble of Minneapolis has gone to be with her Lord and Savior, passing peacefully before sunrise on March 15, 2015, 3 weeks shy of “91”. Beloved wife of the late Edward Struble, she touched everyone who was blessed to know her. She was also preceded in death by her parents Ernest and Marge Ganley, brother John, sister Marion Fletcher, daughter Patty Radermacher, and son-in-laws Denny and Brian. Joanne survived by her cherished children; Mary Jo Brouillard (Mike), Susan Mart, Elizabeth (Brian) Deike, Nicholas Struble, and Christopher (Michele) Struble, Lee Radermacher and her favorite “outlaws”. Grandchildren; Melanie, Molly, Maggie, Sara, Jon and Tony; Pete and Drew; Michael and Michelle; Kayla, Daniel and Tori; Lexi, Isaac, and Maria; 15 great-grandchildren and Joanne’s faithful dog Mia. In honor of Joanne’s love for St. Patrick’s Day a Celebration of Life is planned for March 17th  4-7 PM at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 5801 Lyndale Ave. So. Mass of Christian Burial is Wednesday March 18th 10:30 AM with visitation one hour prior at Annunciation Catholic Church, 509 West 54th Street and burial to follow at Fort Snelling National Cemetery on Wednesday, at 1:30PM. Memorials preferred to the Hennepin County Animal Humane Society.

“When Irish eyes are smiling, sure ‘tis like the morn in Spring, In the lilt of Irish laughter, You can hear the Angels sing.”

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