Funeral Notices

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Larson, June Adelyn, age 89 of Golden Valley, MN, born June 25, 1925, Appleton, MN, passed away peacefully on July 3, 2014. Preceded in death by parents, Vincent and Tina Stotts. Survived by husband Curt; daughter, Kari Larson; son, Eric Larson (Suzie); grandson Mackenzie Jensen, and many loving relatives and friends.

June was an amazing wife, mother, sister and friend. She was gracious, kind and thoughtful; a woman who always put the needs of others before her own. She was admired for her wisdom, strength, honesty, unwavering positivity and incomparable compassionate heart.

A graduate of St. Cloud State University, she taught elementary school for many years. June was a talented teacher, as well as an artist! She conveyed her love of children and of the family farm in her transcending paintings and extensive collection of ceramic chickens.

Wife, mom, sister and friend, June will be missed by all.

Funeral service 2:00 PM, Tuesday July 8, 2014 at Gill Brothers Chapel, 7300 42nd Avenue North, New Hope, MN 55427, 763-531-1777. Visitation, 1:00- 2:00PM.

 In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Alzheimer’s Association of Minnesota.

NEW HOPE, MN      763.531.1777

Monday, June 30, 2014

Ford, Mary Catherine age 90 of South Mpls. and Richfield, passed away peacefully on June 30, 2014 after a lengthy illness. Preceded in death by parents Emma (Cole) and James Ford; brother James; and niece Patricia Ford. Survived by nieces Dr. Anne (David Blackney) Ford and their 3 children and Jeanne (Dr. Thomas) Dressel; nephew Richard (Candice) Ford; and sister-in-law DeDe Ford. Mary was born in Chicago, IL on Sept. 30, 1923. She graduated from the University of MN and moved to Los Angeles, CA where she worked as a dental hygienist. Returning to MN she earned a degree in education and taught 5th grade in several elementary schools. Mary loved to travel and visited many countries throughout the world. Funeral service Saturday, 10 am at Gill Brothers Southwest Chapel, 5801 Lyndale Ave So. with visitation 1/2 hour prior to service. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials preferred to the Minnesota Arboretum.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN    612 861 6088

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Strommen, A. Irene age 91, of Minneapolis (formerly Richfield), died Sunday, June 29, 2014.  Born July 13,1922 in Badger, Minnesota, Anna Irene Huglen was the second child of Rev. Reinert and Inga Huglen.  Irene's formative public education was in Goven, Saskatchewan, where she developed a love of language, writing and literature.  She graduated from Augsburg College, Mpls, in 1943 with an English major and French and Latin minors and taught years thereafter.  On July 23, 1944, she married the love of her life, Merton Strommen; they had just celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary shortly before her death.  Irene devoted herself to her family, raising five sons.  During these years she wrote a novel (Rivers to the Sea) and later co-authored two books with her husband Mert; she also worked as an editor and translator as well as substitute teaching at Richfield High School. Always devoted to her church, Irene served as Christian Education Director at Oak Grove Lutheran Church, Richfield and as a PEER Counseling trainer.  Fluent in Norwegian, she maintained correspondence with relatives in Norway.  She is most fondly remembered as an exceedingly kind and hospitable spouse, mother, friend and neighbor, and a wise theologian with a servant's heart.  Although her long struggle with dementia gradually eroded her capacities, Irene always retained her sweet spirit, welcoming smile and deep resonance to expressions of faith.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her son David, and her great-granddaughter Momone.  She is survived by her loving husband Merton, her sons Peter (Normajean), Tim (Dawn), Jim (Judy) and John (Heidi), eleven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Her funeral service will be held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4100 Lyndale Ave S, Mpls, on Monday, July 7 at 11.00 A.M. with a reviewal at 10.00 A.M.  Interment Lakewood Cemetery.  If so desired, memorials may be directed to the David Huglen Strommen Fund at Luther Seminary or Augsburg College.

Gill Brothers   612-861-6088


Friday, June 27, 2014

Age 80, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, passed away peacefully on June 27, 2014 in the presence of his loving family.  Preceded in death by his beloved wife, Rosalie Hadlick Seidel, brothers Richard Seidel and Fr. John Seidel, and sister Barbara Seidel.  Survived by his children, Mary Seidel Cox (John), Joseph Seidel (Pamela), Anne Bielejeski (John), Robert E. Seidel (Celeste ), Therese Seidel-Miller (Tim), Kathleen Walsh (Dan), Peter Seidel (Lyne Noella) and Monica Seidel.  Survived also by his brothers Steve Seidel (Rita), Fr. Tom Seidel, and Jim Seidel (Lucia), his sisters Miriam Murphy (Jack), Joan Seidel, Mary Seidel, and Katy Mechtenberg (David), and sister-in-law Mary Hoedeman (Fred). Many Nieces and Nephews.

Bob was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather to eight wonderful children, 27 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.  His work included fifty-six years in the insurance business, Past President of Serra Club, Trustee of Annunciation Church (known by some as “Mr. Annunciation”), and charity work that extended his generosity to numerous schools, churches and charitable organizations.  Bob also found a calling in spiritual direction and became an Ignatian Associate.

Visitation will be on Monday, June 30th, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Gill Brothers Funeral Home at 5801 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55419.  Visitation also at Annunciation Church one hour prior to the Mass of Christian burial.

Mass of Christian burial will be held on July 1, 2014 at Church of the Annunciation, at 509 W. 54th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55419 at 11:03 a.m.   Internment at Resurrection Cemetery, 2101 Lexington Avenue South, Mendota Heights, MN 55120.

Gifts and memorials may be sent to Franciscan Brothers of Peace, 1289 Lafond, St. Paul, MN 55104

Minneapolis       612-861-6088

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Christa Joy Stein, age 40 of Richfield.  Christa was born October 22, 1973 and died June 25, 2014.  She had a gentle and innocent spirit and was a kind and happy person who loved life.  She is survived by parents, Ralph and Mary Stein; sister, Edie Stein; Grandma Bernie; extended family and friends.  Mass of Christian Burial, 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 30th at the Church of St. Richard, 7540 Penn Ave. S., Richfield with visitation beginning at 9:00.  Memorials preferred to the Church of St. Richard or the Poor Clares

Minneapolis, MN   612-861-6088

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Our beloved father, Warren F. Johnson, Jr., passed away on June 25 in Minneapolis, MN after a brief illness.  He was 80. 

Warren was born in Port Washington, Long Island, NY in 1933 to Warren and Helen (Blanchard) Johnson.  He earned a Bachelors in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and served in the U.S. Army from 1956-1958.  He married the love of his life, Barbara H. Buckowski in 1960.  They were married for nearly 50 years.   

Warren had a long career as an industrial designer for White Westinghouse and Maytag.  He was awarded numerous patents for innovative appliance design.  Warren was an artist, wood worker, inventor, antique car enthusiast and lover of life.  Those who knew Warren know of his resiliency, positive outlook on life and sense of humor.  They also knew of his devotion and love for his family, especially his beloved wife, Barbara.

Warren was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara and a sister, Jean Schwamb.  Survivors include his son, Warren “Buck” (and Judy) Johnson; his daughter, Christine (and Jim) Fuglestad; a sister, Barbara Ferguson; and a brother, Richard Johnson.  Also surviving are four step-grandchildren Jason Wells; and Isaac, Bergen and Oliver Fuglestad; a step-great grandchild, Jadon Wells and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Age 95, of Maple Grove, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

Retired employee of Dayton’s Credit Department.

Survived by son, Leonard (Juanita) Wasser of Fresno, CA; daughters Diane (Mark) Montgomery of Garland, TX, Barbara (Daniel) Larson of Tioga, ND; grandchildren, Eric and Kristen Wasser, Heidi (Chris) Johnson of Rogers, MN, Steven, Timothy, Joseph, Sarah and Andrew Larson, and many nieces and nephews and loving friends. Special thanks to the North Memorial Hospice Team.

Funeral Service 10 AM Thursday, July 3, at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 7300 42nd Ave N, New Hope. Visitation 1 hour prior to service. Interment Glen Flora Lutheran Cemetery, Glen Flora, WI.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Kathryn H. Goers, age 97 of Edina.  Born April 5, 1917 in New London, WI; died June 24, 2014 in Edina, MN.  Preceded in death by husbands, Jack Elliott and William Goers; son, Peter Elliott; granddaughter, Laura Wilson and 11 siblings.  Survived by children, Suzan (Ronald) Wilson and James (Sue) Elliott; step-children, Mary Goers and William (Joanne) Goers; 7 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren; 2 step-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.  Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 19th at the Church of the Annunciation, 509 W. 54th St., Mpls. with visitation one hour prior to mass only.  Interment Madison, WI.

Minneapolis, MN   612-861-6088

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

72, of Bloomington, passed away on June 24, 2014. Preceded in death by her parents, John and Laura Errington, brother, Jack and nephew Tony Gale. Survived by her wonderful friend, Lee Jakober; Son, Jon (Amy) Coffey; daughter, Karen DeJong; grandchildren, Laura, Isaac and Aaron; sisters, Mary Gale and Jane (Jerry) Hubbard; nieces, Stephanie (Mike) Gleason and Nikki (Jayson) Nelson; nephews, Bill (Mary) Gale, Trevor Hubbard. Visitation Thursday July 10, 2014 from 5-7 PM at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale Ave S, Bloomington.

Bloomington 952-888-7771

Monday, June 23, 2014

On Saturday, June 21, 2014 Maureen Degnan, passed away at the age of 66 years.  Maureen was born in Chicago, IL, but was raised and live in Minnesota almost her entire life.  She briefly lived in Seattle, Washington shortly after getting married.  Maureen attended St. Richard's Catholic School through the 8th.  She attended high school at Holy, Angels Academy, graduating in 1966.  She attended the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1970 with a Bachelors of Science degree.  Maureen was a life long member of Kappa Delta Sorority.  As an undergraduate she served as Vice President of the U of M Chapter.  She also served as the President of the MN Alumnae Chapter.  She served as a National Officer for three years working for the alumnae chapters in five states. Maureen was an active member of Pax Christi Catholic Church where she served as a member of the Churches Administrative Council for three years and was also the scheduler for all 6 ministries.  She is currently a member of St. Patrick's in Edina, MN.  Maureen worked for the Edina School District since 1989 as an Administrative Assistant.  In addition, she served as the President of the Edina Professional Association of Support Staff in the Edina Schools. Maureen will be lovingly remembered by her parents, John McCanna and Virginia McCanna (nee Blake); her children, John Degnan (Terry), Amy Schaefer (Joel), David Degnan (Pamela); her siblings, John McCanna (Mary), Tom McCanna (Jeanne), and Susan Cucchiarella (Mike), and her 7 Grandchildren, Dawson, Jack, Grace, Julia, Ellen, William, and Robbie.  Maureen will also be forever remembered by her nieces, nephews her extended family and dear friends. Visitation will be on Wednesday, June 25th from 5-8 pm at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale Ave., S. Bloomington. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Church of St. Patrick, 6820 St Patricks Lane, Edina, MN on Thursday, June 26th at 11:00 am with visitation beginning at 10 am.


                               Bloomington, MN   952-888-7771