Funeral Notices

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Mary Evelyn Nelson lost her battle to Alzheimer’s on May 25, 2014 after a long fight.  She is survived by her children Mike (Kelly), Terry (Tammy), Kevin (Carmen), Chris (Lisa), Tony (Jill), Patty Kutina (Scott) and Jennifer Williams (Shane). Sister-in- laws, Sharon (Ray) Ciciotte,  Beverly Senensky and many grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was proceeded in death by her husband, Wayne, parents, Ed and Anita Olsen, her brother, James and sister, Joan, her mother and father in law, Stanley and Bertha Nelson,  her son-in-law, Douglas Williams and step Grandson Luke Johnson.  She was loved by so many and will be missed.  A Visitation will be held on June 4th at 6 PM, at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 5801 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis.  In lieu of flowers, memorials will be donated to the Good Samaritan Society.


                                                  Minneapolis, MN             612-861-6088

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Chottepanda, Molly Malone

 Recently, we were shown a tragic reminder of the preciousness of life. On May 29th, loving wife, and new mother, Molly Malone Chottepanda, 32, passed away suddenly. 

 Molly is survived by her husband Kushal and her beautiful 17 day old baby Mara Elizabeth.

 She will be missed by all who had the joy of being touched by her warm spirit and generous heart. 

 Committed to the well-being of others, Molly was a devoted physicians assistant. Her passion for helping others was just one part of what made her an amazing woman, she was also a caring daughter, loyal wife, loving new mother, thoughtful friend, and -- for those who ever faced her on the softball diamond or basketball court -- a feared competitor. 

 Molly was born and raised in Southwest Minneapolis, a community she cared for passionately. She was a third generation graduate of Southwest High School, which she attended with Kushal. After high school she went on to receive a BA from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. In 2009 she earned a Masters in Science in the Physician Assistant Studies Program from Augsburg College. She has since worked at North Memorial. 

 Molly was preceded in death by her grandparents Robert and Elizabeth Malone, grandmother Mary Wing and uncles Dan and Michael Malone. Additionally Molly leaves behind her parents, Jerry and Nancy Malone, brother Rob (Audrey) Malone, grandparents Bob and Phyllis Redmond, aunt Susan Redmond, father and mother-in-law Medappa and Meera Chottepanda, sister-in-law Nisha (Jim) Floyd, nephew and niece Caden and Sonia Floyd, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. 

 A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday June 4, at 11 AM at the Catholic Church of Christ the King, 5029 Zenith Ave S, Minneapolis. Visitation will be Tuesday June 3, from 5-8 PM at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 5801 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, and for one hour prior to services at the church. A Support Fund (Education) has also been set up at TCF bank under the name Kushal and Mara Chottepanda, you can also lend support through

Minneapolis, MN         612-861-6088

Monday, May 26, 2014

77, of New Hope, passed away on Monday, May 26, surrounded by family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and daughter Valeria. She is survived by husband, Siegfried; children, Keith (Dawn), Mark, Belinda (Ron), Melodie; 13 grandchildren; and 24 great grandchildren. Funeral service will be on Monday, June 2, at 11 AM at Christian Life Center Pentocastal Church, 8025 Medicine Lake Rd, Golden Valley. Visitation will be for 1 hour prior to service at the church beginning at 10 AM.
New Hope 763-531-1777

Gill Brothers Funeral Home Minneapolis MN
Thursday, May 22, 2014

Age 87, of Bloomington passed away May 22, 2014. Preceded in death by parents, Lawrence and Mary; brothers, Lawrence, Harold, Ernest, James and Gerald. Claude was owner of Claude’s Ceramic Tile. He was a devoted and loving husband, dad and gramps. Survived by wife of 63 years, Shirley; children Mike, Karen, Sandra and Tom; grandkids, Derek, Courtney, Taylor, Kelsey and Erik; great-grandkids, Miriam, Eben, Monroe and Major; sisters, Jeanette Glynn and Dorothy Gustner; and many relatives and friends. Mass of Christian Burial 11 AM, Wednesday May 28 at St. Edwards Church. 9401 Nesbitt Ave S Bloomington. Visitation one hour prior to service. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

BLOOMINGTON MN        952.888.7771

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

55, of Minneapolis, passed away. He was preceded in death by his Grandparents, and his brother, Anthony. He is survived by His parents, Dean and Marlene Hei; sisters, Jacquelyn (James) Staberg, Mary (Tom) Whitehead, and Suzanne (David) Johnson; nieces and nephews: Angee, Alex, Holland, Ian, Madison, and Jeweleanna.
Memorial Service will be on Wednesay, May 28, 1 PM at Bread of Life Lutheran Church for the Deaf, 2901 38th Ave S, Minneapolis. Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the church.

Bloomington    952.888.7771

Friday, May 16, 2014

Age 81 (of St. Louis Park) passed away peacefully on Friday, May 16, after a courageous 15-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.  Preceded in death by parents, Oscar and Ruby Hellerud, parents-in-law Reed and Ruth Johnson, and stillborn daughter Barbara.  Survived by loving husband of 59 years, Paul; children David (Jill) of Minnetrista, Mark (Laura) of Shorewood, and Dan (Mary) of Chanhassen, grandchildren Kayla-Connor-Karin-Charlie-Jacob Johnson, and Nick-Karl Johnson, Sister Eileen Sarber (Davis, CA), and Sister-in-law Kathy Cathcart (Sebastopol, CA).  Special thank you to the staff at Park Nicollet Hospice and at Care Giving Services group for their loving care of Shirley during her final journey. 

 Shirley was born on January 9, 1933, and raised on her family farm near Nerstrand, MN.  She graduated from Northfield High School in 1950, and from St. Olaf College in 1954.  At St. Olaf she met the love of her life, husband Paul, and they set off on their remarkable life together when they were married in April of 1955.  After stops with the US Air Force in Texas and Florida and Maine, Shirley and Paul settled back in Minneapolis in 1957. 

 Shirley was a devoted wife and mother to Paul and her 3 boys and their wives and families.  She and Paul always went everywhere together, raising their sons, cheering on their grandchildren, and then seeing much of the world along the way.  An amazing supporter of her sons, Shirley showed her support for the boys and their friends in all of their activities:  academics, athletics, music, and their part-time jobs and businesses.  She was the heart of their home, and her family fed off of her spectacular positive energy.  Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Lake Harriet School, and Southwest Junior/High School PTAs were the beneficiaries of much of Shirley’s volunteer work.  She gave her time simply because she loved everyone, and they loved her.

 Once her boys had grown and left, Shirley created a great second act for herself, becoming a prolific merchandiser for many local Clothing Sales Reps who counted on her to market their clothing samples and organize periodic sample sales in Edina and St. Louis Park.  Her friends from Church, St. Olaf, the workplace and her various neighborhoods and family friends would come consistently to see what Shirley had in store for them next.  Shirley also cheered on her 7 grandchildren in their many adventures, and she loved each of them exactly for who they each were.  She and Paul loved to play Bridge, and they competed joyfully at Duplicate Bridge for many years together. 

 While Parkinson’s disease was diagnosed many years ago, it never took her spirit.  Shirley was always the life of any party, no matter where or for what reason.  Anyone who knew her knows that with Shirley came a smile, and that smile was real and it represented how she felt about seeing you and being with you.  She really knew people, and they knew her.  Shirley died peacefully at home, surrounded by family, and clearly still loving the life she lived.

 A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 29, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church on 41st & Lyndale in South Mpls.  Visitation at 10:00 am, Memorial Service at 11:00, and a luncheon at the Church immediately following.  Interment will be private at Fort Snelling on a later date.  Memorials preferred to the Struthers Parkinson’s Center in Golden Valley or to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Music Series.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN       612 861 6088


Thursday, May 15, 2014


Age 98, passed away on May 15, 2014. Born May 17, 1915 in Ashley, ND to Theodore and Pauline (Hochstetter) Buchholz. She graduated from Ashley High School in 1932. She worked for the McIntosh County ASCS for 13 years. Married  William Thurn in 1945. He passed away in 1992. Was a dedicated homemaker and raised two sons.  At age 92 she left her life-long home for a new start at Westridge in Minnetonka, MN to be closer to family and engaged a full life with so many wonderful friends. She loved books, magazines, crosswords, scrabble, flowers and chocolate, but family and friends were most important.  Survived by two sons; William (Rebecca) of Mattoon, IL and Timothy (Jan) of New Hope, MN; one brother, Dennis Buchholz of Lisbon, ND; two grandchildren and two step-grandchildren; and three great –grandchildren. Burial will be at the Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Ashley, ND. She was preceded in death by her parents and 5 brothers and sisters. A special thanks to the dedicated staff at AseraCare Hospice and St. Therese New Hope for the exceptional care and kindness.

NEW HOPE, MN       763 531 1777

Gill Brothers Funeral Home Minneapolis MN
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Heitke, Frederick C., age 97 of Bloomington. Retired National Sales Manager for John Deere Company, former board member of American State Bank of Bloomington, Skyline Display Systems and a founding board member of Fraser School. Fred was also active with Minnesota Valley Country Club. He served in the Navy during WWII and was honorably discharged in December 1945.  Preceded in death by wife, Jean. Survived by daughter Jean Anne Simonson; son, Jimmy; grandchildren Robert (Maria Baker) Graf, Teresa Graf Bowers, Laura (Kris Bearson) Graf; 5 great grandchildren, Emma, Merrick, Chloe, Buck, Dickens; sister, Vernice Evans and Alice Larson, his dear friend. Funeral service Monday 11AM at Normandale Hylands United Methodist Church 9920 Normandale Blvd. Visitation one hour prior to service. Interment Tuesday 11AM at Salem Cemetery in Fred’s beloved Paynesville, MN. Memorials to Fraser School.

BLOOMINGTON MN                       952.888.7771

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Elaine H. Carlson  Age 51 of Minneapolis,  passed away peacefully in her home early May 10, 2014 of complications from pneumonia, after a long and courageous battle that demonstrated her incredible will to live and to experience life to the utmost. Elaine was an active member of Annunciation Catholic Church and was most recently Director of their new preschool, which she helped found. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the College of Saint Benedict and her Master of Arts degree in Gifted and Talented Education from Saint Thomas University. She began her career at Immaculate Conception School, teaching first grade, and later taught preschool and kindergarten at Annunciation. Elaine went on four mission trips with Annunciation in recent years and was also active as a volunteer with Bridging. She had a vast circle of lifelong and devoted friends. Her verve to live and to experience everything that the world had to offer was contagious and inspiring. She loved travel, camping, theater, concerts, holidays with family, and socializing with friends. She was a devoted and attentive mother to her children Frances Louise and Charles Bradley, and the beautiful and uniquely wonderful wife of Dean, all of whom survive her. Elaine is also survived by her mother, Patricia, her sisters Elizabeth (Mark) and Carolyn, her mother-in-law Mary Lou, father-in-law James, sister-in-law Kathy (Wanda) and nieces and nephews Britany, Lucas, Stephanie, Theo, Nicholas, Franklin, and Louise. Her brother Paul and father Leo predeceased her. She will be missed by all of us who love her dearly. Visitation will be at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 5801 Lyndale Avenue South on Thursday 5/15 from 5:00-8:00 pm and a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Annunciation Catholic Church, 509 West 54th Street on Friday 5/16 at 10:00 am, with a visitation at 9:30 am.  Donations in lieu of flowers should be made to the Annunciation Youth Ministry.

 Gill Brothers   612-861-6088

Friday, May 9, 2014

Of Bloomington, loving sister, aunt, and friend passed away Friday, May 9, 2014. Dee was born July 28, 1915 n Atwater, MN. The family moved to Bloomington when she was 4 yrs old. She graduated from Bloomington School at age 16 in 1932. A year later, the family moved to south Minneapolis and she went to work at Munsingwear. On July 1st, 1939 she married Walter Aitchison at St. Luke’s Church. When he went into the service (WWII) she joined him in Missouri until he went overseas. When he returned, they moved to Limestone Lake and lived there until Walter passed away May 1st 1970. She then moved back to Bloomington and worked at the Masonic Home until she retired. She did a lot of worldwide traveling and was an active bowler and loved playing cards. She moved to Real LifeApartments in 2000 and to Presbyterian Homes in the assisted living in 2009. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter; parents, George and Minnie Engwall; brothers, Glen and Robert; and a dear nephew Greg. She is survived by her loving sister Betty(Roger); sister-in-law Maxine; and nieces and nephews. Special nieces, Sheila in AZ, Barb and Laurie in Minneapolis, and nephew Bruce in North Carolina.  Funeral Service Tuesday May 13, at 11 AM at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale Ave S. Bloomington, MN. Visitation 1 hour prior to service. Interment at Bloomington Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers Memorials Preferred.

Bloomington      952-888-7771