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October 2014

Russell Halter

Friday, October 3, 2014

Francis Russell (Russ) Halter, 98, of La Crosse, WI, formerly of Miltona and Minneapolis, MN and Peoria, AZ, died October 4, 2014, of natural causes. Preceded in death by his parents, brothers Leo, Harold, Bill and Ernie, sisters Adeline, Grace and Ruth, granddaughter Marisa Nieto, and wives Lois and Eleanor. Survived by children Kathy (Steve) Oakley, St. Paul, MN; Mark (Sue), La Crosse, WI; Betsey, Angier, NC; John (Jan), St. Paul, MN; and Jim, Minneapolis. Loving grandfather to Jennifer Adam and Elizabeth Johnson; David, Will, and Matt Halter; Christopher Nieto and Sophie Helewski; and Sam and Nick Halter.  Beloved great-grandfather of Andrew and Mark Bly, Jorgen Adam Swanson, and Steven Helewski III.  Also survived by many cherished nieces and nephews and extended family.
 Russ was born April 11, 1916 to George and Anna (O’Leary) Halter in Flandreau, SD. After attending Shady Lawn country school, he graduated from Egan (SD) High School in 1933 and first served in the US Navy from 1936-40. He aided in the search for Amelia Earhart and served on ships visited by Franklin Roosevelt.  In 1941 he re-enlisted, and served in the Mediterranean and Pacific theaters during WWII, surviving the sinking of his ship, the Leedstown, off the North African coast in 1942. After the war, he served in the Naval Reserves, retiring as a Chief Petty Officer. In 1946 he married Lois Carlson of Duluth and they raised their five children in Minneapolis.  He sold heavy construction equipment for over 25 years for the Gopher, Hayden-Murphy, and Olson Equipment Companies. He and Lois retired to Lake Miltona, MN and Peoria, AZ in the late ‘70s.  Lois died in 1984.  In 1991, Russ married Eleanor Nelson of Alexandria; she passed away in 2012.  Russ enjoyed woodcarving (birds of all kinds), gardening, playing cards, calligraphy, new cars, Saturday night dances at Casa del Sol, and reading. His family will miss him in every way, but especially his humor, teasing, and wonderful stories of childhood on the farm and life in the Navy (recounted, happily, in two entertaining and well-written memoirs).
 Visitation for Russ will be held this Thursday (10/9) at Gill Brothers Southwest Chapel, 5801 Lyndale Avenue S., Minneapolis, from 5:00-7:30 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial is Friday (10/10) at 10:30 a.m. at Incarnation Catholic Church, 3801 Pleasant Avenue S., Minneapolis, with lunch to follow. Special thanks to Russ’s kind and capable caregivers at Clare Bridge Memory Care of La Crosse, and to Mark and Sue, who did so much for Dad these past two years.
Minneapolis         612-861-6088

Harriet Mary Hughes

Friday, October 3, 2014

Hughes, Harriet M.
     Age 95, formerly of Edina and Bloomington, MN. Harriet moved to California following the 1999 death of her beloved husband, Harold, to be near family.  She is survived by daughters, Patricia and husband Jim Durr of Edmond, OK; and Mary and husband Dennis Dingman of Lafayette, CA. Survived also by 4 loving grandchildren, and 1 great grandson; Patrick Ready and his son, Camden of Charlotte, NC;  Megan Durr-Giammona and husband Anthony of San Francisco, CA; Shannon and husband Kevin Koch of Grand Junction, CO;  Brittany and husband Drew Beck of Delaware, OH.  Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members, who are spread out all over the country.
     Preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Harold Hughes, and their son, Dennis.  Harold  was Vice President and  Advertising Director of the Minneapolis Star and Tribune.  Following retirement from the paper, he and Harriet started Hughes Advertising.  They met at the Star Tribune where they both worked. She thought he "was the cutest guy in the building".
   Harriet was very proud of her sisters, LaVerne Marquardt and Doris Stein, both of whom pre deceased her.  She loved them and their families dearly.
     The family would especially like to thank Patty and Bob Baker for their long term support and care as well as Sue Mearkle for treating our family like her own.   We would also like to express our gratitude to the care givers and staff of East Bay Hospice and Walnut Creek Senior Living for their kind and gentle care during the last months of Harriet's life.
     A funeral Mass will take place at St. Patricks Catholic Church Chapel (6820 St. Patricks Lane, Edina) on Friday, October 17 at 11AM with interment to follow at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Visitation 1/2 hour prior Mass.  
MINNEAPOLIS, MN         612 861 6088

Richard Cyril Carpenter

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Richard C. age 57 of Hastings died suddenly of heart failure on 10/4/2014. Rick lived life to the fullest every day. Dedicated, devoted and a man to be proud of. Survived by daughter, Cyrea (Mike) Lynch and her mother and his best friend, LuAnn; favorite little buddy, Gavin; parents, Cyril and Frances; siblings, Millie, Kris and Bonnie. Funeral Service, Thursday 10:30 AM at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale Ave. So.  Visitation Thursday 1/2 hour prior to service. Reception to follow at the Chanhassen American Legion.
BLOOMINGTON, MN    952 888 7771

Coleen Ann Thiebaud (nee McCoy)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Coleen Ann Thiebaud (nee McCoy). Born November 23, 1943, and passed away October 5, 2014, at the age of 70, after battling cancer.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Ruth McCoy (nee Huber) and Arthur McCoy.  She is survived by five children, Arthur (Shelley) Thiebaud, Loretta Thiebaud, Ruth Thiebaud, Candace (Jim) Wilson and Angel (Jeff) Knudson.  Her greatest joy in life was her 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.  Funeral Service 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 8th at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale Ave. S., Bloomington with visitation one hour prior to service only.  Interment Assumption Cemetery, Richfield.  In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org/donate.
Bloomington, MN  952-888-7771

Bertha Marie Hessburg

Monday, October 6, 2014

Hessburg, Bertha M. age 85 of Minneapolis passed away on October 6th. Preceded in death by husband, Richard. Survived by children, Richard, Doris (Jim) Sumner, Tess (Dale) Jentink, Beth (Steve) Maxson; 13 grandchildren, Joseph, Nikole, James III, Sara, Joshua, Adam, Kelsey, Samuel, Madeline, Ashley, Nicholas,Brittany and Molly; 13 great-grandchildren, Mandy, Elizabeth, Kailey, Ben, Joseph James, Annalise, Jacob, Lilly, Joseph Glen, Noah, Maxwell, Lucy, Lydia and 14th great-grandbaby in November; sister, Ruth. Private service and interment were held.    
MINNEAPOLIS, MN       612.861.6088

Frederick P. Stoltzfus

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Frederick Stoltzfus (82) died peacefully in his home in Brooklyn Park, MN, on October 9, 2014, with his wife and children at his bedside, after a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frederick King and Barbara Petersheim Stoltzfus; three brothers, Alvin, Amos and Raymond and a son, Philip. He is survived by his wife, Jean of 55 years; three children, and seven grandchildren.  A great-grandson, Parker Johnson, was born a few hours after Fredpassed into glory.
Freddie was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the fourth of seven children. Leaving home in the early 1950's, he was in Canada for 1-W Service where he met his wife Jean. They were married in 1959 and returned to Canada, and began to raise their first two children. They returned to Central Pennsylvania in 1964, where their third and fourth children were born. In 1979 after the death of their first son, they moved to Northern Minnesota to "the sticks" where he loved to live, and lived for almost 35 years. He and his wife moved to the Twin Cities in 2013.
 A Truck Driver most of his life, he loved people. Everyone was a friend to "Freddie", well known for his grin and meandering conversations. He enjoyed a good talk, a brisk walk and any discussion about the Scripture. A calming influence on any tense situation, a man with no fear who rarely expressed anger. A godly man.
 "Henceforth is laid up for me a crown of righteousness."
 "I know that my Redeemer lives and He shall stand in the latter day  upon the earth and… in my flesh I shall see God."
Funeral Service 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 11th at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 7300 42nd Ave. North, New Hope with visitation one hour prior to service only.  Interment Champlin Cemetery, Champlin, MN
GILL BROTHERS          New Hope Chapel       763-531-1777

Alice Caroline Ankers

Friday, October 10, 2014

Alice C. Anker, 59,Minneapolis MN, died October 10, 2014.  Preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Lillian Ruth.  Survived by brother Arthur; sisters Cecilia, Dorothy, Marjorie, and Martha; and special friends Bill, May, and Debbie.  Private family service to be held at a later date.  Memorials preferred to Hennepin Humane Society.
 MINNEAPOLIS, MN   612 861 6088

Catherine Marie Lupori

Monday, October 13, 2014

Lupori, Catherine Pribyl Catherine Pribyl Lupori of Minneapolis died suddenly of natural causes October 13, 2014 at the age of 95. Survived by her loving husband of 56 years, sculptor, Peter Lupori; son, John (Laura) de Thier-Lupori; daughter, Maria (Doug McNurlin) Kaiser; three grandchildren (Jamie Lynn Lupori, Brandon Lupori and Darien Kaiser), one great-granddaughter (Gianna Catherine Lupori) and her sister Helen Bailey of Colorado. She is preceded in death by her parents and her brother. After graduating from the College of St Benedict, Catherine joined the faculty at St. Catherine's University where she taught with fervor for 43 years, 1951-1994, as a Professor of English and later of Women's Studies. She served as Chair of the English Department for nine years. Founding Director of the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women's Research, Resources & Scholarship in 1985, she ran the Center until her retirement in 1994, developing an Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities Women's Studies major and a minor at St Catherine's. Catherine was a champion of women's education and equality for women on all levels, in and outside of the workplace. Her visionary accomplishments garnered her national recognition and a profile by the American Association for Higher Education (AAHE). For 50 years, she spearheaded an annual book discussion called Conversation with Books that she founded in 1965. Catherine inspired people to read deeply and critically, whether it be Shakespeare or any of a long list of authentic writers she espoused. The community of readers & advocates of women's education have lost a champion! Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joan of Arc Church, 4537 3rd Avenue South in Minneapolis on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 7 PM with Visitation beginning at 5:30 PM. Memorials preferred to the Catherine Pribyl Lupori Endowed Book Fund or the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women Endowment, both at St. Catherine University
MINNEAPOLIS, MN                  612 861 6088

Joseph Aloysius Heaney

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Joseph Aloysious Heaney II MD
Was born in Jan 16, 1929 in Philadelphia PA to Joseph and Elizabeth (Curran) Heaney .
He embodied the qualities of his Irish ancestors including great wit and fighting spirit.  He played football, rowed, and was a lifeguard.  Joseph and his beloved wife of 53 years (Mary Brust) raised and provided for 6 children (all grown).
While living in Philadelphia, he graduated from West Catholic High School in 1947, and obtained a BS degree from St Joseph’s College in 1951. In 1955, he graduated with an MD degree from Jefferson Medical College and married
He completed internship at Misercordia Hosp, Philadelphia in 1956.  He served in the USAF (1956-58), as a Captain and flight surgeon, stationed in Germany during the Cold War.
He practiced psychiatry for over 40 years and witnessed numerous changes in the field (starting with psychoanalysis, then Cognitive Behavior Therapy and the “psychopharmacologic revolution” which lead to the deinstitutionalization of state hospitals).
He practiced in a variety of settings including Public and Community Psychiatry, Private Practice, and numerous locum tenens assignments in multiple states and facilities.
He spent most of his career working with the severely mentally ill who are often forgotten and without voice. And was a gifted clinician in the pharmacologic management of serious and persistent mental illness.
He is survived by 6 children: Joseph (Verna) Heaney, III  of Cincinnati OH, Dr. Kathleen Heaney MD of Mpls MN, Stephen Heaney MD(Natalie) of Milwaukee WI, Clare (Andy) Thompson, of Brainerd MN, Michael Heaney MD (LaRae) of Maple Grove MN, Patrick Heaney Esq.(fiancée Karen Nague) of Cumberland WI., 12 grandchildren, one sister (Bunny Backe of Gulph Mills PA) and 8 nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to acknowledge and thank all the excellent caregivers at St. Therese Oxbow Lake and Dr Scott Fairbairn.
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Doctors without Borders or Stephen Ministry, St Joseph the Worker.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, October 18, at 11:00 AM at St. Therese Chapel, 5200 Oak Grove Parkway, Brooklyn Park, MN. Visitation will be on Friday October, 17 from 6:00-9:00 PM, at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 7300 42nd Ave N, New Hope, MN, and for a half hour prior to service at the chapel beginning at 10:30.
New Hope        763-531-1777

William Thomas Gleason

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Age 89, of St. Louis Park, formerly Bloomington died peacefully on October 14, 2014 of congestive heart failure.  Retired NSP Engineer; WWII veteran (Purple Heart recipient), European Theater; Graduate of DeLaSalle High School, the College of St. Thomas, and the University of Notre Dame; Member and past president of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, member of Toastmasters International, avid reader, perpetual student, music lover, and devoted husband and father. Survived by wife, Ann; daughters, Mary Gleason-Ricker (Scott Ricker), Maureen Gleason (Michael Vaughn), Kathleen Bright (Doug), Pat Gleason (Kim Swanson), Peggy Gleason (Rob Pendleton), Molly Gilbertson (Joseph Bebchuk); sons, James (Linda), Joseph (Kathy), and Stephen (RaNal), as well as numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial Friday, October 17, 10 AM at the church of the Nativity of Mary, 9900 Lyndale Ave S, Visitation one hour prior to Mass at church. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials preferred to DeLaSalle High School or donor’s choice. 
BLOOMINGTON, MN       952 888 7771