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New Hope, MN 55428

June 2015

Esther Eileen Larson

Thursday, June 4, 2015

94, passed away at the Good Samaritan Home in Clearbrook, MN, on Saturday, May 30, 2015.
Esther was born on November 30, 1920, in Plover, Iowa, the daughter of Elmer and Lillie (Spangler) Simonson. After graduating from Plover High School in 1937, she attended Waldorf College in Forest City, IA. Esther graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, in 1943. She married Pastor Raymond L. Larson on September 24, 1944, in Rolfe, Iowa.  Together they served the Lord in Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Washington State, and North Dakota congregations until his passing in 1974. Nearly all of the succeeding years were spent in Minneapolis where she enjoyed her secretarial work which included many years at North Ridge Health and Rehab in New Hope. She was sustained by a strong faith in her Savior, and was devoted to her grandchildren, church women’s group, traveling, and meeting with friends for lunch. She entered United Retirement Center in Brookings, SD, in 2010 and then to the Good Samaritan Home in Clearbrook, MN, in 2013.
Esther is survived by her children: David (Hattie) of Fridley, MN, Jonathan (Joan) of Fertile, MN, Reuben of Bismarck, ND, Solveig (Wayne) Hjermstad of Bagley, MN, and Daniel (Barbara) of Tioga, ND; 15 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond, her brothers Eugene, Lowell and Alan; and great granddaughter KateLynn Larson.  
The memorial service is Thursday, June 4, 10:30 AM (visitation one hour prior) at the Association Free Lutheran Congregations (AFLC) Campus Chapel, 3110 E. Medicine Lake Blvd., in Plymouth, MN. Interment is Thursday at 4:45 PM at Clinton-Garfield Cemetery, Rolfe, Iowa. Arrangements are with Gill Brothers in New Hope, MN.

Beradine Novak (Pitheon)

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Novak, (Pitheon) Bernadine R. of Edina, formerly of Richfield, was born on Christmas Day 1927 and went to be with the Lord on Saturday June 6 at Mt. Olivet/Careview Center. Preceded in death by her husband, Richard J.Novak; daughter, Carol Hall and sister, Catherine Sorkness. Survived by her children, Connie (Mark) Evans, Daniel (Karen), Chris (Greg) Shea, David, Cindy (Ed) Swartout; grandchildren, Kari (Hondo) Miller, Kelly (Rob) Veitch, Emily (Allan) Perlbachs, Ted Evans, Neil Evans, Abby (John) Lindgren, Laura (Jason) Stephens, Natalie Shea, Travis (Mara) Novak, Justin Novak, Tara (Tony) Paulson, Josh Swartout; 11 great grandchildren; sister, Mary Schenach and brother, Richard (Dorothy) Pitheon

A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at 11a.m. Monday June 15 at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 5801 Lyndale Ave So. Visitation will be held Sunday June 14 from 3-5 p.m. Interment to follow at Fort Snelling. Memorials preferred to the family.

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Ruby Rebecca Nelson

Monday, June 8, 2015

Nelson, Ruby R. age 78 of Richfield. Preceded in death by parents, Alfred and Verna Bjoralt; granddaughter, Bridget Anderson; sister, Alice Essler; brothers,  Marlin and  Sherlin. Survived by husband, Edward; children, Steven (Kathy) Anderson, Mike Anderson, Gail (Tarry) Vohs, Butch (Brenda) Anderson, James Anderson, Dennis (Karolyn) Anderson; step-sons, Edward and Christopher; 12 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; siblings, Donald, MaryAnn, David and Shirley. Funeral Service Monday June 8, 2015 11 AM at Richfield Lutheran Church, 8 West 60th Street.  Interment Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Chaska, MN.  Visitation Monday  one hour prior to service only. 
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Virginia Carol Schweninger

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Schweninger, Virginia C. age 73 of Rosemount, MN died peacefully on June 6, 2015. Preceded in death by husband, Willard.  Survived by children, James Lee Schweninger, Tim (Peggy) Schweninger  and Jeanette Schweninger; 7 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Barbara Fox. Visitation Tuesday June 9, 2015 5-7 PM at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale Ave. So. Bloomington, MN  Interment Oak Valley Cemetery, Wrightstown, MN
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Anne Katherene Blegen

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Anne Katherene Blegen, 93 of Bloomington, passed away June 4,2015.   She is survived by her seven children, Ron (Meg), Judy (Craig), Deborah (Bill), Randy, Brad (Barb), Kathy (Steve), Tom (Ann), her 16 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband August.  Anne dedicated her life to raising her children and was an accomplished cook and gardener. In her kitchen she created wondrous foods and a lifetime of memories.  Anne loved embroidery and other fanci-work and created intricate costumes for her daughters dance recitals.  She leaves a legacy of love. 

Mass of Christian Burial Thursday 11 a.m. at the Church of St. Edward, 9401 Nesbitt Avenue South, Bloomington, MN on Thursday, June 11th.  Visitation at 10:00 a.m., lunch to follow. Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.  Memorials to the donor’s choice.   

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Jay Scott Livingston

Friday, June 12, 2015

66, of Bloomington & Port Orange, FL, passed away on  Sunday, May 31, 2015.  He is survived by his partner of  41 years, Diane Marie Segler; son Michael Livingston, his  Wife, Staci and 3 grandsons; Zachary, Alex and Tyler.
There will be a Celebration of Life on Friday,  June 12, 2015 at 11 AM at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale Ave S, Bloomington.  Interment will be at  Bloomington Cemetery following the service. He will be  dearly missed by all his friends and everyone who's life  he touched. Memorials may be made to Gabriel House of Care 4599 Worrall Way, Jacksonville, FL  32224 (904-821-8995)
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Sylvester Louis Luellen

Friday, June 12, 2015

49, of New Hope passed away on June 3, 2015. Born on June 23, 1965 in Memphis, TN. He was preceded in death by, Grandfather, Rev. Richard Luellen Sr. He is survived by: Sharifa Elaraj; Mother, Rita Jones (Eddie); Father, Sylvester Hampton; Grandmother, Arie Bell Luellen; Daughter, Shelby & Son, Isaiah; Siblings, Cynthia, Anitra, & Edmond; Aunt, Betty Brooks & Uncle, Richard Luellen Jr.; A Host of Many Other Relatives. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, June 12, 2015, at 11 AM at New Hope Church, 4225 Gettsyburg Ave N, New Hope, MN. Interment at Gethsemane Cemetery, New Hope.

Benjamin L. “Bud” Burniece

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Bud Burniece…to some he was “Papa” to some he was “Uncle Bud”…at age 95, left us on June 9, 2015 surrounded by his loving family.  He was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, but returned to Minneapolis at age three where he lived for the remainder of his life.  He was the second child of Thomas F. Burniece and Harriet (Chrispen) Burniece and was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Tom, Jr. and Stuart, and sister Yvonne.  Bud is survived by his wife of 68 years Carol (Richard) Burniece and their three children Joseph, John (Yvette), and Cheryl (Tom) Huss.  He is also survived by four grandchildren: Joshua, Jennifer, Aaron and Ryan; and thirteen great-grandchildren.
Bud absolutely loved music and brought music into just about every aspect of his life.  His greatest joy was playing his clarinet and saxophones and singing hundreds of songs he had memorized, categorized by the season or reason for the celebration.  He loved making people happy at the various celebrations and practiced constantly to play ever better at the next “gig.”
Bud was extremely diligent with everything he did whether it was his sheet metal work with the “Burniece’s Heating” family business, (and other companies), manicuring his lawn, tending his beautiful rose bushes, or any odd maintenance job around the house…each completed meticulously and completely.  Where many men might say “you can fix anything with duct tape and baling wire,” Bud would claim sheet metal and pop rivets were the answer to repairing broken items!
Bud’s beloved life-long partner Carol was the light of his life and his biggest fan.  He loved the fact that she helped monitor his music schedule and assured him he, of course looked “smashing” in his music outfit of the day on his way out the door.
Bud was very proud of his military career for the U.S. Army Air Forces, stationed in England, repairing the airplanes using his keen sheet metal skills gained from attending Dunwoody Institute of Minneapolis.  Anyone mentioning Dunwoody would catch Bud’s ear – a school of which he was so proud to be a part and a graduate.
  *In lieu of flowers donations are suggested to Dunwoody Institute, Twin Cities Musician’s Fund, or a donation of your choice.
Funeral services will be at Lakewood Cemetery Chapel, Minneapolis, MN; Saturday, June 13, 2015, 10:00am; Visitation 30 minutes prior to service.   

Chien Duc Nguyen

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Nguyen, Chien Duc
Age 66 of Bloomington, Minnesota.  Died June 5, 2015.  Born February 11, 1949 in Thanh Hoa, Vietnam to Nhuong Van Nguyen and Sang Thi (Tran).  Survived by wife, Lan; son, Huy; daughters, Michelle and Julie; 6 grandchildren; and brother, Thang Nguyen.  Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 10 AM ~ Church of St. Anne-St. Joseph Hien, 2627 Queen Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN  55411.  Entombment ~ Gethsemane Mausoleum.  Visitation Friday, June 12th, 6-8 PM at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 7300 42nd Avenue North and one hour prior to mass AT CHURCH. 
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Margaret F. Licht

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Margaret F. Litcht,age 88 of New Hope, formerly of Bloomington.  Born January 11, 1927, passed away June 10, 2015.  Preceded in death by husband, Raymond.  Survived by children, David (Cynthia) Licht, Joyce (Tom) Kleinman, Richard (Marjorie) Licht and Sheila (Steven) Heflin; grandchildren, Kathleen (Joshua) Falkner, Kevin Licht, Justin (Vonny) Kleinman, Randall (Karen) Kleinman, Daniel (Kristi) Licht, and Emily (Christopher) Castellano; great-grandchildren, Madeline, Grace, Kayla, Henrik, Jonathan, Ellie, Jaxon, Elsa, Wesley and a great-grandson on the way.  Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 16th at the Church of the Nativity of Mary, 9900 Lyndale Avenue South, Bloomington, 55420.  

Visitation 4-8 p.m., Monday, June 15th at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale Avenue South, Bloomington, 55420 and one hour prior to mass at church.  Internment Fort Snelling.  If desired, memorials preferred to a pancreatic cancer research center. Mom was a 22 year survivor!  Special thanks to everyone from St. Therese who so lovingly cared for our mom.                                             

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