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July 2015

Margaret Hull

Friday, July 3, 2015

Margaret Hull, age 70, of Minneapolis, died on July 3 at home surrounded by her family.  After a successful career as a clinical psychologist for Atlantic County in New Jersey, Margaret had moved to Minneapolis in 2001 to live with the family of her sister, Elizabeth Athorn. Margaret had faced serious health issues all her life. At the age of 8 in 1952, she survived polio and lived and worked from a wheelchair for the rest of her life.  Her indomitable will and cheerful disposition saw her through many challenges.  She earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1972 and in the same year began her first job at an outpatient clinic for people who had been patients in the psychiatric hospital near Atlantic City, New Jersey. 

Twenty-eight years later, in 2001, she was honored by colleagues at her retirement from Atlantic County Mental Health Services for her dedicated work with the seriously mentally ill, for providing clinical supervision for over fifty of New Jersey’s most prominent psychologists, and for earning the profound respect of her patients and colleagues. Tribute was paid to “this remarkable woman, who has never let her own disability stand in the way of helping others to overcome theirs.” Since coming to Minnesota, Margaret had continued her work with the mentally ill as a volunteer for People Incorporated Mental Health Services, working on Saturdays at the Diane Ahrens Crisis Residence.  She was an active member of the local Post-Polio Support group. She has made many close friends with other mental health workers, with other polio survivors, with her home health aides, and with the members of her faith community at St. James Episcopal Church on the Parkway in Minneapolis. Margaret is survived by her sister Elizabeth Athorn, two brothers James and Edward Hull, and by many nephews and nieces and their families. 

There will be a memorial service at St. James Episcopal Church, 3225 E. Minnehaha Parkway, in Minneapolis on Saturday, September 19, at 3 PM.  Memorial donations may be sent in her name to People, Incorporated Mental Health Services, 2060 Centre Pointe Blvd., Suite 3, St. Paul MN 55120.


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Carole I. Caughey

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Caughey, Carole I. born on July 24, 1931 passed away on July 3, 2015 at the age of 83. Carole was married to her husband, Frank on September 16, 1950. Preceded in death by parents; brother, Chuck Gibson. Survived by husband, Frank of 64 years; sons, Todd (Mary), Jay (Sandra), Keith (Deborah); 9 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; sister, Gail Brown. Funeral service Tuesday July 7th 11 a.m. Gill Brothers Funeral Home 9947 Lyndale Ave So. Bloomington, MN. Visitation one hour prior to service. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
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Louise L. (Lou) Williams

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Williams, Louise (Lou) Gangloff (nee Kreisler). Beloved mother, Best Grandma, Great-Grandma and friend, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by family on July 4, 2015. Age 72. Preceeded in death by her parents, Robert and Louise Kreisler. Survived by her children Bart (Colleen), Kelly (Bill), Jon, Tony, 10 grandchildren and one great grandson. Also survived by brother Robert L. Kreisler, dear friend Monica Proulx and other relatives and friends. Visitation on Thursday, July 9, from 4 to 6 pm at Gill Brothers Funeral Chapel, 5801 Lyndale Avenue South, with memory sharing at 5:30 PM. Long time 3M and Imation employee. "She touched our hearts and stayed". Memorials preferred.
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John Wells Quinlan "Jack"

Thursday, July 9, 2015

 John Wells “Jack” Quinlan, age 92 of Minneapolis, died July 1, 2015.  John retired from the U.S. Air Force after 39 years of military service. Preceded in death by parents, John and Mary Quinlan; siblings, Alice LaBat, Jim, Harry and Bill.  Survived by wife of 65 years, Betty; daughter, Cindy Quinlan; son, John (Kim) Quinlan; grandchildren, Shannon (Sean), Jack (Holly) and Brad (Krista); siblings, Tom and Sheila Egan, Tom and Kathy Quinlan; nieces, nephews, family and friends.  Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 a.m., Thursday, July 9th at the Church of the Annunciation, 509 W. 54th St., Minneapolis with visitation one hour prior to mass only.  Interment to follow at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.  Memorials preferred to the Alzheimer’s Association. 
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Donna M. (Iverson) Elsberry

Friday, July 10, 2015

Age 80, of Mpls., passed away July 6, 2015. Preceded in death by parents, spouse (Richard) and one son. Donna raised 5 children, then owned and operated The Frame Factory,  Bloomington for 11 years retiring in 1983.  She was a strong caregiver to her husband Richard for 13 years. She was a wonderful Mom, Grandma, and Greatgrandmother. Donna’s legacy to her heirs includes her voracious love of reading, strong commitment as a business leader, as well as active church and community leader.  Donna’s spirit will live on in the hearts of those who knew her. Survived by siblings Jo (Pat) Malmsten, Audrey Hill, Shirley Skoglund, Ron (Vickie) Iverson. Children Ann (Greg) Christopherson, Richard (Lisa) Elsberry, Tom (Cindy) Elsberry, Mary Elsberry. 7 Grandchildren and 9 ½ Great grandchildren and many other relatives, as well as friends.

Funeral service Friday at 10:00am at Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church. 9900 Lyndale Ave S. Visitation preceding mass one hour 9:00am. Lunch immediately following mass with a short burial service at Fort Snelling at 1:05pm. Memorials preferred to Nativity of Mary Church in Donna’s name.

Sue Bonnie Crichton

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Crichton, Sue B.  
Age 82 of Richfield, MN.  Passed away peacefully on June 28, 2015.  Preceded in death by parents, Tracy and Dorothy Hilgers; husband, Gordon; and brother, Dennis (Butch). Survived by children, Gary (Karen), Kenneth, Tom (Margaret) and Cathy (Ken) Fricke; 7 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter and sister, Karen (John) Schulze, and her dear Bethlehem family.   Memorial service Tuesday, July 14th, at 11 AM ~ Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4100 Lyndale Avenue South, with visitation one hour prior to service.  Private interment ~ Fort Snelling National Cemetery.  If so desired, memorials may be directed to the Bethlehem Foundation or Music Series.  
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Timothy Donald Behme

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

46, of Eagan, died July 10. Tim, who liked to spell his name “Ptim,” had a unique ability to make just about anyone laugh with his humorous observations. He also took sincere interest in people, relishing long conversations. Teaching was a great joy for him, especially his students at the University of Minnesota. Tim had struggled with a chronic illness for the past several years.

He is survived by his incredibly devoted wife, Beth, and their sons, Benjamin and Zachary, who all adored him. He is also survived by his father, Jerry (Bonnie) of Plymouth, brothers Todd (Joan) of Woodridge, Ill., and Chris of Plymouth, sister Jenni (Seth) Henriksen of Excelsior, uncle Steve (Sandy) Johnson of Minnetonka, sister-in-law Ginny (Mark) Betzer of St. Louis Park, father- and mother-in-law John and Gileen Wahman of St. Cloud, and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his mother, Judi Behme, and grandparents Donald and LaVerne Johnson and Jerome and Leah Behme.

Tim had a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, a master’s degree from Northern Illinois University and a bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University. He graduated in 1986 from St. Thomas Academy and was most recently employed by the University of Minnesota.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, at 11 AM at Church of the Annunciation, 509 W. 54th St., Minneapolis. Visitation will be on Tuesday, July 14, from 4-7 PM at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 5801 Lyndale Ave. S. Minneapolis, and for one hour prior to the Mass at church. Interment at Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the family for the Behme boys’ education.


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Francis C. "Rick" Ritzschke

Friday, July 17, 2015

Francis C. “Rick” Ritzschke age 65 passed away on July 8th, 2015 from stage 4 lung cancer. Survived by 3 daughters, Rebecca and Melinda Ritzschke and Heidi Whiting; 7 grandchildren, Michael Ritzschke, Savannah Woodard, Arron Ritzschke, Isaiah Gardner, Hailie Woodard, Michael Whiting and Drew Hall, and many other family members and friends. Family and friends please join us for a Celebration of Life for Rick on July 17th at 6 pm at the Richfield Legion 6501 Portland Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55423. In lieu of flowers send to Richfield Legion.  
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Lorraine H. Johnson

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Lorraine H. Johnson, 94 passed away July 16, 2015. In loving memory she is survived by her children, Wesley (Judy) Johnson, Alan (Diane) Johnson, Elaine (John) Hughes; 5 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; sister, Anna Mae Mallory; brother, Joseph Christensen; and sister in law, Marcella Christensen. Preceded by husband, Alvin; great grandson, Alex; sisters, Henrietta Benes, Doris Thell, Marie Kelsen, Luella LaValley; and brother, Arnold Christensen. Funeral Service 11 a.m., Tuesday, July 21 at St. Stephens Lutheran Church 8400 France Ave. S. Bloomington. Visitation Monday, 5-7 p.m. at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale Ave. S. and one hour prior to service at church. Interment 3 PM Tuesday at Baldwin Cemetery, Baldwin, WI.
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Thomas Eugene Welch

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Age 80 of Minneapolis, MN.  Born September 28, 1934 in Minneapolis to Herbert and Rose (Smith) Welch.  Preceded in death by parents; sister, Mary Lyman; brothers, Jack and Jim.  Tom was a US Army veteran, attended St. Thomas Academy, and graduated from St. John's High School in Shreveport. LA.  He was a longtime bartender at The Leaning Post and Bunny's.  Survived by brothers, Tim, Bob, and Bill; many nieces and nephews.  Tom was an avid golf with 3 Holes in One.  Mass of Christian Burial, Wednesday, July 22nd at 11 AM ~ Church of Our Lady of Grace, 5071 Eden Avenue, Edina, MN.  Visitation one hour prior to service.  Private interment ~ Resurrection Cemetery. 
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