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September 2016

Lillian "Deedee" Pearl Quale

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Quale, Lillian "Deedee" (Gunderson)

Lillian was born at home at the Gunderson farm outside of Watford City, North Dakota, on May 10, 1912 ... one month after the Titanic went down.  She "went home to North Dakota" on August 31, 2016, after 104 years, three months, and 21 days, having lived through world changing events ... world wars, amazing inventions and discoveries.  She was the only one in her family of eight siblings who did not contract influenza in 1918, though all survived.  She said her father, "T.O." Gunderson, owned the first car in McKenzie county.  She rode her horse to teach at a one-room schoolhouse, and opened the Quale-T Beautyshop after she married Warner R. Quale.  Warner and Deedee lived mot of their married life in Bismarck, North Dakota where they raised their family and welcomed grandchildren.  Eventually, after Warner's death, she went to spend her last years with Wanda, who, with loving care nurtured her until her long burning light went out.  Lillian is preceded in death by her parents, Thorvald and Gina (Mattson) Gunderson; husband, Warner; and stillborn great-grandson, Leif.  She is survived by her sister, Edna "Lulu" Nordstrom of Phoeniz, AZ; three daughters, Brenda Foat, Paula (John) Swanson, and Wanda Quale; six grandchildren, Zachary, Gina, Erik, Brandon, Kaja, and Zoe; seven great-grandchildren, Iver, August, Lillian, Hector, Levi, Eero, and Asa.  Services and interment will take place in Bismarck, North Dakota.

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J. Byrne Keefe

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Keefe, J. Byrne age 63, of Mpls, on Sept. 2 after a sudden illness. A beloved family man and proud owner of Keefe's Remodeling & Repair. Byrne taught us to put others before ourselves. He brought joy to many and will be missed so very much. Preceded in death by parents, Byrne & Helen. Survived by wife, Cecilia; children, Ben (Sarah), Colleen (John) Polson, Brian (Anna) McLafferty, Tom (Ana), McLafferty and Andy Keefe; grandchildren, Alice, Lydia, Sam, John, Marie, Mary, Will, Tommy and Eamon; sisters, Shelia Keefe and Maureen (Jim) Gainey; brothers, Pat (Teresa) and Dennis (Linda). Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, 11 AM, Church of the Annunciation, 509 W. 54th St. Private interment. Visitation Wed., 5-8 PM at Gill Brothers Funeral Chapel, 5801 Lyndale Ave S., and one hour prior to mass at church. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.

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Donald Dean Totzke

Friday, September 9, 2016

Don passed away peacefully at his home on September 5, 2016  at the age of 88.  He was a humble and patient man who cared deeply for his wife and family.  Born on July 29, 1928 in Minneapolis to Frank and Teresa (Tasto) Totzke.  He grew up in South Minneapolis and graduated from De La Salle High School in 1946.  In 1949  he graduated from the University of Minnesota Dept. of Mortuary Science.  Don went to work for Gill Brothers Funeral Home and spent the next 46 years helping families at a most difficult time in their lives.  Don also was privileged to mentor many young people entering funeral service and called them his friends. He retired in 1996

  Don married his childhood sweetheart, Joan Hautman, on September 9, 1950.  Together they raised their eight children in south Minneapolis. They were active members of Visitation Parish, which played an important part of their family life. 
  After  retirement,  he and Joan were volunteers at Fairview Southdale Hospital, and traveled extensively.  He loved going to the ocean, fishing, and golfing, but nothing made Don happier than his family.  He especially enjoyed his grandchildren and great grandchildren.  No one was immune to his pranks and teasing.
  He is survived by his wife, Joan, at Mt. Olivet Careview Home; 8 children and their spouses: Tim (Corrine) Totzke, Jane (Joe) Flake, Tom (Kathy) Totzke, Mike (Sandy) Totzke, Judy (Vic) Wood, Nancy (Pat) McGuire, Joanie (Don) Keis, and Jim (Laurie) Totzke; 20 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his parents, grandson, Frankie Totzke, brother, Frank and sister, Virginia Tierney.
  Don was a member Annunciation Church.  He was a life member of the Knights of Columbus and served as Eucharist Minister for several years.  His faith was a very important part of Don's life, that he passed on to his family.  He was a wonderful example to all. 
   Mass of Christian Burial on Friday Sept. 9 at 10 AM ~ Church of the Annunciation, 509 West 54th Street,  with interment to follow at St. Mary's Cemetery.  Visitation from 4-8 PM Thursday at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 5801 Lyndale Ave. S. and at  church one hour prior to the service.


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Duane Charles Suess

Friday, September 9, 2016

Age 82, of Plymouth, passed away on August 31, 2016. There will be a funeral service on Friday, September 9, at 2:30 PM at Gill Brothers Funeral Chapel, 7300 42nd Ave N, New Hope. Visitation prior to service starting at 1 PM. There will be a reception following the service.


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Robert Louis Hartwell

Friday, September 9, 2016

Hartwell, Robert L. age 87 of Burnsville, MN passed away on September 4, 2016. Preceded in death by parents, Herbert and Rosetta; and sister, Beverly Schultz. Survived by wife, Mary; children, Michelle, and Maria; grandchildren, Austyn, Ava, and Max; 2 nephews; 1 niece; and many friends. Robert was a devoted family man and will be greatly missed by all. He was a lover of all Minnesota sports and the warmth of the sun. Robert retired from Minnegasco after being employed for 33 years. Mass of Christian Burial Friday September 9, 2016 11 a.m. at Mary Mother of the Church 3333 Cliff Road East Burnsville, MN. Visitation Thursday September 8, 2016 5-8 p.m. at Gill Brothers Funeral Home 9947 Lyndale Ave. So. Bloomington, MN and 1 hour prior to mass at church. Private family interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials preferred to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the family to be used towards the MPRB Tribute Tree Program.


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Jeanne Marie Harrod

Friday, September 16, 2016

Age 87, of Edina, passed away on September 7, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband Harry, son Brian, and sister, Darlene. She is survived by her children, Mike (Diane), Kathy (Jim), Jill (Steve), Mark (Lisa), Brent, and Amy; sister, Pat (Dick); 18 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Volunteerism was important to Jeanne; volunteering over the years through her church, at hospitals and the animal shelter. She had a special love for animals, especially cats and Cardinals. Jeanne was an avid reader and produced countless afghans, blankets and pictures with her exceptional knitting and needlework. In the last year of her life Jeanne developed a love of painting pictures for her family and favorite nurses. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, September 16, 2016 at 10:30 AM at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 6730 Nicollet Ave, Richfield. Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the church. Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.


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Stanley Wade Gunning

Friday, September 16, 2016

Stanley Wade Gunning, age 69 of Minneapolis.  Born March 9, 1947 to Beulah and Gilman Gunning; passed away September 11, 2016.  Survived by loving wife of 48 years, Barbara; daughter, Michelle Gunning; son, Wade Gunning; grandchildren, Amanda, Zachary, Emmi and Andrew; great-granddaughter, Zoe; brothers and sisters. Stanley was a friend of Bill W. for 38 years. Mass of Christian Burial 6:00 p.m., Friday, September 16th at the Church of the Incarnation, 3817 Pleasant Ave. S. Mpls.  Visitation 5-8 p.m., Thursday, September 15th at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 5801 Lyndale Ave. S., MplsInterment Fort Snelling National Cemetery.  


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Ralph John Schoenecker

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Age 91, of Bloomington passed away peacefully surrounded by family on September 11, 2016. Survived by loving wife of 66 years, Rita and children Craig (Carol), Julie (Dale Studenski), Renee (Jeff) Bergo, Keith (Kim) and John, grandchildren Matt, Jessica (Brian), Kate, Nick, A. J., Jackie, Steven, Kory and Kole, and step great grandchildren Hannah, Hallie and Will Gallmeier. He also is survived by siblings Virgil, Rosemary Lambrecht, Robert (Marianne), Donna Peller, Earl (Mary) and Joseph (Rosie) and in-laws Rissy and Rosie Schoenecker and Delores, Virgil (Bernice), Marcy, Loretta, Lambert (Betty) and MaryAnn Hoffman and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by daughter Mary, parents Joseph and Cecilia (Ruhland), siblings Ervin (Mary), Lee and Richard Schoenecker and Delores (Howard) Gosewisch and in-laws Marie Schoenecker, Joseph Lambrecht, Dave Peller, Vivian (Leonard) Deutsch and Adelbert, Arvid, Beatus and Germain Hoffman. Ralph was a World War II vet and served his country for 20 years in the U. S. Navy and for 18 years at the U. S. Postal Service. He loved fishing, baseball, golf, gardening, tinkering in the garage, travel with Rita and most of all he loved his family. Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday September 20th at 11:00 AM at Nativity of Mary Catholic Church, 9900 Lyndale Ave S. Bloomington. Visitation will be on Monday, September 19th from 4 to 8 PM with a prayer service at 7:30 at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale Avenue S. Bloomington, and for one hour prior to Mass at the church. Internment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.


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Thomas C. Herzog II

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Herzog II, Thomas C., age 59 of Bloomington, MN passed away on September 21, 2016. Preceded in death by mother, Shirley. Survived by wife, Lori and her children Becca and Jon; father, Tom Herzog; sisters, Anne Herzog, Pat (Rick) Rohkohl, Jayne (Jeff) Flood, and Chris (Tom) Pappenfus; nephews, Doug, Steve and Charlie; niece, Jenn; and many extended family members and friends. Mass of Christian burial Tuesday September 27 11 AM at the Church of St. Bonaventure, 901 E. 90th St Bloomington, MN. Visitation Monday, September 26th 5-8 PM and 1 hour prior to mass at church. Memorials preferred: Alzheimer’s Association and Elks Youth Camp in Nisswa, MN.
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J. Timothy Power

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

 John Timothy Power  “Fr. Tim”

Tim was born on October 13, 1939, in Faribault, MN, and graduated from this life on September 21, 2016, in Eden Prairie, MN.  Preceded in death by parents, Tim and Theresa and siblings, Francie, Mary, Bob, and Joe.  Survived by a large number of loving friends, cherished nieces, Kathleen and Sandy and their families, and special friend, Karen.  Tim was ordained a Catholic priest in May of 1966 and spent most of his ministry serving parishes in the Twin Cities area.  He felt especially lucky to be able to pastor in the era of the Second Vatican Council.  He recognized that the focus on laity, justice, and collegiality opened new doors for parishes.  He especially felt this was true during his 23 years serving Pax Christi Catholic Community.  Another joy of his years in Eden Prairie was serving as chaplain for Eden Prairie Police and Fire Departments. 

As Tim had time to reflect on his life, the words of Brian Doyle seemed to mirror his own sentiments: “I have had a glorious blessed hilarious graced life, and no man was ever as slathered with love and laughter as me, and when my time to dissolve comes, I hope to acquiesce with some modicum of grace, and remember that I was granted a long and colorful run;  indeed I hope to spend eons happily reviewing the tape, minute by minute, paying even more attention to the infinitesimal details than I did the first time, and replaying the highlights again and again, driving my new roommates nuts.”  

All are welcome to remember and celebrate Tim’s life.  Visitation will be 2:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27, at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN; vigil prayer at 6:30 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28, at Pax Christi Catholic Community.  Burial at Pleasant Hill Cemetery immediately following Mass.  In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Bridging  or Pax Christi Pastoral Care Fund.  


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