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December 2016

James H. Stevens

Thursday, December 1, 2016

James H. Stevens, age 67 of Bloomington, MN passed away suddenly on Thursday, 12/1/2016.  Born in Kentucky, he grew up in Chicago and later moved to Geenbay, where he met his wife of 40 years, Lucy.  They resided in Bloomington for over 30 years and raised 3 wonderful children.  Jim was a great husband, father, grandfather, son and friend.  He loved to fish, listen to music, tell stories and spend time with family.  He will be missed dearly.  His family hopes to keep his memory alive by passing on his fishing skills through his kids and grandkids.  Preceded in death by brother, Lee Madison. Jim is survived by his mother, Jean Madison; wife, Lucy; children, Ryan (Robyn), Erin, Kyle (Keira); grandchildren, Zak, Alex, Jake and Brooke; as well as all others he loved.  Private family service only. 


Bloomington, MN   952-888-7771

Virginia M. "Ginny" McCanna

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Virginia M "Ginny"  McCanna age 92 of Eden Prairie, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on Nov. 29, 2016.  Preceded in death by her sister, Dorothy and daughter, Maureen. Ginny is survived by John, her high school sweetheart and loving husband of 70 years, along with children John (Mary), Thomas (Jeanne), Susan (Mike) and Judy.  Brothers, Richard and George; sisters, Jeanne and Mary Ann; 8 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. A long time Real Estate Broker and Developer.  Past President of St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary and hospital board member. A special thank you for the past 3 years of wonderful loving care and support by the staff at Castle Ridge Care Center in Eden Prairie. What wonderful people! Mass of Christian Burial at St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Edina on Tuesday Dec. 6, 2016 at 11:00 AM. with visitation 1 hour prior to Mass. Memorials to the Ministries Foundation Sisters Of St Joseph Carondelet


BLOOMINGTON, MN  952 888 7771

Harold J. Hansen

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Harold J. Hansen age 93 of New Hope, MN passed away on December 1, 2016.  Harold served as a First Lieutenant during WW II in the 419th Night Fighter Squadron and retired from the Tax Department at Northwestern National Bank. Preceded in death by wife, Dorothy. Survived by 6 nieces and nephews, Jim (Phyllis) Ostroot, Jane (Joe) Kraska, John (Kathy) Ostroot, Daniel (Kathleen) Ostroot, Mike Charnock, and Christine Charock; 9 great nieces and nephews; 7 great great nieces and nephews. Interment with military honors Wednesday December 7, 2016 10:00 a.m. at  Fort Snelling National Cemetery, 7601 34TH  Ave. So. Assembly area #3. Memorials preferred donors choice.


NEW HOPE, MN      763.531.1777

Mary Helen Bonnett

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Mary H. Bonnett age 99 of Edina, MN.  Born September 28, 1917 in Red Lake falls, MN to Michael and Elizabeth (Sherry) Ford.  Preceded in death by husband, Dr. Walter Bonnett.  Survived by son and daughter-in-law, Tim  (Kate Richards); daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen (Scott) Waterman; grandchildren, Stephanie Waterman, Bryan Waterman, and Abbey Philo; great-grandchildren, Sam and Molly Philo.  A modest and humble woman whose family and Catholic faith were everything.  She brought so much beauty to the world. 'Que Sera, Sera'.  Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 at 11 AM ~ Church of Saint Patrick (CHAPEL), 6820 St. Patrick's Lane, Edina, MN.  Visitation one hour prior to mass.  Interment ~ Fort Snelling National Cemetery.  If so desired, memorials may be directed to the Church of Saint Patrick. 


MINNEAPOLIS, MN  612 861 6088

Jayne Drake-Garneau

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Age 101, of Edina, formerly of MPLS, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. Preceded in death by husband Marshall, parents Dr. Charles and Ruth Drake, mother-in-law Mildred Garneau, and brother Ted. Survived by daughter Marilyn and son Marshall Jr. , sister Marilyn Sisler and brother Dr. Robert Drake, brother-in-law Al Donahoo, many nieces and nephews, her beloved Yum Yum the Siamese and Raven the Poodle. And finally, special friends Inez and Bob and Joan. Jayne was born on Nov. 17, 1915, in MPLS. She grew up by Lake Harriet, went to Fuller grade school and graduated from Washburn High in MPLS in 1934, then attended Grinnell and graduated from Hamline University in St. Paul in 1940 with a BA in English and a teaching certificate 7-12. Through a friend she met Marshall, who was from Oak Park, IL, got married (1942) and moved there. From 1942-1944, she worked in the Buick war plant in Melrose Park. Then Marshall Jr. was born and she stayed home with him. IN 1946, she and her son and husband moved to MPLS (Jayne's hometown). There, a second child, Marilyn, was born. Her husband, Marshall died suddenly at the age of 56. Soon afterwards, Jayne started working half-time at the Henn. Cty Southdale Library and was there until she was 70. During her lifetime, she remained a firm believer in Christianity. She loved to travel by train, air , or on car trips. She went many times to California and Florida, across Canada, down the East and West coasts of the U.S., once into Mexico and all across the middle of our country. Belonged to Edina, Minnetonka and Lost Spur Country Clubs, at one time. She also loved to go to resorts during the summer. She was very fond of bridge, reading and golf. However, her first love was her children, and they also loved her so much. She enjoyed church activities, weekly dinners out with Marilyn, and going to various places with her son such as, activities at the school where Marshall taught, Patrick Henry. At that school she was named the Mother of the class of 2004. Traveled with Marshall and Marilyn quite a bit. Jayne enjoyed very good health for most of her years. Only the last three were very challenging at times, but she rose above those times, until her death. She resided with her son the last three years; great, great years for both of them Services are Saturday, Dec. 10, at 2:00 pm at Lakewood Chapel; Visitation starting at 1:30 pm. Afterwards, there will be food and refreshments at her apartment: The Durham, 7201 York Ave S, South Tower #320, Edina, MN. 952-426-4298. Memorials to the family, please.

Scott D. Nelson

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Age 68, formerly of Bloomington, passed away on December 10, 2016. He is survived by his wife, Eileen; sons, Grant (Nicole) & Brett (Danielle); grandchildren, Lillian, Emily & Bennett; Stepmother, Agnes Cushing; brothers, Lee (Kathryn) & Reed Nelson. Funeral service will be on Thursday, December 15, 11 AM at Mt. Hope Lutheran Church, 3601 W. Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington. Visitation one hour prior to service.  Interment at Sunset Memorial Park.


Bloomington    952-888-7771

Dorothy Ann Nikolai Bailey

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Bailey, Dorothy A. 
Age 91 of Edina, MN.  Died December 8, 2016 at N.C. Little Hospice in Edina, MN.  Dorothy was born November 19, 1925 in Madison, MN to Leo and Anna (Peterson) Nikolai.  She attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN where she met and later married the love of her life, Kenneth Clinton Bailey.  They were married on July 3, 1949 and enjoyed 44 years together before his death in 1993.  During their years together, the lived in Forest City, Iowa, Northfield, Moorhead and Edina, Minnesota.  The last 30 years Dorothy lived at 7500 York  and York Gardens in Edina.  Over the course of her life, Dorothy taught business classes in Belle Plain, MN, worked in the Richfield Bank and Trust in Richfield, MN and was the office manager for the Athletic Department at Edina High School.  Dorothy enjoyed traveling with her family, doing crossword puzzles, playing bridge and zioncheck, eating Sunday night dinners of hot chocolate and cinnamon toast and knitting hundreds of hats and mittens for needy children.  Most of all, she enjoyed being a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Carol Marie; and her loving husband, Ken.  She is survived by her children, Linda (Kenneth) Holmen, Anne Bailey, and Leigh (Freda Marver) Bailey; grandchildren, Sarah (Jake) Veldman, Erin Holmen, and Allison (Tyler) Trimberger; great-grandchildren, Connor, Annika, and Hannah Veldman and Owen Trimberger.  Funeral service Thursday, December 15th, 2016 at 1:30 PM ~ Woodlake Lutheran Church, 7525 Oliver Avenue South, Richfield, MN.  Visitation one hour prior to service.  Interment, Lakewood Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Augsburg College in Minneapolis or Hammer Residences in Wayzata, MN.  

Gill Brothers   612-861-6088


Susan Lichliter (née Welbaum)

Friday, December 16, 2016

Age 76, passed away on December 8, 2016. She is survived by her husband Gary; 8 Children; 21 Grandchildren; and 5 Great Grandchildren. Funeral service will be on Friday December 16, 2016 at 11 AM at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 5801 Lyndale Ave S, MPLS. Visitation one hour prior to service. Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.


Minneapolis    612-861-6088

Verna JoAnn Focht

Friday, December 16, 2016

Preceded in Death by her husband Jack, son Michael and sister Doris. Survived by sons John (Monica), Dan, Karl (Sue) and special daughter-in-law Stephanie. Grandchildren, Jason, Joshua, Megan, Samantha, Brian, Caroline, Taylor, Carter and nine great-grandchildren.  JoAnn was born and raised on a farm in Lancaster, Minnesota. She met and married Jack Focht during WWII.  They travelled the world raising their family in Guam, Seattle, Hawaii and California, finally settling in Minneapolis. She worked at Northwest Airlines and maintained close relationships with co-worker throughout her life.  JoAnn lived her Catholic faith joyfully, enjoying visits from Joan, the Pax Christi companion minister when she could no longer attend mass.  Her last years were spent at Grace Home where she and her cats were lovingly cared for by Grace and the entire staff.  Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, December 16th, 2016, 10:30 AM ~ Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN.  Interment, Fort Snelling National Cemetery.  Visitation one hour prior to mass. 

Gill Brothers  612-861-6088


Paul James Jaeger

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Paul J Jaeger age 85 of Minneapolis rose to our Lord surrounded by his family. He humbly celebrated many successes and attributed them all to God's generosity. Paul was a lifelong member of Annunciation Church and stockbroker at Merrill Lynch for 37+ years.  Preceded in death by parents J. Victor and Mary Alice (Laquime), brothers J. Victor, Bernard, Robert, Charles and sisters Marguerite and Yvonne and grandson Thomas McMahon.  Survived by wife of 57 years, Jane Foley Jaeger, children Mary Alice Larson (Todd), Sarah Youngblood (Steve), Amy Clancy (Jim), Kate McMahon (Kevin), Joe, Anne, David (Betsy), 18 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.  Mass of Christian Burial Saturday 11:00 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation, 509 West 54th Street. Visitation Friday 4-6 p.m. at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 5801 Lyndale Ave. So. and one hour prior to Mass at Church. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Annunciation Catholic Church/school. 


MINNEAPOLIS, MN   612 861 6088