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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Nelson, Pr. Donald E. Nelson

Age 88 of Bloomington, MN.  Born August 13, 1927 in Wakefield, Nebraska to N. Alvin and Myrtle H. (Mortenson) Nelson.  Surrounded by his family, he died January 23, 2016. His many years of ministry included time as a Lutheran parish pastor, missionary, and hospital chaplain.   Survived by wife, Rhoda; children, Sherrry Lynn Nelson, Daniel Todd Nelson, and Sandy Kay Bryant; sisters, Carolyn Sholin and Dorothy (Allen) Bergren; sister-in-law, Martha (Dennis) Johnson.  Funeral service will be Saturday, January 30, 2016 ~ 10 AM, at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 3045 Chicago Ave So. Minneapolis, MN.  Visitation one hour prior to service.   In lieu of flowers,  memorials may be directed to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America World Hunger or the American Diabetes Association.

Gill Brothers  612-861-6088


Friday, January 29, 2016

Beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, age 89 of Bloomington, MN, passed away peacefully on January 22, 2016. Agnes was born November 5, 1926 in Buckman, MN to Henry and Marie (Roden) Leners. She was married to Peter Scepurek on July 2, 1946. They raised their four children on a farm near Welch, MN and then moved to Bloomington, MN in 1970 where they spent their remaining years. Agnes is preceded in death by parents Henry and Marie Leners; husband Peter; sons Patrick and Terrence; siblings Herb, Ray, Rosella Pfeiffer, Lawrence, and Helen Masog. She is survived by daughters Linda (Gary) Thelen and Laura Sunderland; daughters-in-law Janet Scepurek and Anita Scepurek; grandchildren Melissa (Lance) Rott, Michelle (Dan) Dean, Megan Scepurek, Steve Thelen and daughter Haley Thelen, Jennifer Deforest and son Pedro Miranda, Daniel (Justyne) Scepurek and son William Scepurek, and Jacob Scepurek; siblings Leo, Don (Betty), and Mary Ellen Barrett; and many other relatives and friends. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, January 29 at 10 a.m. with visitation one hour prior at Nativity of Mary Catholic Church, 9900 Lyndale Ave. S, Bloomington, MN. Interment to follow the service.


Bloomington      952-888-7771

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Margaret Jean Mahoney, "Maggie", 92, of Bloomington, MN (formerly of Brooksville, FL, and Chicago, IL), died peacefully January 17, 2016 in the loving care of Presbyterian Homes.  Memorial Mass was celebrated at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church, January 28, 2016. Preceded (in death) by parents William and Margaret (Linard) Mahoney, and brothers William (Henrietta) Mahoney, and Robert (Catherine) Mahoney. Successful career as an Analytical Chemist, accomplished artist, musician, athlete.  Master bridge player and true Irish wit.  Maggie will be missed by her loving nieces and nephews. Profound gratitude to the professional Staff, for the tender, sustained care given to Maggie during her prolonged stay at Presbyterian Homes.


BLOOMINGTON, MN  952 888 7771

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Valley Community Presbyterian Church, 3100 North Lilac Drive for Ferne Plenke, 86, who died in her Golden Valley home last week. Born 1929 in Cambria, WI, to Emery and Eva Mae Stone, she and her siblings Lyle, Carol, Norm and Nancy grew up in Lodi, WI. After graduating high school, Ferne moved to Madison and started a career with Bell Telephone that spanned 40 years. She married Tom Plenke on June 25, 1950. The couple moved to the Twin Cities five years later and settled on Minneapolis’ North Side. They moved to Golden Valley in 1974. Tom died in 1994. Ferne loved her time at church, traveling the world, playing golf, listening to jazz, reading, and entertaining family and friends.

Survivors include: children Mark of Chico, CA, Jan (Walter) Eisner of St. Paul and Panama, and Tim of St. Paul; siblings Lyle Stone of Lodi, Carol Garro of Sauk City, WI, and Nancy Kay (Bob) Reuter of Fairview, NC; three grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 7300 42nd Avenue North, New Hope, and at the Valley Community Presbyterian Church, 3100 Lilac Drive N., Golden Valley, an hour before the service.


NEW HOPE, MN    763 531 1777


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Ollikain, Mary C.

Age 65 of Minneapolis, MN.  Born November 18, 1950 in Alexandria, MN to Alfred and Alice (Olson) Ollikain.  Preceded in death by her mother Alice.  Survived by children, Renee, Bill and Jon; father, Alfred; sister, Judy; and brother, Randy.  Funeral service Tuesday, January 26nd, 2016, 2:00 pm at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 3045 Chicago Avenue So., Minneapolis, MN  55407. 

Gill Brothers   612-861-6088


Monday, January 25, 2016

 Ronald Dean Estes, age 55 of Spring Park, MN passed away January 23, 2016.  Preceded in death by father, Wilfred.  Survived by mother, Jackie Estes; sister, Deb (Jon) Peterson; brother, Tom (Vicki) Estes; nephews, Dan and Andy; other family and friends and his beloved cat, Doof. A memorial service will be held mid-February in Henning, MN.  Memorials preferred to the Otter Tail County Humane Society.


New Hope, MN   763-531-1777

Monday, January 25, 2016

Paulis, Steve E. (Paulisich) age 88 of Augustana Apple Valley, died peacefully on January 19, 2016 surrounded by his family.  Steve was born in Biwabik, MN on February 6, 1927 and graduated from Biwabik High, Virginia Junior College and the Minnesota School of Business. He served in U.S. Army from 1945 to 1946. He owned Paulis Range Realtors and Insurance Co. Steve also played the clarinet and saxophone in a dance band called the “Iron Rangers”. Later Steve moved to Minneapolis where he worked for the State of Minnesota as a Real Estate Property Appraiser and became a Certified Real Estate Property Appraiser. (SRA) He was a life member of the Biwabik American Legion Post 160. He is preceded in death by his parents, Steve and Ann Paulisich; brother, Leonard Paulisich. Survived by sister, Marge (Ted) Pietrini; nieces and nephews, Laurie Witherby, Ted S .Pietrini, Cheryl Gilbertson, Joseph (Cammi) Pietrini; grandnieces and grandnephews, Luke and Shelby Witherby, Jessica, Danielle and Tyler Gilbertson, Stefani Jo Pietrini. Mass of Christian Burial Monday 11:00 a.m. at the Church of the Nativity of Mary, 9900 Lyndale Ave. So. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Visitation one hour prior to Mass at church only.  Memorials preferred to the Multiple Sclerosis Association or Nativity of Mary Church.


BLOOMINGTON, MN         952 888 7771

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Ole Johnson, age 78 of New Hope passed away on January 15, 2016. Survived by beloved wife, Karen; daughters, Diane (John) Altmix and Sheila (Matt) Ledger; 2 grandsons; sister, Lillian Joan; and many nieces nephews and friends. A memorial service will be held at Gill Brothers Funeral Chapel, 7300 42nd Ave. New Hope on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 11:30 am. Visitation will be from 10:30 am until time of service. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation at www.themmrf.org or charity of donor’s choosing.


NEW HOPE, MN     763.531.1777

Friday, January 22, 2016

Stoffels, Dorothy J. 

Age 87 of Golden Valley, MN.  Born September 27, 1928 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Walter and Edna (Fjellman) Brolin.  Died January 15, 2016 in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.  Preceded in death by husband, Hubert "Jack" Stoffels.  Funeral service will be Friday, January 22nd at 2 PM ~ Gill Brothers New Hope Chapel, 7300 42nd Avenue North, with visitation one hour prior to service.  Interment ~ Gethsemane Cemetery.   

Gill Brothers   763-531-1777


Thursday, January 21, 2016

Timothy Ogilvie, 52 of Shoreview passed away from a heart attack at his home on January 15, 2016 with his beloved wife Vida (Norwood) Ogilvie at his side. Tim was born in Winthrop on July 25, 1963 and grew up in Caledonia. He received a B. A. from Metropolitan State University and Masters of Software Systems from the University of St. Thomas. He was employed as an IT Manager and consultant. Timothy was hard working, thoughtful, articulate, and intense with a wicked sense of humor. His family and friends will remember his loving spirit and generosity. Tim enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing, spending time at his cabin, and playing with his dogs. In addition to his wife he is survived by his mother, Ellen of Hopkins; and sisters, Laura Eglinton of Calendonia and Lisa (John) Arnold of Harrisburg, PA; nephews and nieces, Lucas, Casey, Khaddisha, Desiree and Gillian, as well as extended family and friends.  Service will be held January 21 11:00 a.m. at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 7300 42nd Ave. North New Hope, MN.  Visitation 1 hour prior to service. Interment, Gethsemane Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, kindly make donations to the American Diabetes Association.


NEW HOPE, MN  763 531 1777


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