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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Wilfred Vincent May, "Wil" age 93 of Richfield passed away peacefully on January 28, 2016 in Minneapolis.  Born September 28, 1922 in Browerville, Minnesota to Vincent and Lucy (Gaida) May.  He was a lifelong resident of Minnesota, with past residences in Minneapolis, Savage and Shakopee, Minnesota.  Wil was an active third degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Marian Council 3827 of Bloomington, MN.  He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Alice Rudy.  He is survived by his brothers, Larry (Sandy) May of Edina, MN and Don (Sharon) May of Windermere, FL; nieces and nephews, Carol Karlson, John Rudy, Cheryl Miller, James Rudy, Linda Poirier, Joyce Searle, Ron May, Joe May, Brian May and Erin Probst.  He will be missed by his family and friends and his dear friend, Mabel Eichhorn, who was Wil's "angel" at the Woodlake Point Residences for many years.  Wil lived life to its fullest, always enjoying the company of his family and friends.  He was a favorite uncle to his many nieces and nephews, whom he would often take fishing, camping or on other adventures as they grew up. He enjoyed travel and the great outdoors, and especially the family cabin on Cedar Lake near Annandale, MN.  He was a big fan of the Minnesota Twins from their earliest years at Met Stadium.  He made many trips to Florida with the WCCO Fan in the Stands groups, including Twins spring training games.  His work life included 32 years with the Our Own Hardware Company of Minneapolis and Burnsville.  Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 3rd at the Church of St. Peter, 6730 Nicollet Avenue South, Richfield with visitation one hour prior to service.  Inurnment Resurrection Cemetery, Mendota Heights, MN. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred either to:Catholic Church of St Peter Endowment Fund (stpetersrichfield.org) or, The American Heart Association, (donatenow.heart.org

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Charles Edward Swanson age 64 of North East Minneapolis died peacefully on November 23, 2015. Preceded in death by parents, Charles and Ella Swanson.  Graveside service Wednesday March 2, 2016 10:00 a.m. at Prairie Oaks Memorial Eco Garden, 8225 Argenta Trail Inver Grove Heights, MN


                                                                                                                                   MINNEAPOLIS, MN       612 861 6088

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Koepplin, Andrew Leo

Surrounded by family, Andrew (Andy) passed peacefully, on February 21, 2016, after a long illness.  Born December 11, 1928 at Elgin, North Dakota to Martin M. Koepplin and Phillapina C. (Stephan) Koepplin.  Youngest of six children, preceded in death by brothers, Herbert and Elmer Koepplin; sisters, Emma Burkholtz, twin sister, Bertha PahlLorantina Anderson; parents, Martin and Phillapina; half sister, Alice Schnell; step sisters, Florence and Doris; step brother, Ervin.  Survived by step sister, Mable; and step brothers, Eugene, Donald, Ted, and Melvin; many nieces and nephews.  Andrew married Ramona Smith on March 9th, 1947 in New Rockford, North Dakota.  They have one daughter, Sandra Renae (Stephen) Johnson; one granddaughter, Tara Nicole (Jason) Heald; and three great-grandchildren, Hunter Douglas, Nolan Andrew, and Carrigan Renae Heald.  Andrew worked for International  Harvester for 13 years and also for Lystad's (Ecolabs) Pest Elimination of St. Joseph, Missouri and retiring after 31 years in 1991.  In his leisure time he enjoyed golf, fishing, crosswords, and woodworking.  Andrew and Ramona had 68 wonderful years together.  Everyone will miss his wonderful smile and his gentle manners.  He is loved and will be missed by family and friends.  Celebration of life will be Tuesday, March 1st, 2016 from 5-7 pm at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 5801 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN, 55419.  Private interment will take place in North Dakota. 


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Friday, February 26, 2016

Dillon J. Semolina, Delano, MN - 24 Years Old

"D" or "Semi" – Sergeant in the United State Marine Corps — Dillon tragically left us on Thursday Jan. 14th 2016 after a collision during a routine CH-53E Helicopter night training mission on Marine Corp Base Hawaii. Dillon is survived by his wife, Laurie; his parents, Mike and Lisa; grandparents; biological father, Kevin; sisters, Isabella and Celeste; brothers, Gregory and Gabriel; aunts; uncles; and several cousins and extended family and friends. Dillon was born in Buffalo, MN on November 22, 1991. His strong exercise beliefs and health standards quickly put him on football, basketball, and golf teams; eventually into the Marine Corps. Dillon spoke of joining the military since he was 10yrs old and often drew pictures of himself in uniform saluting, with of course, a bubble saying "Yes, Sir".  He excelled as a Marine becoming the Company Guide in boot camp and a meritorious promotion to Lance Corporal. Once a crew chief for the CH53E, he was recognized for his professionalism, sense of direction, and leadership skills which quickly promoted him to Corporal, and eventually Sergeant. Dillon was well respected by his flight line and their bonds were impenetrable.

Dillon often described his body as a temple and treated it as such.  He exercised religiously and consumed every calorie he needed to continue his strength development.  Although very intimidating in person, his 6' 4" 210-lb frame didn't match his tender heart.  His complete and exclusive love for his mom and siblings was a depth unexplained.  He would not shy away from asking his mom as a grown adult to tickle his back as she did when he was little. He was often referred to as "the biggest teddy bear".  He wouldn't hesitate to stop and pick a flower for a young child crying just to see their eyes light up in peace. He would never hesitate to give the shirt off his back, nor to protect anyone in harms way. His heart and compassion was overwhelmingly beautiful.

Dillon's future was to be an anesthesiologist after he finished his tour with the Marine Corps this coming September.  His plans were to start school in Utah this fall and start his general studies.  His success in these subjects would have been extraordinary, as he never quit anything that challenged him and made sure what he did accomplish was so complete that it left his signature on it for others in the future to feel and learn from. His motivation, dedication and smile will live on through all those that he's touched. Dillon we love and miss you dearly.


Services and Celebration of Life Details:

February 26, 2016, 10:30am Cedar Valley Church 8600 Bloomington Ave S Bloomington

10:30a - 12:00p Visitation and Lunch

12:15p - 1:30p Memorial Services

1:45p   - 2:15p Procession to Fort Snelling (Assembly Area #2)

2:30p   - Full Military Honors at Fort Snelling


In lieu of flowers, monetary donations are welcomed to the family or towards the scholarship in Dillon's honor. The family has created a donation page for Scholarships for students at the Delano High School to honor Dillon's wishes for health and education. www.youcaring.com/sgtdillonsemolina



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Thursday, February 25, 2016


Vincent E. Shields Age 97, surrounded by his loving family, Vince passed away on February 20, Minneapolis Veterans Hospital. Vince was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy Worthingham Shields; father, James; mother, Ellen and siblings: Mary, Joseph, Phillip and Stephen.  Vince lived in Richfield, Burnsville, Bloomington, and Edina before moving to the Minneapolis Veterans Home, 2015.

Vince was born in Minneapolis on October 13, 1918. He graduated from Minneapolis Central High School, 1937. He became a member of the famous 34th Infantry (Red Bull) Division, 1940 and was called to active duty February, 1941. Vince married Dorothy at Fort Dix, NJ, April, 1942, before deployment in WWII. They were not able to see each other again until summer, 1944. As a Platoon Leader in the 135th Regiment, Anti-tank Company, Vince and his unit fought from North Africa to Anzio, Italy.  At the battles of Monte Cassino and Anzio, Vince earned Bronze Stars and Purple Hearts.

Badly wounded at Anzio, Vince recovered at a stateside hospital, 1944. There he was reunited with his bride, Dorothy. They returned to the Minneapolis area and raised a family of 4 children in Richfield. Though disabled, Vince coached hockey using custom skates made with a brace for his injured leg. 

Vince had a career as an accountant with the IRS in St. Paul.  After retirement 1975, he started a new career in real estate sales.Vince was a volunteer hospital representative for the Order of the Purple Heart at the Minneapolis VA Hospital.  He would visit other wounded veterans and help ensure they received support and benefits. He remained active in the Order of the Purple Heart, the 34th Division Association. October, 2015, Vince was honored by the 34th Division for his service.

Vince is survived by his four children: Greg (Laurie) Shields, Scott Shields, Brian (Ann) Shields, and Mary (Mike) Julius. Vince has ten grandchildren: Kevin, Brent, Megan, Ellen, Kaitlyn, Steven, Mollie, Joe, Margaret, and Tom.  His legacy continues with eight great grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, February 25, 11 a.m. at the Church of the Holy Name, 3637 11th Ave. So. Minneapolis.  Visitation at 10-11 a.m. followed by lunch. Vince will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, the University of MN Cancer Immunotherapy Fund, or other veteran’s organizations.


MINNEAPOLIS, MN      612 861 6088

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Donald J. Combs was born on June 30th, 1924, along with his twin brother, David (D 1989), to Albert and Mabel Combs in St Paul, Minn. Donald died at Friendship Village in Bloomington, MN, on February 18th, 2016.

Donald is survived by his wife of 68 years, Loretta Cassidy Combs, and children, Timothy (Oxnard, CA), Kevin and wife, Jane, (Fifty Lakes, MN), Mary Jo and husband, Aki Hamada (Oxnard, CA), Thomas and wife Michele (Plymouth, MN), Terry and wife Colleen (Overland Park, KS) and Casey and husband, Steven Garland (Allen, TX). He is also survived by his brother John and wife Margaret. Additionally, Donald leaves behind 12 adoring grandchildren and 8 precious great grandchildren. He is predeceased by his parents, Albert and Mabel Combs and his brothers, David and Jerome.

Donald and his three brothers were raised by his mother after his father’s untimely death in 1930. He attended Holy Name grade school, De La Salle High and St Thomas University on the GI Bill after serving his country in the Army Air Corps during WWII. For 47 years Donald worked for the Minnesota Chemical Co. as the Executive Secretary.

He spent his free time coaching youth baseball, girls’ basketball, playing tennis and walking around Lake Harriet. He was a prominent member of  Christ the King Church beginning in 1952, where he was instrumental in the 1957 renovation and volunteered in numerous other capacities.

 Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday 11:00 a.m. at the Church of Christ the King, 5029 Zenith Ave. So. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Visitation Monday 4-7 p.m. at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 5801 Lyndale Ave. So.

Memorials may be sent to St Joseph’s Home for Children or a charity of choice.


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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Joann Rosalia Kenney,age 80 of Minneapolis.  Born on 6/21/1935 in Beardsley, MN; passed away February 17, 2016.  Beloved daughter of Ann Piechowski Haanen.  Preceded in death by the love of her life, Phil Kenney.  Joann was inordinately proud of her six children, Steve (Molly), Jim (Jayne) and Dan (Julie) Kenney, Kathy (Phil) Callahan, Eileen (Chuck) Bertrand and Kerry (Tim) Asp.  She had 20 grandchildren who loved her dearly and 13 great-grandchildren who brought her much delight.  She had a great love of words and books and was a lifelong musician, playing piano and singing with family, friends and in church.  Her career took several paths, but she was always a teacher at heart.  Joann’s great faith guided every part of her life.  She had a profound impact on others with her supportive and affirming attitude.  She will be greatly missed, but her love will endure.  Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23rd at The Church of the Incarnation, 3817 Pleasant Ave. S., Mpls.  Visitation 5-8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 22nd at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 5801 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, with prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation also one hour prior to mass at church.  Interment 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27th at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Beardsley, MN.  In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to St. Josephs Home for Children.
Minneapolis, MN   612-861-6088


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Age 78, of Edina formerly of Minneapolis, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday February 16, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lucien “Lute” and Marie (nee Richtsmeier). He is survived by his siblings, Jerry (Betty) Sauter of Eagan, Kay (Jim) Lavin of Richfield,  and Gene Sauter of Duluth; nieces and nephews, Dawn (Skip Schermer) Stoyanoff, Joseph (Heidi) Lavin, Karrie (Tim) Werner, Maggie (Sam) Weaver, Peter (Tina) Lavin, Mark (Missy) Sauter, Doug Stoyanoff, Mike (Laurie) Lavin, Julie (Max) Yakovlev, David (Heidi) Sauter, and Katie Sauter; many grandnieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, February 23, at 11 AM at Church of the Annunciation, 509 W. 54th St, Minneapolis. Visitation one hour prior to Mass at the church. Interment Resurrection Cemetery, Mendota Heights. Art was a tireless advocate for the disabled, he lived most of his life with the effects of Polio. The family wishes to thank his many caregivers for all they did for him. In lieu of flowers please consider a memorial to Courage Kenny Foundation or Post Polio Awarness Support Society of Minnesota (PPASSMN).


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Friday, February 19, 2016

Ronald Lee Welch, age 72 of Bloomington.  Born April 12, 1943; passed away February 16, 2016.  Preceded in death by parents, Glenn and Ruth Welch.  Survived by wife, Jeanne; children, Jeff (Pam) Welch, Missy (Johan) Wettstrom and Amy (Rafael) Bustos; grandchildren, Samantha, Sarah, Carina and Colin; sister, Sandra (Jim) Jackson; other family and friends.  Funeral Service 7 p.m., Friday, February 19th at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale Avenue South, Bloomington with visitation beginning at 5 p.m. Private Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the family and will be donated in Ron’s name. 


Bloomington, MN    952-888-7771

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Age 78, of Bloomington, MN passed away quietly on February 9, 2016.  Preceded in death by parents, Ethel, Henry, Helen and sister, Jean Erickson.  Survived by wife, Sandy, children, Mike (Lori), Mark (Lori), Mary (Paul) Griffin, and Gary (Wen).  Grandchildren, Gabby, Jacob, Lindsay, Grant,  Nick, Megan, Lily, and Evan. Siblings, Jack, Jerome, Susie King, and Julie Martin.  Retired MAC employee.  Funeral service Tuesday, February 16, 11:00 am at St. Bonaventure Church, 901 East 90th Street, Bloomington, MN 55420.  Visitation, Monday from 5 - 7 pm at Gill Brothers Bloomington Chapel, 9947 Lyndale Ave. S, and one hour prior to funeral services at St. Bonaventure Church.  Memorials preferred to St. Bonaventure Church.


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