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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Anne Katherene Blegen, 93 of Bloomington, passed away June 4,2015.   She is survived by her seven children, Ron (Meg), Judy (Craig), Deborah (Bill), Randy, Brad (Barb), Kathy (Steve), Tom (Ann), her 16 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband August.  Anne dedicated her life to raising her children and was an accomplished cook and gardener. In her kitchen she created wondrous foods and a lifetime of memories.  Anne loved embroidery and other fanci-work and created intricate costumes for her daughters dance recitals.  She leaves a legacy of love. 

Mass of Christian Burial Thursday 11 a.m. at the Church of St. Edward, 9401 Nesbitt Avenue South, Bloomington, MN on Thursday, June 11th.  Visitation at 10:00 a.m., lunch to follow. Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.  Memorials to the donor’s choice.   

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Schweninger, Virginia C. age 73 of Rosemount, MN died peacefully on June 6, 2015. Preceded in death by husband, Willard.  Survived by children, James Lee Schweninger, Tim (Peggy) Schweninger  and Jeanette Schweninger; 7 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Barbara Fox. Visitation Tuesday June 9, 2015 5-7 PM at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale Ave. So. Bloomington, MN  Interment Oak Valley Cemetery, Wrightstown, MN
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Monday, June 8, 2015

Nelson, Ruby R. age 78 of Richfield. Preceded in death by parents, Alfred and Verna Bjoralt; granddaughter, Bridget Anderson; sister, Alice Essler; brothers,  Marlin and  Sherlin. Survived by husband, Edward; children, Steven (Kathy) Anderson, Mike, Gail (Tarry) Vohs, Butch (Brenda) Anderson, James Anderson, Dennis (Karolyn) Anderson; step-sons, Edward and Christopher; 12 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; siblings, Donald, MaryAnn, David and Shirley. Funeral Service Monday June 8, 2015 11 AM at Richfield Lutheran Church, 8 West 60th Street.  Interment Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Chaska, MN.  Visitation Monday  one hour prior to service only. 
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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Novak, (Pitheon) Bernadine R. of Edina, formerly of Richfield, was born on Christmas Day 1927 and went to be with the Lord on Saturday June 6 at Mt. Olivet/Careview Center. Preceded in death by her husband, Richard J.Novak; daughter, Carol Hall and sister, Catherine Sorkness. Survived by her children, Connie (Mark) Evans, Daniel (Karen), Chris (Greg) Shea, David, Cindy (Ed) Swartout; grandchildren, Kari (Hondo) Miller, Kelly (Rob) Veitch, Emily (Allan) Perlbachs, Ted Evans, Neil Evans, Abby (John) Lindgren, Laura (Jason) Stephens, Natalie Shea, Travis (Mara) Novak, Justin Novak, Tara (Tony) Paulson, Josh Swartout; 11 great grandchildren; sister, Mary Schenach and brother, Richard (Dorothy) Pitheon

A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at 11a.m. Monday June 15 at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 5801 Lyndale Ave So. Visitation will be held Sunday June 14 from 3-5 p.m. Interment to follow at Fort Snelling. Memorials preferred to the family.

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Elvidge, James F. age 86 of Mesa, AZ formerly of Bloomington, MN passed away May 2, 2015. Born August 1, 1928 in St Paul, Minnesota, preceded in death by his parents Stanley and Edith Elvidge, step father Leo Brisbois, and sister Shirley Larkin (Joseph). Survived by his wife of 65 years, Frances (Keller) and children; Joe (Vicki), Vicky (Frank) Theobald, Patti (Bob) Thaden, Mike (Lisa), Nancy (Tim) Albrecht, Jan (Dennis) Johnson, Tom (Lisa), Eileen (Charles) Hilker and David (Diane); 18 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren and many friends. Jim was proud of his country and served in the Navy, Army and retired from the Air Force. He loved to travel and they took many trips before and after he retired. He was very devoted to his family and his faith and very involved in his church and also in the Monte Vista community (including coordinating monthly mission trips) where they lived. Jim had a kind and gentle way about him and was able to make friends easily; he will be missed greatly by his family and friends.

Visitation June 4th from 5-8 at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale Ave.So. Bloomington MN 55420. Mass of Christian Burial Friday June 5th, 10am at Nativity of Mary Catholic Church 9900 Lyndale Ave. So Bloomington MN with visitation one hour prior to Mass. Following mass there will be a luncheon. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

94, passed away at the Good Samaritan Home in Clearbrook, MN, on Saturday, May 30, 2015.
Esther was born on November 30, 1920, in Plover, Iowa, the daughter of Elmer and Lillie (Spangler) Simonson. After graduating from Plover High School in 1937, she attended Waldorf College in Forest City, IA. Esther graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, in 1943. She married Pastor Raymond L. Larson on September 24, 1944, in Rolfe, Iowa.  Together they served the Lord in Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Washington State, and North Dakota congregations until his passing in 1974. Nearly all of the succeeding years were spent in Minneapolis where she enjoyed her secretarial work which included many years at North Ridge Health and Rehab in New Hope. She was sustained by a strong faith in her Savior, and was devoted to her grandchildren, church women’s group, traveling, and meeting with friends for lunch. She entered United Retirement Center in Brookings, SD, in 2010 and then to the Good Samaritan Home in Clearbrook, MN, in 2013.
Esther is survived by her children: David (Hattie) of Fridley, MN, Jonathan (Joan) of Fertile, MN, Reuben of Bismarck, ND, Solveig (Wayne) Hjermstad of Bagley, MN, and Daniel (Barbara) of Tioga, ND; 15 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond, her brothers Eugene, Lowell and Alan; and great granddaughter KateLynn Larson.  
The memorial service is Thursday, June 4, 10:30 AM (visitation one hour prior) at the Association Free Lutheran Congregations (AFLC) Campus Chapel, 3110 E. Medicine Lake Blvd., in Plymouth, MN. Interment is Thursday at 4:45 PM at Clinton-Garfield Cemetery, Rolfe, Iowa. Arrangements are with Gill Brothers in New Hope, MN.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

92, of Bloomington, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 29, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Rosie; children, Denny (Sheryl), Donna, Diane, David (Marceil), Dale, Jeff (Megan) Merricks, Jenny (Jeremy) St. George; grandchildren & great grandchildren. Funeral service will be on Tuesday, June 2, at 11 AM at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale Ave S, Bloomington. Visitation will be one hour prior to service. Interment at Bloomington Cemetery.
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Monday, June 1, 2015

Wentzel, Clayton K. age 91 of Crystal. Clayt served in the Army Air Force during WWII, was sales representative in building materials for many years and retired owner of Minuteman Services.  Survived by loving wife of 68 years, Dorothy; children, Jane Halverson, Scott (Chris) Wentzel; grandchildren, Sarah Halverson, Ryan Halverson, Andrew Wentzel, Nicholas Wentzel; great-grandchildren, Jaemyn, Aria, Rylan; brother. Mel (Anita) Wentzel. Funeral Service Monday 10 AM at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 7300 42nd Avenue North.  Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Visitation Sunday 3-5 PM .  Memorials preferred to Mayo Research or The Minnesota Veteran’s Home.
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Monday, June 1, 2015

Wentzel, Clayton K. age 91 of Crystal. Clayt served in the Army Air Force during WWII, was sales representative in building materials for many years and retired owner of Minuteman Services.  Survived by loving wife of 68 years, Dorothy; children, Jane Halverson, Scott (Chris) Wentzel; grandchildren, Sarah Halverson, Ryan Halverson, Andrew Wentzel, Nicholas Wentzel; great-grandchildren, Jaemyn, Aria, Rylan; brother. Mel (Anita) Wentzel. Funeral Service Monday 10 AM at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 7300 42nd Avenue North.  Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Visitation Sunday 3-5 PM .  Memorials preferred to Mayo Research or The Minnesota Veteran’s Home.
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Monday, June 1, 2015

Mankey, Dr. James C. Age 97 of Bloomington, MN, died peacefully on May 25th.  Preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Margaret (Moudry), son Michael, and his Chilean daughter, Olga.  Dr. Mankey exhibited the same campassion, support and unconditional love in his parenting as he did with his patients.  He became Margaret's primary caregiver for years prior to her death in 2010, and referred to her as his "everloving bride" on the day of his death.  Survived by children, Merodie (Don) Johnson, daughter-in-law, Carol Mankey (Jack) Huesby, Molly Mankey, Mark (Susan) Mankey, Margo (Harry M.D.) Hoppmann, Martin (Diane) Mankey M.D., and Matthew (Kate) Mankey, Esq.; 19 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.  Dr. Mankey was proud of his service to the country as a Navy physician in the Pacific Theater during WW II and took great pride in caring for the wounded.  Founder of Southwest Internists P.A.  In his 40 years of practice, Dr. Mankey served as President and Chairman of the Board of Hennepin County Medical Society, Vice-President and Treasurer of Minnesota County Medical Foundation, President of the U. of M. Medical School Alumini Assoc., President of Hennepin County Medical Foundation and the Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Internal Medicine.  Upon retirement he served as a consultant for the State of Minnesota reviewing disablility evaluations and as a member of the Executive Committee of Hennepin County Medical Society Senior Physicians Association. He was honored in 1991 with the Bolles-Bolles-Rogers Award which is presented to physicians whose contributions to medicine make him an outstanding example of the profession.  Dr. Mankey attended the University of St. Thomas and the University of Minnesota Medical School.  He served on the Board of Trustees for the College of St. Catherine and was a Clinical Associate Professor of medicine at the U. of M. for many years.   An avid sports fan and season ticket holder for the Vikings, North Stars and his beloved Gophers, he held season tickets to  Gopher football for 66 years.  Thanks to his grandson, Mark, he was able to attend Gopher games through the 2014 season.  Dr. Mankey was a resident of Friendship Village for many years, where he received excellent care and made many friends among the residents and staff.  Mass of Christian Burial Monday, June 1, 2015, 11 AM  at the Church of Christ the King, 5029 Zenith Ave. So. with visitation one hour prior to mass.  Interment, St. Mary's Cemetery.  Memorials preferred to Catholic Charities or Christ the King Catholic Church.
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN      612 861 6088

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