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Thursday, October 8, 2015

McDonough John J. Age 94, of Bloomington, MN passed away on October 3, 2015.  Preceded in death by his wife, Gertrude and granddaughter, Amy Holllister. Survived by children, Colleen McDonough, Jack (Sandi) McDonough; 4 granddaughters and 3 great grandchildren. Also many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. 

He grew up in St. Paul, MN and moved to Bloomington, MN in 1958.  John was a 33 year employee of The Aslesens Company.  A day spent with his family and relatives was the best way he could spend his time.  He also enjoyed playing golf, fishing, and traveling in His RV.  He and Gertrude spent 25 great winters in Florida and following the sun. 

Mass of Christian Burial Thursday 10 a.m. at Nativity of Mary Church, 9900 Lyndale Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55420.  Visitation  Wednesday 4-8 p.m. at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55420 and 1 hour prior to Mass at Church. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials to Mercy/Unity Hospital Foundation instead of flowers.


BLOOMINGTON, MN   952 888 7771

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Huy Tuan Huynh, age 30 of Bloomington.  Born March 15, 1985 in Tay Ninh, Vietnam died October 3, 2015.  Funeral gathering 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Thursday, October 8th at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale Ave. S., Bloomington. 
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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Patricia Smith, age 88 of Mpls. (formerly St. Paul) passed away on October 1st after a courageous battle with numerous health maladies.  Preceded in death by her husband Elmer “Wally”, parents, Francis and Eleanor, and brother, Robert Plante.  A 1945 graduate of St. Joseph's Academy she is survived by her sons Bruce  and Greg (Kim), grandchildren Michelle, David, L/CPL. Paul Smith (USMC), as well as her dearest friend of 83 years, Mary Jane Sperl (St. Martin) of West St.Paul, and several cousins. She will be missed more than she could ever know. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be performed on Tuesday, October 6 at 11:00 A.M at Annunciation Catholic Church, 509 W. 54th St, Minneapolis. Visitation 1 hour prior to service at church and interment at Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis. Memorials preferred to Annunciation School or donor’s favorite charity.


Minneapolis       612-861-6088

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Matthias Jacob Peña, beloved only son of Paul and Julie Peña, died after a year-long fight with depression.

Brother of Laura Peña, Jane Peña and Mary Davis. Nephew to Jay and Lilly Johnson, David (Gunnar, Clara, Elinor and their mother Miyoko), Tony and Claire Peña (Anthony, Christine, Nicholas and Michael), Kimi Peña and Rob Landowski. Grandson to Hiroko Jepsen, Harold and Joan Johnson (deceased) and Manny and Lynn Peña.

Heartfelt gratitude to Washburn High School, our South Minneapolis neighborhood, and Minneapolis Police and Fire. We appreciate your compassion, kindness, and grace. Matthias loved the green spaces, the water, and safety of this beautiful city with a small town feel. He had many friends and was full of life, joy and despair. We are broken: suicide is not the answer. 

Funeral service 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 3, 2015 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4100 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls.  Visitation Friday 4-8 p.m. at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 5801 Lyndale Ave. S. and one hour prior to service at church. Memorials to Washburn Arts Council, Washburn High School, 201 W. 49th Street, 55419. www.GILLBROTHERS.com Minneapolis, MN   612-861-6088

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Harris, James Dwight Age 90 of Minneapolis, MN.  Born January 26, 1925 in Winona, MN to Lester and Eleanor (Burke) Harris.  Preceded in death by daughter, Catherine and six great-grandchildren.  Survived by wife, Margaret; children, Colleen (Douglas) Harris-Peterson, James, Patricia (John) McGinnis, Mary (Daniel) Deziel, Peggy (David) Thomas, and Michael (Kathy); 15 grandchildren, Jennifer, Sarah, Betsy, Kelley, Katie, Shannon, Emily, Maggie, Mike, Amanda, Wesley, Meghan, Abigail, Paige, and Phillip; 22 great-grandchildren.  

Mass of Christian Burial, Thursday, October 1st, 2015 ~ 12 Noon at the Basilica of St. Mary, 88 North 17th Street with visitation beginning at 11 am.  Interment  will take place at Lakewood Cemetery.  If so desired, memorials may be directed to the Covenant House. 

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Mrs. Schneider, recently of Savage, MN, passed away September 29, 2015, at the Solace Care Hospice at Ridges in Burnsville, MN. Mary was born on May 9, 1923, in Mount Carmel, ND, the daughter of Ed and Rose (Hutton) Perius. She was married to Donald Eugene Schneider on May 30,  1952, in Milwaukee, WI. He preceded her in death on June 7, 1993. In her early life, Mary lived across the country including San Diego, CA, where she managed a small chain of grocery stores; Los Angeles, CA; Milwaukee, WI; Great Falls, MT; Denver, CO; and Minneapolis, MN. She raised her family in Belle Plaine, MN; where she was very active in the Catholic Church.

In addition to her husband, Mary is preceded in death by her parents and her sisters, Amelda, Dorothy, Kathleen, and Rita, and her brothers, Walter, Darrell, Edward and Pat. She is loved by many and survived by her children, Dean Schneider, Minneapolis, MN; Jay (Sue) Schneider, Rochester, MN; Steve (Barb) Schneider, Minneapolis, MN; Mary Dawn (Matthew Jones) Schneider, Minneapolis, MN; Romi (Milt Karavites) Biel, Denver, CO; as well as grandchildren Maggie (Brian) Kirchoff; Amy Schneider; Julie (Lucas Bennett) Schneider; Theresa (Jake) McCormick; Chris Schneider; Breanna (Josh) Tomlin; Nick Schneider; Sam Schneider; and Adam Biel, seven great-grand children; brothers Dick Perius, Langdon, ND; and Merrill Perius, Janesville, WI, many sisters/brothers-in-law, godchildren, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Private memorial service and burial. Memorial donations to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.


BLOOMINGTON, MN     952.888.7771

Monday, September 28, 2015

Harold Leroy Nelson, age 91 of Bloomington died on September 24, 2015 at Fairview Southdale Hospital. Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 28th at 11:30 a.m. at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale Ave. S., Bloomington with visitation one hour prior to service only. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Harold was born on April 29, 1924 in Worthington, MN, the son of Arthur and Leona Nelson. He attended school in Worthington and graduated from Worthington High School in 1942. He was a WWII Army Veteran serving from 1943-1946. Harold married Violet Fannie Hindt on May 19, 1952 in Worthington. Preceded in death by wife, Violet and sister, Roberta Marie Nelson Good. Survived by daughters, Jane (Glenn) Larson, Bonnie Nelson, Lily (Matt) Rose and Vicki (Kurt) Wheeler; 6 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren and niece, Glenda Lais.

Memorials preferred to Berean Baptist Church: 309 County Road 42 E., Burnsville, MN 55306 or Daily Bread Publications of RBC Ministries: PO BOX 2222 Grand Rapids, MI 49501.


Bloomington, MN 952-888-7771

Saturday, September 26, 2015

78, of Bloomington, passed away on September 22, 2015. Funeral service Saturday 9/26 at 11 AM at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale Ave S, Bloomington. Visitation Friday 5-8 PM.
                                             Bloomington, MN      952-888-7771

Friday, September 25, 2015

Gretchen Fandel Kresl passed away on September 25, 2015.  She was born, the thirteenth of fourteen children, on November 17, 1935 to Irene and Victor Fandel, in St. Cloud MN. She is survived by her three children: Catherine Cich (Geoffrey), Betsy Seymour (Christopher), and Emil Kresl (Cristina), as well as four grandchildren: Anna, Mitchell, Maeve, and Clementine

Gretchen learned a strong work ethic early in life, in part from the work she observed and did in her family’s department store. She received her BA from the College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN where she met many life long friends as well as her first husband William Kresl. After the death of her first husband, Gretchen raised her three children as a single parent, while continuing her profession as a Special Education teacher for Minneapolis Public Schools and completed her Master’s of Arts in Education at St. Mary’s of Winona.

After her children were grown, Gretchen married her second husband, Jon Hassler, with whom she enjoyed many years of travel, food, friends, music and literature. Gretchen was a person of integrity who had appreciation for individuality, beautiful cities, the arts and politics.  She loved a good political discussion and had strong feelings about social justice and advocacy for the underserved. Through her professional and personal life, Gretchen lived out her belief that all people should be treated with kindness and consideration. She took notice of effort and talent whether it resulted in a garden, a musical performance, a beautiful outfit or a child’s painting. People were drawn to Gretchen’s graciousness, gratitude and good humor. She was never lacking in admirers. Her life was full and the stories she lived and told will continue to be shared for many generations to come.  The love she brought to the world will live on.

Mass of Christian Burial, Monday, September 28, 11 AM, Bascilica of St. Mary, 88th N. 17th St. Interment Lakewood Cemetery. Visitation one hour prior to Mass at the church.                                               


MINNEAPOLIS, MN              612 861 6088

Friday, September 25, 2015

Fritchman, Donna A. age 57 of Richfield died after a courageous battle with cancer on 09/21/2015. From January 2009 through April 2013 she lived in Milltown, WI to take care of her parents Carl J. and Lois M. until they each passed away, also preceded in death by brother, Jerry and sister, Jean. Survived by sisters, Linda and Sue; brothers, Ron (Diane) and Steve (Denise); six nieces; three nephews; three great nieces and three great nephews. Funeral service Friday September 25, 11 AM at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale Ave So Bloomington, MN. Visitation one hour prior to service.
                                BLOOMINGTON, MN    952.888.7771


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