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Friday, July 3, 2015

Margaret Hull, age 70, of Minneapolis, died on July 3 at home surrounded by her family.  After a successful career as a clinical psychologist for Atlantic County in New Jersey, Margaret had moved to Minneapolis in 2001 to live with the family of her sister, Elizabeth Athorn. Margaret had faced serious health issues all her life. At the age of 8 in 1952, she survived polio and lived and worked from a wheelchair for the rest of her life.  Her indomitable will and cheerful disposition saw her through many challenges.  She earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1972 and in the same year began her first job at an outpatient clinic for people who had been patients in the psychiatric hospital near Atlantic City, New Jersey. 

Twenty-eight years later, in 2001, she was honored by colleagues at her retirement from Atlantic County Mental Health Services for her dedicated work with the seriously mentally ill, for providing clinical supervision for over fifty of New Jersey’s most prominent psychologists, and for earning the profound respect of her patients and colleagues. Tribute was paid to “this remarkable woman, who has never let her own disability stand in the way of helping others to overcome theirs.” Since coming to Minnesota, Margaret had continued her work with the mentally ill as a volunteer for People Incorporated Mental Health Services, working on Saturdays at the Diane Ahrens Crisis Residence.  She was an active member of the local Post-Polio Support group. She has made many close friends with other mental health workers, with other polio survivors, with her home health aides, and with the members of her faith community at St. James Episcopal Church on the Parkway in Minneapolis. Margaret is survived by her sister Elizabeth Athorn, two brothers James and Edward Hull, and by many nephews and nieces and their families. 

There will be a memorial service at St. James Episcopal Church, 3225 E. Minnehaha Parkway, in Minneapolis on Saturday, September 19, at 3 PM.  Memorial donations may be sent in her name to People, Incorporated Mental Health Services, 2060 Centre Pointe Blvd., Suite 3, St. Paul MN 55120.


MINNEAPOLIS, MN    612.861.6088

Thursday, July 2, 2015

60, of Savage, passed away on June 27, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald & Verna; brother, Dave. He is survived by his wife, Cindy; children, Tim (Jill) Kelsey, Emily (Chris) Moore, Katie (Jess) Hertwig, & Ben Kelsey; 8 grandchildren, Keegan & Chloe Kelsey;  Sam, Joey, & Aly Moore; Taylor, Ryan & Luke Hertwig; brothers, Gregg (Judy) & Kirk (Val); 14 brothers & sisters-in-law; and many nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 11 AM at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 4625 W 125th St, Savage.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, July 1, at St. John the Baptist Church from 5-8 PM and for one hour prior to Mass at the church on Thursday. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Sharing and Caring Hands, 525 North 7th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55405.


Bloomington    952-888-7771

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

51, longtime resident of Bloomington, passed away on June 27, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert & Patricia Bugenstein. He is survived by his older brother, Jeffrey Bugenstein; and sister, Anne-Marie Bugenstein. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 from 5-8 PM at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale Ave S, Bloomington.
Bloomington 952-888-7771

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Luther D. Monson, Servant of Christ, died peacefully, surrounded by family, at the N.C. Little Memorial Hospice, Edina on the morning of June 25, 2015. He was born Dec. 31, 1927 in Fargo, ND to Herman and Hulda (Hilden) Monson, and baptized into the Christian faith on Feb. 12, 1928 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Moorhead, MN. Luther was a 1951 graduate of Luther College and a 1956 graduate of Luther Seminary, serving 3 churches in Wisconsin, in Navarino, Strum and Prairie Farm. Following his pastorates he was also employed at Augsburg-Fortress Publishing House until his retirement. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, IvaNell (Mundt) Monson and five children: Martha (Eric) Keck of Boonton, NJ; Glenn (Ruth) Monson of Austin, MN; Priscilla (Mitchell) Abraham of Mooresville, NC; Daniel (Leisa) Monson of Anchorage, AK; and Solveig (Valente Dolcini) Monson of Washington, DC, as well as nine grandchildren, Sean (Shawn) Mulligan, Lindsey Keck, Abby Monson, Catherine Monson, Carissa Abraham, Courtney (Anthony) Holmes, Nathan Abraham, Valente Dolcini, Kyra Monson; and great-grandchildren Cailynn Winford and Ryan Mulligan; and many friends and extended family. and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Peter, who died at age 7 in 1969.

Luther was an active member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, serving in the Gathering (for persons with early Alzheimers), as a parish visitor, lector, choir member, and along with Iva Nell, enjoying mission trips to many parts of the globe in his retirement. He also enjoyed his work as a long-time volunteer at Fairview Southdale Hospital.

Services will be held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4100 Lyndale Ave. So, Minneapolis on Sunday, June 28 at 1:30 pm. Visitation will be held at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 5801 Lyndale Ave. So, Minneapolis on Saturday, June 27 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. Private Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials are requested to the Bethlehem Music Series and Lutheran Partners in Global Mission or donor’s choice.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Chamberlain, Irma H. 
Age 83 of Rogers, MN, formerly of Minneapolis.  Preceded in death by husband, Milan.  Survived by daughters, Jean (Dan) Malm, Mary Chamberlain, and Carol (Bradley) Fernholz; grandchildren, Zachary, Jacob, Tate, Leah, and Joshua (Tracy); great-grandson, Austin; many cousins and friends - both here and in Norway and Sweden.  Memorial service Monday, June 22nd, 2015, at 3 PM ~ Word of Peace Lutheran Church, 21705 129th Avenue North, Rogers, MN  55374.  Visitation and reviewal on Sunday, 2-5 PM at Gill Brothers Southwest Chapel, 5801 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN with a prayer service beginning at 5 PM.  Interment ~ Fort Snelling National Cemetery.  Irma was a former member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and a longtime musician with Church of the Visitation.  We want to thank North Memorial Palliative Care Unit and North Memorial Twin Lakes Hospice for taking care of our mom and our family with love and tenderness during her final hours.  Mom, you were God's good and faithful servant.  Your work is done and it is time to rest.  We love you and will miss you.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Word of Peace Lutheran Church Foundation.  
Gill Brothers   612-861-6088

Friday, June 19, 2015

Leo Alfred Kettner “Bopa” Age 87, of Bloomington left us on May 14, 2015 surrounded by family. He was born in Springfield, Minnesota.  He was the only child of Alfred Kettner and Dorothy Forrest and was preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law R.J Banse.  Leo is survived by his wife of 64 years Mary (Curry) Kettner and their three children, daughter Patrice Kettner and her husband Bruce Ballard of Edmonds WA, son Kevin and his wife Val of Fargo, ND and daughter Kate Kettner-Banse of Bloomington.  He is survived by five grandchildren Lindsay Dehnke (Leon), Collin Ballard, Brady Banse (Dena), Ben Banse and Savana Kettner.  He also is survived by one great grandchild Madeline Jo Banse. 
Leo left home in Springfield at the age of 17 and joined the Merchant Marines serving on ships transporting troops near the end World War II.  He spent his 18th birthday on a ship in the Mediterranean Ocean.  Leo later served in the Army during the Korean War.  He was a member of the 461st Ordinance Ammunition Company from 1950-1952.  The men he served with became lifelong “Army buddies” and for many years Leo helped organize their annual army reunion. He was a Life Member of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Everett McClay Post 1296.
Leo retired from Bernard L. Dalsin Roofing where he good-humoredly earned the name “Crash Kettner”.   After retiring Leo and Mary enjoyed spending winters at their “other” home in St. Augustine, Florida where they cherished dear friends.  
Leo was a volunteer for his children’s activities from Boy Scouts to chaperoning the girls of Everett McClay Highlanders.  When grandchildren came along he became 'Bopa' to all and was happiest when surrounded by family during gatherings at their Bloomington or St. Augustine home.  Leo enjoyed playing cribbage.  “Skunking” or being “skunked” during a cribbage game with his grandchildren brought a twinkle to his big blue eyes.  
The family wishes to thank Jenny Morgan and the wonderful staff at Breck Home for their very loving and attentive care.  The family would also like to thank the Fairview Hospice Team including Susan RN, Tim and Janelle.
Mass of Christian Burial at St. Bonaventure’s Catholic Church, 901 East 90th Street Bloomington, Friday, June 19 2015 at 11AM.   Interment will follow immediately after at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.  Friends are invited to join the family in a celebration of Leo’s life that afternoon at the Kettner home in Bloomington.
As we put Leo to rest his spirit, his soul, his kind heart lives on in the stories people are sharing.  Things will never be the same – but the world is better for the years our beloved “Daddy Leo” lived. 
Memorials may be made to Breck Home, 312 West 95th Street, Bloomington, MN 55420.
Blessed be the memory of Leo.
BLOOMINGTON, MN       952.888.7771 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Age 51, of Bloomington, passed away suddenly of a brain aneurysm on Sunday, June 14, 2015.
Her life’s passion was her cherished son Hoyt.  Bridget was Hoyt’s biggest supporter in school and sports. She served as team manager for many of his teams and spent countless hours volunteering for booster club activities. Bridget was a 14 year employee of The Leuthold Group, before that she was employed by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.    Bridget  is survived by her beloved son, Hoyt; brothers, TC (Carol) Belle Plaine, MN, Charles (Pat), LeSueur, MN and Dan (Julie) Duluth, MN, sisters, Angie (Frank Mueller) Calistoga CA, Marietta Vander Kelen, Onalaska, WI, Margi Miller, Hudson WI,  many nieces and nephews.
Bridget is preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Margaret Fogarty, Papa DeVolder, Emma Fogarty, Tom Vander Kelen and Geoff Miller.
 A celebration of her life will be on Thursday, June 18 at 5 PM at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church, 901 E 90th St, Bloomington. Visitation Thursday 2-5 PM at the church, luncheon will be served after the service. Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers, to Kennedy Baseball Boosters or Kennedy Hockey Boosters remembering Bridget for her dedication and support of Hoyt’s hockey and baseball teams.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Donald Alan Biederman, age 61, of Mpls., passed away June 11, 2015. Survived by his wife, Susan Gustafson; son, Eric; and daughter, Emily. He was a wonderful husband, father, and friend who had a generous and kind heart. There will be a memorial gathering at the home of Susan Gustafson June 27th. Call 612-229-1968 for details.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Margaret F. Litcht,age 88 of New Hope, formerly of Bloomington.  Born January 11, 1927, passed away June 10, 2015.  Preceded in death by husband, Raymond.  Survived by children, David (Cynthia) Licht, Joyce (Tom) Kleinman, Richard (Marjorie) Licht and Sheila (Steven) Heflin; grandchildren, Kathleen (Joshua) Falkner, Kevin Licht, Justin (Vonny) Kleinman, Randall (Karen) Kleinman, Daniel (Kristi) Licht, and Emily (Christopher) Castellano; great-grandchildren, Madeline, Grace, Kayla, Henrik, Jonathan, Ellie, Jaxon, Elsa, Wesley and a great-grandson on the way.  Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 16th at the Church of the Nativity of Mary, 9900 Lyndale Avenue South, Bloomington, 55420.  

Visitation 4-8 p.m., Monday, June 15th at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale Avenue South, Bloomington, 55420 and one hour prior to mass at church.  Internment Fort Snelling.  If desired, memorials preferred to a pancreatic cancer research center. Mom was a 22 year survivor!  Special thanks to everyone from St. Therese who so lovingly cared for our mom.                                             

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Bloomington, Minnesota   952-888-7771

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Bud Burniece…to some he was “Papa” to some he was “Uncle Bud”…at age 95, left us on June 9, 2015 surrounded by his loving family.  He was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, but returned to Minneapolis at age three where he lived for the remainder of his life.  He was the second child of Thomas F. Burniece and Harriet (Chrispen) Burniece and was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Tom, Jr. and Stuart, and sister Yvonne.  Bud is survived by his wife of 68 years Carol (Richard) Burniece and their three children Joseph, John (Yvette), and Cheryl (Tom) Huss.  He is also survived by four grandchildren: Joshua, Jennifer, Aaron and Ryan; and thirteen great-grandchildren.
Bud absolutely loved music and brought music into just about every aspect of his life.  His greatest joy was playing his clarinet and saxophones and singing hundreds of songs he had memorized, categorized by the season or reason for the celebration.  He loved making people happy at the various celebrations and practiced constantly to play ever better at the next “gig.”
Bud was extremely diligent with everything he did whether it was his sheet metal work with the “Burniece’s Heating” family business, (and other companies), manicuring his lawn, tending his beautiful rose bushes, or any odd maintenance job around the house…each completed meticulously and completely.  Where many men might say “you can fix anything with duct tape and baling wire,” Bud would claim sheet metal and pop rivets were the answer to repairing broken items!
Bud’s beloved life-long partner Carol was the light of his life and his biggest fan.  He loved the fact that she helped monitor his music schedule and assured him he, of course looked “smashing” in his music outfit of the day on his way out the door.
Bud was very proud of his military career for the U.S. Army Air Forces, stationed in England, repairing the airplanes using his keen sheet metal skills gained from attending Dunwoody Institute of Minneapolis.  Anyone mentioning Dunwoody would catch Bud’s ear – a school of which he was so proud to be a part and a graduate.
  *In lieu of flowers donations are suggested to Dunwoody Institute, Twin Cities Musician’s Fund, or a donation of your choice.
Funeral services will be at Lakewood Cemetery Chapel, Minneapolis, MN; Saturday, June 13, 2015, 10:00am; Visitation 30 minutes prior to service.   


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