CELEBRATION OF LIFE SATURDAY APRIL 29, 2017 Pinstripes 3849 Gallagher Drive Edina
11:00am-2:00pm with Tribute at 12 noon
Age 62 of Bloomington. Our smart, funny, loving “RJ” passed away on February 10, 2017. Rob was a graduate of Edina West High 1973 and then the University of Minnesota. Rob had a long and successful career at TCF Bank and after his retirement he spent his time being a dedicated volunteer at the Animal Humane Society and Fairview Southdale Hospital. His life was so filled with friends and adventures. Everyone who met him knew how special he was. He had a love of sports especially any time he could spend watching hockey with his great friend Brian Burke. Rob had a heart of gold but his addiction demons were so painful he just couldn’t beat them. He will be so greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Preceded in death by parents Carl and Betty Johnson; niece Laura and longtime partner, Peggy Peterson. Survived by sisters, Jean (Carlos) Lieser, Carol Franzen; niece Lisa (Chris) Fong; so many longtime friends and his beloved dogs Molly and Lilly. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday April 29th, 2017 11:00am-2:00pm at Pinstripes in Edina, 3849 Gallagher Drive Edina, MN 55435. Memorials preferred to the Animal Humane Society.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN 612 861 6088
Larson, Barry W. age 70 of Eden Prairie/ Wahkon, MN loving husband, father and grandfather passed away on April 24. Preceded in death by parents, Roy and Betty Larson. Survived by wife, Barb; children, Kristi (Brad) Bruckschen and Nicholas (Melissa) Larson; beloved grandchildren, Ella, Garrett, Oscar and Brynn; siblings, Bruce Larson and Karen (Scott) Butterfield; and many nieces, nephews, extended relatives and friends. Funeral service Friday, April 28 at 11 AM at Gill Brothers Funeral Home 5801 Lyndale Ave So. Minneapolis, MN. Visitation one hour prior to service. In lieu of flowers donations to National Psoriasis Foundation.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN 612.861.6088
Robert “Bob” Anthony Gutkowski, 87, of Edina formerly of Milwaukee, WI passed away on April 17, 2017. He was born on Nov 20, 1929 in Milwaukee, Bob is the last surviving child of Anthony and Martha Gutkowski’s 17 children. He married Grace Banach and together raised 5 children. Robert proudly served in the US Army and then worked as a Mail Sorter at Milwaukee US Post Office until his retirement. They relocated in 2005 to Edina, MN. Robert was a generous man of heart and soul whose hearty laugh and corny jokes brought smiles to all. He enjoyed reading, family gatherings, Sheepshead, and dancing and playing the polka. Robert is survived by his wife of 63 years, Grace; children, Paul (Joyce), Steven (Susan), Donald (Laurie), Brian (Cynthia), and Christine (Matthew) Nowakowski; 14 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Special thanks to Interim Home Care and Hospice, St Richard’s Catholic Parish and Yorkshire of Edina. Visitation Saturday, Apirl 22, 2017 10-11 am with service to follow at the Chapel of Hope at St. Adalbert Cemetery, 3801 South 6th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53221. Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers to donor’s choice.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN 612 861 6088
Age 83 of South Minneapolis, passed away on April 13, 2017, after a long battle with dementia. Mary Ann was an emeritus faculty member at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, where she was an Assistant Professor for over three decades. After losing her daughter Nancy to cancer, she focused her teaching and professional training on advanced oncological nursing practices. She often lectured about caring for and coping with the loss of a child to cancer. Popular with her students, she was often asked to speak at commencement ceremonies. She was nominated by her students when she won the Excellence in Nursing Education Award in 1985.
Mary Ann worked her entire career on nursing and health professional development/continuing education programs. Twice, the Minnesota Chapter of the American Cancer Society awarded Mary Ann for Distinguished Service.
She was a wonderful and caring mother, grandmother and wife. Her positive spirit lives on in her children and grandchildren.
Mary Ann is proceeded in death by her parents, Harry and Hemelia Pool; daughter, Nancy and brother, Harry Richard Pool. She is survived by her husband, Richard; daughter Kathy; sons, Chris and John; grandchildren, James, Amelia and Mary Katharine; brother, James Pool; daughter-in-law, Jennifer Atwater; and many other friends and family.
A memorial service will held at Mount Olivet Careview Home, 5517 Lyndale Avenue South, Mpls 55419 On Friday April 21, 2017 at 11 AM. Memorials preferred to the Minnesota Chapter of the American Cancer Society.
Sticha, Mary Antoinette (Witasek), age 92, passed away peacefully April 4, 2017, at Presbyterian Homes of Bloomington, Minn. Mary was born May 9, 1924, in Lankin, N.D., to Julius and Emma Witasek. After graduating with honors from Moorhead State Teachers College in 1944, she taught elementary grades in a one-room schoolhouse in Hoople, N.D., and later in other rural northeastern North Dakota towns. She married Dorn Sticha of Lankin July 8, 1948, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Lankin. They had three sons, Paul, Neil and Mark. In March 1961, the family settled in Bloomington, where Mary worked for many years at the Holiday Worldwide Warehouse. Known for her strong faith and gentle manner, she was a devoted member of Nativity of Mary Catholic Church in Bloomington for over 56 years. She and her husband actively supported their sons’ membership in the parish’s Boy Scout Troop 374. Mary enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening and baking Czech specialties and many kinds of Christmas cookies. Above all she loved spending time with family, including her five grandchildren, and looked forward to Witasek family reunions at Minnesota and Wisconsin lake resorts. She is survived by sons Paul (Mary), Neil (Kathy) and Mark (Sandy); grandchildren Kristin (Jamie) Lawrence, Adam, Ashley (Dan) Neis, Thomas and John; great-grandson Jayden Lawrence, born April 7, 2017; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Dorn; parents Julius and Emma Witasek; sisters Evelyn and Irene; niece Ann (Machart) Handy and nephew Michael Machart. The family thanks the many people who provided excellent care for Mary in recent years including at University of Minnesota Health Heart Care and Presbyterian Homes. Visitation Thursday, April 20, 5-7:30 p.m. (followed by Rosary) at Gill Brothers, 9947 Lyndale Ave. S., Bloomington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, April 21, 10 a.m. with visitation at 9 a.m. at Nativity of Mary Catholic Church, 9900 Lyndale Ave. S., Bloomington, MN 55420. Memorials preferred to Nativity of Mary Catholic Church or Nativity of Mary Catholic School, www.nativitybloomington.org.
Kimberly Ann Stamos, age 53 of New Hope. Born January 24, 1964, died April 13, 2017. Preceded in death by father, Morris and brother, Alan. Survived by mother, Betty and a brother. No services will be held.
Bailey SaraMargaret Kappes age 23 of Minneapolis, MN passed away on April 5, 2017. Preceded in death by both sets of grandparents. Survived by parents, Kevin and Dawn; siblings, Noelle, Kyle, Chelsea and Dari; special friends, Katie, Kristi and Sarah; soulmate, Matt; and many extended relatives and friends. Visitation Saturday April, 15 1-3 p.m. at Gill Brothers Funeral Home 7300 42nd Ave N. New Hope, MN.
NEW, HOPE, MN 763.531.1777
Wymore, Clark V.
Age 92 of Bloomington, MN on April 6, 2017. Born October 31, 1924 in Ewart, Iowa to Coker and Ines (Clark) Wymore. Preceded in death by wife, Marian; 1 brother and 2 sisters. Survived by children, Dave (Sue Ann) Wymore, Denny (Pam) Wymore, Jolene (Ron) Logid, Tom (Diana) Wymore, and Cathy (Lorin) Ludwig; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral service on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 11:30 AM ~ Gill Brothers Bloomington Chapel, 9947 Lyndale Avenue South with visitation one hour prior to service. Interment ~ Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to donor's choice.
Gill Brothers 952-888-7771
Margaret Claire Ruhme of Bloomington, age 90, died March 28 from upper respiratory failure. Preceded in death by husband Dick and son, "Baby Joe"; parents Edward and Linnie McNevin, and brother Ken McNevin. Survived by her sister, Justine Kellogg; children Paul (Mary) Ruhme; Marie Ruhme (Mike Stoulil); Renee McGivern; Annette (Bart) Ellson; Suzanne (Ron) Hermes; Dan (Jill) Ruhme. She'll be fondly remembered by grandchildren Ben, Molly, Nick, Michael, Marcus, Charlie, Grant, Liz, Raquel, Bridget, and great-granddaughter Claire. Also nieces and nephews Ed, Eileen, Jim, Linda, Kevin, Mary Claire, and Sean, and friends and admirers too numerous to mention. A celebration of her life is set for April 11 at Nativity of Mary Catholic Church, Bloomington. Visitation 9-10 a.m., service at 10, followed by a light lunch. Interment at Fort Snelling at 12:30 p.m. Claire was delightful, feisty, inquisitive, and devoted to her family, friends, and Catholic faith. She had an extraordinary ability to put people at ease with her humor, a wink, and genuine interest in them. She never gossiped, complained, worried, or doubted the goodness of people. Claire had a wonderful life, and we are profoundly grateful to have shared it with her. Instead of flowers, memorials can be sent to VEAP, 9600 Aldrich Avenue, Bloomington, Minn., 55420
BLOOMINGTON, MN 952 888 7771