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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Tovsen, John P. age 58 of Savage, MN passed away peacefully on July 2, 2016 after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. He was an avid golfer with the distinction of making a hole in one on Brookview Golf Course and a ten-time champion of a 20 year long held “Whiffy Scull Muff” golf tournament. His spirit and kindness lives on in the hearts of those who knew him. Preceded in death by his father, Gerald. Survived by his mother, Delphine; brothers, Gregory (Cheryl), James. And Robert (Barb); sister, Deborah Loomis (David); many nieces, nephews, and friends. Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, July 7th 11 a.m. at Assumption Church 305 East 77th St., Richfield, MN 55423 with visitation one hour prior to Mass at church.


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Thursday, July 7, 2016

John W. Cretzmeyer, Sr. Age 92 of Apple Valley. Preceded in death by wife, Jackie; and son, Mark. Survived by partner, Jan Childs; children, John (Barb Jacobson), Cheri (Mark Garton), Scott (Deb), Kurt, Lisa (Brad Johnson); grandchildren, Brian, Brad, Brent Cretzmeyer, Lisa and Katie Garton, Kyle Cretzmeyer, and Adam and Andrew Johnson; and great-grandchildren, Caden and Nolan Cretzmeyer. Mass of Christian Burial Thursday July 7th 10 a.m at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church 4625 W 125th St. Savage, MN . Private interment immediately following Mass at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Visitation 1 hour prior to Mass at church. We would like to thank the second floor staff at Augustana Health Care Center for their loving care. John will be remembered for being a WWII Navy Veteran, a member of the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree, and for his singing with St. Richard’s Choir and at Augustana. Memorials preferred to the American Cancer Society in memory of son, Mark Cretzmeyer, cancer.org, 1-800-227-2345, American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or the Memorial Blood Centers, mbc.org or Memorial Blood Centers, NW 6031, P.O. Box 1450, Minneapolis, MN 55480-9962.


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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Joy Natalie Nelson was born on January 9, 1929 in Aurora, Nebraska, the daughter of Gereon and Anna Nelson.  She was a graduate of Marquette High School and attended the University of Nebraska.  She married Robert Gene Oakley on June 7, 1953 in Topeka, KS.  They celebrated their 51st anniversary before his death in January 2005.  Survivors include 3 children, Gary (Theresa) Oakley, Richard (Victoria) Oakley and Madeline Clive; 5 grandchildren, Sharon, Sonja, Christina, Laura and Nicholas and 2 great-granddaughters.  Joy and Bob lived in Kansas, Nebraska and Minnesota before moving to Albuquerque, NM in 1976.  Joy moved back to Minneapolis in 2009. Wherever she went, Joy always looked for an interesting job.  At different times she was employed by a magazine publishing company, an auto insurance firm, a hospital, as well as three federal government agencies – The Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, from which she retired in 1994.  Joy enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, sewing her own clothes, growing roses, travel and music.  She was a long-time member of Temple Baptist Church in Albuquerque, where she sang in the choir, and worked in the AWANA program and the Sunday School.  In Minnesota, she was a member of Southview Baptist Church in Richfield.  Services may be held at a later date.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Dwayne Anthony Henderson, age 50 of Bloomington.  Born April 8, 1966 in St. Louis, MO; died June 26, 2016.  Survived by Albert's Place staff and friends.  Memorial service, 3:00 p.m., Thursday, June 30th at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale Avenue South, Bloomington.  

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Jean Arnold Wittke Minneapolis, MN. Age 101. Preceded in death by loving husband of 74 years, Lloyd; daughter, Kathy Schwartz and sons-in-law, Gordy Schwartz and Steve Clapp. Survived by daughter, Arlene Clapp; five grandchildren, Greg Clapp (Mary), Peter Clapp (Daiva Dambrauskas), Jennifer Doane (Jonathan); Marc Schwartz (Beth), Heather Schwartz (Tom Albrecht); seven great grandchildren, Kyra and Marina Clapp, Georgia Doane, Alex, Andrew and Emily Schwartz, Eleanor Albrecht & Lisa Gumingo Frank (Alyssa Frank). Jean adored her family especially all the grandchildren and great grandchildren. She spent as much time with them as possible baking with them, teaching them how to plant a vegetable garden, taking them for bus rides downtown and long distance trips, as well. Jean loved her church, friends, loved to read, entertain, sew and garden. She also loved playing all kinds of cards and board games. Memorial service will be on Friday, AUGUST 12th, 11:00 AM; 1700 Chapel (former 7th Church of Christ Scientist), 50th St and James Ave. S. Memorials preferred to Third Church of Christ Scientist 4147 Xerxes Ave. S. Mpls. MN 55410 or Little Hospice 7019 Lynmar Lane, Edina, MN 55435.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Passed away on Thursday June 23. Preceded in death by husband George of 65 years, parents Dorthe and Albert Perhus, sisters Edna Hovern and Marian Oxford, brothers Alvin and Ernest Perhus. Survived by son Jeffrey, daughter Julie, granddaughter Monica (Nate) Norbie, 2 great grandchildren Brandon and Brooke, Donna (Ernest) Perhus and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Delores is a graduate of Kindred, ND high school and NW Institute of Medical Technology, Minneapolis. Graveside service/burial to be held Wednesday June 29, 1PM Assembly Area #6 Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Herb passed away peacefully surrounded by family on June 23rd 2016 at the age of 77. He fought cancer like he lived his life; head on, one day at a time and with a healthy dose of humor. Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1938, he often wondered how he ended up in the Midwest. However, he grew to love it here and never regretted calling Minneapolis his home.

He lived a life of faith, hope and love. Faith; a hard-won faith in himself and his ability to push through adversity, be it physical or psychological. Hope; that through perseverance, grit and acceptance, he could win the battle against his demons and doubts. Love; that he could understand and embrace his moral compass that included fairness, firmness and above all the notion that we should love one another as we love ourselves. To love ourselves was both the stumbling block and the key to true joy.

He was also practical. You had to “live in the real world”; to work, to struggle, to always challenge the status quo as well as one’s self. To have goals and a means of measuring them. And finally, to succeed but not at the expense of others.

Getting to know people was one of his greatest joys, and along with a natural competitive spirit, a career of sales was the obvious choice. From selling coffee, to paper forms and invoices, to early computers at Control Data, he quickly gained the respect of his peers and became a Vice President at CDC.

In 1985, with four kids in college and another not far behind, he took a huge gamble and started his own company – Rorke Data, Inc. “With a little luck and a lot of hard work” Rorke Data grew to employ hundreds of people and launch as many careers. He always put the employees first, customers second and “hopefully we will make a little money while we are at it” third. He cared about their families and their well-being. Employees responded with loyalty, longevity and loving respect. Herb led the charge for close to 20 years and Rorke Data carried on another 10 after he retired.

He loved his wife of 54 years, Pat. He adored his five children and doted on his ten grandchildren. He swam his daily mile and biked his 15-25. He treasured his friendships and his humor carried him through it all.

Herb’s own measure of success was his 28-year medallion from Alcoholics Anonymous.

“I have fought the good fight, I finished the race, I have kept the faith” Timothy II (4:7)

Preceded in death by parents Joseph & Marion, siblings Joseph, Robert and Kathleen. Survived by wife Patricia, children Herb (Maggie), Erin, Pam (Mark), Tricia (Rob), John (Jen) and grandchildren Maddie, Mac, Liam, Joe, Josh, Nick, Justine, Allicia, Frannie & J.J and beloved family & friends.

Visitation will be Tuesday, June 28th at the Gill Brothers funeral home located at 5801 Lyndale Ave South in Minneapolis from 4pm to 8pm.

Funeral mass will be Wednesday, June 29th at St. Joan of Arc located at 4537 3rd Ave South in Minneapolis at 11am, with visitation one hour prior.

Memorials are preferred to People Incorporated or the Angel Foundation of MN.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Amy Elizabeth Blom age 50 of Richfield died from a hard struggle with head and neck cancer. Survived by her beloved children, Chris, Lukas, Amanda and Emily; granddaughter, Jane; loving parents, Jane and Harold Blom; siblings, Randy Blom, Julie Leon, Mark (Melissa) Blom; nieces and nephews, Jennifer, Maria, Tony, Victoria, Justin; many other loving relatives and friends.  Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday June 28, 2016 11:00 a.m. at the Church of St. Bonaventure, 901 East 90th Street.  Visitation Monday June 27,  6-8 p.m. at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale Ave. So. And one hour prior to Mass at church. Private interment  Resurrection Cemetery.  Memorials preferred to Prolife Action Ministries or MCCL.


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Saturday, June 25, 2016

 Mary O. Vanderscheuren, age 88 of Richfield, passed away on June 15, 2016 at St. Therese Care Center, New Hope.  She was born January 28, 1928 in Duluth, MN to Peter and Louise Macor. A loving mother, grandmother and a great friend to all.  Preceded in death by husband, Albert and daughter, Gail.  Survived by children, Amy (Tom) Behr, Paul (Susan) Vanderscheuren, Joe Vanderscheuren (Les Shorey); grandchildren, Brett, Lisha, Abby, Anthony, Michael, Dominic and Vincent; great-grandchildren, Gia, Isla, John, Angelina, Lucas, Marcus, Peter, Cecilia and Zelie.  Special thanks to Susan, Annie, Sally, Sheila and Lana.  Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 25th at the Church of St. Richard, 7540 Penn Ave. S, Richfield with visitation one hour prior to mass only.  Private interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery


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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Conrad J Aas, age 91, died on Saturday, June 18, 2016. Conrad was born on August 15, 1924 in New Rockford, ND to Alvin and Edith (Carlson)  Aas. He grew up in Fargo, North Dakota. Conrad enlisted in the US Army in 1943, serving in the 34th Infantry Division in the European Theatre until WWII ended. Upon his return to the USA, Conrad enrolled at North Dakota Agricultural College and graduated in 1949 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He married Mavis Bean in 1950. Conrad worked for Northern States Power Company in Fairbault, Minnesota, Minot North Dakota, and Minneapolis, Minnesota for 43 years, retiring in 1993. Spending time with his family and grandchildren was a favorite along with hunting, fishing, golfing, and bowling. Watching the Minnesota Twins and Vikings was great pastime for Conrad and he loved his church, Bethlehem Lutheran, where he was a member for over 50 years and served as Congregation President, as an usher, and as a member on various committees. Conrad was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Eugene, Gloria and Robert. He is survived by his loving wife Mavis, and his children: Sandy Mayrand, David and Martha Aas, Jennifer and Grant Lien. Grandchildren: Elizabeth and Scott Riepe, Joanna and David Struck, Kristofer Mayrand, Krista Aas, Katy Lien and John Loberg, Molly and Andrew Martin, Laura and Jason Stafslien, and Andrew Lien. Great grandchildren: Eleanor and Jackson, Aiden and Annika, Makenna, and Reagan. A celebration of life service will be held Thursday, at 10 AM on June 23 ~ Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4100 Lyndale Ave South. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials be given to Bethlehem Lutheran Church Senior Ministries or Mount Olivet Careview Home.

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