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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Clemensen, Raymond Olaf age 96 of Bloomington, MN passed away peacefully surrounded by family on August 25, 2016. Preceded in death by wife, Yvonne; parents, Sophus and Johanna; sister, Elna Melting; and brother, Robert Clemensen. Survived by children, Michael (Linda), Christine (James) Judge, and Paul (Kim); grandchildren, Stephanie Judge, James (Kristin) Clemensen, Jennifer Judge, and Eric Clemensen. Raymond was a Navy veteran serving in WWII aboard USS Intrepid CV-11 and a Charter Member of the Bloomington Fire Department. He was a beloved father and grandfather who will be missed greatly. Visitation beginning at 9 a.m. until time of service. Memorial service Saturday, August 27, 10:30 a.m. at Gill Brothers Funeral Home 9947 Lyndale Ave. So. Bloomington, MN. Interment Bloomington Cemetery with lunch to follow at Bloomington Fire Station 1 at 10 W. 95th St. Bloomington, MN. In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to Bloomington Association of Retired Firefighters or donor’s choice.


BLOOMINGTON, MN      952.888.7771

Friday, August 26, 2016

Donald "Don"  Lorence Elsen, age 89, longtime Richfield resident, entered the arms of Jesus and was reunited with his loving wife Betty and his son Jeffrey on August 22. Survived by his children: Julie (Curtis), Mary, and Michael (Gerilyn); 11 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and numerous other family and friends. Don and his brothers owned Elsen Service Garage in Richfield. He was an active member of Assumption Church, a proud Korean War Veteran and a dedicated volunteer at Bridging. Mass of Christian Burial at  Assumption Church, 305 East 77th Street in Richfield, Friday August 26th at 11:00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior. Visitation, also at Assumption Church, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday August 25th, with memories and prayer service at 7:00 p.m.  Interment at Assumption Cemetery with luncheon to follow.  Memorials preferred to Bridging Inc., Assumption Cemetery Fund or Donor’s choice.


BLOOMINGTON, MN   952 888 7771

Friday, August 26, 2016

Patricia C. Remole, 90, of Bloomington, MN, formerly of Edina, peacefully passed away on August 22, 2016 following a brief illness.  William Remole, M.D., her devoted husband of 65 years, children, Mary Remole, Michelle (Tim) Regan, Patricia (Ross) Tomita, Stephen (Kathryn) Remole, Margaret (Daniel) Lively; 7 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews, survive Patty. She is preceded in death by her older brother and sister, and survived by her younger sister and brother.  She grew up in the St. Cloud area before attending the College of St. Catherine, where she earned both RN and BS degrees in nursing. While in nursing school during WWII, she was a member of the Cadet Nurse Corps.  Following graduation, she attended the University of Minnesota for a master’s degree in nursing education, while employed as a pediatric staff nurse at Hennepin General Hospital. During this tenure she was promoted to charge nurse of the pediatric ward, and more importantly, it was at this time Patty met the aspiring internal medicine fellow who was to become her husband.  Throughout her life Patty lived for her family and her faith.  Several especially deep friendships supported these passions.  Her legacy to all who knew her is a life lived with dignity, integrity, fidelity, and most importantly, love.  Mass of Christian Burial Friday 11:00 a.m. at the Church of Our Lady of Grace, 5051 Eden Ave. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation Friday one hour prior to Mass at church only. Special thanks to Geri, Josie, Martina, and Bridget, as well as the exemplary staff at Our Lady of Peace.  Remembrances may be offered to Our Lady of Peace Home in St. Paul, MN.


MINNEAPOLIS, MN  612 861 6088

Friday, August 26, 2016

Francis "Frank" Raymond Grady, died August 21, 2016, one-day shy of his 98th birthday. Loyal servant to his family, faith, and country.   Survived by four daughters, three sons, seventeen grandchildren, and sixteen great-grandchildren.  Preceded in death by his wife Phyllis B. Grady, a former F.B.I employee, and his fourth son Terrence.  His daughters are Patricia LaPlace (Jean), Kathleen Lindquist (David), Sharon Ringham (Donald) and Teresa Berg.  His sons are Martin Wilson-Grady (Chris), Daniel Ol-Grady and Michael Grady (Pat).  Frank retired as an F.B.I Special Agent of the Minneapolis office on 6/30/1977 after 36 years of service.  After his retirement Frank was appointed Chief Deputy Sheriff of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office by Don Omodt.  The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Park Nicollet Hospice and the caregivers at The Glenn in Hopkins.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 AM on Friday August 26th at Nativity of Mary Catholic Church, 9900 Lyndale Avenue South, Bloomington, Minnesota.  Visitation will be held one hour before mass.  Private interment will be at Dawn Cemetery.  Memorials preferred to the following, F.B.I. Agents Association College Education Fund, or Park Nicollet Hospice.


Bloomington, Minnesota   952-888-7771

Thursday, August 25, 2016
Patricia Anne Smith Neir
Feb. 9th, 1951 - August 26 th, 2016
Patti Smith Neir, a loving, artistic, generous, and radiant woman, died at her home in Minneapolis on Friday, 26 August 2016.  She was 65.
Patti was the first born of five girls to David Malcom Smith and Donna Mae Swenson Smith in River Falls, WI.  A 1969 graduate of River Falls High School, she was active on the debate team, in music, and future nurses organizations.  In college, her interests changed and she earned her BA from the University of Wisconsin / River Falls in elementary education.
In 1978, Patti began her 29-year career at Xerox Corporation where she was one of their top account managers. She was a frequent member of their President’s club honoring outstanding members of the Xerox sales team. Patti was a loyal mentor and longtime friend to many of her coworkers and customers.
On 16 January 1988, Patti married Francis Neir at the First Congregational Church in River Falls.  Patti and Fran have a daughter together, Olivia Neir
In 1991, Patti was elected to the Board of Directors of the First National Bank of River Falls, and has held the position of Board Chair for the last 4 years.  As a member of Plymouth Congregational Church, she served on the Board of Stewards and the Board of Deacons.  Patti was also President of the 18 Hole League at Town and Country Club. 
Patti and Fran together traveled the world. However, their favorite destination was Owakonze, Ontario Canada. They loved to play golf and cook great meals for their family and friends with Patti ‘s famous pies – she was a master pie maker.  
Patti's impact on the community was profound and can be attributed to her sense of duty and caring nature. Patti was a loyal and true friend to an amazing number of people. She delighted in finding just the right gift for all of them. Patti was generous, gracious, kind, loving, supportive and smart with a great capacity for forgiveness. She was gorgeous, stylish, funny and fun. 
Patti is survived by her husband Fran, son Scott (Robyn) Bercot, daughter Olivia Neir, step-children, Alex (Stacy) Neir, Cassie (Mike) Morris, sisters, Sandy (Mike) Wurm, Polly (Mark) Stafford, Stephanie Smith, Mary Grace Smith, sisters in law, Maggie (Hovey) Tinsman and Nancy Wachs (Conrad Huff), nieces and nephews, Melissa (Mike) Herskowitz, Christian (Aidee) Wurm, Chloe Smith, Andrew and Mitch Stafford, Hovey (Sarah) Tinsman, Heidi Tinsman (Erik Kongshaug) and Bruce (Sharon) Tinsman, grandchildren, Dean, Max, Warren and Elyse Bercot, Morgan Neir and Izzy and Lexi Morris.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Age 97, formerly of Edina, passed peacefully at her residence at The Glenn in Hopkins, on August 21, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wallin; parents, Matthew and Beatrice Nolan and 9 brothers and sisters. She will be greatly missed by her children, Mark Bynell and Julie (William) Stoeger; 5 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She retired from TCF bank where she was a mortgage officer. Posie was a loving caregiver to her family and always put their needs ahead of her own. She faced many challenges in her life with courage and grace. Many thanks to the staff of The Glenn, Hopkins and Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital Hospice for their loving and compassionate care. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, August 24 at 11 AM at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 5071 Eden Ave, Edina. Visitation will be one hour prior to Mass at the church. Interment at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials preferred to the Alzheimer’s Association or donor’s choice.


Minneapolis    612-861-6088

Monday, August 22, 2016

Age 75, of the Bronx, NY and Edina, passed away on August 17, 2016 after a short battle with cancer.   Preceded in death by parents, Bill and Flora Barry, native New Yorkers.  Bob’s life reflected his heart for service, justice, and peace.  These ideals were manifested in his adult years while serving in various capacities with the U.S. Navy, Control Data Corporation, St. John’s University, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Mpls., St. Matthew’s Catholic School,  and the Dakota County Department of Corrections.  Further, Bob actively participated with numerous peace and justice efforts to include non-violent resistance to war and nuclear weapons.  Bob’s legacy lives on through his loving wife of 50 years, Patricia; four children: Rob Jr. (Suzanne), Bill (Laura), Christine Tuttle (Kyle), and John (Rebecca), along with 10 grandchildren, his loving siblings Cathy Jaszczak (Joe), and Steve (Bobbie), along with his incredible nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for Monday, August 22 at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Prairie Trail, Eden Prairie at 11am.  There will be a viewing before the Mass beginning at 10.  Burial service after a church luncheon will be held at Resurrection Cemetery, Mendota Heights.  Bob kindly requests that memorials be preferred to Covenant House (Opening Doors for Homeless Youth), New York City.    


Bloomington      952-888-7771

Friday, August 19, 2016

Richard Wayne “Rick” Gunderson age 69 of Bloomington, passed away at his home on 8/14/16.  Our Dad was a loving father, proud grandpa, caring brother and a loyal and true friend to many.  Rick served in the US Army and was a Vietnam War veteran.   He was self-employed his entire career, the proud owner of Rick Gunderson Construction, Inc.  Fishing and vintage cars were his hobbies.  Preceded in death by parents, Paul B. and Beatrice Gunderson; brothers, Paul A. and Tom. Survived by children, Dawn (Marty) Martens, Erick Gunderson and their mother, Roxie Gunderson; grandchildren, Ethan, Emma, Sophia; sister, Carol (Dan) Smith; many nieces and nephews; former spouse, Janell Goodermont, and many dear friends. Funeral service Friday 11:00 a.m. at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 1701 W. Old Shakopee Rd. Interment, Dawn Valley Memorial Park. Visitation Thursday 4-7 p.m. at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale Ave. So. and 1 hour prior to service at church.

Rick will be deeply missed by all whose lives he touched.   


BLOOMINGTON, MN  952 888 7771

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Gloria Faith Cecere, age 97 of Bloomington.  Born in Minneapolis, MN 03/14/1919, passed away 08/10/2016.  Gloria was devoted to her husband, Julius, and their 3 children, several foster children and her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She served her country in the U.S. Coast Guard.  Gloria enjoyed singing in the church choir and spending time with family and friends.  She worked for the phone company as an operator for many years.  Preceded in death by her parents; husband, Julius Cecere; grandson, Joseph Groehler.  She leaves behind her son, Thomas (Tracy) Cecere; daughters, Sarajo (Robert) Groehler, Julianne (David) Hord; 7 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and many family and friends.  Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m., Thursday, August 18, 2016 at the Church of the Nativity of Mary, 9900 Lyndale Ave. S., Bloomington.  Visitation Wednesday, 5-7 p.m. at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale Ave. S. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery.


Bloomington, MN 952-888-7771

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Ann T. Jones,  age 77 of Minneapolis, soothed by the loving voices of her family at her side, died peacefully on August 13, 2016 due to complications from cancer.  As Ann said upon reflecting on her imminent death, "Who would have thunk it?" Born on April 1, 1939 in Gainesville, Georgia, Ann was the youngest daughter of Roy and Grace Tarpley. A fun-loving, sharp-minded, funky-thinking, feisty renaissance woman who was young at heart, Ann embraced new ideas, new talents and new friendships throughout her life. Though small in stature, Ann had a big, warm personality, always ready with a smile and a hug. Generous, encouraging and supportive of family and friends, she served as an example to those around her of how to live a kind and decent life and inspired others to dream big. Ann believed very strongly in working toward a better world, especially through her interest and involvement in politics. A lifelong Democrat, Ann put her values into practice by working on campaigns, informing those around her and driving seniors  in her community to the polls on Election Day.  The beauty in the world was cherished by Ann. She took pleasure in the joys of nature, especially the gardens she planted with her family and friends. As a sculptor, Ann turned her talents toward making the world more beautiful through her striking works of art from stone. Her greatest joy in life, however, was her family -- both her immediate and her extended. Having lived at times in Georgia, Seattle, New York and Florida, Ann moved up north to Minnesota, despite her discomfort with winter, to be close to her family. Ann found great happiness in being together and sharing in family events. Deeply devoted and supportive to her family, Ann loved being a mother and mother-in-law, but she especially loved being a grandmother. When asked the best part about life, Ann responded that it was her time spent with her loving son David, her daughter-in-law Rachel and her precious grandchild Isabelle. She was resilient in times of challenge, joyful in times of ease and forever grateful for the blessings in her life. She was feisty, fun and fascinating, but most especially Ann was full of love. She will be very dearly missed. Survived by her loving son David (Rachel Orman), adoring granddaughter Isabelle, sisters Peggy (Ronnie) Moody and Joan (Bob) Prescott, niece and nephews, grand nieces and nephews and her extended Minnesota family. Preceded in death by her parents Roy and Grace (Mangum) Tarpley. A special thank you to the caring staff at Fairview Southdale Hospital. Memorial service Wednesday, August 17th, at 11:00 AM at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 5801 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55419.
Minneapolis, MN   612-861-6088
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