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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

David J. Mesenbourg age 76 of Edina. Preceded in death by parents, Jack and Elizabeth Mesenbourg; sisters, Mary and Ann. Survived by loving wife of 47 years, Barbara; sons, John, Thomas, David, Joseph; grandchildren, Caitlin, Steven, Cecilia, Sydney, Ava; brothers,  Mark, Nick and John. Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday 1:00 p.m. at the of Church of Christ the King, 5029 Zenith Ave. So. Interment Gethsemane Cemetery. Visitation Wednesday one hour prior to Mass at church only. Reception following Mass at Keegan’s Pub, 16 University Ave. N.E. Memorials preferred to Sharing and Caring Hands or Little Sisters of the Poor.

David wanted everybody to know he thanks Jesus for his life!


BLOOMINGTON, MN  952 888 7771

Monday, October 10, 2016

“A Wonderful Life.” Janice M. DuPont, age 87, died peacefully on September 29, 2016 surrounded by her family. Jan was born on August 24, 1929 on a farm in Chanhassen, MN, the youngest of 9 children of John and Agnes Sinnen Welter. She attended Guardian Angels High School in Chaska, MN where she met her loving husband and best friend of 64 years, Jerome “Bill” DuPont. They married at St. Hubert’s Catholic Church in Chanhassen, MN on February 23, 1952 and eventually moved to Bloomington, MN where she (and Bill) raised their 6 children. Jan ran a small business and volunteered at her church, her children’s schools, and the local nursing home. Jan and Bill’s marriage was a true love story to the end. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, playing a caring and active role in her children and grandchildren’s lives up to her death. Jan was a kind, gentle, patient, and gracious soul, with a knock out smile and sparkling blue eyes. Jan had a strong faith and by her example taught us all to be better people. Jan was an outstanding host, often opening her home to family, friends, neighbors, and passersby. On Thanksgiving her “dressing” and “pumpkin pies” were legendary, as were her Christmas Tree Decorating Parties, and lively “Dinner” club gatherings. No one will ever forget her “famous & delicious” divinity.  When not spending time with family or friends, Jan was an avid walker, reader, gardener, and Minnesota Twins fan. She possessed a quick wit and a fantastic sense of humor.

Jan was preceded in death by her parents, John and Agnes Welter, and her siblings, Eleanore (Sr. Linnea, OSB), Dorothy, Helen, Gus, Esther (Sr. Michelle, OSB), Jim, and Norbert.   

Jan is survived by her loving husband Bill, her six children: Tom(Mary), Steve(Lori), Mark(Kate), Michelle(Scott) Johnson, Mike(Meghan), Pete(Mandy), her sixteen grandchildren, her brother, Jerry Welter and sister-in-law, Gladys Lebens.  She is also survived by many nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.   

Special thanks to the loving caregivers at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, MN and Friendship Village in Bloomington, MN and her compassionate physician, Dr. Maggie McEvoy

Jan was a true hero. Going about her life in a simple manner, loving her husband, children, and friends and through her actions and example making the world a better place. Jan will be greatly missed and forever loved by her family and friends. Mass of Christian Burial Monday, October 10th 11:00 a.m. at Assumption Catholic Church 305 E. 77th St. Richfield, MN.  Visitation one-hour prior to the Mass. Private interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery.  

For memorials please consider a donation to Bridging, 201 W 87th Street, Bloomington, MN 55420.


BLOOMINGTON, MN    952.888.7771

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Passed away on September 22, 2016 at age 48. She was preceded in death by Grandma and Grandpa Munson, Grandma and Grandpa Hoerchner, and Uncle Lee Hoerchner. Survived by father, Will; mother, Lynn (Hoerchner); brother, Brent; uncle, Don Munson; cousins, Julie and Dan and their families; aunt, Carolyn and Don Westberg; cousins, Michelle, Kristin, and Rick and their families. Memorial Service Saturday October 8, 2016 11 AM at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 4240 Gettysburg Ave N,  New Hope, MN. Visitation one hour prior to service. Lunch following the service at the church.


NEW HOPE, MN       763.531.1777

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Mary Jo (MJ) Welter age 49 of Shakopee, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease at Abbott Northwestern Hospital on September 23, 2016.  Born October 21, 1966 in Minneapolis, MN to James and Mary Ann (Scholz) Welter.  Preceded in death by parents; brother, Vincent; and foster parents Delores and Paul Berrry.  She is survived by five sisters, Judy, Gail, Lynn, Clare, and Paula; four brothers, Peter, Ben Mike, and Ted; and her lifelong friend and foster sister, Connie.  Mary Jo spent her childhood in Hawaii and Bloomington, and then settled at a group home in Shakopee.  The careful and loving care of the Thomas Allen staff enabled Mary Jo to live a long and happy life with Down Syndrome, and we are forever thankful to all the people who cared for her.  Mary Jo was proud of her various jobs - sorting, wrapping silverware in napkins - whatever assignment she was given.  She loved being the center of attention, telling stories, singing songs, and playing kings-in-the-corner.  Her moods passed liked clouds and sunshine, and her short life was a happy life.  This past year of suffering with seizures and complications with medicines has ended.  May the angels lead her into paradise, and like the poor Lazarus, may she have eternal rest.  Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 11 AM - Church of the Assumption, 305 East 77th Street, Richfield, MN.  Visitation one hour prior to mass at church. Funeral lunch to follow.  Memorials may be directed to Prolife Across America.   

Gill Brothers   952-888-7771



Friday, October 7, 2016

Hviding, Terrence J. “Terry” age 72 of Bloomington. Preceded in death by parents, Steve and Eldora Hviding; and brother, Mike Hviding. Survived by brother, Dan (Connie) Hviding; sister, Kay (Norris) Berg; sister-in-law, Gloria Hviding; 7 nieces and nephews; and a friend of Bill W. since May 12, 1974. Visitation Friday October 7, 2016 4-7 p.m. at Gill Brothers Funeral Home 9947 Lyndale Ave. So. Bloomington, MN. Prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Memorials preferred to Donors Choice.


BLOOMINGTON, MN      952.888.7771

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Age 93, of Bloomington, MN, died on September 23, 2016. She was an employee of Northern States Power Company for 34 years. Preceded in death by her parents, Matthew and Tina Meyers; brothers, Harry Meyers, Peter Meyers, Willard Meyers and George Meyers; sisters, Marie Krall, Claire Carlson, Rita Fuchs and Betty Siebert. Survived by many beloved nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, October 6 at 10 AM at Nativity of Mary Catholic Church, 9900 Lyndale Ave S, Bloomington. Visitation one hour prior to Mass at the church. Interment at St. Gabriel’s Cemetery in Fulda, MN.


BLOOMINGTON, MN        952 888 7771

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Kathleen "Kate" (nee Heitzman) age 88 of Bloomington. Passed away 10-2-2016. Preceded in death by parents, Clara and Anton; brothers, Lloyd and Elwood; husband of 58 years, Terry Stratton.  Survived by her eight children, Carol (Dave) Thersleff, Sandy (Rick) Rusch, Jim (Nancy) Stratton, Jeff Stratton, Mary (Tom) Bauer, Patricia (Putts, Lee) Krueger, Tess (Tim) Caskey and Tom (Kathy) Stratton; 17 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brother, Fran Heitzman; sister, Mary Sullivan and many nieces and nephews.  Memorials preferred to Bridging, 201 W. 87th Street, Bloomington, MN 55420.  Funeral 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 5th at The Church of the Nativity of Mary, 9900 Lyndale Ave. S., Bloomington with visitation one hour prior to mass at church.  Interment Bloomington Cemetery.

www.GILLBROTHERS.com              Bloomington, Minnesota                952-888-7771

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

William “Bill” Henry Williams passed away at age 72 on Thursday morning, September 15th, preceded in death by his mother, Kay; father, Bill; step-mother, Lucy; brother, Dick; survived by his devoted wife of 45 years, Joyce; daughter, Katie; son, Mike; sister, Mary Kay (Jack) Mathiasen; many cousins, nieces and nephews. Bill was born in New York City; due to his father's FBI career, the family moved every 2 years until settling in Wayzata, MN, during his 10th grade.  He played basketball center for Wayzata and was on the 1959 team that took State; playing under Coach Hutton at Hamline U., St. Paul, which is where he and Joyce met.  He began a career in sales & marketing with 3M, next worked for Sico, Inc., which took him to many international locations in the hospitality industry.  By 1986, he was hired by Billy Bye of National Benefits, Inc., to open the K-12 Education Market to a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan, becoming the first to introduce the idea of employer-matching-plans to that sector.  This proved to be the career he'd always wanted, leading Bill & Joyce to purchase the Education Division in 1999, having his own company until his retirement in 2008. Bill served several years as President of the Piper Athletic Assoc., having a part in bringing Coach John Wooden as keynote speaker in 1995 for the 100 yr. Basketball Heritage Celebration (1st Intercollegiate game played at Hamline, February 1895). He cherished membership in TC Dunkers, supporting student athletes from MLPS & St. Paul. Bill had a special love for Alexandria, MN, specifically Lake Darling, where his family summered since 1955 in the cabin his father built.  In 1991, Bill had his own place just 2 doors down from the original cabin. Weekends found him there: water-skiing, golfing at the Alexandria GC, enjoying friends who came to play in his annual golf tournament of 17 yrs., being a founding member of The Legacy of the Lakes Antique Boat Museum, relishing rides in his 1947 Chris Craft. Bill was a faithful, loyal, loving husband, a playful devoted father, a teasing brother & a fun-loving trusted friend.  The years he endured Alzheimer's Disease proved him to be a man of great courage and acceptance. His Celebration of Life will be Wednesday, October 5, at Interlachen GC, 6200 Interlachen Blvd., Edina, 55436; 3:00 visitation, 4:00 service followed by a reception/sharing time. In lieu of flowers: memorials to the Alzheimer's Association.


NEW HOPE, MN  763 531 1777


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Formerly of Minneapolis, passed away Thursday, September 29, 2016, at the age of 92.  Don was a WWII Navy veteran, Minneapolis Public Schools teacher, volunteer at Fairview Southdale Hospital and Past Faithful Navigator of the 4th degree Knights of Columbus.  He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years Phyllis, daughter Kathy (Phil) Ledoux, son-in-law Russ Landers, grandchildren Chris Ledoux, Amy (Ryan) Lundquist, Denise Ledoux (RaseyProeung), Joe Ledoux, Elizabeth (Nick) Lehmann, Tom (Holly) Lunde, Katie Landers, Patrick (Angie) Carbert, Meghan Landers (Jose), 19 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his daughter Mary, two grandsons, parents, two brothers and two sisters.  Visitation from 5-7 PM Monday at Gill Brothers Funeral Chapel, 5801 Lyndale Ave. S.  Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, October 4 at 11 AM at Church of the Annunciation, 509 W. 54th St., with burial to follow at Resurrection Cemetery.  If so desired, memorials may be directed to Mount Olivet Careview Home in thanks for their loving care of Don.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Walter Lewis Bush, Jr.
Sept. 25, 1929-Sept. 22, 2016
Naples, Florida

One of the most recognized and respected leaders in the sport of amateur and professional hockey, passed away on September 22, 2016. He was 86.
In the first period of his life, Bush was born in Minneapolis and played high school hockey at The Breck School before heading east to Dartmouth College. He played hockey and football as an undergrad and then returned home to attend the University of Minnesota Law School. Bush married his long time sweetheart, sailing partner, and member of the Ice Follies, the late Mary Relf Bush. They spent 50 years together and she was his greatest fan.

After working as a lawyer at Strong, Tully & Bush, he played amateur hockey in the Twin Cities and hung up his skates when he found that he excelled at the administrative side of the game. In 1959, he was named General Manager of the U.S. National Team and was elected a Director to the Amateur Hockey Association of the United States (AHAUS) – now, USA Hockey.  Bush was integral in convincing the Soviet National Team to play in the U.S. for the first time that same year.

In the second period of Bush’s life, after gaining experience in the minors as the Owner and President of the Minneapolis Bruins of the Central Hockey League (CHL), Bush focused on an NHL expansion franchise for his home state. He led local hockey enthusiasts and businessmen in making a successful bid against competitor cities to establish the Minnesota Northstars in 1967.

The third period of Bush’s life focused on increasing participation and elevating amateur hockey in the U.S. He became the full-time, volunteer President of USA Hockey in June 1986, following his mentor, William Thayer Tutt. Bush served in that role for 17 years. In recognition of his 45th year of service to USA Hockey and commemorating his contributions to the greatest game on earth, the organization dedicated its national headquarters in Colorado Springs as The Walter L. Bush, Jr. Center in June of 1999.

Bush retired as a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Council in May 2008 after a 23-year stint, the last 14 years as a Vice President of the organization. He served on numerous committees within the IIHF, including Chair of the IIHF Women’s Ice Hockey Committee, the IIHF Inline Hockey Committee and the Selection Committee for the IIHF Hall of Fame from its inception. As chairman of the IIHF Women’s Ice Hockey Committee, Bush was instrumental in organizing the first IIHF Women’s World Championship. He also led the initiative that made women’s ice hockey a medal sport in the Olympic Winter Games in 1998 in Nagano, Japan.

Too many accolades to list, here are a few standouts:

In 1973, he received the NHL’s Lester Patrick Award in recognition of his outstanding service to ice hockey in the U.S. He was enshrined in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 1980 and, in 1989, was elected to the Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame. An inductee into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto in 2000, Bush was later elected to the IIHF Hall of Fame in 2009. Bush received the Olympic Order from the International Olympic Committee in 2002, the highest honor of the Olympic movement awarded for distinguished contributions in the cause of sport.

When Walter’s life went into overtime, he met the next love of his life, Kathleen “Sis” Bush. They were best friends and he loved to say: “With Sis’ legs and my brains, we make a pretty good team.” Sis’ beauty, strength and strong will were a perfect match for him. Walter was a dedicated family man, a loyal friend to many, a savvy world traveler, an exceptional golfer, a mediocre captain of his boats, an avid sports fan and always the guy in the room you wanted to laugh with and stick by his side. He savored life and was tireless filling his days and nights with his cherished friends, enjoying golf and boating, and discovering new ways to bring people together to share in the fun. His intelligence, sense of humor, wisdom, sharp mind, advocacy and quiet way of helping those in need will never be forgotten. He will be missed by his thousands of friends all over the world and especially by his family whom he deeply loved.

Survivors include his wife Kathleen “Sis” Bush; sons Walter III and Steven Bush Minneapolis (Jasper and Madeline); daughter, Anne (David) Hanson, Englewood, CO (Lilly and Adelaide); nephew, Robert Bush, Minneapolis; and niece, Tori Bush Pajeski of Great Barrington, MA. Special thanks to caregivers Jennifer and Steve Benson and Camille Schultz as well as long-time friend, assistant and confidante, Mary Ann Wadsworth.

In lieu of flowers, memorials honoring Walter may be made to: USA Hockey Foundation, 1775 Bob Johnson Dr., Colorado Springs, CO  80906; and/or Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, 920 E. 28th St., Ste. 100, Mpls., MN 55407.

Memorial service will be held on Oct. 4th at 11:00a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, 6820 St. Patrick’s Lane, Edina, MN.


MINNEAPOLIS, MN        952 888 7771


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