William (Bill) Charles Johnson, of Bloomington, died on January 12, 2017. His heart, which was ironically so big and strong in all the metaphorical ways, was not able to do its most basic job any longer.
Bill was born November 22, 1950, the son of James and Eleanor Johnson. He attended public schools in East Bloomington, graduating from John F. Kennedy High School.He would like us to add (with a wink and a smile) that he was in the first class of “high achievers.” He was lucky enough to meet Debra Norblom, the love of his life, in high school and they were married in 1971. In response to a low draft number, he enlisted in the Army and served in Vietnam. After returning home, he traveled the country visiting Army buddies and ended up in Bozeman, Montana for a few years. Returning to Minnesota in 1974, he worked at the family plumbing business before starting back at college. He graduated from the University of Minnesota IT program in 1983 and then worked as a computer programmer for more than thirty years. He settled nicely into early retirement, running Grampy Daycare whenever one of his children and grandchildren needed him.
Bill loved and was loved so deeply by his family, extended family and a wide circle of friends.You have never met a more social and kind man. He struck up conversations with everyone he met and was truly interested in everyone’s story. During his alone time he read and listened to audio books, always trying to better understand this world we live in and saving a piece of information to bring up later in conversation.He enjoyed travel and talked his way through an international tour of Irish pubs from Boston to Dingle. He loved hunting and fishing, but also was known for his soft spot for saving animals in distress. Bill played thousands of hands of cribbage, the family game passed down through his dad, and would have won more of them if his wife wasn’t always so “lucky.”He was fiercely loyal when it came to sports teams and was thrown out of a hockey rink (or two) for zealous advocacy with the referees.
Bill is survived by his wife Debra, his children Bridget (Bart Gernander), Hillary (PaulaU’Ren) and Jess-William (Michelle Cook Johnson), his adored grandchildren (Ella Gernander, Charlie Gernander, Isla-Grace Johnson, Amelia Johnson, William-James Johnson,Livia Johnson), cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Susan Becker.
A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, January 16th at Gill Brothers Funeral Home at 9947 Lyndale Avenue South in Bloomington. Visitation will begin two hours prior to the service. Following the service, there will be an Irish wake until 7:00 p.m. with music, food and drink at the Eagles Club at 9152 Old Cedar Avenue in Bloomington. Please come and share a story with us. Private interment will follow at a later date at Fort Snelling. The family suggests memorials to the American Civil Liberties Union or any other organization of your choosing that will help our country be a place worthy of its founding ideals.
Jack W. Carlson J.D., CPA age 81, of Bloomington, passed away peacefully on December 8, 2016. A memorial service will be celebrated this Saturday, January 14 at 1:30 PM at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 8600 Fremont Avenue South, Bloomington, MN. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Christ the King Foundation, or University of Illinois Foundation - College of Law (1305 West Green St, Harker Hall MC-386, Urbana IL 61801), or Bloomington Rotary Club Foundation (PO Box 20300, Bloomington, MN 55420).
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Maureen Elizabeth Noonan, age 76 of Minneapolis. Born July 13, 1940. Her suffering ended January 10, 2017. She was a loving mother and grandmother with a great sense of humor. Survived by children, Wayne Wolfe, Caron Fattah, Catherine (Sai) Nair and Aaron Noonan; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral Service 1:30 p.m., Friday, January 13th at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 5801 Lyndale Ave. S. with visitation one hour prior to service only. Interment Lakewood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family.
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Edward N. Bovy, age 85,died on November 21, 2016, peacefully in his sleep. Preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Ida Bovy; siblings, Roman Bovy, Esther Meyer, Viola Loesch, Leona Giesel, Leo Bovy, and Joseph Bovy. Survived by wife, Ellie; daughters, Kimberlee (Tom) Bluhm, Karen Bovy; grandson, Kazimer; siblings, Martha Stock, Urban Bovy, and Alvin Bovy; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Ed's entrepreneurial spirit and his high energy was his life-long passion. A special thank you to Dr. Jorgenson and his team. Also Allina (Tim), Yellow Rose (John), and Baywood (Julie, John, and Denise) homecare. Mass of Christian Burial Friday, January 13, 2017, 11:00 a.m. at The Church of St. Richard, 7550 Penn Ave. So. Visitation one hour prior to Mass, and a lunch following Mass at church.
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Allan Joseph Baumhover was born on September 6th, 1960 in Carroll, Iowa. Died suddenly on January 5, 2017.He was the 3rd child born to Jim & Marie Baumhover. He attended Our Lady of Mt Carmel grade school and Kuemper Catholic High School graduating in 1978. He went on to attended Iowa State University where he earned a BA in Accountng. His first job was in Charles City, Iowa. He then went on to work for Continental Grain in Minneapolis. He earned his CPA in Minnesota and worked for several companies over the years. He was employed with Merrill Corporation when he passed away.
Al loved boating, fishing, music, and cooking. And we can’t forget about his beloved car. He married his soulmate Tammy Burton on November 14, 1992 at Nativity of Mary Church in Bloomington, MN. Their daughter Kathryn was born on August 14, 1996. Al and Tammy had a very special bond that saw them through all the good times and the bad. Kathryn is the light of their lives.
Al lived his life on his own terms. If he wanted steak, he was going to eat steak. If it was followed by ice cream, so much the better. Al was quite a character and those who knew him best have great stories about his ingenuity, DIY skills, and his love for duct tape. Al had the wonderful gift of being able to laugh at himself and not take himself too seriously. He owned his idiosyncrasies. When we told “Al stories” no one was laughing louder or longer than Al himself.
Al is survived by his wife Tammy and daughter Kathryn, parents Jim and Marie Baumhover, siblings Mary Jo (Mark) Bayliss, Patrick (Anne) Baumhover, Dale Baumhover, David (Patty) Baumhover, Eileen (Jerry) Philbin, and Kevin Baumhover, many nieces and nephews, and very close friend Joe Strand. So we say goodbye much too soon to a beloved husband and father, son and brother, and friend. You will be greatly missed but we promise to always keep you close in our hearts and minds. Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 10 AM ~ The Church of the Nativity of Mary, 9900 Lyndale Avenue South, Bloomington, MN. Interment Bloomington Cemetery. Visitation Monday, 5-8 PM at Gill Brothers Bloomington Chapel, 9947 Lyndale Avenue South and also one hour prior to mass at church. If so desired, memorials may be directed to the family.
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Deacon Jack Herzog
November 25, 1925- January 5, 2017
John Thomas Herzog was known by most as “Jack.” His faith, family and friends were the most important things in his life. He had an amazing sense of humor and was the best story-teller. He would tell stories of growing up, meeting his wife, Carol, his time in the Navy, and often would just make up stories on the fly! He had a deep, soothing voice and many thought he was a singer. He never met a stranger and would often make friends just sitting on a bench outside a shop.
Jack was the third of ten children born to Henry and Kathryn Herzog in St. Paul, MN. Soon they moved to White Bear Lake, where he enjoyed a storied childhood, fishing, swimming and helping raise his younger siblings. At 16, he left high school to join the Navy and serve his country during World War II. He was stationed in the South Pacific where he served as an Aviation Mechanic.
Following his honorable discharge from the Navy, Jack returned to Minnesota, and it didn’t take long before he captured the heart of a beautiful young woman named Carol. They were married in 1948 and began having children fairly quickly since both of them loved kids. They would have six children over the next 15 years. Shortly into their marriage, Carol began having symptoms of a health problem, and was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. After fighting the illness for ten years, she passed into eternity in 1966.
During the time of her illness, Jack would work, take care of the kids, and care for Carol. The time he spent caring for her was the birthing of a ministry work that he would continue the rest of his life. He carried the gift of mercy and giving, and countless people have been the recipient of his gifts.
In 1985 he formalized his ministry by accepting the call to the Catholic Deaconate. He studied for four years and was ordained as a Deacon in 1989. He spent countless hours serving as a Deacon in the Catholic Church, as well as many more outside of church ministering to people in nursing homes.
As much as he loved the nursing homes, it was very difficult when it came time for him to move into one himself. Jack had been battling cancer for 15 years, when in July of 2016 he needed additional care. That is when he began his full-time ministry to patients and staff as a resident of a nursing home! He was such a people-person, he made it a priority to smile at everyone and be encouraging to everyone he saw. He called the nurses and aides “his angels.” He often led the rosary and would wheel through the halls greeting people who often had very few visitors.
On the day of his departure to heaven, Jack was very anxious that morning, saying “Let’s get out of here” because he was so ready to go. During that day he would often groan deeply as if it were coming from the depths of his being. It was like 2 Corinthians 5 says:
“Now we know that if the earthlytent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.” NIV
Jack was ‘swallowed up by life’ that night at 8:10 PM. His ministry on this earth was over. He fought the fight. He finished the race. He kept the faith. Now there is in store for him a crown of righteousness. 2 Timothy 4:7-8
Jack is survived by six children, ten grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers and 4 sisters.
Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday January 10, 2017 11:00 a.m. at the Church of St. Bonaventure, 901 East 90th Street Bloomington, MN. Visitation one hour prior to Mass at church only. Visitation with military honors at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
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Angie went to be with her Heavenly Father on January 4, 2017. Angie was born to Joe and Mary Kerber on May 27, 1917. She is preceded in death by her husband, Arne, parents Joe and Mary, sister Ruth, brothers Paul, Leander and Art. Angie is survived by her sons Paul (Anne) and John (Mary), 4 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild, sisters Theresa Grommesch, Patsy Weekley, Marge Ehr, Marie Travers, many nieces and nephews.
Angie was a Eucharistic minister at St. Peter’s and President of the Richfield garden club for many years. She was also one of the original members of U.S. Swim and Fitness in Richfield. We are so grateful to the wonderful care and compassion she was given by all the aides and nurses at Heritage of Edina over the past several years and for the care she received from everyone at St. Croix hospice.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 67th & Nicollet, Richfield on Tuesday, January 10th at 11:00 AM with visitation 1 hour prior to mass. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery, Mendota Heights. Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Johnson, Sharon L. age 80 of Minneapolis, MN passed away peacefully on January 2, 2017. Preceded in death by parents, Arthur and Dorothy Bauer; and brother, Gerald Bauer. Survived by husband, Anton; children, Geraldine Longfellow, Jean (Jerry) Pearson, Gary (Jayna), Jayne (D. Scott) Atkinson, Gordon (Evonne), and Joan; special friends, Timothy Longfellow and Joe Sparrman; 11 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and many extended relatives and friends. Funeral service Monday January 9, 2017 11 a.m. at Gill Brothers Funeral Home 5801 Lyndale Ave. So. Minneapolis, MN. Visitation one hour prior to service. Lunch to follow. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
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Anderson, Lemana Justine age 93 of Minneapolis, MN passed away on December 16, 2016. Preceded in death by parents, Michael William and Lemana (Lindekugel) Heckmann; husband, Arnold. Survived by children, Ken (Lesli), Gene (Shirley), and Lowell (Kathy); grandchildren, Bryon, Chris (Thelma), Jason (Christina), and Kaitlyn; 6 great-grandchildren; and many loving extended relatives and friends. Funeral service Monday, January 9th, 11 AM at Richfield United Methodist Church, 5835 Lyndale Ave. So. Minneapolis, MN. Visitation one hour prior to service at church. Interment Oak Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Richfield United Methodist Church or Animal Humane Society of the United States.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN 612.861.6088