Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Valley Community Presbyterian Church, 3100 North Lilac Drive for Ferne Plenke, 86, who died in her Golden Valley home last week. Born 1929 in Cambria, WI, to Emery and Eva Mae Stone, she and her siblings Lyle, Carol, Norm and Nancy grew up in Lodi, WI. After graduating high school, Ferne moved to Madison and started a career with Bell Telephone that spanned 40 years. She married Tom Plenke on June 25, 1950. The couple moved to the Twin Cities five years later and settled on Minneapolis’ North Side. They moved to Golden Valley in 1974. Tom died in 1994. Ferne loved her time at church, traveling the world, playing golf, listening to jazz, reading, and entertaining family and friends.
Survivors include: children Mark of Chico, CA, Jan (Walter) Eisner of St. Paul and Panama, and Tim of St. Paul; siblings Lyle Stone of Lodi, Carol Garro of Sauk City, WI, and Nancy Kay (Bob) Reuter of Fairview, NC; three grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 7300 42nd Avenue North, New Hope, and at the Valley Community Presbyterian Church, 3100 Lilac Drive N., Golden Valley, an hour before the service.
NEW HOPE, MN 763 531 1777
Ollikain, Mary C.
Age 65 of Minneapolis, MN. Born November 18, 1950 in Alexandria, MN to Alfred and Alice (Olson) Ollikain. Preceded in death by her mother Alice. Survived by children, Renee, Bill and Jon; father, Alfred; sister, Judy; and brother, Randy. Funeral service Tuesday, January 26nd, 2016, 2:00 pm at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 3045 Chicago Avenue So., Minneapolis, MN 55407.
Gill Brothers 612-861-6088
Ronald Dean Estes, age 55 of Spring Park, MN passed away January 23, 2016. Preceded in death by father, Wilfred. Survived by mother, Jackie Estes; sister, Deb (Jon) Peterson; brother, Tom (Vicki) Estes; nephews, Dan and Andy; other family and friends and his beloved cat, Doof. A memorial service will be held mid-February in Henning, MN. Memorials preferred to the Otter Tail County Humane Society.
New Hope, MN 763-531-1777
Paulis, Steve E. (Paulisich) age 88 of Augustana Apple Valley, died peacefully on January 19, 2016 surrounded by his family. Steve was born in Biwabik, MN on February 6, 1927 and graduated from Biwabik High, Virginia Junior College and the Minnesota School of Business. He served in U.S. Army from 1945 to 1946. He owned Paulis Range Realtors and Insurance Co. Steve also played the clarinet and saxophone in a dance band called the “Iron Rangers”. Later Steve moved to Minneapolis where he worked for the State of Minnesota as a Real Estate Property Appraiser and became a Certified Real Estate Property Appraiser. (SRA) He was a life member of the Biwabik American Legion Post 160. He is preceded in death by his parents, Steve and Ann Paulisich; brother, Leonard Paulisich. Survived by sister, Marge (Ted) Pietrini; nieces and nephews, Laurie Witherby, Ted S .Pietrini, Cheryl Gilbertson, Joseph (Cammi) Pietrini; grandnieces and grandnephews, Luke and Shelby Witherby, Jessica, Danielle and Tyler Gilbertson, Stefani Jo Pietrini. Mass of Christian Burial Monday 11:00 a.m. at the Church of the Nativity of Mary, 9900 Lyndale Ave. So. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Visitation one hour prior to Mass at church only. Memorials preferred to the Multiple Sclerosis Association or Nativity of Mary Church.
BLOOMINGTON, MN 952 888 7771
Ole Johnson, age 78 of New Hope passed away on January 15, 2016. Survived by beloved wife, Karen; daughters, Diane (John) Altmix and Sheila (Matt) Ledger; 2 grandsons; sister, Lillian Joan; and many nieces nephews and friends. A memorial service will be held at Gill Brothers Funeral Chapel, 7300 42nd Ave. New Hope on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 11:30 am. Visitation will be from 10:30 am until time of service. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation at www.themmrf.org or charity of donor’s choosing.
NEW HOPE, MN 763.531.1777
Stoffels, Dorothy J.
Age 87 of Golden Valley, MN. Born September 27, 1928 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Walter and Edna (Fjellman) Brolin. Died January 15, 2016 in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Preceded in death by husband, Hubert "Jack" Stoffels. Funeral service will be Friday, January 22nd at 2 PM ~ Gill Brothers New Hope Chapel, 7300 42nd Avenue North, with visitation one hour prior to service. Interment ~ Gethsemane Cemetery.
Gill Brothers 763-531-1777
Timothy Ogilvie, 52 of Shoreview passed away from a heart attack at his home on January 15, 2016 with his beloved wife Vida (Norwood) Ogilvie at his side. Tim was born in Winthrop on July 25, 1963 and grew up in Caledonia. He received a B. A. from Metropolitan State University and Masters of Software Systems from the University of St. Thomas. He was employed as an IT Manager and consultant. Timothy was hard working, thoughtful, articulate, and intense with a wicked sense of humor. His family and friends will remember his loving spirit and generosity. Tim enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing, spending time at his cabin, and playing with his dogs. In addition to his wife he is survived by his mother, Ellen of Hopkins; and sisters, Laura Eglinton of Calendonia and Lisa (John) Arnold of Harrisburg, PA; nephews and nieces, Lucas, Casey, Khaddisha, Desiree and Gillian, as well as extended family and friends. Service will be held January 21 11:00 a.m. at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 7300 42nd Ave. North New Hope, MN. Visitation 1 hour prior to service. Interment, Gethsemane Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, kindly make donations to the American Diabetes Association.
NEW HOPE, MN 763 531 1777
LaTourelle, Gerda V.
Age 99 of Minneapolis, MN. Born April 11, 1916 in Vedum, Sweden to Carl and Signe Lansch. Died January 18, 2016 at Jones Harrison Residence, Minneapolis, MN. Preceded in death by husband, Napoleon Joseph LaTourelle, Jr. Survived by son, John Michael LaTourelle. Graveside service will be Wednesday, January 20th at 10:35 AM ~ Fort Snelling National Cemetery, gathering at assembly area 6.
Gill Brothers 612-861-6088
Bruce L. Ritchie, age 67 of Savage. Avid golfer and fisher. Born June 22, 1948 in Des Moines, IA; passed away peacefully January 13, 2016. Preceded in death by parents, Sterling and Lillian Ritchie; siblings, Phillip, Phyllis and LaVera. Survived by wife, Lori “Swede;” children, Drake (Mary Kay), Nancy Smith, Aaron (Kristine), Sonja Ritchie, Karla (Scott) LaCroix and Neal; grandchildren, Gage, McCoy, Maxwell, Parker, Cohen, Michael, Madison, Matthew, Taylor and Makayla; brothers, Dave (Kimberly) and Stan; family and many friends. Funeral Service 5 p.m., Tuesday, January 19th at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale Ave. S., Bloomington with gathering beginning at 4 p.m.
Bloomington, MN 952-888-7771
Stancuk, Florence Mary (Daly)
Age 94, of Bloomington, passed away on January 12, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter Stanley Stancuk; mother, Pearl Daly; brothers, George & Delver Daly; sisters, Lucille Nelson & Gladys Guzy. She is survived by her son Peter (Nancy) Stancuk; daughter, Pamela Thomes; grandson, Jordan Thomes; sister, Dorothy Stellick; and many nieces and nephews. She was a longtime Dayton’s employee, and loved to shop downtown Minneapolis. After retirement Pete and Florence enjoyed many years traveling together. A visitation will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2016 from 1:00-4:00 PM at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale Ave S, Bloomington. Private family burial at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.