Obituaries

John W. Collins, Jr.

7/25/1934 — 7/24/2015

John W. Collins, Jr., age 80, of Shakopee, entered eternal life on Friday, July 24, 2015, at All Saints Senior Living in Shakopee, MN.
John was born on July 25, 1934, in Duluth, MN, the son of John W., Sr. and Louise (Stack) Collins. He married Bernice Linn on October 19, 1963, in Shakopee, MN.
John served in the United States Marine Corps for 21 years, and was enlisted during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He was proud to be a Marine, and was very active in the local Shakopee Veteran's Honor Guard. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 2, and V.F.W. 4046 in Shakopee.
John was a member and past President of the Local Electrical Union 1139. He worked in shipping and receiving for Thiele Engineering in Bloomington, MN.
John enjoyed MN sports teams, and especially liked hockey. He played goalie in to his 50's, and would always go to the State High School hockey tournament, especially when Duluth East made it!
John was preceded in death by his wife Bernice, parents and sisters. He is survived by his daughter Lorie (Rob) Beerling; son David (Kim) Collins; grandchildren Kelsey, Kayley and Robbie Beerling, Ashley, Tiffany and Courtney Collins; and great-grandchildren; brother Jim; mother-in-law Eleanor; sister-in-law Darlene (Ralph) Church.

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Dennis E. Anderson

1/3/1943 — 7/23/2015

Dennis E. Anderson, age 72, of Hastings, formerly of Savage/Burnsville, passed away on Thursday, July 23, 2015, at the Regina Care Center in Hastings, Minnesota.
Dennis was born in Milaca, Minnesota, on January 3, 1943, the son of Elmer and Bernice (Bailey) Anderson. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Dennis married Therese Cousineau on December 31, 1966, in Osage, Iowa.
He was very active at his church, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Savage, Minnesota. He enjoyed gardening, cooking and baking, and he loved his time with his children and grandchildren.
Dennis is survived by his loving wife Therese; children Paul (Toni) Pelletier, Louise Pieper (Paul), Richard (Trish) Pelletier, Philip Pelletier, Denise Anderson, Marie (Jeff) Bacon, Vincent Anderson, Celine (Terry) Mullin; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister Janice; nieces Shirley Ann and JoAnn; nephew Lee. Preceded in death by parents, brothers and sisters.

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Anna L. Ashley

12/28/1928 — 7/19/2015

Anna L. Ashley, age 86, of Shakopee, formerly of Atwater and Olivia, passed away on Sunday, July 19, 2015, at Friendship Manor Nursing Home in Shakopee, Minnesota.
Anna was born on December 28, 1928, the daughter of John and Anna (Kranke) Westphal. She was a homemaker and a wonderful baker. She loved music and was a talented guitarist.
Anna was always there for her kids and family.
She is survived by her daughters, Linda Harden and husband, Terry, Julie Bennington and husband, Pat; son, Tim Bratsch; grandchildren, David Dykstra, Lisa Strand and husband, Tony, Steven Dykstra and wife, Charity, Kelly Morris and husband, Matt, Brian Bartes, Michael Bartes and wife, Van, Andy Clouse and wife, Jenelle, Rachelle Wetherington and husband, Joseph, Joshua Clouse; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Hazel Butenhoff. Preceded by husband, Porter; daughter, Dorie Bratsch; parents, John and Anna Westphal; 6 brothers and 2 sisters.

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Dougal A. Huntington

10/15/1941 — 7/15/2015

Dougal A. Huntington, age 73, of Shakopee, passed away on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, at the Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine, MN.
Dougal was born on October 15, 1941, in Waseca, MN, the son of Jerome and Marion (Johnson) Huntington. He married Kathy Tukua on November 25, 1966.
Dougal served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, and he was a member of the American Legion Post 2 in Shakopee.
After retiring from being a barber, in 1985 he was able to start working at Canterbury Park. He loved owning, caring for and training horses.
Dougal is survived by his wife, Kathy; son, Shane (Dawn) Huntington; daughter, Heather Huntington; brother, Kent (Nancy) Huntington; sister-in-law, Karen Huntington; many nieces, nephews, and other family. He is preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Craig Huntington.

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Virgil C. Baden

3/22/1931 — 7/11/2015

Virgil C. Baden, age 84, of Shakopee, passed away on Saturday, July 11, 2015, at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee, MN.
Born March 22, 1931, and raised in Norwood/Young America, the son of Henry 'Hank' and Mary Ann (Yorek) Baden. His first wife was Phyllis Pfleghaar, he then married Polly (Lubansky) Kreuser on July 7, 1995 in Shakopee, MN.
Virgil retired from Modern Metals Foundry, Inc. in Bloomington. He was an avid hunter and sportsman, and passed on this passion to all his kids. Children and animals all seemed to gravitate to Virgil's comforting personality. He was a strong individual who lead a simple life.
Virgil is survived by wife, Polly Kreuser-Baden (Lubansky); children, Bonnie (Rick) Klein, Bob (Mary Kay) Baden, Debra Baden; grandchildren, Carrie (Brian) Unze, Pam (Jason) Wiese, Rob (Tammy) Baden, Molly (Mike) Stylski, Melanie Baden (Deontae Hollins); great-grandchildren, Cody and Tyson Wiese, Ethan Baden, Josie, Tony and Katherine Stylski, Zaria and Ja'Shi Hollins; Polly's children, Bill Kreuser (special friend, Sokhen), Jim (Mona) Kreuser, Jeff Kreuser (Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS); Polly's grandchildren, Rob and Dan Kreuser, Nate and Sam Kreuser; brother, Donald Baden, and numerous relatives and friends. Preceded in death by his first wife, Phyllis (Pfleghaar) and parents.

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Mary M. Domek (Theis)

12/1/1955 — 7/9/2015

Mary Margaret (Theis) Domek, age 59, of Crystal, formerly of Shakopee, passed away on Thursday, July 9, 2015, in Rochester, MN.
Mary was born in New Prague, MN, on December 1, 1955, the daughter of Alvin and Dorothy Theis. She grew up in Shakopee, and resided in the Crystal/Robbinsdale area. She married Larry Domek in September, 1985. She was a loving mother to her four children and the 'funniest Grammy' to three incredible grandbabies!
Mary was quite the athlete and adventurer! She loved sports all of her life and passed that love down to her children and grandchildren. She loved to camp and travel, enjoyed crafts, and loved holidays! She was always our biggest fan and #1 cheerleader!
After beating Leukemia (diagnosed 2008) she struggled with GVHD. She fought a fight most people could not have even come close to fighting. Mary passed away Thursday afternoon in the loving arms of her family.
A special 'Thank you' to the staff at Methodist Hospital and Mayo Clinic for all the care and support over the last 7 years.
Mary is survived by her very devoted husband Larry; daughters and sons Heidi (Casey) O'Neill, Justin (Sara) Simon, Madison Domek, Tony Domek; grandchildren Will, Traigh, Talon; brothers Tom (Maxine), Doug (Gretchen), and Scott (Karen) Theis; sisters Jane (Brian) Luke, Pat (Mark) Soberg; sister-in-law Kim Theis; many nieces and nephews. Preceded by parents Alvin and Dorothy Theis; brother Dave; sisters-in-law Cara and Maria; niece Katie Luke.

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Edmund W. Neal Jr.

2/14/1942 — 7/4/2015

Edmund W. Neal Jr., age 73, of Shakopee died at his home on Saturday, July 4, 2015. Edmund was born on February 14, 1942 in Newark, New Jersey the son of Edmund W. and Elizabeth M. (McGowan) Neal Sr. He served in the United States Air Force and was a retired press operator for Bindery Workers Inc.
He survived by his wife Evelyn; son Edmund J. Neal; daughter Deborah (Mark) Hall; step-children, Kathryn (Todd) Baldwin, Kenneth Lehman and fiancee Dejon, Michelle (Mathias) Beckrich, Matt (Rena) Lehman and Mark (Terry) Lehman. 12 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren.
Ed was a special individual loved and missed by all. He believed that life is like water and when he dropped a happy stone into that water that positive energy would spread like ripples in a pond.

The family prefers memorials to Loaves and Fishes.

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Rose H. (Hahn) Schmitt

2/27/1918 — 7/4/2015

Rose Schmitt, age 97, of Shakopee died on Saturday, July 4, 2015 at Friendship Manor Health Care Center in Shakopee. Rose was born on February 27, 1918 in Amery, Wisconsin the daughter of Paul and Emma (Schuster) Hahn. She married Clarence Schmitt on October 8, 1938 in St. Paul.
She is survived by her children, Patricia Mische, Robert Schmitt (Arlene), Judith Kidder (Lawrence), 11 grandchildren, Ann, Monica, Nicole, Stephen, Sherry, Alyssa, Paul, Sara, Laura, Joshua and Jessica; 14 great-grandchildren; daughters-in-law, Barbara Landsgraf, Peggy Schmitt and Charlene Maes; 3 sisters and 4 brothers; sisters-in-law, Betty Dols and Dorothy Schmitt. She was preceded in death by her husband; sons Anthony, Michael and Kenneth, son-in-law, Gerald Mische, parents, 4 sister and 3 brothers.
Rose was a member of the Quilting Circle at St. John's Lutheran Church, the Shakopee Fire Department Fire Ladies, the Shakopee Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4046 and Shakopee American Legion Post 2 Ladies Auxiliary.

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John J. 'Jack' Mertz

12/9/1927 — 7/3/2015

John J. Mertz, age 87, of Shakopee died on Friday, July 3, 2015 at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee. John was born on December 9, 1927 in Fort Dodge, Iowa the son of Herold and Helen (Hollingsworth) Mertz. He married Rose O'Brien on December 18, 1954 in Minneapolis. He served in the United States Navy during World War II and the Korean Conflict. John was a life member of Shakopee Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4046. He was a retired concrete worker for the Oscar Roberts Company.
Survivors are his children, Peggy Tucker, Laura (Michael) Heinisch, John (Sherrie), Kathy (Rick) Beyer and William; sister Phyllis 'June' Bjork; many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose; daughter, Mary; siblings, James, Ida-Mae, Robert, and Judy.

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Clem Menden

3/11/1920 — 6/30/2015

Clem Menden, age 95, of Shakopee died on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at his home. He was born on March 11, 1920 in Marystown the son of Peter and Theresa (Lehnen) Menden. He married Mabel Conrady on November 5, 1947 in Shakopee. Clem owned and operated DX Service Station in Shakopee and was a retired employee of Cargill.
He is survived by his children, Roger (Tracy) Menden, Beverly (Mike) Lucarelli, LuAnn (Rich) Nead, Linda (Mike) Hanel; daughter-in-law, Barb Menden; 11 grandchildren, Zachary (Megan), Joshua and Benjamin Menden, Brian (Natalie) and Kelsey Lucarelli, Eric and Rachel Nead, Tasha Hanel, Mitchell Menden, Lindsey (Scott) Puffer and Jessica Menden; 6 great grandchildren; brother, Ed Menden; sister-in-law, Evelyn Menden. He was preceded in death by his wife, son, Kenny; grandchildren, Gina and Scott Lucarelli; brothers and sisters.

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