Obituaries

Thomas E. Spellman

11/16/1957 — 3/25/2015

Thomas E. Spellman, age 57, of Shakopee, passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at his home.
Tom was born in St. Peter, MN, the son of Francis and Irene (Griep) Spellman. He married Gail Glock in June of 1985. He was employed as a cement truck driver.
Tom is survived by his wife Gail; son Mathew; mother Irene; brother and sisters Dennis (Linda), Sandy (Richard) Lemke, Lois (LeRoy) Meyer, Karen Fuller; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by father Francis; sister Punky; nephew Patrick Spellman; uncle Bill Spellman.

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Arthur F. LeMieux, Jr.

11/11/1931 — 3/24/2015

Arthur F. LeMieux, Jr., age 83, of Prior Lake, passed away on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, MN.
Born on November 11, 1931, in Chaska, MN, the son of Arthur F. Lemieux, Sr. and Ethel Pitman.
Art is survived by sons and daughter Mike, Linda and Dean; grandchildren Trisha, Brad and Jason; great-grandson Ben.

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Wallace G. 'Wally' Bastian

3/24/1929 — 3/24/2015

Wallace G. 'Wally' Bastian, of Shakopee, chose to celebrate his 86th birthday with his beloved spouse, family and numerous friends in heaven.
Born on March 24, 1929, in Preston, Minnesota, the son of Otto and Annie (Prinsen) Bastian.
Wally served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was a member and past Commander of the American Legion Post 2 of Shakopee.
Wally was a loving, caring, compassionate man who enjoyed his family, the outdoors, and his animals and pets. Wally was often seen cheering on his children and grandchildren at numerous extracurricular activities. He was a hard worker, whether it was at his job or his 'farm' where he was known to have an ongoing battle with the beavers, squirrels, and buck thorn.
Wally was a builder, cultivator, and entrepreneur, he will be remembered with love and will be missed by all.
Wally was preceded in death by beloved spouse, Genny; parents, Otto and Annie Bastian; brother, Bud; sister, Opal. Survived by children, Julie Meloche, Jeanie (Mike) Brown, David (Molly) Bastian, Chris (Lily) Bastian; grandchildren, Katie (Jerry Bonner) Rauchwarter, Ryan Meloche, Holly (Ben) Bahr, Amy (Jessica Manning) Brown, Christian Bastian, and baby Bastian arriving in August; great-grandchildren, Blake and Collin Bahr; brother, Wayne (Marilyn) Bastian; sister, Muriel Pooler.

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Dolores L. 'Lolly' Marschall

9/11/1922 — 3/19/2015

Dolores L. 'Lolly' Marschall, age 92, of Shakopee, entered eternal life on Thursday, March 19, 2015, at St. Gertrude's Care Center in Shakopee, Minnesota.
Lollly was born on September 11, 1922, the daughter of Frank and Emma (Theis) Hennen. She grew up on a farm in Marystown, the fourth oldest of 12 children where they worked hard and all had their jobs to do.
She moved from the farm in Marystown to another farm in Shakopee when she married Roger Marschall. They worked side by side on the farm raising three children, Barb, Duane 'Farmer' and Rick and once again, the whole family worked hard and all had their jobs to do.
Lolly and Roger moved into Shakopee when Rick and Michelle got married, but that didn't mean they were done with the farm. Roger was ready to do whatever Rick needed him to do and Lolly happily continued to help pick rocks with the grandkids.
Grandma Lolly was so loved by all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and they so enjoyed spending time with her. She tried to never miss anything that the grandkids were involved in. Her family all looked forward to the holidays because it meant family get togethers and a delicious Lolly home-cooked meal!
Lolly was blessed with an abundance of energy. She volunteered for funeral luncheons, church festivals, perpetual adoration, distributing communion to residents in the hospital and nursing homes, the blood mobile, just to name a few. At Christmas time, she and Rosie Lenzmeier dressed up like Santa and made the rounds making everyone young and old smile. She also made many people happy and gain a pound or two with the delicious banana cream pies and caramel rolls she made and delivered. In her spare time she quilted up a storm and enjoyed getting together with friends to play cards.
Lolly was preceded in death by her husband, Roger; 2 brothers and 4 sisters. Survived by daughter, Barb (Bill) Wiebe; sons, Duane 'Farmer' (Sue), Rick (Michelle); grandchildren, Tim (Kelly) Wiebe, Troy (special friend Cindy Schalow) Wiebe, Terra (Kevin) Foss, Tracee (Mike) Klehr, Trish (Scott) Fernholz, Tad (Tiff) Marschall, Tanya (Justin) Graber, Travis and Trent Marschall; great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Alex, Matt, Abby, Mya, Mason, Tucker, Taryn, Trevyn, Kinley, Katum; sisters and brothers, Sister Lalande Hennen SSND, Lorna (Rich) Paul, Bob (Rose) Hennen, Dick (Janice) Hennen, JoAnn (Ronnie) Schneider.

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Daniel Stephen Strunk

1/18/1980 — 3/17/2015

Daniel Stephen Strunk, age 35, of Shakopee, Minnesota passed away on March 17, 2015. Dan was a veteran of the United States Navy and served in Italy and Bahrain. He was employed by Cargill Salt in Savage, Minnesota at the time of his death.
Survived by his loving mother, Deanna Strunk; 3 siblings, Heidi Busch and husband Paul, Joy Strunk, and Ryan Strunk; nephews and niece, Johnathan, Olivia, and Benjamin Busch.
Dan was preceded in death by his father, Stephen Strunk; and his grandparents, John and Maryann Hauger and Robert and Janet Strunk.
Always loved and he will be deeply missed.

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Rose Mary C. Ess (nee Pass)

12/23/1927 — 3/15/2015

Rose Mary C. Ess, age 87, of Shakopee, entered eternal life on Sunday, March 15, 2015, at Friendship Manor Nursing Home in Shakopee.
Rose Mary was born on December 23, 1927, in Hopkins, MN, the daughter of Alex and Mary (Heiland) Pass. She graduated from Shakopee High School. On November 27, 1946, Rose Mary married Wayne L. Ess in Shakopee, MN. For over 30 years Rose Mary worked in the produce department at Berens Super Market in Shakopee.
Rose Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne (2006); parents, Alex and Mary Pass. Survivors include her son Gregory Ess (friend, Trudy Van Olson); daughter Lynn (Daniel) Mielke; grandchildren Aaron (Lia) Ess, Molly (Scott) Breimhorst, Alex (Myranda) Ess; great-grandchildren Orion and Camille Ess, Eve, Sam and Joe Breimhorst, Vienna Ess; sister Clarine Oakes; brother Richard (Nettie) Pass.

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Jeannette Marie Potter Gibson

7/23/1925 — 3/13/2015

Jeannette Marie Potter Gibson, age 89, of Shakopee, formerly of Balsam Lake, WI, passed away on Friday, March 13, 2015, at the Lodge on Summit Oaks in Burnsville, MN.
Jeannette was born in Palouse, WA, on July 23, 1925, the daughter of Jess and Eleanor Mae (Rokow) Potter. She studied interior design at the University of Minnesota from 1961-64, and worked at Dayton's in the Elizabeth Arden cosmetics department.
Jeannette married John Warren Gibson on November 26, 1942, in Moscow, ID, and they were married for 61 1/2 years. They lived in New Jersey, Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Excelsior, MN, Seattle, Washington, and for 15 years in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin.
Jeannette was a very talented artist, especially oil painting, pottery, and needle point. She enjoyed traveling and museums, and had a tremendous love for her family and friends.
Jeannette was preceded in death by her husband, John W.; parents, Jess and Eleanor. Survivors include her son, Robert W. and wife, Anita; daughter, Connie Marie Lano and husband, Rod; grandchildren, Robin Blanks and husband, Chris, Stephanie Gibson, John W. Gibson, Ine Marie Tangeman and husband, Mike, Corinna Baker, Tamsen Johnson and husband, Walter; great-grandchildren, David and Kari Bruneau, Jasmine Blanks, Cassidy and Zachary Tangeman, Kaden and Sythe Johnson; great-great-grandchildren, Ava, Nolan and Greyson; sister, Diana Pieper.

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Albin A. Kubiszewski

12/16/1928 — 3/11/2015

Albin A. Kubiszewski, age 86, of Belle Plaine, entered eternal life at his home on Wednesday, March 11, 2015.
Albin was born in Ivanhoe, MN, on December 16, 1928, the son of Joseph and Teckla (Fietek) Kubiszewski. He married Patricia Lacek on June 12, 1956, in Wilno, MN. Albin and Patricia lived in Shakopee, MN for 44 years before moving to Belle Plaine 10 years ago.
Albin enjoyed farming when he was young, and then worked as a forklift operator, laborer, and a custodian in the Edina Public Schools.
Survived by wife, Patricia; son, Bernie (Shirley); daughter, Sarah (Chad) Vizecky; grandchildren, Jessica (Joel) DeMaris, Kenneth, Jody, and Sherry Kubiszewski, Kaitlyn and Allison Vizecky; great-grandchildren, Jabin, Austin, Kylee and Ryker; daughter-in-law, Kellie Melby; step-grandson, Nicholas Melby; brother, Wally (Janie); sisters, Ceil Skorczewski, Margaret (Don) Lacek; sister-in-law, Betty Kubiszewski. Preceded by children, Emil and Sharon Kubiszewski, Sandra Schmitt; 2 brothers.

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Shirley A. Jonckowski

7/17/1917 — 3/11/2015

Shirley A. Jonckowski, age 97, of Shakopee, passed away peacefully on March 11, 2015, of natural causes into the arms of our Lord and her beloved George, awaiting her arrival.
Shirley was born to Aubrey and Julia (Shirley) Herzog on July 12, 1917, in Drady, North Dakota. She was a farm girl for a few years. She lost her mother at the age of 6, and was raised by her father and older sister, Allene.
After high school she attended business school, and while living in Minot, ND, she met the love of her life, George Jonckowski. They dated a few years, then married on October 12, 1940, in Minot.
George took Shirley on a journey covering many cities in MN owning small town theatres. She worked numerous jobs throughout her lifetime, and volunteered at St. Francis Hospital for several years. She loved to read, listen to the radio, play cribbage, working crossword puzzles, having coffee with many dear friends, and dancing at various family functions. She also loved to watch the Gophers, Twins, and Vikings. But, she loved her family most of all and was always ready and willing to help out whenever possible. She spent the last few years at the Gardens at St. Gertrude's assisted living in Shakopee.
Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, George (1980); parents, Aubrey and Julia; step-brother, Don Herzog; step-sister, Allene; younger brother, Kenny; sisters-in-law, Lillian and Margaret Herzog, Alma Jonckowski; brother-in-law, Bob Jonckowski. Survived by son, Dick (Arlene) Jonckowski; daughter, Mary (Caleb) Wright; grandchildren, Jen (Matt) Eich, Jeff (Brenda) Jonckowski, Michelle (Joe) Buck, Andy (Leah) Beisner, Natalie Wright; great-grandchildren, Lennon and Alora Beisner; brother-in-law, Larry (Joyce) Jonckowski; sister-in-law, Evelyn Jonckowski; nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends.

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Mary Rita Dalrymple

6/20/1924 — 3/8/2015

Mary Rita Dalrymple, age 90, of Burnsville, entered eternal life on Sunday, March 8, 2015, at her home.
Mary Rita was born on June 20, 1924, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the daughter of James Joseph and Anne M. (Murphy) Gallagher. She attended Central High School. On September 8, 1945, in North Long Beach, California, Mary Rita married Jack Dalrymple. For 16 years, she was the head cook at Burnsville High School.
Mary Rita was a devout Catholic, and member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church for 54 years. She loved flowers, especially roses. She was a storyteller who loved to laugh. Mary Rita enjoyed dancing and music, big band and Michael Buble' were her favorites.
Family was her first priority; Christmas, Easter, Sunday dinners, and family get-togethers were important.
Mary Rita is survived by her husband, Jack; sons, Tom (Tina), John 'Mike' (Patty); daughters, Rita Dalrymple, Susan Dalrymple Weeres; grandchildren, Jeff, Caitlin (Aaron), Nick (Melissa), Elisabeth (Robert), Michael (Miranda), David (Katie), Timothy (Adora); 9 great-grandchildren; sister, Veronica Homo; brother, Mike (Jackie) Gallagher. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 sisters and 4 brothers.

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