Obituaries

William B. 'Bill' Fenske

1/29/1944 — 4/18/2015

William B. 'Bill' Fenske, age 71 of Shakopee, passed away at his home surrounded by his family, on Saturday, April 18, 2015.
Bill was born on January 29, 1944, in Minneapolis, MN, the son of Frederick and Charlotte Fenske. For 30+ years he has been employed as a semi truck driver. Bill married Linda Lilienthal on September 22, 1999, at Lake Tahoe, NV.
He served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. Bill also enjoyed camping, and tinkering with his Mustang and taking it on short day-trips.
Bill is survived by his wife Linda; step-children Brian Foss and wife, Larissa, Kelly Luedemann and husband, Kevin, Leah Wichterman and husband, Jason; step-grandchildren Kiley, Kenna, Derek, Beau, Ben, Brady, Lila; brother, Frederick Fenske and wife, Lois.
He was preceded in death by his parents Frederick and Charlotte Fenske.

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Marcella M. 'Sally' Peterson

6/3/1930 — 4/16/2015

Marcella M. 'Sally' Peterson, age 84, of Savage, passed away on Thursday, April 16, 2015, at her home.
Sally was born in Sleepy Eye, MN, on June 3, 1930, the daughter of Arthur and Martha (Fritz) Schmidt. She was first employed by Kohlrusch Abstract and Title, and then she was a secretary for the Shakopee Public Schools.
After retirement, Sally volunteered her time at her church, Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Prior Lake, and St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee. She also enjoyed spending time at the local dog park.
Sally is survived by her daughter Debra (James) Cizinski; sons James (Mary) Larson and John R. (Renae) Larson; grandchildren Emily, Jordan and Ben (Dana) Cizinski, Neal (Angela), Kirk, and Gregg (Heather) Larson, Nate and Jonna Larson (Jeremy); great-grandchildren Miles, Rory, Abby and Riley Larson. Preceded by husbands Darowin 'Bud' Larson (1971), and Ray Peterson (1999); son Joel Larson; parents Arthur and Martha Schmidt; brother Lyle Fritz.

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Martin J. 'Marty' Novotny

3/24/1938 — 4/15/2015

Martin James Novotny, 'Marty', age 77, of Shakopee, MN, entered eternal life on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee.
Marty was born in New Prague, MN, on March 24, 1938, the son of Martin A. and Mary L. (Franek) Novotny. He married Elsie Hertaus on October 5, 1957, at Most Holy Catholic Church in Veseli, MN.
Marty was very proud to serve in the United States Army, he was active in the Korean War.
Growing up, and as a young man, Marty worked as a farmer. Then, for 40 years, he worked at National Packaging in Minneapolis, MN, several of those years he was the plant manager.
Some of Marty's hobbies and interests included golfing, fishing, card playing, gardening, spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-granddaughter. He enjoyed small engine repair and tinkering in the garage. He was always willing to help family and others.
He had great pride in being a member of the New Prague VFW and the Shakopee American Legion Post #2 (where he was a past Commander), and he was a member of the Shakopee Veterans Memorial Unit Color Guard.
Marty is survived by his wife, Elsie; children, Brenda (Mike) Duke, Linda Novotny, Becky (Bill) Marholtz, Keith Novotny, Stacy (Mark) Wohlers; grandchildren, James and Jeremiah Duke, Amanda and Billy Marholtz, Paige and Alexis Wohlers; great-granddaughter, Erin Duke; brothers, Richard, Gillard and Alfred Novotny; sisters, Stella Vlasak and Gladys Mader; brother-in-law, John (Rita) Hertaus; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Mary Novotny; sister, Millie Moran.

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Frank A. Schirmer Jr.

1/12/1929 — 4/12/2015

Francis A. 'Frank' Schirmer, Jr., age 86, of Burnsville, passed away peacefully April 12, 2015, surrounded by family.
Frank was born January 12, 1929, in Philadelphia, PA to Lena and Francis 'Frank' A. Schirmer, Sr. The family moved to Union, NJ in 1932. Frank attended Seton Hall Preparatory School from 1943 to 1947. He attended Newark School of Engineering before joining the Air Force from 1952 to 1956. He married Jean Lancaster of Fargo, ND on December 30, 1955. Frank then attended North Dakota State University from 1956 to 1958 where he obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He went to work for Shell Oil Company in Anacortes, WA for six years then was transferred to the Shell Oil refinery in Martinez, CA where he worked for four years. In 1968 he took a position at Great Northern Oil Company (Koch Industries) in Pine Bend, MN and moved his family to Burnsville, MN. He retired from Koch in 1994.
Frank is preceded in death by his parents, brother, Milton and sister, Mary. Survived by loving wife of 59 years, Jean; daughters Cathy (Vern) Hagstrom, Lori (Mike) Worthington, Sally (Paul) Gustafson; son William (Clare) Schirmer; grandchildren Shelby, Whitney, Jennifer, Michael, Alyssa, Daniel, Richard and Erik.

The family wishes to thank St. Croix Hospice for their wonderful care of Frank and support to his family.

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Richard P. Vogel

2/13/1933 — 4/9/2015

Richard P. Vogel, age 82, of Chanhassen, MN, entered eternal life on Thursday, April 9, 2015, at his home.
Richard was born on February 13, 1933, in Shakopee, MN, the son of Paul and Appolonia (Heibel) Vogel. He married Gayle Schilken on August 17, 1974, at Church of St. Mark in Shakopee, MN.
Richard was raised on the family farm, and lived and worked their his entire life. He also really enjoyed his second career with American Investors Group where he did security sales. He retired just before his 80th birthday.
Richard was a 3rd degree member of the Shakopee Knights of Columbus. He liked gardening, fishing, and he was a true MN sports fan. He didn't miss a kid's event, and loved his family time.
Survivors include his wife, Gayle; son, David Vogel and wife, Amy; daughters, Liz Vogel, Therese Vogel (fiance Willy Kano); grandchildren, Ellen, Paul, Joshua, Melina; nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Appolonia Vogel; sister, Elaine Jacques.

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Rochelle Faye Schmit

8/14/1936 — 4/9/2015

Rochelle Faye Schmit, age 78 of N.E. Mpls passed away peacefully on April 9th, 2015.
Preceded in death by her husband Larry; parents Ray and Mabel Hagenstad; brother Rodney; stepson John; and brother in law Bernard.
Survived by her stepchildren Julie (Alex), Jim (Julie), Jay (Lori); sister-in-law Alice Bot, 5 step grandchildren and 3 step great grandchildren.
Rocky was a tough Norwegian gal as well as a long time N.E. Mpls resident. She fought cancer with both humor and a strong spirit. Rocky enjoyed her work as a legal secretary for 40 years at Mahoney, Dougherty, Mahoney Law Firm in Minneapolis, retiring in 1999.
The family wishes to thank staff at the Masonic Cancer Center and U. of M. Hospital; as well as Interim Home Health Care and Hospice for the loving care she received over the past 7 years. Special thanks to Drs. Grammens, Haddad, Blaes, Tuttle, Cunningham, Lee, Misselt, and Konety; as well as PA's Rick, Polzin, Pennington, Allgood, and Nurses and Aides Janet, Ashley, Kari, and Raekell.

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Richard J. Breda

12/7/1948 — 4/8/2015

Richard John Breda, age 66, of Prior Lake, passed away on April 8, 2015.
Richard was born in Little Falls, MN, on December 7, 1948, the son of John Breda and Ruth (Schaefer).
He married Cynthia Prescott on December 5, 1998, in Las Vegas, NV. Richard was a very talented carpenter.
Survivors include his wife, Cynthia Prescott-Breda; son, Paul Breda; daughter, Angie Breda; grandsons, River and Rayne Breda; sisters, Margaret O'Hotto and husband, Jim, Dorothy Frank and husband, Urban, Barb Larsen and husband, Dave; step-daughters, Mary Jo Gustafson and husband, Joe, Julie Soule and husband, Chris Hopkins; step-grandchildren, Joseph, Amanda, and Elizabeth Gustafson, Melissa and Daniel Stuke; step-great-granddaughters, Adelyn and Allison; step-dad, Lloyd Fritz; many cousins and friends. Preceded in death by mother, Ruth Fritz; father, John Breda.

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Cynthia R. 'Cindy' Jensen

1/29/1959 — 4/5/2015

Cindy R. Jensen, age 56, of Savage, passed away on Sunday, April 5, 2015, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN.
Cindy was born in Shakopee, MN, on January 29, 1959, the daughter of Marvin and Mary (Pieper) Gregory. She graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in Business Administration, and for 27 years was employed as a court administrator for Scott County.
She married Bryan Jensen on October 20, 1984, in Eden Valley, MN.
Cindy enjoyed boating and just being on the water, scrapbooking, an occasional visit to a local casino, socializing with her friends, and her family time. She was always planning events and keeping busy. Cindy ended many of her conversations with 'Have some fun today'.
Cindy is survived by her husband, Bryan; daughter, Kristy Custer and husband, Eric; grandson, Ricky; parents, Marvin and Mary Gregory; 8 siblings and their families; mother-in-law, Norma Jensen; 2 sisters-in-law and 1 brother-in-law and their families. Preceded by father-in-law, Vern Jensen; 1 brother-in-law.

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Robert Milton Johnson

1/14/1924 — 4/3/2015

Pastor Robert Milton Johnson, age 91, formerly of Inver Grove Heights, MN, went to be with his Lord on Friday, April 3, 2015, at his home in Burnsville, MN.
Robert, better known as Bob, was the son of Ferdinand and Minnie (Bergstrom) Johnson, born on January 14, 1924 in Willmar, in West Central Minnesota. In September 1930 he started grade school in a one room school in Murdock with ten other children. He attended and graduated from Murdock High School in 1942, which was near Willmar.
Bob had two sisters and one brother, Myrtice, Arline, and Harold, who was differed from World War II to help his father on the farm.
In 1946, Bob registered as a student at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, and graduated in 1950. He then went to Rock Island, IL, where he graduated in 1956 from Augustana Theological Seminary. He received his Master of Divinity Degree from Lutheran School of Theology, in Chicago, IL. As a part of his training, Bob served churches in Omaha, NE, and Willmar, MN, previous to graduation from Seminary. He served three years in the ministry at Rosholt and New Effington, SD. in 1961 he started Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Inver Grove Heights, MN, and served there for 26 1/2 years. He found beginning a church was exciting, challenging, and a beloved ministry experience of a lifetime.
In 1976 he completed his Clinical Pastoral Education at Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul, MN. In 1986, he retired from Good Shepherd to serve as Assistant to Pastor Bob May at Beach United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, FL. This church was two blocks from the ocean which was a dream retirement job for Bob and June. He also served for three years at St. Mark Village in Palm Harbor, FL, until his retirement in June of 1991.
Near the end of his college days, on June 17, 1949, he married June Doris Quam at Bethel Lutheran Church in Willmar, MN. They lived in Rock Island, IL, during which Jane Alice was born. From there, they moved to Rosholt, SD, during which Thomas Lynn was born. in 1960, they moved the family to Inver Grove Heights, MN, where they were blessed with the adoption of their daughter Carol Kim in 1965 from Korea. Carol was only 2 1/2 at the time of her adoption.
Bob is survived by sons Paul (Cindy) Johnson, Tom (Andrea) Johnson; daughters Jane (Nicholas) Tombers, Carol (Don) DeRusha; grandchildren Brian (Kathryn) Johnson, Jennifer (John) Hensley, Christian and Alec Johnson, Rebecca DeRusha, Donny DeRusha, Jr. (Lizzie); great-grandchildren Rylan, McKenzie, and Camden Johnson, Jackson Hensley, Taylor DeRusha; several nieces, nephews, relatives and many nurses and care staff that have so lovingly cared for Bob. Preceded in death by his wife, June; parents, brother and sisters.

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Michael J. Hynes

9/8/1926 — 4/2/2015

Michael J. Hynes, Mick or Mickey, age 88, of Savage, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 2, 2015, surrounded by his children, at his home in Savage, MN.
Michael was born in Savage, MN on September 8, 1926, the son of Michael M. and Rose (McLaughlin) Hynes. He served in the United States Army during WWII. Michael married Shirley Pickus on February 26, 1949.
His infectious smile was loved by everyone who knew him. He definitely had a gift to gab, I guess one would say, after growing up with 5 sisters all of whom he loved dearly. After driving Shirley and her friends around he finally asked her out on a date and the rest was history. She was the love of his life, after their children were grown, Mickey and Shirley loved to camp and took many winter trips to the warm lands all of which Shirley did all the navigating and planning. After her passing he spent the remainder of his retirement years golfing and belonged to a golf league. It was hard for him to give it up but his new passion was watching all the golf tournaments on tv. He spent many mornings with the 'McDonalds Breakfast Crew' and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was loved by and will be missed by all.
Mick was preceded in death by his wife Shirley; son Michael, Jr; parents Michael and Rose Hynes; sisters Marion Huber, Ilene Pahl, Muriel St. Martin and Pearl Hazel. Survived by daughter Charleen Baker, of San Diego, CA; sons Steven (Shelly) Hynes, of Savage, MN, Richard (Lori) Hynes of Jordan; 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; sister Betty Egland.

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