Obituaries

Ronald L. Carlson

7/21/1950 — 9/1/2015

Ronald L. Carlson, age 65, of Hector, formerly of Shakopee, passed away on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, at Regency Hospital in Golden Valley, Minnesota.
Ron was born on July 21, 1950, in Willmar, Minnesota, the son of Edward and Tillie (Ahl) Carlson. He graduated from the University of Minnesota, and was employed as a probation officer for Carver County.
Ron had a passion for golfing, and other interests included gun collecting, crafts, and fishing. His 3 dogs, Kaycee, Kirby, and Willie, were also important to him. He was a huge fan of the University of Minnesota Gophers, and the MN Twins. In recent years, he enjoyed his almost daily outings with his sister to go shopping, play bingo, or visit his kids, grandkids and friends.
All of Ron's friends know he enjoyed having a good time with all of them! He loved to reminisce, and tell stories of the fun times they had over the years.
Ron is survived by his daughters, Jennifer Carlson (Bob Burditt), Katie Haycraft and husband, Justin; grandchildren, Reese, Emma and Kaela Haycraft; sister, Barb Carlson; brother, Rich Carlson and wife, Angie; sister-in-law, Lori Carlson; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Tillie; brother, Bruce.

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Norma Lepley

7/23/1929 — 8/31/2015

Norma Lee Lepley, beloved wife of Gene Lepley, passed away on Monday, August 31, 2015, at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee, Minnesota.
Norma was born on July 23, 1929, in Ohio, the daughter of Robert and Sallie Friend. She married Gene Lepley on April 7, 1951, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Norma worked as a switchboard operator for the telephone company, and then worked at Instant Web in the bindery department until she retired in 1994.

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Carolyn R. Osborn

1/30/1938 — 8/28/2015

Carolyn R., age 77, of Shakopee, passed away on Friday, August 28, 2015, at St. Gertrude's Health Center in Shakopee, Minnesota.
Carolyn was born on January 30, 1938, in Lincoln, Nebraska, the daughter of Emil and Alice (Vonderfecht) Monhardt. She married Phil Osborn on March 29, 1959, in Lincoln.
Carolyn worked as a Registered Nurse, and for 20 years worked at Friendship Manor Nursing Home as the in-service director.
She loved her family very much, and had a passion for baking and sewing. She always had chocolate chip cookies by the bags and fresh pies for friends.
Carolyn was a loving wife, mom, grandma, & friend, is survived by her husband of 56 years Phil; sons Kirwin (Pamela), David (Cindy); daughters Kathryn (Bill) Makousky, Suanne Hicks; 7 grandchildren; 2 great-grandkids; sister Diane (Mert) Kastens. She was preceded in death by her parents Emil and Alice Monhardt.
Carolyn's family wishes to extend a gracious 'Thank You' to the wonderful staff and care provided at the Cancer Center at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee.

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Kristine M. Norland

9/9/1977 — 8/28/2015

Kristine M. Norland, age 37, of Shakopee, passed away on Friday, August 28, 2015, at Friendship Manor Nursing Home in Shakopee.
Kristine was born on September 9, 1977, in Shakopee, the daughter of Jeffrey Norland and Bonnie Mason. She earned her degree in Business, and worked various jobs. She liked camping, fishing and doing crafts, and hanging out at Caribou coffee and drinking her mocha.
Kristine is survived by her mom, Bonnie (Larry) Murphy; brothers, Douglas Norland, Ryan Murphy, and Andrew Murphy; niece, Serenity Zephier; aunt, Valerie (Clyde) Preston; step-mom, Brenda Norland; many aunts, uncles and cousins. Preceded in death by her father, Jeffrey Norland; grandparents, Marne and Mildred Mason, Dennis and Rudy Norland; aunts, Brenda Murphy and Deb Case (Norland); cousins, Charity and Michel Murphy.

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Maureen O'Meara

12/16/1935 — 8/20/2015

Maureen O'Meara, age 79, of Shakopee died peacefully on Thursday, August 20, 2015 at her home in Shakopee surrounded by loving family.
Maureen was born on December 16, 1935, in Chicago the daughter of Martin and Josephine (Scanlon) O'Meara.
Survivors include her 6 children, Kathy (Phil) Selenak, Donna (Will) Roman, Mary Pat (Rick) Fjelstad, Maureen (Paul) Hill, Andrea Hudson, Michael Adams and his fiancee Kim; grandchildren, Maura and Dan Selenak, Natalie and Martin Roman, Jason, Keegan, and Marria Fjelstad, Katie and Jake Hill; sister, Patricia Quaid, brothers, Raymond, Dennis and Thomas (Mary Jean) O'Meara; and many others who called Maureen 'Mom' as she considered each and every one of you to be family. Maureen was preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law, James Quaid.
While Maureen's family had some idea of the effect she had in this world, the breadth of her impact only became fully apparent to them during her illness. Over the past several months, a beautiful trail of people she encountered during her lifetime expressed outpourings of gratitude for her countless, quiet and altruistic acts that in many instances changed the trajectory of their lives. The compassion and generosity she showed to so many is enlightening and awe inspiring. The world is a better place due to her willingness to quietly contribute to family, friends and community in a way that was second nature to her. Maureen understood that one's most important accomplishment in life is the web of relationships lovingly weaved one strand at a time. This is the true measure of a life well lived.
Maureen was a beloved mother and a cherished grandmother. You could look up into the stands or audience of your hockey, basketball, swimming, academic or music event and find her in her usual spot beaming. She was not one to give unsolicited advice. She would rather make a space at the table to listen while you talked things through. She will leave an immeasurable void in the hearts of her 'family'.

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Leonites Roland Pitschneider

5/23/1936 — 8/20/2015

Pitschneider, Leonites R. 'Leon', age 79, of Shakopee, Minnesota.
Born on May 23, 1936, in Shakopee, passed away on Thursday, August 20, 2015, in Shakopee. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.
Survived by son, Tom Pitschneider and wife, Michele; daughter, Brenda Martinson and husband, Alvin; grandchildren, Sara Brook, Austin Pitschneider and Daniel Pitschneider; brother, Mitz Pitschneider and wife, Karen; sister, Mona Riesgraf and husband, Leon; nieces and nephews.

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Eunice Lydia Nissen (Naumann)

10/28/1933 — 8/19/2015

Eunice Lydia Nissen, age 81, of Prior Lake was called to her heavenly home on Tuesday, August 19, 2015. Eunice blessed all with her grace, strong faith, easy smile and heart-felt conversations. While saddened by her passing, we are grateful for the precious memories of her and confident in our eventual reunion in heaven.

Eunice was born on October 28, 1933, in Ambur, India, the child of Rev. John and Marie Naumann. She grew up in India, alternating between school in the hills at Kodaikanal and her father's mission in the planes at Barugur. At the time she was called to heaven she was visiting her childhood home in India.

Eunice attended Concordia College in St. Paul where she met her future husband Reverend Norman Nissen. Eunice earned a master's degree in special education and continued to travel, read and learn throughout her life. She filled her life with service to others through music, teaching, ministry, and unwavering family dedication. Her family and friends know she is finally back home with Jesus, singing songs of praise and happy to be reunited with family gone before her.
Eunice is survived by her siblings, Helen Spitzack, Dr. Miriam (Ken Kauffman) McCreary, John (Faye) Naumann and Dr. Walter (Sandra) Naumann; by her children Nathan (Kathy) Nissen, Joel Nissen, Naomi (Todd) Horsager, Dr. Jonas (Julie) Nissen, Dr. Nicholas (Dr. Kathy Magliato) Nissen and Christina Nissen; fourteen grandchildren and one great-grand daughter. She was preceded in death by her husband Reverend Norman Nissen, son Jeremy, sister Irene Cotter, and her parents Rev. John and Marie Naumann.

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Evelyn E. Luce

4/17/1924 — 8/18/2015

Evelyn H. Luce, age 91, formerly of Shakopee, entered eternal life on Tuesday, August 18, 2015, at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. Evelyn was born on April 17, 1924, in Shakopee the daughter of Peter and Clara (Kopp) Hauer. She was a retired employee of Northwestern Bell where she worked in administration.
Survivors include her 5 children: Ann (Tom) Jaggard, Arthur (Val) Luce, Anthony Luce, Christine (Paul) Lagerquist and Julie Reitan; 8 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; 1 sister, Lorraine Ries; 2 brothers, Gene Hauer and Jim (Mary Ann) Hauer. She was preceded in death by first husband, Arthur G. Luce and second husband, Vernon J. Janssen.

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Catherine N. Whitcomb

4/2/1928 — 8/10/2015

Catherine N. Whitcomb, 'Cathie', age 87, of Shakopee, formerly of Bloomington, entered eternal life on Monday, August 10, 2015, at Emerald Crest in Shakopee, Minnesota.
Catherine was born on April 2, 1928, in Whittemore, Iowa, the daughter of Jerry and Cunegundes (Felder) Sullivan. She married Tom Whitcomb in April, 1952, in Albert Lea, Minnesota.
Cathie was fully engaged in living life; always had a positive and energetic attitude. She traveled extensively, loved being outside, enjoyed camping, hiking, golfing, reading, cooking, bridge, had a strong faith, was intellectually curious, and she highly valued education. Cathie was extremely kind, gentle, thoughtful, and patient.
Preceded in death by husband, Tom; son, Danny; parents; siblings. Survived by daughter, Betsy (Randy) Laurent; son, Tim (Lisa) Whitcomb; grandchildren, Jessica (Donnie) Marker, Janelle Laurent, Robbie and Catherine Whitcomb; great grandchildren, Colton and Ella Marker.

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Jerry D. Lewis

7/8/1941 — 8/7/2015

Jerry D. Lewis, age 74, of Shakopee, passed away on Friday, August 7, 2015, at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, MN.
Jerry was born in Viola, Illinois on July 8, 1941, the son of Walter and Eileen (Plunkett) Lewis.
He served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War, and on April 1, 1967, in Chaska, Minnesota, he married Kathleen Jahn. For over 40 years Jerry worked as a surveyor for Scott County.
Jerry absolutely loved playing golf and his time with his morning coffee group. Together, Jerry and Kathleen enjoyed cheering on the Minnesota Vikings.
Jerry was preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen (2/22/2012). He is survived by his sons, Shawn, Kyle (Stephanie), and Kirk (Kenndy); grandchildren, Bryn and Connor, Simon and Owen; brother, Gary (Nancy).

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