Obituaries

Kathleen A. 'Kathy' Leadstrom

4/18/1937 — 9/16/2014

Kathleen A. 'Kathy' Leadstrom, age 77, of Shakopee, passed away on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at St. Gertrude's Health Center in Shakopee.
Born on April 18, 1937, in Minneapolis, the daughter of Hugh and Angeline (Kodytek) O'Brien. On February 23, 1963, she married Gary Leadstrom.
Kathy was a secretary, homemaker, and then worked at Berens Market in Shakopee. She enjoyed gardening, and was very active at the Church of St. Mary. She volunteered her time with the Shakopee Public Library Book Sale, and Feed My Starving Children.
Kathy is survived by her children, Patti Yorek (Dave Galbraith), Gary (Linda), Dan (Annie), Lori Leadstrom (Jim Bohar), and David; 9 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Kathy was preceded in death by her husband, Gary (2004); parents, Hugh and Angeline O'Brien; brother, Kenneth.

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Warren LaCourse

5/6/1946 — 9/11/2014

Warren M. LaCourse, age 68, of Shakopee, passed away on Thursday, September 11, 2014, at his home.
Warren was born on May 6, 1946, in Crookston, Minnesota, the son of Henry and Genevieve (Drees) LaCourse. He married Barbara Stemmer on August 9, 1969, in Shakopee.
Warren served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He described his service there as 'typing his way through the war.'
At the Shakopee Junior High School, Warren was a longtime social studies teacher. For many of those years he coached cross country, track and field, and football. Warren has skied the Birkebeiner, a 43k cross country ski race, for 30+ years with his good friend, Bob Britz. He was truly an exercise enthusiast who loved running, biking, kayaking, and lifting weights. Warren was an avid reader, especially of history, as evidenced by his vast collection of books. More importantly, he was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.
Warren is survived by his wife, Barbara; sons, David and wife, Ann, C.J. and wife, Victoria; grandchildren, Lauren, Bradley, Madelyn, and Cody; sisters and brothers, Susan Poore and husband, Bob, Michelle Gerholz and husband, Howie, Maurie LaCourse, Scott LaCourse and Caryl Cronin; brother-in-law, Mike Stemmer and wife, Carla and their daughter, Bailey; sister-in-law, Kate Sloan and husband, Richard and their daughter, Emily; best friends, Rick and Sara Allex, Tom and Kathy O'Connor, Bob and Paula Britz, and Joe and Carolyn Kinney; aunts, uncle, nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by his parents.

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Maureen Preiss Fowler Balzer

4/13/1944 — 9/11/2014

Maureen Preiss Fowler Balzer, age 70, of Shakopee. Passed away on September 11 at Texas Terrace Nursing Home in St. Louis Park. Maureen was born on April 13, 1944 in Minneapolis the daughter of Ollie and Bernice (Watrin) Balzer.
Beloved and devoted mother of Chris (Julia) Preiss, Kelly Wilhelm, Karen (Brian) Short and Joshua (Kirsti) Preiss; 9 grandchildren, Jessica Carlton (Preiss) and husband, Clint Carlton, Nicole Preiss, Brittany Wilhelm, Karolyn Preiss, Tucker Wilhelm, Cole Short, Madison Short, Brooklyn Short, Oliver Preiss; 1 great grandchild, Emily Carlton; 2 sisters, 5 brothers, Mercedes Summers, Greg, Allen, and Randy Anderson, Richard, Jeanine and Jeffery Jacobson. She was preceded in death by 1 sister, 2 brothers, Meredith Harkins, Michael and Merrill Balzer and a nephew, Todd. Maureen treasured her family and touched all that she knew with her compassion, grace and laughter.

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Henry Kennith Groen

7/28/1938 — 9/9/2014

Henry K. 'Hank' Groen, age 76, passed away Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at his home with his family by his side.
Born on July 28th, 1938 in Priam Minnesota, the son of Henry B. and Augusta (Slagter) Groen. Hank married Judy Wilbur on June 3rd, 1961 at The Little Brown Church in the Vale in Nashua, Iowa.
Hank served in the United States Army, then drove a gravel truck for Northwest Bituminous. Prior to retirement, he spent 33 years working for the Metropolitan Counsel as an Operating Engineer. He was a proud member of The International Union Of Operating Engineers Local #35 and The Chaska American Legion Post 57.
Hank enjoyed life to the fullest. He always had a smile on his face and lit up the room when he walked in. He loved to tell stories, play cards, fish, dance and ride horses. He and Judy enjoyed travelling to attend NASCAR Races and other sporting events including 2 World Series, a college Final Four and a Stanley Cup. He loved old school country music and went to a lot of concerts. Most of all he loved to cheer on his grandkids at their sporting events.
Hank is survived by loving wife Judy; daughters Terri (Tom) Duchenes, Kim (Mark) Baillie and Sarah Groen; grandchildren Tony & Nate Duchenes; and nieces and nephews, brothers and sisters in-law. He was preceded in death by parents Henry & Augusta; siblings Beatrice Overlander, Alvin Groen, Delmar Groen, Deloris Tengwall, Betty Dirks and infant twin brother.
The family would like to thank Drs. David Willey, Scott Sharkey, Michael Torchia & Walter Dorman for excellent care throughout the years.

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Robert Charles Eager

5/10/1937 — 9/9/2014

Robert C. 'Bob' Eager, age 77, of Shakopee, passed away on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at the Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine, Minnesota.
Bob was born on May 10, 1937, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the son of Charles H. and Olive (Hatcher) Eager. He married Carol Nelson on September 26, 1964, in Wayzata, Minnesota.
Bob served in the United States Army. He worked for over 25 years as a quality assurance engineer at Conklin Company in Shakopee.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 50 years, Carol; son, Dwayne Eager and wife, Shana; daughter, Jennifer Eager; grandchildren, Mikayla, Conal, and Elsa; sister, Judy Schulte; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother.

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Joseph R. Ginter

10/1/1924 — 9/4/2014

Joseph R. Ginter, age 89, of Shakopee was born on October 1, 1924 in Derrynane Township, LeSueur County, Minnesota the son of Joseph J. and Mary M (Holtz) Ginter. Joe died on Thursday, September 4 at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee. He was a graduate of New Prague High School. He married Dorothy Hauer on May 3, 1950 at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He served in the United States Army and the Air Force and retired after 21 years with the rank of Master Sergeant and was awarded the Purple Heart. Joe was a veteran of World War II and the Korean and Vietnam Conflicts. He defended his country in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a member of the Father John Deere Third Degree Knights of Columbus Council of Prior Lake - Savage 4914 and the Father Lucian Galtier Assembly of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus of Shakopee. Joe also was a member of Dan Patch Post 643 of the American Legion of Savage and Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 6208 of Prior Lake. Joe is survived by his wife, Dorothy; sister, Margaret Redfield. He was preceded in death by his son, Joseph C. Ginter and sister, Florence.

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Richard G. 'Dick' Belcher

5/5/1928 — 9/4/2014

Richard G. 'Dick' Belcher, age 86, of Savage. Devoted Husband, Father, Grandfather, peacefully passed with family by his side on September 4, 2014, at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, Minnesota.
Born on May 5, 1928, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the son of Harry and Gladys (Robertson) Belcher. Dick married Lolie Coakley on September 13, 1952 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Savage, Minnesota.
Dick served in the United States Army, and was a member of the Dan Patch American Legion Post 643 in Savage. He worked for Sears as a buyer for 39 years.
For over 40 years Dick was a member of a bowling league, and served 20 years as its Secretary. He also started the horseshoe league in Savage. Dick served on the Savage Fire Department for 22 years, and served as the City Assessor. He assisted/organized the Dan Patch parade from the 1960's to 1976.
Other hobbies and interests of Dick's were gardening, golfing, baking, fishing, and he was a true Minnesota Twins and Vikings fan.
Survived by wife, Lolie; daughters, Bonnie (Gary) Trapp, Barbara (George) Larson, Bobbi Young; grandchildren, Jennifer Trapp (Gary Gehlen), Nikki Warren (Shawn), Kristi Wright (Robb), Kelly Murphy, Andrea Henderson (Sean), Shannon Murphy, Meghan Young, Joseph Young; great-grandchildren, Nick and Nate Gehlen, Julia and Ryan Warren, Zach and Kenzie Wright, Riley Clos, Kinley Henderson, Cameron Murphy; brother, Robert (Betty). Dick was preceded in death by son-in-law, Dan Young.

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Cecelia M. St. Pierre

10/11/1936 — 8/26/2014

Cecelia M. St. Pierre, age 77, of Prior Lake, member of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, journeyed to the Spirit World on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at St. Gertrude's Health Center in Shakopee, Minnesota.

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Steven R. Jines

11/20/1955 — 8/24/2014

Steven Ray Jines, age 58 years young, a resident of Shakopee, passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at J.A. Wedum Residential Hospice in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.
Steven was diagnosed with liver cancer April 18th of 2012. He fought hard and enjoyed life until the very end.
Steve was born on November 20th, 1955 in East St. Louis, Illinois. His parents were Charles and Zelma Jines.
Steve loved dancing, playing the Jukebox, and beating anyone willing to play him in pool.
Steve is preceded in death by four siblings and his parents.
Survivors include three sisters, Lisa Jines, Giesle Jines (Nelson), and Gloria Jines.

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Edna Catherine Waalen

6/1/1940 — 8/19/2014

Edna Catherine Waalen, age 74, of Shakopee, passed away on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at Fairview University Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Edna was born on June 1, 1940, in Shakopee, Minnesota, the daughter of George and Lucille (Siebenaler) Beckrich. She was married to Jerry Waalen. For 30 years she was the owner and stylist at Edna's Beauty Shop in Shakopee; she finished her stylist career working for Great Clips in Shakopee, Savage and Prior Lake. She was a member of the American Legion Post 2 Ladies Auxiliary and VFW 4046 Ladies Auxiliary, both in Shakopee.
Edna enjoyed camping and fishing. But, most of all she loved spending time with her grandchildren.
Survivors include her sons, Jay Steven (Maggi), Thomas Allen, Daniel Lloyd, Douglas Lawrence; daughter, Dana Marie; grandchildren, Jeremy Knapp, Derek, Dillon, Preston, Shelby, Michayla, Jisela, and Byron Waalen; sisters and brothers, Darlene (Alex) Schmidt, George (Janet) Beckrich, Theresa (Gerald) Yetzer, Agnes (Peter) Braverman, Anton (Joan) Beckrich, Rita Kenow, Allen (Jacqueline) Beckrich, Robert Memmer; special friend, Bob Young. Preceded in death by her husband, Jerry (1990); mother, Lucille Olson; father, George 'Daddy' Beckrich; sisters, Catherine Conyers, Beverly Johnson, Rosemary Schmidt.

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