Obituaries

Ralph Vincent Anderson

9/17/1928 — 4/24/2016

Ralph Vincent Anderson, age 87, of Shakopee, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday, April 24, 2016. Ralph was born in Salem, South Dakota, on September 17, 1928, the son of Herman and Elvira (Swanson) Anderson. As the son of a Lutheran minister, his family lived in various locations throughout the United States and Canada serving the church. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War. Ralph married Doris Larson on September 3, 1955, in Salem, South Dakota. He taught math and science in many communities in northern Minnesota. After having completed his Master's degree in Mathematics, he moved his family to International Falls where he taught at Rainy River Junior College. He was instrumental in the transition of the Junior College becoming Rainy River Community College. One of his proudest accomplishments was being involved in the creation of the nursing program that is still in existence. He served as the Dean of Instruction until his retirement in 1987. He was an active member of First Lutheran Church, serving on the church council and the choir. He was a Boy Scout leader, a member of Rotary, and served on the hospital board.
Willard Lake near Kenora, Ontario had a special place in his heart. It was where Ralph met Doris, and they spent a significant amount of time. The lake cabin encompassed everything that Ralph loved: building, fishing, boating and family time. Ralph and Doris spent retirement years in Mesa, AZ where they enjoyed golfing, socializing, and traveling the world. In 2008, they moved to their current home in Shakopee to be closer to family.

Ralph is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Doris; sons, David (Beverly), Douglas (Nancy), Mark (Lisa), Chris (Beth); grandchildren, Garret, Mason, and Olivia, Elizabeth (Joseph) Reierson, Sarah (Sethen) Ettestad, Katherine (John) Winkel, and Rebecca Anderson, Nicole, Annika, and Megan Anderson, Lindsey and Carri Anderson; great-grandson, Lukas Vincent Reierson. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Paul, Orville and Vergil, and sisters Dorothy Ramberg and Vera Carr.

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Everly Mae Lazzari

4/8/2016 — 4/24/2016

Everly Mae Lazzari was born on April 8, 2016 in Shakopee, Minnesota and got her wings on April 24, 2016. She was the daughter of Benjamin and Amber (Powers) Lazzari.
Along with her parents, she is survived by her sister, Ella; grandparents, Tammie and Jeff Powers, Rick and Patti Lazzari; great-grandfather, John Powers, Sr.; great-grandmother, Lucetta Monnens; aunts, Alexie Powers, AvaMarie Powers; uncles, Chris (Blair) Lazzari, Andy (Krista) Lazzari; cousins, Henry, Lucas, A.J., August; and other friends and family.

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Marylou Violet

1/2/1942 — 4/22/2016

Marylou Violet, age 74, of Shakopee, passed away on Friday, April 22, 2016, at Regency Hospital in Golden Valley, Minnesota.
Marylou was born on January 2, 1942, in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, the daughter of Alex and Edith Pieczynski. She married Don Violet, and together they had 3 children. She was a homemaker, and enjoyed gardening and flowers, and was an animal lover.
Marylou is preceded in death by her husband, Don; parents, Alex and Edith Pieczynski; and brother, Donnie Pieczynski.
She is survived by her sons, Mark Violet, and David Violet and wife, Julie; daughter, Katie Repine and husband, Jeff; grandchildren, Mackinze and Haley; siblings, Ruthy, Elaine, Joannie, and Larry.

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Thomas C. Buckley

2/15/1936 — 4/15/2016

Thomas Cotter Buckley, age 80, of Minneapolis, MN, passed away on April 15, 2016, at his home.
Thomas was born on February 15, 1936, the son of Howard and Gen Buckley.
For 50 years Tom was a teacher, professor, and Associate Dean of the General College at the University of Minnesota.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Gen; sister, Gwen; and brother, Jerry. Survived by his cousin Bob Rylander; cousin Jim Rylander and wife Mary Jo; and their children, Martha Kennedy (Shawn), Brendan (Laura) (daughter Josephine), Jonathan, and Nathan; Terry Buchholz and daughter, Desa Zraick (George)(son Michael); Marian and John Gruenfelder family; and Kay and Delbert Schettler family.

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Georgia R. Halloran

3/27/1925 — 4/12/2016

Georgia Rose Halloran age 91, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at Friendship Manor Nursing Home in Shakopee, Minnesota.
Georgia was born on March 27, 1925 in Shakopee, the daughter of Dr. Peter and Anna (Schiffer) Fischer.
She graduated from Shakopee High School, and went on to graduate from St. Mary's school of Nursing as a registered nurse. She finished her education by receiving her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Minnesota.
She started her career as a registered nurse in 1949 and went on to become an ICU/CCU nurse at St. Francis Hospital, Shakopee until she retired in 1992.
She was forever creative; knitting, crocheting, and sewing. She belonged to the Craft Club for decades and loved bead work and making jewelry. Upon her retirement, she thoroughly enjoyed her winter stays in Tucson and never missed attending the annual rock and gem shows in February. She always enjoyed traveling, visiting her children from Puerto Rico to Saipan and all points in between.
Georgia was a lifelong member of St. Mark's Catholic Church (Parish of Saints Joachim and Anne).
Georgia is lovingly remembered by her children, John, Patrick, Teresa Kirby (Paul), Michael (Margarita), Brian (Patty), Ann Oshiro (Howard), Daniel, Paul, plus 13 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

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Mary Kay Majerus

12/18/1926 — 4/7/2016

Mary Kay Majerus, age 89, entered eternal life on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee, MN.
Mary Kay was born on December 18, 1926 in Shakopee, the daughter of Frank and Laura (Smith) White. She lived most of her life in Bloomington and retired in Amery, WI. Mary Kay was the owner of Majerus Wormery.
She is survived by children and grandchildren, Albert and wife Linda (Kelly, Nathan, Nick), Patrick and wife Cathy (Jessica, Jacob, John, Tereza, Isaac), Laurie and husband Bill Tillmans (Lori, Connie, Jason), Ann Majerus and husband Marty Jensen (Theodore, Miles, Rebecca), Cathy and husband Kurt Chelgren (Kayla); many great-grandchildren. Preceded by husband, Earl; parents Frank and Laura White; brother, Bob White.

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Marlys L. Flanigan

3/2/1939 — 4/7/2016

Marlys L. Flanigan, age 77 of Shakopee, passed away on April 7, 2016 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN.
Marlys was born on March 2, 1939 in Cosmos, MN, the daughter of Herman and Frieda (Tesch) Klemp.
Marlys was employed by Honeywell for over 30 years. She volunteered at Jr. Achievement, St. Francis Hospital, and CHAD. Other organizations she was a member of included Toast Masters, Sr. Citizens Club, Legion Auxiliary in both Cosmos and Bloomington, Book Club and Birthday Club.
Marlys enjoyed reading and making cards.
Marlys is survived by her daughters, Robby (Shelley) Tesch, Rolee Luhm; grandchild, Betsy Beaurline; sister-in-law, Terry Kugler. Preceded by parents, Herman Klemp and Frieda Thiem; sister, Phyllis (Roger) Hauer; brother, Harvey Klemp.

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Trudy Teresa Van Olson

1/11/1951 — 4/1/2016

Trudy Teresa Van Olson, Age 65, of Shakopee, passed away on Friday, April 1, 2016 at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee, after a short battle with cancer.
Trudy was born on January 11, 1951 to Berman Ray and Teresa Aurelia (Schneider) Van Buskirk at the Community Hospital in St. Peter, MN.
Trudy spent her childhood in Henderson, MN and graduated from Henderson High School, then attended Gustavus Adolphus College. She started her working career as a receptionist for Governor Wendell Anderson, then worked for the Private College Council, a testing company and Olson's Body Shop. She married Kenneth D. Olson on July 7, 1990 and they lived in Prior Lake. They divorced several years later.
Trudy then moved to Shakopee where she began her career with Scott County. She assisted many Scott County employees with their preparation for retirement in her position with Scott County Human Resources. She retired in February of 2016.
Trudy enjoyed gardening, was an avid reader, a Vikings fan and loved her annual summer vacation in northern Minnesota, fishing and exploring a new lake every year with her best friend and significant other, Greg Ess. She was a people person and loved visiting with family and friends, especially on the telephone.
Trudy is survived by siblings, Jean Hildebrandt, Patricia Del Testa, Larry, Alan, Berman L., and Myra Van Buskirk; life partner, Greg Ess and his family. Preceded by parents, Berman R. and Teresa (Schneider) Van Buskirk; brothers-in-law, Charles Hildebrandt and Guido Del Testa; nephew, Mark Hildebrandt; very special friend, Paulette Dwyer.

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Charles A. 'Chuck' Mensing

3/7/1951 — 3/27/2016

Charles A. Mensing, 'Chuck', age 65, of Shakopee, passed away at his home on Sunday, March 27, 2016.
Chuck was born in Mankato, Minnesota, on March 7, 1951, the son of Robert A. and Norma (Wick) Mensing. He married Lola Oeltjenbruns on June 19, 1971, in Waseca, Minnesota.
Chuck was the owner of Wampach's Restaurant in Shakopee from 1976-1999. He also was proud of being a salesman and his time working at Eden Prairie Appliance.
He was a longtime member of AA, he was a fan of the MN Twins and Vikings, and he enjoyed old cars.
Chuck is survived by his wife Lola; daughters Jill (Scott) Kelly, Colleen (Andy) Pond; grandchildren Abigail, Sophia, and Michael Kelly, Josie and Griffin Pond; brother David (Gloria); nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents Robert A. and Norma; brother Robert J.

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Robert 'Bob' Hein

1/23/1933 — 3/26/2016

Bob J. Hein, age 83, of Shakopee, entered eternal life on Saturday, March 26, 2016, at All Saints Senior Living in Shakopee.
Bob was born on January 23, 1933, in Chaska, MN, the son of Matthew and Minnie (Griep) Hein. He married Bernice Smith on August 29, 1953 at St. Mary's Church in Shakopee, MN. Bob served in the United States Army. He worked for the Edina schools as a bus driver for 32 years. He enjoyed fishing, especially catching catfish growing up. He loved his dogs, was a good cook and kept up on the yard work, making sure that the lawn always looked perfect. He loved spending time with children and was a foster parent.
Survived by his wife of 62 years, Bernice; children, Margaret (Lee) Worm, Tim Hein, Tom (Patti) Hein, Anne Theis (David Turner); grandchildren, Tony and Jenny Monnens, Adam Worm, Lacey, Eliza, Marshal and Vincent Hein, Ryan Turner; great-grandchildren, Brianna and Brittany Tompkins, Aria Monnens, Andrew Hein; sister-in-law, Adeline Hein; many other cousins, nieces, nephews and relatives. Preceded by son, Terry; infant daughters, Mary, Molly; parents; brother, Bill.

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