Obituaries

Gladys A. Slight

1/21/1913 — 2/25/2015

Gladys A. Slight, age 102, of Shakopee. It is with sadness, Gladys passed away on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at St. Gertrude's Care Center in Shakopee.
Gladys was born in Glencoe, Minnesota, on January 21, 1913, the daughter of Anthony and Anna (Morveck) Felepe.
Survivors include her daughter, Darlene and husband, Leslie; grandsons, Jonathan and Anthony; great-granddaughter, Avyana; many nieces and nephews.
We ask that you share in one of her favorite activities, and enjoy a cup of tea, pizza, and 500 Rummy. Please remember all the wonderful times shared. Gone but NEVER forgotten. We love you Mom and Grandma.

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Germain L. Hoffman

9/18/1931 — 2/20/2015

Germain L. Hoffman, age 83, of Shakopee, passed away on Friday, February 20, 2015, at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee, Minnesota.
Germain was born in St. Benedict, Minnesota, on September 18, 1931, the son of Leonard and Mary (Gerold) Hoffman.
He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. He was a 3rd gunner on the USS Thomas. He was discharged from the Navy in 1955, and married MaryAnn Trenda on September 1, 1956, in New Prague, Minnesota.
For 37 years Germain worked in machine maintenance for Continental Machines.
Germain was a 'jack of all trades', he enjoyed working on outdoor motors. His hobbies and interests included a love for fishing, hunting, and his time with MaryAnn at their cabin up north. In his younger years he enjoyed bowling, and playing softball and baseball. He was a member of the Shakopee VFW 4046.
Germain is survived by his wife, MaryAnn; daughter and sons, Kim (Kurt) Schneider, Mark (Lisa), Chris (Leslie); 9 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; brothers and sister, Virgil (Bernice), Lambert (Betty), Rita (Ralph) Schoenecker. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Cole; and five siblings.

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Rita Catherine Sunder

8/24/1936 — 2/20/2015

Rita C. Sunder, 78 years young, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family in the evening of Friday, February 20, 2015, at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee.
Rita was born on August 24, 1936, in Carver, Minnesota, the daughter of Simon and Margaret (Michel) Siegle.
In 1954 she graduated from Good Counsel Academy in Mankato, MN, and attended school in Quebec. She originally felt called to be a nun. Rita ultimately chose a wonderful life with Jerry Sunder and the family they raised.
Because of her love of classical music, Rita first started teaching piano to her children, and then she taught many students in Shakopee, teaching for 50 years.
She volunteered at St. Francis Hospital, along with many other school and charity functions. She was a member of the Church of St. Mary choir, the MN Music Teacher's Association, the beloved Harmonette's singing group, and many other organizations. She was also a proud member of the Third Order of St. Francis.
Rita is preceded in death by her husband, Jerry. She is loved and will deeply be missed by daughter, Kay Monson; sons, Brian (Pam) and Joe (Lisa); grandchildren, Erin (Lou) Suarez, Kelly Sunder, AJ Sunder, Libby (Marcus) Barrios, Josh Monson and Charlie Sunder; great-granddaughter, Eleanora Suarez; sisters, Kathleen (Urban) Fritz and Marlene Roufs; special friend, Stephen Hallstein; and many nieces, nephews and relatives.

We will all miss Rita's distinctive laugh, her generosity to others, and the joy she took being with family and friends.

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Vasiliy Y. Shevchenko

3/26/1938 — 2/17/2015

Vasiliy Shevchenko, age 76, of Shakopee, formerly of Ukraine, passed away Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at his home.

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Daniel J. Bolling

6/26/1958 — 2/15/2015

Daniel J. Bolling, age 56, of Shakopee, passed away on Sunday, February 15, 2015, at his home in Shakopee.
Daniel was born in Morris, MN, on June 26, 1958, the son of Kenneth Patrick Donald Bolling and Loretta Mary Musselman. He married Sherry DeWitt on May 12, 1990, in Hampton, South Carolina.
Daniel earned an Associates Degree in business, and was working towards his Masters Degree. He was employed as a machine operator with Profab in Alexandria, MN.
Daniel was trying to get his business 'No Buffalo' up and running, which was a dry seasoning for hot wings; he also was the owner/operator for SoHo Computer.
Anything to do with computer science he loved. He also was learning to play the guitar. Daniel enjoyed riding his Harley, and occasionally would run out of gas....
Daniel leaves behind his wife, Sherry; children, Dana DeWitt (Jerry Muldrow) of Varnville, SC, Charity Aguirre (Matt) of Albertville, Melissa Bolling of Hampton, SC, Zachariah Bolling, Amber Lanham (Brock) both of Shakopee; grandchildren, Taylor, Jadyn, Jared, Kaleb, Mikayla, Dominic, Dawson, Bentley, Kyleigh, and Kohlton; siblings, Peter Bolling (Pandora) of Chanhassen, Pam Rinkenburger (Chuck), Edward Bolling (Mary Anderson) both of Morris; half-brother, Troy Sobenia (Angie) of Holdingford. Preceded in death by father, Kenneth Patrick Donald Bolling; mother, Loretta Mary Musselman; brother, Keith Allen Bolling.

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Lynn Clark Bemis

8/28/1929 — 2/6/2015

Lynn C. Bemis, age 85, of Shakopee, passed away on Friday, February 6, 2015, at the Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine, MN.
Lynn was born in Estes Brook, MN on August 28, 1929, the son of Harry and Ada (Crook) Bemis.
After serving in the Army during the Korean War Lynn Bemis moved to Shakopee, and on September 3, 1954, married Carol Anderson at the 1st Presbyterian Church. He worked as an equipment operator for Fox and Weiler and later became an owner. Lynn was a member of the Shakopee Masons and Eastern Star. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, wood working, reading, following the Minnesota Twins, and spending time with his children and grandchildren. Lynn's wife, Carol, passed away in 1989 after 35 years of marriage. Lynn remarried in 1991 to Betty Higdem of Shakopee.
Lynn is survived by wife, Betty; children, Mike (Mary), Carol (Jacqueline), and Patrick (Nancee) Bemis; step-children, Shawn, and Kyle (Amy) Higdem; grandchildren, Jeremy (Nicole), Grant, Brel, and Taran Bemis; step-grandchildren, Amanda (Duran) Glazek, Jacob, Karissa, and Jessa Higdem. Preceded by wife of 35 years, Carol; parents, Harry and Ada; 8 siblings.

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Sylvia M. Ryan

12/8/1924 — 2/5/2015

Sylvia Johnson Ryan, age 90, of Shakopee, Minnesota sipped her last cup of English tea on February 4, 2015 after a beautiful day spent with her family. Born December 8, 1924 in London, England to Harry and Cis Johnson, she grew up during WW II. She was swept off her feet by a young American pilot, Ronald J. Johnson whom she married on October 28, 1944. She came to Minnesota in 1946, where she was introduced to the warmness of the Johnson family and of small town life. They raised three children David, Brenda Ann, and Ann Marie. Sylvia lost her young pilot on November 2, 1968. Bob Ryan drove into her life and presented her with yet another full life and a huge loving family who embraced her when they married on May 27, 1969. Although he passed away on August 23, 2005, the Ryan family cherished her to the very last moment.

Sylvia was preceded in death by her parents and two husbands.

Survivors include children, David (Kathy Casanova) Johnson, Brenda Ann (Jim) Schaffer, and Ann Marie (Dan)Tripps; grandchildren, Scott (Nicole) Johnson, Keri (Ryan) Stanzel, and Michelle Johnson; great-grandchildren, Ariana Johnson, Tyra Johnson, Emilia Stanzel, and Daniel David Johnson; brother, Ronald H. (Beryl) Johnson of Roydon, Essex, England; sister, Brenda Palmer of Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, England; sisters-in-law, Mary Johnson, Laura Ryan, and Helen Pomije; and many nieces and nephews who will miss her dearly but who will always keep her in their hearts.

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Norbert L. Asfeld

9/14/1933 — 2/4/2015

Norbert L. Asfeld, age 81, of Shakopee, formerly of Kimball and Burnsville, MN, passed away on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, MN.
Norbert was born on the family farm in Kimball, MN, on September 14, 1933, the son of Frank and Mary (Mueller) Asfeld. He married Bernice Ross on January 10, 1953, in Litchfield, MN.
Norby worked at the Ford Assembly Plant, retiring after 35 years. At the time of his death, he was still active in the UAW retirees chapter. Norby moved his family to Burnsville in 1958 and lived in the community until 1984. In addition to working at the Ford Assembly Plant, Norby started the Asfeld Construction Company focusing on Concrete which is now run by his son and grandson. Norbert was very active in the sport community, coaching hockey for 15 years, supporting BAC and sponsoring a softball team. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing throughout his life, experiencing his last deer camp in November of 2014.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Bernice; sons and daughters, Dennis (Beth), MerrieJane (Bruce) Von Eschen, Terrie Jean (Don) Harmsen, and Dan (Kristina); 6 grandchildren, Arthur (Tareesa) Von Eschen, Layla May, Carrie (Eric) Eulberg, Benjamin (Jeanette) Asfeld, Kali May, and Matt Asfeld; 3 step-grandchildren, Courtney, David, Jr., and Connor Nash; 6 great-grandchildren, Marselienna, Aslen, Bjorn, Jacob, Joshua, and Avery; 4 brothers and 3 sisters, Ludwig, Leo, Isabelle, Bob, Bernice, Clarence, and Avon. Preceded by 2 brothers, George and Philip.

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Lester J. Menden

3/2/1930 — 1/30/2015

Lester J. Menden, age 84, of Shakopee, entered eternal life surrounded by his family, on Friday, January 30, 2015 at Friendship Manor Nursing Home, Shakopee, MN.
Lester was born in Shakopee, Minnesota on March 2, 1930, the son of Peter and Theresa (Lehnen) Menden. Lester went to school in a small country school. He married Evelyn Rein on May 15, 1951, at Church of St. Mark in Shakopee.
Lester is well known as the local 'milkman', delivering milk for Clover Leaf (and Kemp's) from 1958-1988. He also drove school bus in Shakopee from 1988-2008.
Lester was a handyman for all his family and relatives, he could fix anything. He also enjoyed gardening, fishing, dancing, small engine repair, and the MN Twins.
Lester is survived by his wife, Evelyn; children, Nancy (Jim) Clark, John (LuAnn), Peggy (Mike) Dircks, Mike (Maureen); grandchildren, Jamie Clark, Megan Hanson, Jennifer Dagner, Emily Barkley, Anita Woodrow, Eric Dircks, Joel Dircks, Sarah McCarty, Peter Menden, Maggie Menden; 15 great-grandchildren; brothers, Clem and Edwin; sisters-in-law, Lucy Rein and Joan Monnens; many other family and friends. Preceded by parents, Peter and Theresa; sisters, Irene Molkenbur and Helen Lenzmeier; brothers, Irvin and Norbert.

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Steve M. Skarupa

7/24/1926 — 1/26/2015

Steve M. Skarupa, age 88, of Burnsville, passed away peacefully on January 26, 2015, surrounded by his family at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville, Minnesota.
Steve was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on July 24, 1926. He married Margaret Larson on November 21, 1945, in Minneapolis.
In 1957, Steve and Marge moved their young family to Burnsville in the middle of cornfields, pastures, and gravel roads. He worked in investment castings, and at one time lived in Arizona and worked as a supervisor where they made Ping golf clubs. He retired in 1992. Steve was one of the originators of the Burnsville Athletic Association. He was very talented, and enjoyed making jewelry, statues, and belt buckles. He enjoyed traveling with Marge, and in his earlier days liked to pheasant hunt and fish, and always liked watching sports and western shows.
Steve is preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Margaret 'Marge'; brother, Joe; sisters, Ann Green and Jane Hardman. He is survived by daughter, Cathy (Dennis) Etlicher; sons, Jerry and Bill (Deb); grandchildren, Matthew (Abby) and Lori Skarupa; sisters, Mary Hanson and Sophie Zastera; many nieces and nephews.

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