Obituaries

Aurelia Hoen

7/15/1921 — 9/19/2016

Aurelia Hoen passed away peacefully at home on the morning of Monday, September 19, 2016.
Aurelia was born at home in St. Benedict, MN. to Joseph and Anna Deutsch on July 15, 1921. She graduated from Jordan High School and went on to sales with Jewel T. On August 22, 1944 she married Leo 'Peg' Hoen in the state of Virginia while Leo was on leave from the Army. They were married for 54 years. Aurelia spent many years waitressing and ended her career as a banker with the 1st National Bank of Shakopee.
Aurelia was well known for her love of card playing, most especially bridge. She was also a quilter, a seamstress, knitter and marvelous cook. Her caramels were enjoyed by many over the years. Nieces and nephews knew her as the family hairdresser/barber in their early years. Though successful in many areas, her proudest accomplishment was being dubbed 'the Greatest Grandma in the World' by her grandchildren.
She is survived by her four children, Gini (Bill) Wermerskirchen, Steve (Deb) Hoen, Mary Jo (Dan) Menden, Mike (Judy) Hoen; eight grandchildren, Heidi (Jerry) Bodine, Billy (Suzie) Wermerskirchen, Matt (Missy) Hoen, Sarah (Matt) Amrhein, AJ (Meredith) Menden, Adam Menden, Michaela Hoen, Samantha Hoen; 12 great-grandchildren and her very special friend, Alice Menden. Aurelia is preceded in death by husband, Leo (Peg) Hoen.

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Nick P. Stathopoulos

2/20/1941 — 9/19/2016

Nick P. Stathopoulos, age 75 of Shakopee passed away on Monday, September 19, 2016 at St. Gertrude's in Shakopee.
Nick was born on February 20, 1941 in Milwaukee, WI, the son of Peter and Christine (Patsis) Stathopoulos.
He served in the United States Navy from 1959-1962 on the USS Purdy. Nick married Shirley Whitford on June 22, 1963. He enjoyed golfing and was a member of the Island View Golf Club in Waconia, MN.
Nick is survived by his loving wife, Shirley; son, Mark Stathopoulos; brother, Jim (Bev); sisters, Mary (Ron), Hope (Bob), Elaine (David), Adrienne (Greg); sister-in-law, Gail; many nieces and nephews.

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Craig Robert Clausen

6/18/1947 — 9/18/2016

Craig R. Clausen, age 69, passed away peacefully from liver cancer at the VA Hospital Hospice Center on September 18, 2016. He was born in Mason City, IA; lived in Greenwood near Lake Minnetonka, St. Bonifacius, and finally in retirement, had settled happily into a small home on Spring Lake, with his wife, Linda, where he could fish from the dock every day if he wanted. He was a veteran of the Vietnam Conflict and served in the US Navy from 1965-1968, enlisting when he was 17.
Club Name 'Mad Dog', he was a lifetime member, retired, of the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club.
He was first and foremost a father, raising 4 children by himself. His children were truly the light in his life and our family remains very close. He was a loving husband, proud grandpa, loyal friend, our rock in a crisis, outdoorsman, hunter, expert fisherman, world traveler, family historian, gardener, dog lover, kitten rescuer. An avid reader, motorcyclist, philosopher, political analyst, enthusiastic collector of many things.
He will be missed by his wife, Linda; his 4 children, Christina Larson (Randy), Beth Timlin (Bob), Michael Clausen (Tammy), Charley Clausen (Joanne); stepsons, William Deutsch (Melissa), Michael Deutsch; 8 grandchildren; mother-in-law, Betty Dols; sister-in-law, Bev Clausen; many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

'And if I did not say it out loud often enough, let me say it one last time: I loved you all with all that I was. I am so proud of you. You gave me my deepest joy.'

Many thanks to the kind nurses at the VA Palliative Unit for their compassionate care. God bless you.

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Ollie Mae Otte

3/3/1929 — 9/17/2016

Ollie Mae Otte, age 87, of Savage passed away on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Keystone Senior Living in Prior Lake.
Ollie was born on March 3, 1929 in McCalla, Alabama, the daughter of Clay and Rachel (Ingram) Parks.
She was a member of the Dan Patch American Legion Post #643 Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed playing cards, spending time with her family and her dog, Darlin'.
Ollie is survived by her children, Dennis (Moi) Smith, Barry Smith, Sheila Smith, Donald (Kerri) Otte; 9 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; brothers, Gerald (Sharon) Parks, Charles (Paulette) Parks.
She is preceded in death by her husbands; Robert Smith, Marvin Otte; sisters, Agnes, Ailene, Edna, Geraldine; brother, Jimmy; beloved dog, Darlin'.

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Kenneth W. Dalve

4/3/1933 — 9/17/2016

Kenneth Wayne Dalve, after living a good and God driven life, passed away on September 17th, 2016 at the age of 83.
Kenneth was born on April 3rd, 1933 in Callaway, Minnesota to Orin and Thelma Dalve. He was the second oldest of five children and was raised in a hardworking farming family. He worked on multiple farms across Minnesota while he was growing up as his family moved many times which instilled in him the most incredible work ethic. At age 14 he went to work as a farm hand for Ben Schultz (where he coincidentally met his future wife Donna Schultz). From 1954-1956, at age 21, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served as an assistant engineer on a sea tug boat in the Northeast Air Command in Newfoundland and Greenland.
After completing his service and being honorably discharged from the army, he returned to Minnesota where he married the love of his life Donna on May 25th, 1958. On October 19th, 1961 Ken and Donna brought their pride and joy into the world, Sandra Nadean, who held Ken's heart until the day he was called home. After spending ten years as an operator and then eventually a master mechanic with Sellin Brothers Construction in Hawley Minnesota, he moved his family to Fairbanks, Alaska in 1966 where he worked for Evans Engine and Equipment Company as a heavy duty diesel mechanic throughout the state. He created an incredible career for himself within the company as it underwent multiple acquisitions and buy outs, and through his unwavering dedication, hard work, integrity, and character, he was promoted to Vice President of the Fairbanks branch. In 1985, almost ten years after coming to the company, Evans sold out to McDonald Industries, and Ken was elected to the Board of Directors for one of their partner companies in Alaska and was overseeing two office branches. Ken prided himself in his ability to encourage others, lead by example, and promote success to his colleagues and because of the work that he dedicated his life to, he built a legacy and name for his family that will forever be remembered.
Ken was completely in his element when he was fishing or camping on the Alaskan frontier and anyone who knew him well, knows the excessive amount of joy it brought him. Ken will always be remembered for his unending generosity and while he never really accepted help, he was always willing to offer his own help wherever needed. He led a life knowing that in the eyes of the Lord, servant leadership was the greatest gift he could ever share.
He is survived by his wife Donna of Shakopee, MN, his daughter Sandra (Bob) Hendrix of Savage, MN, his two granddaughters Kendall and Kierstyn Hendrix, his sister Ruth Monroe of Detroit Lakes, MN, as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Ken is preceded in death by his parents and 3 siblings, Wallace, Orinne, and Douglas.

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Mary Anna Brletich

3/15/1916 — 9/12/2016

Mary Anna Brletich, age 100, of Mala Strana Nursing Home in New Prague, formerly of Keewatin, MN, entered eternal life on Monday, September 12, 2016, at Mala Strana Nursing Home.
Mary was born on March 15, 1916, in Nashwauk, MN, the daughter of Michael and Anna (Stimac) Bolf. She worked as a nurses aid at a nursing home in Hibbing, MN.
Mary married Matthew Brletich in Hibbing, MN in 1932.
Preceded by husband, Matthew; parents, Michael and Anna Bolf; infant sons, Richard and Charles; sisters, Frances and Ann. Survived by son, Matthew (Eloise); daughters, Mary Ann (James) Halliday, Rosemary (Larry) Dixon; 12 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren.

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Andrea C. Jahr (Vognsen)

3/8/1975 — 9/11/2016

Andrea Jahr, age 41, of Shakopee, passed away on Sunday, September 11, 2016, at St. Gertrude's Care Center in Shakopee, MN.
Andrea was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on March 8, 1975, the daughter of Mark and Cynthia (Hastings) Vognsen.
She married Andrew Jahr on October 24, 2009, at Murphy's Landing in Shakopee, Minnesota. Andrea worked as a flight attendant for Champion Air, and then worked for Best Buy in sales.
Andrea enjoyed playing volleyball, dancing, watching her two favorite football teams the Iowa Hawkeyes and Minnesota Vikings, and going to movies and plays. In high school, she traveled in Europe with her choir, performing throughout the country.
Andrea had an amazing smile, great sense of humor, and a very distinctive laugh. She loved being a mom.
Andrea is survived by her husband, Andrew; daughter, Tatum; parents, Mark and Cynthia Vognsen; brother, Eric (Rachel) Vognsen; father-in-law, Charles (Susie Muelken) Jahr; mother-in-law, Susan Jahr; sister-in-law, Kelsey (Mitchell) Smith; brother-in-law, Nathan Jahr (fiancee Tiffany); nephews and niece, Joey, Tevin, Ryan, Isabella and Theo; many aunts, uncles and cousins.

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Ray E. Egan

3/31/1930 — 9/8/2016

Raymond E. Egan, age 86, of Savage, passed peacefully and gracefully at his home in Savage, MN, on Thursday, September 8, 2016.
The youngest of 13 children, Ray was born in Savage, MN to George and Sadie (Kennedy) Egan. The Egan family farmed on what is now Hidden Valley Park. During the Korean War, Ray served as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force from 1949-1952 as a Jet Engine Specialist.
Ray married Shirley Coleman on July 3, 1954, in Shakopee, MN. He worked as a Rural Carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for 31 years, delivering mail on a route that included all of Savage and Burnsville. Ray also served more than two decades as a Savage Firefighter.
Ray and Shirley shared a long and happy retirement in Arizona - enjoying frequent adventures around the country in their RV. They returned to Savage, where they've lived the last few years and recently celebrated 62 years of marriage. The family truly appreciated this extra time with Ray, a beloved mentor who taught us all to be our best. Ray's smile melted hearts and his gentle manner shaped our behavior. Ray loved his family, loved God, loved America and was very proud of his Irish heritage. His oft-repeated humorous stories and sayings are treasures that will keep him near, like his advice to us when driving - 'keep'er between the weeds' and 'stay out of the left lane.' Ray was always ready with a good story that we'd heard before, but gladly listened to again. Ray was a restless man, but always with good purpose. He fixed all kinds of things and tinkered with woodworking projects. The evidence surrounds us with a custom wooden shelf here or a little bird-house there. We raise our glass to you Ray - and we know if we were to ask if you'd like another beer - you'd just smile and say, 'a good bartender never asks.' Slainte!
Ray is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Shirley; daughters and son, Liz (Dan) Hughes, Steve Egan (Tracy Pang), Sandy (Jeff) Renner; grandchildren, Nickie (Tim) Nielsen, Scott (Stacey) Hughes, Jessyka (David) Williams, Egan Renner, Rebekka Renner; 9 great-grandchildren; sister, Jane Pentz. Preceded in death by his parents, 11 brothers and sisters.

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Byron L. Kaiser

6/12/1954 — 9/5/2016

Beloved soul mate and husband, adored father and grandfather; Byron Lee Kaiser, age 62, of Prior Lake, peacefully entered eternal life on Monday, September 5, 2016 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Born on June 12th, 1954 in Rapid City, SD, Byron was the oldest son of Robert and Myrella (Millie) Kaiser.

Byron was a long time resident of Prior Lake who enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, garage saling, and hunting. His positive outlook on life gave him a beautiful personality, smile, and laugh that was enjoyed by everyone around him.

He will forever be loved and missed by his wife, Diana; daughter, Amy (Dave) Olson; sons, Adam (Chantelle) Schlossin, Aaron Schlossin; grandchildren, Alexa Olson, Damian Schlossin, and Aria Olson (expected to arrive September 12, 2016); parents, Bob and Millie Kaiser; mother-in-law, Shirley Kerkow; brothers, Jay (Debbie), Dale (Laurie); sisters-in-law, Linda Weber, Ronda (Andy) Lohman; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, special friends and love ones.

Byron was welcomed home in Heaven by his grandparents, Reinhold and Anna (Soller) Trost, Lenard and Dorthothea (Beuch) Kaiser, and father-in-law, Donald Kerkow.

Till we meet again, forever in our hearts you'll always live!

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Donna F. Marsh

9/11/1947 — 9/1/2016

Donna F. Marsh, age 68 of Shakopee, entered eternal life on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.
Donna was born on September 11, 1947 in St. Paul, the daughter of Elmer and Maxine (Barry) Wood. She worked for Vogelin Optical in Norwood Young America. She loved spending time with her family and enjoyed camping, crossword puzzles, concerts, cooking, puzzles and traveling.
She is survived by her children, Steve (Barb) Marsh, Laurie Marsh (Doyle Schultz, Sr.), Jim (Cheyenne) Marsh, Dan Marsh; grandchildren, Derek Marsh, Cody Marsh, Crystal Marsh, Doyle Schultz, Jr., Austin Wendorff, Toni Wendorff; great-grandchildren, Izaak Marsh and Joshua Wendorff; brother, Barry Wood.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Maxine (Richard) Steen; father, Elmer (Helen) Wood; granddaughter, Cassandra Marsh.

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