Obituaries

Betty J. Menden

4/1/1926 — 7/26/2014

Betty Jane Menden, age 88, of Shakopee, died on Saturday, July 26, 2014, at St. Gertrude's Care Center in Shakopee.
Born on April 1, 1926, in Remsen, Iowa, the daughter of William and Rose (Lanners) Laddusaw. Several years later she and her parents and sisters moved to Sioux Falls, SD, and during her senior year in high school they moved to Shakopee.
Betty married Eugene Menden on August 21, 1945, at Church of St. Mary in Shakopee.
She worked for more than 35 years at the First National Bank of Shakopee while she and Eugene lovingly raised nine children.
She was passionate about her Catholic faith. She was a volunteer for many years for St. Mary's Church, S.A.C.S. school, Meals on Wheels and Bloodmobile. She loved knitting and crocheting, crafting afghans and other items of clothing for each of her 19 grandchildren. She also enjoyed reading, listening to music, and sharing stories with her children and grandchildren.
She relished traveling and exploring her heritage with her four sisters. She is sadly missed by many family and friends.
She is survived by nine children, Bill (Jean) Menden of Shakopee, Joyce (Joe) Marxer of Inver Grove Heights, Connie (Mike) Cooper of Faribault, Tony (Jean) Menden of Dawson, MN, Dan (Mary Jo) Menden of Mankato, Larry (Dorene) Menden of Winona, Sue (Bill) Weckman of Shakopee, Rich Menden of Mankato, and Deb (Miles) Lunak of Shakopee; 19 grandchildren, Kevin (Julie) Menden of Shakopee, Mary Sue (Derek) Lee of Shakopee, Kelly (Joe) Pfankuch of Prior Lake, Mike (Michelle) Menden of Maple Grove, Jeff (Stacy) Marxer of Browerville, Jill (Peter) Vinge of Eagan, Greg (Tanya) Cooper of Hermosa, SD, Ben Cooper of Breezy Point, MN, Lisa Menden of Dawson, MN, Tina (Brett) Boetel of Huron, SD, AJ (Meredith) Menden of Brandon, SD, Adam Menden of Mankato, Brian Zachary of Winona, Joe (Heather) Arent-Zachary of New Brighton, Katie (Dave) Wenthold of Shakopee, Kim (Chris) Peterson of Shakopee, Kory (Allison) Weckman of Fargo, ND, Anna Lunak of Shakopee, and Elle Lunak of Shakopee; 32 great-grandchildren; and four sisters, Lavonne (Bob) Monnens of Shakopee, Avis (Herb) Reckinger of South St. Paul, Marilyn (Vern) Lang of Shakopee, and Colleen (Bob) Pavek of Montgomery, MN.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene; and by her parents, Bill and Rose Laddusaw.

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Wayne M. Egan

8/9/1937 — 7/24/2014

Wayne Mark Egan, age 76, of Prior Lake, passed away on July 24, 2014 at his residence in Prior Lake, Minnesota.
Wayne was born on August 9, 1937, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the son of Mark and Margaret (Conroy) Egan.
He worked at his father's Texaco filling station in Savage, and he also enjoyed farming and quick visits with friends.
Preceded by his parents, Mark and Margaret (Conroy) Egan. Survived by uncle, Ray (Shirley) Egan of Savage; aunt, Jane Pentz of Venice, FL; many cousins and friends.

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Dorothy Ada Walker

9/4/1925 — 7/22/2014

Dorothy Owens Walker (Nelson), age 88, of Shakopee, Minnesota, died on July 22, 2014 at St. Gertrude's Care Center in Shakopee.
She was born September 4, 1925 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the daughter of David and Annie (Larson) Nelson.
Dorothy graduated from Washburn High School. She spent most of her life in Des Moines, Iowa, and worked for many years at Amoco.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Doris Hanson (Quentin); and husbands, Fred Owens and William Walker.
She is survived by 2 nieces, nephews and 5 step-children and their families.

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Donald E. 'Don' O'Loughlin

7/30/1941 — 7/19/2014

Donald E. 'Don' O'Loughlin, age 72, of Brainerd, formerly of Shakopee, entered eternal life on Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Brainerd, Minnesota.
Don was born on July 30, 1941, in Shakopee, Minnesota, the son of Raymond and Odelia (Hennen) O'Loughlin. He married Shirley Walters on October 14, 1961, at Church of St. Mark in Shakopee.
For over 40 years Don worked at Anchor Glass in Shakopee, retiring as a maintenance supervisor.
Don's hobbies and interest include fishing, playing cards and other games, and tractors. He had a strong appetite for sweets, especially chocolate and ice cream. Family was important to Don, and he enjoyed helping everyone with anything they needed.
Don is survived by his wife, Shirley; daughter and sons, Brenda (Loren) Zellman, David (Christine), Dan (Rhonda), Duane (Marti); grandchildren, Mathew (fiancee Nikki), Christopher, Amy, Courtney, Ryan, Mollie, Nicholas, Allie, Johnny, and Owen; great-grandson, Lucas; siblings, Mary Jane (Larry) Kes, Joanne (Jim) Luce, Lois (Pat) Madden, Karen (Jim) Kemp, Kathie Brandel; sister-in-law, Maryann O'Loughlin; many nieces and nephews. Preceded by parents, Ray and Odelia; brother, John; brother-in-law, John Brandel; parents-in-law, Louis and Olivia Walters.

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Josephine Marie Lannon

2/24/1922 — 7/18/2014

Josephine Marie Lannon, age 92, of Duluth, formerly of Burnsville, entered eternal life on Friday, July 18, 2014, at Solvay Hospice House in Duluth, Minnesota. Josephine was preceded in death by her husband, Leo W. Lannon; parents, Joseph and Emma Sodomka; brothers, Leo and Jim; She is survived by her children, Marian Kathleen (Mary) McMillan, Bill (Susie) Lannon, Jerry (Cindy) Lannon; her grandchildren, Danny and Emilie McMillan, Katie Jo Lannon, Ali Funk, Maggie Clark and Monica Funk; her great-grandchild, Josephine Clark; numerous extended family, relatives and friends.
Josephine was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to first-generation immigrant parents from Bohemia, currently the Czech Republic. Josephine's early years were spent on the family farms in Vining, Iowa, Racine, Wisconsin and Van Horne, Iowa. Following her father's death in 1940, Josephine with her family moved to Des Moines, Iowa where she worked for the Meredith Publishing Company. In 1947, the family moved to Minneapolis where she worked for Sears. She met her future husband in 1949 and they were married on September 5, 1951. Of special interest is that Josephine and Leo brought together Josephine's brother, Jim and Leo's sister, Betty Mae, to become a married couple.
Josephine's Catholic Faith was very important to her throughout her entire life, from her Holy Baptism in Vining, Iowa thru her nearly 70 years as a proud member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. The Mass, Rosary, and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary were a part of her deep Catholic Faith.


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Anatoli M. Mecicar

5/31/1969 — 7/5/2014

Anatoli M. Mecicar, age 45, of Bloomington, Minnesota, passed away on Saturday, July 5, 2014, at his home.
Anatoli was born on May 31, 1969, in Moldova, the son of Michael and Prascovia (Kurudimov)Mecicar. He was a medical transportation driver. He was married to Elena Hotco.

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James Scott (Scotty) Clifford

4/21/1952 — 7/3/2014

James Scott (Scotty) Clifford, 62 of Chaska, Minnesota passed away Thursday, July 3, 2014 at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park of a massive heart attack. Born April 21, 1951, Scotty was a dedicated life mate, son, brother, uncle and musician.
He is preceded in death by his step-mother, Karen Clifford and survived by his life mate, Linda Unnur Oscsrson Strong and her sons Christopher and Jon; his father James Beryl (Bill) Clifford; mother, Muriel Knapp; his brothers Bob (Mona Neeley) Clifford, Bradley Clifford, Marc Dahlquist, Mike (Amy) Dahlquist and sister Amy (Chad) Wamhoff as well as 12 nieces and nephews and 1 great nephew.

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Kevin K. Kratochvil

7/4/1961 — 7/1/2014

Kevin K. Kratochvil, age 52, of Farwell, Minnesota and formerly of Savage and Minneapolis died on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at his home. Kevin was born on July 4, 1961 in Minneapolis the son of Dennis and Gloria (Berg) Kratochvil. Kevin was a former employee of Thrivent Financial.
He is survived by his daughter, Marissa; father, Dennis and brother, Kim. He was preceded in death by his mother.

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Neil A. Ess

11/6/1946 — 6/29/2014

Neil A. Ess, age 67, of Shakopee, died on Sunday, June 29, 2014, in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Neil was born on November 6, 1946, the son of Walter and Viola (Arnold) Ess. He married Kathleen M. Olson on June 18, 1977, in Crystal, Minnesota. Neil was the former owner of BNK Masonry and was a member of the Minnesota Brick Layers Union. He was an avid fisherman and collector of fishing rods. Neil was a long time participant and lover of fantasy baseball.
Neil is survived by wife, Kathy; son, Tyler; brothers, Dale, Bob (Peggy), Tim; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Maynard and Loretta Olson; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Dianna and Jerry Juelich; aunts, Evelyn Ess and Rosie Ess; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Viola; and brother, Dana.

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Diane M. (Dee Dee) Heinz

7/23/1950 — 6/25/2014

Diane M. Heinz, age 63, of Shakopee died on Thursday, June 25 at her home. She was born on July 23, 1950 in Arlington, Minnesota the daughter of Harold and Jayne (Halik) Heinz. Diane was an employee of Scott County.
She is survived by 2 brothers and 1 sister, Bruce (Joan) Heinz, Debra (Bill) Heyda and Charles Heinz; nieces and nephews, Preston (Molly) Heinz, Rachel Heinz, Jennifer (Shane) Olivier, Tiffany (Jim) O'Neil and Vanessa Heinz; great nephews, Hunter and Zack. Diane was preceded in death by her parents and great nephew, Brandon Schneider.

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