Timothy James 'TJ' Illikainen
8/25/1989 — 3/2/2014
Timothy James 'TJ' Illikainen, age 24, of Jordan, died on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
TJ was born on August 25, 1989, in Shakopee, Minnesota, the son of Warren and Patricia (Reynolds) Illikainen. He was a 2008 graduate of Shakopee High School. TJ was working as a package handler at FedEx.
Some of TJ's interest were fitness and exercise, and especially basketball. He had a contagious smile and was very loving and compassionate to those around him. He was considered the glue that held his friends together.
TJ is survived by his parents, Pat and Warren; brothers, Kenny and Michael (Susan Calhoun and her children, Mason and Lindsey); sister, Sedaya; grandparents, Sandy and Ken Reynolds and Nettie Illikainen; many aunts, uncles and cousins. Preceded in death by his grandfather, Floyd; cousin, Jordan Reynolds; uncle, Brian Reynolds; aunt, Mandy Illikainen.
Faith H. Piotraschke
8/14/1949 — 3/1/2014
Faith H. Piotraschke, age 64, of Shakopee, died on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee, Minnesota.
Faith was born in Mountain Lake, Minnesota, on August 14, 1949, the daughter of Joseph and Caroline (Schoon) Paulson. She married Byron Piotraschke on July 5, 1969, in Windom, Minnesota. For over 25 years, Faith worked for Target Corporation, many years in Eden Prairie, and then Shakopee.
She enjoyed game shows and playing board and card games, Sudoku and other puzzles, and occasionally scrapbooking. She also enjoyed going dancing with Byron and listening to their favorite bands together. But, most of all, she loved her time with her grandkids.
Survived by husband, Byron; children, Deanne Wandersee (Mark), Chad (Amy), Kimberly Shackelford (Eric); grandchildren, Will, Maggie, Gabrielle, Ryan, Hope, Allison; brother, Jerry Paulson (Rita); sister, Dori Richter. Preceded by parents, Caroline and Joseph Paulson; brothers, Bernard, Dallas, Mervyn, and Joe, Jr., Paulson; sister, Sadie Elness.
Rebecca Sue Nordstrom
5/6/1958 — 2/23/2014
Rebecca 'Becky' Sue Nordstrom passed away quietly at her home on Sunday February 23, 2014.
Becky was born in Des Moines, Iowa on May 6, 1958, to Roger and JoAnn Caton. She recently retired after 20+ years at ADC Telecommunications in the Twin Cities.
She loved spending time with her friends and family and especially loved every minute she was able to spend with her five grandchildren, they made her life whole. She taught us how to live, love and be thankful for every minute of life.
Becky is survived by her husband, Jon Nordstrom; sons, Scott (& Stacy) Carel, Joshua (& Jennifer) Carel, Eric Carel; daughter, Katie (& Alex) Hill; daughter-in-law, Tessa Carel; grandchildren, Sienna, Jack, Tristan, Peyton, Noah; and brother, Steve (& Sue) Caton, sister, Linda (& Terry) Sampson; brother, Doug Caton. She is now reunited with her son, Timothy Carel; and her parents, Roger & JoAnn Caton.
Robert G. 'Bob' Gospeter, Sr.
1/17/1923 — 2/22/2014
Robert G. Gospeter, Sr., age 91, of Burnsville, passed away Saturday, February 22, 2014.
Bob grew up in Minneapolis, joined the U.S. Army in 1943 and served in the Pacific front. He attended Dunwoody Institute and went on to a career with the Bureau of Mines. After retiring in 1978, he had a long and active retirement in Winter Haven, Florida. He enjoyed golfing, cards, and traveling. He was very proud that he was retired longer then he worked!
He was preceded in death by his parents, August J. and Ella M. (Klee) Gospeter; and brother, John F. Bob is survived by his wife of 68 years, Mary; children, Mary Hartman, Pat (Tom Lutgen) Kline, Robert (Cindy) Gospeter, Ammie (Kendall) Kraft, Michelle (Mark) Jacobs; grandchildren, Erin (Troy Johnson) Hartman, Colene (Dave) Blank, Alison (Clay) Kimber, Kim (Kevin) Eicher, Jessie (Owen Kelly) Kraft, Nikki (Chris) Hauck, Cassie Gospeter, Carrie (Chris) O'Hearn, Callie (Andrew) Urban, Tyler (Stephanie) Kraft, Megan Jacobs, Sarah Jacobs, and 18 great-grandchildren.
Toni Ann Walton Huerta
10/24/1942 — 2/20/2014
Toni Ann Walton Huerta, age 71, of Shakopee, died on Thursday, February 20, 2014, in Shakopee.
Born on October 24, 1942, in Des Moines, Iowa, the daughter of Archie and Pauline (Foster) Deters. Toni graduated from Minnetonka High School. For over 20 years, she worked in quality assurance at National Computer System. Recently she had worked at Mystic Lake Casino as a wardrobe administrator.
Toni enjoyed listening and watching karaoke, and playing bingo. She and her family went camping every weekend, and she liked to fish on these trips. She loved her vacations to tropical beaches with her family as well.
Toni is survived by her husband, Fernando Huerta; daughter, Cynthia Burkhart and husband, Patrick; granddaughter, Hailey Ann Burkhart; brother, David Deters and wife, Barbara; nieces, Kerstin, Nicole and Carolyn. She was preceded in death by her parents, Archie and Pauline Deters.
7/21/1936 — 2/17/2014
Yevgeniya Goryacheva, age 77, of Shakopee, died on Monday, February 17, 2014, at Friendship Manor Nursing Home in Shakopee.
Born on July 21, 1936, in Karaganda, Kazakhstan, the daughter of Petr Kondrashin and Yevdokiya Petrovna.
Yevgeniya was married to Vitaliy Okhman. She was a school teacher.
Lucille Elizabeth Rosen
2/27/1921 — 2/16/2014
Rosen, Lucille Elizabeth (Hennen), age 93. Born in Marystown to Emma and Frank Hennen, Lucille and her late husband, Paul, raised their family of 12 in Shakopee. Active members of the community and St. Mark's parish for many years, they moved to Barefoot Bay, FL in 1983. Lu's love of flowers and gardening thrived in FL with her showcase gardens and plants. Her commitment to her faith and community remained a focus of her life as she volunteered and served in many roles, caring for others.
Lu loved her family most of all and welcomed countless visitors into her home. Her children, grandkids, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends were regular visitors experiencing the beaches and shell hunting she loved. In 2010, she returned to Shakopee residing at The Gardens at St. Gerts along with three of her sisters. Most recently, Lu was lovingly cared for at St. Gertrude's. The Rosen family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the dedicated and highly-skilled St. Gert's team who were so devoted and kind to their mother and to the entire family.
Lu is survived by daughters and sons, Susie Palmieri-FL, Kathy Zierhut-Hopkins, Bette Fenton (Curt)-Hopkins, John Rosen-AK, Jayne Koskovich (Mike)-AK, Jim (Jennifer)-Savage, Mike (Diane)-OK, Tom (Jill)-AK, Tony-MO, Khris Norton (Steve)-AK, Annette Knopp (Duane)-FL, Dick (Sherry)-MO; 19 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; sisters, Lolly Marshall, Sister Lalande Hennen SSND, Lorna Paul (Rich), Joanne Schneider (Ronny); brothers, Bob Hennen (Rose), Dick Hennen (Janice); many nieces and nephews. Preceded by husband, Paul; grandsons, Adam Norton and Derrik Swanson; sons-in-law, Tom Zierhut and Bill Neisen; daughter-in-law, Marilyn Rosen; sisters and brothers, Ervin Hennen (Lil), Melvin Hennen (Phyllis and Donna), Nellie Hauer (Bill), Mary Schesso (Roman), Bea Krittenbrink (Frank); parents Frank and Emma Hennen.
Timothy J. 'Tim' Walters
8/23/1960 — 2/14/2014
Timothy J. 'Tim' Walters, age 53, of Shakopee, entered eternal life on Friday, February 14, 2014, at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Tim was born in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, on August 23, 1960, the son of Kenneth Walters and Sharon Ames. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps.
Tim graduated with a BA degree in Economics from the University of Minnesota. For 11 years Tim worked as a medical underwriter for United Health Group, and previously worked at ServCom Associates.
Tim was a previous member of the Shakopee Jaycees, and he had many hobbies and interests. Some of them were golfing, hunting, watching Nascar and the Vikings, playing cards and reading history. He also enjoyed acting in the theatre. Traveling with Lois was important, especially their trips to France and Hawaii.
Tim was a good, kind man, who had a good sense of humor. He was 'everyone's dad'!
Survived by wife, Lois Hill-Walters; son, Jeff Hill and wife, Susan; daughter, Apryl Deutsch and husband, Matt; brothers, Ken Walters and wife, Beth, and Randy Walters and wife, Sharon; granddaughter, Addison Deutsch; father, Ken Walters and wife, Glory; brothers-in-law, Pat Bohr and wife, Judy, and Andy Bohr and wife, Beti; sister-in-law, Cindy Bohr; 15 nieces and nephews; father-in-law, WJ Chum Bohr and wife, Grace; and many extended family. Preceded in death by his first wife, Susan; mother, Sharon Parks; mother-in-law, Kelly Bohr; brother-in-law, Gary Bohr.
Brian A. Holmstrom
11/26/1959 — 2/14/2014
Brian A. Holmstrom, age 54, of Shakopee, died on Friday, February 14, 2014, at Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Brian was born on November 26, 1959, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the son of Norbert and Beverly (Engan) Holmstrom. He was a machinist at Contech Engineered Solutions in Shakopee. He enjoyed snowmobiles, motorcycles, being on the lake and fishing, and skiing when he was younger.
Brian was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Todd. He is survived by brothers, Scott, Bruce, and Chuck; nieces and nephews.
Caitlan C. Barton
5/14/1988 — 2/13/2014
Caitlan Christine Barton was born on May 14, 1988. She attended St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Savage from preschool-8th grade. Cait had a beautiful voice, and cantored at church on Sundays at St. John's throughout her grade school and high school years. She started her sports career at a young age playing soccer, softball, skiing and basketball. She swam with the Burnsville Swim Club for many years, she was a member of the Burnsville Fire Soccer Club for 6 years, and excelled at piano. She went on to attend the Academy of Holy Angels high school. During her 4 years there, she lettered in soccer, hockey cheerleading, theater, music, academics and service. She was also a member of the National Honor Society, and was captain of the hockey cheerleading team for 3 years. She received the Triple 'A' Award for Arts, Academics and Athletics. She was All-Conference and All-State Honorable Mention for soccer, and she was selected to be on the Minnesota All-State Soccer Team. She was awarded Most Dedicated Cheerleader and received the Outstanding Music Participant Award in 2005-2006. Cait went on to get accepted at the Carlson School of Business at the University of Minnesota. She doubled majored in International Business and Marketing, and minored in Spanish. She studied abroad in Barcelona, which triggered her love for traveling the world. She was a loyal Pi Beta Phi sorority member, a social butterfly and loved to attend Gopher sporting events on the weekends with her friends. She especially loved hockey. Cait was offered a position with Target Corporate in 2010 after she performed amazingly during her summer internship in 2009. She took the position with Target because they are a great company, but also because they give back to the community, which was so important to Cait. She loved her position as TSS Product Manager, and was promoted 3 times during her 3 years with Target. She was elected to the service organization with Target to head up service projects for the Minneapolis community. She was a devout St. Jude Children's Research Hospital advocate, and ran marathons while raising money for childhood cancer research. Her inspiration was her little cousin, Claire, St. Jude patient, who preceded her in death just 2 1/2 years earlier. She quoted while raising money for St. Jude Heroes, 'My cousin Claire has been my greatest inspiration in life. She has taught me more about love, laughter and life in her short 6 years, than anyone else in the world.' Caitlan's Faith was her greatest asset. Everywhere she traveled, from Fatima to Rome, she always sought out the Catholic churches for quiet time with the Lord. She had a strong devotion to the Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus, and found peace attending Eucharistic adoration. She told her Mom that she needed to strengthen her relationship with the Lord even more, so she decided to teach 8th grade religious education at the Basilica of St. Mary. Cait's life motto was, 'Everything happens for a reason,' and if something didn't work out, she would say, 'Then it wasn't meant to be and God has a different plan for me.' She lived life to the fullest, and the most important thing in life to her was her Faith, family and friends. She met her special love of her life, Ryan Shandley, and the two were planning their future together. She loved him dearly and he brought her incredible joy. She will forever be remembered and dearly missed by all of her family and friends. We love you so very very much, Cait the Great!
Survived by her parents, Sue and Paul; sister, Allison (fiance Shea Doane); very very special boyfriend, Ryan Shandley; grandparents, John and Patricia Devins; aunts and uncles, Tom Devins, Jim (Julie) Devins, John (Marie) Devins, Joe (Liz) Devins, Mary (Tom) Whitlock, Tim (Aimee) Devins, Tom (Nancy) Barton, Chuck (Joni) Miotke; cousins, Mike (Jess), Amanda, Laura, Abby, Sean, Belle, Amelia, Jarod, Delaney, Eli, Pearse, Owen, Raymond, Joe, Jennifer (Eric), Kelly (Andy), Sam (Sahar), Katie (Dave), Matt; and many special friends. Caitlan is now reunited with her grandparents, Sam and Jane Barton; and special cousin, Claire Devins.