Obituaries

Sylvia R. Wellner

2/11/1938 — 4/26/2008

Survivors include: children, William Jr. (Gwen) Wellner of Andover, Mark Wellner and former wife, Jodi of North Mankato, Jill (Duane) Hanley of Lino Lakes; mother, Elnor Johnson of Moorhead; seven grandchildren,Sara, Alicia, Amanda, Meghan and W. Raymond Wellner, Alyssa and Eric Hanley; great grandchild, Alexa Wellner; sisters, Kathy (Lamont) Hamre of Clive, Iowa, Judi (David) Workin of Fargo, Sue (Jerry) Rogers of Moor.
head; brother, Kent (Cindi) Johnson of Sioux Falls. Sylvia was preceded in death by her husband William, father Raymond Johnson. She was a retired social studies teacher for the Shakopee Public Schools and served as Speech Coach for Shakopee High School.

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Reverend Richard J. Larkin

12/28/1921 — 4/25/2008

Survived by cousins; Sister Rose Marie Larkin OSB, Patricia Taffe Driscoll and husband Bill; Kathleen Larkin Reis and husband Ken; several other cousins. Father Larkin was born in Barry, Minnesota and was ordained to the priesthood on May 30, 1947. He served in numerous parishes including; Ascension, St. Anthony of Padua, and Christ the King, Minneapolis, Sacred Heart, Belle Plaine, Nativity of Mary, Bloomington, and most recently at St. Mark's, Shakopee. He also served as chaplain at Villa Maria Academy and Cedar Crest Academy. Father was a member of the Knights of Columbus and currently served as chaplain of the Father Lucian Galtier Assembly of Shakopee of the Fourth Degree
Knights of Columbus.

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Thomas L. Steininger

12/31/1939 — 4/21/2008

Born 12/31/39 and educated in Rochester, New York. Served in the Army 1962 to 1965. Joined the Austin Police Department in 1968. Became Police Chief in Shakopee in 1990 until retirement in 1998. Served on the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training Board for 13 years. His sense of community and giving back was an integral part of his life.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Louie; and sister, Cathy. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte; daughter, Kris and the light of his life his beloved grandson, Jacob.

Special thanks to Doctor Vicki Morrison, and the wonderful staff at hemat/oncology clinic, and special nurses at the VA Regional Medical Center. To his many supporting friends, a heartfelt thank you and to Pastor Doyle VanGelder and New Day members for their spiritual guidance and support.

Tom was a dedicated, loving family man, a tower of strength for his family. We mourn his physical passing, but his spirit will be with us always. God bless you Tom for sharing your life with us.

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Donald R. Plekkenpol

10/28/1944 — 4/15/2008

Survived by son, Joe (Kathleen); daughter, Jackie (Armando) Tellez; grandchildren, Joshua and Joleen Plekkenpol; brothers and sister, Jim (June), George (Shirley), Mary (Herb) Hirscher.

Owner of Don's Body Shop in Shakopee since 1974.

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Anne M. Hughes

6/23/1931 — 4/11/2008

Anne M., age 76, of Burnsville. Anne lives on in the lives of those who knew her and learned from her gentle love and kind spirit. A member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Savage, MN for many years. Anne’s faith served as a cornerstone of her life. She loved music and shared her talents with family and friends, including many new friends she met while entertaining at various nursing homes in our community. Her love of laughter and compassionate wisdom touched and shaped our lives. Her place in heaven is now secure but her spirit will remain in our hearts forever.

Survived by husband, Thomas “Jerry”; children, Dan (Liz), John (Julie), Terri (Thomas), Melinda, Mike (Marianne), Steve (Shelly), Patricia (Bob), Chris (Michelle); 18 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; sister, Margaret Uhlenkamp; brother, Francis Uhlenkamp.

Preceded in death by sisters, Irene Prokosch, Milly Brosch, Helen Kinney, Leone Sturm.

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Debbie Rose Zerr

9/6/1972 — 4/10/2008

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away.

Survivors include: Husband, David; children, Chelsea and Carson; mother, Rosemary Franek; sisters, Donna (Brian) Eshleman, Karen Hinderscheit,all of New Prague; nephew, Brandon Dayon; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ron and Lorraine Zerr of Crystal; sister-in-law, Deb (Jeff) Dayon of Oak Grove; brother-in-law, Wayne Zerr of Minneapolis.
Preceded in death by father Leonard Franek.

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Gladys Fuhrman

10/22/1931 — 4/10/2008

Gladys Fuhrman age 76, formerly of Shakopee, died Thursday, April 10, 2008, in Sun City West, Arizona, due to lung cancer.
She was born October 22, 1931, to Nils and Anna Nielson.
Gladys is survived by son, Ron Koschel; friend, John Schuster; one stepson; two stepdaughters; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; seven nieces, four nephews.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, William Koschel and second husband, Robert Fuhrman; parents; three brothers; three sisters.

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Shirley A. Bader

9/11/1942 — 4/7/2008

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Joseph C Arbeiter

2/12/1941 — 3/31/2008

Joseph Arbeiter, 67, of Shakopee, died Monday, March 31, 2008. He was born in Minneapolis Feb. 12, 1941 to Joseph T. and Loretta (Schmidt) Arbeiter. He married Nancy Pelarski on May 25, 1963 in Golden Valley. Joe was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and was a
member of St. Marys Saturday Night Choir. He was a retired sales person for Seiko Time and prior to his death was employed as a part time sales person for Hadley-
Roma.

Joe is survived by wife, Nancy; four daughters and one
son, Jill (Teri Roth), Jean (Gary Lindemann), Katie (Kamal El Oirdi), Matt (Kirsten) Arbeiter, Rebecca (Felipe) Giraldo; four grandchildren, Isabella, Vada, Ellie and Grace; brother, Allen (Punky) Arbeiter; sister, Caro (Paul) DesMarais.

Preceded in death by parents and sister, Lolly.

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Thelma Irma Bjerkan Fezler

3/8/1920 — 3/31/2008

Thelma Fezler, 88, went to be with her Lord on Monday, March 31, 2008 at Good Samaritan Home in Arlington,
Minn. She was a former resident at the Keystone Communities in Prior Lake.
Thelma was born in Osakis, Minn. March 8, 1920 to Theodore and Ida (Langlie) Bjerkan. She was a much
loved daughter, sister, wife and mom and a dear friend to many. She had a beautiful smile and even when she could no longer talk to those around her, her smile lit up the room and let them
know they were loved and appreciated. Thelma was a stay-at-home mom until her children were grown but when she was employed, those who worked with her loved her and
very much appreciated her diligence in everything she did.

Thelma married Lloyd L. Fezler, and together they had
four children; Linda and husband Dennis Lowry, Ann Beck, Sara and husband Rick Allex, David and wife Martine
Fezler; five grandchildren, Mark Lowry, Dana Lowry Davis,
Nils Beck, Matthew Allex and Beth Allex; five great-grandchildren; sister, Mildred Kaufman; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lloyd L. Fezler; infant sister, Norma Joyce; brother, Theo J.
Bjerkan.

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