Obituaries

Gilbert E. Lebens

12/31/1928 — 8/24/2008

Survivors: Children, Terry (Dennis) Anderson of Shakopee, Deb (Mark) Hayes of Vadnais Heights, Scott (Karen) Lebens of Shakopee, Janet Lebens (Mark Cruciani); seven grandchildren, Brian, Mark and Jeff Engelen, Erik and Stephen Sjolander, Nicole (Andy) Nelson, Lucas Cruciani; great grandchild, Brooke Nelson; preceded in death by wife Irene, parents August and Theresa (Theis), sister, Marceline Hickman, brothers Melvin and LeRoy Lebens. Gilbert was employed in real estate as the owner of Lebens Realty Company and was an avid golfer.

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Robert L. Mayer

12/9/1923 — 8/12/2008

Bob was a graduate of St. John's University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Master of Arts Degree and Doctorate in Education from the University of Minnesota. He was a Veteran of the United States Army during World War II serving with the Fourteenth Armored Division. Bob began his career in education in Waconia where he was a teacher and coach and later became the Superintendent of Schools in Waconia and Shakopee. As an educator, he was instrumental in creating the Scott - Carver Educational Cooperative. Bob was a board member for many years of the Shakopee Education Endowment Foundation. He served on the Board of St. Francis Regional Medical Center and was a member of the Waconia Lions Club and the Shakopee Rotary Club. He was a member of the Saturday Night Choir of St. Mary's Church and was an avid golfer. Survivors include his four daughters, Connie Mayer of College Park, Md. Kathy (Jeff) Lundin of Apple Valley, Joan (Ron) Karst and Barbara Mayer all of Shakopee; eight grandchildren, Bryan and Brad Karst, Melissa Wichmann, Mike and Matt Lundin, Jennifer Adams, Jeremy and Joe Heitzman; two sisters, Helen Mayer of Richfield, Ginger (Frank) Kocina; and brother Joe of Glencoe; Bob's special friend Coralie Haarala of Hopkins. He was preceded in death by his wife Betty. The spirit for life, abundant generosity, and genuine love that Bob demonstrated throughout his life affected so many peope in a positvie way. He will remain with us in our hearts forever.

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Velura Lembke

1/27/1915 — 8/5/2008

Survivors: Granddaughter, Theresa (Richard) Coyer, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Velura was preceded in death by her husband Frank Lembke on December 2, 1999, daughter Donna, two grandsons, Dana Wolff and Harold Wolff. Prior to moving to Shakopee ten years ago, Velura was a resident of Albert Lea. She was a retired employee of the Wilson Meat Packing plant in Albert Lea.

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Jerry Lebens

4/17/1939 — 8/3/2008

Jerry is survived by his wife Bunni, daughter, Shelley (DaWayne) Gehrman of Shakopee; son, Steve (Sara) Lebens of Roseville, five grandchildren, Phillip, Hunter, Kyle, Alex, and Kayman; sisters and brothers, Judy (Virg) Krohn, Jan (Don) Link, Sandy (Mike) Furrer all of Shakopee, Sharon (Roger) Marcks of Wisconsin,Ron (Mary Jo) Lebens of New Mexico, Duane (Jeanine) Lebens of Texas; many sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law and nieces and nephews. Also survived by the three remaining amigos, Gaylen Case, Fred Kerber and Ken Lebens He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Elsie Lebens. Jerry was a retired Technical Manager for Wells Fargo. He was a Veteran of the United States Army and was fifty year member of the James Campbell Knights of Columbus 1685 of Shakopee having served on the Home Association of the Council. He served on the Board of Education for the Shakopee Public Schools and was an avid cook, gardener and fisherman.

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Harold Prentice

11/19/1927 — 8/2/2008

Survivors: Children, Stacey Hartzell, Terry, Scott and Jeff Prentice; five grandchildren; four great grandchildren. Harold was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou. He was a Veteran of the United States Navy having served during World War II.

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Jay T. Rubash

5/18/1966 — 8/1/2008

Jay T., age 42, of Shakopee, died 8/1 in a motorcycle accident. Survived by loving wife, Deb; cherished children, Lucas, Kaitlin, and Nicholas, all of Shakopee; parents, John and Bonnie Rubash; brother, Joseph (fiancee Brenda Brooks), all of Laporte; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Arnold and Marlys Peterson, of Valley City, ND; sister-in-law, Dawn (Kenneth) Dathe of Fargo, ND; brother-in-law, Brad (Donna) Peterson, of Williston, ND.

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Pearl May Melchior

2/25/1915 — 7/28/2008

Pearl Melchior, 93, of Shakopee, died Monday, July 28, 2008 at the Edina Care Center in Edina, Minn.
She was born in Tomah, Wisc. Feb. 25, 1915 to Henry and Frieda (Burkhalter) Wettstein. Pearl and Duane Melchior were married Nov. 26, 1934, in Belle Plaine. Pearl was a homemaker and a member of the V.F.W Post 4046 Ladies Auxiliary in
Shakopee.
Pearl is survived by daughters and son, Sylvia (Russell) Jessen, Jeanette (Robert) Walsh, Claudia Schroers, Paula Melchior, Michael (Ruth) Melchior, Marsha Melchior (Dan Lee), Cecelia Melchior; sister, Mabel Huth; son-in-law, Robert DeMers; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by husband, Duane; daughter, Marlene DeMers; brother, John Darre; granddaughter, Patti Schroers.

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Craig A. Bjorklund

12/7/1977 — 7/27/2008

Craig died on July 27 from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident. Survivors: Children, Dante, Jaiden, Cameron and Taylor; mother, Sheila Bjorkund and his late father, John Bjorklund; sister, Wendy (Tory) Gamble; brothers,Jeff (Amy), Joshua (Tiffany); mother of the children, Meggan Bjorklund; nine cherished nieces and nephews. Inspite of his battles with addiction, Craig's inner beauty continued to shine through. His life was marked by a compassion, love and forgiveness that has enriched our lives. His faith in the Lord remained steadfast throughout life's journey. 1 Corinthians: 13.

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Curtis O. Erickson

1/13/1928 — 7/27/2008

Curtis will be remembered fondly by his family including wife of 59 years, Delores, sons Roger and Robert(Antoinette), daughters Karen (Neal) St. Anthony and Kristen (Tony)Lail, eight grandchildren, relatives and friends, especially those in aviation.Curt was preceded in death by his father Casper and his mother Olga, and brother Roger. He served in the United States Navy for twelve years. Curt founded Instrument Flight Training (ITF) and taught hundreds of general aviation pilots to fly by instruments.Van Dusen Air, Incorporated purchased ITF in 1962 and he was later promoted to President of the Air Associates Division. He was a member of St. James Lutheran Church, Burnsville and Savage American Legion Post 643.

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Agnes C. McDevitt

5/30/1921 — 7/26/2008

Survived by sisters, Sister Celia CSJ of St. Paul, Marie McDevitt, Irene Bursey and husband Clarence, both of Shakopee, Theresa Pratschner of Champlin; several nieces and nephews.

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