As we reflect on our time together in high school, we fondly remember and celebrate the lives of our classmates who are no longer with us. Each one was special, invested in friendships and contributed to the memories we all share together as a student body.
We miss them and appreciate the time we shared together.
Our hearts and prayers are with the families of these deceased classmates.
Daniel Barnes, 53, of Blaine, formerly of Hopkins. Survived by daughter, Jamie; brother, Allen and family.
Debra (Baribeau) Black passed away in Torrance, CA. Preceded in death by parents, Benjamin and Lucille; and husband, Gene. Survived by brother, David.
Betty Whittington, 56, of Lead, SD passed away unexpectedly at her home on July 15, 2010.Betty was born on July 3, 1954 to Victor and Helen (Burkholtz) Berggren in Hopkins, MN. Betty moved to the Black Hills in 1976. In 1983 she married her best friend and soul mate Rick Whittington. Betty enjoyed reading, writing, her plants and watching the Chicago Bears.Betty and Rick enjoyed camping, hiking, traveling and exploring the hills together. Betty lived well, laughted often and loved much.Betty is survived by her loving husband Rick; mother Helen Berggren of MN; sisters Deb (Jim) Strain, of Rapid City, Cathy (John) Skvicalo of Lead and Sandy Berggren of MN; brother Terry (Beth-Alison) Berggren of MN; mother and father-in-law Yvonne and Dick; 9 nieces and nephews and a great-nephew. She was preceded in death by her father Vic.
Catherine L. Bertelson, 63, died March 7, 2017 in Thorp from a car accident near her home of Ellensburg, WA. Bertelson was born Feb. 23, 1954 in Minneapolis.
Bertelson was a professor in the Alternative Pathways Program at CWU’s College of Education and Professional Studies. She had worked at CWU since 1984.
CWU President Jim Gaudino put out a statement Tuesday night expressing his condolences. "I join all members of the CWU community in mourning the tragic loss of Professor Catherine Bertelson, who was killed in an automobile accident today," Gaudino said in the statement. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to all in her family. Catherine was an important member of our faculty and our university community. She will be remembered by all of the many whose lives she touched."
Catherine is survived by her son Chris (age 21).
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Brookside Funeral Home and Crematory.
Phillip James Blien, Jr., 27, Estes Brook Cemetery, Mille Lacs County, MN.
Phil was born December 15, 1953 to Phillip J. (Jim) and Joan Blien in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As a small child he could always be found sporting his cowboy shoes, hat and holster complete with 2 six shooters. He especially enjoyed his chemistry set and was driven to take everything apart. He loved to be in the woods and took any opportunity to go hiking and canoeing. He played cornet and tuba and was on the swim team. He was a talented artist early on, drawing and later sculpting with wire. At Hennepin Technical he became an accomplished Architectural and Mechanical Draftsman.
Survived by parents Jim & Joan Blien, sister Cynthia (Tim) Draine and brother Tim Blien, Grandparents Phil & Althea Blien, many Aunts, Uncles, cousins, & friends.
He was a gentle soul with a great imagination and wonderful sense of humor. He is greatly missed. Gone too soon.
I hope you are well and happy, enjoy the reunion.Sister: Cynthia (Blien) Draine
Services for Ernest J. "Junior" Boese, 55 of St Michael were Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, at Grove Christian Center in Maple Grove with Rev. Greg Hickle officiating. Casket bearers were Randy Marcos, Ryan Englar, Nathan Englar, David Lueck, Gabe Hutchinson and Kyle Hutchinson.He was born Nov. 8, 1954, in Mellen, Wis., to Ernest and Gloria (Hines) Boese. He and his family moved to Minnesota when he was five years old.A Class of '72 graduate of Eisenhower High School in Hopkins, Mr. Boese went on to study art at Normandale Community College. He held various jobs (such as landscaper, store manager, artist, assembler, and more) before going to work for Sungard in Hopkins. He worked there over 29 years, including the day he died.On Sept. 3, 1983, he married Jeannie Hutchinson at the Assembly of God Church in Hopkins. They were blessed with two sons, with whom Mr. Boese was very involved, for example, coaching baseball with the St Michael/Albertville Youth Association. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, photography, and music. A talented vocalist, he loved singing and did so for many events and churches. As a man of God and integrity, he invested his life in being a good husband and father.Mr. Boese is survived by wife, Jeannie and sons, Brandon and Aaron; mother and step-father, "Glo" and Jim Stevenson, Hopkins; brother, Steve (Shonda) Stevenson, Long Beach, Calif.; sisters, Sheryl (Scott) Englar, Brooklyn Park; Connie (Ramon) Marcos, Crystal; Tammy Stevenson, Tampa, Fla.; and Terri Stevenson, St Anthony Village; and many nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his father, Ernest Boese.
A passion for plants came early for Steve Clemants, who went on to become one of the leading botanists of the day. Born in Minnesota and raised in the towns of Edina and Minnetonka, Minnesota, and Chicago and Normal, Illinois, Steve developed a love of nature as a young boy. He had an affection for the flowers that grew in his family's garden, particularly tulips, but he especially admired wildflowers. Throughout his childhood, his mother, Doris, nurtured his interest, teaching him about local wildflowers and where they grew.
After completing high school in Minnetonka, Steve attended the University of Minnesota. He initially majored in computer science, but he missed the out-of-doors and his nature studies. This led him to change his undergraduate major to botany, his childhood love. His dual interests of botany and computer science served Steve very well later in his career; he was instrumental in developing a number of important databases for plant location records. Steve graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1976 but remained there to pursue a master's degree in botany with a minor in horticulture, which he obtained in 1979.
Steve's botanical pursuits took him to the City University of New York (CUNY) where, working at the New York Botanical Garden with curator James Luteyn, he pursued a doctorate in botany. His graduate work focused on New World members of the blueberry family in the genus Bejaria, and this allowed him to conduct field trips in the tropics. He obtained his doctorate in botany from CUNY in 1984. It was during his graduate studies that his friend and fellow graduate student Brian Boom introduced Steve to Grace Markman, then a volunteer tour guide at the New York Botanical Garden. They later married.
Steve was the leading botanist of our generation and the kindest, most generous spirit I have ever known. How fortunate I was to have married this remarkable person who allowed me to grow into who I needed to become, an artist.
James Thomas Couling passed away on December 28, 2012 at age 58.
A longtime resident of Minnetonka, MN, Jim was a 1972 graduate of Hopkins High School and U of M Duluth in 1976. He is survived by his mother, Marlene Drevlow (Robert) of Scottsdale, AZ and his father, Thomas B. Couling (Diane) of Minnetonka, MN; brother, Thomas D. Couling (Ardith) of San Antonio, TX; stepbrother, Paul Hammond (Suzanne) and their three children, Charles, Katharine and Page of Edina, MN. Memorials may be sent to the Cancer Society or the Heart Association. Memorial service at a later date.
Englar, Mary L. Age 62, of Hopkins, passed away March 3, 2017.
Preceded in death by parents Robert and Dorothy and brother Mike. Survived by siblings Ron, Kitty, Patty, Melinda, Paul, Bobbi Jean (Jerry); cousin Julia Ostendarp; nieces, nephews and friends.
Mary achieved a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing and was a professor at Mankato State. She wrote and published educational children's books. Mary was proud to have served in the Peace Corps in Tunisia. Mary was diagnosed with Stage IV Adrenal gland cancer and given 6 months to live. She proved the doctors wrong. Family and friends are so grateful to have had six more years with Mary. A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations preferred to cancer research.
Steven passed away at the age of 26 on August 23, 1980.
Buried at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. US Navy veteran.
Leslie A. Fleming born October 21, 1952 in Minneapolis, MN., passed away November 15, 1993 in Scottsdale, AZ. Survived by parents Robert and Mary Lou Fleming of Scottsdale, AZ.; sisters Marsha (Bob) Koch and Gretchen (David) Sime; 1 niece and 3 nephews. Memorial service held in Scottsdale.
Terrance (Tad) Gardner, 56, Hopkins, MN. Survived by wife, children, parents, grandchildren; 4 brothers, 2 sisters & 15 nieces & nephews.
Tad Gardner was a passionate golfer and enjoyed gardening and caring for his lawn. He was the guy who mowed his lawn like a checker board, and all the neighbors were jealous. He was also an avid reader. He enjoyed spending time with all of his family
Tad was a father of 3, step father of 3, grandfather of 2, and step grandfather. He was always his niece and nephews “Favorite Uncle”.
Tad and his second wife Joyce were married for 23 years when he passed away. He is greatly missed by everyone he knew.
Tonya Shaw (Daughter)
Bruce Allen Hallet, April 29, 1954 - July 28, 1992
At the young age of 38 years old, Bruce Hallet was found by his father murdered in his apartment, kicked to death over a bad debt. Bruce struggled most of his life with addictions and loss. Bruce was kind, gentle, handsome and athletic. He left this world too soon, but I'm certain he is in a loving place.
He joined his older sister Vickie who died in 1969 at the age of 18. Since his death he also has been joined by his younger sister Sandy, older brother Gary, his mother Donna and his father David. I write this as the sole survivor of the Hallet family.
Thank you all for being his classmate and friend as Bruce was growing up. He loved basketball with Coach Novak and hanging out with his neighborhood friends and classmates. Thank you for thinking of this wonderful soul. He is shining his love on your reunion.
Loving you my brother,Deborah Long (Debbie Hallet)email@example.com
Paul Hanson died very unexpectedly, but peacefully in September 1980. His oldest brother found him lying on the living room floor in the town house they shared in South Hopkins. No reason for his death was determined.
Paul had been completing a Master of Fine Arts degree and working as a custodian at the University of Minnesota. He had previously completed his baccalaureate there.
Paul greatly enjoyed studio arts; especially drawing, intellectual challenges and pursuits, and his African Gray parrot.
He would have been deeply touched that his friends and classmates remembered him.
Rosemary Kay Hill died March 14, 1976 of Hodgkin’s disease at the University of Minnesota hospital. She was a student at the U of M at the time.
Rosemary was the editor in chief of the student yearbook in her senior year at Eisenhower. Her younger sister Jane remembers her as a creative, artistic person.I didn’t do a lot with Rosemary, being 6 years older than she and living away from home, 4 years at a prep boarding school and then college and beyond. I do recall her wonderful sense of humor, having fun sniping sarcastically at her sister. My sense is that she was a progressive thinker, willing to challenge the status quo. I think that the tone of the class yearbook she edited reflects a rebelliousness, tempered with humor and empathy for all.She had so much potential to do good things in the world. It’s a shame that her life was cut short, but she lived her brief time to the fullest.
I think of her every day. Thank you for your time and effort to remember the deceased. It’s much appreciated.Jim Hill (Older brother)
Ruth Ann Hemker, 53, of Portland, OR, formerly of Hopkins, passed away Oct. 13, 2007. Preceded in death father, Edwin. Survived by mother, Louise; brothers, Steve (Diane) and Daniel (Kimberly); sister, Jane; nephew, David; and niece, Katie.
Ruth lived in Portland, OR and worked for NIKE for a few years, then had her own marketing research consulting business. She taught classes in the MBA program in Marketing Research at Marylhurst University in Portland. She was a runner and completed six marathons. Ruth was chairman of the Brain Tumor Foundation, Angel Island Walk in San Francisco for two years. Also active in the Portland Animal Humane Society.
(I could go on and on but you know it can't all be said . . . She had so many interests and was good at all of them. Have a successful 40th reunion. I wish she could have made it, but know she in there in spirit. We miss her too. Mom)
Scott Douglas Hutchison was born to Marjorie (nee Wentworth) and Marlin Hutchison. Scott lead and had a good life and was surrounded by great friends, family and Sandy who loved him so dearly. Preceded in death by mother, Marjorie; grandparents, Marlin and Cora Hutchison and Elias and Margaret Wentworth. Survived by the love of his life, Sandy; father, Marlin; sisters, Bonnie (Ahmad), Carrie (Mark) and Amy; stepchildren, Brent (Nicole) and Jenna; nieces, Shireen (Jason) and Jessica (John); nephew, Kevin; great-nieces and nephews, Mitchell, Michael, Haley, Zachery and Jacob; many aunts, uncles and cousins out west and down south; Sandy's mother and father, Irene and Del; sisters, Denise (Dennis), Carol Jean (Steve); brother, Ron; Godparents, Ken and JoAnn; many, many friends including the racers he raced with for 30 years through the SCCA, the owners, staff and customers at Orr Autosport and best friends, Bob (Lisa) and Lenny.
Scott was the kindest man we knew. He brought so much joy to us. Scott was a man of great kindness, honesty and integrity. If only more of us could lead our lives as did Scott, this place on Earth would be a better place. We will miss Scott to no end and will always hold him high in our thoughts and close to our hearts.
Many, many thanks to all of you who supported Scott and Sandy throughout the past two years. Memorials preferred to Sandy Lien to set up a Scott Hutchison Giving Fund for the residents of St. Lucas Care Center and Deaconess Assisted Living and a racing scholarship for the Land O'Lakes Region.
Barbara Ann passed away on Dec 17, 2014 in Minnetonka at the age of 60.
She preceded in death by her husband Tom and survived by her 4 children and granddaughter.
A Memorial service was held Jan. 9 at Crosstown Covenant Church, 5540 30th Ave S. in Minneapolis.
Dawn Thompson, 53, of Rogers, died Monday, October 1, 2007 at home surrounded by her loving family.Dawn Louise was born on May 1, 1954 in Plymouth to Richard and Ilamae (nee Wages) Jacobson. On September 13, 1975, Dawn married Ted Thompson at Calvary Lutheran Church in Golden Valley. They were blessed with two daughters. A Class of '72 graduate of Hopkins Lindbergh High School, Dawn earned her Bachelor of Elementary Education in 1991 from St. Cloud State after rearing her children to school age. Her first teaching job was at St. Michael Elementary School where she worked for many years. For three years Dawn worked for the Hamel Post Office. In 1999 she returned to teaching, this time for St. Francis Xavier Elementary School. A former Girl Scout troop leader, Dawn enjoyed reading, and animals, especially birds.Dawn L. Thompson is survived by her husband, Ted, Rogers, MN; daughters: Kirsten Thompson, Albertville, and Erin Thompson, St. Michael; mother, Ilamae Jacobson, Plymouth; brothers: Richard Jacobson, Ogilvie, Terrance Terry Jacobson, South Haven, and Jay (Barb) Jacobson, Oak Grove; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Richard Jacobson; and sister-in-law, Colleen (Terrance) Jacobson.
Meredith J. Kakach, 54, of Hopkins, died July 23, 2008. Preceded in death by parents, Richard and Phyllis Kakach. Survived by brother, Rick (Laura) Kakach; niece and nephew, Rachel and R.J.; many relatives and friends, including her loyal feathered friends. Worked for Hennepin County Home School and Wackenhut Security. Dedicated retired firefighter for the Hopkins Fire Dept.
Memories of Meredith.Excerpts from Eulogy given by first cousin Lida Kakach Strot.
Growing up, Meredith was an easygoing and happy person. One of the big events in Meredith's life was learning to drive and getting her first truck. Trucks and fire trucks were always a passion for her and she was always so proud of her vehicle. As a child, Meredith had a collection of minature fire trucks and emergency trucks of every variety.
Meredith graduated from Eisenhower High School, Hopkins, MN in 1972. A life long learner, both the challenges and the successes. She also attended Metro State. Meredith loved reading and always had a good book at hand, history, law enforcement, fiction or religous. Meredith also kept her Bible near and read it often. Reading stories about people's lives, experiances and faith energized her.
Meredith was an army reservist and the first woman firefighter in the Hopkins Fire Department. This was a monumental experiance for Meredith and the City of Hopkins. She was an active member of the Hopkins VFW Auxiliary. She worked with street youth at the Country Home School, drove bus for MTC, was a security guard for many years. She loved volunteer work and even after the amputation of her leg, necessary because of her diabetes, she volunteered for the Breast Cancer Three Day.
Meredith loved her family and friends and her parakeets. She had a special affinity to God's creatures both human and animal and wethink God had a special affinity for Meredith.
Gail Karash-Neu, 56 year old resident of Elmdale, MN, passed away Friday, August 20, 2010 at Quiet Oaks Hospice in St. Augusta, MN. Pastor Craig Johnson officiated the service. Burial at MN State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls, MN.
Gail Ann Karash was born on December 6, 1953 in Hopkins, MN to the late Robert and Regenia (Moga) Karash. She graduated from Hopkins High School and continued her education, becoming a Diet Technician. Gail was united in marriage to Tom Neu on August 24, 1996 in Little Falls, MN. They settled down in Elmdale, MN. Gail worked at the VA Hospital in St. Cloud for the last 31 years as a Diet Technician. She developed a great rapport with her patients, helping them in their rehabilitation. Gail planned on retiring in September of this year.
Gail was a wonderful cook and the proud owner of over 2000 cookbooks. Besides keeping Tom well fed, she catered for her friends, community events, and many special occasions at her church. Gail enjoyed traveling, taking many trips around the world in her younger years, and around the U.S. with Tom. She was a loving and caring person, always ready to help out others, especially with her cooking; she had an “Open Heart and an Open Oven.” Gail was a good servant and long time member of Community Covenant Church, and Covenant Women organization.
Gail is survived by her husband, Tom; step-daughter, Lorelle Neu of Anoka, MN; brother, Tim (Cookie) Karash of Isanti, MN; other family and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; and step-mother, Arlene Karash.
Patrick G. Kehr, 62, of Hopkins/Mtka, passed away May 29, 2016. Preceded in death by father Gilbert Kehr. Survived by mother, Marcie Kehr, wife Susan Dahl, daughter Sarah Oerter, and an enormous, loving family. Funeral service Thursday, June 2, 4 pm at Faith Presbyterian Church 12007 Excelsior Blvd, Mtka with visitation one hour prior at the church. Washburn~McReavy, 952-938-9020.
Alan lost his battle with leukemia on April 2, 1980.He was passionate about his family, friends and music. Alan worked with the “Whitesidewalls Rock 'n' Roll Revue" as their light and sound guy. He loved it. (This photo is from Feb. 3, 1979 of Alan working with the Whitesidewalls at the very first Buddy Holly Memorial Show, Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake, IA.)
The lead singer “Hound Dog” of the Whitesidewall’s sang a solo of the hymn “How Great Thou Art” at his funeral. To this day, many of us who were there are reminded of Alan every time we hear that song. Hound Dog said, "even though Alan was a "behind the scenes" guy for us, he was and always will be a Whitesidewalls!"
He was survived by his father, Patrick Kennedy, sisters Kathy and Michelle, brother Mark, and Grandma and Grandpa Kennedy.
Survived by wife, M. JoAnn Klobe; sons, Anthony and Nathaniel; brothers, Larry (Susan), Jim, Bill (Cathy), Bob and Steve (Kristine); sisters, Linda (John) Donahue, Rosemary (Charles) Wederath; sisters-in-law, Louisa Klobe and Gloria Krynski; many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by parents, John and Lucille Klobe; brothers, Jean and John M. Klobe; sister-in-law, Pat Klobe.
Mike is a long-time member of Holy Family and a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Born on July 26, 1954, Eric is the son of Choh Hsien and Lai Tong Li. Fondly remembered as a happy young boy, who enjoyed active play and sports, Eric grew into a bright, thoughtful, and very creative young man. As a teenager, Eric became deeply involved in the realms of theatre and music. He played the piano brilliantly, and wrote many original compositions. He was the class valedictorian at Hopkins High.
After graduation, Eric moved to New York City, where he attended Columbia University. There he met his wife Jennifer Westburg, a visual artist. They married in New York in 1985. During that time, Eric continued to write and play music, involved with some important cultural movements of the time.
Sadly, Eric died in June of 1989. He is fondly remembered and deeply missed by his mother Lai Tong Li and his sister Cora Li-Leger.
For those of you who knew Vince, it was obvious he was a very energetic, spirited person. He exuded this energy and charisma in all roles of his life. We feel blessed that we got to play the role of his daughters. Our father showed us a way of living that was compassionate to all with a childlike curiosity for life. All this was bound by his faith, family, friends, and love for our mother.
We lovingly remember him as a wonderful person who taught us to live with purpose and spirit as he did.
Daughters: Nicole and Alexandra Lucas
Holly D. Mahnke, 55, of Bloomington, passed away 6/19/10, ending her courageous battle with colon cancer. Born 12/20/54 in Minot, ND and graduated from Eisenhower HS in Hopkins, MN.
She was a dedicated employee for Airborne/DHL Express for 37 yrs.
Preceded in death by parents, William & Mary Mahnke. Survived by sisters, Deborah Mahnke & Tara Mahnke; nephews, Michael Sellner, Anthony Sellner, Cameron Moen, Dustin Moen and niece, Nicole Moen.
Freeman (Mattheisen), Mary Beth age 63 of Robbinsdale, passed away unexpectedly on 8/31/17. Preceded in death by father James Mattheisen and first husband Daniel Chase. Survived by loving husband of 25 years Mark; mother Gladys; sister Julie (Jerry) Dahl; brother Thomas (Karen) Mattheisen; nieces, nephews, family and friends. Mary Beth loved everyone and they loved her right back. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Animal Ark, Hastings, MN.
Robert McCampbell died September 17, 1977 in a car accident at the age of 23. Robert was born on May 7, 1954 to Richard and Jean McCampbell. He was the fourth of seven children for Richard and Jean. The family initially lived near Lake Nokomis in South Minneapolis and in 1964 moved out to Golden Valley, MN. After graduation from Hopkins Lindbergh High School, Robert became strongly interested in a Minneapolis community theater, and while working fulltime, put in hundreds of hours preparing for his singing and dancing role in a 1973 local production of The Music Man. That same year he developed a great love for the film and sound-track of Jesus Christ Superstar. Robert had a long-term dream of joining a stage production of it. In 1975 Robert moved out to Colorado where he worked as a land surveyor for a mineral exploration company. Then in 1977 he returned to live in Pine City, Minnesota where he continued surveying work. His intention was to join the Civil Engineering program at the University of Minnesota.
Robert lived a big life. In addition to his new-found love of theater, he loved the great outdoors, skating, skiing, canoeing, camping, swimming, cliff-diving, hunting, fishing and playing the drums. He loved his big dog Tuco (half Saint Bernard, half German Shepherd) and most of all Robert enjoyed being with friends and family. Everybody loved Robert. Well over 100 of Robert’s friends came to his wake and funeral to say goodbye to their dear friend.
The influence of Jesus Christ Superstar became clearer in the last few years of his life when Robert actively deepened his spiritual life, read the Good News Bible and drew steadily closer to God. He quietly encouraged his family to do the same. He was and is of great inspiration to each of us.
Robert is still greatly missed by his father, Richard Sr.; mother Jean; sisters Mary (Neveaux) of Loretto, MN; Martha of Golden Valley, MN; Julie (Hidani) of Plymouth, MN; Sheila (Meagher) of Tiburon, CA and brothers David of Eau Claire, WI and Richard Jr. of Boston, MA.
Patricia McGannon, of Plymouth, formerly of Hopkins. Born Dec. 27, 1953, passed away peacefully in her sleep Sept. 5, 2012. Patty battled brittle bone disease and other medical complications.
Preceded in death by parents, Winnie & Phil, and brother, Mike. Survived by sisters, Mary (Mark) English and Barbara McGannon; nieces, Alexandra and Jacqueline and nephew, Philip.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Boxer Rescue Fund.
Patricia McKenzie Walters, 55, of Forest Lake died on January 30, 2009 at Windy Acres Assisted Living of ALS.
Patty graduated from Hopkins Eisenhower and worked at Control Data and Medtronics. Survived by husband, Arnie, employee of Northwest Airlines; daughter, Mary, student at St. Catherine's College; parents, Robert and Armella McKenzie of Hopkins/Forest Lake; extended families, Mary DeMuth, Karen Buntrock, Chris Addison, the McKenzies, the Mudricks and the Walters families; lifetime friend, Deb Lubotina and neighbors of Columbus/Forest Lake.
A special thank you to everyone for all of your prayers and support.
James McLellan passed away on April 13, 2017. James was passionate about auto racing, particularly late-model cars, competing on the national circuit and at Elko Speedway.
Tom Mohr passed away suddenly on March 25, 1999 at the age of 45 years. He was born in Minneapolis and lived most of his life in the Minnetonka area. After graduation from Hopkins Lindbergh High School, he attended the University of Minnesota. He joined the Gopher hockey team, which, at that time, was coached by Herb Brooks. Tom was the goaltender in 1976 when the Gophers won the NCAA Championship. His enthusiasm for the sport continued after college. He played for a short time on a NHL minor league team. However, much to the delight of his mother, his hockey career was short-lived. After an injury to his leg, he headed back to Minnesota where he applied and was accepted into the U of M School of Dentistry.
Tom married his high school sweetheart Kim Thometz shortly after completing school. He and Kim have two wonderful children, Clayton and Blakely, who reside in the Twin Cities area. Tom practiced dentistry in Osakis, MN and then moved to Glen Lake, where he practiced until his death in 1999. Tom was deeply devoted to his family and friends. We will forever remember his booming voice, quick smile, love of music and most of all his passion for life.
There was never a dull moment when Tom was in the room. He enjoyed life to its fullest.
We miss you little brother.Terry Mohr Jewett - sister
Beverly J. Mueller, Beloved Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Dear Friend, 54, of Sacramento, CA, formerly of Hopkins, passed away July 18, 2008. Preceded in death by father, Norman. Survived by mother, Darleen; sisters, Barb (Al) Brenn, and Betty; brothers, Wayne (Joyce) and Mark; 3 nieces, 2 nephews and many friends; her beloved Yorkie, Roscoe.
Bev was employed by several agencies of the Federal Government. She worked for the Social Security Administration, and retired after 30 years of service. Most of her career was spent in California, where she moved shortly after graduation from Eisenhower.
Bev was an avid sewer and crafter and made countless gifts for family and friends – embroidered table runners, handmade quilts and quilted wall hangings, knit and crocheted baby blankets, as well as clothing. The colors and fabrics of her quilts were so rich, and she would add metallic threads for embellishment. They are outstanding examples of her artistic ability. Bev also was a talented baker. At Christmas time, she would make a vast assortment of cookies, bars, and miniature cheesecakes. At least once a week, she would bring some sort of homemade treats into her office. Everyone always looked forward to her latest creation.
Bev did not marry or have any children, but daily we are reminded of her by the beautiful quilts and quilted projects that she loved making for her many friends and family.
Bev was very kindhearted, giving, and generous, and always had a smile on her face. She came home to Minnesota in 2007 to be with all of us as she went through treatment for cancer, but cancer won that painful battle.
She left us with her legacy of sewing, cooking and many other artistic talents. Her family and friends will never forget her … her many talents, her hearty laugh and her generous attitude.
We miss you, Bev, but we will never forget you.
Daniel J. G. Mueller, 49, of Hopkins. Preceded in death by his father, Donald. Survivors include his mother, Mary Alice Mueller of San Diego, CA; brothers & sister-in-law, Robert of Chaska, Joseph & Mary of Orono, James of Excelsior; sisters & brothers-in-law, Cece & Wayne Stover of Omaha, NE, Susan & Greg Brinkhaus of Farmington, Betsy & Jim Knapp of Chaska, Julie & Tony Machtemes of Orland Park, IL, Pam & Rich Traeger of W. Des Moines, IA; 11 nieces & nephews; and 4 grand nieces.
You may remember Dan as a musician. He sometimes sounded and looked like Cat Stevens, and had a great love of writing and singing folk music. He had a very passionate voice in song, though he spoke quietly.After high school, he entered the seminary at St. Thomas, but was called to other pursuits than the priesthood. A few years here and there, including time at the U of M in Morris, a stint as a dj in North Dakota, and life in California, then he re-settled in Hopkins.Dan remained a very private man, with a deep faith and a chuckle in his heart at the strange foibles of being human.One of those strange foibles is that he died too young, at 49, in January of 2003. Dan lived with Myotonic Dystrophy (a genetic disease that causes a sort of pre-mature declining of various muscular systems), and his death came as an expression of the disease. While he couldn't always chuckle at knowing that he would likely die young, he certainly did not consider the disease to be some unusually difficult burden. It was simply life, a part of his life, not the defining characteristic.I think the defining characteristic of Dan's life was his intensity of love for friends and family, and a deep, mysterious and mostly unspoken faith.(PS: if any classmates of Dan want any further info, or wish to share memories, they can contact me.)
Joe Mueller, Brother
David A. Nelson, 60, of Rockford, MN, died March 27 after a long battle with cancer.
His loving daughters Brittany & Abbie, and ex-wife Terry, all of Rockford, were at his side.
David has donated his body to the U of M for medical research.
John Gregory Norton, 44, born August 13, 1953 to parents John R. and Katherine J, died from a heart attack July 10, 1998 in Texas.
John was described by his father as a "free spirit". A tall, good-looking guy who enjoyed life and lived it on his terms. Smart and clever, John followed his father in the automotive business as Sales Mahnager for Southdale Ford.. After a successfull career in MN, John and his younger brother, Todd, traveled to Texas to start a home building business. John continued to be involved in the automotive industry in Texas, along with home improvement work.
John enjoyed traveling to Europe and Las Vegas and could often be found fishing in Acapulco, Mexico while staying at the family condominium. John never married, but had a special girlfriend, Carol.
He is survived by his parents, who still live in the family home in Forest Hills, Minnetonka; sister, Marsha, (MN); brother, Todd (TX). John is buried in Arlington, TX.
Sherry A Novak, 52, of Chanhassen. Loving daughter of M. Kenneth & Joan Novak. Survived by brother, Ken (Shauna) Novak; sister, Shauna (Bruce) Hoffarber; nieces and nephews, Andy, Kenny and Lynsey Novak, Adam, Margo and Blake Hoffarber; uncles & aunts, Don & Jackie Larson, Gary & Lori Larson, John & Audrey Novak; and cousins.
After graduating from Eisenhower High School Sherry studied at Gustavus and Univeristy of Oklahoma beofre earning a Business-Accounting degree from the University of Minnesota. She used her accounting training while working for a leading transportation company.
In her freetime, Sherry enjoyed being outdoors at her home in Chanhassen. She was a terrific gardener and loved growing beautiful flowers.
Another passion for Sherry was cooking. She was long known to prefer reading cookbooks rather than popular novels. Sherry would regulary gather and entertain friends with a variety of recipes.
When not entertaining at home, Sherry enjoyed traveling. Favorite spot: Europe.
Her parents still reside in their family home in Minnetonka.
Loren Douglas Page, 52, of Chaska, formerly of Minnetonka. Preceded in death by mother, Edith. Survived by father, Leonard; brothers, Randall and Brad; aunts, uncles and cousins.
Robin Jo Pavelka, Mound, MN, passed away suddenly November 6, 1993.
Robin enjoyed all types of handwork, sewing and neddlepoint. Robin started sewing at a young age and was soon making her own clothes when she was only nine years old, which she continued to do for many years. That attention to detail also served her well applying her skills in data entry and office work. Robin also enjoyed gardening.
Robin married Brian in 1978, also originally from Hopkins. She was the proud mother of two wonderful boys, John, 24, and Dan, 22.
Robin is survived by her husband, Brian; sons, John, Dan; brothers Mark, Tom, Andy; and both parents.
Mr. and Mrs. Pavelka continue to live in their family home in Hopkins. They fondly remember Robin every day with love and saddened hearts.
Roxanne Karen Way, 52, of Burnsville, passed away peacefully on Dec. 5, 2005 surrounded by her family. Preceded in death by grandparents. Survived by son, Brad Way, daughter, Beth Way & their father, Gary Way; parents, Dorothy & James Foster; brothers, Richard (Tammy) Peterson, Roger (Amy) Peterson; niece & nephews, Tracey, Scott and Brian Peterson; other family members and friends. Interment Lakewood Cemetery.
Special thanks to her dear friends for all their support, also to Dr. Morar, Dr. Uckun and Parker- Hughes staff, Fairview University Hospital nursing staff 7C & D, particularly Brianna.
Roxy was a strong, loving woman who always placed others before herself, but most importantly, she was a devoted mother who is now an angel in heaven watching over us all.
Craig R. Pinkney, 48. Preceded in death by his loving mother, Lillian. Survived by brother, Kevin; sister, Pam; 3 aunts, 1 uncle and 3 nieces. Craig was a well-known local character who brought out a smile and laugh from all who crossed his path. He will be deeply missed by all.
Russell served in Vietnam with the U.S. Army (PFC) and is buried at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.
Sue's life was cut short when she passed away very young at the age of 25 in August of 1979.
Sue was developing schizophrenia in her last two years of high school and this very debilitating disease took it toll on her brain for the next difficult seven years. The struggle was painful for her and her family, but in the end we took comfort knowing she had gone on to a better place and would suffer no more.
Lynn Ramacher Theobald (sister).
Mark William Schmidt, 58, Princeton, died Monday, Jan. 23, 2012 at Fairview Northland Medical Center, Princeton.
Mark was born on May 14, 1953 in Minneapolis, son of Albert “Bud” and Kathleen (Joern) Schmidt. He grew up and received his education in the Hopkins and Minnetonka areas, graduating from Hopkins Lindbergh High School in 1972.
He was united in marriage with Kimberly Ann Schneider on June 17, 1976 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Minnetonka. They made their home in Cedar for a few years, before moving to rural Princeton in May of 1979, where they farmed. They raised cattle and small grains. Mark was also over-the-road truck driver. For the past eight years, Mark and Kim sold their potatoes and other vegetables at the Princeton Farmer’s Market, where Mark was known as the Potato Man.
He also enjoyed hunting and fishing, when he wasn’t farming or driving truck.
He is survived by his wife Kim of Princeton; sister Patty McAndrews of Garrison; father-in-law John Schneider of Edina; and sisters-in-law Debbie (Art) Steinberg of Isanti and Janice (Chris) Becker of Plymouth. He was preceded in death by his parents: Bud in 2006 and Kathleen in 1995; and a brother-in-law: Terry in 2008.
Earl Schott, 48, of Rockford. He was a longtime employee of Dana Spicer.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Elizabeth; infant sister, Denise; infant niece, Jody; and brother, Kerry.
Survived by sisters, Diane (Don) Bolke, Mary (Rob) Bullock, brother, Roger Schott; nephews, Kurtis, Blake, and Erik; and nieces, Brittany and Hayley.
Paul G. Schwartz, 48, of Minnetrista. Survived by wife, Jackie; daughter, Erin; son, Nick; parents, George & Marcile Schwartz; sisters, Mary (Lloyd) Bullen, Nancy (Scott) Haugdahl; brother, Jim Schwartz; nephews, Robert, David, Evan, Matthew & Daniel; nieces, Becky and Faith; parents-in-law, Barbara Bourne, Robert (Sue) Drolet; sister-in-law, Lee Drolet.
Virginia C. (Seeley) Brennan, 54, of Chandler, AZ previously of Brooklyn Park, passed away on January 17, 2009. Survived by daughter, Sandy and Sandy's son, Aaron; son, Tony Jr.; mother, Corrine; & siblings.
Sandra Marie Metcalf, beautiful and loving mother, sister, friend and wife, passed away suddenly on July 2, 2010 in Minneapolis. Sandra was born December 2, 1953 in Minneapolis and spent most of her youth in the Minnetonka and Hopkins areas of Minnesota. She graduated from St. Mary's as a respiratory therapist and moved to Salt Lake City. She met the love of her life and future husband, Steven in 1975 via a conspiratorial matchmaker, Deon Simmons, to whom Steven will be forever grateful.
Sandy and Steve were married on June 18, 1977 in Minneapolis, and spent their adult lives together in Salt Lake City. They raised two sons, Jamison and Scott, of whom she was immensely proud. She adored her boys, her daughter-in-law Taysia, and Scott's sweetheart Becca. Sandy achieved Grandma status in January 2010 with the birth of her granddaughter Ellie Ann.
Sandy completed her BS in Health Care Administration from the Weber State University and was an accomplished leader and contributor in her profession at Intermountain Healthcare from 1975 to 2005. Her family and friends were her life. Always thinking of someone else before herself, she loved working with people and inspired us, particularly her husband and sons, to be better individuals.
She is preceded in death by her older brother Bradley and her parents Bill and Dolores. Sandy is survived by her siblings, Barb, Kathy, Jimmy and Judy; her sons, Jamison and Scott; her daughter-in-law Taysia; her granddaughter Ellie Ann; and her husband Steven.
Rick Sherwood Sorensen, 41, born May 6, 1954, spent his entire childhood in Hopkins and attended Alice Smith Elementary School, North Junior High and Hopkins Eisenhower High School, graduating in 1972. He then went on to the University of Montana earning an undergraduate degree in Finance. You could say he also earned a minor, or at least helped earn his way through college, playing foosball. He loved the west and so after college, he moved to Portland, Oregon and began a career in commercial finance with CIT Corporation. His career with CIT took him from Portland, to Phoenix, to Dallas and ultimately back to Phoenix, where he passed away in 1995 at the very young age of 41.
If you remember Rick, those memories may include his passion for hockey, his El Camino, his love of our family trips each summer to northern Wisconsin for a week at the lake, his work ethic and determination, his love of boating and water skiing, the joy he got out of playing foosball (he was really quite good and won many tournaments out west in Montana and Portland, as well as here in Minneapolis) and finally you may recall that he and trouble may have been slightly more than just passing acquaintances.
We hope you have a few fond memories of Rick, as we, his siblings, all do. We know some of you considered him a good friend and we are grateful for your kindness toward him and your friendship as he was growing up. He left us well before his time with many things undone. In our memory, he was a fundamentally good and honorable man, who worked hard, played hard, lived by a strong code of honor and searched for the happiness and fulfillment that most of us are blessed enough to have found.
If the moment moves you and you’d like to reach out to us, we’d love to hear from you. Our contact information follows.
Carlie Dixon, Dixonmapa@aol.com
Elisabeth Sorensen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Larry Sorensen, Larrysorensen@hotmail.com
Cynthia Joan Tharinger passed away peacefully, at the home she loved, on November 20 and is now at peace.
She was born in Minneapolis on June 11, 1954, one of seven children of Robert and Jean Tharinger. Raised in Minnesota, she came to Montana as a freshman at the University of Montana. Through the years she lived in Whitefish, Missoula and Bozeman. She left for 10 years to pursue her graduate degree at Syracuse University, and finally returned to her beloved Montana, settling in Stevensville.
Cindy was the ”baby” of her large family, sharing love, travels, laughter and debates with her older siblings Mary, Judy, Bob, Steve, Sue and Patty, as well as their partners Barn, Sylvie, Thora, Yvonne and Gary. She was a devoted and beloved “Aunt Cindt” to her nieces and nephews Lara, Nate, Morgan, Lilly, Hugo, Cassie, Perle, Emma, Hannah and Sam who all thought she was one of the most stubborn, independent, fun and overall kick-ass woman you could ever meet. She will be sorely missed by lifelong friends, Cinda Holt and Chris Merriman, as well as her extended family and friends. Last on this list but first in her heart, her best loved dogs, Gracie and Reuben. Cindy’s love of a good conversation and a new friend led her to build many enduring friendships and loved ones.
Cindy was an amazing watercolor artist and graphic designer. She served on the design committee of the Stevensville Main Street Association. Cindy loved theater, dance, music, film and was a supporter of arts through the years in her capacity as consultant. Throughout her life she created homes and gardens that were in themselves works of art.
Cindy wanted to be laid to rest in the Bitterroots and we will gather in warmer weather for a memorial service, to be announced later. If you would like to remember her through a memorial, please contact the Stevensville Main Street Committee, c/o Joan Prather, 102B Main St, Stevensville MT 59870.
Jeffrey Vernon Thon passed away on May 19, 2015, at the University of Minnesota, while awaiting a lung transplant. He had been diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis late last year and had just been placed on the transplant list. Jeff was born on Aug. 27, 1954, to parents William and Evie Thon, in Minneapolis, Minn. Along with his parents and two sisters, Jeffrey grew up on the same street as his grandmother, three uncles, their wives and 13 cousins. Countless fond memories were made there in the Thon neighborhood, Grandma's famous French pancakes and brownies, to name a few. Jeff graduated from Hopkins Lindbergh High School in Hopkins, Minn., in 1972. He then attended the University of Minnesota for a semester and at the end of the year enlisted, along with his cousin Steve, in the United States Army. He completed his basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., and was stationed at Ft. Carson, Colo., where he spent much of his free time rock climbing with his cousin who was also stationed there and began his life-long love of travel when he was deployed to Korea and spent the remainder of his service in Korea. Upon his return to Minneapolis, he followed in his father's footsteps and took a job at the U.S. Postal Service, but his wandering spirit was not meant for postal work. He packed his car and headed to Eugene, Ore., to make use of his Veteran's benefits where he attended the University of Oregon. An avid reader of Jack London books, Jeff was drawn to seek the adventure of Alaska. His cousin Steve was already in Anchorage and when Jeff called, he told him, "it's the land of opportunity, go North young man," and that he did. In 1979, with only $52 in his pocket, he embarked on yet another adventure. He slept in his car, found work and was successful in his career early on, working in bank management, property management and, at one time, even owning an ice cream shop. In 1981, Jeff became a Commercial Real Estate broker and began his 33 year career, winning numerous awards along the way. Jeff will be remembered as an outstanding professional and was honored by the number of clients he was able to assist over the many years, but he ultimately worked to enjoy his favorite past-times: hockey, hunting, fishing and the great outdoors. He loved to play hockey and was a member of the Alaska 49er's until he could no longer play due to his lung disease. He traveled all over the world to hunt and vacation and said he was very fortunate to have seen the sun rise and set on six different continents. Hawaii with his daughter and grandkids was a favorite vacation spot, he and his son traveled to Africa to hunt, he shot Doves in Argentina, he never missed an opening day of Duck Season and he spent many weeks of the year duck, geese, pheasant and deer hunting with his long-time hunting buddies David Borer, Dave Kester, Jeff Koonce, Mark Haberman, Mark Thon and Dan Miller and his son Will, when he was big enough to hold a gun. Jeff was a devoted father of two, in 1982, his daughter, Tristan Louise Thon, was born with then spouse, Barbara Smith (Prater) and in 1994, he had his son, William Jeffrey Thon, with then spouse, Alesia Thon (Pugmire). In 2009, he met the love of his life, his Minda Lee. They married on a beautiful beach in Maui, Hawaii, on Dec. 12, 2014, with all of their children, grandchildren and several friends attending. Jeff was full of kindness and humor and had a fun and contagious spirit. His real love was found in the quiet moments of a duck blind, in the crisp morning air of a deer hunt, the love of his bird dogs and Sunday dinners with his family, especially his grandchildren. Those who knew Jeff know of his endless generosity. He served on many boards and committees, including Rotary, STAR, Kiwanis Club, Salvation Army and the Food Bank of Alaska. Jeffrey is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Minda Lee Thon; his children, Tristan Louise and husband, Luke Hough and grandchildren, Noah, Charlotte and Hudson Hough; his son, William Jeffrey Thon; stepdaughters, Gabrielle Sines and Lauren and husband, Nicholas Perry; granddaughters, Ashlynn and Presley Perry of Anchorage, Alaska; his two sisters, Anita and her husband, Mark Forde of Minneapolis, Minn., and Sandee and her husband, Tom Garigen of Conway, S.C.; cousins, Steve and Debbie Thon; and nephews, Matthew and Zach Thon of Anchorage, Alaska; and all of his other cousins and spouses in Minnesota, who are like brothers and sisters, and their children; and countless friends and hunting buddies. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations instead be made to Rotary Fund International or The Children's Lunchbox, organizations close to Jeff's heart. We also ask that if you are not already, you consider becoming an organ donor so future families can be given the gift of life.
Theodora M. "Teddi" Wall, age 62, of Hopkins passed away unexpectedly in Mpls. on October 20, 2016.
Preceded in death by mother Donna Wall (d. 2015) and brother Donald Wall (d. 1966). Survived by father Theodore D. Wall; sisters Nancy Wall Glowaski and Judith Wall; also several nephews and nieces. Arrangements planned in Orr, MN.
Terry Lynn Mackenzie, 54, lived in Plymouth, Minnesota. She was preceded in death by her daughter Michelle and parents Benjamin and Gertrude Witte.
Terry enjoyed life. She loved to laugh and have fun. She was dedicated to her family and friends.
We feel so lucky to have had her in our lives. She was passionate about her animals and was committed to helping the Humane Society. Terry volunteered her time to better the community in which she lived. She passed on March 11, 2008 at the young age of 54.
Terry is truly missed. The memories and the person she was leaves us smiling.
David (Vilipski) Holland, 58, formerly of Hopkins, passed away Feb. 14, 2012.
Preceded in death by father, John Vilipski; and 2 brothers, Steve and John. Survived by mother, Jean Vilipski; brothers, Dr. Mike (Mary Liz) Holland, Storey Holland (Steve), Bill (Lisa) Vilipsk; sisters, Mary (James) Stang, Cathy (D.L. Smith) Vilipski; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
David was an avid outdoorsman and loved his time at Ten Mile Lake. He attended Benilde, Hopkins Eisenhower, and St. Mary's College in Winona.