Today’s Obituaries Friday, February 23, 2018

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Fred Craig Ahlquist

Ahlquist, Fred Craig Died on January 26, 2018 surrounded by family. He was born on August 19, 1948 to Carl and Norma (Grube) Ahlquist. Fred was strongly connected to the Nordeast Community of Minneapolis all his life. He graduated from Edison High School in 1966. He enjoyed his time as a camper, staff and Guide at YMCA Menogyn through the Northeast YMCA. Later he joined the Y's Men's club as an adult. Fred was also active In Sea Scouts, first as a scout and later a leader. Fred was drafted and served as a "Shake and Bake" Sergeant during the Vietnam War in the 101st Airborne Division. Being severely wounded In the war, Fred was retired by the Army. He was proud of his service to his country. He enjoyed many of the 101st Airborne NCO reunions. Fred worked at the family's Central Parlor Frame Company with his grandfather, Walter, Dad and Uncles. Eventually he owned the business. Fred enjoyed spending time at his cabin, hunting, cooking and family time. Fred is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Glenn. Surviving family members are his siblings Bruce (Sue), Carolyn, and Clyde (Jill). He was a loving Uncle to Julia (Danny) Tanner, Gunnar (Corrine) Ahlquist, Chris (Gabrlella) Ahlquist, Peter (Emily) Kohler, Cory Ahlquist, Eric Kohler and Aaron Ahlquist. Fred also enjoyed his great nieces and nephews Betsy Tanner, Trinity, Eli, Ian Ahlquist, Axel Ahlquist, Aleksandar and Gabriella Ahlquist. He will be missed by extended family and the many friends Fred considered family. On February 23, 2018, a Military Interment Service will be held at 11:00 AM at the Fort Snelling Cemetery, Assembly Area #5, 7601 - 34th Avenue South, Minneapolis. A Memorial Service with lunch will follow at 12:30 PM at the Northeast United Methodist Church, 2510 Cleveland Street N.E., Minneapolis, MN 65418. The church will be open at 12:00 PM.


Janet Margaret (Fredrickson) Alan

Alan, Janet Margaret (nee Fredrickson) Passed away on January 28, 2018 at the age of 70 years. Jan cared for people & animals; she also had a passion for creative writing & editing. Preceded in death by parents, Oscar and Maja-Lisa; first husband, Jeff Conniff; beloved dogs, Abbie & Bandit. Survived by sons, Joseph (Linda) & John Conniff; former husband, Joseph Shidla; other loving Swedish relatives & friends. Celebration of Jan's Life on Saturday, March 10th 3 pm at Cremation Society of MN, 7110 France Ave.S., Edina (952)924-4100. Visitation 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to any animal rescue or charity of your choice. For more information Cremationsocietyofmn.com


Gordon C. Arf, Jr.

Arf, Gordon C., Jr. of Minneapolis, age 74 passed away February 6th 2018. Preceded in death by parents, Margaret and Gordon; sister Judith, brothers, Robert and Richard. He is survived by his loving wife Jane Swenson of 14 years; brothers Terry, Kevin and Jeff Arf; sons Tom Arf and Dan Richards (Arf) (Wendy); grandchildren Amy, Jessa and Joel Richards. He grew up the oldest of 6 brothers and attended Mpls. Henry High school. He loved his wife Jane dearly. He also loved playing and coaching hockey, playing softball, broomball, watching all sports, spending time at the cabin on Lake Washburn, walking his dogs, and was an avid dog lover. He enjoyed traveling out east to Martha's Vineyard. He will be remembered as a wonderful grandfather dressing up as Santa and the Easter Bunny for grandkids. A celebration of his life will be held at a future date TBD.


Riley Matthew Betchwars

Betchwars, Riley Matthew Our hearts are breaking from the loss of our beloved son, brother, and friend Riley Matthew Betchwars. For the 28 years Riley was on earth, he gave our lives purpose and meaning. Our earth angel has become our guardian angel. Riley is survived by his sister Tessa Betchwars, brother Colten Betchwars (Lauren Armstrong), mother Janeice Betchwars, father Jeff Betchwars (Martha Kvanbeck), step-sisters, Kristen Rash (Thomas Rash) and Anne Kvanbeck (Reid Hornbacher), and by many relatives and friends. Services will be held Monday, February 26 at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, 7150 Rolling Acres Road, Victoria, MN 55331. Visitation will begin at 10:00 am followed by a memorial and a celebration of life service at 11:00 am. Donations may be directed to the Riley Betchwars Memorial Fund. bertasfh.com 952-448-2137


Dennis George Bouta

Bouta, Dennis George 8/22/1957 - 2/12/2018 Full obituary to follow.


Dr. Thomas N. Carter, MD

Carter, Dr. Thomas N. MD age 79 of Minneapolis passed away on February 6th, 2018 surrounded by love from all who knew him. His 50 years of child psychiatry and his passion for the well being of others filled his life and reached many many hearts. We will gather at the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis on Saturday March 17th at 11:00am to honor his caring soul and share his art and poetry. In lieu of flowers please send donations to N.A.M.I. Minnesota.


Lois DeGenere

DeGenere, Lois of Crystal, Minnesota, died February 4, 2018, at the age of 94. She was born October 26, 1923, in Glenwood, MN, to Louie and Gertrude (Lohre) Christenson. She and her two sisters, Verna and Elaine, grew up on their farm during the Depression. They worked hard and took joy in singing together as a trio. Lois began her career as a kindergarten teacher before moving to New York to work as a code breaker of secret enemy messages during WW II. It was in New York after the war that she met her future husband, Herbert DeGenere. Married in 1955, they moved to Crystal in 1959. Lois worked for the BBDO advertising agency for many years and then became an accountant at the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department. She and Herb were able to enjoy a long, happy retirement making many trips and enjoying time with friends and family. They were also very active in their church, Central Lutheran in downtown Minneapolis. Lois was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert DeGenere, and her two sisters. Lois and Herb did not have children but they were both proud of their roles as aunt and uncle. She is survived by her nephews Thomas (Florien) Curley, Peter (Suzanne) Curley, and David (Lynne) Emmons, and nieces Karen (Nelson) Norman, and Tina (Randy) Rice. Without the support of her next-door "family" Wally and Deb Johnson, her long-time friend Noelle Barrowclough, and her cousin Carol Urness she would not have been able to fulfill her wish of living at home to the end of her life. The excellent care given by Baywood Home Care staff was much appreciated. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm at Central Lutheran Church on 2/23/2018. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Central Lutheran Church.


Ronald K. Finwall

Ronald Keith Finwall, 85, of Maplewood, MN passed away of natural causes on February 19, 2018. Artist, intellectual, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather. A one of a kind individual, Ronald will be deeply missed by his family and everyone he befriended and helped throughout his life. Born in Brooten, MN, Ronald studied art at Hamline University and Claremont Graduate School before being drafted into the Korean War. He did things his own way. Never stopped learning, and never stopped creating. He had a big heart, and a crazy sense of humor. He created beautiful, provocative artwork, and cared greatly for his family. Survived by wife Beverly, daughters Shann and Alyce, son Scott, grandchildren Mitchell, Nicholas, Halli, Ella, Solveig, Zia, Alex, Louis, great grandchildren Cole, Piper, Cameron, Christian, Annalee, Eva, brother Wayne and many more individuals who looked up to him and loved him. As he always said, "Life is short, art is long, get to work." We love you! Private memorial to celebrate Ron's life and art at his studio. Condolences: washburn-mcreavy.com Hillside Chapel 612-781-1999


Margaret 'Marge' Gotzian

Gotzian, Margaret "Marge" age 82 of Big Lake, passed away on Feb 17, 2018. Preceded in death by parents, Peter & Louisa Reinerio; and husband, Dale Gotzian. Survived by children, Paul (Helen) Gotzian, Charles (Donna) Gotzian, Diane (Thomas) Bredeck, Penny (Ron) Overbeek and Lori (Eric) Peterson; grandchildren, Katie, Amanda, Steve, Daren, Jessica (TJ), Rachel (Ernie), Ryan and Tara; brother, Ed (Linda) Reinerio; sister in law, Janet (Merwin) Metzger; and brother in law, Robert Quinn. Mass of Christian Burial on Fri., Feb. 23 at 11AM with visitation one hour prior at Mary of the Visitation Catholic Church, 440 Lake St., Big Lake. Peterson Grimsmo Funeral Chapel 763-295-2918 Peterson-grimsmochapel.com


Betty L. (Karjala) Higgins

Higgins, Betty L. (Karjala) age 90 of Mpls, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. A woman proud of her Finnish heritage, Betty was preceded in death by by her parents, John and Elvira Karjala and her husband, George A. Higgins Jr. No services. Spring burial at Fort Snelling. In Loving Memory