Today’s Obituaries Tuesday, September 27, 2016

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Esther Louise Bailey

Bailey, Esther Louise Oct. 13, 1919 - Sept. 24, 2016 of Minne- tonka. She was 96 years of age. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Harley F. Bailey Sr. in 2012; as well as her 2 brothers, Paul and Gordon Clinton. She is survived by sons, Jerald Bailey of North Agusta, SC, Harley "Franklin" Bailey Jr. of Puyallup, WA and Stephen Bailey of Minnetonka, MN; also grandchildren, Leslie Bailey of San Francisco, CA, Clinton and Jensen Bailey of Minnetonka, MN. Esther was born in Grand Rapids, MI and received a teaching degree in 1941 from Western Michigan University, located in Kalamazoo. She taught elementary school in the states of Michigan, California, Oregon and Minnesota. In Minnesota she started in the fall of 1965 with the Wayzata School District, retiring in 1980 from the Special Education Department. She and husband Harley spent their retirement years living in several homes in western Hennepin County. They were married for 62 joyful years. Funeral service 1:00 PM Wed., Sept. 28 with visitation one hour before service and Tuesday 6-8 PM at: Washburn-McReavy.com Strobeck Johnson 952-938-9020 1400 Mainstreet, Hopkins

Betty Jo Bjorklund

Bjorklund, Betty Jo Age 90 of Fridley, formerly of New Brighton and Clearwater Lake in Brainerd entered heaven on September 23, 2016 with family by her side. She is survived by sons, Terry (Karen), Scott (Maggie), and daughter Deb (Curt) Folkestad; grandchildren, Tara (Mark) Halvorson, Isaac (fiancé Claudia) Bjorklund, Belinda (Scott) Walsh, Shannon (Carl) Mills, Caleb (Mackenzie) Bjorklund, Brad (Lisa) Folkestad, Chris (Katie) Folkestad, Seth (Ashley) Bjorklund, Kevin (Tricia) Folkestad; great-grand-children Tim. Nicole, Maya, Mara, Lilly, Summer, Noelle, Elias, Savannah, Brecken, Carly, Hannah, Olivia, Blayne, Ellie, Reese, Mackenna, Caden, Saige, Ellorie, Greyson, Baylor, Avery, Otto, Camille, and brother Doug (Betsy) Terry. Preceded in death by husband Glen and parents W.A. and Beulah Terry; also survived by many cherished family and friends. Memorial service to be held Wednesday, September 28th, at 1 pm with visitation 1 hour prior at Salem Covenant Church, 2655 5th St. NW, New Brighton. Private family interment at Hillside Cemetery. Memorials preferred to Salem Covenant Church. Washburn-McReavy.com Hillside Chapel 612-781-1999

Edwin Fuller Dudley

Dudley, Edwin Fuller Ed, "PeeWee", Dudley passed away peacefully at home with family members and caregivers by his side on September 22, 2016 at age 93. Born August 1, 1923 in Buchanan, VA, Ed served during WWII and the Korean War. He became one of the first 16 employees at Medtronic Inc as an Electrical Engineer from which he retired after 32 years. In 1954 he married Lois Harriet Espe. They were married 61 years. Together they raised three daughters, Barbara, Linda and Wanda. He maintained an extensive workshop in the basement of his home ready for any project. He loved fishing, gardening, rock collecting and walks in the woods with his dog. Ed loved the cabin he built and enjoyed hosting his many friends and family members. Edwin was preceded in death by his wife Lois Harriet Dudley. Edwin is survived by daughters, Barbra Lee Mattys (Kevin), Linda Lee Dawson (Ken) and Wanda Lee Burth (Charlie) of the Twin Cities area, grandchildren, Paul Mattys, Lisa Koenig, Alex Mattys, Laura Witt, Brett Mattys, Ross Mattys , seven great grandchildren. Sisters Carolyn Ferguson of Buchanan, VA and Malen Barger of Philadelphia, PA and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his family, Ed received loving care at his home from a team of professionals including, Rebekah, Justina, Ginger, Lynn and his nurse Annie. The family is so thankful. There will be a private service at a later date at his beloved Purgatory Mountain in Buchanan, VA. Memorials can be sent to The Nature Conservancy.

Marjorie Janet Elhard

Elhard, Marjorie Janet Age 91 from Bloomington, MN passed away on September 24, 2016. Preceded in death by husbnd Raymond; parents Elmer and Aurora Thompson. Survived by children Pam (Al) LaMotte, Julie Elhard (Paul Boehnke) and Mark Elhard; grandchildren Dan (Bri) and Allison (Benoit) LaMotte and Bryan Boehnke; great grandchildren Finnegan and Lachlan; sisters Carol Feste, Mary Lou Rodvold and Nancy (Kent) Froseth. Marj was born on November 14, 1924 and grew up in Bygland, MN. She graduated in 1945 from Concordia College. She taught high school business classes and worked as a civil servant for the federal government. She loved cooking, baking, spending time with family and laughing. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grand-mother and sister and always welcomed people into her home. Private interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorial ser-vice 11:00 AM, Friday, September 30 with visitation one hour prior to service all at: Washburn-McReavy.com Werness Brothers 952-884-8145 2300 W. Old Shakopee Rd.

James F. Engel

Engel, James F. Age 82, of Maple Grove, died peacefully on Sept. 24, 2016. Memorial service Monday, Oct. 17, 2016 at St. David's Episcopal Church in Minnetonka. Service at 11am - visitation 1 hr. prior. Full obit to come.

Delmer Douglas Fairbanks

Fairbanks, Delmer Douglas age 76, of North Branch, passes away peacefully surrounded by his family on September 23, 206 after complications from Alzheimer's Disease. He is survived by his wife, Jean; children, Terri (Tom) Moriarty, Tim (Holly) Fairbanks, Tracy (Scott) Shelton, Troy (Marianne Ohlund) Fairbanks, and Trudy Fairbanks; 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be on Wednesday, September 28th, from 5:00-8:00 pm at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in North Branch and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Funeral services will be on Thursday, September 29th, at 11:00 A.M. at Trinity Lutheran Church in North Branch. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home in North Branch. info@grandstrandfh.com

Pastor Ronald L. Fretheim

Fretheim, Pastor Ronald L. age 77, of Decorah, IA, died Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at his home in Decorah, surrounded by his family, after a four month battle with ALS. Memorial Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, September 30, 2016 at First Lutheran Church in Decorah with Rev. Chad Huebner and Rev. Melissa Bills officiating, with a luncheon to follow. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 29 at First Lutheran Church. Ron is survived by his wife Karen; two daughters, Kristin (Steve) Hanneman of Hopkins, MN and Anne Fretheim of St. Paul, MN; two granddaughters, Siri Fretheim and Osa Hanneman; two brothers, Leland (Harriet) of Long Lake, MN and Marlin (Janet) of Fort Smith, AR; nieces and nephews and many cousins. The family suggests memorials be given to Luther College, Luther Seminary, the ALS Iowa Chapter, or ELCA World Hunger Appeal. Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah is serving the family. Condolences: fjelstul.com

Theresa A. Fulton

Fulton, Theresa A. age 76 of Robbinsdale. Preceded in death by beloved husband, Mel. Survived by daughters, Debbie Palme and Colleen (Tom) Cass; grandchildren, Natasha (Chris), Victoria, Riley and Gabriella; sister, Rosemary (Warner) Carlson; sister-in-law, Betty Fulton; many family and friends. Memorial Mass Friday (9/30), 10 a.m. at the Church of the Sacred Heart, 41st Ave. N. and Hubbard Ave. No. Visitation Thursday (9/29), 5-8 p.m. at Gearty-Delmore Robbinsdale Chapel, 3888 W. Broadway and one hour before the Mass at the church. Memorials are preferred to the family. Gearty-Delmore 763-537-4511

Dennis M. Goodmanson

Goodmanson, Dennis M. age 77, formerly of Park Rapids and Burnsville, died 9-24-16 in New Prague. Survivors include wife, Jeani. Services Sat., Oct. 1, 2:00 PM at Bethany Church, Bloomington. Visitation 1 hour prior. Arrangements Bruzek Funeral Home, 952-758-4949. bruzekfuneralhome.com

George Everhart Harding

Harding, George Everhart June 24, 1923 Sept. 24, 2016 George Everhart Harding, the oldest of three siblings, was born June 24, 1923 to Bertha Fornfeist Harding and Dr. Everhart P. Harding. George grew up in the Prospect Park neighborhood of Minneapolis attending Sidney Pratt Elementary School and Marshall University High School. His college education at the University of Minnesota was interrupted when he enlisted in the US Navy during World War II. He continued his education at the naval training center at Illinois Teachers College in Normal Illinois (now Illinois State University) where he played basketball for the Redbirds for one year. As a commissioned Lieutenant he was transferred to a naval base in Connecticut where he oversaw the basic orientation of medical doctors entering naval service. Later he became one of the first instructors of the then new radar technology. His final naval assignment was patrolling the South American coast. He returned to the University of Minnesota to finish his undergraduate degree, spending the summer of 1947 in London studying economics through the University's Student Project for Amity among Nations program. Following graduation he entered the University of Minnesota Law School. It was at a SPAN gathering that George met Ruth Wolkerstorfer. They were married on April 15, 1950 at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church in St. Paul. The following fall they moved to New York City where George pursued a fellowship in food and drug law. They returned to Minneapolis in the summer of 1951 where George was employed by Faegre and Benson and became a partner, led the firm's pension and profit sharing division, and was one of the Midwest's noted experts in his field. He retired from the firm in 1993. George and Ruth had four children; Katherine Harding of Oglesby IL, Barbara Harding Cummins (Tom) of Golden Valley, MN, Gregory Harding (deceased) (Windrati) and David Harding (Carol) of Huntingtown Maryland. Ruth preceded George in death on December 11, 1981. On September 26, 1987 George married Kathryn M. Cowgill, with whom he had reconnected at a high school reunion. She preceded him in death Feb. 5, 2006. His sisters Louise Paul (Phil) and Helen Doeringsfeld (Karl) also preceded him in death. George is survived by three of his children, 7 grandchildren; Tony Cummins (Jana, deceased), Andy Cummins (Tori), Matt Cummins, Adrian Harding, Alia Harding, Kelsey Harding and Ashlyn Harding, brother-in-law Terry Wolkerstorfer (Susan), as well as numerous nieces and nephews and Katy's step daughter, Karen Cowgill. He was incredibly blessed during the last two years to have the care and assistance of Valerie and Terilyn, who truly became part of our family. George was a member of Prospect Park United Methodist Church where he served as a trustee for many years. He was a member of the YMCA's Y's Men who sold Christmas trees to support Camp Christmas Tree. He was also a member of Delta Theta Phi, a legal fraternity, a longtime member of the Minneapolis Athletic Club where he played volleyball, and a golfing member of Interlachen County Club. At his most recent residence, Walker Place, he served on several resident committees. George was a lifelong learner who read widely, enjoyed photography and travel, and went on several Elderhostel trips. He liked games and activities that exercised his brain: cribbage, bridge, crossword puzzles and the Isaac Asimov quizzes in the newspaper. For lighter entertainment he liked mysteries. Perry Mason, and the authors Tony Hillerman and Mary Higgins Clark were among his favorites. The lakes and parks in Minneapolis were among his favorite places, especially the Rose Garden and Peace Garden. He appreciated many kinds of music; Dixieland Jazz was a favorite. He was also a big fan of the Gophers, Twins, Vikings and Timberwolves and he enjoyed watching golf on television. Favorite foods included: ice cream, blackberry pie and dark chocolate. George was widely respected for his integrity, his devotion to his family, his kindness to and respect for others, and his service to community and individuals. He will be deeply missed by many. Visitation will be at Washburn McReavy Funeral home , 2301 Dupont Ave S. in Minneapolis, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28th. Funeral services will be held at Walker Methodist Chapel, 3701 Bryant Ave South on Thursday, September 29 at 10:30 A.M., with visitation at the chapel from 9:30 to 10:30. Interment will be at Lakewood Cemetery. Memorials can be made to: Walker Methodist Fitness Center, Prospect Park United Methodist Church or the UNICEF K.I.N.D Fund which provides desks and scholarships to students in Malawi. Washburn-McReavy.com Davies Chapel 612-377-2203