Today’s Obituaries Thursday, March 30, 2017

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Russell 'Rusty' Banker

Banker, Russell "Rusty" died on Wednesday March 22, 2017 at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Russ is preceded in death by Ray, Lois, Doris, Marvin, Tim, and Tom, his mother Ruth Banker and father Oscar Nelson. He is survived by his brother Edward Banker and wife Betty, and twin brother Rullo Banker and wife Karen. Russ has one son, James Knowles and wife Danette, their daughter Angelia and son-in-law Brian Hagopian (USMC Active Duty), and two great grandchildren: Lili and Byron Hagopian. Russ also has two daughters: Jennifer Alderman and son-in-law Serge Alderman and their two sons; and Kimberly Banker. Russ is also an uncle to numerous nieces and nephews with family members located throughout the United States. As a member of the United States Marine Corps (USMC), Russ served his country for three years from 1955 - 1958. A sometimes loud and boisterous man, Russ had a fearless temper and warm heart. He loved his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, and his beloved wife Diana who herself preceded Russ in death and is now with the Lord. And he loved cats!"

Dennis J. Bock

Bock, Dennis J. (86) of Edina passed away on March 28, 2017. Preceded in death by his parents; Walter and Colette Bock, brother Dale Bock, and sister Judy Bock. Denny is survived by wife Donna, along with siblings, Janet (Richard) Johnson, Carleen (Milo) Tiefenthaler, sister-in-law Rose Bock, nieces/nephews, and members of the Heithoff family. Denny and Donna have four sons/daughters-in-law along with eight grandchildren. David and Heidi (Chris, Cory) of Lakeville, Kevin and Carmen (Carson, Connor) of Eagan, Kent and Sue (Carter, Caroline) of Detroit, Tom and Linda (Sam and Eva) of Andover. A native of Templeton, IA; he attended Sacred Heart Catholic School thru 4th grade. The family moved to Carroll, IA in 1939 where Denny graduated from Carroll High in 1947. He went to Iowa State Teachers College (Cedar Falls, IA) and enlisted in the Air Force in 1951. Denny was stationed in Florida at Cape Canaveral (now Kennedy Space Center) until being discharged from the service in 1954. He immediately enrolled at Iowa State College (Ames, IA) and received a degree in Civil Engineering in 1956. Denny continued his education at Drake University (Des Moines, IA) and received his Masters Degree in 1961. While at Iowa State, he was a student member and past President of Phi Kappa Theta fraternity. In 1955, Denny married Donna Mae Heithoff of Templeton, IA and they've lived happily ever after for 62 years. After graduation, Denny went to work for Northwestern Bell with various assignments in Des Moines, Davenport, Omaha, and Minneapolis. He retired from the position of Vice President at US West in 1993 after 37 years of service to "Ma Bell". A few years before retirement, they purchased a home in Scottsdale, AZ. and spent the next 25 years wintering in the sun before coming back to Edina full-time in 2013. Denny has been a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church since 1965, where he helped with teaching youth religion class-es. He and Donna also belonged to a parish of the same name in Scottsdale. He was actively involved with the Edina Rotary and a past President (1984-85). Denny liked following all MN professional and college sports teams, but got the most joy watching his kids and grandkids compete in their local athletic associations and tournaments. In addition to his wonderful wife, Denny was also very passionate about golf and spending time on the course with the "Bock Boys" and his weekly foursome friends at Interlachen Country Club. A Mass of Christian Burial will be officiated by Fr. Tim Rudolphi at St. Patrick's Catholic Church (Edina, MN) on Monday, April 3rd. Visitation begins at 10:00AM followed by the funeral service at 11:00AM. Guests are welcome to join the family for a social reception after the mass. The interment will be at the Resurrection Cemetery in Mendota Heights, MN. Memorials may be directed to St. Patrick's Catholic Church, "Honoring Our Past, Preparing for Our Future" campaign. Special thanks to the kind and supportive staff at the Walker Care Suites in Edina who made the final days comforting for Denny and his family. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996

Leo Duane Clifford

Clifford, Leo Duane was granted his angel wings on March 26, 2017. His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends that Leo had touched in profound ways throughout his 91 years of life. A memorial service is being held on Friday, March 31, 2017 at Washburn McReavy Strobeck Johnson Chapel. Visitation will occur at 2pm followed by a memorial service at 3pm. Leo was born on February 7, 1946 in Glasford, Illinois to John Clifford and Flora (Richardson) Clifford. Leo is survived by his son, Richard (Dick) Clifford and granddaughter, Jessie (Clifford) Novey. He served our country in the Army during WWII and was a man of many talents. He was an engineer and an entrepreneur who owned three businesses, Computer Metal Products, Minnetonka Engineering and Mechanical Design and Manufacturing. One of his favorite stories he enjoyed telling was that he built many of the first products for Tonka Toys, something he was incredibly proud of. He had a deep love for sales, developing and designing products and/or improving upon his existing products and patents. Running his own business and working with customers never felt like a job for him because he enjoyed it so much, it was his true calling and passion. He worked every day, right up until his health would no longer allow him to do so. He loved flying his airplane and whenever possible he would take family, friends and customers for rides. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, downhill skiing, telling stories, meeting new people, crafting the perfect cocktail and making people laugh. Leo loved entertaining friends and family and he was always quick to make strangers feel right at home in his presence. He was a tremendous father, grandfather and loved his family deeply. There isn't anything he wouldn't do for the people in his life. His generous soul, contagious smile and soft, warm heart will forever be missed, yet never forgotten. He was a man who broke the mold. Condolences may be sent to 10454 Covington Circle, Eden Prairie, MN 55347. Strobeck Johnson 952-938-9020 1400 Mainstreet, Hopkins

Millicent '(Polly)' Ewing

Ewing, Millicent (Polly) age 100, of Princeton, formerly of NE Mpls., passed away March 28, 2017. Preceded in death by husband, Joel; daughter, Mimi Baker; brothers, Bill, Barney, Russell, Irving and Lloyd Young; and sister, Marcella Packenham. Survived by daughters, Jan Backlund and Barb (Jerry) Herlofsky; 11 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and 9 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral service 2:00 PM Saturday, April 1, 2017 with visitation 1/2 hour prior at: Northeast Chapel 612-781-6828 2901 Johnson St. NE

Joanne C. Fahlin

Fahlin, Joanne C. went home to her Lord and Savior on March 21, 2017 at Franciscan Health Center. She was born to Bertil and Esther Gronvall in Des Moines, IA on January 31, 1929. Joanne graduated from Swedish Hospital School of Nursing in 1950 and married Winston Fahlin on May 21, 1951. They resided in Bloomington where they raised 3 children. Joan was very active in her church choir, Sunday School, VBS, Stephen Ministry, and as a deaconess. She worked as a nurse in the Bloomington Public Schools for many years. She is survived by her children, Daniel (Janelle) Fahlin, Rebecca Fahlin, John Fahlin (BethMeyer), and her dear sister Karen (Curt) Larson. Her grandchildren Joshua (Katie), Nathan, TJ (Brenna), Matthew (Amber), Jenn (Jason), Stephanie, Andrew, and 6 beautiful great grandchildren. A memorial service for Joanne will be at Fort Snelling at a later date.

Stephen Gardner

Gardner, Stephen age 65 of Robbinsdale. Survived by children, Laura (Scott) Raduenz, Grant (Andrea) and Garrett (Alissa); grandchil- dren, Lizzy, Ashley, Justin, and Nicholas; Rita and Bob; and sister, Carolann Gardner. Preceded in death by parents, Wayne and Helen; and brother, Wayne Jr. Memorial Gathering Saturday 3-6 PM at Doyle's Bowling and Lounge, 5000 West Broadway, Crystal. Private interment. Gearty-Delmore 763-537-4511

Earl Theodore Halverson

Halverson, Earl Theodore age 77 passed away peacefully at home after a long illness on Monday, March 27th 2017. Preceded in death by his parents Mangard and Annabelle Halverson. Survived by loving wife Harriet of 57 years, children Jeff (Betty) Halverson, Beth Halverson, Kathy(Scott) Sydloski, grandsons, Nick Halverson, Tom and David Sydloski, brother James Halverson and sister Jeanie (Mike) Groebner as well as many nieces and nephews. Earl served his country in the United States Air Force. Many thanks to those who cared for him at the St. Cloud and Mpls. Veterans Hospital. God bless and rest in peace. Memorial service Wednesday, April 12th 11:00am at Cross of Glory Lutheran Church, 5929 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Center. Visitation 1 hour prior with luncheon to follow service.

Donna Jean Hargarten

Hargarten, Donna Jean Age 86 of Rogers, Minnesota. Passed away peacefully at Wellstead of Rogers, 3/27/2017. Donna was born in Peoria, IL on 10/13/1930. Her family moved to Minnesota in the early 1940's. She was raised in North Minneapolis, and graduated from Patrick Henry High School. She lived most of her life in Brooklyn Park with her children. Donna worked as an Executive Assistant for multiple large Minneapolis Companies, Honeywell, Naegle Advertising, and most recently Hitchcock Industries of Bloomington. She served on the Board of Executive Women Inter-national. Preceded in death by parents Leslie Wilson and Edith (Clark) Taylor; siblings Robert Wilson (Janet) and Naomi Burkenstock (Norman); nephew Kenton Shoemaker; daughters-in-law Amy Hargarten and Peggy Hargarten. Survived by children James Hargarten, Sue Klassen (Tom), and Jerry Hargarten (Evelyn); grandchildren, Stephanie Matson (Scott), Jeffrey Hargarten, Amy Sue Davis (Kyle), Joel Hargar-ten (Aubrey), Alicia Hargarten, Jonathon Hargarten, Scott Hargar-ten and Rebecca Hargarten (Ryan Johnson); great-grandchildren, Allison Matson, John Matson, Claire Matson, Elias Matson, Matthew Davis, Elizabeth Davis, Evelyn Davis, Evelyn Johnson and Hayley Hargar-ten; nieces and great nieces, great nephew. A special thanks to the wonderful Caregivers at Wellstead of Rogers these last 8 years. Funeral Service will be at Gearty Delmore, Robbinsdale, MN on Saturday, April 1, 2017, 11 am and visitation will be after 10 am. Burial at Glen Haven Cemetery in Crystal following the service. She will be remembered for her beautiful smile, and sweet giggles!! Gearty-Delmore 763-537-4511

Sheila Clare (Keating) Hegna

Hegna, Sheila Clare Keating Long time social justice activist in Minneapolis, Duluth, and Isle, Minnesota. Born October 31, 1946, died March 27, 2017. Survived by son, Odell Christopher (Sherrell); special niece, Julia Dinsmore; sisters, Roberta Anderson, Kathleen Keating (Dick Haskett), Carol Prevevost (Paul), Maureen Keating (Valentin Trenchev); brothers, Thomas Keating, (AnnE), Timothy Keating (Dottie), John Keating (Marge Cullen); grandchildren Landon, Tessa, Kaley, Kevin, Alyssa, Nevaeh; many devoted nieces and nephews, as well as her former husband, Odell and his wife, Carolyn Parsons. Preceded in death by her parents, longtime companion Stan Nelson, two sisters, two brothers, and brother-in-law. Memorial Service Thursday, March 30, Gathering 1:30, Service 2:00 at Walker Methodist Care Center Chapel, 3737 Bryant Avenue South, Minneapolis.

James A. Hodek

Hodek, James A. Age 74 of Shoreview, MN passed away at home with loved ones at his side on March 28, 2017. Former employee of Unisys Corporation. Graduate of the University of Minnesota. Preceded in death by wife Linda Blake; brothers Robert and Charles Hodek; parents Anton "Bud" and Grace Hodek. Survived by partner Diane Canny of Bloomington, MN; daughter Kristina Blake-Hodek (Hans Salamanca); grandchildren Erik and Isabella Salamanca; sister-in-law Kathy Hodek; several nieces and nephews. Private graveside service Dawn Valley Memorial Park. Dawn Valley Chapel 952-941-7686