Today’s Obituaries Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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Robert Harris Allen, Jr.

Allen, Robert Harris, Jr. Age 84, of Mtka and Ft. Myers, FL., passed away peacefully June 24 surrounded by his loving family. Survived by his wonderful wife of 61 yrs., Carol; four sons, Bruce (Julie), Mark (Kim), Matt (Susie), and Chris (Sarah); 11 grandchildren; 6 3/4 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Ruth; grandson Toby. Robert graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the U of MN in 1953 and followed with a Master's in Business degree. He was an Army 1st Lieutenant serving in the Counter Intelligence Unit and was honorably discharged in 1958. A past City Councilman for Mtka, he worked at IBM, Gamble-Skogmo, Ernst & Whinney, finishing his career with Counselor Realty as a partner. Bob enjoyed many yrs. of coaching and working with the youth in his community. Commander of Sanibel Captiva Sail and Power Squadron 2005-06. Member of St. Michael and All His Angels Church on Sanibel Island. Bob loved his family, music, tennis, golf, boating, and watching almost every sport imaginable. He will be greatly missed. Memorials preferred to DAV of MN Foundation, or Park Nicollet Foundation. Memorial service Thurs., June 29, 2017 at 11am, at Westwood Community Church, 3121 Westwood Dr., Excelsior. Visit-atition one hour before the service at church with private burial at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400

Lorraine E. Anderson

Anderson, Lorraine E. Age 84, formerly of White Bear Lake, MN died peacefully at Brookdale Memory Care Center in North Oaks, MN on May 21, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Pallmer B. Anderson; oldest son, Gregg Robert Anderson of Houston, TX; and grandson, Timothy Lyons of Shoreview, MN. Pallmer and Lorraine met in Willmar, MN. They made their home in White Bear Lake for over 50 years raising their family; Kay Lyons (John) of Shoreview, MN, Thomas Anderson (Robin) of Mequon, WI, Mark Anderson (Martha), of Woodbury, MN; 11 grandchildren: Christopher Anderson, Marie Anderson, Tara Leever, Nick Anderson and Jarrod Taylor, Michael and Taylor Lyons, Clayton and Addie Anderson, Ella and Turner Anderson, and great-grandchildren: Briton Leever Jr., Carly, Chloe and Madison Anderson. She was also survived by her brother Jerry Pierre and her sisters Carrolle Serbus, Judy Pierre, Lois Dreher, and Janice Moren. After obtaining her X-Ray Technician certification in St. Paul, MN, Lorraine moved to Willmar working for a hospital as an X-Ray Technician. She later moved to White Bear Lake and stayed home to raise her four children. Lorraine loved to sew and she was always sewing for herself, her kids or someone else. She worked for herself and others sewing drapes. She was also good at reupholstering furniture and refinishing furniture. She loved cooking and entertaining friends and family and everyone benefited from her homemade fudge brownies, bars, cookies and birthday cakes. Because of her love for baking, her grandchildren called her "grandma cookie". She was an awesome grandma and cherished her grandchildren. Lorraine volunteered a lot. Brownie leader, girl scout leader, and religion teacher. Lorraine's family would like to thank Brookdale Memory Care Center and Hospice staff for taking such wonderful care of Lorraine. A memorial service and visitation will be held on Friday July 14, 2017 in Oakdale, MN at Guardian Angels Church. A visitation will start at 12:30 pm followed by a service at 1:30 pm. Lunch will follow the service at Guardian Angels church. Mueller Lake Mortuary White Bear Lake (651) 429-4944

Thelma D. (Jensen) Benson

Benson, Thelma D. (Jensen) Loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, age 99 of Deephaven, MN died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on June 23, 2017. Born and raised in Lynd, MN, moved to Mpls. to attend business school. Worked at the Fed Reserve Bank where she met her husband. Married 64 years. Preceded in death by her husband Earl. Survived by sons Jim (Ann), Bob (Gwen), daughter Debbie; grandchildren, Jill, Adam, Ashley, Brittany (Dave) Hestad, Katie, Lynsay, Megan, Peter and Elizabeth; great-grandchild, Henry, and other loving relatives and friends. Thelma's favorite color Lavender. Memorial service; 4pm Thursday, June 29 at Wayzata Community Church (125 E Wayzata Blvd). Private interment at Hillside Cemetery, Mpls. David Lee Funeral Home Wayzata 952-473-5577

Celesta M. Bleeker

Bleeker, Celesta M. Age 88, of St. Paul passed away 6/22/2017. Preceded in death by her parents, Hiram and Grace Bleeker; brothers, Elton (Florence) Bleeker, Ivan Bleeker; sister-in-law, Leola Bleeker; nephew Bruce Bleeker; niece, Cheryl Knodel. Survived by her siblings, Alvira (John) Foiles, Lemoyne Bleeker, Melvyn (Jan) Bleeker; sister-in-law, Sara Bleeker; nieces and nephews, Leanne (Chuck), Norma (Lloyd), Dale (Dawn), Linnae (Gregg), Lyndon, Lori (William), Jolie (Steven), David (Lynn), Craig (Amy), Londa, Jessica (Courtney), Glenda (Kevin), Katie (Jeremy), Dawn (Karl), Joshua (Jen); further survived other relatives and friends. Celesta ('54) graduated from George High School in George, Iowa. She graduated from the University of Northwestern with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. Celesta started her career as a teacher in Matlock, Iowa. She also was a bookkeeper at Sudenga Industries in George, Iowa. When she moved to Minneapolis, she worked 15 years with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and then 25 years at the University of Northwestern as the chief accountant, cataloging music and booking concert tours. Celesta was a strong supporter of the University of Northwestern and setup three scholarships: The Celesta M. Bleeker Music Scholarship, A Missions Scholarship, and the Edna Kooyman Girls' Basketball Fund. She remained very active with the college after her retirement. Celesta had a passion for music and supporting missionaries. She also loved reading and traveling the world with her best friend Edna Kooyman. She was a long time member of First Baptist Church in downtown Minneapolis. Funeral service 1:00 pm Thursday June 29, 2017 at First Baptist Church (1021 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN) Visitation 5-7 pm Wednesday at Sunset Funeral Home (2250 St. Anthony Blvd. NE. Minneapolis) and one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church. Interment will be in the Sunset Cemetery. Memorials requested to First Baptist Church or University of Northwestern.

Walter Thomas Broughton, II

Broughton, Walter Thomas II Age 92; Died - June 24, 2017. He was born at home on 30 May 1925 in Great Falls, South Carolina. Preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Lorraine Karbowski of New Haven, CT. Survived by wife Laura Stepeck and three children, Gail Bienemann of San Jose, CA., Walter T. III, of Minneapolis and David of Anoka, six grandchildren; ten great-grand-children, four step-children and eight step-grandchildren. Walter attended a one-room (four grades), one teacher, rural school through the 4th grade. At age 16, he earned the Boy Scout of America rank of Eagle Scout. He was very proud that both of his sons and three grandsons also earned their Eagle Scout ranks. After one year at Wofford College, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the young age of 17, earned a scholarship to Duke University and in 1944 at Northwestern University was commissioned Ensign at age 19. He served 31 plus years continually on active duty, about one half of that time was sea duty. In WWII, he served in the Pacific and European waters. He also served during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. His awards include the Legion of Merit, Air Medal with Gold Star, Navy Commendation Medal with Valor and various campaign medals, some with Bronze Stars. During his career, Captain Broughton was selected and entrusted with commands at sea, in the air and ashore. Major assignments were: Officer in Charge(O-in-C) of all night flying for all future Naval Aviators for one year at Naval Training Command, Pensacola, FL; Plank Owner, USS Newport News, heavy cruiser; Plank Owner, Navigator, USS America, aircraft carrier; Air Operations Officer, Naval Air Force, Atlantic Fleet; Professor and Command Officer of the Naval ROTC, University of Minnesota. He was past president of the Minnesota Chapter of the Military Officers of America. Mass of Christian Burial, Friday, June 30 at 10:30 AM at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, One Lourdes Place, Mpls. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery with full military honors. Visitation 4:00 - 6:30 PM on Thursday, June 29, with Celebration Service at 6:00 PM at: Hillside Chapel 612-781-1999 2610 19th Ave. N.E., Mpls.

Robert Gary Brown

Brown, Robert Gary born March 7, 1938, passed away on June 24, 2017, and is now at peace and with his beloved wife, Maxine. Robert spent his career at Allina Children's Hospital in St. Paul as an Industrial Engineer. He also volunteered with the Hennepin County Sherriff's Department. His passions were his family, meeting and talking to new people, reading and listening to country music. Preceded in death by wife, Maxine Faye Brown; parents Earl Raymond and Eugenia Bury; siblings Geraldine, Jean, Earl Jr. and Barbara. Survived by children; Victoria Schultz (Vincent), Dennis Narog (Sharon), Tami Narog, Christina Spencer (Arch); grandchildren Julie, Lucas, Jacob, Grace and Anna and many great-grandchildren. A private family ceremony is being held on Wednesday, June 28th. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Animal Humane Society, or 845 Meadow Lane N. Minneapolis, MN 55422.

Michael D. Brunkow

Brunkow, Michael D. Age 39 of Newport, passed away unexpectedly on June 24, 2017. Survived by parents John and Gayle; sister Jennifer (Nick) Graziani; nephew Jackson; cousin Kristie Avery-Nelson; and the love of his life, Dawn Pemble. Preceded in death by grandparents, Red and Elaine Edblom, Karl and Ruth Brunkow; aunts Charlotte Haglund and Barbara Avery; uncle Wayne Edblom and beloved companion Tek. Memorial service will be 11:00 am, Friday, June 30, 2017 at All Saint's Lutheran Church, 8200 Hadley Ave. S., Cottage Grove. Visitation will be 5-8 pm on Thursday, Thurs., June 29, 2017 at Kok Funeral Home, 7676 -80th St. S. and also one hour prior to the service at church. In honor of Mike, feel free to attend the visitation or service as if it is "casual Friday." In lieu of flowers memorials preferred. Kok Funeral Home Cottage Grove - 651-459-2483

Monica V. Carter

Carter, Monica V. age 55 of Crystal, passed away on 6/24/17. Preceded in death by brother, Michael Drinkwine and mother, Virginia Drinkwine. Survived by loving husband of 29 years, Curtis; daughter, Alisha; siblings, Michelle, Martin, Mark, Marlene, Manette, Matthew and Mary; other family and friends. Memorial service Friday, 6/30/17 at 11 AM with visitation 1 hour prior at Living Word Christian Center, 9201 75th Ave N, Brooklyn Park. Glen Haven Chapel 763-533-8643

Edward J. Chmielewski

Chmielewski, Edward J. age 68, of Glencoe. Born November 27, 1948 and passed away on June 25th, 2017. Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 A.M. Thursday Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake. Visitation Wednesday 4-7 P.M. at the funeral home. Prayer service 7:00 P.M. Further visitation at the funeral home Thursday morning 9:30-10:30 A.M. Serving the family Maresh Funeral Home Silver Lake 320-327-2417

Stephen W. 'Steve' Erickson

Erickson, Stephen W. "Steve" Age 72 of Eden Prairie, formerly of Minneapolis died peace-fully in his sleep during the night of June 23, 2017. Steve was born in Davenport, IA on November 1, 1944 to Cecil and Genevieve Erickson (Brown). His family soon moved to Minneapolis where he grew up. He was a graduate of Minneapolis Central H.S. (1962) where he was a member of the hockey team, and the University of Minnesota where he was a member of the Acacia Fraternity. He was active in many YMCA programs and upon graduating from the University became a program director with the Minneapolis YMCA. It was at the YMCA that he met fellow program director Sue Melbostad and they were married December 26, 1969. Following two years active duty in the Army he then was employed at the Oklahoma City and St. Louis YMCA. He changed careers in St. Louis and worked for a number of management consultant firms including Reliability Management Company. In 1985, the family moved back to Minnesota. Together, they raised two children in St. Louis and Eden Prairie. Steve was an avid golfer, sailor and photographer. He enjoyed taking photos during the many vacation trips his family took. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Richard who passed away at a very young age. Steve is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sue; son, Troy; daughter, Stephanie (Carsten Franke); grandsons, Zach Nielsen (Troy) and Logan and Gavin Hyrkas (Stephanie); and all of his extended family and friends who were all kept busy keeping up with him. A celebration of Steve's life (a party) will be held Saturday, July 1st, 12:00-2:00 pm at Braemar Golf Course Banquet Room, 6364 John Harris Drive, Edina, Minnesota. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Park Nicollet Foundation Inspire Program or the Greater Twin Cities YMCA Camping Services Program.