Today’s Obituaries Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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James A. Anderson

Anderson, James A. Jim, 61, died suddenly on January 14, 2017. Preceded in death: father, James Roland. Survived by mother Virginia and brother John. His wife of 38 years Betsy; daughters Meta (Michael) Getman and Natalie Anderson; sons Bobby (Molly) Anderson and Kenny Anderson. Twin granddaughters Adeline and Eleanor Getman and twin grandsons Joseph and Henry Anderson. Many beloved family members especially his 3 nieces and 11 nephews. Jim graduated from Edina High School (1974), University of Denver (1978), and Bethel Seminary (2006). He enjoyed 25 years in business before becoming Executive Pastor at Westwood Community Church. Jim's love for Jesus Christ fueled his life long passion for people; co-workers, neighbors, and especially his cherished friends. Celebrate his life Friday, January 20th at Westwood Community Church, 3121 Westwood Drive, Excelsior, MN 55331. Visitation begins at 9:30 am, service at 11:00 am and a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Westwood Community Church (westwoodcc.org).

Paul I. Applequist

Applequist, Paul I. Age 86, of Minneapolis, born November 20, 1930 in Vasa Township, MN to August & Hulda Applequist, passed away January 13, 2017. Paul was a 68 year member of the Gustavus II Adolphus Society, served in the US Navy and owned Applequist Insurance for many years. However, more important to Paul were his family and all the friendships he developed over the years. Paul was a good friend to many. He was preceded in death by 8 siblings. A loving husband, dad, grandpa and brother, Paul will be dearly missed by his wife of nearly 60 years, Janet; children: Teri (Randy) Mann, Cindy (Jim) Trousdale, John (Jane) and Gary (Lisa); grandchildren: Andy, Eric, Roger, Greg, Ross, Alex, Emily, Reid, Jenny, Jack and Maddie; sister, Violet; brother, Leroy and numerous other family and friends. Memorial service, 2:00pm, Friday, January 20, 2017, with visitation one hour before at Henry W. Anderson Mortuary, 3640 23rd Ave. S., Mpls. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lebanon Lutheran Church. Henry W. Anderson (612)729-2331 HenryWAnderson.com

Kevin Daniel Ash

Ash, Kevin Daniel 34, beloved son, grandson, brother, uncle and friend, formerly of Owatonna, MN, passed away on January 15, 2017 at 12:50 am from complications due to a traumatic brain injury that he sustained playing rugby on September 21, 2013. Kevin is survived by his maternal grandparents, John P. and Doris Carlson of Newark, OH; his mother, Joy Carlson Kieffer of Buffalo, MN, step-father, Steve Martin of Owatonna, MN, and his father and step-mother, Daniel and Gloria Ash of Austin, MN; his brother, Connor Martin of Buffalo, MN, his sister, Erica Ash (Dusty Gibson) of Paintsville, KY, his nephew, Gunner Gibson, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, and other family and friends. Visitation will be held at David Lee Funeral Home on Friday, January 20, 5-7 pm. Memorial service Saturday, January 21, 2017 12 Noon at David Lee Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will be held at Fort Snelling Cemetery later this spring. Memorial donations may be given in honor of Sergeant Kevin Ash to any of the following organizations: Wounded Warrior Family Support; Wounded Warriors, Freedom Farm, Star in the East Lodge, church of choice, Concussion Legacy Foundation, Caring Bridge, or charity of the donor's choice. The families of Joy Kieffer and Daniel Ash wishes to thank all those who held Kevin up in prayer through his deployments and these past 41 months following his injury. David Lee Funeral Wayzata 952-473-5577 davidleefuneralhome.com

Kenton Lee Baker, Sr.

Baker, Kenton Lee Sr. Passed away unexpectedly on January 16, 2017. Preceded in death by parents. Survived by loving wife of 43 years, Cheryl; children, Jennifer (Terry), Elizabeth (Jason), Callie (Gregory), Kenton Jr. (Ashleigh); 20 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild; 7 siblings. And many loving relatives and friends. Serving as President of the St. Paul MN Stake of the LDS Church at the time of his passing. Spending his recent years of retirement enjoying life and loving his family. Visitation 4-7 PM, Friday, Jan. 20, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (100 Silver Lake Rd, New Brighton). Funeral service 11 AM, Saturday, January 21, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Private interment, Hillside Cemetery. Roseville Memorial Chapel, 651-631-2727.

Russel Everet Bangerter

Bangerter, Russel Everet 1942-2017. Russel passed away peacefully Jan. 11, 2017 at his home in Blaine, MN at age 74 with his loving family at his side. Survived by wife Karen; daughters, Corrina (Randy) Stahl, Kathryn Bangerter & Cherlyn (Ry) Gustafson; 11 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren; brother Chester (Sylvia) Bangerter, Michael Brundage; sisters, Lilace (William) Stoller & Renee (Ken) Sundvall; & his canine friend Lucy. Preceded in death by parents, Robert & Ethel Bangerter (Clark) & brother Ronald Bangerter. A special thanks to Lola Youngdahl. Services Sat., Jan. 21, 2017, 3:00 pm at: Washburn-McReavy.com Coon Rapids Chapel 763-767-1000 1827 Coon Rapids Blvd NW

Lorraine A. Benson

Benson, Lorraine A. May 25, 1936 January 17, 2017 80, of Edina, died Tuesday at Homestead Hospice House in Owatonna following a brief cancer journey. Preceded in death by parents, Raymond and Anna Mittelstadt; husband, Michael and sister and brother-in-law, Florence (Robert) Kasper. Survived by several nieces and nephews Lorraine worked as a dental hygienist in Richfield, and at Jones Harris Nursing Home until her retirement at age 70. In her retire-ment, she volunteered at Fairview Southdale Hospital and her church, St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. Visitation is one hour prior to the Memorial Service at 1pm on Saturday, January 21st all at Michaelson Funeral Home in Owatonna. Memorials are preferred to Homestead Hospice House of Owatonna or the American Cancer Society.

Rev. Theodore Berkas

Berkas, Rev. Theodore of Bloomington, MN died January 15, 2017 trusting in the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. He was preceded in death by his father, Sever Berkas of Hillsboro, North Dakota and his mother, Cecelia Anonby Berkas; by three brothers, Chester, Ernest and Roy and by son, John. He is survived by his beloved wife, Dee; three sons, Thomas (Rebecca), Duane (Laura) and Jim (Michelle); eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was greatly helped in his life by a praying mother, a loving wife and the patience and encouragement of family, friends, pastors and teachers. He was a graduate of Augsburg College, University of Minnesota and the AFLC Seminary at Medicine Lake and a decorated veteran of the Korean War. His life work was almost equally divided between teaching high school English and serving churches as a Lutheran Pastor. Places where he taught or preached include Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, North Dakota, Washington and the country of Madagascar. Funeral services to be held at Emmaus Lutheran Church, 8443 2nd Ave. So., Bloomington, Sunday, January 22nd, 3:00 P.M with visitation 1 hour prior to service. Private Interment Hillside Cemetery. Morris Nilsen Chapel 612-869-3226 morrisnilsen.com

Shirley M. Brown

Brown, Shirley M. age 81 of Aitkin and formerly Waconia went to be with the Lord on Thursday. Survived by her loving family: husband Edward Brown; son Steven Brown; other relatives and friends. Memorial Mass Friday 11:00 am St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Cologne. A gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the Mass at the church. Interment church cemetery. Johnson Funeral Home, Waconia 952-442-2121 johnsonfh.com

Edith J. Couillard

Couillard, Edith J. age 90, of Richfield. Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday (Jan. 24), at 11:00 AM at St. Richard's Catholic Church, 7540 Penn Ave. S, Richfield. Visitation Monday from 4:00-7:00 PM at Morris Nilsen Chapel, 6527 Portland Ave. S., and one hour prior to Mass at Church. Complete notice Sunday. Morris Nilsen Chapel 612-869-3226 morrisnilsen.com

Catherine Curran

Curran, Catherine Our beloved "Kitty" wanted to be remembered for her love of family, for which she will be, and for so much more. She was kind, courageous, loyal, and always gave of herself to those she loved and the many organizations for which she volunteered. She fussed over everyone who would let her, and even those who wouldn't. She was a lover of fine arts, a good laugh, the National Enquirer, and all God's creatures (except pesky squirrels who pounced on her bird feeders). She was also fashion-forward, a gifted cellist, hummer and connoisseur of Indian art. And she made us laugh many times because she was so directionally challenged and had acute mathophobia. Our beloved Kitty made every day an adventure and was never boring. She was a firm believer in Salvation through Jesus Christ and dreamed of being reunited with her mom Dorothy and dad Clark. Kitty was a wonderful wife to John for 40 years; devoted sister to Barbara, Carol and Jinny; magical mom/step-mom/mother-in-law to Liz, Pam, Susan, Debbie & Todd, Roger & Jody, and Courtney; and the World's Best Nana to Giovanni, Jack, Charlie, Lucy, Andy, and Billy. Visitation at 9:30am with funeral service at 10:30am, Friday, January 20 at Calvary Lutheran Church (7520 Golden Valley Rd, Golden Valley 55427). Reception at 12:00 at Town & Country Club (300 N Mississippi River Blvd, St Paul 55104). Private interment to follow reception at Resurrection Cemetery in Mendota Heights. In lieu of flowers, please donate to or volunteer for Feed My Starving Children. 'Kay bye! Washburn-McReavy.com Glen Haven Chapel 763-533-8643