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Sunday, February 1, 2015
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Ilona Aalto

Aalto, Ilona Age 87, of Maple Lake, MN. Ilona passed away 01/25/2015. She had worked 41 years at General Mills before retiring to her Cedar Lake home. She enjoyed retirement by traveling and spending time with her many friends and pets. She is survived by daughter, April (Bill Lindgren) Aalto; niece, Rita (Louis) Proctor; nephew, Gary (Fortune) Valenty - and their families. Memorials preferred in Ilona's name to the donor's local animal shelter. A private service will be held this summer at the lake.

Hillis Geo '(Skip)' Aldrich

Aldrich, Hillis Geo (Skip) Lee Square, Ch. 11-TV, MissCroix, Golden Valley, DFL, Mayflower UCC. Skip died quietly in his sleep Jan. 26th at age 75. Good husband, father, son, brother, in-law, community servant, friend and TV engineer. Survivors: wife of 54 years, Phyllis; children, Mitchell (Shelley Willis), Stuart, and Charlene Swanson (Scott); grand-children Michael Swanson (Lindsay), Quinn, Brandon, Blake, Alix, Amber, and Melissa; sister, Janice Johnson; brothers, Stephen (Myrna) and Byron (Shawn Paulson); nieces/nephews and families. He enjoyed "Pasatimawa" at Mound and his boat on the St. Croix. Service: Feb. 21st at 2 p.m., Lee Square Commons, 4400 36th Ave N., Robbinsdale. Donate to your favorite charity instead of flowers.

Ruby V. Angle

Angle, Ruby V. age 92 formerly of St. Anthony Village, went peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior surrounded by family on Monday, January 26, 2015. Preceded in death by husband, Robert, sister, Evelyn Borgstrom; and brother, David Borgstrom. Loving mother of Leigh (Judy) Angle, Sue Poston, and Julie (Dick) Granstrom; grandma of Shelley (Steve) Oslund, Jon Angle and Jackie (Erik) Wyatt; great-grandma of Josephine, Eddison and Jamison Oslund, and Willis, Andrew, and Ruby Wyatt; sister of Jeanette Minkel. Also survived by nieces, nephews, other family and friends. Private interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorial service Tuesday Feb 3, 1 PM with visitation 1 hour before at Salem Covenant Church, 2655 5th St NW, New Brighton. Memorials may be directed to the church. Hillside Chapel 612-781-1999

Molly Kay (Martin) Bailey

Bailey, Molly Kay (Martin) age 48, of Mound, best known for her loving touch and always preferring a hug over a simple hello passed away peacefully from her fierce battle with pancreatic cancer on January 29, 2015. Family, friends and all those fortunate enough to have known Molly will carry her in their hearts and feel empowered to spread her message of "Good Power." Molly, raised in Mound, was preceded in death by her parents, Steve and Betty Martin; sister, Cindy and brother, Michael. Survived by loving husband Blaine and children, Boe, Charlie Jo & Billy, along with many family and friends. A celebration of Molly's life will be held at Freshwater Community Church, 4319 Steiner St., St. Bonifacius, at 3:00 PM on Tuesday February 3, 2015. Visitation one hour prior to service. Private interment. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Freshwater Community Church. Huber Funeral & Cremation Service Mound Chapel 952-472-1716

Winifred W. Banktson

Banktson, Winifred W. Memorial service to be held Sunday February 8, 6 p.m., Cremation Society of MN, 7110 France Ave. S, Edina 55435, 952-924-4100.

Michael E. Barsness

Barsness, Michael E. age 69, of Hayward, WI (formerly of Prior Lake and New Prague) died December 20, 2014 at his home. Mike was born February 27, 1945 in Faribault, Minnesota, the son of Walter and Thelma (Johnson) Barsness. He attended school in Richfield, MN and graduated from Bloomington High School. He is survived by his sons, Jeff Barsness (Denise Rice) of Hayward, WI and Jim (Renae) Barsness of Shakopee; four grandchildren, Justen Mosford, Jarrett Barsness, Jacob Barsness and Justin Rice; sister Trish Ladd. Mike was preceded in death by his parents. Please join us for a remembrance of Mike on February 7, 2015 at Creeksbend Golf Course in New Prague from 12 pm to 3 pm.

Phyllis J. Bentz

Bentz, Phyllis J. Age 87 of Richfield, MN. Passed away on January 27th after a long battle with Alzheim-er's disease. Preceded in death by parents John and Margaret Freeburg and 9 siblings. Survived by loving husband of 63 years Robert W. Bentz; children: Richard Bentz of Eden Prairie, MN, Donald Bentz (Beth) of Eden Prairie, MN, Leanne Reiter of Novato, CA, Rae Bentz (Cindy) of Ely, MN, Robert Bentz (Brenda) St. Thomas, USVI, grandchildren: Erica Bentz, Lauren Bentz, Drew Bentz, Nicholas Bentz, Joe Reiter, Mike Reiter (Laura), brother Donald Freeburg (Terry). Memorial Service 2 PM Sunday, 2/8/2015 with gathering 1 hour prior, Washburn McReavy Eden Prairie Chapel, 7625 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55344. Private interment Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials preferred to the Alzheimer's Assoc. Washburn McReavy Albin Chapel Eden Prairie (952) 975-0400

Dianna L. Bergquist

Bergquist, Dianna L. Age 73 of Prior Lake entered into Eternal Life 1/23/15. Preceded in death by mother, Rea; grandpar- ents, Emmy and Frank. Survived by husband, Gary; brothers, Larry and Murray (Tonya); nieces and nephews, Craig (Brenda), Mark (Brenda), Eric and their families. Her smile warmed everyone's eyes. She touched everyone the best she could. It's not the years in your life that counts, it's the giving in your life that counts. Everyone whom she knew was blessed with her unconditional love. Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, February 4th, 1 pm at Hosanna! Lutheran Church, 9600 163rd Street West, Lakeville.

Deborah Lee (nee Zahler) Billings

Billings, Deborah Lee (nee Zahler) age 66, born in Minneapolis on October 4, 1948 and passed away in Jacksonville, Florida on January 28, 2015. Preceded in death by father LeRoy Zahler, mother Jean Robinson, stepfather Robby Robinson and sister-in-law Donna Zahler. Survived by her loving family: husband Eric, daughter Lauren and son Thomas; sisters Victoria (Mark) Hanson, Wendie (Bill) O'Brien, Rebecca Zahler, Jennifer Zahler and brother Larry Zahler; nieces and nephews; many relatives and friends. Debbie had a successful business career before starting her family. While raising Lauren and Thomas, she enjoyed tennis, swimming, hiking, travel and community service. Her Florida family and her Minnesota family were the focus of her world and we were each richly blessed by Debbie's presence in our lives. We will miss her beauty, her kind heart and her joyful spirit. A special thank you to her loving Caregiver, Jeannie Bailey, and the fine staff at Arbor Terrace Memory Care in Jacksonville. Please join us for a Celebration of Debbie's Life to be held at 5:00 pm on Friday, February 6, at Elsie's Restaurant, 729 Marshall Street NE in Minneapolis.

Gilbert J. 'Bud' Bisek

Bisek, Gilbert J. "Bud" age 76, of Ramsey. Retired from NW Bell/US West in 1995. Preceded in death by parents, Gilbert & Alice; sister, Barbara Ludtke. Survived by wife, Sharon; children, Mary Pat (George Jensen) and Michael (Dawn); grandchildren, Madeline, Annabelle, Thomas and Caelin; sister, Ida Jensen. Mass of Christian Burial Wed., 11 AM at St. Stephen's Catholic Church, 525 Jackson St., Anoka. Visitation 1 hour prior to service. Private interment. Thurston-Lindberg Funeral Home Anoka 763-421-0220

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