Today’s Obituaries Thursday, March 21, 2019

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Gerald E. 'Jerry' Arntson

Arntson, Gerald E. "Jerry" Age 86 of Eagan. Passed away peacefully March 19, 2019. Preceded by wife Garnet. Survived by children Pam (Jim) Palmer, Peggy Walber Sandy (Dave) Schwalbe & Tom (Laura) Arntson; 10 grandchildren & 12 great-grandchildren; sister Geraldine Wadsen; many other relatives & friends. Jerry worked over 45 years at Whitaker Buick. The family would like to give a special thank you to Brookdale Memory Care & Brookdale Hospice in Eagan. Visitation MONDAY 4-8 pm (March 25, 2019) at Klecatsky's Eagan Funeral Home, 1580 Century Point, Eagan. Private family interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Klecatsky's 651-454-9488

George Bremer Benz

Benz, George Bremer Born on January 14, 1940, to George W. and Louise Bremer Benz, in St. Paul, Minnesota, passed away on February 1, 2019 in St. Paul. He was a descendant of the Hamm's Brewing, the Jacob Schmidt Brewing and Bremer Bank families. George was a graduate of The St. Paul Academy and Summit School in 1958, Williston Academy in 1959, University of Munich and Goethe Institute (Germany) in 1961, Colgate University in 1963, and The University of Minnesota Aeronautical Engineering and Business Law in 1965. George married Karen Bassett of Mora, MN in September, 1972. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Josephine Benz Carpenter. George is survived by his sons, George and Theodore (Derek); daughters-in-law Stephanie and Elizabeth and 2 grandchildren, Theodore (Finn) and Hendry as well as a sister, Louise Benz Plank of Buffalo, WY. George was the Chairman of the Board of American National Bank and Trust and Co-Chairman and CEO of American Bancorporation, Director of Commercial State Bank, Lake City State Bank, and American Bank and Trust of Moorhead. He was also CEO of George Benz and Sons and Owner of Oak Grove Dairy, and President and Director Jacob Schmidt Company. Along with his professional career, he cared deeply for many local associations serving as Vice President and Director Indianhead Council- Boy Scouts of America, Vice President and Director Minnesota Club, Vice President and Director Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, Trustee Children's Hospital of St. Paul, Treasurer and Director Ramsey County Lung association, Treasurer and Director Minnesota Society for Crippled Children and Adults, Trustee of the Courage Center Foundation, Director Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest, Director Optimist Club of St. Paul, and Founding Financial Advisor Mounds Park Academy. He also served on the boards of the United Arts Fund, the United Way Fund, Norwesco, Horton Manufacturing, Bellanca Aircraft Corporation, Quintero, White Bear Yacht Club, and Desert Mountain golf clubs. George's love of flying began at age sixteen when he earned his single engine pilot's license. While attending Colgate he furthered his flying dreams by attaining his Commercial, Certified Flight instructor, air land and sea, multi engine and instrument ratings. He was Vice President and Director of Aqua Float Corporation, Vice President and Director of the Cessna dealership, Wings Inc. and then worked his way up to Vice President at Cessna Aircraft Company where he met the love of his life and co-pilot, Karen. Together they dedicated their lives to various philanthropic endeavors and traveled the seven continents. He shared his love of golf, winning the White Bear Yacht Club Invitational Championship as well as a Mr. and Mrs. Championship; his love of skiing by producing the film "Alta Man"; sailing, hunting, boating, fishing and hockey with his family. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, April 26, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., at St. Mary of the Lake, White Bear Lake, MN. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in memoriam to Children's Hospital Neuroscience Center of Minnesota.

Dorothea M. Berggren

Berggren, Dorothea M. Age 87 of Minneapolis passed away peacefully on Mar. 18, 2019. She is preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Willard L. Berggren. She is survived by her children Carol Holm, Barbara Rose-Brown, Lowell Berggren and Virginia Kennedy. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. She was a loving wife and mother. Her dedication to her family included living in many places around the country and finally working for the U of M, dept of Family Social Science. She retired in 1997. Then she enjoyed many years of living with and caring for her family. She found rest and enjoyable care living at Jones-Harrison in Minneapolis. The family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude to all the staff of Jones-Harrison. Her family was blessed with peace of mind knowing that she received such loving care. Memorial Service 1 PM on Sat. March 23, 2019 at Karmel Covenant Church, 5799 County Rd. 6 in Princeton, with visitation one hour prior. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996

Stephen Craig 'Steve' Brown

Brown, Stephen Craig "Steve" died peace- fully in Saint Paul, MN at the age of 68 years on March 15, 2019. Stephen is survived by his wife of 22 years, his best friend and eternal soulmate, Terri Fishel. Also survived by siblings Beverly Brown George, Barbara (John) Meyers, Richard (Susie) Brown, nieces and nephews Angela (John) Bostedo, Jill (Brian) Westmoreland, Adam (Kellie) Franco, Christopher (Jenn) George, Matt (Laurie) Meyers, Erik (Ariana) Meyers, and many grand nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his father Roger Brown, mother Zona Brown Sala, brother Robin, and sister Suzie Brown. Also survived by his furry four legged kids, Dylan and Taffy. Steve was born on January 21, 1951 in Minneapolis. He graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris. After a career with the US Department of Customs as an import specialist, he consulted, and then became a real estate agent. Retired in 2002, Steve was able to devote more time and attention to his passion, backgammon. Steve was a nationally ranked backgammon player and played weekly at the Twin Cities Backgammon Club. His most memorable recent accomplishment was to win the Championship, the Badgers Classic Masters, and the Doubles championship in the Wisconsin State Backgammon Tournament in 2017, a very rare trifecta. He was extremely proud of finishing ranked as number 7 in the 2018 American Backgammon Tour awards. Always young at heart, Steve was known for his kindness, generosity, good sportsmanship, and always present sense of humor. A memorial service and celebration of Steve's life will be held on March 30, at 1:30 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, 60 Kent Street, Saint Paul, MN with a reception to follow. Suggested memorials are the American Diabetes Association or Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley. We want to especially thank the excellent caregivers at Regions Hospital, St. Paul, who made Steve's last days comfortable. In addition our thanks to the wonderful care he received at the University of Minnesota Fairview Hospital and Bethesda Hospital in recent months. Lastly, we were able to enjoy three weeks at home thanks to the exceptional care provided by home caregivers from Olidia. Steve will be greatly missed, but Steve's spirit and joyfulness will live on in the hearts of all who knew him.

Patricia Mary (Bissonette) Bydlon

Bydlon, Patricia Mary (nee Bissonette) Age 90 of Brooklyn Center, went to her eternal resting place on March 18th, 2019. Pat was preceded in death by her parents, Mary and Clement and husband, Andrew Edward. She is survived by her brothers, Clement and Noel; sons, Joseph (Anita), John (Bridget), James (Susan), Andrew Philip (Deborah) and daughter, Mary. Pat was blessed with 13 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Family, Faith and Friends were the cornerstones of Pat's life and she was the best Mom and Grandma anyone could ever ask for. Services to Celebrate Pat's Life will take place on March 25th at the Church of St. Patrick in Inver Grove Heights, at 10 a.m., with visitation one hour prior. Lunch will be served at the church, followed by graveside prayer at Gethsemane Catholic Cemetery in New Hope. Kapala-Glodek-Malone 763-535-4112

Ruth E. Civilla

Civilla, Ruth E. Age 95 of St. Therese Home, New Hope. Service Monday (3/25), 11 AM with visitation starting at 10 AM at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 61 Mississippi Way NE, Fridley. Full notice Sunday. 763-537-4511

Bridget Mary Cronin

Cronin, Bridget Mary aged 50 of St. Paul died on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at Regions Hospital as the result of a tragic accident. She was born September 12, 1968 to Lillian "Kay" and John "Jack" Cronin. She grew up in Kimball, Minnesota. As a star on the speech team she later put her considerable communications skills to use in politics, business, and issue advocacy. She worked on numerous political campaigns and served as Communications Director for the Republican Party. She also lobbied on behalf of people with Autism and in business was President of Baja Sol Restaurant Group. She was active in the independent film community, which lead to advocacy for veterans' issues. She formed Ars Bellum, a non-profit dedicated to helping veterans with PTSD using art therapy. She was a big thinker and a person of fierce loyalty and passionate supporter of whatever issue or project she was working on. The most important focus of her life was her children: Keiran (23), Maggie (16), Olivia (12) and Molly (10). In addition to her children she is survived by her mother Kay, siblings Colleen (Peter) Shin, Patrick (Sabra) Cronin, and Kate (David) Seckinger, her former husband Tony Sutton as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins whom she greatly enjoyed seeing at family events. She was preceded in death by her father Jack, as well as her grandparents, Kathryn and James "JF" Cronin and Ella and George Rucki. The funeral mass will be Tuesday, March 26th at 11:00 a.m. at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 19th Ave. N. at Bromley St., South St. Paul, MN 55075. There will be a viewing one hour prior to Mass on Tuesday and a wake Monday evening from 5-7 pm also at the Church. There will be a luncheon after Mass followed by burial at St. Patrick's Cemetery, Inver Grove Heights. Memorials requested in lieu of flowers. Arrangements with Kandt & Tetrick Funeral Home 651-455-5352

Thomas E. Dunleavy

Dunleavy, Thomas E. Age 71 of Mpls. passed away 3/14/19. Tom loved helping people and did many painting and other projects over the years. Survived by daughter Lisa Dunleavy (Jeff); grandchildren Emily, Zachary and Joshua; 4 great grandchildren; sister Colleen (Larry) Mecl; nieces; nephews; loving relatives and friends. Memorial service Friday, March 22 at 5:00 PM, gathering at 4:00 PM all at Billman Hunt Funeral Chapel, 2701 Central Ave. N.E., Mpls. Private family burial Fort Snelling National Cemetery. 612-789-3535

Gertrude 'Gertie' Eberlein

Eberlein, Gertrude "Gertie" age 88 of Coon Rapids, MN. Passed away on March 10th. Preceded in death by her beloved husband, Don. Survived by daughters Wendy Swanson, Sandy (John) Jachymowski; sons Don (Cathy), Dan, Dennis (Lynn); 10 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren. Her life was filled by family, friends and her faith. A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date. Memorials can be directed to the Alzheimer's Association.

Herman 'Ted' Elmer

Elmer, Herman "Ted" Age 86, of Amery, WI formerly of Fridley, MN passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 in Amery. Funeral at 11 am on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Yellow Lake Lutheran Church, 7615 County Road U, Danbury, WI 54830. Visitation 4 to 7 pm Friday, March 22, 2019 at the Williamson-White Funeral Home in Amery and one hour before service at church.