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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Dr. James Arms

Arms, Dr. James "Jim/Red/ Doc/Dad/ Grandpa/ Big Papa" Passed away peacefully at his Whitefish home surrounded by his family on October 18, 2014. Age 90. Preceded in death by the love of his life, wife Kay, son Jimmy, brother Tom and brother-in-law Don Giefer. Survived by children Maureen (Jim Johnson), Margaret (Jim Burt), Teresa (Joe Christensen), Sheila (Matthew Mason), Katie (John Reiter), Marty (Chris Moakley), and Danny (fiancée Meghan); 22 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchil-dren; sisters Muggs (Dave Huch), Kathleen (Jay Blanke), and Betts Giefer; brother Rev. Mike Arms; sister-in-law Judy Arms; brother-in-law, Bob Beaudoin; and numerous nieces, nephews and good friends. Doc enjoyed a full and faith filled life, a big and loving family and many, many friends. He was a WWII veteran proudly serving in the Pacific Theater. He was a general practitioner who cared for his many patients with compassion and skill at his Richfield office and St. Mary's Hospital. He retired to his lake home 28 years ago and greatly enjoyed time with family and friends at the lake. He was a kind, gentle, wise father and friend and will be greatly missed. Mass of Christian Burial at Immaculate Heart Church, Crosslake, MN, 11:00 A.M. Saturday, October 25, 2014. Reviewal at Immaculate Heart 2 hours prior to Mass. In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials to Immaculate Heart Church of Crosslake or St. Stephens Minneapolis, Loaves and Fishes.

Leola Esther Ida (Bohlmann) Ault

Ault, Leola Esther Ida (Bohlmann) died Thursday, October 16, 2014 at White Pines Assisted Living and Memory Care in Fridley, Minnesota at the age of 90. Leola was born on the family farm east of Ricketts, Iowa to Rudolph and Hedwig Bohlmann. She was baptized in Christ and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hanover Township, Iowa. On May 15, 1948, Leola married Truman Elwood Ault at Zion Lutheran Church in Denison, Iowa. They eventually made their home in Bloomington, MN. Leola was a charter member of St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Bloom-ington. She kept active in the church, teaching Sunday school classes as well as keeping watch over the nursery-aged kids at Mothers' Bible Study on Wednesday mornings. Leola was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Truman in 2003; three brothers Ralph, Edwin and Victor Bohlmann, and her sister Estella Rahn. Survivors include her three children, Jonathan (Melanie) Ault, Jacquelyn (Roy) Smith, and Timothy (Laurie) Ault; six grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; brother, Orville (Clara) Bohlmann of Denison, Iowa; and many other relatives and friends. Friday, Oct. 24, 9AM visitation & 10AM funeral service at St. Michael Lutheran Church, 9201 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington. Burial at Ft. Snelling at a later date. Memorials preferred to St. Michael.

Mary Banyard

Banyard, Mary age 95, of Minneapolis, October 19. Survived by sons, Robert, John (Debbie) and Richard, grand- daughters, Joni and Emily (Perry Heinz), and three great-grand-children. Preceded in death by husband, Wilton H. Banyard. Memorial service 11:00 a.m. (visitation at 10:30 a.m.) Saturday, October 25, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4100 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis. Memorials to breast cancer research.

Kathleen De-Renzie Barry

Barry, Kathleen De-Renzie 90 years old, of Crystal, passed away on October 14, 2014. Born May 23, 1924 in Manchester, England. Preceded in death by husband, Harold; sister, Molly. She will be deeply missed by her children, Lynne (Dan) Stevens, Lesley (Bob) Dorfner, Drew Barry, Tracy (Tim) Greer; ten grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren. Special Thanks to the hospice nurses from North Memorial and nursing assistants from Sojourn. Long time parishioner of St. Mark's Cathedral, and member of the Altar Guild. Memorials preferred St. Mark's Cathedral altar guild. Service at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 1:30 pm, 519 Oak Grove St., Minneapolis MN, 55403.

Anthony A. 'Tony' Bazoff

Bazoff, Anthony A. "Tony" age 78 of Nisswa formerly Waconia passed away on Saturday at his residence. A private Funeral Mass will be held. Survived by his loving family; children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Tony was a very loyal and trusting man throughout his life. He is reunited with his "Sweetie Pie" Maureen, his wife of 61 years. Johnson Funeral Home, Waconia 952-442-2121 www.johnsonfh.com

Robert W. Blatzheim

Blatzheim, Robert W. Age 91, of Edina, MN, Crosslake, MN and Punta Gorda, Florida, passed away Monday, October 20 , 2014 with his loving wife and daughter at his side. Bob was born in Mound, MN, the son of Alice and Edward Blatzheim and was one of eleven children. Bob served his country in the Army during World War II. After he returned from the service he was employed at Cream of Wheat where he met his wife Lorraine Burns. Bob spent most of his career at Graco in the finance department and after 35 years of employment he retired. He is survived by his wife of 64 years of marriage, Lorraine; daughter Nancy Berning (Rochester, MN); granddaughters, Katherine, Kelsey, and Michelle; brother, Darryl Blatzheim; many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, 9 siblings and son, Robert E Blatzheim. Bob enjoyed playing golf, watching football games and spending time with his grand-daughters at the lake and Florida. He is known for his sense of humor, generosity and his kindness. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Annunciation Catholic Church, 509 West 54th Street, Minneapolis, Saturday at 10:30am with visitation 1 hour prior. Interment at Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Bob's name to Camp Knutson, 11169 Whitefish Avenue, Crosslake, MN, 56442.

Mary Jane Blethen

Blethen, Mary Jane Better known by family and friend as "MJ," completed her difficult journey with Alzheimer's in her trademark style of grace and poise, on October 1 at Keystone Senior Living in Mankato. A celebration of her life will be held at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Mankato on Friday, October 24 at 10:30 a.m. Visitation will be Thursday, October 23 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Northview, North Mankato Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Alzheimers Association, Echo Food Shelf, The Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota, or the charity of the donor's choice.

Jerry James Blue

Blue, Jerry James age 64, of Mpls., passed away Oct. 16, 2014. Preceded in death by parents and brother, Robert. Survived by loving wife of 39 years, Andrea; 2 brothers, Kevin (Janine) and Willie; sister, Leora (Kenny) Owen; other family and many friends. Jerry was beloved by all, a legendary story teller and an advocate for library services at Hennepin County in his role as senior librarian. Jerry was a loved member of the Bahai community. Interment Lakewood Cemetery. Funeral service 11 AM Fri. with visitation one hour prior to the service at: www.Washburn-McReavy.com Edina Chapel 952-920-3996 West 50th St. & Hwy 100

James G. Bollensen

Bollensen, James G. Age 76, of Stone Lake WI & St. Petersburg, FL. Beloved Husband, Dad, and Poppy, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family after a short, noble battle with a brain tumor on Oct 19. Born in Evanston, IL on April 2, 1938 to George & Mercedes Bollensen. Married Patricia Ann Bigham on Nov. 25, 1961. They moved to IN & then to MN in 1968. There, Jim accepted a job for Northern States Power (now Xcel Energy), he retired in 1998. After retirement, they moved to their lake home in WI. Jim was a happy man who always put his family first. He would help anyone, and was quick to lend a hand where one was needed and to share his talents and abilities. He collected & restored many cars in his lifetime. Jim & Patty were able to extensively travel throughout the world & made many lasting memories. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Patty; sons, Eric (Laura) & Marc (Angela); daughter, Emily Bollensen (Stefan Reuther); 9 grandchildren: Maria, Victoria, and Alyssa Bollen-sen; Nicole, Abigail, and Natalie Bollensen, Bill Bollensen, and Colin & Brielle Reuther; sister Gail Phillip (James); brother-in-law Richard Bigham; and many other relatives & cherished friends. Special thanks to Heartland Hospice. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial 11 AM Sat., Oct. 25 at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church, 4741 Bald Eagle Ave., White Bear Lake MN. Visitation one hour prior. Private interment in Sunset Cemetery, Minneapolis. Memorials preferred to a charity that you are passionate about. Please consider planting a tree with your family in his memory. Sunset Funeral Home 612-789-3596

Jeffrey J. Bruhn

Bruhn, Jeffrey J. age 51 of Buffalo was called to be with his Lord on Monday, October 20, 2014. Jeff was born to Ron and Sharon Bruhn on May 23, 1963. He is preceded in death by his grandparents and brother-in-law, Scott. Jeff is survived by the love of his life, Julie; children, Erin (EJ) Rickard, Brady (Haley) Bruhn, Jordan (Jason) Atkinson, and Crosby Bruhn; grandsons, Cayden, Crew, and Kash; and a granddaughter on the way; parents, Ron and Sharon Bruhn; brothers, Kurt (Jackie) Bruhn and Steve (Kim) Bruhn; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jim and Patty Schleif; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Vicki (Neil) Ebeling, Lauri (Tom) Hayes, Steven (Carol) Schleif, and Jill (Curt) Vanlith; also many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Jeff's memorial service will be held Saturday, October 25 at 1 PM with visitation beginning at 10 AM until the time of the service at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, 302 - 2nd St NE, Buffalo. Interment at Crawford Lake Cemetery Cemetery. Serving the family... The Peterson Chapel Buffalo, MN 763-682-1363 www.thepetersonchapel.com

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