Today’s Obituaries Friday, December 15, 2017

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Geraldine A. (Richards) Anderson

Anderson, Geraldine A. (Richards) age 82, of Brooklyn Center. Preceded in death by husband, David; parents, Arnold & Anna Richards; and brothers, Donald and Clayton Richards. Survived by daughters, Cynthia (Tom) Duenow, Debra (Dayne) Doebler, and Deanna Anderson; grandchildren, Olivia, Allison, Emma, Mitch, Matt, and Brooke; and siblings, Joseph Richards, Janice Brendemuhl, Allan Richards, Larry Richards. Visitation 4-7 PM Sunday, December 17, 2017, at Evans-Nordby Funeral Home, 6000 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Center. Mass of Christian Burial 11 AM Monday, December 18, 2017, at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 70th and Halifax Aves. N., Brooklyn Center, with visitation at church 1 hour prior to mass. Prayer Service 11 AM Tuesday, December 19, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 218 10th St. S., Moorhead, with visitation at church 1 hour prior to the service. Interment St. Joseph's Cemetery, Moorhead. Evans-Nordby 763-533-3000

Robert H. 'Bud' Armstrong

Armstrong, Robert H. (Bud) A longtime Star Tribune sports editor, books columnist and Renaissance man, Bud celebrated every expression of human creativity -- from athletic prowess to handmade pottery, fine wine and sacred choral music. He was a gourmand and self-taught chef, who fearlessly employed exotic and rare ingredients in his cooking, including the morels he hunted so efficiently. He and his wife, Ann Chevalier, a longtime WCCO news director, were well-known for their generous harvest table, where all were welcome. Bud died Monday of interstitial lung disease at age 79, surrounded by family and dear friends, including the Rev. Greg Skrypek. The last thing Bud heard was Father Greg reciting a Leonard Cohen poem. Bud was born in Miami Beach, Fla., on June 5, 1938. He graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., in 1963 with a journalism degree. His newspaper career took him from Belvidere and Springfield, Ill., to the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, where he worked for 44 years. Besides his wife, he is survived by children Robert J. (Mary), Dennis M., Robyn (Scott) Ingalls, and Andrew J.; former wife, Jane Armstrong; grandchildren Max and Abby Ingalls and Caitrin Armstrong. The family wishes to thank his brilliant and fierce caregivers at HCMC, who gave Bud the nine lives he so fully appreciated. Memorials are preferred to the Hennepin Health Foundation (please specify Friends of Hennepin Heart Fund). A celebration of Bud's life will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17 at St. Albert the Great Church, 2836 33rd Av. S., Mpls. Visitation at 3 p.m. Arrangements by Abbott Funeral Home, Wabasha.

Neriman Avsar

Avsar, Neriman Age 99, of Minneapolis, passed away peacefully on 12/14/2017. Preceded in death by her husband Kasim. Survived by only child, Zehra (Noyan), grandson Emir (Karen), step grandson Blake, great-grand daughters Hazel and Flora. Interment 12/15 at Lakewood Cemetery at 2 pm. Services will be announced at a later date.

Maureen Kay Brownson

Brownson, Maureen Kay age 63 of St. Louis Park, passed away peacefully on December 11, 2017. Survived by children, Scott Brownson, Erika (Brian) Gartner; mother, LouElla Freese; siblings, Vince (Jo) Freese, Sue Freese (Jeff Weiland), Carolyn Havens, Dale (Betty) Freese, Corrine Freese, Pat (Diana) Freese, Germaine (Rick) Edinger, Denise (Randy) Millard; many nieces, nephews and friends. Preceded in death by father, Francis Freese and brother-in-law, Bill Havens. Maureen grew up in Kent, MN, graduate of Breckenridge High School and Moorhead State University. She worked at Liberty Mutual for over 30 years. In Maureen's suffering and illness, her display of strength and grace was an inspiration to everyone who knew her. She will be deeply missed. Mass of Christian Burial 11 AM Monday, December 18 with visitation beginning at 10 AM at the Church of Our Lady of Grace, 5051 Eden Ave. S., Edina. Memorials preferred to a Breath of Hope Lung Foundation. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996

Diane A. Christenson

Christenson, Diane A. age 81, of Minneapolis, passed away on Dec 11, 2017 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Preceded in death by parents, Melvin & Nella "Amy" Angrimson; sister, Vera (Arvid) Kvanli; brothers, Vernon Angrimson & Ellsworth (Mary Jo) Angrimson; brother-in-law George Poirier. Diane was born September 2, 1936 on a farm near Watson, MN, eventually moving to Montevideo where she graduated from high school and met Chris. A year later, they moved to Brookings, SD while Chris attended college at SDSU. In 1962, they settled in Minneapolis where they raised their family. Diane was very creative and inspired those around her. She started woodworking in her 50s, starting her own successful craft business. When she was not crafting, she was spending time spoiling her grandchildren. Survived by husband, Helmer "Chris"; sister, Leona Poirier; sister-in-law, Mary Lou Angrimson, daughters, Deb Christenson & Sue Nack, grandchildren, Sarah (Tanner) Dayhoff, Christopher (Megan) Roth, Anni Christenson, Emily Nack & Kate Nack, great-grandchildren, Madison Dayhoff & Riley Dayhoff. Thank you to Mt Olivet Careview Home and Health Partners Hospice for taking such good care of Diane and providing so much wonderful support to her family through this difficult time. Funeral service Monday 11 am at Mt Olivet Lutheran Church (5025 Knox Ave. S., Minneapolis) with visitation one-hour prior. Interment at Lakewood Cemetery. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Diane's memory to Mt Olivet Careview Home or Mt Olivet Lutheran Church.

Beverly J. Gajeski

Gajeski, Beverly J. Age 82, on 12/14/17. Visitation Monday, funeral Tuesday. Full notice Sunday. MUELLER-BIES 651-487-2550

Margaret L. Hari

Hari, Margaret L. age 87, of Spring Lake Park. Preceded in death by husband, Norman; siblings, Leonard Lind, Florence Bizal, Eugene Lind, Dorothy Lind. Survived by children, Rick (Deb) Hari, Randi Hari, and Todd (Inez) Hari; grandchildren, Michael Jordan, Rikki Hine, Derek Hari, and Taura (Lance) Wascom; 9 great-grandchildren; sisters, Ruth McCarty and Vicki (Donald) Murzyn; many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Monday 12/18/17 at 3 PM with a reception to follow in the Oak Room at the Bunker Hills Activity Center, 550 Bunker Lake Blvd. NW, Andover 55304, (763)324-3300 Memorials preferred to donor's choice of charity.

Mary Colleen Quirk (Quirk) Healy

Healy, Mary Colleen Quirk Age 81, longtime Minneapolis resident, died peacefully on Thursday evening, December 7th, 2017, at Breck Homes, Bloomington. Colleen was preceded in death by her daughter, Elizabeth Ann "Liz" (1959-1980), her parents, Teresa Elizabeth McMahon and William Martin Quirk, and siblings Jack, Maureen Schmidt and Kathleen Shannon as well as in-laws David Shannon, Jack Schmidt, Tom Pahl and Shirley Quirk. Colleen was born March 11th, 1936 in St. Paul, the seventh of eleven children. She attended St. Mark's Catholic School, St. Joseph's Academy (1954) and St. Catherine University (1958). She met Robert "Bob" Healy on a blind date her senior year of high school when he was a freshman at the University of St. Thomas. They never looked back, dating exclusively through their college graduations. When Bob was drafted by the U.S. Army and sent to Germany in 1958, Colleen joined him. They married there that year and returned to the U.S. two years later with their first daughter. The couple settled in Minneapolis and had four more daughters. While raising their family, Colleen worked as a substitute teacher, volunteered for the League of Women Voters, led Great Books discussions and completed an MA in Education at the U of MN. She and Bob were regular volunteers at their local parish, the Church of the Annunciation. For more than a decade, Colleen also enjoyed working on its administrative staff. Colleen had generosity of spirit and open-minded intelligence. She was a voracious reader and intrepid traveler. Even while battling Alzheimer's Disease, Colleen's core values shone through: fairness, justice, intellectual curiosity and practical efficiency. To the end she displayed a quick wit and a practical nature. She also never stopped walking. Her caregivers at Breck Homes called her the "trekker" because she was eager to keep moving until the very end. Colleen is survived by her devoted husband of nearly sixty years, Robert "Bob" Healy, four of her five daughters: Katherine "Kit" (Rick Kahlow), Sheila (Brian) Berube, Mary and Ann Marie (Bryan Mealer), grandchildren, John, Elizabeth "Ellie" and Katherine "Kitty" Berube, and Nolan, Evelyn "Evvie" and Francis "Franny" Mealer. She also is survived by siblings Bill Quirk, Jim Quirk, Betty Kunik, Quent (Tom) Quirk, Pat Pahl, Bob Quirk and Sharon Walbran, and their spouses, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Mass Saturday, December 16, 11 AM at Church of the Annunciation, 509 W 54th St., Mpls., with visitation starting at 10 AM. There also will be a visitation Friday, December 15, 5 -7 PM at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 5801 Lyndale Ave. So., Mpls. Special thanks to Jenny Morgan and her caring staff at Breck Homes, Bloomington, who consistently ensured Mom's comfort and dignity in her final months. No flowers please. Donations preferred to Annunciation School or St. Catherine University.

Janelle Katharyn Holt

Holt, Janell Katharyn age 79, Sartell, MN passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at her home. Funeral services will be Monday, December 18, 2017 at 3:00 PM at Atonement Lutheran Church, St. Cloud, MN. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at church. Burial will be at a later date. Funeral arrangements were made by Benson Funeral Home, St Cloud, MN. Survivors include son, Steven (Bonnie) Holt of Little Falls, MN; daughters, Pauline Miller of Sartell, MN; and Kris (Paul) Barnett of Highland Village, TX; eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Sheila R. (Palo) Lenzen

Lenzen, Sheila R. (Palo) age 82, passed way peacefully in her sleep on December 1, 2017. Sheila is survived by son, Charles E. Lenzen; daughter, Andrea Nygren (Kevin); grandson, Theodore Nygren (Kelly); great granddaughter, Aurora S. Nygren of Bellingham, WA. She is also survived by former husband and father of her children, Charles L. Lenzen. The family also expresses their deepest love and gratitude to Patricia M. Sax, Sheila's lifelong friend and caregiver, without whom mom's life would never have been so full and fun. Per Sheila's wishes, there will be no service.