Today’s Obituaries Monday, May 29, 2017

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Robert Morris Balch, IV

Balch IV, Robert Morris Age 69 of Mpls., passed away peacefully May 1, 2017. Preceded in death by father. Born October 6 1947, Bob was a 1965 Edina High School graduate. He later became a certified public accountant, working for companies including Dairy Queen & the Internal Revenue Service. Bob finished his career self-employed. Survived by mother Darlene; brothers Stephen & Jonathan. Private service held by family. Memorials to Animal Humane Society.

Vera G. (Haraburda) Bednarczyk

Bednarczyk, Vera G. (Haraburda) 103, of Edina and formerly of North Mpls. On May 25, 2017 she joined her husband Walter, parents William and Julia Haraburda, and sister Marion Fulton. Survived by daughter Carol (Dennis) Monahan and son Bill. Grandchildren Michael, Gregory, Paul and Ann. Great-grandchildren Laura, Katie, Matt, Arthur, Veronica and great-great-grandson Connor. Graduate of St. Bridget's and St. Margaret's Academy (1931). After a long life of determination and positive attitude passed peacefully in unity with God at Sunrise Care Facilty-Edina. Vera left a legacy to family and friends of forgiveness, humor, patience, wisdom, acceptance and positive attitude. She lived life to the fullest without blaming or victimization. An unsung heroine and role model to all who knew her. Truly a seasoned woman. She would want us to remember, "do not get stuck in the situations of life while the living of life passes you by". Visitation one hour before 11:00 Mass at the Chapel at the Church of St. Patrick, Valley View and Gleason Rd, Edina on Friday, June 2, 2017. Lunch to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer memorials to The Bednarczyk Family Endowment, St. Thomas Academy, 949 Mendota Heights Road., Mendota Heights, MN 55120. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996

William A. Buending

Buending, William A. age 82, of Plymouth, MN, died peacefully at home of cancer on May 7. He was preceded in death by his wife Marjorie and sister Katherine Strey, and is survived by his son David Buending (Candis), brother Norman Buending (Cathy), brothers-in-law Jim Strey and Richard Herman, and numerous other family and friends. Bill's lifelong devotion to service and stewardship led him to lend his talents to a number of causes over the years. In retirement, he took on the financial well-being of the home community he loved, Gramercy Park Northwest Cooperative, working to ensure its future security. He became a strong advocate for senior cooperative housing throughout the region. When he wasn't up to his neck in Excel reports, he was a dedicated fisherman, train traveler, Farkel player, and baseball fan (Twins, Cubs, White Sox). He had a cactus collection which he wryly acknowledged said something about his personality. He loved wit, and was a gifted writer. Bill's life will be honored with a memorial service at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 715 Minnetonka Mills Rd, Hopkins, MN 55343, on Sunday, June 4th at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to Habitat for Humanity, The American Cancer Society, or a charity of your choice.

Bernice Marie (nee Maile) Davich

Davich (nee Maile), Bernice Marie born May 21, 1926 in Cold Spring, MN died May 26, 2017. Preceded in death by her husband Ralph; parents, Olive and John; brother Leonard; and sister Roseanne. Survived by her children Joe, Mary Farrell (Mark), John, Jane Steiner (Steve), Patty Reuter (Greg), Jim, Cathy Breitbach (Robert), Peggy Yunker (Chris); her 15 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; her 4 sisters and 1 brother. Bernice was an independent woman who had a varied career path that included bookkeeper, model, real estate investor, entrepreneur, restaurateur, artist, and seamstress. She achieved saintly status by marrying a widower with eight children. Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, June 1, 2017, 10AM with visitation one hour prior at St. Stephen's Catholic Church, 525 Jackson St., Anoka. Bernice was a woman of deep faith, a loving wife and mother; she will be missed. Coon Rapids Chapel 763-767-1000

Allen Gisslen

Gisslen, Allen 79, of Robbinsdale, passed away peacefully at Methodist Hospital on May 27, 2017. He will be deeply missed by his children, grandchildren, and many other family and friends. A memorial service will be held 11:00 am Friday, June 2nd, 2017 at the Cremation Society of Minnesota in Brooklyn Park 7835 Brooklyn Blvd, 763-560-3100. A gathering of family and friends will begin at 10:00 am until the time of service. A private internment will be held at a later date.

Edward Albert Glander

Glander, Edward Albert age 73, of Minneapolis, passed away May 25, 2017. Ed enjoyed the many trips to Lutsen, MN with family. He also loved to fish, hunt and loved to hunt and procure many objects from alley ways and garage sales. Survived by wife, Barbara; son, Jacob (April); two grandchildren, Riley and Madeline; two sisters, Barbara Mork and Judy (David) Diedrich; the extended Joyce family and other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Ed's family will announce a gathering of family and friends at a later date.

Janice (nee Johansen) Hartkopf

Hartkopf, Janice (nee Johansen) age 80. Full notice later. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996

Betty Johansen Hauge

Hauge, Betty Johansen "The Village Potter" Age 94 of Golden Valley. Passed away peacefully at home on Friday May 26, 2017. Preceded in death by husband Bjorn and son Kristian. Loving mother of Siri Hauge Hustad (Todd), Venke Davis (Chris); grandma of Risa, Skye, Kristina, and Julia. Private service to be held at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral. Betty was a long-time art therapist at Courage Center. Memorials preferred to Little Brothers, Friends of the Elderly or St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral. Davies Chapel 612-377-2203

Joseph Gorman Kasper

Kasper, Joseph Gorman May 19, 1927 - May 27, 2017 Joe passed away a week after his 90th birthday celebrated with his wife Helenmary (Schnabel) of 63 years; daughters Karolyn Gander (Richard), Jayne Lammer (Patrick) and Martha Schultz; grandchildren Hannah and Bryan Lammer (Marrisa Guy) and Pierce, Nichole and Sarah Schultz; and great grandchild Jaxson Lammer. After graduating from Notre Dame, Joe and Helenmary started their marriage in his native Fairmont, MN where he was an Engineer in the family business, Fairmont Railway Motors. In 1960, he joined the Tennant Company in Golden Valley, MN until his retirement in 1993. Joe and Helenmary bought a vacation home in Sanibel Island, FL 40 years ago. After Joe retired they resided in dual homes in Bonita Springs, FL and Edina, MN. Joe is a veteran of the United States Navy. A devoted husband, father, grandfather, son and son-in-law, Joe had a marvelous personality and to know him was to love him. He was a true gentleman. Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00am, Wednesday, May 31, 11:00 at St. Patrick's Church of Edina, visitation 10am. Memorials in lieu of flowers to the Mayo Clinic Foundation.

Nelda Louise Leckner

Leckner, Nelda Louise Age 92, of Mtka., passed away on May 23rd, 2017. Preceded in death by parents, Leona and Cleo Young; sister, Lucille Young; and beloved son, Robert (Kathleen). Survived by Marvin, her loving husband of 75 years; grandsons, Chris (Angel) and Kent (DeEtte); great-grand-daughters, Claire, Amelia, Rachel and Meghan; cherished nieces and friends. Louise will forever be remembered for her sense of style and humor. Long time, top selling and award winning Avon Lady, she also loved to knit, bake and play card games. Louise took great pride in her son and grandsons, and special delight in her great-grand-daughters. Funeral Service Wednesday, 11 AM at Calvary Lutheran Church, 7520 Golden Valley Rd., Golden Valley. Visitation Tuesday 5-7 PM at Gearty-Delmore Funeral Home, 3888 West Broadway, Robbinsdale. Interment Hillside Cemetery. Gearty-Delmore 763-537-4511.