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Saturday, November 22, 2014
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Parvin (Amir Fazli) Aliabadi

Aliabadi, Parvin (Amir Fazli) age 91, of Golden Valley, passed away Nov. 19, 2014. Survived by children, Maryam Aliabadi-Azmoudeh (Farrokh), Ellie Idstrom (Mark), Hossein Aliabadi (Mumtaz); grandchildren, Ureka, Sara, Courtland and Bieta. Private interment was held at Lakewood Cemetery. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996

Marilyn Louise Almquist

Almquist, Marilyn Louise At the age of 78 she died of pancreatic cancer on Nov. 18, 2014. She was a lifelong faithful servant of Jesus and imparted her faith onto her family. She was born on a small farm near Clearwater, MN., and later resided in Plymouth for nearly 50 years. She is survived by husband, Jim; children, Mary Jo Steffenhagen (Ron), Gary (Sandy), Dean (Kaydene); grandchildren, Jason (Michelle), Joseph, Caleb (Kara) Steffenhagen; Megan Tait (Kyle), Alison Almquist; Kelly and Jim Almquist; great-grandson, Matty Steffenhagen; her sister, Pauline Matthees; brother, Richard Powell (Barbara), two sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews. Memorial Service to be held at Wayzata Evangelical Free Church, 705 Highway 101 North, Plymouth, on Sunday, December 7th at 2 pm followed by a dessert reception. David Lee Funeral Home Wayzata 952-473-5577

Alden C. 'Buzz' Arlt

Arlt, Alden C. "Buzz" Age 89 of Eden Prairie, MN. Passed away peacefully at home on Nov. 18th surrounded by his loving family and faithful dogs. Survived by wife Patricia, daughter Jann Olson (Terry), son Tim Arlt (Joyce), grandson Donald Schaefer, dogs Sam and Amy, and many dear family and friends. Retired bricklayer and cement mason. He was proud of his service with the US Navy in the South Pacific during WW2. Memorial service 11AM Tuesday with gathering 1 hour prior. Washburn-McReavy Strobeck Johnson Chapel, 1400 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343. Interment Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Strobeck Johnson 952-938-9020

Constance Kay Bartl-Luthi

Bartl-Luthi, Constance Kay Passed away peacefully at her home on Nov., 20, 2014. Memorial Service, 11am Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 at White Funeral Home (14560 Pennock Ave) Apple Valley. Memorial Visitation one hour prior to the service. White Funeral Home Apple Valley 952 894 5080

E. "Dale" Baysinger

Baysinger, E. "Dale" age 83 of Elk River passed peacefully on 11/18/14 at the University of Minnesota Hospital. Born 03/20/31 to Hazel and Elmer Baysinger in Kensington, MN. He graduated from the Morris Agriculture School in 1949. He served the U.S. Army in Italy form 1952-1954. He married his wife, Patricia Elaine Pofahl, on 12/17/50. Together they went on countless adventures all over the world, including China, Australia, Africa and most recently to the Panama Canal. Each winter, family and friends would gather in Colorado for a beloved skiing trip. His countless stories kept friends and family easily entertained at any given moment. Dale was a lifelong member of the Local 49ers, working on projects in a variety of states including the Garrison Dam. He is survived by wife Patricia, sons Kim (Suzanne) and Marc (Robin), daughter Carmen, eight grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, and sister Betty Lou (Al). He is preceded in death by sisters Harriet, Darlene, Bonnie, and Virgal, and son Jay. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, 11/22 at Elk River Lutheran Church (729 Main St NW, Elk River, MN 55330) beginning at 1pm, with a service at 3pm, and luncheon to follow. Thank you to friends and family for the continued support and prayers, and all of the wonderful doctors and nurses who helped Dale these past few months.

Gerald Jay Bennett

Bennett, Gerald Jay of Slayton, Minnesota, and most recently of the Lake Minne-tonka area, passed away peacefully on November 18, 2014. He was 84 years old. Proud to have been born and raised in Slayton, Jerry was an active community member and respected business owner. He and his wife, Betty, moved from Slayton to the Lake Minnetonka area in the early 2000s to be near their family. Jerry was happy to continue working in the auto industry well into his retirement as a valet at Lexus of Wayzata until 2012, where he brought a smile to both employees and customers alike. Jerry was married to his best friend for 59 years. They shared a wonderful life together, full of love, laughter, friends, family and many great trips with special friends. He was known as a loyal friend-both to his new friends and his life-long Slayton friends, and loved spending time with all of them. Jerry's greatest joy in his life was his family: his wife whom he adored and spoiled; his seven children, each with whom he had a special and unique relationship; and his ten grandchildren, all of whom he talked-and bragged-about on a regular basis. His family will remember his integrity, compassion, warmth, kindness, and unconditional love. He is survived by his wife and loving partner, Betty; his seven children, Dave, Steve (Teri), Mary, Sue (Peter), Jim, Tom and Anne; and his ten grandchildren, Erin, Andy, Katie (Brent), Charlie, Camilla, Kendra, Samantha, Carsten, Kylan and Jack. Jerry is also survived by his sister Barb (Jim) Christopherson and Betty's sister Marian Gabel, together with their children Jay, Anne (Dave), Dave (Kathleen) and Mark. The Bennett family has been deeply blessed in so many ways, and Jerry was always at the center of that. His family is at peace knowing he lived an honorable life, and was a good, proud, honest, generous, well-respected and loving man. His wife, children and grandchildren loved and will continue to love him forever. Services will be held Saturday at 7:00 pm at St. John's Lutheran Church in Mound. May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.

Joyce A. (Melbye) Benson

Benson, Joyce A. (Melbye) Passed away November 19, 2014 at the age of 75. Preceded in death by husband, Leroy Benson; parents, Harold & Mamie Melbye. Survived by children, Jeffrey (Tina Meckel) Benson of Mpls., Lorelei "Lorie" (Todd) Peterson of Eagan & Julie Lemieux of Eagan; grandchildren, Freya Benson, Morgan and Emily Peterson, Cassidy & Shayna Lemieux; brothers, Harland Melbye of Sparta, WI and Arnold Melbye of Janesville, WI. Joyce lived near Glen, MN from 1972-1981. She bought Malmo Market in Malmo, MN in 1981 and ran it successfully until 1988. She moved to Cambridge, MN for several years until her retirement in 2003. After that, she moved to Apple Valley, MN to be closer to her children. A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 25th at 10 AM at Grace Lutheran Church, 7800 W. County Rd. 42; Apple Valley with a luncheon immediately following. Visitation 5-8 PM Monday, Nov. 24th at Klecatsky & Sons Eagan Chapel, 1580 Century Pt., Eagan and also 1-hr. prior to the service at church. Interment will be at Malmo Cemetery in Malmo, MN. Memorials preferred to donor's choice. J.S.Klecatsky & Sons Funeral Home 651-454-9488

John D. Bentzen

Bentzen, John D. age 68, of Brooklyn Center. Died peacefully after a battle with brain cancer surrounded by his family. Survived by his wife, Shirley; sons, Andy (Krissy) and Doug (Kelly); grandchildren, Drew, Ellie, Dallas, and Farah; mother, Eleanor Bentzen; brothers, Tom and Bob; also survived by many relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Bentzen. John served 41 years as a Brooklyn Center Fire Fighter, 38 years with the City of Brooklyn Center Public Works Department, youth hockey coach, supporter of Brooklyn Center Schools, and a recipient of the 1994 Public Safety Comminsioner Award of Honor. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to friends and family. Funeral service 11AM Tuesday at Lutheran Church of the Master, 1200 69th Ave North. Visitation after 10AM at the CHURCH. Interment Fort Snelling at a later date. Evans-Nordby 763-533-3000

Howard Edwin Bohanon

Bohanon, Howard Edwin age 97, of Big Lake, passed away peacefully in his sleep on the morning of Nov. 15, 2014. Howard's life was full of laughs, hard work, and devotion to his family, friends & community. Howard was preceded in death by his wife, Adele (Kight) Bohanon; parents Ralph & Estella Bohanon and Swen & Harriet Kight; sisters & brothers-in-law: Vernetta & Harold Kolstad, Rita & Wayne Morgan, Arthetta & Bob Musolf, and Amre Kight. Howard is survived by his loving family - son Howard (Mary Sue) Bohanon, Jr; daughter Nancy (Tom) Berger; 8 grandchildren, Lezlie (Amy) Bohanon, Kim (Lee) Glenna, Tracy (Bob) Freitag, Troy (Meg) Wandzel, Nicole Tott-Berger, John Tott-Berger, Brooke (Greg) Moore and Brandon (Alana) Liffrig; 9 great- grandchildren; 1 great-great-grand-daughter; brother-in-law Roy Kight; sisters-in-law, Betty (Gordy) Gerling & Mary (Richard) Dagenais; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Memorial service Tuesday, Nov. 25 11:30 am, Community United Methodist Church, 9225 Jason Ave NE, Monticello with visitation 10:30 am and luncheon to follow. Interment at Mound Cemetery, Brooklyn Center. Memorials to MN Military Family Foundation. Special thanks to the loving staff at St. Benedict's Senior Community and Golden LivingCen-ter-Hillcrest who cared so well for Howard. Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel 763 295-2918

Leonard M. Brausen

Brausen, Leonard M. Age 88, was surrounded by family when he passed away Nov 19, 2014. US Army Veteran. Retired from Adolphson & Peterson. Member VFW Post 6316, Blaine. Preceded in death by wife, Patricia; son, Kevin; grandson, Jack; 4 brothers: Cliff, Ernie, Bobby, & Donny; and sister, Helen Bednar. Survived by daughter, Patty Seiler (Jeff); sons, Tim & Tom; 10 grandchildren & 15 great-grandchildren; sister, Delores Zyvoloski; sisters-in-law, Shelby Brausen & Annie Brausen; special friend, Muriel; and many nieces, nephews, extended family & friends. Mass of Christian Burial: 10 AM, Tues, Nov 25 at Church of St. Timothy, 707 89th Ave NE, Blaine. Visitations: 1 hr prior to Mass at church and Mon, Nov 24, 4 - 7 PM at Gearhart Funeral Home, 11275 Foley Blvd NW, Coon Rapids. Interment at Ft. Snelling. GEARHART 763-755-6300

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