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Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Theodore Anema

Anema, Theodore 94 of Minnetonka passed away peacefully Monday July 21 surrounded by his family. He had an amazing run. From fighting in WWII as a bombardier/navigator in a B17 to working as one of the original "Mad Men" in Chicago in the late '50s and early '60s. Theo had two children: Kristen (husband John, sons Benjamin and Samuel) and Andrew (wife Elizabeth, daughter Hannah, sons James and Christopher). He loved his church. He loved his scotch. He loved a good stogie. And he loved fishing. But above all, he loved his wife, Gretta. We will miss him. Service to be held at Oak Knoll Lutheran Church, 600 Hopkins Crossroad, Minnetonka at 11AM Friday, July 25th.

Ronald L. Barron

Barron, Ronald L. 74, of Bloom- ington passed away on July 19th, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Myrtle (Thynes) Barron, his brother, Kenneth, and his sister, Marilyn DeLoy. Survivors include his wife Carole (Degen) and their children, Kari (Walter) Christensen, David (Jenna) Barron, and Kristi (Dave) Delarwelle, all of Bloomington and beloved grandchildren, Katie and Daniel Christensen, Michael and Scott Barron, and Megan Delarwelle. He will also be missed by his sister, Julie Karschnik of Brookings, SD, sister-in-law, Sally Barron of Dallas, TX, brother-in-law, Al DeLoy of Mellette, SD, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and grand puppies Belle and Sparkles. Ron was born in Mountain Lake, MN and grew up on a farm between Jeffers and Storden, MN. He graduated from Storden High School in 1958 and earned both his under- graduate and masters degree from Mankato State University. Ron did additional coursework at the University of Minnesota, Hollins College in Roanoke, VA, Hamline University, St. Thomas University, and Texas A & M. He served In the U.S. Army 1965-1967 and was stationed in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Ron married Carole Degen on July 6, 1968 at The Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Bismarck, ND. He taught English and history at East Junior High in Richfield, MN from 1962-1978, at which time he transferred to Richfield High School where he taught English until his retirement in 2000. Since retirement, he has been employed part time at Data Recognition Corporation. In addition to teaching, Ron served as English Area Leader, Teacher Contract Negotiator, and on many curriculum committees. He received an Independent Study Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1984, as well as participating in two summer seminars for secondary teachers sponsored by the National Endowment. Ron was active in the Minnesota Council of Teachers of English, serving as president in 1990-91. He also served as local arrangements chair for the National Council of Teachers of English convention held in Minneapolis in 1995. Ron was a board member of the Minnesota Humanities Council 1991-98 and served on the advisory board for the multicultural literature anthology Braided Lives. Ron was extremely interested in Minnesota authors and he accumulated a collection of over 1400 volumes by these authors, as well as two editions of his reference book, A Guide to Minnesota Writers. The second edition of this book won a Minnesota Book Award in 1994. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN on Saturday, July 26th at 10 a.m. with a luncheon to follow. Interment at Dawn Valley Cemetery. Visitation one hour prior to the mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society. Werness Brothers 952-884-8145

Arnold J. Bassett

Bassett, Arnold J. "Arnie" 93, of Hudson, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Sartori Memorial Hospital in Cedar Falls, Iowa. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 10:30 AM at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Church in Eagle Center, Iowa with Father Ray Atwood officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday, July 25, 2014 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at French-Hand Funeral Home in Reinbeck with a 6:30 PM scripture service. Graveside service will be Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 11:30 AM at St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin, MN. Memorials may be directed to the charity of your choice in Arnie's name. Condolences:

Charles Clefton Beattie

Beattie, Charles Clefton (Chuck) age 76 of Minneapolis, passed away July 18, 2014. Preceded in death by his parents, Angelle Boyd Clefton & Charles M. Beattie; youngest brother, David Anthony Beattie; and nephew, Shane Anthony Beattie. Survived by long time companion, Allison Boisvert; children of his heart, Patrick, Ian, and Meghan; beloved niece, Nichole Beattie; brother James Beattie and his children, Jim Beattie, Jr., Jeffrey Beattie, Michael Beattie, Alyssa Beattie, and Vanessa Nelson. Chuck was deeply affected by human suffering and, with his beloved partners Lorraine and Pat Teel, introduced the concept of the therapeutic community movement to the VA hospital and, ultimately, the Twin Cities at large. In 1971, Chuck, Lorraine, and Pat founded R.S. Eden and, through relentless hard work, its doors remain open today. In 1995, Newsweek Magazine honored Chuck and Bret Byfield for their work, along with Steve Walsh and Archie Roberts, in founding The Phoenix Group in Minneapolis. Chuck spent his later years at his cabin spending time with his most precious possessions -- his dogs. Chuck Beattie devoted his life to fighting for the helpless, the forgotten, and the discarded -- that is his legacy. "Come to where the dew of mercy glistens and rock on, brother." Memorial Service Friday, July 25th 2:00 PM at Lakewood Memorial Chapel, 3600 Hennepin Ave S, MPLS. Flowers may be sent to Lakewood Memorial Chapel. Celebration of life immediately following the service at 1931 W. Broadway, Minneapolis, MN 55411. Memorials preferred to: "The Bryce Johnson Fund", c/o RS Eden, 1931 W. Broadway, Minneapolis, MN 55411. Twin Cities Cremation 612-866-6711

Betty Bredesen

Bredesen, Betty "Georgia" age 84, of Minneapolis, born May 30, 1930 to Gustav & Marie (nee Botner) Bredesen, passed away at Walker Health Care of Mpls on July 22, with Pastor Sally and special friend, Dee Holmgren at her side. Georgia lived in Mpls and graduated from the U. of M. She taught school in Anoka, MN and Norway until she became blind. She received her Master of Arts from Western Michigan University. Georgia traveled extensively in Europe. She was an active member of the NFB and the MN Christian Fellowship of the Blind. Georgia was a lifetime member of Minnehaha Communion Lutheran Church. Despite her challenges, she lived a full and socially active life. Family and friends were important to Georgia and the coffee pot was always on. Visiting with cousin Eddie Foslien and friends in the Alexandria area was a highlight for Georgia. Her faithful guide dogs were constant companions. Georgia was preceded in death by her special friend Walter Hybbert and Aunt Agnes Botner. Funeral service, 2:00 pm, Sunday, July 27, 2014 with visitation one hour before at Minnehaha Communion Lutheran Church, 4101 37th Ave. So., Mpls. Georgia will be laid to rest with her parents at East Moe Lutheran Church Cemetery near Garfield, MN. Henry W. Anderson Mortuary (612) 729-2331

Bernadine Brink

Brink, Bernadine Fitzpatrick age 88, longtime resident of Edina, passed away peacefully with her family by her side July 14, 2014. Preceded in death by her beloved husband, Chuck; parents Hugh and Anna Fitzpatrick; siblings Ann, Tom, Jim and Kate. Survived by her children Chip, John (Roz), Pat, Tim (Pam Lundell), T.J. (Gretchen Schellhas), and Bridget Crane (Lance); 14 grand -children; & 2 great-grandchildren. Bernadine was an incredibly devoted wife and mother with a wonderful sense of humor. Her true passions were her family and her faith. She enjoyed nothing more than spending time with her six kids. Bernadine was a devout Catholic who especially enjoyed her work with St. Cabrini Guild at St. Patrick Church. She also managed a successful career as a Realtor with Edina Realty in the Twin Cities and Ebby Halliday Realtors in Dallas. Funeral Mass will be TODAY July 24, 2014 at 5:00 pm at St. Patrick Church, 6820 St. Patrick's Lane, Edina. Visitation at 4:00 Thursday at the church. Private Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Basilica of St. Mary - St. Vincent de Paul Ministries. MINNEAPOLIS, MN 612-861-6088

Jerome Burns

Burns, Jerome 'Jerry' Dad's ride to the banquet table that has no end arrived for him at 12:02am on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, he was 88. Preceded in death by his parents and 8 siblings, Jerry was born and raised in N.E. Minneapolis. Married for 65 years to Charline (Peterson). Jerry was father to Thomas (Rennae), Jacqueline (Erast) Winiarczyk, Allan (Kurt Jensen), Scott (Laura) & Michael (Becky). Grandfather of 10, Katherine, John and Elizabeth Burns, Natalie, Jeremiah & Duane Winiarczyk, Bethany & Luther Burns and Liam & Devyn Burns. Great-grandfather of two, Anthony & Nicolas. Jerry was a proud WWII, combat wounded, Purple Heart recipient veteran. His love of life, family and humor exuded from every pore of his body. Jerry worked as a Letter Carrier for US Postal Service for 34 years. He was a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers, Branch 9. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, July 26th at 11:00 am, with visitation 1hr prior to the service at Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church, 1509 27th Ave. NE in Minneapolis. A luncheon of his favorite foods will follow. Please join our family in a final tribute to this amazing man. Northeast Chapel 612-781-6828

Richard Butler

Butler, Richard age 62, passed away peacefully on July 20 from complica- tions of pneumonia. He is preceded in death by his son, Justin and survived by his wife, Sharon and son, Mason. Rick devoted his life selflessly to God, his family, his men's fellow- ship and his hot rods. Though he had battled cancer for several years, his stubborn nature fought back until his body could no longer contain his spirit. All who knew Rick were touched by this spirit and its quirks. Visitation at Miller Funeral Home, Fridley: July 25, 5-8 pm followed by a memorial service North Heights Lutheran Church, Roseville: July 26 at 11 am.

Elaine M. DeBrobander

DeBrobander, Elaine M. age 78, of Fridley, passed away July 22. Survived by her husband of 61 years, Ronald; children, Dennis, Debbie (Jeff), Darel (Cindy), David (Terri); grandchildren, Dennis, Janna, Amanda, Joe, Julie, Allan, Ryan, Darel, Angie, Eric, Kevin, Kyle, Kaeley, Emily, Brianna, and Mary Jo; several great-grandchildren; other loving relatives and friends. Memorial service Friday, July 25, 11 AM at Miller funeral Home, 6210 Hwy. 65 NE, Fridley with visitation 1 hr. prior. Miller Funeral Home 763-571-1300

Arthur F. Dols

Dols, Arthur F. 2/10/25 - 7/22/14. Preceded in death by parents; brother, Richard; sister, Betty; son, Terry; and first wife, Patricia. Survived by wife, Joanne (Flack); brother, Bernard; sister, Virginia; children, Tom (Nancy), Dan (Barb), Toni (Steve) Barnes, Patricia (Randy) Johnson, Michael (Jennifer), Lynn (Jesse) Lingasin, Anita (Shannon) Harvey; son-in-law, Scott (Julie) Barnett; step-daughter, Jacki (Will) Chavie; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial 11 AM Friday at St. Rita's Catholic Church, 8694 80th St. South, Cottage Grove, with visitation one hour prior. Celebration of Art's life immediately following the Mass at American Motorsports Bar & Grill. Special thanks to the great staff at Betty's Home and Jack & Jacque Horner for all their love and care while Art went on his journey with Alzheimer's. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred.

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