Today’s Obituaries Thursday, January 23, 2020

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Mary Margaret (Gleason) Abeln

Abeln, Mary Margaret (Gleason) Age 91, fortified with the Sacraments January 19, 2020. Beloved wife of late Raymond; loving mother of Mary Lou, Kathy (John) Eckrich, Mark (Lisa), Dan, Jim (Beth), Tom, Peg (Mark) Abeln Woolbright, Maureen (John) Knox; cherished grandmother of 17; great-grandmother of 2. Mary was a graduate of the WWII cadet nursing program. Mary was well known in the community for serving people with her generosity, kindness, love, and compassion which touched family, friends, and strangers alike. Her lessons are eternal. Liturgy of the Word 10:30 AM Saturday, January 25 with visitation at 10:00 AM at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 20000 County Road 10 in Corcoran. Graveside service at St. Patrick's Cemetery to follow. Reception at St. Thomas Apostle Fellowship Hall at 11:45 am. In lieu of flowers, memorials made to: Gearty-Delmore 763-553-1411

Rojelio M. Blanco

Blanco, Rojelio M. Age 67, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on January 21, 2020. Preceded in death by his parents, Manuel and Refugia Blanco; brothers, Tiburcio, Reynaldo and Ruben "Chito" Blanco; and sister, Maria Elena Cisneros. Survived by his children, Lorenzo (Sonny) Moreno, Crystal (William) Dullea & Rojelio (Lindsey) Blanco Jr.; grandchildren, Gabriela, Colin, Savannah, Marcelo, Jameson, Lucas & Victoria; 5 brothers; 2 sisters; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, January 25, 11:00 A.M. at OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 401 Concord Street, St. Paul. Visitation Friday, January 24, 6-8 P.M. at BRADSHAW, 1078 Rice Street, St. Paul. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Cancer Society. Bradshaw 651-489-1349

Jean M. (Hammer) Blazevic

Blazevic, Jean M. (nee Hammer) age 89, of Cambridge passed away Dec. 28, 2019. Preceded in death by husband, Tom. Survived by sons, Steve (Sherri), Brad, John, and David (Michelle); 8 grandchildren, & 8 great-grandchildren. Memorial service 5 PM Tuesday, January 28th at Common Ground - A United Methodist Community, 404 Cypress St. N., Cambridge, with a visitation one hour prior to the service. 763-689-2070

Robert Carl Boos

Boos, Robert Carl was born in Chippewa Falls, WI on April 19, 1935 He was preceded in death by parents Alta and Herbert, brothers James and Richard, sister Darlene, daughter Toni, a nephew, several nieces, and a granddaughter. He is survived by his wife of 54 years Edith, step-son Craig, daughter Mary Jo and from his first marriage, his daughters Cindy Chovan (Ron), Joanne (known by Renee), Roberta, Mary-Ellen, and son Robert.

Bob was an auto mechanic whose passion was auto racing. Eventually he owned his own garage to finance his racing expenses. He drove gas dragsters, hobby stockers, stock cars, and sprint cars. He had professional sponsors and won many races. He had one serious crash in a dragster where he flipped upside-down at over 137mph and nearly died.

Bob met Edie in 1963 when she worked at White Castle in Minneapolis. She refused his flirtations, but in a moment of weakness she agreed a date with him. Bob and Edie got married on July 3, 1965 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. In addition to racing, Bob was a sportsman, enjoyed deer hunting and fishing. He took the family on many camping and fishing trips, heading "Up North" every weekend. Bob went on fly-in fishing trips into Canada and even Edie went along for salmon fishing charters on Lake Michigan.

In the early 80's, Summit Academy Vocational school wanted Bob to teach so he taught welding and mechanics part-time for at-risk youth. When downtown real estate became prime, he lost his garage lease and closed the doors on his "B&B Automotive" shop. Bob went to work for Ray Jordan and Sons commercial landscaping and remained there for many years. He was a mechanic for their heavy equipment and manufactured specialty parts for their machinery and retired when he was 70 years old.

In retirement Bob enjoyed going to estate sales and looking at treasures from bygone eras. He always struck up conversations and had stories to tell. Bob enjoyed going to the cabin for peace and quiet. He kept busy with projects such as working on old cars and repairing things. He was proud of his children and grandchildren and his companionship will be missed by those who knew him.

A memorial luncheon will be held Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. at the Cross of Glory Lutheran Church, 5929 Brooklyn Blvd N, Brooklyn Center, MN 55429. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice or to the Cross of Glory Lutheran Church for their kind support to Bob's family.

Judith Mellin Colby

Colby, Judith Mellin Age 81, passed away January 18, 2020. Memorial Service 11AM with visitation one hour prior Thursday, January 30 at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, 5025 Knox Ave. S., Mpls. Full notice Sunday. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996

Mary Ann P. Edstrom

Edstrom, Mary Ann P. Age 89 years 9 months of Richfield, MN, passed away Sunday, January 19, 2020 surrounded by her family. Preceded in death by her parents and sister, Beverly and great-grandson Charlie. Mary Ann worked at Henn. Cty. Govt. Center as a Service Representative until retiring at age 84. Survived by her daughters, Patricia (William) Long, Debra (Jerry) Gunn, Kimberlee (Frank) Trybuchowski; grandchildren, Jacob (Carolyn) Roe, Michael (Wiesia) Long, Rachel (Mathew) Perlick; and seven great- grandchildren; sister, Elledy Lindgren; and many relatives and friends. Funeral service Monday 11am (visitation 1 hour prior) at Trinity Lutheran Church, 5212 41st Ave. So., Mpls. MN 55417. Visitation Sunday 4-8pm at Washburn McReavy Nokomis Park Chapel, 1838 E. Minnehaha Parkway, Mpls. MN 55407. Private Interment. Nokomis Park Chapel 612-721-1651

Terry J. Engstrom

Engstrom, Terry J. Engstrom, Terry J. Age 69 of Eden Prairie, unexpectedly died at home on Monday, January 20, 2020. Terry was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Pauline Engstrom. He is survived by his children, Laura and Mark Engstrom (Christina Yagjian); grandson, Alexander Engstrom; sister, Karen Engstrom Chumbley (Bill); and Joan Engstrom (mother of his children). He had a technology-focused legal career at Control Data and Polar Semiconductor where he served as General Counsel.

Throughout his life Terry was incredibly kind, loving and generous. He supported many causes and people, most especially Holy Family Catholic High School, where he served on the board, and Minnesota Recovery Connection.

An informal visitation at the Cremation Society of Minnesota (7110 France Ave S, Edina) will be held on Saturday, January 25 from 9:00-11:00am. Please join us in remembering him. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Minnesota Recovery Connection ( in his honor.

Gary D. Ford

Ford, Gary D. Age 65, of Andover. Passed away on Jan 20, 2020. He is preceeded in death by his parents, Don and Geri Ford; parents-in-law, Eric and Marge Ericson; granddaughter, Heather Rose Valerius. Gary is survived by his wife, Sherry; daughters, Jennifer (Wade) Deshaw, Amanda (Jeremy) Valerius and Melissa (Larry) Klein; sons, Eric (Brandy) Berens and Ryan (Megan) Kimball; grandchildren, Jessica, Katie, Andrew, Justin David, Justin Franklin, Kalin, Alex, Hannah, Jocelyn, Jacob and Rory; sister, Joan (Roger) Sage; other family and friends. Memorial service at 2PM on Mon, Jan 27, 2020 at Dare's Funeral Home, 805 Main St, Elk River, with visitation starting at Noon. Dare's Funeral Home 763-441-1212

Benjamin Roger Freitag

Freitag, Benjamin Roger 25 passed away January 2020. Ben was born March 18, 1994 in Fridley, MN. He is survived by his mother Kathleen Freitag; father Scott Freitag (Katy); siblings Jenna (Dan), Zak, Kacie; grandmother Sharron Freitag; and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and relatives. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Roger Freitag, Casey Malec, and Marlene Donnelly; aunts Kim Freitag and Colleen Reistad, and uncles Patrick and Casey Jr Malec. Ben will be remembered by those who loved him as a calm, funny, and smart brother, son, and friend.

Funeral service 11 AM Friday, January 24, 2020 at Eagle Brook Church, 1100 US-10, Anoka, MN with visitation 1 hour prior. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations would be appreciated. Internment and service following at Washburn-McReavy Hillside Cemetery at 2600 19th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN.  Family and friends are also welcome to join us at Indeed Brewery in the Ox Room from 3-7pm to have a brew to celebrate Ben.

Gail P. Hampson

Hampson, Gail P. age 81 of Edina died peacefully and went to her Heavenly Home to be with Jesus, her Savior and Lord on January 14, 2020. Survived by loving husband of 61 years, Ted; sons, Gordie (Julie), Scott (Julie), Greg (Kathryn); grandchildren, Ryan, Christopher, Laura, Kelsey, Kyle, Hailey, Tucker; sister, Lynn Short; nephew, Chris Short. Funeral service Monday, January 27, 2020 11:00 a.m. at Christ Presbyterian Church, 6901 Normandale Road, Edina. Reception to follow service. Memorials preferred to Hockey Ministries International. ( MINNEAPOLIS, MN 612-861-6088

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