Today’s Obituaries Wednesday, February 20, 2019

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Barbara Nancie Barber

Barber, Barbara Nancie age 96 of Edina, passed away on 2/18/2019. Preceded in death by husband, William; and daughter, Carol. She served in the RAF during WWII where she met the love of her life, they married and then moved to Canada, eventually moving to the United States. Survived by children, Susan Christensen & Bill (Diane), nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren. Memorial service will be held at 3pm on Friday, February 22nd with visitation one hour prior, all at: Washburn-McReavy.com Edina Chapel 952-920-3996 West 50th St. & Hwy 100


Anne Caroline Barthel

Barthel, Anne Caroline (65), loving sister, aunt, great aunt, cousin and friend, was called home on Feb. 14 following a battle with Metastatic Chondrosarcoma. A strong, independent woman, Anne's spirit was not defeated by her cancer. She brought joy to her many visitors and made jokes even during her final hours. She is likely already organizing the rooms of heaven. In life, Anne was selfless, always ready and willing to support her large community of family and friends however she could. In her rest, Anne is reunited with her parents, Mary & Jim, and brother, Les. Anne will be missed by so many, including sisters, Deidre Herkal (Mike), Susan Barthel, cousin, Martha Cloutier (John), god-daughters, Twyla Keeney (Kevin) and Emma Bernt, nieces, nephews, lifelong girlfriends, coworkers, and many others whose lives she touched. The family thanks North Hospice for their exceptional care. An open house in memory of Anne will be held at Dehn's Country Manor, 11281 Fernbrook Lane N. Maple Grove, Sat. 2/23 from 5:00-8:00pm.


George Bremer Benz

Benz, George Bremer Born on January 14, 1940, to George W. and Louise Bremer Benz, in St. Paul, Minnesota, passed away on February 1, 2019 in St. Paul. He was a descendant of the Hamm's Brewing, the Jacob Schmidt Brewing and Bremer Bank families. George was a graduate of The St. Paul Academy and Summit School in 1958, Williston Academy in 1959, University of Munich and Goethe Institute (Germany) in 1961, Colgate University in 1963, and The University of Minnesota Aeronautical Engineering and Business Law in 1965. George married Karen Bassett of Mora, MN in September, 1972. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Josephine Benz Carpenter. George is survived by his sons, George and Theodore (Derek); daughters-in-law Stephanie and Elizabeth and 2 grandchildren, Theodore (Finn) and Hendry as well as a sister, Louise Benz Plank of Buffalo, WY. George was the Chairman of the Board of American National Bank and Trust and Co-Chairman and CEO of American Bancorporation, Director of Commercial State Bank, Lake City State Bank, and American Bank and Trust of Moorhead. He was also CEO of George Benz and Sons and Owner of Oak Grove Dairy, and President and Director Jacob Schmidt Company. Along with his professional career, he cared deeply for many local associations serving as Vice President and Director Indianhead Council- Boy Scouts of America, Vice President and Director Minnesota Club, Vice President and Director Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, Trustee Children's Hospital of St. Paul, Treasurer and Director Ramsey County Lung association, Treasurer and Director Minnesota Society for Crippled Children and Adults, Trustee of the Courage Center Foundation, Director Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest, Director Optimist Club of St. Paul, and Founding Financial Advisor Mounds Park Academy. He also served on the boards of the United Arts Fund, the United Way Fund, Norwesco, Horton Manufacturing, Bellanca Aircraft Corporation, Quintero, White Bear Yacht Club, and Desert Mountain golf clubs. George's love of flying began at age sixteen when he earned his single engine pilot's license. While attending Colgate he furthered his flying dreams by attaining his Commercial, Certified Flight instructor, air land and sea, multi engine and instrument ratings. He was Vice President and Director of Aqua Float Corporation, Vice President and Director of the Cessna dealership, Wings Inc. and then worked his way up to Vice President at Cessna Aircraft Company where he met the love of his life and co-pilot, Karen. Together they dedicated their lives to various philanthropic endeavors and traveled the seven continents. He shared his love of golf, winning the White Bear Yacht Club Invitational Championship as well as a Mr. and Mrs. Championship; his love of skiing by producing the film "Alta Man"; sailing, hunting, boating, fishing and hockey with his family. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, April 26, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., at St. Mary of the Lake, White Bear Lake, MN. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in memoriam to Children's Hospital Neuroscience Center of Minnesota.


Michael Bjonfald

Bjonfald, Michael age 64, passed away on February 19, 2019 after a hard-fought battle with cancer. He is preceded in death by his parents, Olaf and Delores Bjonfald. Mike was an easy-going, salt of the earth guy who loved nothing more than summers at the camper and on the pontoon. Cancer took control of Mikes body, but never his spirit. He refused to feel sorry for himself and didn't expect others to either; continuing to work until the end. He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Mary; brothers, Dennis (Jean Ann) and Jon Bjonfald; In-laws, Dennis (Stevee) Szafranski and Sue Szafranski; many nieces, nephews, family members and friends. Memorial service Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 9947 Lyndale Ave South, Bloomington, MN 55419. Funeral service starting at 12:00 pm, visitation 2 hours prior. Luncheon to follow at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 1701 W Old Shako- pee Rd, Bloomington, MN 55431. GILLBROTHERS.com Bloomington, MN 952-888-7771


Bruce Alan Burns

Burns, Bruce Alan of Lakeville, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on February 16, 2019 due to complications of diabetes. Survived by loving best friend Joan Burns and their children Brenda (Curt) Winecke, Michelle (Mike) Kisch, Tim (Polly) Burns; 6 grandchildren Ashley, Jordin, Vance, Stephanie, Brandon, and Dalton; 5 great grandchildren EmmaLee, Jackson, Liam, Rowdy, & Luke; brothers Michael (Bonnie), Jim, and sister Patty. He was preceded in death by his parents Percy and Ramona; brother John, and sisters Janet and Nancy. Bruce was born in Webster, SD and lived throughout the Burnsville, Eagan, and Lakeville area since the early 70's. He worked at ConAgra Foods in Lakeville until he retired in 2007 to enjoy camping in his RV and spending time with his loved ones. He was an avid Vikings and Twins fan as well as loved attending his grandchildren's sporting events. A visitation will be held on Friday, February 22nd from 4-8 PM, with a prayer service at 5 PM, at the White Funeral Home Lakeville. A private interment will be held in Webster, South Dakota this summer with loved ones. White Funeral Homes 952-469-2723 20134 Kenwood Tr., Lakeville 55044 whitefuneralhomes.com


Phyllis E. Closson

Closson, Phyllis E. Age 85 of Anoka, passed away February 15, 2019 after a courageous battle with Lewy Body Disease. Phyllis retir-ed from Federal Cartridge in Anoka in 1998 after 35 years of service. Preceded in death by her children's father, Richard Closson; parents, LeRoy and Vera Braucht; sisters, Joan Fields and Karin Sutherland; brother, Donald Braucht; and her precious Laci Belle. Survived by children, Dennis (Kathy) Closson, Linda (Jim) Newlin; Terry (Lynn) Closson, and Julie (Jeff) Olson; 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; sisters, Doris (Larry) Schubert and Marlene (Doug) Nelson; sister- in-law, Mary Braucht. Memorial service Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 11 AM at Zion Lutheran Church, 1601 4th Ave S, Anoka. Interment Forest Hill Cemetery, Anoka. Visitation 1 hour prior to service at the church. Special thanks to the Edgewood Senior Living staff in Blaine for the care and comfort of our mom in the last year. Thurston-Lindberg Funeral Home Anoka 763-421-0220 thurston-lindberg.com


Henry Cremisino

Cremisino, Henry F. Born October 1, 1924 passed away February 17, 2019 formerly of NE Mpls. WWII Navy Veteran. Preceded in death by parents, Angelo and Conjate Cremisino; infant daughter, Catherine. Survived by wife of 68 years, Lois; children, Tony Cremisino, Mary Volker (Dan), Dan Cremisino (Deanna), Jennifer Cremisino; known as "Bumpa" to the grandchildren he adored, Jillian Volker, Drew Cremisino (Danielle), Tyler Cremisino (Rachel), Brett Volker, Gianna Finch; sister, Laura Cremisino; several nephews, nieces, relatives and special friends, Emil Kucera and Zekeriya Yargici. Born to Italian immigrants, Hank grew up in NE Mpls and had a passion for the community. He was a man of Faith and had the respect and admiration of anyone that came in contact with him. Hank made friends wherever he went as he loved to learn about people and always was grateful for the friendships in his life. His career at American Hoist and Derrick took him around the world as well as his many travels with Lois. His love of the business world and the stock market had him investing in the market daily right up to the end. His proudest moments will always be his family and their accomplishments. Henry's presence was always known when he entered a room and was a pillar of strength. He left a legacy for our family that will carry on for many generations. Memorials preferred to: American Macular Degeneration Foundation (AMDF), Macular.org, & Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), support.woundedwarrierproject.org. Visitation Thursday, February 21, 5-7 PM, Washburn McReavy NE Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial Friday February 22. 11 AM in The Catholic Church of St. John the Evangelist, 380 Little Canada Rd., Little Canada with visitation 1 hour prior to mass at church. Washburn-McReavy.com Northeast Chapel 612-781-6828 2901 Johnson St. N.E.


Beverly Marie Cunningham

Cunningham, Beverly Marie Age 101, formally of South Minneapolis passed away 2/16/19. Mass of Christian Burial 11am Friday, February 22, 2019 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton, 15th Street West, Hastings, Minnesota. Visitation 9:30am prior to service. wisefamilyfh.com


Alice Dahl

Dahl, Alice Age 74 of Maple Grove, passed away on February 17 2019 due to complications from pneumonia. Preceded in death by her parents Richard and Marguerite Dodge and sister Lois. Survived by her husband of 45 years Jim, sister Susan, children Brian (Javier) and Leslie (Jason), stepchildren Terri (Bill) and Rick (Annette), five grandchildren and one great grandchild. A memorial service will be held on Thursday February 21 at 11am at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 7401 County Road 101, Maple Grove MN 55311. Visitation begins at 10:00. Luncheon to follow the service.


Kathryn J. 'Kay' Daley

Daley, Kathryn J. "Kay" age 83 of Brooklyn Park passed away Feb. 19, 2019. She was born in Warren, MN and raised in Stephen, MN. She attended St. Olaf & Bemidji State. Preceded in death by sons, Scott & Steven Daley; grandson, Eric; brother, Marlan Peterson. Survived by husband, Gene; grandson, Christopher; daughter-in-law, Linda Daley; and many other relatives & friends. Memorial Service 11AM Monday, Feb 25th, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 7217 W. Broadway Ave, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428, with visitation 1 hour prior to the service. Memorials preferred to Prince of Peace Lutheran. Evans-Nordby 763-424-4000 evansnordby.com