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Dowidat, Marian C. Marian, age 95, passed away peacefully in her sleep on September 23 at the Crossroads Care Center, Worthington, MN. She formerly lived in Blaine, MN. Preceded in death by her parents, Marie Thompson and Carl Zimmerman; first husband, Melvin Messer; husband, Martin Dowidat; sisters, Dolores Wiggins and Arlene Shakelford. Survived by children, William Messer, Kristine (Richard) Besel, Robert (Marina) Messer; and grandchildren, Jonathan (Jennifer) Besel, Denae (Todd) Olsen, and David Messer; great-grandchildren, Lucas Besel, Colin Besel, and Sam Olsen; step-grandchildren, Brett (Heather) Boyum, Lance (Julie) Boyum, Tim (Melanie) Boyum; and seven Boyum great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be held Monday, October 1, 11:00AM, at the Hillside Chapel, Washburn-McReavy (washburn-McReavy.com) 2610 19th Ave. Mpls. NE Visitation at 10:00AM, and luncheon to follow the service.
Fortman, Jane Age 79 of Crystal, passed away September 24. Survived by husband Jack; sons David, Steve (Paula) & Greg Fortman; daughter Vicki (Rob) Roberts; 11 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren; 5 siblings and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by daughter-in-law Lori Fortman and great grandchild Kidd Stewart; Mass of Christian Burial 10 AM Friday at the Church of the Sacred Heart, 4087 W. Broadway, Robbinsdale. Visitation at church one hour before Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Sacred Heart School. Gearty-Delmore 763-537-4511 gearty-delmore.com
Freiermuth, Robert F. "Bob" Age 87 of Coon Rapids. Went to be with our Lord Jesus September 24, 2018 after a brief illness. Preceded in death by his parents George and Lillian and his brother Kenneth. Survived by his wife of 67 yrs. Connie; children Cristine (Mark) Nicholson, Victoria (Michael) Shank, Mark Robert (Michiyo), and Heidi (Dennis) Kirchner; 6 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and sister Joyce (David) Johnson. Funeral Service 2 PM Thursday, Sept. 27th with visitation/ viewing 1-2 PM at Restoration Church, 503 Polk Street, Anoka. Private interment. Twin Cities Cremation 651-645-1233
Fronk, Robert Louis Age 94, formerly of Edina, passed away September 20, 2018 at Friendship Village in Bloomington. Preceded in death by parents Louis and Lillian Fronk and daughter Mary L. Fronk. Survived by wife Marian Fronk, children David (Kathy) Fronk, Ann (Robert) Sandstrom, Thomas (Anne) Fronk, grandchildren Meg, Kate, Harry, Elizabeth, Stuart and Nathan, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Graduate of Roosevelt High School and the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He proudly served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII. Bob was a self-employed businessman who happily ended his career as the founder and owner of Bob's Berry Farm in Carver, MN. Service on Saturday, September 29 at 10am with visitation 1 hour prior and luncheon following at Peace Lutheran Church, 8600 East Bush Lake Road, Bloomington, MN. Private interment. In lieu of flowers, Memorials preferred to Peace Lutheran Church or Minnesota Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Dr. Chaska.
Gaier, Joseph A. Age 56 of Fridley. Preceded in death by parents, Raymond & Lana; survived by daughters, Jocelyn & Laurisa; son, Greg; granddaughters, Teagan, Sophia & Aine; sister, Amber; niece, Gabrielle; nephew, Gavin; companion, Deb; also many other family & friends. Memorial service Thursday Sept. 27, 3 PM with a visitation one hour prior at the Miller Funeral Home, 6210 Hwy. 65 NE., Fridley. Miller Funeral Home Fridley Chapel 763-571-1300 millerfuneralfridley.com
Gale, Catherine Murray died peacefully on September 23, 2018 at the age of 91. Catherine is survived by daughter Pamela (Curt) Haats, son Richard Davidson grandsons Alexander and Benjamin Haats and great granddaughter Harper. Preceded in death by husbands John Davidson and Jerome Gale, siblings Robert Murray, Joyce Wilson and Sheila Cunningham. A visitation is scheduled for 1:00 PM Wednesday, Sept 26, 2018 at Valley Community Presyberian Church, with a memorial service to follow at 1:30.
Greenberg, Bayle A. The extraordinary life of Bayle Greenberg ended on September 22, 2018 after 94 remarkable years. Born Bayle Ann Zurovsky in Duluth in 1924, Bayle was a woman ahead of her time, achieving great success that was virtually unheard of for a young Jewish woman in northern Minnesota in that era. Bayle attended the U of M, majoring in Journalism, graduated in three years and earned both Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. In 1949, she married Emerson Greenberg, the love of her life, and embarked on a 54 year marriage of love and devotion until Em's death in 2003. They raised three boys who were her proudest achievement; all three were lavished with the love and counsel that have made them successful in life. After college, Bayle undertook many challenges and excelled at each: editor of the Crosby Courier newspaper, co-owner of Chance Incorporated (a PR firm), PR person for the Nicollet Hotel, lead copywriter for Jaffee Advertising writing copy for the Minneapolis Lakers before they moved to LA and head of the news office at the U of M, just to name a few. In the 1970's, Bayle and a friend started the Tidepool Gallery at 50th and France, selling all manner of shells and products relating to the sea. She owned the Tidepool for more than 18 years, until an illness in 1990 forced her to retire. Bayle and Emerson were members of Temple Israel for nearly 70 years, where Bayle was an active member of the Sisterhood. She was also a member of Hadassah and the National Council of Jewish Women. Bayle's limitless kindness was her hallmark and she was known to be one the most generous people you would ever hope to meet. She often repeated that "Kindness to others is the most important thing in life". Bayle is survived by her sons, Bill (Arlyn Roffman), Mike, and Chuck (Lauri); grandchildren, Tom Greenberg ( Lauren ), Norman Greenberg ( Sherry Van Slyke) and Alissa Greenberg; along with her great- grandchildren, Simon, Violet and Noah Greenberg, Halle Peterson and Laney Peterson. She was preceded in death by Emerson; sister, Ferne Grosmann; brother, Alvin Zurovsky; and her beloved daugher-in-law, Barbara Greenberg. Funeral services 11:00 AM THURSDAY at TEMPLE ISRAEL, 2323 Fremont Ave So, Minneapolis. SHIVA Thursday evening 7:00 pm at Roitenberg Assisted Living Center, 3610 Phillips Parkway, St. Louis Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to a charity of the donor's choice. Hodroff-Epstein 612-871-1234 hodroffepstein.com
Griffin, James Robert NOTE: SERVICE LOCATION CHANGE Age 78, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sept. 15, 2018. James was born the oldest of four children to Robert and Mary Griffin in Chicago, Illinois on August 29, 1940. Preceded in death by sister Joan Griffin. Survived by sister Ginny Hatch and brother Jack Griffin, children Patrick Griffin and Lisa Wiederrich, and three grandchildren. Jim was raised in Sioux Falls and was a long-time business owner in Minneapolis prior to his retirement. Jim enjoyed watching the Twins and Vikings. He loved walking the next door neighbor's dogs and always had a story to tell. Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 AM Friday (9/28) at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 155 Cty. Road 24, Medina. Visitation one hour prior to Mass at church. Interment Holy Name Cemetery. Gearty-Delmore 763-553-1411
Gunderson, Kimberly Age 48 of Mpls, MN passed away unexpectedly Sunday 9/23/2018. She is survived by mother Cindy, partner Duane "Dewy" Mata, and many other family and friends. A Memorial Service will be held 2PM, Saturday, Sept., 29th at Cremation Society of MN, 4343 Nicollet Ave S. Mpls with a visitation 1 hour prior.