Today’s Obituaries Saturday, February 23, 2019

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Downing 'Lou' Fountain

Fountain, Downing "Lou" Age 92 of Elk River, passed away peacefully on Feb 18, 2019. Preceded in death by husband, Forest; grandson, Bill Skluzacek; parents; and siblings. Survived by children, Joseph (Jackee), Patricia (Elgin) Skluzacek, Terry (Denise) and Steven; grandchildren, Sara (Paul), Amber (Chris), Gabrielle, Guy (June), Jerry, Erika, Michelle, Jason (Rachel) and Scott (Jocelyn); 17 great grandchildren; Diane Atwood; and sister, Doris Bragg. Funeral service on Sat, Mar 2 at 11AM with visitation one hour prior at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 1506 Main St NW, Elk River. Memorials preferred to the church or CAER Food Shelf, Elk River. Dares Funeral Home 763-441-1212

Karen A. (Skille) Fournier

Fournier, Karen A. (Skille) Age 81, of Mpls, passed peacefully 2/19/2019, surrounded by children & caregivers. Preceded in death by parents Hildore and Elsie Skille, and late-in-life sweetie Russ Starkey. Survived by children Hilary (Kahing), Eric (Kathy), and Jocelyn, and brothers John (Judy) Skille and Jim (Nan) Skille, grandchildren Ming-Yee (Drew), May-Ling, Ginger and Robin (Chris), and great grandchildren Andrew and Lilyan. A dedicated educator, Karen served as a long-time ABE (Adult basic Education), GED, and ESL (English as Second Language) instructor in the Twin Cities area before retiring in 2002. She was a lover of words, the arts, fall leaves, community and family. Heartfelt thanks to Augustana Care Center and Grace Hospice staff who gave care so generously. Celebration of life with reception to follow 11 am Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Augustana Health Care Center, 1007 East 14th St, Mpls, MN in the chapel.

Steven B. Froman

Froman, Steven B. 72, devoted father of two and consummate renaissance man, passed away suddenly with his children at his side on February 12, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Steven was born in Highland Park, St. Paul to Sidney and Molly Froman. He attended the University of Minnesota and received a bachelor's degree in Psychology. After graduating, Steven served for a time in the United States Air Force and then returned to the University where he continued his studies in Statistics. His next careers were no surprise given his endless store of natural talent and creative energy. After studying fine cuisine and pastry in France and Denmark, he worked as a pastry chef at several high-profile restaurants in Minneapolis, New York City, and San Francisco, where he lived for 35 years. Most importantly, as his friends and family fondly remember, even the simplest meal prepared by Steven at home was a wonder and joy because it was always infused with his limitless generosity of spirit. After leaving the restaurant business, Steven started his own business building designer furniture and prototyping for other well-known designers. In 2013, Steven took another turn, deciding to pursue a long-held ambition of being an artist and an advocate for the arts by beginning a Masters of Fine Arts at the California College of the Arts; he completed the program in 2015 with a show that combined his passions for art, design, and food. This latest shift culminated in his return to Minneapolis where he devoted his passion to the founding of an artist community there. He is predeceased by his wife Anna-Lisa Froman (née Sherlock). His legacies are many; food, design, art, and friends who truly loved his brilliance, humanity and kindness. And most of all his two dearly beloved children, Jacob and Molly, of whom he was so proud.

Gary Arthur Gavin

Gavin, Gary Arthur age 58 of Minneapolis, died of a sudden heart attack on February 19, 2019. Preceded into death by his father, Arthur; niece, Alexandra; and grandparents. Survived by his mother, Dolores; siblings: Irene (Earl) Shoenberg, Laura Walstein, Barb (Bob) Gadbois, Tracy (Jim) Gavin-Passe, Tom Gavin, Russ (Kim) Gavin; numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. Gary was born in Becker, MN, lived most of his adult life in Minneapolis, and worked as a clinical data abstractor nurse for Allina. Memorial celebration Saturday, March 16, 1-4 p.m., Leaning Tower of Pizza, Minneapolis. Memorial Service 11 AM, Sat, April 27th with visitation 1 hour prior at: Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400 7625 Mitchell Rd (1 blk N of Hwy 5)

Peter Marvin Gjerde

Gjerde, Peter Marvin age 87, passed away February 20, 2019. Graduate of Minneapolis West High School, 1949. Dedicated employee of Costco for 18 years, where he adopted many friends and family. Loyal and loving husband, father and grandfather. A true gentleman to the end. Preceded in death by wife of 69 years, Ellie; son, Bruce; daughter, Debbie Barile and eight siblings. Survived by children: Tim (Nancy), Liz Norton and Melissa; grandchildren: Kierstin (Eric), Tatum (Bryan), Peter (Jon), Tyler, Alex, Megan (David) and Courtney (Stephen); great-grandchildren: Spencer, Gavin, Allison, Grace, Ruth, Anthony, Lennon, Parker, Quinn and Ava; sister, Phyllis Hill and many other family members and friends. Funeral Service 10 a.m. Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Lakewood Cemetery Chapel, 3600 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408. Visitation one half hour prior to service. Interment following service, Lakewood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Donald Gjevre

Gjevre, Donald Age 80, of Edina, passed away February 12th, 2019. Preceded in death by his parents, son David and daughter Amy. Survived by wife, Caryn; sons, Stephen (Bridget), Christopher (Sheila), Jason (Nicole) and grandchildren, Alexandra, Benjamin, Sylvia and Maxwell. Don was full of life stories and spent a lot of time documenting them on his blog. He worked at Northwestern Bell Telephone Company for almost 30 years and enjoyed working with many people that he called friends. There was a group of "telephone company" guys and occasionally their children that would gather annually at Madden's for a golf outing that he organized for quite a few years. He served in the Hennepin County Sheriff's Emergency Squad. To do so he trained as an EMT, did rescue diving and firearm safety / accuracy. He enjoyed human psychology very much and he always cared dearly for animals. Growing up he spent time on farmland and a summer helping at a ranch in Montana. In his adult life he almost always had a dog and he raised many birds over the years. He enjoyed Fishing and hunting with family and friends. Service will be held Wednesday, February 27th, at 2:00 pm with a visitation a half hour prior at Lakewood Cemetery Memorial Chapel, 3600 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis. Reception following at Hope Church, 7132 Portland Ave. S., Richfield. Memorials preferred to be sent to or Hope Church.

Edward E. Godin

Godin, Edward E. Age 90, of Minnetonka, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, passed away surrounded by family on February 15, 2019. Ed was born in Manistique, Michigan and was a Navy veteran of the Korean War and worked as an electrical engineer for 25 years. He was known for his kind, positive nature and his love of biking. He is preceded in death by his parents (Adolphe and Marie), brothers (Florimond and Emmanuel) and sisters (Noella Wallace and Regina Savoie). He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Patricia (nee McNamara), sons David (Laura) Godin, Marty (Lisa) Godin, and daughter Karen (Dino) Balafas. Ed is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild and his brother Ernie who all loved him dearly. Memorial Service Friday, March 29, 2019 at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior at the Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996 West 50th St. & Hwy 100

Shirley Louise Goers

Goers, Shirley Louise Passed away Friday, February 15 at Shorewood Landing Memory Care in Excelsior, MN. Shirley was born in Pender, NE June 30, 1924. Shirley was a teaching dietitian having earned an MBA in Dietetics from Mills College in San Francisco in 1945. She did her residency at Vanderbilt University. She taught at the University of Washington and the University of Minnesota. Shirley is survived by her son, Charles; daughter-in-law, JoAnn; daughter, Moira; granchildren, Charlie Goers and Alison Vogelsang. A memorial celebrating her life will be held at the Minnesota Landscape Arboreteum on Tuesday, March 5th, 11 AM-1 PM. Tell the gate attendant you are there for Shirley's memorial. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Mills College and University, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA 94619.

Albert Goodwin, Jr.

Goodwin, Albert Jr. age 79, of Detroit Lakes, MN, died on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at his residence in Detroit Lakes, MN, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Memorial Services will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday June 7, 2019 at the Anderson Family Funeral Home in Mahnomen, MN. Arrangements entrusted to Anderson Family Funeral Home of Mahnomen.

Joan D. (Balk) Griffin

Joan D.  Griffin (Balk) Age 90 of Richfield, MN passed away quietly February 17, 2019.  Preceded in death by her husband of 66 years Del Griffin, her parents John M. and Bathil (Bathildis) Balk, and her brothers Francis J. "Jack" Balk and Eugene "Gene" Balk. 

Joan was born and raised in Waucoma, Iowa, graduated from Waucoma High School, attended Iowa State University and graduated from Saint Mary's School of Nursing at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.

After graduation she moved form Rochester to Minneapolis and worked as a maternity nurse at Maternity Hospital in north Minneapolis. This historic hospital  was founded by suffragette and feminist medicine pioneer Martha Ripley as a place where women from every background could get high quality maternity care using pioneering aseptic practices. Maternity Hospital set new standards for quality care and low rates of infant and mother mortality. Later in her career Joan worked for many years as a level-two neonatal nurse at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, all while raising seven children.

Joan loved sports and was a gifted athlete. She starred as a girl's high school basketball player in Iowa, was an outstanding women's softball player in Rochester, Minneapolis and Richfield, and was an accomplished bowler. An avid youth sports fan, she faithfully attended her children's and grandchildren's sporting events, and with seven children and nineteen grandchilren there were a lot of them.

She spent much of the last half of her life enjoying the northern woods, cross-country skiing, blueberry picking, and fishing at the Wisconsin lake cottage she and Del built together. In the last few decades they spent most of the summer months living at the lake, where they hosted visits from family members.

A dearly loved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Joan's life was child-centered,  in both her profession and family life. She is survived by her children Michael (Martha), Diane, Mark (Wendy), Barbara (Bill) Pace, Paul (Mary), Jack (Amy), and Mary Jo (Paul) Gregersen; nineteen grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren, with a sixteenth great grandchild soon to arrive.

Visitation is at 9 am and funeral mass at 10 am, Monday, February 25 at Church of the Assumption, 305 East 77th St., Richfield MN 55423, followed by a light meal, and burial at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Bloomington 952-888-7771