Today’s Obituaries Sunday, September 19, 2021

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David G. 'Dave' Anderson

Anderson, David G. "Dave" of Elk River passed away on September 16, 2021 at the age of 70. Dave was the second oldest of nine siblings, born on April 7, 1951 in Alexandria, MN and grew up in New Brighton, MN. Dave was a very talented woodworker and cabinet maker. He loved hunting, fishing and playing cribbage and other card games with friends and family. Dave was an avid music lover and had been known to sing karaoke and dance a mean disco. He will be remembered for his quick wit, infectious smile and sense of humor. He will be dearly missed by his loving wife Lynne, "step-on" children Briana Mikkola (Josh), Michelle Thatcher (Danyon), Ryan Freeman (Ellen); Grandchildren Mariah (Noah), Savannah, Sawyer, Harrison and Madelyn; Siblings Dennis Anderson (Terri), Don Anderson (Maxine), Dale Anderson (Jean), Darell Anderson (Tammy), Cha Posz (Kurt), Carol Anderson (Erika), and Dirk Anderson; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gale and Luretta (Perkins) Anderson and sister Jerry Lou Wibstad. A celebration of life will take place on Saturday, October 2nd with a 10:00 visitation and 11:00 service at Riverside Church, 20314 Co Rd 14, Big Lake, MN. Celebration reception with food and cribbage to follow at The Buff where Dave played many hands of cards.


Marguerite Ann (Foley) Anderson

Anderson, Marguerite Ann Foley 83, slipped peacefully into the next world during the early morning thunderstorms of August 24th, 2021. Her last fifteen months were spent in the loving embrace of family, home health care, friends, relatives, neighbors and her faithful cat. She is preceded in death by her husband Charles John Anderson, her parents Richard and Mary Foley, her brother Joseph Foley, nephews Stephen and Kevin Foley, and many friends, relatives and pets. Marguerite is survived by children Paula Anderson, Catherine (Tom) Ryther, and Michael Anderson, brother Richard Foley, granddaughters Sarah and Mary, and many nieces, nephews, and longtime friends and relations. Marguerite grew up on a farm just outside of LeSueur, MN in a lively, talented and charming Irish family. Wit, hospitality, music, laughter, grace, grit, faith, and a bit of mischief marked the passing of many generations on the Foley farm. After attending the College of St. Benedict, Marguerite moved to Uptown, Minneapolis, where she worked at KSTP and Pillsbury. She soon met Charlie Anderson at a party. He was quiet, funny, and warm. They quickly fell in love and were married in 1964. After an extended honeymoon in Europe, they started their family in a new area in Bloomington, where they were founding members of St. Edward's Catholic church. Charlie worked as an engineer for Univac while Marguerite raised their three children before going back to work as a legal secretary. She also spent her time volunteering in a number of capacities, including many years as a group facilitator at Cornerstone. She was musical and literary, playing the piano, clarinet, participating in book groups and spirituality classes, and singing in several choirs. Always quick with words and fun, Marguerite and Charlie often made time for plays, Minnesota Orchestra performances, operas, lecture series, and museums. They also enjoyed a world of tennis, golf and travel, both with treasured friends from childhood and those encountered along the way. Gifts in memory of Marguerite Anderson can be made to Cornerstone Advocacy Service in Bloomington, a nonprofit working with families impacted by domestic violence. 100 E. 80th Street, Bloomington, MN 55420. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on September 23rd at 11:00 AM at the Church of St. Edward, 9401 Nesbitt Ave. S., Bloomington, MN, with visitation at 10:00, Rosary at 9:45 and bagpipes at 10:45. Luncheon at the church, followed by burial at St. Anne's Catholic Cemetery in LeSueur, MN. Washburn-McReavy.com Werness Brothers 952-884-8145


Mary Jane Arbisi

Arbisi, Mary Jane August 25, 1928 - September 3, 2021 Mary Jane Arbisi passed away the morning of September 3, 2021 at the age of 93. Daughter of Clarence and Gladys Cuff, Mary was born at the family farmhouse in the township of Hortonia, Wisconsin. After completing high school, Mary entered training to become a registered nurse at Presbyterian Hospital in Chicago. She then attended the School of Nursing at Marquette University in Milwaukee, specializing in Public Health. She later received a master's degree from The University of Minnesota. Mary was a veteran of the Naval Reserves, and spent her long career as a Public Health Nurse, caring for the wellbeing of underprivileged people in the Minneapolis area. She held progressive political beliefs, was an active member of AAUW, and was dedicated to community service. On September 20, 1969, Mary was wed to Anthony Laurence Arbisi in New London, Wisconsin. This was the first day of their remarkable 50 year union. Mary was a lifelong Congregationalist and an active member of Plymouth Congregational Church. She is preceded in death by her husband "Larry" Arbisi; brothers, James and George. Survived by her sisters, Joann and Dorothy; her step children, Mark, Joan, and Thomas, many nieces, nephews, and step grandchildren. Mary's Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00 AM, November 13, at Lakewood Cemetery Chapel, 3600 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota, with the Reverend Beth Faeth officiating.


Dorothy J. (Lesmeister) Ascheman

Ascheman, Dorothy J. (Lesmeister) age 93, of Burnsville, passed away on September 16, 2021. Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM on Friday, September 24, 2021, at Church of the Risen Savior (1501 County Road 42 East, Burnsville). Visitation 1 hour prior to service at church. Interment, Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Condolences: whitefuneralhomes.com


Margaret Axt

Axt, Margaret age 65 of Robbinsdale, formerly of Foreston, Mn, peacefully, on Sunday Sept. 12, after a long battle with COPD. Preceded in death by her parents Cecil and Ellen, and brother Kenny. Survived by her children, Kevin (Samantha), Adam, Nina (fiancé Dashay Williams), grandchildren, Kayden, MI'Amor, and L'Amour, nephew and niece Nathan and Nicole, brother Chuck (Jennifer) and sister Kathy Axt, and former husband John Heltemes. Margaret requested no visitation or funeral. Private family burial to be held at St. Patrick's cemetery Benton County Saturday Sept. 25th at 11am. Celebration of life to be held Saturday Oct. 2nd starting at 2pm at the home of her niece Nicole. Contact a family Member for details. Memorials preferred to the family in care of Samantha Axt 23 91st Ln NW Coon Rapids MN 55448, or to The American Lung Association for COPD research. Thanks to all the caregivers at North Memorial, and others and Good Samaritan Center Robbinsdale.


Beverly J. (Elliott) Baldwin

Baldwin (Elliott), Beverly J. Age 86, of Maple Grove, Longville and St. Anthony Village, Minnesota passed away peacefully on September 11, 2021. She was preceded in death by her parents John and Reba Elliott, her husband William, her son Thomas (Paula), her sisters Betty, Gail, brother John. Beverly is survived by son Richard (Gail), daughter Jean (Tom Bradway). Grandchildren Garret, Paige, Sydney Baldwin, Lauren, Taylor Bradway, Blake Baldwin and Brother David (Kate). Private burial at Fort Snelling. No services will be held.


Dr. Norma Huth Banks

Banks, Dr. Norma Huth born in Visalia, CA, passed away in her home surrounded by loved ones on September 13, 2021 at age 86. As a single mother to five in 1971, Norma finished her undergraduate work at Berkeley, moved to Saint Paul, bought and gradually renovated a Victorian fixer-upper, completed a Ph.D. in psychology at UofM, and launched a fulfilling career as a forensic psychologist for Hennepin County Court Services. Norma's prized possession was her family and for 50 years, her home was filled with laughter, music, wonderful meals, and friends from around the world. Norma's children - Stephen, Gregory, David, John, and Kirsten - and twelve grandchildren will miss her dearly. Celebration of life will be held at 11 am on September 23 at Unity Church Unitarian, St. Paul.


Walter Richard Barry, Jr.

Barry, Walter Richard, Jr. Departed this life on September 16, 2021 surrounded by his loving family at their home in Wayzata, MN. He was born April 24, 1933 in Minneapolis to Geraldine Dunne and Walter R. Barry, Sr and had an older sister, Elizabeth, and two younger brothers, Ed and Tom. Walter grew up on Lake Minnetonka where he enjoyed the camaraderie and freedom of lake life with pals who have become old friends, developed his catholic faith at St. Therese Church and attended The Blake School. He graduated from Princeton University in 1955 where he rowed crew, majored in English and was a member of the Ivy Club. He served two years in the Army stationed in Germany and retired as Captain in the Reserves. Following in his father's foot-steps at General Mills he started in sales on the West Coast where he met and married his wife of 57 years, Jane Randall. Possessing a witty intellect and outgoing personality, he was an intuitive marketer and natural salesman which, along with a strong work ethic, led to a fulfilling career at the company where he retired as Executive Vice President. The second act of his career as a board member and investor in Midwestern businesses was equally rewarding, especially because he did so in partnership with beloved friends. He served with pleasure on many community boards, his alma mater Blake and enjoyed his tenure as President of the Woodhill Club. Walter had an unyielding belief in the American dream and the importance of free markets in a free society. He helped support the dream of others in his enthusiastic service on the National Board of Junior Achievement. He would often be found reciting the Declaration of Independence on the 4th of July to whomever lent an ear. He also loved the written word, feeling poetry was our bridge to one another. He often wrote lyrical notes, shared jokes or written works with friends and family. He would carry copies of William Faulkner's Nobel Prize acceptance speech to share when appropriate and could still quote it even in the late stages of dementia. Walter was an avid golfer whose love of the game was shared with his dear friends and three sons in beautiful places far and wide, but especially in Wayzata, MN, his ancestral home of Ireland and the Monterey Peninsula. While rarely in the winner's circle, he was ever mindful of the game's etiquette and prized fast play and brought an infectious sense of humor and good will to his partners on and off the course. Above all, he was devoted to his family, cherished their gatherings and was often overwhelmed with tears of gratitude and joy at the mere sight of his three boys and their families. His strong faith underpinned his optimistic spirit, grateful heart and sense of peace toward the end of his life. He is survived by his wife, Jane and three sons, Walter (Cécile), Randall (Sara) and Stewart (Leith) and 9 grandchildren. A Funeral Mass will be held at The Church of St Therese, 18323 Minnetonka Blvd in Deephaven, MN on Thursday September 23 at 3 PM. Private interment at Resurrection Cemetery in Shorewood. David Lee Funeral Home Wayzata 952-473-5577 davidleefuneralhome.com


James 'Jim' Bateman

Bateman, James "Jim" Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, September 25, 2021 at Church of Epiphany, 4900 Nathan Lane, Plymouth, MN 55442 Visitation at 10AM; service at 11AM. Masks are required. Memorials to Church of Epiphany or Salvation Army.


Boyd Alan Beccue

Beccue, Boyd Alan 73, of Monticello, MN passed away peacefully on September 11, 2021, with his family by his side and his wife holding his hand. He was preceded in death by parents Gale B. Beccue and Shirley (Anderson) Beccue of Blackduck, MN, and his beloved cousin, David H. Wood. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Jane; sister Karen (Richard) Fox; daughters Candace (John) Randle, Courtney (Todd) Bouman, and Hillary (Cullan) Luther; son Judson (Kayla) Beccue; and grandchildren Aivary and Aidan Bouman, Ryann and Jonathan Randle, Sawyer, Asher and Ryker Beccue, and Wyn Luther with another granddaughter on the way. Boyd was born in Kelliher, Minnesota and was a 1966 graduate of Willow River High School. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1971 where he participated in the ROTC. He went on to serve his Country during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged as a Captain in the Army. He received his Juris Doctor with honors from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1979 and practiced law for 32 years; 20 as Kandiyohi County Attorney. Boyd was the 2007 president of the Minnesota County Attorneys Association and served on the board of directors. He was a member, president or director of several organizations close to his heart, including the Willmar American Legion Post 167, Kandiyohi County Historical Society, Ducks Unlimited, Turn in Poachers, the Jaycees, the Willmar Blue Line Club and a founding board member of Willmar Cardinal Pride. In his spare time, he enjoyed attending his grandchildren's sporting events, hunting and spending time in Northern Minnesota. He was an avid collector of patent medicine bottles and was working on a book about Minnesota Patent Medicines from 1860 - 1920. He was profoundly loved by his wife and children and will be remembered for his dry wit, encyclopedic knowledge and steadfast dedication to his family. A memorial, at which friends and family can celebrate Boyd's life, will be held at a later date.