Today’s Obituaries Thursday, October 29, 2020

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Lois V. Burnes

Burnes, Lois V. Age 88, of Bloomington, MN, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on October 27, 2020. Preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Clinton (Bud) Burnes. Condolences: ohalloranmurphy.com Roseville Memorial Chapel 651-631-2727


Dr. Cynthia Lynn 'Cindy' (Jolly) Cassidy, PsyD

                              Rest In Peace

                     Cynthia Lynn (Jolly) Cassidy

              December 3, 1966 - October 23, 2020

Cassidy (Jolly), Cynthia Lynn of Coon Rapids, MN, Age 53.

Cindy died Friday, October 23, 2020, after a long and painful struggle with cancer. She was guided to the threshold of the next world by Grendel, our watch cat, who allowed Charles and Rachel to be present.

Preceded in death by grandparents Ray and Florence Stratton (to whom she was particularly close), stepfather Robert Gagnon, nephews Mark Morton, and Jeffrey, Jordan, and Jared Walters.

Survived by husband Charles, daughter Rachel, son Thomas, mother Delores Gagnon, sisters Kimberly (LD) Walters and Susan (Anthony) Morton, brothers Timothy (Beverly) Jolly and Daniel (Becky) Jolly, numerous nieces and nephews, and her therapy dog Hannah.

Cindy dedicated her life to caring for others. She was a beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. As a Doctor of Psychology, she specialized in the care of those who suffered from PTSD, and those who were on the Autism spectrum, or who had family members who were. There weren't very many stray animals who crossed her path who didn't get adopted by Cindy - she loved animals so much. Even after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, she continued to care for her clients until her pain became too great.

                Accomplishments/Activities In School

Cindy was active in numerous extracurricular activities in school.  She was a member of the Job's Daughters branch of the Masons. She participated in Revolutionary War reenactments with her brother Dan. Cindy has always loved music, and so was a member of the Marching Band and Color Guard, and the Drama Club at Mount Morris High School.  She earned a membership in the National Honor Society.  Her love of animals was developed during her time in 4-H. 

                                 College Career

When Cindy originally started college, she intended to become a teacher.  One of her classes, "An Introduction To Abnormal Psychology" so captured her, that she changed the direction of her education with the goal of becoming a Psychologist.  Several colleges and a dozen years lager, she graduated from Argosy University as a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in October 2006.  Her husband and children were there to cheer her on, along with an albino squirrel who came by later to offer his congratulations.

                       Experience As A Psychologist

She gained practical experience at being a Psychologist during her education and afterwards at several locations.  She served her practicum at the Regional Treatment Center in Anoka with visits to the Treatment Center in St Peter.  She also worked an internship in Rome, Georgia for a year.  Once she graduated, she worked at Western Mental Health in Marshall, Minnesota, and later at Redwood Falls, Minnesota.  It was while she was in Redwood Falls that she became very sick from exposure to an environmental toxin in the farmhouse that she was renting.  She eventually had to stop working for about 5 years until she recovered her health.

                         The Animals In Her Life

Our history with nonhuman family members started with Sammy.  He was an Australian Terrier (looked like a Yorkshire Terrier on steroids), who Cindy found one cold, wet, windy evening in Germany.  She had just returned from grocery shopping, and there was Sammy, miserable and trying to get inside anywhere.  Cindy took pity on him and brought him into the house.  Since we had no dogfood, she fed him the next best thing - a package of hotdogs.  Well, from that time forward, Sammy had found a home.

We brought Sammy back with us from Germany when we were reassigned to Fort Lewis, Washington.  I had to work every day, Cindy had a job on post several days a week, and the kids were in school.  Cindy didn't want Sammy to get lonely, so she took the kids to go find another animal to keep him company.  They went to a family that had several kittens available, and took a look. Predictably, Thomas liked a tuxedo kitten, and Rachel liked an orange tabby kitten.  They couldn't agree on just one, so Cindy brought them both home.  This started a trend with cats, "Never bring one home when more are available".

Over time, we have had at least 18 different animals, culminating in our current four, Hannah, Cindy's therapy dog, Polly, our tortoiseshell cat who has 7 extra toes, Kitten who wasn't supposed to stay, and was never given a proper name, and our Cat-Dog, or maybe Dog-Cat Grendel.  We are convinced that she has some Dog DNA - she plays fetch (even with potatoes!), and comes when her name is called.

And those are only the ones who lived in the house.  There have also been horses, goats, sheep, chickens, and ducks far too numerous to count.  When Cindy was still at Redwood Falls, she would come home at the end of a day at work, immediately go to her chicken coop, and sit there with the chickens all cuddling up around her.  She called it her therapy. 

If you had asked Cindy who was her favorite of all, she would have said, "Jesse".  Jesse was a pygmy goat who was born on a cold Minnesota February morning while Cindy was at Redwood falls.  She always checked on her animals before going to work.  On that morning, she found a newborn Jesse alone in a corner in the barn where he had been deserted by his mother.  Cindy took him inside to warm him up, then took him to the vet.  Jesse survived that day, and spent the next several months living in the farmhouse with Cindy. They became very close, so close, in fact, that Jesse considered Cindy his mother.  They maintained that close relationship until Jesse died peacefully while taking a nap on a beautiful, warm May morning.

Each and every one of these animals was loved and cared for by Cindy.  Most of them also returned that love, and some became quite attached to her. It is notable that with only one exception, Hannah, every other animal in Cindy's life has been either a foundling or a rescue.  She knew who needed love and care the most.

Due to concerns about the pandemic, there will be no visitation or other services at this time. There will be a Celebration of Life for Cindy in spring 2021. Details will follow.

Instead of sending flowers, please make a donation in Cindy's name to one of the following organizations: The American Cancer Society, The Autism Society of MN.


LeRoy C. 'Lee' Kopp

Kopp, LeRoy C. "Lee" 86, passed away peacefully on October 9th. He is survived by his devoted wife Barbara of 61 years, sons Terry (Debbie) and Brian, daughters Debbie and Kristin (Chris), grandfather to 12 grandchildren (Shaun (Erin), Angela, (Bryce) Jennifer (Joe), Christopher, Matthew (Justina), Monica (John), Alex (Sam), Stephen, Gabriel, Peter, Henry and Leah, 17 great grandchildren, brother to loving siblings, sister Donna (Owen) Kane, brothers Bill (Connie) and Ron and sister-in-law Pat, uncle to many nieces and nephews, countless friends and colleagues (his devoted assistant Lindsey Lang, John Flakne, Adam Engebretson, and Jill Martin) and loving caregivers. He was a remarkable man who truly lived a remarkable life. He will never be forgotten. All those who knew him knew him as a man of tremendous integrity, kindness, generosity and great wit. He was born in St. Cloud Minnesota on September 23, 1934, son of Wilmont and Irene. He graduated from Patrick Henry High School with honors and then went on to graduate from University of Minnesota's Business School in 1956. Upon graduation, Lee spent 3 years of active duty in the Navy. He met the love of his life, the charming Barbara, in Washington D.C. They were married in 1959. He then joined J.M. Dain (now RBC Dain Rauscher) where he served as branch manager. In 1990, he established his own company, Kopp Investment Advisors, which was recognized as one of the top money managers in the nation. He was a great philanthropist who established the Kopp Family Foundation in 1986. His generosity has touched the lives of thousands. He will be truly missed. Visitation November 4th, 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel, 5000 W. 50th Street, Edina, MN 55435. Funeral 11AM, Thursday November 5th with visitation 1 hour prior at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 6820 St. Patrick's Lane, Edina, MN 55439. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to: N.C. Little Memorial Hospice, 7019 Lynmar Lane, Edina, MN 55435. Washburn-McReavy.com Edina Chapel 952-920-3996


Paul M. Marrs

Marrs, Paul M. Passed away on 10/25/2020 after a courageous 7 year battle with multiplemye-loma. Paul was born 12/24/37 to parents Glenn and Lois Marrs in Rudd, IA. Paul graduated from Gates Business College and worked as an Accountant for Rath Packing Co. for 10 years. He had multiple sales jobs throughout his career and was a branch manager of E.O. Temporary Help Services in Minneapolis until he and his wife Mary moved to Seattle and opened Employers Overload of Seattle in 1981. Owned and operated the business for 20 successful years. They enjoyed living in the Pacific NW with a beach home in Newport, OR and their main home in Seattle. Paul loved the fall season. It reminded him of his hunting days with his father but most of all football season. He was both a Viking and Seahawk fan but if given a choice it was the Seattle Seahawks where he and Mary had season tickets for over 20 years. In 2014 they returned to their roots in MN. Paul and Mary enjoyed many years of travel in the US. Paul is preceded in death by parents; and brothers, Keith and David Marrs. Paul is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Mary (Chan) Marrs; son, Scott (Amy); daughters, Julie Marz (Scott) and Laurie Schmitt (Scott); grandkids, Emily and Nick Schmitt; brother, Glenn; sister, Marlene Raines; and many nephews and nieces. A special thank you to Dr. Todd Holcomb and nurses Dawn and Annette at Lakeview Clinic Waconia. Funeral service Sat. 10/31 at 11am with visitation one hour prior at: Washburn-McReavy.com Glen Haven Chapel 763-533-8643 5125 W. Broadway, Crystal


Judy Louise Nerison

Nerison, Judy Louise of Fridley, MN passed away peacefully on Thursday October 16th, 2020. Judy was a vibrant soul who centered her life around her family. She is preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Phyllis Henderson and her husband William Nerison. She is survived by her sons : Shawn (Melissa) Willson of Coon Rapids, Chad (Tonya) Henderson of Elk River; her brother Greg (Vicki) Henderson of Fridley; her niece Jessica Luedtke of Rosemount; grandchildren Haley, Payton, Jordyn, Shawn and Mason; great nephew Cole and great niece Laney. Funeral services will be held on Monday November 9th, 2020 at 10:30am, located at Washburn McReavy, 1827 Coon Rapids Blvd NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433 with a visitation 1 hour prior to the service. Interment will follow the service at 12:45p, located at Fort Snelling Cemetery 7601 34th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55450. Due to Covid-19 restrictions only 50 people are allowed for the funeral service and interment. A luncheon at 2p will be at Tom Reid's Hockey City Pub located at 258 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102.


Andrea 'Andy' Nyberg

Nyberg, Andrea "Andy" 80, of Elk River, MN, formerly of New Brighton, died Mon., Oct. 26, 2020. Born Sept. 20, 1940 in Minneapolis to Edwin & Ellen (Jumisko) Lambie. Andy is survived by her husband, Ron; sons, Jason (Jenny), Eric (Amy); and 12 grandchildren. She was loved and treasured by everyone and radiated the love of God in all that she did. She was a member of Hope Lutheran Church in North Minneapolis since 1962. Services are Sat., Oct. 31, at Hope Lutheran Church, 5200 Emerson Ave. N, Minneapolis, MN 55430. Reviewal will be 12-1:30 p.m. with a private service at 1:30 p.m. The service will be live-streamed at hopechurchmn.com. Memorials preferred to the family or the Alzheimer's Association, 7900 W 78th St, Ste 100, Minneapolis, MN 55439. Evans-Nordby 763-533-3000 evansnordby.com.


Toni Protas

Protas, Toni age 88 of Coon Rapids, MN, passed away on October 27, 2020. Preceded in death by her husband Bernard and son John. Survived by her sons, Jim (Gloriann), Bernie (Mary), Mike; daughter, Donna; grandchildren; Matt, Maddie, Danny, Megan and Molly; other family and friends. Private service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Park River Estates, Resident Council Foundation of Coon Rapids MN.


Willard Eugene Weikle

Weikle, Willard Eugene Willard Eugene Weikle, 83, of Minneapolis, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, October 26th. Although his time was short after a diagnosis of Non Hodgkins Lymphoma, it was a rich time of love and blessings as his family cared for him. Willard is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 64 years, Arlene; daughter, Pam Grothe (Roger); grandchildren, Chelsea Staloch (Mike), Jake Grothe (Kendra), Luke Grothe (Cam), Cody Crouch, Jesse Grothe (Hayleigh), and Lily Grothe; great-grandchildren, Vinny and Kaley Staloch, and James Grothe; best friend ,Ronnie Riebe; siblings, Gary, Bobby (Peg), Lavonne Callahan; brother-in-law, Marvin Sorem; nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Kim Crouch; grandson, Vinny Crouch; parents, Earl and Grace and brother, Russell. His life's work with Earl Weikle & Sons General Contracting resulted in countless projects, city wide, that his family was ever discovering while out and about with grandpa. In business, he also made great friends that turned into great hunting, fishing, and golfing buddies. Willard shared his life-long passion for bird hunting and deep sea fishing with his family giving us all a lifetime of sweet memories. He was a husband, father, and grandfather like no other. We are comforted by your love and prayers, and because we love all of you too, we ask you to join us virtually via KLECATSKY & SONS FUNERAL HOMES Facebook page to keep everyone well. Live-streaming of the Service will begin Friday, October 30th at 10AM. Private interment at Acacia Park Cemetery, Mendota Heights. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to Faith Free Lutheran Church, 140 W. 44th St.; Mpls., 55409 or Fairview Hospice, 2450 26th Ave. S.; Mpls., 55406. KLECATSKY & SONS EAGAN CHAPEL 651-454-9488 klecatskys.com


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