Today’s Obituaries Wednesday, May 25, 2022

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Fr. J. Michael Byron

Byron, Fr. J. Michael age 62, of Eden Prairie, passed away on May 20, 2022. "Father Mike" will be dearly missed by his family, many friends, parishioners and all whom he impacted in the Twin Cities community and beyond. Preceded in death by parents John P. and Mary L. Byron. Survived by siblings Molly (Jeff) Hill, Minnetonka, MN; Jim Byron, Scottsdale, AZ; Martha Byron, Eden Prairie, MN; Joe (Deb) Byron, Duluth, MN and Anne (Ryan) Anderson, Blaine, MN. He is also survived by nieces and nephews Matthew, Sarah (L.J.), and Chris Hill; Michael and J.T. Byron, and Victoria Anderson. His loving extended family includes many cousins, aunts and uncles. Mike grew up in Our Lady of Grace parish in Edina, graduated from Edina West High School, and continued his education at St. John's University, the St. Paul Seminary, and the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, MA, where he received his doctorate in theology. He carried forward many lifelong friendships from each stop along the way. Father Mike was ordained on May 27, 1989 and served with compassion, wisdom and intelligence for thirty-three years at several parishes in the Twin Cities, including Church of the Assumption, Richfield; St. Olaf Catholic Church, Minneapolis; Church of St. Cecilia, St. Paul; The Church of St. Pascal Baylon, St. Paul and most recently Pax Christi Catholic Community, Eden Prairie. Mike's list of gifts was long. He was warm and welcoming. He had a beautiful Irish tenor singing voice as well as a hilarious sense of humor. His lifetime love of learning led to his role as a talented teacher, sharing his knowledge over many years with students at Holy Angels, St. John's University, St. Kate's, and the St. Paul Seminary. He was a gifted homilist, deep thinker, skilled writer, caring mentor, and good listener. As the eldest of six siblings, Mike was our quiet leader, and an unfailing source of love and support. His warmth and often irreverent humor was a consistent, reassuring presence in our lives. He will be forever missed. Visitation on Wednesday June 1, 4:00-7:00 PM at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie. Mass of Christian Burial, Thursday, June 2, at 11:00 AM at Pax Christi, with lunch to follow. Visitation 9:00- 10:45 AM prior to the service. Live stream provided by In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the J. Michael Byron Memorial Fund. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996

Joel R. Christopherson

Christopherson, Joel R. Passed away at the age of 71 in Minneapolis. Preceded in death by parents, Myrna & Wesley, brothers James, Jerry and John. Survived by Winni, loving wife of 52 years, sister Roberta Taylor, brother Jeff (Laurie) and many nieces and nephews. Lifelong resident of south Minneapolis & graduate of Roosevelt High School 1968. He was a man of many vocations ranging from drapery rod installer to land surveying and then to hardware store owner. A gathering will be held Thursday, May 26 from 4 to 7 at Cremation Society of Minnesota, 4343 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 612-825-2435. In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to: American Friends Service Committee (, CARE (, The Food Group ( or donors' choice.

James Patrick Conway

Conway, James Patrick of Edina, MN and Cable, WI, passed away peacefully at home at the joyous age of 95. He missed attending the 40th International Convention of his beloved I.B.E.W. We have lost the kindest man on earth. Born to this life September 25, 1926. Born to eternal life on May 11, 2022. Jim was predeceased by parents Edward Joseph Conway and Esther Elizabeth Conway, beloved wife Hattie Conway; children Pam, Pat McClellan, Jimmy, Polly; brothers Martin, Michael and Robert; brother-in-law Dwight Soucy. Survived by loving wife Mary Harrigan and the Conway family, sisters Gloria Sheehan (Phil), Barbara Soucy, Nancy Conway; sister-in-law Helen Conway; son-in-law Doug McClellan; grandchildren Meaghan McClellan, Mara Williams (Chance), great-grandchildren Harriet, Andrew and John Morris, Murphy and Magnolia Williams, and many wonderful nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and nephews, and his many loving Harrigan relatives and large circle of friends and Union Brothers and Sisters. Born in Minneapolis, Jim attended Central High School, enlisting in the Navy after graduation in 1944 and serving in the Philippines in World War II. Jim followed in his father E.J. Conway's footsteps (E.J. was president of I.B.E.W. Local 292 for many years). Jim was initiated into I.B.E.W. Local 292 on March 1, 1947, later becoming a member of Local 953. He was appointed in 1956 as an International Representative for the Sixth District and in June 1979 as International Vice President of the Sixth District. In the fine tradition of Irish American labor leaders, Jim was ahead of his time, convening the first Sixth District I.B.E.W. Women's Conference in 1984, paving the way for women to advance in the I.B.E.W. He lived long enough to see the first female elected I.V.P. in the IBEW's 131-year history take the stage at the 40th International Convention in Chicago. Jim stood out in a crowd. With his colleagues in suits and ties and close-cropped hair, in his early days Jim would show up to meetings in leather pants, long hair, dark glasses and turquoise jewelry. Enthusiastic and unconventional, his work ethic was unmatched. Jim was grateful and proud his whole life to be I.B.E.W., where he met many lifelong friends in the Brotherhood, including fellow Irishman and I.V.P. David Ruhmkorff. Even after retirement, he continued to persuade any non-union electrician he ran into of the advantages of becoming I.B.E.W. Jim was deeply proud of his Irish roots and loved to put on an Irish brogue on St. Patrick's Day and on trips to Ireland. Jim brought joy wherever he went, grateful for every day, always living in the moment. He had a generous heart and loved his family and friends deeply and unconditionally. His life was an adventure, from being a Golden Gloves boxer in his youth and running for alderman in Minneapolis. He lived and loved each day with high energy. Always political, he never missed a vote, phone banking and door knocking for his favorite candidates, Wellstone and Franken among others. Jim enjoyed over 40 years at his family's lake cabin, cooking and taking family and friends on pontoon rides, sharing Lake Owen with his family and special friends Oscar and Genevieve and other friends and neighbors. Jim traveled the globe by air, cruise ship, rail and tour bus. Some favorite places were Ireland, Portugal, Germany and Argentina. Jim loved the live theatre in London, where his record was 8 plays in 7 days. Jim was proud to become a "Delta million miler" while mid-flight over the Atlantic, receiving the award from the captain in a champagne presentation upon landing. Jim was a lifelong downhill skier with favorite slopes in Switzerland, Austria, Lake Tahoe and Utah. An enthusiastic gambler, whether playing craps or poker in Hayward or Vegas or blackjack in Monaco, Cannes or Amsterdam, Jim was in his element. Jim was a parishioner at the Church of the Incarnation, where he and Mary were married by Father Kevin McDonough. He always started his daily prayers with "Hi, God, it's Jim and Mary." He would proceed to thank God for our wonderful life and how lucky we were. He chose each day to see everything in a positive light. Nothing broke his lifelong positive spirit; even in his final illness, when asked how is your day, he responded "wonderful." A lifelong music lover, he was especially fond of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Willie Nelson, and blues and jazz - he knew the words to over a hundred songs. Many times he woke up singing his own songs, composing and rhyming as he went. A beautiful, happy man, Jim was respected and loved by all. He was a hero to his wife and 'Boppa' to his grandchildren. This is James Patrick Conway in his own words, stated many times: "I never had a bad day, occasionally a bad moment, but never a bad day." Mass of Christian Burial at the Church of the Incarnation, 3801 Pleasant Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55409, on Friday, May 27, 2022 at 11:30 a.m., with visitation beginning at 10:00 at the church. Masks required. Memorials, if desired, to Incarnation Catholic Church, Catholic Charities, or the Electrical Workers Historical Society. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996

Ruth Anne Donahoe

Donahoe, Ruth Anne age 95 of Edina, MN passed away on May 21, 2022 with family at her side. An avid sports fan who will be missed by many. Ruth was known as Aunt Sis by her nieces and nephews because her brothers affectionately called her Sister. She was born and raised in Mt. Lebanon Pennsylvania, moving to Mpls when Ruth was in junior high, graduating from Washburn High School in 1944. It was in high school Ruth formed lifetime friendships with 7 endearing women who became known as the "salad girls". Pat Moberg, from this group remained her dearest friend. Ruth graduated from St. Catherine University in 1948, with a dream to become a sportswriter. She came pretty close, working as an Executive Secretary for the publisher of the Star and Tribune for most of her working career. Ruth followed all sports, especially listening to the Twins games on the radio with Danny Gladden announcing. Ruth possessed a quick wit and informed intellect, although it was always the Sports pages she read first. Ruth enjoyed gardening, playing bridge with the "salad girls" and keeping in touch with her family. She valued the stories she would hear from family spread across the country. Ruth lived at Vernon Terrace in Edina, working part time at the front desk for many years. She cherished the staff, neighbors and good friends. It was truly home, a wonderful community, for 30 years. She is preceded in death by parents, Joseph and Anna; and brothers, Joseph Jr., George and Thomas. Survived by nieces and nephews, Susan (Jay), Nancy, Mike, Bill (Kris), George, Joe, John (Debbie), Mary, Barbara Annie, Tom (Krista), Tim (Angela) and Jim (Sally); 23 grand nieces and nephews; 2 great grand nieces and nephews; and 2 devoted caregivers who became dear friends of Ruth, Kathy Carlson and Kathy Harms. Mass of Christian Burial Friday, May 27 at 11am at Annunciation Catholic Church 509 West 54th St. Minneapolis, MN. Visitation 1 hour prior to mass at church. Luncheon to follow. Interment Resurrection Cemetery Mendota Heights, MN. Memorials may be directed to the Church of the Annunciation. MINNEAPOLIS, MN 612-861-6088

Juanita M. Ernhart

Ernhart, Juanita M. Age 80 of Richmond. Passed away peacefully May 22. Preceded in death by her parents, sister, Pauline Kelly and brother, Colin Kelly. Survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Ray; son, Michael (Theresa) Ernhart; daughters, Catherine (Eric) Lindvall and Jacqueline Riebel; 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; sister, June (Ronald) Hoffman and brother, Patrick (Donna) Kelly; many loving relatives and friends. Juanita will be missed dearly by all who knew her. Mass of Christian Burial 12 noon Friday May 27, with visitation 2 hours prior to service, all at Sts Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 110 Central Ave. N, Richmond, MN. Private family interment. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the Quiet Oaks House Hospice, 5537 Galaxy Rd. St Cloud, MN 56301. Rettinger Funeral Home Long Lake-Orono 952-473-6954

Walter 'Walt' Fluegel

Fluegel, Walter "Walt" UMD biology prof, photo-grapher/ artist/author died 4-6-22 at 94. Preceded in death by wife Maxine, parents Johanna (Gunther) and Johannes. Survived by daughter Margo Ashmore, son Grey, grandkids Karl & Larissa. By-invitation celebration of life June 5. Memorials: Grantsburg, WI Public Library.

Jared Grossman

Grossman, Jared age 21 of Minneapolis. Succumbed to mental illness. He is survived by parents, Andrew & Suzanna Grossman and Lynne & Andrew Redleaf; siblings, Eliana Singer, Noah Grossman and Alene Sussman (Anthony); nephew, Max Sussman and uncle, Loren Singer. Private family service. Community gathering for SHIVA 7:00 pm Wednesday at Temple Israel, 2323 Fremont Ave So., Minneapolis. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Masonic Institute for Developing Brain,, Washburn Center for Children,, Southside Harm Reduction Services or the donor's favorite charity. Hodroff-Epstein 612 871-1234

Patricia Lou (Olson) Hoines

Hoines, Patricia Lou (Olson) died peacefully at home in Carlsbad, CA on Nov. 9, 2021 at the age of 97. Born in McIntosh, MN to Dr. Louis and Edna Olson, Patricia was the beloved wife of Capt. Arnold Hoines (USN-retired), naval aviator, engineer and WWII veteran. Patricia attended the U of MN, was lifelong advocate for children and extraordinary seamstress. Patricia was predeceased by sister, Shirley A. Baldwin, Duluth, MN; brother, James D. Olson, Minneapolis, MN; and, son-in-law, Dr. Abner Martin Landry, III. She is survived by her children, David Hoines, FL, Marilyn Landry, TX, Nancy Hoines, MA; grandsons, Trevor (Shyler) Landry, Garrett (Loretta) Landry, and great-grandsons, Graham and Griffin Landry, of TX. She also leaves Bonnie Hoines, FL, John Turcot, FL, several nieces, nephews and friends. A memorial service and burial will be held May 28, 2022, 10 AM at Lakewood Cemetery Memorial Chapel, 3600 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN.

Harry Ronald Johnson

Johnson, Harry Ronald Age 77, of Golden Valley, was lifted into the arms of The Lord on May 12, 2022. Ron was preceded in death by his parents Harry and Eline Johnson, sister Karen and brother-in-law Lewis Igo. Harry is survived by his daughter Kimberly (Dan) Miller; grandchildren, Connor and Jack Miller and Taylor (Anthony) Gonzalez; brothers, Gary and Mark (Susan) Johnson; nieces and nephews, Lewis (Heidi) Igo and Kristine Igo, Christopher Johnson and Laura (Aaron) Knepper; great-nephews, Larson, Fritz, Lewie and Beau. A private celebration of life for the family will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia. 952-442-2121

Robert K. 'Bob' Kasbohm

Kasbohm, Robert K. (Bob) Beloved husband, father, brother and grandfather passed away peacefully at N. C. Little Hospice on May 21, 2022, at age 91. He is preced ed in death by his parents, Mary and Frank Kasbohm and his brother Donald Kasbohm. Survived by his brother Tom Kasbohm. He will be missed by his wife, Donna, and his nine children: Brian (Chris), Jeffrey, Tony, Michael (Jenny), Julie (Dave), Bob (Sally), Carol, Charles (Lori), and Kristen (Pete) as well as sixteen grandchildren: Brianna; Kyle and Grace; Zachary, Allie and Charlie; Taylor and Megan; Justin, Brooke, Matthew and Christopher; Ben, Jacob, Aubrey, and Peter; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation on Wednesday, May 25, 5:00 - 8:00 pm at Gearty-Delmore Park Chapel, 3960 Wooddale Ave South, St. Louis Park. Mass of Christian Burial, Thursday, May 26, 10:30 am at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie with lunch to follow. Visitation one hour prior to service. Live Stream provided by In lieu of flowers or gifts, please make donations to Grace Hospice or Pax Christi Catholic Community. Gearty-Delmore 952-926-1615