Obituaries

Janeth Rose Berkland

6/4/1924 — 12/16/2012

Janeth Rose Berkland, age 88, of Waconia formerly of Shakopee, died on Sunday, December 16, 2012, at the Waconia Good Samaritan Center.
Janeth was born on June 4, 1924, the daughter of Walter and Hazel (Goings) Norton. A graduate of Roosevelt High School in South Minneapolis, and she received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Minnesota. After college, Janeth worked at the Margaret Barry Settlement House in Northeast Minneapolis. Janeth married Alvin Berkland on September 1, 1951, in Minneapolis.
She ended her career working for 10 years at the Women's Correction Facility in Shakopee. There she worked her way up to a Cottage Director, retiring in 1987.
Janeth did a lot of recreational training and programs for the Mpls. Recreation Deptartment. She also worked as an assistant to the Recreation Director for the City of Hopkins.
She was always very active in sports. She played fast pitch softball, volleyball, and basketball. In softball, she pitched her team to seven world tournaments between 1951 and 1965. Janeth was the first woman in the MN Fast Pitch Softball Hall of Fame. She also swam in the Aqua Follies in the early 1950s. Besides sports, she loved collecting rocks, especially around Lake Superior with her family.
Preceding her in death was her husband, Alvin; sisters, Jean Clark and Shirley Ehlers; brother, Robert Norton. Janeth is survived by daughter and sons, Robyn Bertram (David Redden) of Roberts, WI, Robert (Joan) of LeSueur, Brett (Kathy) of Watertown; 8 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; sister, Nathalie (Keith) Pickering of Watertown.

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Mary Magdalene Winch

9/29/1930 — 12/10/2012

Mary M. Winch, age 82, of Bloomington, formerly of Shakopee, died on Monday, December 10, 2012, at Fairview University Hospital, Minneapolis, MN.
Born on September 29, 1930, in Shakopee, MN, the daughter of John and Cecelia (Breeggemann) Smith. Prior to retirement, Mary was a professional seamstress.
Survived by loving daughters, Nancy (Larry), Dawn (Jan); grandchildren, Jana, Carrie, Wade; great-grandsons; sisters, Lucille, Bernice (Bob), Darlene; many nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her parents; and brother and sisters, Willis, Mabel, and Carol.

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Cynthia Ann Persell

9/9/1960 — 12/9/2012

Cindy A. Persell, age 52, of Burnsville, with her family at her side, died on Sunday, December 9, 2012, at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville. Cindy had a 45 day battle with lung cancer.
Cindy was born on September 9, 1960 in Graceville, MN to Lawrence and Adeline (Schmidt) Taffe. The second of four daughters. Cindy attended and graduated from Graceville Public Schools in 1978. She attended Willmar Vo-Tech where she received her cosmetology degree. She married Steven John Persell September 6, 1986 at Holy Rosary Church in Graceville, MN. They built their home in Burnsville, MN and their family was complete when Sadie Rose was born in 1996. She was a mentor to Sadie, they shared an incredible bond.
Cindy was a hair stylist at Lucarelli's hair studio in Shakopee, before purchasing the salon in 1987, now known as Persell’s Hair Team. She was a skilled stylist, always keeping up with the latest trends. She took great pride in making people look and feel beautiful. She considered her clients her friends.
Cindy had sparkling brown eyes, a beautiful smile and a contagious laugh. She independently studied organic nutrition and spiritual healing. Cindy loved to entertain her family and friends and could always be found in the kitchen trying out a new recipe. She was a 'giver'. She enjoyed trips to Mexico and Duluth with Steve and Sadie. The ocean, bon-fires, camping, reading, road trips with her sisters, meditation and long walks.
Survived by loving husband, Steve; daughter, Sadie; mother, Addie Taffe; sisters, Mary (Mike) Andrews, Janette (Randy) Sigler, Lisa Kateley and friend, John Rafuse; mother-in-law, Jackie Persell; father-in-law, Dewey Persell; sisters-in-law, Kathi Durkee and Karen Persell; nieces and nephews, Lindsay, Megan, Rani, Kristofor, Jessi, Brian, Allyson; beloved pet dog, Lucy. Preceded by father, Larry Taffe; grandparents, James and Rose Taffe, Joe and Matilda Schmidt; several aunts and uncles; beloved pet dog, Hattie. 'The love that's been expressed towards Cindy, especially when this struggle began, is a mirror reflection of the love that she put in to this world.'

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Jerry J. Skorczewski

2/13/1948 — 12/3/2012

Jerry J. Skorczewski, age 64, of Shakopee, died on Monday, December 3, 2012, at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, MN.
Jerry was born February 13, 1948, in Canby, MN, the son of Ted and Florine (Olsonowski) Skorczewski. He married Judy Peschon, and, at times, was a custodian at St. Mark's Catholic Church, Shakopee Public Schools, and Friendship Village in Bloomington. Jerry was a member of the Army National Guard, and he was a Life Member of the Shakopee American Legion Post 2. He loved old western movies, hunting, fishing and camping, and bowling.
Survived by wife, Judy; mother, Florine; brother, Robert (Pat); sisters, Judy Pipke, twin sister, Janice (James) Lacek, Shirley Skorczewski, Lorie (Scott) Spear, Karen (Michael) Fell; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by father, Ted; brother, Gordon.

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Kathleen Ann Lind

3/15/1959 — 12/3/2012

Kathleen Ann Lind, age 53, of Shakopee, died on Monday, December 3, 2012, at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee, MN.
Kathleen was born on March 15, 1959, in Shakopee, the daughter of Robert and Mildred (Lauer) White.
Kathleen was a daycare provider in Douglas, Wyoming. She enjoyed making bracelets, and her 'Wednesday phone calls' from family. Her biggest love was her children and spending time with her grandkids.
Survivors include her daughter and son, Kelly (Josh) Johnson, and Kenny Lind, all of Douglas, WY; grandchildren, Braiden and Blaine; brothers and sisters, Robert White of Shakopee, Louisa (Ernie) Johnson, of Mound, Mary White of Shakopee, Paul (Dawn) of Carver, Ann (Mark) Lemke of Watertown, Laura (Alan) Malecha of Lonsedale, John White of Shakopee; ex-husband, Keith Lind of Wright, WY; nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends
Kathleen was preceded in death by parents; and nephew, Michael White.

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Herbert A. Perkins

1/30/1957 — 11/29/2012

Herbert A. Perkins, age 55, formerly of Farmington/Shakopee, died on Thursday, November 29, 2012, at Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine.
Herbert was born on January 30, 1957, in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Herman and Eloise Perkins.
Herbert served in the United States Navy during the Persian Gulf War. He retired from the United States Navy and then worked in purchasing at the Veteran's Administration Medical Center.
Survivors include his two sons, Herbert, Jr. and wife, Dina Kong, and Jason; grandchild, Ria Perkins; siblings, Sylvia, Regina, Sheila, and Joseph Perkins; ex-wife, Jennifer Perkins-Boddie; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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LaVerne Vierling

8/5/1921 — 11/28/2012

LaVerne, age 91, of Shakopee, died on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at St. Gertrude's Health Center in Shakopee.
Born on August 5, 1921, in Chanhassen, Minnesota, the daughter of Jacob and Josephine (Williams) Kerber. She married Marcus Vierling on February 23, 1943, in Chanhassen.
LaVerne was a member of the Shakopee Council of Catholic Women, and she was a charter member of St. Francis Hospital Ladies Auxiliary. She volunteered her time at Church of St. Mark, St. Francis Hospital, and Meals on Wheels. She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, gardening and canning. But, LaVerne mostly enjoyed spending time with her family and especially her grandchildren.
Preceded in death by husband, Marcus; sister, Peg Pruden. Loving mother to daughters and son, Mary Jane Rein and husband, Willy, JoAnn Flynn, Donna Sames and husband, Don, Bette Erickson and husband, Ed, Mark Vierling and wife, Dawn. LaVerne is also survived by grandchildren, Dave Rein and wife, Annemarie, Kurt Rein and wife, Kristen, Nicole Schwaesdall and husband, Ron, Katie Boehmer and husband, Joe, Renae Brekken and husband, John, Laura Sames, McKenzie and Mitchell Erickson, Brooke Vierling; great-grandchildren, Cassandra, Lindsey, Nicholas, Natalie, Griffin, Nora; brothers, George Kerber and wife, Evelyn, Pat Kerber and wife, Mona; brother-in-law, Leander Worm; several nieces and nephews.

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Mark J. Illetschko

4/3/1925 — 11/27/2012

Mark J. Illetschko, age 87, of Shakopee, died on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
Mark was born on April 3, 1925, in Belle River Township, Douglas County, Minnesota, the son of Stephen and Catherine (Trisko) Illetschko. He married Marjorie Norlander on November 9, 1953, in Webster, South Dakota. He served in the United States Army during World War II. Mark worked as a heavy equipment operator for Ames Construction for over 35 years. He was a Local 49, and a member of the Chaska American Legion Post 57.
Preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie; parents; and 8 siblings. Survivors include his daughters, Sandra and Pamela Illetschko; brother, Ambrose Illetschko; and several nieces and nephews.

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Geraldine E. Klein

3/10/1926 — 11/24/2012

Geraldine E. Klein, 'Jerry' age 86, of Shakopee, died on Saturday, November 24, 2012, at Friendship Manor Nursing Home in Shakopee.
She was born on March 10, 1926, in Shakopee, MN, the daughter of Peter and Hildegard (Menden) Fitz. Jerry married Urban A. Klein on September 3, 1947, in Shakopee. She worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company for many years, then worked for Shakopee Hardware for over 20 years. She also worked at St. Francis Hospital.
Jerry was a proud member of the Heritage Polka Singers, the VFW 4046 Ladies Auxiliary of Shakopee, 50 year member of the Shakopee Sewing Club, and she was a member of the Shakopee Heritage Society. Jerry also volunteered many hours to Church of St. Mark and St. Francis Regional Medical Center.
Jerry is preceded in death by her husband, Urban; brothers, Richard and Peter Fitz. Survivors include her sons, Terry (Jeanne), Dave (Kathi), Bill (Anne); grandchildren, Melissa, Jeff (Ashley), Josh, Tessa, Rachel, and Julie Klein, Jennifer (Tim) Groby, Kelly (Mike) Marr, Jenny (Jesse) Zettel; 7 great-grandchildren; best friend, Mary Schlink.

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Nina Jeltoukhina

3/12/1921 — 11/17/2012

Nina Jeltoukhina, age 91, of Bloomington died on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at her home. Nina was born on March 12, 1921 in Russia. Survivors include her sister, Yelena Tikhonova and 3 nephews. Nina was a member of the Russian Revival Baptist Church in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

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