Obituaries

Paula S. Sutton

10/11/1958 — 9/19/2013

Paula S. Sutton, age 54, of Shakopee, died on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at her home. Paula was born on October 11, 1958, in St. Paul, Minnesota, the daughter of Richard and Eunice (Fox) Sutton. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include children, Abbey (Lance) Bernstein, Morgan (Brittany Field) Crooks, and Adam (Jahaira) Crooks; 2 brothers, John and Gene; 2 sisters, Cher and Laurene; 6 grandchildren. Paula was preceded in death by the father of her children, Alfred Crooks; grandson, Cyan Crooks; and her parents.
Pallbearers are Adam, Morgan, Danny 'Skip', Glynn and Steven Crooks and Lance Bernstein.

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Donald F. Geis

10/24/1933 — 9/18/2013

Donald F. Geis, age 79, of Shakopee died on Wednesday, September 18 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis. Donald was born on October 24, 1933 in Shakopee the son of Fredinand and Dorothy (Molkenbur) Geis. Donald was a graduate of Shakopee High School. He married Vivian Schmidt on September 24, 1955 in Belle Plaine. Donald was Veteran of the Korean War and a member of Shakopee American Legion Post 2 and a member of the Masonic Lodge of Shakopee. Don was employed for over 35 years as a baker with Red Owl and Supervalu stores where he was a member of the Bakers Union Local 22.
He is survived by his wife, Vivian; sons and daughter, Donald Jr. (Blanca), David, Daniel (Karin) and Cheri (Jim) Drawert; brothers and sisters, Les (Dede) Geis, Lloyd (Donna) Geis; Alice (Don) Larsen, Betty Hvidsten; 14 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter. Don was preceded in death by his son, James; granddaughter, Dion Ann Bohr; his parents; brothers, Wallace and Ralph.
Military honors are provided by the Shakopee Veterans Memorial Unit.

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Marion E. Doyle

4/25/1922 — 9/17/2013

Marion E. Doyle, age 91, of Chanhassen, formerly of Winona, died on September 17, 2013, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, Minnesota.
Born on April 25, 1922, in Winona, Minnesota, the daughter of J. Clarence and Leona (Kurvers) Doyle. For 50 years she was on office worker in the food industry, most of those years at Red Owl.

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Yvonne 'Vonni' Marie Green Okerberg

12/29/1956 — 9/11/2013

Yvonne 'Vonni' Marie Green Okerberg died September 11, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Vonni was born in Shakopee, Minnesota on December 29, 1956.
She giggled, laughed, and enjoyed so much during her short life, always finding the good and unusual. Vonni had a gift with animals; she could feed and befriend them even when others couldn't. She wanted to care for each of them - wild, stray, or otherwise. She always had a story about the latest critter. There was a simplistic approach about her. She charmed even the grumpiest of people with her one-liners and sass. Yet, she was a role model and the epitome of benevolence. Vonni's passing left a void in the lives of many. She is missed by the following and oh so many more: spouse, Jim Okerberg and daughter, Erica; mom, Betty Green; siblings, Tom, Michelle, Anita, Max, and their spouses & families.

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Margaret 'Evelyne' Underwood

5/10/1925 — 9/6/2013

Margaret 'Evelyne', age 88 of Shakopee, died on Friday September 6, 2013, at Augustana Emerald Crest in Shakopee.
Evelyne was born on May 10, 1925, in Smithville, Tennessee, the daughter of Willie and Susie (Purttle) Gay. She married James N. Underwood on December 20, 1941, in Smithville, Tennessee.
Evelyne loved being a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Shakopee, where she was an active member of the Presbyterian Women's group, and many bible studies. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, sewing, quilting, and crocheting. Her family, and especially her grandchildren, meant everything to her.
She is survived by her husband, James; sons, Ed and wife, Patrice, Martin and wife, Kristine; grandchildren, Lance and wife, Kristen, David and wife, Cathie, Kelly Ann Stolarski and husband, Russ; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers, Ralph Gay and wife, Frances, Ronnie Gay and wife, Cathy; sisters, Naomi Cripps and Dean Waggoner; sister-in-law, Miranda Gay. Preceded by son, Jim; brothers, Austin and Edsel Gay.

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Harvey M. Felepe

9/3/1917 — 9/5/2013

Harvey M. Felepe, age 96, of Shakopee, died on Thursday, September 5, 2013, at his residence.
Born on September 3, 1917, in Glencoe, Minnesota, the son of Anthony and Anna Felepe. He was married to Marcella Krohn for 56 years. Harvey enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, and woodworking, specifically building birdfeeders. He had worked as a bartender at the V.F.W. Post 4046, Eagle's Club, and Babe's Place, all in Shakopee.
Harvey served in the United States Army during World War II. He fought in 7 countries and was shot two times. He received the Purple Heart for his dedication to his country.
Harvey was preceded in death by his wife, Marcella; sons, Larry and Anthony; daugther, Linda; brothers and sisters.
Survivors include his son, Allen Felepe; daughter, Heide Felepe; grandchildren, Teresa Felepe, Lamont Felepe, and Shonta Washington; sister, Gladys Slight.

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James T. 'Jim' Geis

11/9/1962 — 8/22/2013

James T. 'Jim' Geis, age 50, of Shakopee, died on Thursday, August 22, 2013, at Augustana Health Care Center in Apple Valley.
Jim was born on November 9, 1962, in Shakopee, Minnesota, the son of Donald F. and Vivian (Schmidt) Geis. He had been employed as a driver for a medical disposal company. His enjoyed motorcycling, and also liked snowmobiling and camping. His son, Max, was his main passion though, he loved his time with him.
Jim is survived by his son, Max Edward Geis; parents, Donald and Vivian Geis; brothers, Donald Geis, Jr. and wife, Blanca, David Geis, Daniel Geis and wife, Karen; sister, Cheri Drawert and husband, Jim; grandmother, Henrietta Stiles; nieces, nephews, and a great-niece. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Ferdinand and Dorothy Geis, and Jacy Stiles; niece, Dion Ann Bohr.

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Maria Margarita Orosz

5/21/1961 — 8/19/2013

Maria Margarita, age 52, of Shakopee, entered eternal life on Monday, August 19, 2013, at her home surrounded by her family.
Born on May 21, 1961, in Bogota, Colombia, the daughter of Mercedes (Arevalo) Baisch, and Alfonso Sanchez. Maria married Steve Orosz on October 17, 1987, in Jordan, Minnesota, and together they had three beautiful children, Jennifer, Jonathan, and Justin. For many years Maria had her own Children's Day Care. She enjoyed sewing and knitting, and listening and dancing to Latin music.
She is survived by her husband, Steve; children, Jennifer, Jonathan, and Justin; mother, Mercedes Baisch; father, Alfonso Sanchez; many other relatives. Preceded by sister, Maria Teresa Arevalo; step-father, Frankie Baisch.

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Don D. Martin

11/24/1937 — 8/16/2013

Donnavan 'Don' Martin, age 75, of Shakopee, died on August 16, 2013. He was born on November 24, 1937, to Roscoe and Bernette (Schuette) Martin, in Stewart, Minnesota. Don was a graduate of Shakopee High School and Minnesota Business College, he then served 2 years in the United States Army. In 1963 Don was appointed Scott County Assessor by the State of Minnesota, a position he held for 33 years until his retirement. Don was an active member for 12 years in the Shakopee Rotary Club, and served on the Youth Foreign Exchange Program. Since 1979, Don has voluntarily managed Valley Cemetery in Shakopee. A position he was very proud of.
Don's interests were his farm located in Renville County, his hosta garden, going to auctions, his 2 sheltie collies, but most important were his nephew, niece, great-nephew and 2 great-nieces.
Don is survived by his sister, Roxanne (Robert) Jackelen; nephew, Scott Jackelen; niece, Tanya (Nate) Stadler; great-nephew, Gavin; 2 great-nieces, Emily and Amber Stadler, all of Shakopee; and many wonderful friends and cousins. Don was preceded in death by brother, DuWayne (1979), father, Roscoe (1996); mother, Bernette (2012).

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Gerald J. Berg

8/9/1938 — 8/14/2013

Gerald J. Berg, 'Jerry', age 75, of Shakopee, died on Wednesday, August 14, 2013, at his residence in Shakopee.
Born on August 9, 1938, in Laketown Township, Polk County, Wisconsin, the son of Eli and Anna (Reno) Berg.
Jerry graduated from St. Peter High School, and went on to serve his country in the United States Navy.
He worked on 2-way towers, he had owned a little ma-pa store in Reeve, Wisconsin, and most of his life he was employed as a truck driver. Jerry enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Survived by wife, Gloria; son, Mike (Brenda); daughters, Nicole (Jeff) Allen, Mary Berg; grandchildren, Rissa Brown, Taylor Berg, Renee and Justin Allen; great-granddaughter, Madisyn; sister, Sandy Brenhaug; sister-in-law, Phyllis Berg. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jim; sisters, Elizabeth Sprain, Audrey Rystrom.

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