Obituaries

Richard William Connelly

7/27/1953 — 10/14/2011

Richard William Connelly, age 58, of Savage, died on Friday, October 14, 2011 at Regions Hospital, St. Paul.
Rick is survived by his mother, Maxine Connelly; sister, Barbara J (Craig) Winn of Saline, Michigan; brother, Steven M. (Annie) Connelly of Savage; nieces, Erica Winn (Matthew Neagle) of Seattle, Washington, Melissa Winn (Andrew Zecchini) of Ann Arbor, Michigan; uncles and aunts, Ann Cosgrove, Ray and Jo Connelly, Trice Connelly, Gene Krech, Mary Pat Connelly and many cousins. Rick was preceded in death by his father, Patrick M Connelly; grandparents, Bert and Jewel Cork, Pat and Mary Connelly; uncles and aunt, Timothy Connelly, Ryan Winn, Dennis Cosgrove, Bob Connelly, Mary Krech and Frank Connelly.

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Earl L. Clinton

7/8/1937 — 10/11/2011

Earl L. Clinton, age 74, of Shakopee died on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at his home. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; daughter, Christine (Joseph) Dysterheft of Shakopee; Stephanie (Dennis) Schroeder of Jordan; 3 grandchildren, Tara and Jennifer Dysterheft, Carissa (Kevin) Grohs; brother, Raymond Clinton of Lancaster, Minnesota; sisters, Shirley Farbo of Hallock, Minnesota, Bernice Benny of Minnetonka; nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Laura (Johnston) Clinton; brother, Collins and sister, Viola; sisters-in-law, Rose and Marilyn Clinton; brother-in-law, Mike Benny.
Earl was born on July 8, 1937 in St. Vincent Township, Kittson County, Minnesota. He married Bonnie Russell on October 26, 1962 in Navarre, Minnesota. Earl was a member of the Teamsters Union Local 974 and was a retired auto mechanic having worked at Shakopee Ford and Freeway Ford.

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Eric Robert Larson

6/20/1972 — 10/6/2011

Eric Robert Larson, age 39, of Webster, passed away unexpectedly on October 6, 2011. Eric is survived by his wife of 13 years, Christy; daughter, Alicia (12) and son, Alex (9); mother, Lorraine Larson Busse and step father, Paul Busse; big brothers, Jeff and Doug; loving uncle to his nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his father, Lloyd. Eric was a devoted husband, caring father, little brother and successful business owner. He was an avid hunter and camper. Eric had many friends and will be dearly missed by all.

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Marie E. Knutson

11/14/1925 — 9/27/2011

Marie E., age 85, of Prior Lake. Survived by sons, Rick and wife, Gladys of Apple Valley, Andy and wife Sheri of Dawsonville, GA, Jay and wife Lynn of Burnsville; daughters, Julie Mollenhoff and husband Rick of Prior Lake, Kristy Ryan and husband Jeff of Prior Lake; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband, John; parents, Joseph and Anna (Bauer) Roth; 3 brothers; 2 sisters.

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Nancy Lee Doria

11/30/1934 — 9/27/2011

Nancy Lee (Forte) Doria, age 76, of Victoria, formerly of Rome, Italy.
Nancy was born November 30, 1934, the daughter of Albert and Helen (Thomas) Forte. She attended the University of Minnesota, and earned her graduate degree in jewelry design from University of New York, New Paltz.
Survived by sister, Barbara Zell (her friend Bruce Triden); brother, Tom (Joanne) Forte; nieces, Patti Miller, Nancy (Tyson) Hamilton-Morss, Melissa Forte; grandnephews, Parker and Cameron; grandniece, Josie.

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George J. Schmitt

12/30/1937 — 9/26/2011

George J., age 73, of Shakopee. Survived by niece, Diane Mittelsted and husband, Peter; great-niece, Jennifer Mittelsted; great-nephew, Kyle Mittelsted, all of Dexter. Preceded in death by parents, George C. and Mathilda (Breeggemann) Schmitt; sister, Betty (Melvin) Hall.

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Jane J. Braun

6/17/1927 — 9/26/2011

Jane J., age 84, of Savage. Survived by sons, Patrick and wife, Jean, Alan and wife, Christine; daughter, Lynn Knutson and husband, Jay; 7 grandchildren, Christine, Nathan, Jayson, Neil, Stephanie, Amanda, and Lisa; 7 great-grandchildren, Connor, Carlie, Emily, Lauren, Olivia, Johnathan, and Colette; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband, Ralph; parents, George Allen, Sr., and Margaret Egan-Allen; brothers, Jerry, Peter, Ed, and Sonny Allen; sister, Mary Pivec.

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William Bill Otto Doege, Jr.

9/11/1943 — 9/26/2011

WILLIAM BILL OTTO DOEGE, JR., age 68, of Hill City, MN, formerly of Shakopee, MN died Monday, September 26, 2011 at Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital in Grand Rapids, MN.
Bill was born in 1943 to William Sr. and Mary Ann Doege in South Range, WI. He grew up and attended schools in Shakopee, MN, then attended Dunwoody Institute for mechanics. Bill was employed with the City of Shakopee for 25 years as a heavy equipment operator and also was volunteer fire fighter for 12 years. Bill was united in marriage to Donna Mae Hennen on June 6, 1964 in Shakopee, MN. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who loved the outdoors and most of all spending time with family and friends. Bill was a member of the Haypoint Jackpine Snowmobile Club, Trinity Lutheran Church, NRA and Minnesota Deer Hunters Association.
Preceding him in death were his parents; two sisters, Thelma Gainer and Carol Doege.
Survived by his wife of 47 years, Donna; two daughters, Tammy (Martin Werner) Friestleben of Farmington, MN and Terri (Brent) Bakken of Shakopee, MN; one son, Todd (Sheila) Doege of Shakopee, MN; four sisters, Dolores Larson of Superior, WI, Jean (Chuck) Oleheiser of Richfield, MN, Chris (Frank) Horvath of Park Rapids, MN and Betty (Kenny Wilkie) Lowe of Aurora, CO; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Edward and Jean Hennen; sister-in-law, Pat (Fritz) Baenen of Green Bay, WI; brother-in-law, Terry (Marilyn) Hennen of Shakopee, MN; seven grandchildren, Jennifer (Joe) Sames, Allyson Friestleben, Becca Friestleben, Jessica Doege, Jeff Doege, Bailey Bakken and Seth Bakken; one great granddaughter, Samantha Jo Sames; one future great grandson; and many nieces and nephews.

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Arlene E. Bouley

7/16/1936 — 9/14/2011

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Shirley M Majerus

10/19/1936 — 9/12/2011

Born in Minneapolis on October 19, 1936 to Beatrice (Saice) and Roy Slowey. She was the oldest child and she had two brothers, Richard and Ronald and a little sister Dianna, who she always called Spooky. After her mother remarried she gained two younger half-brothers, Douglas and David.
A strong woman, she kept her siblings in touch when they were separated after the early deaths of her parents when she was only 18.
Shirley married Arnold Majerus when she was 22 and they moved to Burnsville shortly after their first daughter was born in 1961. They raised 4 girls, Michelle, Wendy, Becky and Connie and lost one baby boy, Joseph.
She was thrilled with 5 grandchildren, Abigail, Josie, Ryan, Eryn and Anna.
She wants to be remembered for her volunteerism at St. John's Church and School, the many foster children she cared for, and her dedicated work ethic for all of her employers including American Hardware Mutual Insurance, B. Dalton Booksellers and the Lion's. Also don't forget the fun she had dancing, playing cards, bowling and cheering her girls in sports.
She was delighted to be the first teacher to her grandchildren and proud of raising girls whom she taught could anything a boy could do.
She ran out of air and went home to be reunited with her parents, grandparents, son, friends, brothers and Jesus whom she loved on Monday, September 12, 2011 surrounded by her family.

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