Obituaries

John Ryan

2/5/1954 — 2/2/2012

John R. Ryan, Jack, age 57, of Shakopee. Born on February 5, 1954, the son of John P. and Dorothy (Pool) Ryan. Jack served in the United States Navy. His work career was at the Ford Motor Plant. One of his hobbies was coin collecting.
Survived by son, Josh; daughter, Amy; 4 sisters and 5 brothers. Preceded in death by parents, John and Dorothy Ryan; and 2 brothers.

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Richard D. Meuwissen

2/27/1956 — 2/1/2012

Major Meuwissen, Richard David, U.S. Air Force Retired, age 55, of Savage, MN, passed away peacefully Wednesday February 1, 2012 at The Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine, MN, surrounded by family after a 12 year battle with a traumatic brain injury.
Rich graduated from Minneapolis Southwest High School, received a B.S. from the University of Minnesota and an MBA in Finance from Ball State University Indiana.
Rich had an 18 year career in the Air Force as a KC135 navigator, ROTC Professor, and joint strategic planning commissions.
Rich was intelligent, athletic, competitive, and fun-loving. He was genuinely kind to people, and everyone who met him loved him.
Preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy. Survived by his loving wife, Sandy; father, Kenneth; 3 children, Tara (Joe) Castello, Elissa, John (Amanda); siblings, Pat Meuwissen-Meyer, Sharon Meuwissen, Gail Dean, Sandra Roach; many uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his loyal service dog, Noah.
Heartfelt thanks to the staff of the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis, the SarahCare Adult Care Center in Savage, The Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine and Hospice of the Twin Cities.

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Lorraine Ann Thielen

2/14/1917 — 2/1/2012

Lorraine Ann Thielen, age 94, of Shakopee, died on Wednesday, February 1, 2012, at her residence at Emerald Crest Care Center in Shakopee.
Lorraine was born February 14, 1917, in Chanhassen Township, Carver County, the daughter of George and Mary (Kreuser) Schmitt. She married Donald E. Thielen on August 31, 1953, in Shakopee.
Lorraine started her working career at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, and then was a clerk at various grocery stores in the area.
She was very proud of the fact that she has been a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Shakopee her entire lifetime. Lorraine was also a member of the V.F.W. #4046 Ladies Auxiliary in Shakopee.
Lorraine is preceded in death by her husband, Donald E. (2001); brothers, Raymond, Karl, and Harold; sisters, Alice Hammers, Lucille Williams, Dorothy Raser, Ethel Worm, and Nancy Huss. She is survived by her 3 sisters, Sister Virginia Schmitt, of Indiana, Lois Kubes, and Harriet Pink, both of Chaska; sister-in-law, Adella Schmitt of St. Patrick; many nieces and nephews.

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Doreen D. Lusignan

4/24/1927 — 1/28/2012

Doreen D. Lusignan, age 84, of Shakopee, died on Saturday, January 28, 2012, at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee.
Doreen was born on April 24, 1927, in Manchester, England, the daughter of Harry and Lily (Meyers) Dunn. She married Zefere Lusignan on July 17, 1947, in Greenbush, MN. After raising her 9 children, she was employed by Fremont Engineering, then Birchwood Laboratories as a lead line operator, lastly she worked for Shakopee Public Schools as a lunch lady in the cafeteria. Doreen was a member of the Council of Catholic Women at St. Mark's Catholic Church.
Doreen is preceded in death by her husband, Zefere and daughter, Yvonne. She is survived by her children, Pamela (Michael Nelson) Lusignan, Barry (Janice) Lusignan, Keith Lusignan, Kevin Lusignan, Brian Lusignan, Colin Lusignan, Terry (Shari) Lusignan, Mary Jo Schuette; 14 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren.

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Donald James Ashton

8/17/1955 — 1/25/2012

Donald James Ashton, age 56, of Jordan, died on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, at his residence. Born August 17, 1955, the son of Frederick and Rosemary (Kopel) Ashton. He married Nann Hadley on June 28, 1975, in Edina. Don served in the United States Army from 1975-1978. He was employed by Thermo King, and worked in research and development. Don enjoyed spending time at the cabin, and especially liked fishing and ice-fishing.
Survived by wife, Nann; daughter, Mandy (Mike) Lenz; son, Charlie (Laura); mother, Rosemary; grandchildren, Mellina, Marie, Madelyn, Mallorie, Michael David Lenz, III, Hannah and Hailey; sisters and brothers, JoAnn (Bob) Smishek, Bob (Sandra), Nancy (Bob) MacDonald, and David. Preceded in death by father, Frederick; granddaughter, Lillian.

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Eldon A. Reinke

11/4/1942 — 1/21/2012

Eldon Reinke, 69, of Shakopee, born November 4, 1942, passed away peacefully Saturday, January 21, 2012, at Methodist Hospital.
He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Shirley; children, Diane (Paul) Hallgren, and David (Caroline Carritt)Reinke; grandchildren, Drew (Emily)
Reinke, Justin (fiance Sarah Will) Reinke, Dayton Reinke,
Paul Hallgren, Jr., and Thomas Hallgren; brother, LeRoy (Elisabeth) Reinke; brother-in-law, Arvin (Shirley) Ernst; nieces and nephews, Mary Ernst, Paul (Vicki) Ernst, David (Sharon) Ernst; nephew and Godson, Dean (Cheryl Bradshaw) Reinke; Godchild, Virginia (Greg) Weiler. Preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Hilda (Boettcher) Reinke.
Eldon spent much of his lifetime in service to his church and community. For his church, he served in all the different offices that could be held, right up to president of the congregation. A pastime close to his heart was farming. He could leave his electricians job in the Twin Cities in massive traffic, stop in Shakopee where things were leveling off, and
then drive to the farm where things were more bliss and
calm. And then there'd be six jobs lined up to do. Having Shirley's Century Farm in the family is a blessing.
Eldon was a 1962 graduate of Dunwoody Institute and an I.B.E.W. Electricians Union 292 member for 45 years, through which he served on various Political Action
Committees. Early on as a citizen of Shakopee, he belonged to the Shakopee Jaycees, in which he served in different offices and as president. Activities in the Jaycees included attending five National Conventions (1972-1976) in Atlanta, GA, Minneapolis, MN, San Diego, CA, Miami Beach, FL, and Indianapolis, IN. From the Jaycees he moved on to serve Shakopee on the Public Utilities Commission, Planning Commission, City Council, and as Mayor of Shakopee (1982-1987). Eldon had said he really appreciated the opportunity to serve. Most recently, he has been a member of the Shakopee Lions and greatly enjoyed the group, their friendship, and camaraderie. Along with the other trips mentioned, he fondly remembered vacations to Hawaii, San Antonio, TX, Washington D.C., and a cruise
through the Panama Canal.

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Robert W. DeMers

6/25/1929 — 1/15/2012

Robert W. DeMers, age 82, of Shakopee, died on Sunday, January 15, 2012, at Three Links Care Center in Northfield, MN. He was born in Shakopee on June 25, 1929, the son of Stephen and Julia (Cermak) DeMers. He married Marlene Melchior on June 16, 1956 at St. Mark's Catholic Church in Shakopee.
Robert served in the United States Navy during the Korean War, and was very proud to serve. He worked at Continental Machines, Inc. in Savage, for 34 years. Robert enjoyed fishing and hunting, and especially loved waterfowl hunting. Very close to his heart were all his grandchildren.

Survived by daughter, Debra (Greg) Wagner of Webster, MN; son, Robert M. (Barbara); brother, Stephen (Mary); sisters, Donna (Florian) Dressen, Della (Cecil) Clay, all of Shakopee; grandchildren, Jason, Jeffrey (Amy), Hayley, Bobby, Marlee, Emily; great-grandchildren, Sophia and Drew. Preceded in death by his wife, Marlene; siblings, Dorothy, Louis, Richard, and Dolores.

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Dorothy LaVon Ueland

12/6/1931 — 1/12/2012

Dorothy LaVon Ueland, age 80, of Shakopee, died January 12, 2012, at Clare Bridge in Eden Prairie.
Dorothy was born on December 6, 1931, in Belview, Minnesota, the daughter of Henry and Clara (Grannes) Danielson. She married Donald Ueland on August 6, 1950, in Belview, MN. Together they owned and operated Ueland Trucking.
Dorothy's entire family had a deep love for music, and she was a talented player of the piano, organ, and violin.
Survived by daughters, Mona (Perry) Carpenter, Nancy (Bruce) Theis, all of Shakopee, Bonnie (Steve) Scherer of Prior Lake; daughter-in-law, Rhonda Ueland of Shakopee; grandchildren, Jason (Vicki) Carpenter, Judy Exum, Adam (Brett) Theis, Mathew (Sara) Theis, Angel Theis, Shannon Hennen, Nick Scherer, Amanda (Cory) Green, Miriah (Steve) Johnson, Tyler Ueland; great-grandchildren, Derek Utne, LeAnn Exum, Juley Exum Vig, Seth and Veda Carpenter, Zoe, Max, Sydney, and Trystan Theis, Rebecca Scherer, Alexis and Logan Hennen, Roman, Paityn, and Kolten Johnson; sister, Ione (Jerry) Olson of St. Cloud; brothers, Orland (Marilyn) Danielson, Kenneth Danielson; sister-in-law, Margaret Danielson, all of St. Paul; brother-in-law, Carold Ueland of TN; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband, Donald Ueland; son, Bruce; parents, Henry and Clara Danielson; brother, Vernon Danielson.

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Kimberly S. Erwin

9/29/1975 — 1/11/2012

Kimberly S. Erwin, age 36, of Shakopee died on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at St. Gertrude's Health Center, Shakopee. Kimberly was born on September 29, 1975 in Shakopee. She was a 1994 a graduate of Jordan High School and a 1999 graduate of St. Catherine University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology. Kimberly had been employed at Ameriprise in the licensing department and she was currently a student pursuing a career in nursing. Kimberly took great pleasure in travelling.
She is survived by her mother Mary J. Erwin; father Patrick C. Erwin; brother, Patrick V. Erwin and his wife Kayla; grandmother, Adelia Combs; aunts, uncles and 2 loving nephews. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather and paternal grandparents.

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Margaret A. Peggy Sorenson

7/24/1942 — 12/28/2011

Margaret Peggy Sorenson, 69, of Shakopee, passed away
Wednesday, December 28, 2011, after a long battle with cancer.
She was born in Minneapolis, MN, July 24, 1942, the daughter of Harold and Margaret (Gibson) Ryan. She attended high school in Robbinsdale, MN.
Margaret was a homemaker. She enjoyed card games every Monday night with close friends, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, Harold
and Margaret Ryan. She is survived by her husband,
Richard; daughters, Lynn Zart (Bryan) of Shakopee,
Amanda Menden (Jason) of Buffalo; grandchildren,
Brandon, Kelsey, Colby and Rylie; siblings, Michael Ryan, Rosie Lewis (Larry); and many close friends.

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