Obituaries

J. Michael Anderson

8/21/1946 — 12/31/2012

J. Michael Anderson, 'Maui Mike' of Savage. Loving husband, wonderful father and grandpa, and world traveler, passed away at Fairview University Hospital on December 31, 2012, at age 66. Mike loved his family, Harley, football, kitties and coffee.
Born on August 21, 1946, in Hutchinson, MN, the son of James and Mildred (Works) Anderson. A graduate of Hector High School and then Mankato Vocational Technical College. Mike served in the United States Air Force, stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War.
He leaves behind his wife, Norma; daughter, Arika Hage and husband, Erik; grandchildren, Maxwell and Madeline; sister, Mary Herheim and husband, Al; brother, Jeff Anderson and wife, Judy; niece, Amanda Herheim; other relatives & friends.
Preceded in death by son, Tyler; 2 infant daughters; parents.

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Joan M. Connolly Campbell

9/28/1925 — 12/27/2012

Joan M. Connolly Campbell, age 87, of Shakopee peacefully passed away with her family by her side on December 27, 2012. Joan is survived by her son, Pat (Gail); daughters, Sharon Campbell, Kitty (Paul) Delperdang, Mary (Bob) Schmitz; 6 grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Campbell; parents, Judge Francis and Jess Connolly; brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Virginia Connolly. Joan married Jim Campbell on August 20, 1949 in Shakopee and spent most of her life in the Shakopee Community.

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Patricia Butler Mertz

11/7/1923 — 12/24/2012

Patricia Butler Mertz, 89, of Shakopee died on Christmas Eve, 2012 at Carondelet Village in St. Paul. She was born in St. Cloud to Pierce Butler and Kathleen Casey Butler on November 7, 1923. Beautiful, bright and talented, she was a natural athlete and dancer. An excellent student, Pat was valedictorian at both St. Cloud Tech and the College of St. Catherine.
After college she took a teaching position in Shakopee and met Dick Mertz. They shared a sense of humor, a love of travel, an interest in community service, 62 years of marriage and nine children.
Pat was enormously adventurous. She toured France on a bicycle just after the war and she worked for a time in Montreal. She and Dick visited all 50 states, Spain, France, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Canada. Although she already had a house full, she always made room for an exchange student so that her family could experience other cultures. Pat never lost her love of learning and was active in her book club for more than fifty years.
Pat was a feminist long before that term was popular and she recognized the importance of encouraging and developing young women. She served as a Girl Scout leader for nearly 20 years. She insisted that all six of her daughters go to college at a time when educating women was considered an extravagance. Pat was one of the first women to serve as lector at St. Mary’s Church and later became one of its first Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.
Besides leading Girl Scouts, Pat’s volunteer efforts were as varied as driving cancer patients to their treatments, canvassing for local politicians, and supervising court-ordered visitation. She was a volunteer librarian at the parochial school and a volunteer director on the hospital board which oversaw the change of St. Francis from a small local hospital into a remarkable regional medical center.
She is survived by sons and daughters Kathy Mertz of St. Paul, Ed (Janice) of Prescott, Jacqueline (Ed) Olson of Minneapolis, Joan Mertz of Grant, Maggie (John) Murphy of St. Paul, Jim (Laurie) of Bloomington, Jane (Sean Mullan) Mertz of Stillwater, Sarah (Dick Flaharty) McGowan of Fairbanks, eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Pat is preceded in death by her parents, brother Pierce Butler, sister Helen Farmer, brother-in-law Rev. Frederick Mertz, husband Richard E. (Dick) and son Michael.

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Dorothy I. White

4/1/1942 — 12/23/2012

Dorothy I. White, age 70, of Shakopee, passed away on December 23rd, 2012, at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN, after complications from heart surgery. She went very peacefully and was surrounded by her loved ones.

Dorothy White was born April 1st, 1942 in Fairfax, MN. She lived in Zumbrota, MN with her mother, Orilla, and Father, Deloyd, until the age of 9. She was the oldest of four children in the family, all girls. Her three sisters were Sandy, Judy, and Sharon. She was a great big sister, always watching over her three younger siblings and set a good example for them to follow.

The family moved to St. Paul in 1951 where she spent the balance of her childhood. There, she was surrounded by family, with her Aunt Dorothy and grandmother Bell living with her. Also close by were her aunts Ruth and Della and their families. The closeness of her family was prevalent throughout her life and something she greatly cherished.

Dorothy was very responsible even at a young age. She began working at age 16 and was independent by age 21. Thoughout her early 20's, Dorothy held a number of factory jobs and learned the value of hard work. Even on her own, she was there to look out for her family. One example of this was when her mother and father ran into an unforseen expense when an appliance went out. Dorothy was there to help them financially.

In her mid 20's, Dorothy met, fell in love, and married Daniel White, who she remained married to for over four decades until his death in 2010. The couple lived in Shakopee, MN for the greater part of their marriage. From the time they were married, the couple was inseparable. They worked together at a janitorial service for over 30. The couple was very much in love. When Daniel became ill, she cared for him until her health would not allow her to continue and he went to a care center. Dorothy would visit Daniel daily, and bring him all of his favorite treats.

Dorothy had no children of her own, but very much loved kids. She was an extremely loving aunt. She was very much part of the lives of her nieces, Becky, Tammy, and Jenny, and her nephews Steven, Donald, Chris, Tony and Nick. When great nephews and nieces came along, Dorothy continued to be an active part of their lives. At holiday's, she would always say that by the time the kids warmed up to her, it was time for her to go home.

Dorothy was also sweet and caring to others. As her aunts became older and needed assistance, she would provide transportation, ensuring they made it to family gatherings as neither drove. When her mother, Orilla, had to be placed in a care center, Dorothy would visit once a week, staying for hours at a time. The kindness was apparent to many. Even when the surgeon from her first valve sugery 21 years previously was consulted, he remebered Dorothy, commenting on her warmth and kindness.

Dorothy will be remembered as a loving sister, niece and aunt, and will be missed greatly.

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Virginia J. Paul

11/29/1933 — 12/20/2012

Virginia J., age 79, of Shakopee, died on Thursday, December 20, 2012, at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee.
She was born on November 29, 1933, in Redwood Falls, Minnesota, the daughter of Edwin and Zelda (Rennecke) Spiering. She graduated from Glencoe High School, and married Willard Paul on April 26, 1952, at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Virginia and Willard operated Paul's Valley Bakery in Shakopee for fourteen years. She also worked in housekeeping for St. Francis Hospital in Shakopee for over 15 years. Virginia enjoyed traveling, and she loved spending time with her family and especially her grandkids.
Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, Willard; granddaughter, Amanda Paul; sister, Claire Long. She is survived by 3 sons and 2 daughters, Bruce and wife, Marjean, Larry and wife, Jeryl, Bonnie Johnson and special friend, Arthur Bast, Cindy Bailey and husband, Robert, Troy and wife, Susan; 20 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Evangeline Derby and husband, William, and Elvera Ogren.

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Glenn W. Kask

3/9/1922 — 12/18/2012

Glenn W. Kask, age 90, of Shakopee, died on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at St. Gertrude's Health Care Center in Shakopee.
Glenn was born on March 9, 1922, in Red Wing, MN, the son of Ruben and Amy (Swanson) Kask. He married Phyllis Stryzewski on September 9, 1950, in Akron, Iowa, and together they had 2 children, David and Sue.
Glenn served as a medic in the United States Navy during WWII. Glenn was a funeral director, receiving recognition for being licensed for 50 years in the state of MN. In his later years he helped at McNearney Funeral Home in Shakopee. But, most of his career, over 30 years, he was employed by Hennepin County as a social worker. He was very generous to both Hope Lutheran Church in Minneapolis and his current church, St. John's Lutheran Church in Shakopee. He enjoyed going to auctions and collecting antiques. Glenn traveled all over the United States. He was a very dependable man with strong convictions. In his free time, he enjoyed writing, and was known for his wonderful Christmas stories.
Survived by son, David (Bonnie) of Duluth; daughter, Sue Johnson (Craig Kirby) of Sun Lakes, AZ; grandchildren, Jason and Bria Kask, Tom (Carla), Amy, and Dan Johnson; great-grandchildren, Frank and Rayna Johnson; sister, Caroline Kask, of CA; friend, Muriel Avery of Mpls. Preceded by wife, Phyllis; wife, Jeanette Karlsrud-Kask; sister, Ruby Hoffman; brother, Paul.

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Renelda A. Hauer

7/29/1924 — 12/18/2012

Renelda A. 'Nelly', age 88, of Shakopee, entered eternal life on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee.
Nelly was born on July 29, 1924, in Marystown, the daugther of Frank and Emma (Theis) Hennen. She married Bill Hauer on June 12, 1945, in Marystown. Nelly was the owner of Hauer Drive In until 1971. One of her most enjoyable hobbies was fishing.
Nelly was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; brothers, Ervin and Melvin Hennen; sister, Mary Schesso. She is survived by daughters, Lynn Geiser and husband, Richard, Pat Niedorf and husband, Al, all of Shakopee; granddaughters, Jessica Grandstaff and husband, Matthew, Arica Logeais and husband, Matt, Alicia Worthey and husband, Scott; 7 great-grandchildren; sisters, Lucille Rosen, Lolly Marschall, Bea Krittenbrink, Sister Lalande Hennen, Lorna Paul and husband, Rich, Joann Schneider and husband, Ronald; brothers, Robert Hennen and wife, Rose, Richard Hennen and wife, Janice.

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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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