Obituaries

Amy Ellen Larca

11/13/1946 — 4/1/2012

Amy Ellen Crooks-Larca, Blue Sky Woman. Mahtiya To Winyan, age 65, of Prior Lake, born on November 13, 1946, in Pipestone, MN, the daughter of Amos and Rosemma (Coursolle) journeyed to the Spirit World on April 1, 2012. Member of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.
At various times, Amy served as the Chairman, Vice Chairman, and Secretary/Treasurer of the SMSC Business Council.
Survived by husband, Robert Larca; children, Cyndy Stade-Lieske (Joe), Terry Stade Jr. (Jackie), Tricia Lafferty (Joe Jr.), Melinda Agundis (Marco); grandchildren, David Pickit, Ashley Pickit (Eddie Friendshuh), Carrissa Pickit (JT Seaboy), Blaire Pickit (Eric), Kristina Zander (Jeremy), Krystal Wendland (Michael), Jonathon Stade-Repasky, Alex Stade, Joey Saba (Whitney), Jamie Saba (Chris), Steven Saba, Rosemma Mosley, Casandra Stade (Niq), Warren Stade, Cady, Maiah, and Jakob Muelken; 15 great-grandkids; brothers, Raymond (Jo Ellen) Crooks, Glynn Crooks; adopted relative, James Cioci; adopted brothers and sister, Jim Muelken (Jodi), Shelly Toso (Stephan), George Wettlin; nephew, Nathan (Nicole) Crooks; son-in-law, Jeff Repasky; brother-in-law, Charles Larca (Diane); nephew, Jesse Larca (Kelly); many cousins and friends; dog, Louie. Preceded in death by parents, Amos and Rosemma Crooks; infant daughter, Terri Lynn Stade; daughter, Tracy Stade-Repasky.

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Earl J. Weckman

4/1/1926 — 3/28/2012

Earl J. Weckman died at home on the family farm on 3/28/12, just 3 days short of his 86th birthday. Born on April 1, 1926, the son of John and Anna (Schneider) Weckman. Earl married Marian Stelten on May 29, 1945, at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Chaska. For 40 years, he was the Treasurer of Jackson Township. Besides his wife, Earl's other loves were farming and family.
Earl was preceded in death by his wife, Marian (1992); parents, John and Anna; Siblings Silvinus Weckman, Viola Casserly, Bernadette Streitz, Germain Weckman, Ralph Weckman.
Survivors include his children, John and wife Alice, Dennis and wife Sandy, Marilyn Tech and husband Bill, Tom and wife Patty, Joseph and wife Diane; grandchildren, Barbara Brekke and husband Jon, Patrick and wife Sara, Kevin and wife Kerry, Craig and wife Amy, Melissa Deutsch and husband Bill, Kelly Vourlos and husband Mike, Kyle, Mike, Nancy Jirik and husband Matt, Kassandra, Julie, Kristina Pemble and husband Ray, Edward, and Tim; 14 great-grandchildren, Maria, Luke, Anna and Jacob Brekke, Kaitlin, Abigail and Sean Weckman, Scott and Ruth Weckman, Maxwell and Elizabeth Weckman, Reina and Mari Vourlos, Clara Jirik; sisters-in-law, Lorna Stelten, Phyllis Stelten; special cousins, Silverius and Ceil Becker, Clara Stelten.

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Patricia L. Sopsic

9/8/1947 — 3/26/2012

Patricia L. Sopsic, age 64, of Shakopee, died on Monday, March 26, 2012, at her residence surrounded by her loving family.
Born on September 8, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Patrick and Georgiana (Manac) Homer.
Patricia worked for the University of Minnesota Physicians, and was the Operations Manager for Radiology and Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
Survivors include her husband, John; sons, Paul and wife Karen, and John and wife Jennifer; daughter, Jennifer; grandchildren, Kira and Brooke, Christian, Wyatt; father, Patrick Homer; brothers and sisters, Geoffrey, Mark, Brian, Laura, Cindy. Preceded in death by her mother, Georgiana.

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Clarice Schaller

12/6/1925 — 3/26/2012

Clarice T., age 86, of Waconia, former long time resident of St. Paul, was called home on March 26, 2012. Greatly loved by family and friends.
Clarice was born on December 6, 1925, in Crawford County, Wisconsin, the daughter of Thomas and Clara (Quamme) Johnson. She married LaVerne O. Schaller on December 16, 1950, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Carol was a homemaker, and a member of Sons of Norway.
Survived by daughters, Gail (Michael) Bindewald, Carol (Gary) Averbeck; grandchildren, Karen, Jason (Andrea), and Brian (Kelley) Bindewald, Joy (Darrin) Sabby, Dawn (Hunter) Anderson, Jared (Alicia) Averbeck, and Dan Averbeck; 8 great-grandchildren; brothers, Reverend Walter Johnson and his wife, Marilyn, and Robert Johnson. Preceded by husband, LaVerne; parents, Clara and Thomas Johnson.

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Joshua C. Sumerfelt

7/2/1973 — 3/25/2012

Joshua C. Sumerfelt, age 38, of Watertown, died on March 25, 2012, at his residence. Born on July 2, 1973, in Shakopee, the son on Glenda Schmitt and Larry Sumerfelt.
Joshua had a curious mind, and enjoyed walks, reading at the library, listening to music, and excursions with his friends.
Survived by mother, Glenda Schmitt of Shakopee; father, Larry Sumerfelt of Marshall; sister, Andi Sumerfelt of Sterling, Illinois; grandmother, Dorothy Schmitt of Shakopee; grandparents, Edmund and Vivian Sumerfelt of Marshall; many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Joshua was preceded in death by his grandfather, Barney Schmitt.

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George Henry Breeggemann

7/20/1942 — 3/23/2012

George Henry Breeggemann, age 69, of Shakopee, died Friday, March 23, at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee. Born July 20, 1942, in Shakopee, the son of John and Marie (Neiters) Breeggemann. George served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. On June 15, 1968 George married Carol Eiden at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Chaska. George worked in Security at Mystic Lake Casino for 12 years, and was a school bus driver in Shakopee for almost 40 years. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, bowling, softball and playing cards. He was a retired Shakopee fireman and member of the VFW 4046 in Shakopee. George was also a member of the James F. Campbell Knights of Columbus Council 1685 of Shakopee. George is survived by loving wife, Carol; children, Jody, Jeff, Sondra (Craig) Glynn, Kurt (Tiffany); grandchildren, Corinna and Andrea Glynn, Chance Breeggemann, Maddyson Breeggemann, Selina and Skylla Draman; sisters, Angeline Woodworth, Virginia (Norbert) Gregory; brother, John Joseph (Sandra); sister-in-law, Janelle Breeggemann; special niece, Debbie Green; many other loved nieces and nephews. Preceded by parents, John and Marie; sisters and brothers, Mary Ploumen, Michael, Marjorie (Bernard) Schindler, Georgina, John Henry, and Bernard; brother-in-law, Charles Woodworth.

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Carol M. Sulik

9/2/1946 — 3/16/2012

Carol M., age 65, of Shakopee, died on Friday March 16, 2012, at her residence. Born on September 2, 1946, in Minneapolis, MN, the daughter of Bertrand and Virginia (Hartmann) Goemer. Carol was a graduate of St. Margaret's High School. She married Michael Sulik, and until 1978, Carol was employed by the United States Government with the C.I.A Carol had an immaculate garden, she also enjoyed playing bridge, bowling and softball.
Survived by husband, Michael; mother, Virginia Goemer; brothers, Lee (Cathy), Gene (Nancy); sisters, Lisa Goemer (Pete), Laura (Mark) Nelson. Preceded in death by father, Bert Goemer; brother, Glen Goemer.

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Steven H. Pieper

10/13/1953 — 3/13/2012

Steven H., age 58, of Shakopee. Born October 13, 1953, in Aurora, Colorado, the son of William H. Bill, Sr., and Virginia Pieper. He worked for 40 years at CPP Minneapolis as a manufacturing supervisor.
Survived by sons, Jeremy and Steven H. Jr.; parents, William H. Bill, Sr., and Virginia; sisters, Cheryl Pieper, Debra (Charles) Hawkinson; brother, William, Jr.; significant other, Jeannie Johanson. Preceded in death by grandparents.

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Jewel E. Gay

4/23/1932 — 3/12/2012

Jewel Edsel Gay, age 79, of Shakopee, died on Monday, March 12, 2012, at St. Gertrude's Care Center in Shakopee. Born in Smithville, Tennessee, on April 23, 1932, the son of Willie and Susie (Pirtle) Gay. He married Marinda Hudson. Jewel served in the United States Army. He worked his entire career for Northern Construction Company, based in Lakeville.
Jewel is survived by wife, Marinda; daughters, Linda Kubiszewski and Andrea Gay; grandchildren, Jessica Kubiszewski, Kenneth Kubiszewski, Cody Gay, Kristyn Barrington, Mathan Schoknecht, Mamie Schoknecht; great-grandchildren, Jabin Kubiszewski, Austin Egbers; brothers, Ralph Gay, Ronald Gay; sisters, Evelyn Underwood, Naomi Cripps, Dean Waggoner. Preceded in death by parents; brother, Austin Gay; infant brother, Donald Gay.

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Charles Goebel

8/3/1932 — 3/11/2012

Chuck Goebel, age 79, of Shakopee, died on Sunday, March 11, 2012, at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN. He was born in Arlington, MN, on August 3, 1932, the son of Alfred and Cora (Timm) Goebel. Chuck married Carol Willmsen on June 21st, 1953, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Arlington, MN. Chuck served in the United States Army. He was a member of the American Legion Post 2 in Shakopee. From 1967-1975 he was the owner of Chuck’s Pastry Shoppe in Shakopee. He enjoyed spending time with family, woodworking, fishing and camping, all the local sports teams, and having coffee with the guys at the bakery. Survived by wife, Carol; children, Brenda (Dave) Groschen, Linda (Gary) Kube, Rhonda (Steve) Rosvold, Kevin (Margie) Goebel; grandchildren, Mike (Amy), Katie (Devin), Joe (Cassie), Jesse (Tiffany), Adam (Krystal), Kristin, Matt (Sonja), Danielle, and Dylan; great-grandchildren, Alexis, Austin, Jordyn, Brady, Connor; sister and brother-in-law, Mildred and Dwaine Felmlee; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Allen and Lois Willmsen; sister-in-law, Connie Peik. Preceded in death by parents, Alfred and Cora Goebel; and infant son.

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