Obituaries

John G. O'Loughlin

2/3/1940 — 3/13/2014

John George O'Loughlin, 74, of Shakopee, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 13, 2014, surrounded by family at Methodist Hospital.
John was born on February 3, 1940 on the family farm in Shakopee. The oldest boy of seven siblings, John learned to farm from his father Ray. At the age of 17, John had to quit school to take over the farm due to his father's farm accident. He was able to graduate high school with the help of teachers and through the years, John also worked at American Crystal Sugar Chaska and Cargill Savage.
On Sept 6, 1957, John flipped a coin and was lucky enough to win the love of his life Maryann. They married on September 30, 1961 at St. Mark's church in Shakopee and raised a family of four on the farm where he was still farming with his 2 sons.
Family, friends, farming, faith and food were his life.
John's Catholic Faith was an important piece of his life. His dedication to his church and Catholic school community was unwavering. John was a member of Shakopee Knights of Columbus. He also regularly ushered at St Mary's Sunday Mass where his smile and gentle nod warmed the hearts of many.
Many Shakopee children were fortunate enough to meet Farmer John during a farm fieldtrip. John would hold their hands as they squeezed chickens, fed calves and ate ice cream cones with him. John made everyone feel special.
As a farmer, he had appreciation for life, for death, for nature and the land. John was admired for his strength and perseverance with the 1970 and 1978 farm fires and rebuilding. John was grateful to all the helping hands during these times.
A respected member of Shakopee and the surrounding farming communities, John's legacy and contagious smile will live on forever.
Survived by wife, Maryann; daughters and sons, Janni (Rick) Hennes, Tim (Jody) O'Loughlin, Steve (Joanne) O'Loughlin, Amy (Joe) Sullivan; grandchildren, Kelly, Kristin, and Dan Hennes, Erica, Lexi, and Ashlyn O'Loughlin, Robert and Keri Jo O'Loughlin, Samantha, Tom and John Sullivan; siblings, Mary Jane (Larry) Kes, Joanne (Jim) Luce, Donald (Shirley) O'Loughlin, Lois (Pat) Madden, Karen (Jim) Kemp, Kathie Brandel. Preceded by parents, Ray and Odelia; parents-in-law, Jerry and Virginia Weckman; brother-in-law, John Brandel.

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Dale E. Prchal

5/9/1945 — 3/12/2014

Dale E. Prchal, age 68, of Shakopee, entered eternal life on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at his residence.
Born on May 9, 1945, in Glenwood, Minnesota, the son of Ernest and Myrtle (Kvitek) Prchal. He worked as a manager and in marketing for several auto body shops. Dale's main interest was race horses; he owned several race horses and he also enjoyed riding. He also enjoyed his 25 years of working side by side with Gary Kettering.
Dale is survived by his mother, Myrtle; sister, Judy Lee and husband, Al; niece, Jennifer Mcalpin and husband, Marty; nephew, Chad Lee and wife, Michelle; grand-niece, Madeline Sullivan; grand-nephews, Brock Sullivan, Caden Lee, and Paxton Lee; close friends, Ricky Anderson and Gary Kettering; many cousins and many friends.
Dale was preceded in death by his father, Ernest.

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James Lee Dorothy

6/27/1934 — 3/11/2014

James Lee Dorothy, age 79, of Shakopee, died on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at St. Gertrude's Health Center in Shakopee, Minnesota.
Jim was born in Fairmont, Minnesota on June 27, 1934, the son of Glenn and Ruth (Flo) Dorothy. He served in the United States Army, and was stationed in Germany. He married Donna Gilliland on March 20, 1955 in Fairmont. Prior to retirement, Jim worked for 35 years at Data Documents as a lithographer.
Jim liked his time doing yard work and being outdoors, traveling, socializing with friends and being with his family.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Donna; parents, Glenn and Ruth; brother, Richard; brother-in-law, Ronald Gratz. Survivors include his daughters, Kim (David) Wagner, Tammy (Allen) Johnson; grandchildren, Tiffany (Chad) Larson, Tyler Johnson, Sarah and Ben Wagner; half sister, Sharon (Hank) Isaacson; half brother, Charles Dorothy; sister-in-law, Beverly Gratz; loving nieces and nephews; special dog, Barney.

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Timothy James 'TJ' Illikainen

8/25/1989 — 3/2/2014

Timothy James 'TJ' Illikainen, age 24, of Jordan, died on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
TJ was born on August 25, 1989, in Shakopee, Minnesota, the son of Warren and Patricia (Reynolds) Illikainen. He was a 2008 graduate of Shakopee High School. TJ was working as a package handler at FedEx.
Some of TJ's interest were fitness and exercise, and especially basketball. He had a contagious smile and was very loving and compassionate to those around him. He was considered the glue that held his friends together.
TJ is survived by his parents, Pat and Warren; brothers, Kenny and Michael (Susan Calhoun and her children, Mason and Lindsey); sister, Sedaya; grandparents, Sandy and Ken Reynolds and Nettie Illikainen; many aunts, uncles and cousins. Preceded in death by his grandfather, Floyd; cousin, Jordan Reynolds; uncle, Brian Reynolds; aunt, Mandy Illikainen.

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Faith H. Piotraschke

8/14/1949 — 3/1/2014

Faith H. Piotraschke, age 64, of Shakopee, died on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee, Minnesota.
Faith was born in Mountain Lake, Minnesota, on August 14, 1949, the daughter of Joseph and Caroline (Schoon) Paulson. She married Byron Piotraschke on July 5, 1969, in Windom, Minnesota. For over 25 years, Faith worked for Target Corporation, many years in Eden Prairie, and then Shakopee.
She enjoyed game shows and playing board and card games, Sudoku and other puzzles, and occasionally scrapbooking. She also enjoyed going dancing with Byron and listening to their favorite bands together. But, most of all, she loved her time with her grandkids.
Survived by husband, Byron; children, Deanne Wandersee (Mark), Chad (Amy), Kimberly Shackelford (Eric); grandchildren, Will, Maggie, Gabrielle, Ryan, Hope, Allison; brother, Jerry Paulson (Rita); sister, Dori Richter. Preceded by parents, Caroline and Joseph Paulson; brothers, Bernard, Dallas, Mervyn, and Joe, Jr., Paulson; sister, Sadie Elness.

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Rebecca Sue Nordstrom

5/6/1958 — 2/23/2014

Rebecca 'Becky' Sue Nordstrom passed away quietly at her home on Sunday February 23, 2014.
Becky was born in Des Moines, Iowa on May 6, 1958, to Roger and JoAnn Caton. She recently retired after 20+ years at ADC Telecommunications in the Twin Cities.
She loved spending time with her friends and family and especially loved every minute she was able to spend with her five grandchildren, they made her life whole. She taught us how to live, love and be thankful for every minute of life.
Becky is survived by her husband, Jon Nordstrom; sons, Scott (& Stacy) Carel, Joshua (& Jennifer) Carel, Eric Carel; daughter, Katie (& Alex) Hill; daughter-in-law, Tessa Carel; grandchildren, Sienna, Jack, Tristan, Peyton, Noah; and brother, Steve (& Sue) Caton, sister, Linda (& Terry) Sampson; brother, Doug Caton. She is now reunited with her son, Timothy Carel; and her parents, Roger & JoAnn Caton.

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Robert G. 'Bob' Gospeter, Sr.

1/17/1923 — 2/22/2014

Robert G. Gospeter, Sr., age 91, of Burnsville, passed away Saturday, February 22, 2014.
Bob grew up in Minneapolis, joined the U.S. Army in 1943 and served in the Pacific front. He attended Dunwoody Institute and went on to a career with the Bureau of Mines. After retiring in 1978, he had a long and active retirement in Winter Haven, Florida. He enjoyed golfing, cards, and traveling. He was very proud that he was retired longer then he worked!
He was preceded in death by his parents, August J. and Ella M. (Klee) Gospeter; and brother, John F. Bob is survived by his wife of 68 years, Mary; children, Mary Hartman, Pat (Tom Lutgen) Kline, Robert (Cindy) Gospeter, Ammie (Kendall) Kraft, Michelle (Mark) Jacobs; grandchildren, Erin (Troy Johnson) Hartman, Colene (Dave) Blank, Alison (Clay) Kimber, Kim (Kevin) Eicher, Jessie (Owen Kelly) Kraft, Nikki (Chris) Hauck, Cassie Gospeter, Carrie (Chris) O'Hearn, Callie (Andrew) Urban, Tyler (Stephanie) Kraft, Megan Jacobs, Sarah Jacobs, and 18 great-grandchildren.

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Toni Ann Walton Huerta

10/24/1942 — 2/20/2014

Toni Ann Walton Huerta, age 71, of Shakopee, died on Thursday, February 20, 2014, in Shakopee.
Born on October 24, 1942, in Des Moines, Iowa, the daughter of Archie and Pauline (Foster) Deters. Toni graduated from Minnetonka High School. For over 20 years, she worked in quality assurance at National Computer System. Recently she had worked at Mystic Lake Casino as a wardrobe administrator.
Toni enjoyed listening and watching karaoke, and playing bingo. She and her family went camping every weekend, and she liked to fish on these trips. She loved her vacations to tropical beaches with her family as well.
Toni is survived by her husband, Fernando Huerta; daughter, Cynthia Burkhart and husband, Patrick; granddaughter, Hailey Ann Burkhart; brother, David Deters and wife, Barbara; nieces, Kerstin, Nicole and Carolyn. She was preceded in death by her parents, Archie and Pauline Deters.

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Yevgeniya Goryacheva

7/21/1936 — 2/17/2014

Yevgeniya Goryacheva, age 77, of Shakopee, died on Monday, February 17, 2014, at Friendship Manor Nursing Home in Shakopee.
Born on July 21, 1936, in Karaganda, Kazakhstan, the daughter of Petr Kondrashin and Yevdokiya Petrovna.
Yevgeniya was married to Vitaliy Okhman. She was a school teacher.

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Lucille Elizabeth Rosen

2/27/1921 — 2/16/2014

Rosen, Lucille Elizabeth (Hennen), age 93. Born in Marystown to Emma and Frank Hennen, Lucille and her late husband, Paul, raised their family of 12 in Shakopee. Active members of the community and St. Mark's parish for many years, they moved to Barefoot Bay, FL in 1983. Lu's love of flowers and gardening thrived in FL with her showcase gardens and plants. Her commitment to her faith and community remained a focus of her life as she volunteered and served in many roles, caring for others.

Lu loved her family most of all and welcomed countless visitors into her home. Her children, grandkids, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends were regular visitors experiencing the beaches and shell hunting she loved. In 2010, she returned to Shakopee residing at The Gardens at St. Gerts along with three of her sisters. Most recently, Lu was lovingly cared for at St. Gertrude's. The Rosen family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the dedicated and highly-skilled St. Gert's team who were so devoted and kind to their mother and to the entire family.

Lu is survived by daughters and sons, Susie Palmieri-FL, Kathy Zierhut-Hopkins, Bette Fenton (Curt)-Hopkins, John Rosen-AK, Jayne Koskovich (Mike)-AK, Jim (Jennifer)-Savage, Mike (Diane)-OK, Tom (Jill)-AK, Tony-MO, Khris Norton (Steve)-AK, Annette Knopp (Duane)-FL, Dick (Sherry)-MO; 19 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; sisters, Lolly Marshall, Sister Lalande Hennen SSND, Lorna Paul (Rich), Joanne Schneider (Ronny); brothers, Bob Hennen (Rose), Dick Hennen (Janice); many nieces and nephews. Preceded by husband, Paul; grandsons, Adam Norton and Derrik Swanson; sons-in-law, Tom Zierhut and Bill Neisen; daughter-in-law, Marilyn Rosen; sisters and brothers, Ervin Hennen (Lil), Melvin Hennen (Phyllis and Donna), Nellie Hauer (Bill), Mary Schesso (Roman), Bea Krittenbrink (Frank); parents Frank and Emma Hennen.

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