Obituaries

Francis S. Bisek

6/23/1937 — 2/11/2014

Francis S. Bisek, age 76, of Shakopee, born in New Prague, entered eternal life on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at Mala Strana Health Care Center in New Prague, Minnesota.
Francis was born on June 23, 1937, the son of Frank and Stephania (Mamer) Bisek. He served in the United States Army. Francis married Marie Schmidt, and together they had 3 children.
For 37 years, Francis was the head custodian at the Shakopee High School. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, and working on the farm with his son. He loved his work and his family. His grandkids were very special to him.
Survivors include his wife, Marie; sons, Chuck and wife, Gloria, Tim and wife, Megan; son-in-law, Terry Stier; grandchildren, Tanner and Tyler Bisek, James and Derek Bisek, Francis and Barbara Stier; brothers, John, and Henry and his wife, Betty. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Linda Catherine Stier; parents, Frank and Stephania; brother, Gilbert; sisters-in-law, Catherine and Dorothy; nephew, Stephen Bisek.

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Van T. Ly

12/29/1960 — 2/9/2014

Van T. Ly, age 53, of Shakopee, died on Sunday, February 9, 2014, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Born in Vietnam, December 29, 1960, the son of Lau and Buu (Chau) Ly.

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Jerome L. Prescott

11/21/1938 — 2/9/2014

Jerome L. Prescott, 75, of Morton, died Sunday, February 9, 2014 at Redwood Area Hospital.

Jerome L. Prescott, the son of Albert and Evelyn (Goodthunder) Prescott, was born November 21, 1938 in the Pipestone Indian Hospital, Pipestone, Minnesota. He grew up on the Lower Sioux Community and received his elementary education at the Bishop Whipple Mission. Jerome attended Morton High School and then enlisted in the United States Army where he was stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

On March 3, 1962, Jerome married Carrol Case at St. Cornelia's Episcopal Church and they made their home in the Minneapolis area. Jerome was employed as a heavy equipment operator for Minnesota Tree Construction, Orin Thompson Construction, and DLNR Construction. Following his retirement in 1997, he and Carrol moved to Morton. Jerome was a member of St. Cornelia's Episcopal Church and was Past Commander of American Legion Post 2.

He is survived by his wife Carrol of Morton; daughter Terri (David) Schmitt of Shakopee; grandchildren Jesse, Holly, Dylan, and Taylor; and siblings Gary (Diane) Prescott of Redwood Falls, Debbie (John) Robertson of the Lower Sioux Community, Greg (Jolene) Prescott of Morton, Don Prescott of the Lower Sioux Community, and Denny (Chel) Prescott of Redwood Falls. Jerome was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Roger, Leslie, and Michael.

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Carl S. Gantriis

9/23/1941 — 2/4/2014

Carl S. Gantriis, age 72, of Shakopee, died peacefully in the comfort of his residence surrounded by his family on February 4, 2014.

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on September 23, 1941, son of Jens and Clara (Scott) Gantriis. He graduated from Roosevelt High School. He then served in the United States Navy. Carl was a Minnesota State Trooper for 29 years, retiring in 1996.

Golfing was his favorite pastime. He also enjoyed fall trips to Duluth and the North Shore with his family and being a snowbird in Florida. He especially enjoyed being with his friends laughing at weekly breakfast and happy hour.

Carl is survived by his daughter, Danelle Lisa Gantriis; son, Dana Scott Gantriis; and their mother, Sandra Gantriis. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jens and Clara.

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Richard C. Schoenecker

10/12/1942 — 1/30/2014

Richard C. Schoenecker, age 71, of Shakopee, entered eternal life on Thursday, January 30, 2014, at St. Gertrude's Care Center in Shakopee.
Born in New Prague, Minnesota, on October 12, 1942, the son of Joseph and Cecelia (Ruhland) Schoenecker. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Richard married Rosie Weiers on May 20, 1967, in Union Hill, Minnesota. He was a volunteer at Mobile Meals, a member of the American Legion Post 2 in Shakopee, and he enjoyed classic cars and wintering in Mesa, Arizona.

Survived by wife, Rosie; children, Brenda Faber, Kurt (Randee) Schoenecker; grandchildren, Erika, Jack and Kyla Schoenecker; siblings, Ralph (Rita), Virgil, Delores Gosewich, Rosemary Lambrecht, Bob (Maryann), LaDonna Peller, Earl (Mary), Joe (Rosie); sisters-in-law, Mary and Clarissa Schoenecker. Preceded by son, Kevin; parents, Joseph and Cecelia (Ruhland); brothers, Erwin and Leander; 3 brothers in law and 1 sister in law.

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Colleen Marie Laughlin

5/22/1924 — 1/29/2014

Colleen Marie Laughlin, age 89, of Shakopee, passed away peacefully on Wednesday January 29th, 2014 surrounded by the love of her family in her home.
The youngest of 12, Colleen was born on May 22nd, 1924, the daughter of Florian and Catherine (Shafranski) Fitzpatrick.
She grew up in the small town of Waverly, Minnesota. She married Russell Dustin Laughlin on June 30th, 1948 in California. Colleen worked beside her husband for 30 years, settling in Shakopee in 1965. Together they ran the North Star Cafe for 25 years, from 1965 to 1989. Colleen was a great 'PR' person. She welcomed the customers, made them feel at home, then would sit and visit. The cafe was home away from home to many from across the United States. For Colleen, her grandchildren were the loves of her life and one or more of the 13 she was so blessed with, were always around. Her house was never empty, but always full of love and laughter.
Survivors include her husband Bud; sons and daughter, Michael, Patrick (Karen), Dennis, Erin Kiecksee and husband, Jim; Sean and wife, Char; 13 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, sisters, and a niece.

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Eric Michael Lindquist

5/26/1976 — 1/24/2014

Eric Michael Lindquist, age 37, of Shakopee, formerly of Austin and Madelia, died in an ice fishing accident.
Born in Austin, Minnesota, the son of Bruce and Joan (Vandervort) Lindquist. He was a 1994 graduate of New Ulm High School, and 2004 graduate of Mankato State University. Eric was a long haul trucker for the past 8 years, mostly with Swift Transportation in Phoenix, Arizona. He enjoyed snowmobiling and ATVs, skiing, fishing, boating, and hiking. As a youth he excelled in basketball, baseball, tennis, and track, and also played football and soccer.
Survivors include his mother, Joan Lindquist of Grand Forks, ND; father, Bruce Lindquist of Shakopee; grandmothers, Arlene Lindquist of St. Louis Park, Esther Vandervort of Crookston; uncles and aunts, Ken (Patty) Lindquist of Crystal, and Arlo (Hanna) Lindquist of Corcoran, Wayne and Sandy Vandervort, both of Crookston; cousins & friends.

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Harold N. Zwart

10/8/1935 — 1/23/2014

Harold N. Zwart, age 78, of Shakopee, died on Thursday, January 23, 2014, at his residence.
Harold was born on October 8, 1935, in Hawarden, Iowa, the son of Cornelius and Martha (Baas) Zwart. Harold married Pat Chase on October 8, 1954, in Sibley, Iowa. For 34 years he worked for Ford. First he worked on the line, and then Harold drove tug. His hobbies included Bible Study at First Presbyterian Church, and fishing. He loved spending time with his family, both working and playing.
Survived by wife, Pat; children, Deb O'Brien and husband, Paul, Harold Zwart and wife, Cindy; grandchildren, Jenean and husband, Troy, Sam, Jeremy, Ashley and husband, Bill; great-grandchildren, Carter, Logan, Neiva; brothers, Lawrence and Ken; sister, Marlene. Preceded by son, Jeffrey; parents, Martha and Cornelius; brothers, Calvin and Don.

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Elias Alvarado Aparicio

7/20/1942 — 1/23/2014

Elias Alvarado Aparicio, age 71, of El Paso, Texas, passed away peacefully on January 23, 2014, in the company of his daughters in Shakopee, Minnesota.

Elias was born on July 20, 1942, in Jerez, Zacatecas, Mexico, the son of Felipe and Rosenda (Aparicio) Alvarado. Prior to retirement, he worked as a farmer.

Preceded in death by his parents, Felipe and Rosenda Alvarado Aparicio. Survived by his daughters, Silvia Alvarado-Ruiz, Susana (Joe) Saba Alvarado, Adriana (Francisco) Alvarado-Aguilar; son, Gabriel Elias Guerrero (Raquel); grandchildren, Carlos, Valerie, Javier, Jasmine, Yarelli, Adriel, Kevin, Eva, Hernan; brothers and sisters, Abigail, Irene, Juan, Mauro, Felipe, Jr., Jose 'Pepe', Ignacio 'Nacho'; many nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

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Donald E. Crosby

2/20/1933 — 1/20/2014

Don E. Crosby, age 80, of Shakopee, died on Monday, January 20, 2014, at Friendship Manor Nursing Home in Shakopee.
Don was born on February 20, 1933, in Little Falls, Minnesota, the son of Clifford and Helen (Shaff) Crosby. He and Betty Connolly married, and he worked as a chef and a meat cutter.
Don is survived by his wife, Betty; daughters, Julie (Bill) Brown, Theresa (Darwin) Hoyles, Raeann Crosby; siblings, Jim, and Virginia Woelm; 7 grandchildren, Brian, Brenna, Crista, Melissa, Courtney, Rachel, and Callie Jo; 5 great-grandchildren, Chase, Lucas, Liam, Callan, and Jaliyah. Preceded by son, William; parents, Clifford and Helen; sister, Lenore.

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