John A. Preisen
5/31/1939 — 5/24/2013
John A. Preisen, age 73 of Marystown, died on Friday, May 24, 2013, at his residence.
Born on May 31, 1939, on the family farm just south of Marystown, the son of John and Genevieve (Farrell) Preisen. He served in the United States Army Reserves, and on July 2, 1966, John married Karyn Bohnsack in Heidelberg, Minnesota. He always enjoyed farming the family farm, and also worked at Anchor Glass in Shakopee.
Survived by wife, Karyn; daughters, Shelly Anderson and husband, Dave, Shari Monahan and husband, Mike, Kari Pennington and husband, Corey; son, John Preisen; grandchildren, Karli and Ryan Monahan, Michael, Thomas, and Luke Pennington; brothers and sisters, Jerry and wife, Diane, James and wife, Jane, Joan Rosckes and husband, Don, Mary Taddei and husband, Geno. Preceded in death by parents, John and Genevieve; sister, Carol Pexa.
Alpha A. Justen
9/10/1917 — 5/22/2013
Alpha A. Justen, age 95, of Prior Lake, formerly of Marystown died peacefully on May 22, 2013, at Lodge on Natchez in Elko, Minnesota. For 6 months prior to moving to the Lodge, Alpha was lovingly cared for by her son, Lee, and his wife, Trish, in their Marystown home.
Alpha was born on September 10, 1917 in Bloomington, MN. She married Leo Justen, at Assumption Church in Richfield, MN on November 15, 1939. Alpha and Leo moved to a dairy farm in Marystown in 1946 where they farmed for 30 years. After retiring from farming, they moved to Prior Lake near the Franciscan Retreat Center.
Preceded in death by her husband, Leo; and infant daughter, Mary Louise. Alpha is survived by seven children and their spouses, Judy (Chub) Schindler and, Lee (Trish) Justen, Sue (Jerome) Loftus, Joanne (Rob) Kemkes, Alan (Anita) Justen, Dan (Mary) Justen, Marilyn (Dan) Breimhorst. Alpha was a fantastic grandmother to 17 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.
In addition to being wonderfully devoted to her family she was a creative seamstress, quilter and crocheter. She loved nature and was an avid gardener. Alpha was an affiliate member of the Conventual Franciscan Order and a long time parishioner of the Church of St. Michael.
She enjoyed her seven years of residency at the Keystone Community in Prior Lake.
Delores L. 'Skip' Bluestone
11/19/1938 — 5/16/2013
Delores Bluestone, 'Skip', age 74, Member of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, journeyed to the spirit world on May 16, 2013, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, after falling ill on April 26, 2013. Delores was a traditional Dakota elder and fluent speaker of the Dakota language. She danced women's traditional at Pow Wows around the country and attended many more. Delores was preceded in death by two brothers who died at birth, her father, Walter (1978) and her beloved mother, Rose (1993).
Delores was born on November 19, 1938, in St. Paul, MN. She graduated from Humboldt High School. Delores went to work for the State of Minnesota, and in the 1980's moved with her mother to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community where they settled into their new home. Delores retired in 1988.
She loved to travel, visiting places of interest around the world. In 2000, Delores established a winter home in California. Summers were spent enjoying the plants, flowers and trees in her Minnesota yard.
Delores is survived by many relatives and friends who will miss her deeply.
Chris C. Clemens
11/7/1965 — 5/10/2013
Chris C. Clemens, age 47 of Owatonna, formerly of Shakopee, died on Friday, May 10, 2013, at his residence.
Born on November 7, 1965, in Shakopee, the son of Harry and Magdalene (Doerr) Clemens. Chris attended Shakopee High School, and enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He is survived by daughter, Brittney; brother, Rod (Joyce), sisters, Sandy Bartusek (Al Jirik), Debbie Noiske (Dave); many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents, Harry and Magdalene; brother, Wayne; sister, Laurie Campbell.
Mary J. Erwin
6/24/1944 — 5/9/2013
Mary J. Erwin, age 68 of Shakopee, died on Thursday, May 9, 2013, at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee.
Mary was born on June 24, 1944, in Macomb, Illinois, the daughter of Verle and Adelia (Spaunhut) Combs. She served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War.
Mary was a nurse at St. Gertrude's Health Center in Shakopee. She loved caring for the residents at St. Gertrude's. She would take time of her own to finish playing games and continue her conversations with them. She was in a bowling league in Belle Plaine, she enjoyed traveling, crocheting, and being a member and listening to an 'Opera Club' she belonged to. Mary especially loved spending time with her grandsons.
Mary was preceded in death by her daughter, Kimberly; father, Verle Combs; and infant sister. Survivors include her son, Patrick V. Erwin and wife, Kayla, of Rochester; grandsons, Gavin and Noah; mother, Adelia Combs, of IL; brothers and sister, Sidney Combs and wife, Kathy, Mike Combs and wife, Eva, all of IL, Nancy Denkinger of St. Paul, Steven Combs and wife, Kenna, of AK; several nieces and nephews.
Marcella Mae Kelley
4/5/1935 — 5/6/2013
Marcella Mae Kelley, age 78, of Shakopee, died on Monday, May 6, 2013, at her residence.
Born on April 5, 1935, in Austin, Minnesota, the daughter of Arthur and Doris (Hall) Mayer.
Marcella enjoyed dancing, embroidery, listening to music, and especially visiting with all her wonderful neighbors.
Survived by daughter, Patty Kelley; son, Daniel Kelley; grandchildren, Isaac Rayfield, Michelle Marie Collins, Jessica Marie Geraghty, Kayla May Isder; brothers and sisters.
Jeffrey E. Norland
7/19/1952 — 5/5/2013
Jeffrey E. Norland, age 60, of Shakopee, died on Sunday, May 5, 2013, at Minneapolis VA Medical Center.
Jeff was born on July 19, 1952, in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, the son of Dennis and Ruby (Werner) Norland. He married Brenda Karger on October 16, 1993, at First Presbyterian Church in Shakopee, MN.
Jeff served in the United States Air Force. He was a member of the American Legion Post 2 in Shakopee, and a long time member of First Presbyterian Church. He loved listening to music.
Jeff is Survived by wife, Brenda; son, Douglas; daughter, Kristine; granddaughter, Serenity Zephier; brother-in-law, Russ Case; niece, Kamille Stankey and husband, Tim; nephew, Chris Case and wife, Anna; great-nephews, Payton and Jaden Case. Preceded in death by parents, Dennis and Ruby Norland; sister, Deborah Case.
Constance E. 'Connie' Vierling
3/4/1927 — 5/2/2013
Constance E. 'Connie', age 86, of Shakopee, died on Thursday, May 2, 2013, at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee.
Born on March 4, 1927, in Victoria, MN, the daughter of Frank and Mary (Kelzer) Wellens. Connie married Lawrence Vierling on August 18, 1948. For 22 years, Connie was a nurses aid at St. Francis Hospital in Shakopee, working in the nursery and the main floors, and was a nurses aid at the MN Masonic Home. She also worked at St. Mark's School.
She was a member of the Shakopee Council of Catholic Women and the Christian Mother's group at Church of St. Mark. Connie loved to cook, sew, crochet, play cards. She and Lawrence wintered in Mesa, Arizona, and together they traveled in their RV. She especially enjoyed spending time with her friends, that meant a lot to her.
The family would like to say 'Thank you' for all the help and support from the staff at Home Instead Senior Care, and all the nurses and doctors at St. Francis Regional Medical Center.
Survived by husband, Lawrence; daughters and son, Sandra McKenna and husband, David, Dennis and wife, Mary Kay, Nancy Braun and fiance, Rick Schindeldecker; grandchildren, Rebecca Bechel and husband, Mike, Allan, Neena, and Tim McKenna, Michael Vierling, Daniel Braun, Jennifer and Joleen Solem; great-grandchildren, Desiree McKenna, Charly Taylor, Izak Bechel, Jazzmin McKenna; brothers and sister, Stan Wellens and wife, Mary Ann, Mary Ann Young and husband, Elmer, Kenneth 'Whitey' Wellens. Preceded by parents, Frank and Mary Wellens; brother, Ervin Wellens and wife, Ruth.
12/9/1949 — 5/1/2013
Anton Antepenko, Jr., age 63, of Shakopee, died on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee.
Anton, Jr. was born on December 9, 1949, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Anton Antepenko, Sr.
He will be missed by his family and friends.
Lee Wayne 'Scott' Prentice
3/8/1950 — 5/1/2013
Lee Wayne Prentice, Scott, age 63, of Shakopee, died on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at his residence.
Scott was born on March 8, 1950, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the son of Harold and Mary Lou (Heinecke) Prentice. He was a custodian at ABM.
Trivia was one of Scott's biggest skills.
Survived by siblings, Stacey Hartzell and husband, Tom, Terry Prentice and Jeff Prentice; niece, Jennifer Rossow and husband, Jeremy; nephews, Greg and Grant Hartzell, Matthew and Nathan Prentice; great-nieces/nephew, Ellen, Hannah, Addie, and Caleb Rossow. Preceded in death by parents, Harold and Mary Lou Prentice.