Obituaries

Jean Emily Mullin

10/25/1933 — 5/14/2012

Jean Emily Haferman Mullin, age 78, of Shakopee, MN, died on Monday, May 14, 2012, from ALS Lou Gehrig's Disease, at St. Gertrude's Care Center in Shakopee.
Born in New Prague, MN, on October 25, 1933, the daughter of Lawrence and Evelyn (Zaun) Haferman.
Jean spent all of her childhood in Lydia, MN, receiving her early grade school education at Dist. 21; the two room school in Lydia. She went on to Jordan High School and graduated with the class of 1951.
The fall of 1951, Jean decided to go on to Mankato State University. She earned a teaching degree in Elementary Education.
Jean's first teaching assignment was with the Prior Lake School Dist. After spending a year in Germany, France, and Spain, she returned and taught in the Shakopee School Dist. at Central Elementary, from 1956-1969.
In 1957, Jean became very interested in politics, and joined the Young Republicans. She was chairwoman of Dick Mertz's campaign when he ran for Senator. She was also chairwoman for Richard Thomas. Jean attended many state conventions as a delegate from Dist. 35B. She was a delegate to two national conventions, one in San Diego in 1996, the other in Philadelphia in 2000.
Jean enjoyed her teaching career, and her time working with the Republican Party. She loved to read all kinds of literature, and enjoyed being alone listening to the quiet.
Preceded in death by husband, James Mullin; parents; and sister, Bonnie Timmons.
Survived by her companion and best friend, Gene Brown and family; sister, Cindy Royle; brother, Larry (Gerrie) Haferman; several nieces and nephews.

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Karen L. Hass

7/5/1949 — 5/9/2012

Karen L. Hass, age 62, of Shakopee, after a long fought battle with leukemia, died on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Karen was born on July 5, 1949, in Minot, North Dakota, the daughter of Robert and JoAnn (Liffrig) Starleaf. After high school she attended Business School. Karen had an entrepreneurial spirit. She owned and managed a bar, and then worked as an administrative coordinator for Time Warner Cable, Shakopee Chevrolet, and most recently Biffs, Inc. in Shakopee.

Survived by her son, Mike Young and wife, Denise; brother, Greg Starleaf and wife, Gina; many other loving relatives and friends; significant other, Bill Wetmore, Jr. She is preceded in death by her parents.

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Barbara Amundson

2/8/1933 — 5/6/2012

Barbara Amundson, 79, of Savage, died Sunday, May 6, 2012 at Sunrise Assisted Living in Edina, MN. She was born in Minneapolis on February 8, 1933, to Clyde, (Click), and Lucille (Gossett) Williams. She married Gary Amundson on August 11, 1956 and enjoyed 59 years of marriage prior to losing Gary in 2011. Barbara was a homemaker and enjoyed walking and spending time with her family.
She is survived by son, Gary Jr.; grandsons, Collier (Rebecca), and Chase (Bethany); great-grandson, Griffin Lee Amundson; daughter-in-law, Nancy Amundson. Special thank you to Amanda Engelson and Fairview Hospice and Sunrise Assisted Living for their compassion.

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Roberta C. Witt

5/5/1923 — 4/24/2012

Roberta C., age 88, of Burnsville, passed away gently on April 24, 2012. She left this world with a smile on her face as she entered God’s loving embrace, surrounded by her family. Born on May 5, 1923, in New Prague, Minnesota, the daughter of Mathias and Albina (Svoboda) Ruhland. Roberta married Julian Witt on June 22, 1943, in Union Hill.
She is forever loved and missed by her three children, Lanny Witt (Mary) of Fremont, CA, Lu Ann Carter (Dave) of Edina, Gregg Witt (Meg) of Carver; 8 adoring grandchildren, Kim, Nikki, Tommy, and Molly Carter, Amy, Shannon, Amanda, and Garret Witt; as well as brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, Julian Witt.
Roberta was a devout Catholic and an eternal optimist whose greatest joy came from being surrounded by her family and friends. Her sense of humor, zest for life, incessant curiosity and selflessness were a gift and an example to all who knew her. She never had a bad word to say about anyone. Whether singing with her music group, the Troubadours, playing cards with her card club, or taking organ lessons, she was always up for anything. SPECIAL THANKS TO THE LOVING, CARING STAFF AT N.C. LITTLE MEMORIAL HOSPICE FOR THE TENDER CARE THEY GAVE OUR MOM.
She will be loved, missed, and in our hearts forever.

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Jeff Raymond Noble

10/21/1954 — 4/6/2012

Jeff Raymond Noble, age 57, of Shakopee, died on April 6, 2012.
Born in Los Angeles, California on October 21, 1954, the son of Edith W. (Lynch) Noble. He lived in Van Nuys, California before enlisting and serving in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. Jeff worked as a flight controller for the US Air Force in Nevada. He was a long time employee of the US Postal Service as a Mail Handler. He has many friends from the Twin Cities Metro Hub, the Minneapolis P & DC, and now the Minneapolis/St. Paul Network Distribution Center and the St. Paul P & DC, both in Eagan. Jeff also has many friends who are not postal employees.

Jeff is preceded in death by his parents and had no siblings. His friends became his family and he will be missed by them.

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Ruben F. Ruehle

8/23/1931 — 4/6/2012

Ruben F. Ruehle, age 80, of Shakopee, died on April 6, 2012, at St. Gertrude's Health Care Center in Shakopee. Born on August 23, 1931, in Bird Island, MN, the son of Ruben B. and Cena (Lorenz) Ruehle. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War. Ruben married Marie Ruhland August 25, 1956 in Bird Island, and together for 27 years, they were the owners of Ruehle Jewelers in downtown Shakopee. For 5 years, Ruben also did real estate appraisal. Ruben was a former member and past president of the Shakopee Lions Club, and a member of the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the James F. Campbell Knights of Columbus Council 1685 of Shakopee. His hobbies included golfing in his younger years, and watching country westerns. His family and business always came first though.
Preceded by wife, Marie; infant son, Michael; brother, Larry; sister-in-law, Barb. Survived by daughter and sons, Linda Ruehle of Mankato, Mark of Minneapolis, Brad of Queen Creek, AZ, David, Scott (Jessica) both of Shakopee; grandchildren, Jacob, Samuel, Amanda; brothers, Jerry of Eden Prairie, George (Betty) of Encinitas, CA; sister, Nancy (Tom) Sullivan of Scottsdale, AZ; sister-in-law, Alice Ruehle of San Diego, CA.

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Rosemary F. Ashton

8/6/1925 — 4/2/2012

Rosemary F., age 86, of Shakopee. Born on August 6, 1925, in Slayton Village, Minnesota, the daughter of Frank and Mary (Pille) Kopel. After high school, Rosemary went on to become a nurses assistant. She married Frederick Ashton on September 25, 1945. Rosie enjoyed to work, but her number one priority was her children. She was active at her church, Church of St. Mark in Shakopee, and especially liked helping with Loaves and Fishes. Rosie was a nurses aid at St. Francis Hospital.
Survived by daughters and sons, JoAnn (Bob) Smishek, Bob (Sandy), Nancy (Bob) MacDonald, David; 17 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; sister, Leona Schafer; daughter-in-law, Nann Ashton. Preceded by husband, Frederick; son, Donald; sisters and brothers.

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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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