Obituaries

Lawrence E. Samstad

5/14/1930 — 1/13/2013

Lawrence E. Samstad, 'Larry', age 82, of Shakopee. Born May 14, 1930 in Minneapolis, died Sunday January 13, 2013 in Minneapolis at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital.
Preceded in death by 1st wife, Corrine Paron-Samstad; parents, Elmer Samstad and Anna Mickel; 1 stepson and 1 step-grandson. He will be sadly missed by wife, Bernice Dellwo-Samstad; 11 stepchildren; 22 step-grandchildren.
Graduate of U of M, Civil Engineer, Owner and CEO of Itasca Engineering. He taught structural engineering at the U of M from 1953-1955. Larry's passion in life was civil engineering and watershed management and preservation. Manager, past Administrator and Consulting Engineer for the Lower MN River Watershed District, representing Scott County for 50 years. Sam's Landing in Shakopee was named in honor of his extensive service and contributions to the Lower MN River Watershed District. Visitation Wednesday from 9-10:30 AM, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 AM, all at Church of St. Mary, 535 Lewis Street, Shakopee. Interment St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Burnsville.

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Leonard L. Wangerin

11/6/1931 — 1/13/2013

Leonard L. Wangerin, age 81, of Shakopee, died on Sunday, January 13, 2013, at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Born on November 6, 1931, in Parkers Prairie, MN, the son of Herman and Matelina (Melle) Wangerin. Leonard served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. Leonard married Edna Kelm on April 21, 1956, in Canada, and together they had 4 children. He was a member of the Local 49 Heavy Equipment Operators for many years. He was employed as an Operating Engineer, and Leonard was an owner of a Heavy Construction Business.
Survived by loving wife, Edna; daughters and son, Sandie (Mark) Plekkenpol, Tami (Mike) Schatz, Debra Wangerin, Mark 'Wangy' (Rebecca) Wangerin; grandchildren, Julie (Ricky) Addie, Kirsten Shumaker, Heidi and Kelli Schatz, Kristina and Mark, Jr. Wangerin; 3 great-grandchildren.

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Dorothy R. Shea

10/9/1930 — 1/10/2013

Dorothy R. Shea, age 82, of Shakopee, passed away on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at her residence.
Born on October 9, 1930, in Montgomery, MN, the daughter of Joseph and Christine (Hanek) Moravec. Dorothy attended Holy Redeemer and Montgomery High School.
Dorothy married Joseph Shea on November 25, 1947, in Montgomery. They lived in Lonsdale, and moved to Shakopee in 1952. She worked at the St. Paul House in Shakopee from 1953 to 1965, then was employed and managed at Industrial Glove Manufacturing Plant from 1966 to retirement in 1998. She was a past member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 4046 in Shakopee. Dorothy was also a member of Church of St. Mary for over 60 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph; parents, Joseph and Christine (Hanek) Moravec; brother, Stanley Moravec; god-daughter, Dona Brown.
Survived by son and daughters, Mick (Linda) of Wasilla, Alaska, Sue (Bob) Rauch of Waterville, Pat (Charlie) Rein of Chaska; grandchildren, Jodi (Dan) Carroll, Brian (Amber) Shea, Chrissy (Scott) Cornelius, Meghan (John) Guidone, and Jessica Rein; great-grandchildren, Karis, Abby, Oliver, Allison, Jeremy, Jacob, Johnny, Olivia, and Lily; sister, Jane (Don) Straub of LeSueur, sisters-in-law, Irene Moravec, Margaret Jahnke, Mary Schmitt, Bonnie Asleson; brother-in-law, Danny Shea.
A special 'thank you' to her River City Centre family for their friendship and love.

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John R. Goblish

12/1/1964 — 1/8/2013

John Goblish, age 48, of Shakopee, entered eternal life on Tuesday, January 8, 2013, at his residence.

John was born December 1, 1964 in Marshall, MN to Henry and Rosie (Blake) Goblish. He was baptized and confirmed at the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall. A graduate of Marshall High School in 1983, John then attended MN West in Granite Falls, becoming certified in Fluid Power Hydraulics. John worked for The Schwan Food Company in Marshall, and Fauver in Minneapolis, which involved trips to Sweden, England, and Alaska.
John was united in marriage to Terry Talley in Minneapolis. To this union were born two sons, Blake and Alex. In 2001 John started his own business, Industrial Hydraulic Services, which he ran from his residence.
John was united in marriage to Robin Bray in Minneapolis on March 27, 2004.
John enjoyed being with family and friends, traveling to many destinations, and hunting and fishing with his dad, brother, sons and wife.
John was a faithful member of St. Mary's Church in Marystown.
He is survived by wife, Robin; sons, Blake of Granite Falls, Alex of Shakopee; father, Henry Goblish and wife, Lorraine of Marshall; brother, Jim Goblish (Paula) of Marshall; sisters; Deb Henline (Bud) of Minneota, Julie Banish (Chad) of Ghent; grandmother; Lucille Blake of Marshall; many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
John was preceded in death by his mother, Rosie Goblish; stepson, Dane; grandparents, Don and Mary Blake, George and Lucy Goblish.

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John P. Sopsic

6/19/1940 — 1/4/2013

John P. Sopsic, Sr., age 72, of Shakopee, entered eternal life on Friday, January 4, 2013, at Fairview University Hospital in Minneapolis.
Born in Gary, Indiana, on June 19, 1940, the son of Paul J. and Ethel (Erickson) Sopsic. John married Patricia Homer, and together they had three children.
John's career was a lifetime of local, state, and federal corporate security and welfare. He was a past Commissioner of Public Safety for the State of Minnesota.

Preceded in death by loving wife, Patricia; and parents, Paul and Ethel. Survived by sons, Paul and wife, Karen, and John and wife, Jenni; daughter, Jennifer; grandchildren, Kira and Brooke, Christian, Wyatt; sister, Carol Jean Anderson.

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Anna Kormina

1/20/1939 — 1/2/2013

Anna Fedorovna Kormina, age 73, of Golden Valley, MN, died on January 2, 2013, at her residence.
Born on January 20, 1939, in Omsk, Russia, the daughter of Fyodor Vorobyev and Yefrasinya Sklyannaya.

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J. Michael Anderson

8/21/1946 — 12/31/2012

J. Michael Anderson, 'Maui Mike' of Savage. Loving husband, wonderful father and grandpa, and world traveler, passed away at Fairview University Hospital on December 31, 2012, at age 66. Mike loved his family, Harley, football, kitties and coffee.
Born on August 21, 1946, in Hutchinson, MN, the son of James and Mildred (Works) Anderson. A graduate of Hector High School and then Mankato Vocational Technical College. Mike served in the United States Air Force, stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War.
He leaves behind his wife, Norma; daughter, Arika Hage and husband, Erik; grandchildren, Maxwell and Madeline; sister, Mary Herheim and husband, Al; brother, Jeff Anderson and wife, Judy; niece, Amanda Herheim; other relatives & friends.
Preceded in death by son, Tyler; 2 infant daughters; parents.

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Joan M. Connolly Campbell

9/28/1925 — 12/27/2012

Joan M. Connolly Campbell, age 87, of Shakopee peacefully passed away with her family by her side on December 27, 2012. Joan is survived by her son, Pat (Gail); daughters, Sharon Campbell, Kitty (Paul) Delperdang, Mary (Bob) Schmitz; 6 grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Campbell; parents, Judge Francis and Jess Connolly; brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Virginia Connolly. Joan married Jim Campbell on August 20, 1949 in Shakopee and spent most of her life in the Shakopee Community.

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Patricia Butler Mertz

11/7/1923 — 12/24/2012

Patricia Butler Mertz, 89, of Shakopee died on Christmas Eve, 2012 at Carondelet Village in St. Paul. She was born in St. Cloud to Pierce Butler and Kathleen Casey Butler on November 7, 1923. Beautiful, bright and talented, she was a natural athlete and dancer. An excellent student, Pat was valedictorian at both St. Cloud Tech and the College of St. Catherine.
After college she took a teaching position in Shakopee and met Dick Mertz. They shared a sense of humor, a love of travel, an interest in community service, 62 years of marriage and nine children.
Pat was enormously adventurous. She toured France on a bicycle just after the war and she worked for a time in Montreal. She and Dick visited all 50 states, Spain, France, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Canada. Although she already had a house full, she always made room for an exchange student so that her family could experience other cultures. Pat never lost her love of learning and was active in her book club for more than fifty years.
Pat was a feminist long before that term was popular and she recognized the importance of encouraging and developing young women. She served as a Girl Scout leader for nearly 20 years. She insisted that all six of her daughters go to college at a time when educating women was considered an extravagance. Pat was one of the first women to serve as lector at St. Mary’s Church and later became one of its first Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.
Besides leading Girl Scouts, Pat’s volunteer efforts were as varied as driving cancer patients to their treatments, canvassing for local politicians, and supervising court-ordered visitation. She was a volunteer librarian at the parochial school and a volunteer director on the hospital board which oversaw the change of St. Francis from a small local hospital into a remarkable regional medical center.
She is survived by sons and daughters Kathy Mertz of St. Paul, Ed (Janice) of Prescott, Jacqueline (Ed) Olson of Minneapolis, Joan Mertz of Grant, Maggie (John) Murphy of St. Paul, Jim (Laurie) of Bloomington, Jane (Sean Mullan) Mertz of Stillwater, Sarah (Dick Flaharty) McGowan of Fairbanks, eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Pat is preceded in death by her parents, brother Pierce Butler, sister Helen Farmer, brother-in-law Rev. Frederick Mertz, husband Richard E. (Dick) and son Michael.

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Dorothy I. White

4/1/1942 — 12/23/2012

Dorothy I. White, age 70, of Shakopee, passed away on December 23rd, 2012, at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN, after complications from heart surgery. She went very peacefully and was surrounded by her loved ones.

Dorothy White was born April 1st, 1942 in Fairfax, MN. She lived in Zumbrota, MN with her mother, Orilla, and Father, Deloyd, until the age of 9. She was the oldest of four children in the family, all girls. Her three sisters were Sandy, Judy, and Sharon. She was a great big sister, always watching over her three younger siblings and set a good example for them to follow.

The family moved to St. Paul in 1951 where she spent the balance of her childhood. There, she was surrounded by family, with her Aunt Dorothy and grandmother Bell living with her. Also close by were her aunts Ruth and Della and their families. The closeness of her family was prevalent throughout her life and something she greatly cherished.

Dorothy was very responsible even at a young age. She began working at age 16 and was independent by age 21. Thoughout her early 20's, Dorothy held a number of factory jobs and learned the value of hard work. Even on her own, she was there to look out for her family. One example of this was when her mother and father ran into an unforseen expense when an appliance went out. Dorothy was there to help them financially.

In her mid 20's, Dorothy met, fell in love, and married Daniel White, who she remained married to for over four decades until his death in 2010. The couple lived in Shakopee, MN for the greater part of their marriage. From the time they were married, the couple was inseparable. They worked together at a janitorial service for over 30. The couple was very much in love. When Daniel became ill, she cared for him until her health would not allow her to continue and he went to a care center. Dorothy would visit Daniel daily, and bring him all of his favorite treats.

Dorothy had no children of her own, but very much loved kids. She was an extremely loving aunt. She was very much part of the lives of her nieces, Becky, Tammy, and Jenny, and her nephews Steven, Donald, Chris, Tony and Nick. When great nephews and nieces came along, Dorothy continued to be an active part of their lives. At holiday's, she would always say that by the time the kids warmed up to her, it was time for her to go home.

Dorothy was also sweet and caring to others. As her aunts became older and needed assistance, she would provide transportation, ensuring they made it to family gatherings as neither drove. When her mother, Orilla, had to be placed in a care center, Dorothy would visit once a week, staying for hours at a time. The kindness was apparent to many. Even when the surgeon from her first valve sugery 21 years previously was consulted, he remebered Dorothy, commenting on her warmth and kindness.

Dorothy will be remembered as a loving sister, niece and aunt, and will be missed greatly.

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