Obituaries

Michael John Doerr

7/6/1951 — 5/3/2014

Michael John Doerr, 62, of Shakopee, passed away on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis after fighting
a courageous battle with lung cancer. He was surrounded by family and friends all day Friday into late night and Saturday morning.

Mike was born on July 6, 1951 at St. Francis Hospital in Shakopee to Francis 'Fritz' and Ruth Doerr. He was their fourth child, their much beloved baby of the family. He grew up in Marystown and loved walking or riding his bike to the O'Dowd's and Thole lakes to fish or hike the wooded trails with siblings Linda, Dave and Pat or his cousin Jimmy Pauly. During the summer Mike and Dave could be seen almost daily on the banks of a lake with their cane poles. The story we've heard is that Mike
usually caught the biggest fish, but Dave the most.
The Doerr family home in Marystown was crowded but filled with love. Long, summer days were spent playing
badminton or croquet, caring for rabbits and dogs and, of course, at the lake. After Dad got home from work, he often took the kids to swim at a local beach or to the small cabin on Prior Lake that our family rented along with Dad's brother Rudy (and Sylvia) Doerr and family. Mike enjoyed weekends there, as it was a great place to learn to swim, drive a boat and water ski with friends and relatives. Oh, and fish, of course. Mike and Dave also hunted deer, ducks and squirrels with their father and other relatives, but fishing is the sport that Mike enjoyed most throughout his life. As the Doerr children grew to adulthood, our parents purchased lake property with small cabins on it on Rice Lake near Paynesville, MN. There we all gathered with our own families for countless good times swimming, fishing and sitting around the campfire until the wee hours of the morning.
Mike attended the parochial school in Marystown through eighth grade and went to Guardian Angels High School in Chaska for one year before transferring to Shakopee High School, where he graduated in 1969. He attended Mankato State College his first year out of high school.
In 1970 Mike married Kathy Anderson, and they had two children, John and Jennifer. During that time Mike enlisted in the Army Reserve and began basic training at Fort Ord in California in September 1971. Mike received awards for marksmanship and took first place (fastest) in the obstacle course exercises. He was honorably discharged after serving six years in the United States Army Reserve.
Mike was very intelligent and had a high math acumen. He considered attending Control Data Institute and pursuing a career in computer programming, but decided on the electrical engineering and construction program at Dunwoody Institute. Mike eventually became a Master Electrician and started his own business in 1982, Doerr's Metro Electric, which he ran until February of this year when he was diagnosed with cancer.
In 1981, Mike married Karen Wood, and two years later they welcomed daughter, Nicole. They enjoyed traveling, especially to the Cayman Islands where they did scuba diving, snorkeling and wind surfing.
A family man, Mike loved to spend time with his children, camping and going on trips with John (and Chris), bringing his mom to Jenny (and Jason's) for special occasions and visiting Nicole (and Rodrigo) in New Mexico and Harris, MN. A positive man with a ready smile, his smile was never brighter than when he was with or talked about his four granddaughters, Ally, Katy, Lizzy and Victoria. He was very proud of all of them and attended special events in their lives such as volleyball and basketball games, cheer-leading and dance recitals and tennis matches, and their spiritual milestones such as Baptism and Confirmation. He recently talked about how much fun it was to teach Victoria to play cribbage as her mother and his other children were busy organizing his home.
In 2003, Mike married Heidi Feltman. Although the marriage didn't last, the two remained very good friends. He also maintained a friendly relationship with Karen, and his first wife, Kathy and her husband, Bob Biggs have been good friends of Mike's to the end. Kathy and Mike shared a spiritual bond, as Mike also had with his best friend, Skip, and other members of his Men's Bible Study Group. Mike was an inspiration to many with his deep and steadfast faith.
On one of his many trips to FL to spend time with his sister, Linda; brother-in-law, Ron; his mother, Ruth; and his nephew, Bryan; and family, Mike found a church that he loved, and he has been listening to sermons and music from there online for over a year. Just recently, Mike discovered Hosanna! Church in Shakopee, a church that reminded him of the Countryside Christian Church in Florida, which is Bryan's family's church as well.
When Mike wasn't listening to Christian music, he was fishing in the Gulf in Bryan's boat as often as he could. As was the case when he was a boy, Mike again usually caught the biggest fish of the group. He hauled in grouper, trout, snapper, permit, redfish and two big sharks (maybe not huge but when the mouth was facing the camera, they looked large to the photographer).
During his last months on earth, Mike's bond with family and friends deepened. The words 'I love you' came
easily to him, and he cherished family time. His best childhood buddy, Jimmy Pauly, often visited and took him for walks or rides out to see the lakes of his youth. He was so grateful to his sister, Pat, for serving as caretaker and friend and his brother, Dave, for his support and explanations of medical terms and procedures. He also appreciated his mother's constant love and support and sister, Linda's, help with his Caring Bridge site. Often Mike would say how he felt so blessed by family, friends and his medical team. He fought bravely through radiation and chemotherapy treatments, but when he learned they hadn't worked Mike decided quickly that he 'wanted to go home to be with The Lord.' He said he wanted to 'be with Jesus and see Dad again.' No doubt Mike and Grandpa Fritz are sharing fish stories and rejoicing in their glorious reunion right now. Mike said he and Dad would be happy with Jesus and wait for the rest of us to join them.
Survivors include son, John (Chris) Doerr; daughter, Jennifer (Jason) Miller; daughter, Nicole (Rodrigo) Doerr; grandchildren, Alexandra, Kathryn, Elizabeth and Victoria; mother, Ruth Doerr; sister, Linda (Ron) Noyce; brother, Dave (Beth) Doerr; sister, Pat (Ron) Menke; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Francis 'Fritz' Doerr; his grandparents, Christian and Margaret Doerr and Emil and Gertrude Gross; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

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Lorna J. Hahn

10/3/1934 — 4/16/2014

Lorna Hahn, age 79, passed away at McKenna Crossing in Prior Lake on April 16, 2014.
Lorna was born in Willmar, Minnesota, on October 3, 1934, the daughter of Raymond and Anna (Douma) Chapman. On May 6, 1952, she married her high school sweetheart Gene Hahn, in Herman, Minnesota.
Lorna worked for Northwestern Bell and retired after 34 years. A longtime resident of Shakopee, Minnesota, her retirement years were spent between summers in Big Lake, Minnesota and winters in Apache Junction, Arizona.
Lorna enjoyed golfing, painting, needle work, playing the organ and singing, church activities, crossword puzzles and reading.
Survivors include her loving sons, Terry and wife, Kathy, of Prior Lake, Roger and wife, Annalisa, of Mountain Center, CA; grandsons, Rob and wife, Marlene, Mike and wife, Laurie, Tim (Sarah), Andrew and wife, Courtney; 8 great-grandchildren, Shelby, Layla, Brody, Cadence, Theo, Oliver, Bailey, Felicity; brother and sisters, Mavis Muller and husband, Ted, Sheldon Chapman and wife, Carol, Sharilyn King, LeEtta VanOrt and husband, Dave. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene (2012); parents, Ray and Anna Chapman.

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Edwin R. Brown

12/29/1937 — 4/16/2014

Edwin R. Brown, age 76, of Shakopee, passed away on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at his residence at All Saints Senior Living in Shakopee, Minnesota.

Ed was born on December 29, 1937. He was the son of Ruth and Raymond Brown of Mora, Minnesota. Ed married Hilma Belsheim on July 2, 1960 and they raised 5 children in Shakopee. Prior to his retirement, Ed worked for Anchor Glass Container Company of Shakopee for 35 years.

Ed is survived by sons and daughters, Mark (Audrey) Brown, Brett (Terri) Brown, Stephanie (Rick) Ranheim, all of Shakopee, Marci (Steve) Matson of Richfield, and Darron (Gina) Brown of Becker; sister, Marie (Ron) Molumby of Mora; and ten grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Hilma (1997), and special friend Kay Johnson of Fergus Falls.

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Harriet N. Suel

2/23/1929 — 4/13/2014

Harriet N. Suel, age 85, of Shakopee, entered eternal life on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at St. Gertrude's Care Center in Shakopee, Minnesota.
Harriet was born in Osseo, Wisconsin, on February 23, 1929, the daughter of Hilman and Cora (Holman) Jacobson. She graduated from the Swedish Hospital Nursing School, and was a Registered Nurse for Scott County Human Services. She married Cormac Suel on October 8, 1955, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Harriet enjoyed reading, traveling, listening to music and playing the piano, and watching the local sports teams. She was a volunteer for the Scott County Immunization Program.
Harriet is survived by her sons and daughters, Arthur and wife, Cindy, Elizabeth, Kevin and wife, Debora, Peggy Hullander and husband, Mike, Michael and wife, Chris, Kathleen Olson and husband, Jon; grandchildren, Nick, Ben, Matt, Erin, Andrew, Emily, Nathan; brothers-in-law, Ray Nelson and Brendan Suel; sisters-in-law, Gert Suel and Charlann Suel. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cormac (1996); son, Thomas; grandson, Jacob; dear sister, Marjorie Nelson.
Harriet's family would like to thank the staff and caregivers at St. Gertrude's Health Care Center for the wonderful care and compassion of their mom.

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Dennis V. Schmitt

9/26/1926 — 4/10/2014

Dennis V. Schmitt, age 87, of Shakopee, entered eternal life on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee, Minnesota.
Dennis was born in Shakopee on September 26, 1926. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. He married Luella H. Jaspers on November 29, 1952, in Chaska, Minnesota.
Prior to retirement, Dennis worked a majority of his life at the Ford plant in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was an amateur radio operator, and enjoyed his camping time with the 'Holiday Rambler's Club'.

Dennis is survived by his son, Kevin; daughter, Karen; grandchildren, Matthew and Sarah; sister, Betty Dols; brother, Joe Schmitt and wife, Harriett. He was preceded by wife, Luella.

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Rosemary Walters Spandl

11/25/1924 — 4/8/2014

Rosemary Walters Spandl, age 89, of Eden Prairie, entered eternal life on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at her home at The Colony in Eden Prairie. She was a shining star bringing love and happiness to all who knew her.
Rosemary was born in Rosetown, Saskatchewan, Canada, on November 25, 1924, a farmer's daughter, her parents were Edward F. Walters, Sr., and Mary Rose Dugan. She married George Spandl on September 28, 1946, in Hallock, Minnesota.
Rosemary was a world traveler, a few of her favorite places were London, India, Australia, Europe, Florida, Arizona, and many cruises. Taking pictures, and being in pictures made her happy. She would say 'never have a frown in front of the camera.' She was a social butterfly, who loved laughing, singing, and dancing. She also enjoyed gardening. Rosemary also moved a lot; 27 times during her lifetime.
Survived by son, Stephen Spandl and wife, Carol, of Shakopee; daughters, Patricia Spandl Mikrot and husband, Steven, of Blaine, Rory Spandl and husband, Thomas Doty, of Jordan; grandchildren, Nichole Ebner and husband, Mike, Carrie Spandl-Boegeman and husband, Derek; Rachel Schaefer and husband, Edward; Donovan Mikrot, Kristy Kloos and husband, Matt, Justin Doty, Amanda Doty, Lexi Doty, Hannah Doty; great- grandchildren, Ashleigh and Kayla Ebner, Tyler Boegeman, Charlotte Kloos; brothers and sister, Thomas Walters and wife, Martha, Alice Palmquist, Edward F. Walters, Jr. and wife, Madeleine; sister-in-law, Joyce Walters; and special friends, Ralph Sanders, MaryLou Carlson and William Malmo.
Preceded by George Spandl; parents, Edward Walters and Mary Rose Dugan; step-mother, Hilda Johnson Walters; brother, Charles Walters; brother-in-law, Jim Palmquist.

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Dorothy M. Miller

5/23/1926 — 4/4/2014

Dorothy M. Miller, age 87, of Shakopee, died on Friday, April 4, 2014, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Born in Sibley County, Minnesota, on May 23, 1926, the son of Henry and Martha (Schulze) Wills. Dorothy married Robert Miller on July 16, 1945, in Hutchinson, Minnesota. She was a housewife.
Dorothy enjoyed puzzles, hummingbirds, and loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren deeply. She was very committed to her faith.

Preceded in death by her husband, Robert; and three brothers. She is survived by her daughter, Gwen Lundahl and husband, Thomas; son, David Miller and wife, Anna Marie; grandchildren, Aaron Lundahl and wife, Kristen, Jessica Paggen and husband, Jason, Joel Lundahl and wife, Sarah, Jeremy Miller and wife, Emily, Kalyn McGarvey and husband, Rob; great-grandchildren, Cole, Shelby, Owen, Decker; sister, Agnes Hoffman.

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Gregory J. Butch Reynolds

8/14/1940 — 4/1/2014

Gregory John Butch Reynolds was born on August 14, 1940 in St. Peter, MN to Floyd Cyril and Bernyce Catherine (Bezdichek) Reynolds. He passed away on April 1, 2014 at Harris Methodist HEB Hospital in Bedford, TX.

Greg was raised in Le Center, MN but later moved to Minneapolis where he graduated from Edison High School. After graduation he enlisted in the United States Air Force achieving the rank of Airman-2nd Class. He spent most of his service at the Air Force Base in Blytheville, AK, as a member of the ground crew that serviced the Stratofortress B52 bombers. He was very proud of his military service. His name is engraved on the Smithsonians Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Wall of Honor in Virginia.

He married Shirley Irene Vollmer on February 10, 1962 in Le Center, MN. After being discharged from the service the couple moved to Shakopee, MN where they raised their five children. He worked as a computer specialist at Midwest Federal and later at ACA Data. He was a former member of the Shakopee Jaycees and the American Legion.

Eventually the couple moved to Fort Worth where he worked as an IT Specialist at Catholic Charities. The staff affectionately called him St. Gregory for solving all their computer problems.

While living in Texas he took up the hobbies of model trains and of flying radio controlled model airplanes. He was an active member in the local RC model airplane club. He was a great lover of history which he passed on to his children.

Greg is survived by four of his children: Sons Dennis(Jackie) of Naples FL; Christopher of Centerville, MN; daughters Debbie(Mike) Seiberlich of St. Paul, MN; Jenny Reynolds of Springbrook, WI. He is also survived by daughter-in-law Karen Reynolds of Ormand Beach, FL; sister, Carol, Skeeter Reynolds of Richland Hills, TX; sisters-in-law, Donna (Donald) Vlasak and Patricia (James) Fillipek both of Montgomery, MN.

Greg is also survived by nine grandchildren: Daniel Seiberlich, Erin(Jay)Singerman, Samantha(Jesse)Watson, Shawn Rosaasen, James(Candi)Weber, Sr, Anthony Weber, Amanda Storms, Alexander Reynolds and Wyatt Reynolds, and six great-grandchildren, Elle Singerman, Haley Knutson-Weber, James Weber, Jr., Olivia Henneman-Austin, Zachary Storms and Callista Storms-Johnson, along with many cousins, nieces and nephews and very dear friends Larey and Maggie Vandervoort and their daughter, Lexi.

Greg was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Shirley, in 2008, his son David in 2006, his parents and one sister, Vickie.

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Bonnie L. Anderson

11/9/1949 — 3/28/2014

Bonnie L. Anderson, age 64, of Shakopee died on Friday, March 28, 2014 at the Shalom West Home in St. Louis Park. Bonnie was born on November 9, 1949 in Shakopee the daughter of Delmore and Elsie (Bueche) Anderson. She had been employed at the Holiday Warehouse in Bloomington for 33 years. Bonnie loved animals, country music and was a great admirer of President John F. Kennedy.
Survivors include sister, Cindy (Donny) Buma of California; brother, Dennis Anderson of Chaska; sister, Joy (Dana) Curran of Minnetonka; nieces and nephews. Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Polly Booker.

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Dean A. Smith

11/24/1926 — 3/28/2014

Dean A. Smith, age 87 of Shakopee died on Friday, March 28, 2014 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Dean was born on November 24, 1926 in LeSueur, Minnesota the son of Nile and Katherine (Viesner) Smith. He married Verena Mechtel on June 10, 1946 in Marystown. He was the retired owner of Dean Smith Trenching Incorporated of Shakopee. Dean loved fishing and was an enthusiastic bicycler.
Surivors include his wife of nearly 68 years, Verena (Mechtel); son, Larry (Diane) Smith; daughters, Marlene (Howard) Zaback and Marie Black; 9 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandson; brother, Merle Smith. He was preceded in death by his son Alvin Smith and wife Anna Marie; son, Terry Smith; grandson, Jeff.

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