Jean C. Rein
7/5/1927 — 1/18/2014
Jean Cecelia Rein, age 86, of Shakopee, entered eternal life on Saturday, January 18, 2014, at The Gardens Assisted Living at St. Gertrude's Health Center in Shakopee, Minnesota.
Jean was born on July 5, 1927, at home in Shakopee, Minnesota, the daughter of Christian and Anna (Neuzil) Rein.
Jean remained single, and was a Food Service Supervisor for almost 30 years at St. Francis Hospital in Shakopee. Jean was sacristan for St. Francis Hospital and now at St. Gertrude's Nursing Home for over 44 years. She received the Grand Award for St. Francis Auxiliary in 1992. As of 2006, she has over 6,300 hours of volunteer service at St. Francis Hospital. In 1992 Jean received the Good Samaritan award from the hospital. Volunteer work was the joy of her life.
Survived by her twin sister, Joan Monnens; sister, Evelyn (Lester) Menden, sisters-in-law, Verna and Lucy Rein; many nieces and nephews. Preceded by parents, Christ and Anna; sisters and brothers, Joe, Carl, Marie, Christie, Francis, Jerome, Esther Johnson, Jim, and Sister Christa Rein
Beulah M. Larsen
4/29/1928 — 1/10/2014
Beulah M. Larsen, age 85, formerly of Chaska, died on Friday, January 10, 2014, at Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine, Minnesota.
She was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on April 29, 1928, the daughter of Dewey and Minnie (Hull) Thornburg. She married Walter Larsen on October 17, 1947, in Minneapolis.
Beulah was a homemaker. She was a very social person, who loved talking and holding conversation with everyone. She also enjoyed crossword puzzles and traveling.
Beulah was preceded in death by her husband, Walter (January 1994); and brothers and a sister. She is survived by daughters, Laurie Doyle and her husband, David, Kay Dahlgren and her husband, Gary, Dean Larsen and wife, Karen; 11 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren.
Julieanna Carol Cofer
12/18/1955 — 1/7/2014
Julieanna Carol Cofer, age 58, of Shakopee, died on Tuesday, January 7, 2014, at St. Gertrude's Health Center in Shakopee, Minnesota.
Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on December 18, 1955, the daughter of Peter and Carole (Bickford) Allers.
Julie worked in the auditing building for Northwest Airlines. She lived her life to the fullest.
She is survived by her daughters, Susan Cofer, and Nancy Lyons and husband, Zachery; grandchildren, Sarah, Zachery, Jr., and Zoey; and granddaughter to be, Julieanna; brothers and sisters, Tom, Mary, Jane, Nancy, Colleen, and Bob.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Brad.
Ivan Vasilyevich Bezrukikh
8/21/1949 — 1/7/2014
Ivan Vasilyevich Bezrukikh, age 64, of Lakeville, Minnesota, died on Tuesday, January 7, 2014, at his residence.
Born on August 21, 1949, in Razdolinsk, Russia, the son of Vasiliy and Anna (Makarova) Bezrukikh.
Ivan was a Pastor at the Russian Evangelical Christian Church.
He is survived by many family and friends.
William 'Bill' Sledz
8/12/1941 — 1/7/2014
William H. 'Bill' Sledz, age 72, of Bloomington, Minnesota, entered eternal life on Tuesday, January 7, 2014, at his home surrounded by family.
Bill was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on August 12, 1941, the son of William J. and Katherine (Kmitch) Sledz. He served in the United States Navy, and he married Sharon Eggan on June 23, 1962, in Minneapolis.
Bill was known to many for his generosity and as 'Mr. Fixit', his hobbies included golfing and boating. He enjoyed watching the sunsets in Clearwater, Florida. He adored his wife and family.
Bill is survived by his loving wife, Sharon; daughter, Michelle Navratil and husband, Paul; granddaughter, Amanda Navratil; brother, Herb Woods and wife, Jan Zenzen; brother-in-law, Mark Eggan and wife, Cheryl; family dog, Baby. He is preceded in death by his granddaughter, Ashley Navratil; parents, William and Katherine; siblings, Ramona, Jim, and Geri Ann.
Steven L. Fowler
9/6/1952 — 1/6/2014
Steven L. Fowler, age 61, of Shakopee, formerly of Minot, North Dakota, died on Monday, January 6, 2014, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Steven was born on September 6, 1952, in Oakland, California. His parents were Norma (Pettibone) and Edward Fowler. He served in the United States Air Force for 7 years. Steven married Judith Bergstad on August 25, 1973, in Minot, North Dakota. For 25 years he was a UPS truck driver.
He is survived by his wife, Judith; son, Chad and wife, Katie; daughter, Stephanie and husband, Mitch; grandchildren, Parker, Bailey, Emma, and Lakeland; brothers, Harry and wife, Betty, Kenny and wife, Mary, Alan and wife, Nora, Mikeal, and James 'Chopper'; sister, Mona; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and mother-in-law, Julia Bergstad.
Wilda M. 'Willie' Myers
10/15/1935 — 1/4/2014
Wilda M. 'Willie' Myers, age 78, of Apple Valley, formerly of Shakopee, entered eternal life on Saturday, January 4, 2014, at her residence.
Willie was born on October 15, 1935, in Reading, Minnesota, the daughter of John and Ida (Schoo) Henning. Willie and Jim Myers were married on July 20, 1957, in Currie, Minnesota. She worked as a LPN for over 25 years, many of those years at St. Francis Hospital in Shakopee. Prior to retirement, she worked as a claims adjustor for Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Willie enjoyed bowling, the Red Hat Society, traveling, shopping, and entertaining. She loved being with family and friends, and especially her time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Jim; sons and daughters, Joe (Debbie), Carmen (Beth Ferryman), Scott (Jodi), Mary Roach, Rick (Laurel); 17 grandchildren, Chastity, Dede, Christin, Ian, Jill, Mike, Jim, Mike, Ashley, Jessica, Kelsey, Zach, Austin, Josh, Amanda, Mason, Madeline; 14 great grandchildren; siblings, Leona Ausham, Cleo Taylor, Bill Henning; many loving nephews, nieces, and special friends. Preceded in death by parents, John and Ida Henning; 4 brothers and 6 sisters.
Paul Joseph Atkins II
1/24/1979 — 1/2/2014
Paul Joseph Atkins, II, age 34, of Prior Lake, Minnesota, died on Thursday, January 2, 2014, at his residence.
Born in Leavenworth, Kansas, on January 24, 1979, the son of Paul Joseph Atkins and Phyllis J. (Land) Engum. He was married to Hope DeMarrias.
Paul loved animals and the outdoors. He especially enjoyed fishing for catfish. Paul also liked all kinds of animals, and was known for bringing home snakes and spiders, no matter how dangerous the animal. Playing guitar, drawing, and painting were hobbies as well.
Survivors include his wife, Hope; son, Paul J. Atkins, III; step children, Isaac DeMarrias and Brieann Thorsfeldt; father, Paul Atkins and wife, Jeannie; mother, Phyllis Engum and husband, Cary; brother, Matthew Atkins; mother in law, Claudia Andrews; father in law, Kenneth Wilkie; grandfather, Eugene Middleton; aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by grandparents, Jasper Land, Naomi McCourt, and Margaret Middleton; aunt, Patricia Land; cousin, Stevie Bray.
Leonard John Vyskocil
5/1/1925 — 12/31/2013
Leonard John Vyskocil, age 88, of Shakopee, entered eternal life on Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at St. Gertrude's Care Center in Shakopee, Minnesota.
Born on May 1, 1925, in Montgomery, Minnesota, the son of Louis and Rose (Yanouch) Vyskocil. He and Louise Hounder were married on October 4, 1949, in St. Henry, Minnesota.
Leonard served on the front lines with the 79th Infantry Division during WWII. He landed in France on June 11, 1944, and was wounded in combat on October 14, 1944.
Leonard loved driving. For 34 years he drove a semi-truck for Red Owl, and then for 21 years he drove a school bus for the Shakopee School District. Leonard had been a member of the VFW in Montgomery, and he was a 50 year member of the Shakopee Knights of Columbus.
Devoted husband, father and grandfather, he is survived by wife of 64 years, Louise; sons, Glenn and Dennis; son-in-law, Darrell Trowbridge; grandchildren, Tiffany Swanson, Andrea, Todd and Tania Trowbridge (a Lieutenant in the National Guard, following in her grandfather's footsteps); sister, Jackie Ohlinger. Preceded by daughter, Barb Trowbridge; son, Thomas; brother, Louis.
Louis Moses Martin
6/17/1928 — 12/29/2013
Louis M. Martin, age 85, formerly of Devils Lake, ND, died surrounded by loving family on December 29, 2013 at St. Gertrude's Care Center in Shakopee, MN.
Louis was born on June 17, 1928, the son of Virginia Bercier and Joseph Moses Martin. Louis 'Beaner' was quite a pitcher in his day, and got his nickname pitching an errant fastball to his brother Joe. He was an avid sports fan and delighted in watching the Vikings and all University of North Dakota Sioux sports. He was especially blessed when he could watch them with his sons and sons-in-law. He wrote his own music, sang and played the guitar at many a gathering. He was a loving and devoted father and grandfather. One of his trademark gifts was a batch of his wonderful chocolate chip oatmeal cookies for each family member's birthday. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife Thelma 'Tippie' Martin and his son Robert (Bob). He was also preceded in death by his mother and his father, his brother Joseph Luverne, and his sister Irene Houle. He is survived by his children Virginia (Frank) LeBlanc, Jackie (Ron) Rovenko, Nancy Martin, Steve (Arzu) Martin; grandchildren K. Brett (Suzette) Frith, Jon (Michelle) Hunt, Charisse (Tony) Pulkrabek, Jennifer Rovenko (Genny Martin), Sarah Rovenko (Dorothy Robinson), Emily (Joe) Richner, Molly Rovenko (fiance' A.J. Peters), Jocelyn Darr (fiance' Robert Johnson), Alexia (Les) Glassco, Erin Martin, Can 'John' Martin; 10 great grandchildren; siblings, Mary Frances Shaffer, Eugenia 'Maggie' Martin, Walter Martin, Duane Martin.