Obituaries

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.

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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.

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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.

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Daria F. Prissiajnaia

4/12/1928 — 12/27/2013

Daria F. Prissiajnaia, age 85, of Shakopee, died on Friday, December 27, 2013, at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee, Minnesota.
Born in Kyrgyzstan on April 12, 1928, the daughter of Fedor and Milana (Vdovichenko) Prissiajnaia.
Daria was preceded in death by her husband, Leonid Litvinov, who died on April 15, 2007.
She had worked as a Registered Nurse.

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Dan W. Iverson

1/10/1946 — 12/24/2013

Daniel W. 'Dan' Iverson, age 67, of Shakopee, died on Tuesday, December 24, 2013, at his residence in Shakopee.
Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on January 10, 1946, the son of Myles and Jeanne (Knight) Iverson.
He served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War.
For over 40 years, Dan was a driver for BFI, then Allied Waste, and lastly Republic Services, Inc. Dan was a quiet guy who enjoyed making model airplanes and woodworking around the house.
He is survived by his brothers, Gerald and Neil; sister, Lynn Hoppenstedt and husband James; niece, Shannon Hoppenstedt; nephew, Matthew Hoppenstedt. Dan was preceded in death by his parents.

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Gail Ellen Hall

8/19/1940 — 12/19/2013

Gail E. Hall, age 73, of Shakopee, died on Thursday, December 19, 2013, in Port Charlotte, Florida.
She was born on August 19, 1940, in Gary, Indiana, the daughter of Wilfred and Eleanor (Thomas) Wiltfong. Gail married Donald Hall on September 3, 1960, in Crown Point, Indiana.
For over 20 years, Gail served as the secretary at First Presbyterian Church in Shakopee. She loved spending time with all her family, and especially her time watching her grandkids events.
Gail is survived by her daughter, Jerilyn Benson and husband, Arne; son, Jeff Hall; grandchildren, Tom, Brennan, and Claire; siblings, Karen Shaw and husband, Jerry, Charles Wiltfong and wife, Eileen. Preceded in death by her husband, Donald; and parents, Wilfred and Eleanor.

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Esther A. Gronfor

5/23/1918 — 12/19/2013

Esther A. Gronfor, age 95, of Shakopee, died on Thursday, December 19, 2013, at St. Gertrude's Care Center in Shakopee.
Esther was a very kind, loving, generous person, born on May 23, 1918, in Gilman, Wisconsin, the daughter of Oscar and Amelia (Bleich) Anderson. She married Vernon J. Gronfor on March 25, 1942, in Frost, Minnesota.
Esther received her Masters Degree from Mankato State University, and was a teacher for 41 years. She taught in the Shakopee School District for 37 years, and also taught in Adams and Frost. Her 2nd grade students taught her compassion, kindness, and patience.
She had been involved in the choir and taught Sunday School at St. John's Lutheran Church in Shakopee. She enjoyed fishing, especially at the cabin on Green Lake, in Spicer, MN. She also liked cooking and baking, and was involved with the 'Minnesota with Love Cookbook'. Some more hobbies included needle work, global travel, and playing double solitaire with her friends.
Esther was a member of the Shakopee American Legion Post 2 Ladies Auxiliary; she was a Coordinator for the Girls State program; and she was on the Shakopee Library Board, and was active with 'Friends of the Library'.
Another life event she was proud of was her time working as an airplane mechanic in Arizona, at Thunderbird Field, during WWII.
Esther was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon; brothers, William and Irving; sister, Bernadine. Survived by sons, Gary (Sandi), Dennis (Sandy); grandchildren, Lyndee (Corey), Kristoffer (Carol), Rebekka (Douglas), Andrew, Mikel; great-grandchildren, Amelia and Mika, Betsy and Genna, Drew and Finley., numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends.

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Alfred E. Norregaard

3/20/1958 — 12/19/2013

Alfred E. Norregaard, Jr., age 55, of New Prague, formerly of Shakopee, died on Thursday, December 19, 2013, at his residence.
Born on March 20, 1958, in New Prague, Minnesota, the son of Alfred, Sr. and Annabelle (Boegeman) Norregaard.
He served in the United States Navy, and had worked as a factory supervisor at Nordic Track.

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Florence C. LaVone

7/9/1928 — 12/18/2013

Florence C. LaVone, age 85, of Prior Lake, Minnesota, journeyed to the spirit world on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee, MN.
Florence was born on July 9, 1928, in Fillmore County, Minnesota, the daughter of Thurston Long and Irene Rowe. She was married to Bob LaVone for 44 years. Bob preceded Florence in death on December 31, 2006.
Florence loved life and was always very active. She enjoyed fishing, gambling, and knitting. She was an excellent cook. Her biggest joy was music and dancing and having fun. Everyone she met liked her.
Preceded in death by her husband, Bob; parents, Thurston Long and Irene Rowe; brother, Junior; sisters, Eleanor and Ella. Survived by sons, Dan, Randy, and Terry Totenhagen, and John LaVone; daughters, Cinda Totenhagen and Shelley LaVone; brothers, Robert, Johnny, and William; 25 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren.

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David A. Benson

2/7/1936 — 12/16/2013

David A. Benson, age 77, of Shakopee, Minnesota, died on Monday, December 16, 2013, in Rochester, Minnesota.
Born on February 7, 1936, in Watertown, South Dakota, the son of Melvin and Alma Benson. David married Shari Kontz, and together they had three children.
For 30 years David was an engineer for US West, then Qwest, telephone companies. He then worked as a contract engineer for Finly Contracting, and a street inspector for the City of Shakopee. After street inspecting, he worked for the Shakopee Parks Department mowing grass. David enjoyed traveling with Shari, especially going south in the winter to Florida. His number one priority though was spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Survived by loving wife, Shari; sons, Mark and Brad Benson; daughter, Lisa Kerkow; grandchildren, Nick and Alyssa Benson, and Ian Kerkow.

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