Donald James Ashton

8/17/1955 — 1/25/2012

Donald James Ashton, age 56, of Jordan, died on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, at his residence. Born August 17, 1955, the son of Frederick and Rosemary (Kopel) Ashton. He married Nann Hadley on June 28, 1975, in Edina. Don served in the United States Army from 1975-1978. He was employed by Thermo King, and worked in research and development. Don enjoyed spending time at the cabin, and especially liked fishing and ice-fishing.
Survived by wife, Nann; daughter, Mandy (Mike) Lenz; son, Charlie (Laura); mother, Rosemary; grandchildren, Mellina, Marie, Madelyn, Mallorie, Michael David Lenz, III, Hannah and Hailey; sisters and brothers, JoAnn (Bob) Smishek, Bob (Sandra), Nancy (Bob) MacDonald, and David. Preceded in death by father, Frederick; granddaughter, Lillian.

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Eldon A. Reinke

11/4/1942 — 1/21/2012

Eldon Reinke, 69, of Shakopee, born November 4, 1942, passed away peacefully Saturday, January 21, 2012, at Methodist Hospital.
He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Shirley; children, Diane (Paul) Hallgren, and David (Caroline Carritt)Reinke; grandchildren, Drew (Emily)
Reinke, Justin (fiance Sarah Will) Reinke, Dayton Reinke,
Paul Hallgren, Jr., and Thomas Hallgren; brother, LeRoy (Elisabeth) Reinke; brother-in-law, Arvin (Shirley) Ernst; nieces and nephews, Mary Ernst, Paul (Vicki) Ernst, David (Sharon) Ernst; nephew and Godson, Dean (Cheryl Bradshaw) Reinke; Godchild, Virginia (Greg) Weiler. Preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Hilda (Boettcher) Reinke.
Eldon spent much of his lifetime in service to his church and community. For his church, he served in all the different offices that could be held, right up to president of the congregation. A pastime close to his heart was farming. He could leave his electricians job in the Twin Cities in massive traffic, stop in Shakopee where things were leveling off, and
then drive to the farm where things were more bliss and
calm. And then there'd be six jobs lined up to do. Having Shirley's Century Farm in the family is a blessing.
Eldon was a 1962 graduate of Dunwoody Institute and an I.B.E.W. Electricians Union 292 member for 45 years, through which he served on various Political Action
Committees. Early on as a citizen of Shakopee, he belonged to the Shakopee Jaycees, in which he served in different offices and as president. Activities in the Jaycees included attending five National Conventions (1972-1976) in Atlanta, GA, Minneapolis, MN, San Diego, CA, Miami Beach, FL, and Indianapolis, IN. From the Jaycees he moved on to serve Shakopee on the Public Utilities Commission, Planning Commission, City Council, and as Mayor of Shakopee (1982-1987). Eldon had said he really appreciated the opportunity to serve. Most recently, he has been a member of the Shakopee Lions and greatly enjoyed the group, their friendship, and camaraderie. Along with the other trips mentioned, he fondly remembered vacations to Hawaii, San Antonio, TX, Washington D.C., and a cruise
through the Panama Canal.

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Robert W. DeMers

6/25/1929 — 1/15/2012

Robert W. DeMers, age 82, of Shakopee, died on Sunday, January 15, 2012, at Three Links Care Center in Northfield, MN. He was born in Shakopee on June 25, 1929, the son of Stephen and Julia (Cermak) DeMers. He married Marlene Melchior on June 16, 1956 at St. Mark's Catholic Church in Shakopee.
Robert served in the United States Navy during the Korean War, and was very proud to serve. He worked at Continental Machines, Inc. in Savage, for 34 years. Robert enjoyed fishing and hunting, and especially loved waterfowl hunting. Very close to his heart were all his grandchildren.

Survived by daughter, Debra (Greg) Wagner of Webster, MN; son, Robert M. (Barbara); brother, Stephen (Mary); sisters, Donna (Florian) Dressen, Della (Cecil) Clay, all of Shakopee; grandchildren, Jason, Jeffrey (Amy), Hayley, Bobby, Marlee, Emily; great-grandchildren, Sophia and Drew. Preceded in death by his wife, Marlene; siblings, Dorothy, Louis, Richard, and Dolores.

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Dorothy LaVon Ueland

12/6/1931 — 1/12/2012

Dorothy LaVon Ueland, age 80, of Shakopee, died January 12, 2012, at Clare Bridge in Eden Prairie.
Dorothy was born on December 6, 1931, in Belview, Minnesota, the daughter of Henry and Clara (Grannes) Danielson. She married Donald Ueland on August 6, 1950, in Belview, MN. Together they owned and operated Ueland Trucking.
Dorothy's entire family had a deep love for music, and she was a talented player of the piano, organ, and violin.
Survived by daughters, Mona (Perry) Carpenter, Nancy (Bruce) Theis, all of Shakopee, Bonnie (Steve) Scherer of Prior Lake; daughter-in-law, Rhonda Ueland of Shakopee; grandchildren, Jason (Vicki) Carpenter, Judy Exum, Adam (Brett) Theis, Mathew (Sara) Theis, Angel Theis, Shannon Hennen, Nick Scherer, Amanda (Cory) Green, Miriah (Steve) Johnson, Tyler Ueland; great-grandchildren, Derek Utne, LeAnn Exum, Juley Exum Vig, Seth and Veda Carpenter, Zoe, Max, Sydney, and Trystan Theis, Rebecca Scherer, Alexis and Logan Hennen, Roman, Paityn, and Kolten Johnson; sister, Ione (Jerry) Olson of St. Cloud; brothers, Orland (Marilyn) Danielson, Kenneth Danielson; sister-in-law, Margaret Danielson, all of St. Paul; brother-in-law, Carold Ueland of TN; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband, Donald Ueland; son, Bruce; parents, Henry and Clara Danielson; brother, Vernon Danielson.

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Kimberly S. Erwin

9/29/1975 — 1/11/2012

Kimberly S. Erwin, age 36, of Shakopee died on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at St. Gertrude's Health Center, Shakopee. Kimberly was born on September 29, 1975 in Shakopee. She was a 1994 a graduate of Jordan High School and a 1999 graduate of St. Catherine University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology. Kimberly had been employed at Ameriprise in the licensing department and she was currently a student pursuing a career in nursing. Kimberly took great pleasure in travelling.
She is survived by her mother Mary J. Erwin; father Patrick C. Erwin; brother, Patrick V. Erwin and his wife Kayla; grandmother, Adelia Combs; aunts, uncles and 2 loving nephews. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather and paternal grandparents.

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Margaret A. Peggy Sorenson

7/24/1942 — 12/28/2011

Margaret Peggy Sorenson, 69, of Shakopee, passed away
Wednesday, December 28, 2011, after a long battle with cancer.
She was born in Minneapolis, MN, July 24, 1942, the daughter of Harold and Margaret (Gibson) Ryan. She attended high school in Robbinsdale, MN.
Margaret was a homemaker. She enjoyed card games every Monday night with close friends, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, Harold
and Margaret Ryan. She is survived by her husband,
Richard; daughters, Lynn Zart (Bryan) of Shakopee,
Amanda Menden (Jason) of Buffalo; grandchildren,
Brandon, Kelsey, Colby and Rylie; siblings, Michael Ryan, Rosie Lewis (Larry); and many close friends.

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John J. Rauch

9/27/1925 — 12/27/2011

John J. Rauch, age 86, of Shakopee died on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at his home. John is survived by his wife, Carol; children, Robert (Susan) Rauch, Ruth (Stephen) Meyer, Barbara (Gregory) Henning, Joan (Michael) Stinski; 10 grandchildren, Jodi, Rachel, Rebecca, Jason, Joshua, Matthew, Helena, Jacob, Randi and Hanna; 4 great grandchldren, Shelby, Brennen, Addison and Alaina. He was preceded in death by his sister, Jeannette Tollerud.

J.J. Rauch was born on September 27, 1925 in New Ulm, Minnesota. He attended Holy Trinity Elementary School and New Ulm Holy Trinity High School. He enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II. He received his training at Farragut, Idaho, Electrical School at St. Louis, Missouri and submarine School at New London, Connecticut. John was assigned to the 7th Fleet in the Pacific and served on the USS Black Fin and the USS Sea Devil. Upon his discharge, be began a career with Northwestern Bell Telephone Company and retired after 36 years.

John was a member of the James Campbell Knights of Columbus Council 1685, Shakopee American Legion Post 2 and Shakopee Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4046.

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David J. Strehl

8/20/1965 — 12/17/2011

David J. Strehl, age 46, of Savage died on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at St. Gertrude's Health Center, Shakopee, Minnesota. He was born in Detroit, Michigan on August 20, 1965, the son of James and Marianna (Buckholz) Strehl. He married Lori Turay on August 22, 1992 in Romeo, Michigan. David was a Certified Public Accountant and was Chief Financial Officer for TBEI Incorporated at the time of his death.
He is survived by his wife, Lori; sons, Joel and Jimmy; mother, Marianna Strehl; brothers, Ed Strehl and Ray Strehl and his wife Chrissy; sister, Dede Freed and her husband Ric. David was preceded in death by his father, James.

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Ivan Makarevich

1/16/1945 — 12/17/2011

Ivan I. Makarevich, age 66, of Mound, died on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
Ivan was born in the city of Kabaki, Belarus, on January 16, 1945, the son of Ivan G. and Sofia Makarevich.
He worked for the Toro Company in Mound. Ivan is a member of the Slavic Baptist Church of Shakopee.
Ivan is survived by his wife, Elena; and many other relatives.

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Virginia A. Ballweg

9/9/1954 — 12/13/2011

Virginia A. Ballweg, age 57, of Shakopee, Minnesota died on Tuesday, December 13 at her home. Virginia was born on September 9, 1954 in Edina, the daughter of Lloyd and Nancy (Schroeder) Meyer. Survivors include her husband, Fred; parents, Lloyd and Nancy; sister, Carol (Dave) Gundersen; nieces, Carrie and Kelly; uncle, Ted Schroeder.

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