Marshall C. Johnson, Jr.
12/10/1944 — 11/10/2011
Marshall C. Johnson, Jr., age 66 of Shakopee. Born December 10, 1944, in Paris, Kentucky, the son of Marshall Clay and Hermia (Dray) Johnson, Sr. His hobbies included fishing and computers.
Marshall will be dearly missed by his wife of 38 years and best friend, Joanne; son, Mike (Maddy) and their son, Miles; daughters, Cindy, and Susan; 5 other grandchildren; 2 brothers; many beloved family and friends. Preceded in death by daughter, Darla; parents, Marshall and Hermia; 4 brothers and 1 sister.
Dr. Neil Nickerson, MD
7/19/1918 — 11/9/2011
Neil Dwight Nickerson, born Stow, Ohio, July 19, 1918, died Nov. 9, 2011, in hospice care peacefully with loving family in attendance, bringing to close an active life of service lasting 93 years. He trained as a physician at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio, and Cleveland Hospitals. During WWII, Dr. Nickerson served in the Army Medical Corps at Gorgas Hospital, Panama Canal Zone. A man of deep faith and keen intelligence, he pursued medicine as his life's calling. His medical service included clinic and hospital work in Thief River Falls and Fairmont, MN; medical mission work in Liberia, and Papua New Guinea; work in Thailand, Kenya, Uganda, and Haiti with Minnesota International Health Volunteers (WellShare). He represented Rotary International's polio eradication project in China and computer literacy project in Guatemala, and was a founder of Global Health Ministries.
His commitment to medicine was eclipsed only by his faith and love of family. He is survived by Alice Riffer Nickerson, his loving wife of 69 years; children Ruth (Keith) Edge, Scott (Anne) Nickerson, Newt (Crystal) Nickerson, Hallie (Steve) Richards, Hanna Barker, Ethiopian foster son Nega Massebo; 12 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.
Lillian A. Weinandt
12/7/1925 — 11/6/2011
Lillian will be missed by her husband of 63 years, Harry; her four children and their families, Marcie McLaughlin, Claire, Kyle, Hailey and Jacob Graham; Ian and Megan McLaughlin; Maxine, Kieran, Deidre and Eleanor Hughes; Michael Weinandt, Adam and Tanya Weinandt, Andrew, Kristen, Easton and Jameson Weinandt, Aaron and Kelli Weinandt, Austin Weinandt and Ruth Weinandt; Mark and Monique Weinandt, Jon Henning, and Harry's loving sister, Betty Tillia. She was preceded in death by her parents, August and Bertha Voss; her brothers, Lloyd, John, James and Eugene Voss; and her beloved sister, LuElla Brandt. Lillian was an active member of St. Mark's Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary in Shakopee, she was a member of the St. Mark's Council of Catholic Women, a servant leader in the Eagle Creek Eagles 4-H club, a volunteer at St. Francis Hospital among many other organizations. She enjoyed lifelong friendships with those who she bowled, played bridge and traveled.
Hillard H. Bachmann
10/27/1924 — 11/4/2011
Hillard H. Bachmann, age 87, of Shakopee died on Friday, November 4 at the Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine. Hillard was born in Norwood, Minnesota on October 27, 1924 the son of Edward and Johanna (Schwirtz) Bachmann. He married Muriel Pfleghaar on September 25, 1946 in Cologne, Minnesota. He served in the United States Army during World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star. Hillard was a member of the James F. Campbell 1685 Knights of Columbus of Shakopee, Shakopee Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4046, Shakopee American Legion Post 2 and was a member of the Disabled American Veterans. He owned the Hillard Bachmann Mutual Service Insurance Agency in Shakopee prior to retirement. Hillard will be remembered for playing Santa Claus for 40 years in front of his home in Shakopee.
He is survived by his wife, Muriel daughter, Linda Will; brother, Edward and (Verdille) Bachmann; 4 grandchildren, Tarilyn (Roger) Avery, Trevor (Karen) Will, Corey (Lisa) Will and Andrea Will; 9 great-grandchildren, Joshua (Sarah) Oehrlein, Jeremiah (Jennifer) Avery, Matthew (Mallory) Avery, Mallori Avery, Michael Will, Kayla Fowler, Tyler, Caleb, and Chloe Will; 7 great-great grandchildren, Jordan and Tori Oehrlein, Taylor, Matthew, Madison and Mason Avery, Karlie Anderson, London Zapzalke. He was preceded in death by his son, Brian; grandson, Mark Will; son-in-law, Rodney Will; 2 brothers; 2 sisters.
Ross E. Paulson
3/10/1935 — 10/31/2011
Professor Ross E. Paulson, 76, of Shakopee, Minnesota, died Monday, October 31, 2011 at Auburn Manor Care Center, Chaska MN.
Prof. Paulson was born in Elkhart, Indiana, on March 10, 1935. He attended public
schools in Elkhart and also participated in the Quiz Kid program on radio and television. He pursued undergraduate studies at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, graduating with honors in 1957 and as a Distinguished Military Cadet. Upon graduation he attended Harvard University for study in the field of American Intellectual History. Harvard University conferred the Master of Arts Degree in 1960 and the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in 1962. He was also a Research Fellow at Yale Divinity School in 1964-1965. At one time, Prof. Paulson was a member of the Society for Religion in Higher Education, the American Historical Association and Phi Beta Kappa.
Prof. Paulson also served in the Army Reserves attaining the rank of Captain before finishing his reserve responsibilities.
A member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, he served on various boards and commissions for the Lutheran Church in American and its successor the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, including the Board of Wodd Missions and the Multicultural Commission. He also served on synod boards including the Multicultural Committee for the Northern lllinois Synod, and various church councils at the local level including Augustana Campus Church at Augustana College, and St. John's Lutheran Church in Rock Island, Illinois.
From 1962 to 1995, Prof. Paulson was a professor of history at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, reaching the rank of full Professor and retiring as Professor Emeritus in 1995.
Prof. Paulson's publications included articles in various scholarly journals, biographical sketches of Populist leaders for several encyclopedias, and a text for high school students. He also wrote and published scholarly books, including his doctoral dissertation.
After retiring, Prof. Paulson was diagnosed with a brain tumor in February of 1998 and had also survived strokes and prostate cancer. In 2002 he and his wife moved to Minnesota after 40 years in Rock Island, Illinois.
Prof. Paulson is survived by his wife of 48 years, Avis, of Shakopee, MN; daughters, Linnea M. Anderson (Bruce C. Anderson) and Lisa Anne Paulson Bauch (John Bauch); granddaughter, Katharine L. Anderson of Bloomington, MN; brother, Lee (Jan) Paulson of Walnut Creek, CA; nieces, nephews and cousins. Prof. Paulson was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Kent.
Margaret M. Sharpsteen
2/14/1919 — 10/29/2011
Margaret M. Sharpsteen, age 92, of Prior Lake formerly of Burnsville died on Saturday, October 29, 2011 at the Lodge at Highview in Lakeville. Margaret was born on February 14, 1919 in Minneapolis the daughter of Thomas and Mary (Kellington) Flanery. She married Herbert Sharpsteen on August 23, 1941 in Minneapolis. She was a loving wife, mother and homemaker during her life.
Survivors include her children, Jim, Judy (Ron) Bendlin, Bob, Jane (Jack) Surina; 7 grandchildren, Adam, Steve (Phou), Joe, Dominic, Alexandra, Lucan and Elizabeth; 5 great grandchildren, Ashton, Patrick, Jaeden, Alexis and Brnadon; sisters-in-law, Fyllis Flanery and Audrey Flanery. She was preceded in death by her husband, son Gerald, foster son, Tony Roche and 8 brothers and sisters.
Wayne P. Olson
4/20/1934 — 10/27/2011
Wayne P. Olson, age 77, of Shakopee died on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis. Wayne was born on April 20, 1934 in Wadena, Minnesota the son of Otto and Ella (Johnson) Olson. Wayne married Chris Hovorka on February 10, 1984 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Wayne was a retired employee of the Chaska Public Schools where he had worked as a custodian. He was a veteran of the Korean War serving with the United States Army and was a life time member of Shakopee American Legion Post 2, the Shakopee Fraternal Order of the Eagles, 4120 and the Shakopee Veterans Memorial Unit.
Survivors include his wife, Chris; daughter, Linda (Skip) Benson of St. Michael; step-son, Tom (Michele) Pitschneider of Shakopee; step-daughter, Brenda (Alvin) Martinson of Champlin; sisters, Eileen (Kenny) Anderson of Wadena, Sherrie (Harold) Wicht of Verndale; 5 grandchildren, Afton (Greg) Leffrenzen, Erin Benson, Sara Brook, Austin and Daniel Pitschneider; great-grandchild, Hailey Benson; special nieces and nephews; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Tom and Sharon Hovorka. He was preceded in death by his parents and special nephew.
6/18/1924 — 10/25/2011
Margaret A. Pexa, age 87, of Shakopee died on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at St. Therese Home in New Hope. Margaret was born on June 18, 1924 in Minneapolis the daughter of Michael F. and Mary (Page) McNamara. She married Eugene E. Pexa on May 23, 1959 in Minneapolis. Margaret was a member of St. Mark's Council of Catholic Women and the Third Order of St. Francis. She was a volunteer at the Shakopee Area Catholic Schools and St. Francis Regional Medical Center. Prior to retirement, she was employed by Northern States Power and Culligan Water Systens.
Survivors include many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; siblings, Michael J. McNamara,Ellen Warren, Mary O'Rourke and Matthew F. McNamara.
Marlene J. Voracek
1/11/1938 — 10/24/2011
Marlene J. (Cihla), age 73, of Burnsville. Survived by loving husband of 51 years, Frank; daughters and son, Sharon Durant, David (Julie), Renate (Vance) Stewart, Karen Voracek; 6 grandchildren; brother, Joseph (Peggy) Cihla. Preceded in death by parents, Joseph and Anna Cihla.
Helen C Aubrecht
4/14/1923 — 10/19/2011
Helen C. Egan Aubrecht, age 88, of Savage died on Wednesday, October 19 at Augustana Health Care Center, Apple Valley. Helen was born on April 14, 1923 in Savage the daughter of Robert and Catherine (Jans) Egan. She worked as a homemaker, care giver to her family, and was a retired employee of the Minnesota Masonic Home in Bloomington.
She is survived by her sisters, Delores Ralph and Agnes Wegner; sister-in-law, Helen Egan and many nieces and nephews. Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; parents; brothers, Robert and Ted; sisters, Sister Margaret Mary DHM and Mary Steenberg.