Gloria E. Kratochvil
7/21/1932 — 2/18/2011
Gloria E. Kratochvil (Berg), age 78, of Shakopee, died February 18, 2011 at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee. Gloria was born in Starbuck, MN on July 21, 1932, the daughter of Carl and Agnes (Swenson) Berg. She married Dennis Kratochvil on September 3, 1955, in Lincoln, NE. They were married 56 years. Gloria worked for the Veterans Administration Hospital in Minneapolis for 18 years. Survived by husband, Dennis; sons, Kim of Shakopee and Kevin of Savage; granddaughter, Marissa; Gloria's very close friends, Jenny and Jeff Fahey and their children, Cassandra and Taylor; sisters, Geneva Barsness, of Chisago City, Sylvia (Donald) Hoven of Glenwood; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews; and her other close neighbors.
Jean A. Hanel
5/2/1930 — 2/14/2011
Jean A. Hanel, age 80, of Shakopee, passed away on Monday, February 14, 2011, at Friendship Manor Care Center in Shakopee. Jean was born on May 2, 1930, in Jordan, the daughter of Tedand and Anna (Olson) Dahlgren. She married Kenneth Hanel on July 9, 1948 in Shakopee. Jean was a devoted wife, mom and grandma and great- grandma. She loved to sew, bake, garden and sew more! She was an active member at St. John's Lutheran Church for many years. Jean was the music director at St. Johns for over 25 years. She taught piano lessons out of her home for 20 years. Jean is survived by her children, Steve Hanel, Michael (Linda) Hanel, Lauri (Mike) Etzell and Lisa (Keith) Christopherson; 9 grandchildren, Tasha Hanel, Jeremy (Ronni) Revere, Jim (Irene) Revere, Sara Revere, John Revere, Brian (Maria) Groff, Luke Groff, Angie (Jon) Wirtz and Brad (Naomi) Etzell; 9 great-grandchildren; sisters, Marlene Black, Lorraine Sheldon and Norma (Ken) Sallman. She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth; parents; sisters and brothers, Lavern Johnson, Dennis, Howard and Charlie Dahlgren, Fern Bloom.
Eunice M. Dedeker
4/6/1926 — 2/11/2011
Eunice M. Dedeker, age 84, of Shakopee died on Friday, February 11, 2011 at the Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice Home, Chaska. Eunice was born on April 6, 1926 in Stanly County, North Carolina, the daughter of George and Emma (Lanier) Walker. She married Roger Dedeker on August 18, 1949 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Survivors include her children, Debbie Gerold of Chaska, Bob (Robin) Dedeker of Shakopee, Tom (Melody) Dedeker of Glencoe, Dave (Sue) Dedeker of Shakopee; daughter-in-law, Pat Dedeker of Burnsville; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grand-children. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roger; son, Bill; grandsons, Ryan and Brady; parents and brothers and sisters. Eunice was a member of the Shakopee Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4046 Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed spending time with her family, relaxing in the backyard in her swing reading the Bible and gardening.
Gerald L. Jerry Sharpsteen
6/1/1943 — 2/10/2011
Gerald L. Jerry, age 67, of Burnsville. Survived by mother, Margaret; brothers and sisters, Jim, Judy (Ron) Bendlin, Bob, Jane (Jack) Surina; nephews and nieces, Adam, Steve (Phou), Joe (fiance Mary McCarthy), Dominic, Alexandra; great-nephews, Ashton and Jaeden. Preceded in death by father, Herbert; foster-nephew, Tony Roche; and faithful pal, Lucky.
Earl W. Dols
1/16/1919 — 2/10/2011
Earl Dols 92, of Shakopee, died February 10, 2011 at Friendship Manor in Shakopee.
Earl was born January 16, 1919 to Leonard and Mary (Ellert) Dols on their dairy farm 6 miles north of Glencoe, MN in McLeod County.
He attended local schools and completed the automotive course and Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis. He worked at the Ford garage in Glencoe before going into the Army in 1941. He served in the 175th Field Artillery attached to the 34th Infantry Division called the Red Bulls in England, Ireland, Scotland, North Africa, and Italy. At the end of the war in 1945, he came home and worked at Shakopee Ford for the next 35 years. He learned to fly on the G.I. Bill at Flying Cloud Airport and had his own plane with a partner for a time. He married Betty Ann Schmitt at St Mary's Church in 1947, who survives him along with his son, Lee (Susan Crivits); daughter, Linda Deutsch (Craig Clausen); four grandsons, William (Melissa) Deutsch, Michael Deutsch, James (Shanna) Dols, Thomas Dols; and great-granddaughter, Loralei Dols. He was preceded in death by brothers, William, Harold, Elmer Dols; and sisters, Laura, Carolla, and Gertrude Dols. He was a lifetime member of Shakopee VFW Post 4046 and the Disabled American Veterans.
James J. Streefland, Jr.
6/18/1952 — 2/10/2011
James J. Streefland, Jr., age 58, of Shakopee. Survived by wife, Judy (Webster); sons and daughter, James J. III, Dr. Lisa Streefland Munger (Matthew), Timothy; mother, Verena; brothers, John (Lynda), Michael (Susan), Thomas (Deb); sister, Patricia (Al) Friedges; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives; and his loyal canine companion, Cue. Preceded in death by his father, James J. Sr.; and niece, Melissa Friedges.
2/10/1932 — 2/9/2011
Roger Dean Welch
5/18/1953 — 2/6/2011
Roger Dean Welch, age 57, Member of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community in Prior Lake, passed away on 2-6-2011, surrounded by family at the University of Minnesota Hospital, after losing his battle with Acute Myeloid leukemia. He was born on May 18, 1953 in Redwood Falls, MN.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Violet. He is survived by wife, Marilee; daughters, Ryanne (Eric) Hawkinson, Jennifer (Josh) Jacobson, both of Shakopee; grandchildren, Gabrielle(11), Luke(9), Tyler(4) and Annabelle(3); brothers and sisters, Patrick (Linda) Welch of Prior Lake, Brenda Wilt of Shakopee, Barry (Sandra) Welch of Scottsdale, AZ, Ronald (Linda) Welch, Kathy Welch, James (Karen) Welch, all of Shakopee; also surviving are many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
A 1975 U of M graduate, he was a commercial contractor / co-owner of Welch Construction, Inc. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, and loved the game of golf. Roger leaves behind many wonderful friends, including his hunting, fishing, and golfing buddies. The entire Welch family wishes to express their heart felt thanks to all for their prayers, messages, and support.
Tomalene Tomi Kraft
8/19/1940 — 2/4/2011
Tomalene Tomi, of Savage. Devoted wife of Adam Kraft for many years; other survivors include sons, Jeff (Terri) of Dallas, TX, and Brian of Savage; grandchildren, Ashley and Hannah Kraft, and Chris McDougald; and many other relatives.
Tanner A. Albers
2/12/1977 — 2/2/2011
Tanner A. Albers, age 33, of Prior Lake died on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Shakopee. Tanner was born in Bismarck, North Dakota on February 12, 1977 the son of Richard A. and Donna (DeCoteau) Albers. He loved his family very much and was a talented drummer with the Midnite Express Drum Group. A gifted athlete, he excelled in basketball.
Survivors include his mother, Donna Albers-Walking Elk; Hunka Father, Jerry Dearly; sisters, Holly Albers and Kelly Albers; brother, Travis Albers; half brothers, Jason McKee and Aaron Albers; special nephew, Justin Heminger; 2 children, Manuel and Tanner Jr; companion, Desiree Barrientez; grandmothers, Bonnie Miller and Alice DeCoteau; numerous special nieces and nephews; special brothers, Brendon Albers, Richard TallBear, Jay DustyBull, Butch Sinette, the Midnite Express and many other brothers, relatives and friends. Tanner was preceded in death by his father, Richard; grandfathers, August Albers, Edward Buck Miller, Paul DeCoteau.