Obituaries

Ronald Lee Ellingson

7/9/1943 — 9/7/2012

Ronald Lee Ellingson was born July 9, 1943 in Albert Lea, MN, the son of
Joel and Selma (Cleven) Ellingson. Ron graduated high school in 1961 and enlisted in the United States Army in 1964. He was stationed in Asmara, Ethiopia serving the Army Intelligence division at a listening post. After a whirlwind courtship, Ron married Gwen Quinn on March 21, 1969. They welcomed their first daughter Frances Lee in 1971. Soon after, they moved to Forest City, Iowa where Ron took a job with Winnebago. While in Forest City they welcomed their second daughter, Ingrid Lee in 1974. They next moved to Spencer, Iowa, then briefly they moved in with Joel and Selma while the house in Shakopee was being completed. They moved to Shakopee in 1978. Ron held a position as fleet manager with Chrysler, Deli Express, Ramsey County, and he retired from Land O'Lakes in 2007. Ron loved to travel, as a family they traveled all over the U.S, Canada and Norway. Ron had a love of geneology, old cars and anything associated with Norway. He enjoyed time with his family, bonfires, hunting and fishing. He truly loved his family, both close and extended, he attended every reunion that he could and kept in contact with many extended family members near and far throughout his life. Ron was 69 when he passed away from a heart attack on Friday, September 7, 2012 at the V.A. Medical Center.

He is survived by wife, Gwen; daughters, Frances (Scott)
Boehning, Ingrid (Jim) Conn; grandchildren, Nicholas and
Erik, Vivian Auleen and Sophia; sisters and brother, Gilma Oppedahl, ElRoy Ellingson (friend Marilyn), Doreen (Tom) Riesetter; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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Paula J. Loeffler

2/25/1962 — 9/5/2012

Paula J. Loeffler, age 50, of Shakopee. Died on September 5, 2012, at her home in Shakopee.
Born on February 25, 1962, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the daughter of Rupert Loeffler and Emma 'Dolly' (Jung) Loeffler.
Paula earned her Masters Degree at the University of Minnesota, and taught French at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She had a love for music, arts, and history.
She is survived by her mother, Emma 'Dolly' Loeffler; father, Rupert Loeffler; sister, Teresa (Aaron) Lawrence; niece, Courtney (John) Coxon and their son, Devin; nieces, Ivy, Jill, and Caitlyn Lawrence. Preceded in death by brother, Michael.

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Donna M. Hesser

1/8/1936 — 9/1/2012

Donna Mae Hesser, age 76, of Shakopee passed away on Saturday, September 1, 2012 at Augustana Emerald Crest in Shakopee. Donna was born on January 8, 1936 in Bagley, Minnesota the daughter of Henphen and Sadie (Hough) Pehrson. She married Willie C. Hesser on January 3, 1954 in Bagley. Donna was a retired employee of Minnetonka Inc.
Survivors include her daughter, Patti (Tom) Hein and son Larry Hesser all of Shakopee; 2 grandchildren, Jaime (Ryan) Haas and Sadie Hesser; 6 great grandchildren; sister Marlys (Ray) Olsen of Roanoke, Virginia. She was preceded in death by her husband.

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Bernette A. Martin

9/23/1913 — 9/1/2012

Bernette Martin, age 98 of Shakopee died on Saturday, September 1, 2012 at Friendship Manor Health Center, Shakopee. She was born on September 23, 1913 to Herman and Johanna Schuette in Gaylord, Sibley County. On July 13, 1935 she was united in marriage to Roscoe Martin. The family moved to Shakopee in 1943. In 1960 she joined the Martha Circle of St. John's Lutheran Church and participated until her health failed. Bernette was preceded in death by her husband in 1996 and son DuWayne in 1979; her parents, sisters, Selma Volinkaty and Caecelia Kuphal; 2 brothers, Alfred Schuette and Alvin Schuette. Bernette is survived by son, Don; daughter Roxanne (Robert) Jackelen; 2 grandchildren, Scott Jackelen and Tanya (Nate) Stadler; 3 great grandchildren, Gavin, Emily and Amber Stadler all of Shakopee; many nieces and nephews.

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John P. St. Martin

1/30/1962 — 8/29/2012

John P. St. Martin, age 50, of Shakopee passed away on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 surrounded by his family. Survivors include his wife, Sharry (Jeurissen); children, Krissy (Tim) Elwood of New Prague, Calvin St. Martin of Wisconsin, Bob Jeurissen of Shakopee; granddaughter, Tristan; mother, Jean St. Martin of Lydia; 3 brothers, 1 sister, Mike, Dan and Brian St. Martin; sister, Cheryl (Jeff) Hayes; nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his father, Maurice; brother, Doug; niece, Jessica.
John married Sharry Jeurissen on April 2, 2005 in Shakopee. A member of Teamsters Union Local 970, he was employed as a fork lift operator at CertainTeed Corporation in Shakopee. John was raised in Lydia, Minnesota and was a 1980 graduate of Jordan High School. He was a member of the Lydia Wrogies and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Aerie 4120 of Shakopee. He loved the Twins, Vikings, motorcycles and was an avid collector of items.

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Stanley R. Crooks

11/27/1941 — 8/25/2012

Stanley R. Crooks, age 70. Member and Chairman of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community in Prior Lake, passed away on Saturday, August 25, 2012, at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee, from natural causes, surrounded by his loving family and friends.
Stanley was born in Pipestone, MN, on November 27, 1941, the son of Norman and Edith (Ross) Crooks. He served in the United States Navy and was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 6208 in Prior Lake.
Stanley loved politics and golf. Golfing he recorded 7 hole-in-ones.
As he journeys to the Spirit World, Chairman Crooks leaves his wife of 48 years, Cheryl; two daughters, Cherie Crooks and Alisa Crooks; four grandchildren, Joe Bathel, Kc Bathel, Dakota Crooks, and Jesse Crooks; three great grandchildren, Neveah Bathel, Dreamma Crooks, and Aiyanna Bathel; uncle, Clifford Crooks, Senior; brothers, Mike (Renate) Crooks, Danny 'Skip' (Laurie) Crooks, and George Crooks. He was preceded in death by his parents Norman and Edith Crooks; infant brother, Alex Crooks; brothers, Norman Woodrow Crooks, and Alfred Crooks.

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Beverly Ann Erickson

8/3/1932 — 8/20/2012

Beverly Ann Erickson, age 80, of Shakopee, passed away on Monday, August 20, 2012, at Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice Home in Chaska, after a long, courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Born on August 3, 1932, in Chisago City, Minnesota, the daughter of Oscar and Esther (Anderson) Kroonblawd.
Bev married Duane Erickson on May 12, 1956, in Chisago City. Bev had worked for TCAAP, which was an ammunition plant. Bev was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She volunteered at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in the gift shop, and was the Secretary for her townhome association and active in a Red Hat group. She enjoyed gardening, playing the organ and accordion, and visiting with her friends and neighbors. Bev made 'home' wherever she was.
Survived by son and daughters, Greg (Laranne), Vickie Clasen (Stan Matthews), Janice Morlock, Joni (Kurt) Olson; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and numerous friends and family. Preceded in death by husband, Duane; parents, Oscar and Esther Kroonblawd.

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Constance P. Borchert

6/2/1955 — 8/14/2012

Constance P. Borchert, 'Connie', age 57, of Prior Lake, born June 2, 1955, surrounded by her family, she journeyed to the Spirit World on August 14, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer. Member of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.
Connie had been on the SMSC Gaming Commission. She loved her afternoons at the casino, traveling and shopping.
Survived by husband, Gary; step-father, Stuart Stu Walker; sister and brothers, Kimberly Thomas (Michael Krogness), Kenneth (Sheryl Lightfoot) Thomas, Lawrence (Jerrilynn Sissy) Thomas; God-child, Crystal Kilcher; many nieces and nephews; special dogs, Kota and Princess. Preceded in death by mother, Delores Walker; father, Kenneth L. Thomas; nephew, Troy Muellenberg; infant daughter.

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Aloysius H. Al Klingelhutz

6/9/1921 — 8/13/2012

Aloysius H. Klingelhutz was born on the family farm in Chanhassen, MN on June 9th, 1921 to Dennis and Susan (Jacques) Klingelhutz. He graduated from Eden Prairie High School in 1939. He enjoyed hunting, trapping, fishing, gardening and playing cards.
After establishing his livelihood on the farm, Al met his perfect match in Mary Jane Roeser and married her on September 15th, 1953 at St. Hubert Church. They were blessed with seven children.
Al, Mary and their children took great pride in raising and producing livestock and crops of the highest quality on their farm. While still farming, and at the age of 55, Al began another career as a realtor, where he established and strengthened his reputation as a hard-working, trustworthy and successful businessman.
Along with Mary, Al was a strong supporter of St. Hubert Church and school where he served as trustee, council and building committee member. Mr. Chanhassen, as Al has been called, was instrumental in Chanhassen's incorporation into a city and in its acquisition of land for parks. He also served on the city council and as mayor. Later in life, Al was elected to the office of County Commissioner and the community continued to benefit from his good sense and wisdom.
A faithful servant of God, Al was a dedicated and loyal husband, dad, grandpa, and great-grandpa. He was loved by his wife, family and many friends. A lifelong resident of Chanhassen, he died there at the age of 91 and entered his eternal reward.
Al will be deeply missed by his wife, Mary Jane, of 59 blessed years; children, Brian (Annie) Klingelhutz of Waconia (Ryan, Kristin, Justin), Claire (Tony) Robling of Jordan (Jenna/Brian Rodenz , Kevin), Mike (Colleen) Klingelhutz of Waconia (Louise, Daniel, David), Neil (Connie) Klingelhutz of Chanhassen (Kyle, Greg, Rachel), Joann Townsend of Bellevue, Nebraska, (Michael, Mariah, Makayla), Al (Francoise) Klingelhutz of Iowa City (Joseph) and Kurt (Kim) Klingelhutz of Chanhassen (Kelly, Alyssa, Laura) and two great-grandchildren, Julia and Bella; sisters, Luella Neidenfeuhr, Myra Hensil, brother Tom Klingelhutz and many other loving relatives and devoted friends.
Al is preceded in death by his parents, siblings, Daniel Klingelhutz, Marie Nein, Sally Koehnen, Florence Dueffert, and Evelyn Wartman; and many others that touched Al's life.

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Harold E. Theis

8/14/1945 — 8/11/2012

Harold E. Theis, Jr., age 66, of Prior Lake, formerly of Shakopee, passed away peacefully August 11, 2012, three days before his 67th birthday.
Harry was born August 14, 1945, the son of Harold and Jolenta (Stocker) Theis.
Preceding Harry in death were his parents, and brother, Robert. He is survived by siblings, Mary Anita Wheatley, Lillian (Charlie) Abeln, Lois (Chuck) Steinbauer, LaRose (Ernie) Chalekson, Joan Schneider, Marjorie (Robert, deceased), Michael (Kathy), Judith, Karen, and Theresa Hassan; uncle, Eldred Stocker; aunts, Sister Valeria Theis, SSND, and Sister Annabel Theis, SSND; many nieces and nephews.
Harry's family expresses profound appreciation to all of his many, wonderful caregivers throughout the years.

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