Obituaries

Geraldine E. Klein

3/10/1926 — 11/24/2012

Geraldine E. Klein, 'Jerry' age 86, of Shakopee, died on Saturday, November 24, 2012, at Friendship Manor Nursing Home in Shakopee.
She was born on March 10, 1926, in Shakopee, MN, the daughter of Peter and Hildegard (Menden) Fitz. Jerry married Urban A. Klein on September 3, 1947, in Shakopee. She worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company for many years, then worked for Shakopee Hardware for over 20 years. She also worked at St. Francis Hospital.
Jerry was a proud member of the Heritage Polka Singers, the VFW 4046 Ladies Auxiliary of Shakopee, 50 year member of the Shakopee Sewing Club, and she was a member of the Shakopee Heritage Society. Jerry also volunteered many hours to Church of St. Mark and St. Francis Regional Medical Center.
Jerry is preceded in death by her husband, Urban; brothers, Richard and Peter Fitz. Survivors include her sons, Terry (Jeanne), Dave (Kathi), Bill (Anne); grandchildren, Melissa, Jeff (Ashley), Josh, Tessa, Rachel, and Julie Klein, Jennifer (Tim) Groby, Kelly (Mike) Marr, Jenny (Jesse) Zettel; 7 great-grandchildren; best friend, Mary Schlink.

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Nina Jeltoukhina

3/12/1921 — 11/17/2012

Nina Jeltoukhina, age 91, of Bloomington died on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at her home. Nina was born on March 12, 1921 in Russia. Survivors include her sister, Yelena Tikhonova and 3 nephews. Nina was a member of the Russian Revival Baptist Church in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

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Gerald L. Baer

6/17/1947 — 11/15/2012

Gerald L. Baer, age 65, of Shakopee died on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at his home. Jerry was born on June 17, 1947 in Aberdeen, South Dakota the son of Peter and Gladys (Uttenhove) Baer. He married Sharon Dillon on February 20, 1971 in Brookings, South Dakota. He and his family were the owners of the original Jerry's Pizza in Shakopee for many years.
He is survived by his sons, Roger (Pam), Richard (Kristi), Ronald (Carol), Mark (Michelle); mother, Gladys Baer; 15 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren and brother, Al (Georgia) Baer.
He was preceded in death by his wife, son, Michael, father, Peter and infant brother, Donald.

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Audrey Marie Showalter

3/10/1929 — 11/15/2012

Audrey M. Showalter, age 83, of Faribault, Minnesota, died at her home in Jordan, Minnesota, on Thursday, November 15, 2012.
Audrey was born on March 10, 1929, in Faribault, MN, the daughter of Marshall and Grace (Tatge) Perron.
Audrey was preceded in death by her husbands, Harwood 'Teak' Rinsem, and Orville Showalter; son, Mark Rinsem; grandson, Joshua Rinsem; great-grandchild, Tyler; brother and sister, James Perron and Janiece Underdahl. Survivors include her two sons, Bradley Rinsem and wife, Kristina, of Boca Raton, FL, James Rinsem and wife, Avis, of Savage, MN; 8 grandchildren, Stacy Rinsem, Kristina Warmka, Christopher Rinsem, Sonia Rinsem, Angela Rinsem, Amie Stark, Amber Rinsem, Paige Rinsem; 10 great-grandchildren.
Audrey enjoyed interior decorating and floral design. She was also passionate about dog rescue.

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Loretta M. Giles

5/11/1930 — 11/9/2012

Loretta M. Giles, age 82, died on Friday, November 9, 2012, surrounded by her loving family.
Loretta was born on May 11, 1930 in Farmington, MN, the daughter of William and Louise (Tutewohl) Martin. She married Edward Giles on October 17, 1953, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Savage, and together they had 9 children.
Loretta was preceded in death by loving husband, Edward; son, Dwayne; son-in-law, Dave Williamson; and her parents.
She is survived by children, Dave (Shari), Mary (Jeff) Hoglin, Lori (Rick) Hynes, Kevin (LuAnn), Denise Williamson, Dan (Kristin), Chris (Katie) and Colleen (Kevin) Casey; grandchildren, Jacob (Kim), Jeremy, Justin, Sam, Rachel, Kara, Collin and Gavin Giles, Leah and Andrea Hoglin, Mike (Leah), Krissy, Liz and Kurt Hynes, Sarah, Ashley, Caitlin and Logan Giles, Cory, Danny, Garrett and Joey Plinck, Jack Giles, Alex, Dusty, Joey, and Ryan Casey; great grandchildren, Kody and Garett Giles, Bailey, Silvia and Rachel Hynes, twin brother, Lawrence 'Jack'; brothers, Leo (Geneva) and Bill (Darlene) Martin; sisters, Ceil Giles, Lucille Lois, Louise Anderson and Mary (John) Gallagher.

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Nancy J. Vaughan

4/28/1934 — 11/5/2012

Nancy J. Vaughan, age 78, of Shakopee, died on Monday, November 5, 2012, at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
Nancy was born on April 28, 1934, in Austin, Minnesota, the daughter of Harald and Olga (Lerum) Hovland. Nancy married Dale Vaughan on June 4, 1955, in Austin, MN. She was a stay at home mom, raising their 8 children.
She is survived by children and grandchildren: Bob, Carol, Josh, Kalli, and Tyler Vaughan; Barb Vaughan; Kathy, Greg, Sam, and Sophie Krauth; Joe, Karla, Gracie, and Danny Vaughan; Mary, Patrick, Alexandra, and Bryn Hager; Carolyn, Patrick, Hannah, Abby, and Claire Jones; Mike, Geneve, Anna, and Isaac Vaughan; and Susan, Jon, Owen, and Ben Vaughan-Fier. Brother and sister-in-law Nathan and Virginia Hovland; Sisters and brother-in-law Marion Travetto and Deanna and Bill LeBarron; many nieces and nephews; and a lot friends who also were her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband Dale; grandson Peter; parents Harald and Olga Hovland; and brothers and sister Emery, Irene, Henry, George, Arthur, Orlo, Dean, and David.

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Michael Paul Bruce

5/16/1958 — 11/3/2012

Michael Paul Bruce, age 54, of Shakopee, died on Saturday, November 3, 2012, at his residence.
Michael was born on May 16, 1958, in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Lawrence 'Larry' Bruce and Carmella (Cinelli).
Survived by his companion of 32 years, Laura Jarrett; children, Justin (Valerie), Robyn (Justin), Anthony (Nikki); 9 grandchildren; dad, Larry (Sharon) Bruce; mother, Carmella Bruce; sister, Patti Voges; brothers, Josh, Tracy, Christopher; numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Michael is preceded in death by his sister, Debbie; and grandparents.

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Vera Zasulevich

2/15/1925 — 11/2/2012

Vera Zasulevich, age 87, of Coon Rapids, MN, died on Friday, November 2, 2012, at Unity Hospital in Fridley, MN.
Vera was born on February 15, 1925, in Vysokaya Lipa, Belarus, the daughter of Ivan and Eva (Demukh) Romanchuk.

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Shirley Plekkenpol

1/25/1942 — 11/2/2012

Shirley Plekkenpol, age 70, of Shakopee, entered eternal life on November 2, 2012, at Friendship Manor Nursing Home in Shakopee, MN. Shirley was born on January 25, 1942 in Veseli, Minnesota the daughter of Frank and Anna (Flicek) Ruzicka. She married George Plekkenpol on April 25, 1964 at Veseli, Minnesota. She was a loving wife, mother and homemaker and was a member of the James Campbell #1685 Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary of Shakopee. Shirley was a retired employee of Birchwood Laboratories where she was employed in packaging.
Survivors include her sons, Mark and wife Sandie of Murphy, Texas, Gary of Shakopee; granddaughters, Julie (Ricky) Addie of Liberty City, Texas, Kirsten Shumaker of Dallas, Texas; great-granddaughter, Paige Addie of Liberty City, Texas; great-grandsons of Reiger Covey of Dallas, Texas and Corby Addie of Liberty City, Texas; brother, Frank Ruzicka of New Prague; sisters, Rosie Tuma of Lonsdale and Anne Eischens of Prior Lake; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, James and June Plekkenpol of Shakopee, Herb and Mary Hirscher of Houston, Texas; nieces, nephews, family and many friends. Shirley was preceded in death by her husband and parents.
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Mike Howard Carkhuff

7/6/1966 — 10/22/2012

Mike J. 'Howard' Carkhuff, age 46, of Shakopee, formerly of Wadena, MN, died on Monday, October 22, 2012, in Shakopee. Born on July 6, 1966, in Wadena, MN, the son of Ray and Leona (Kupfer) Carkhuff. He graduated from Wadena High School, and was employed at SuperValue. Howard's family and friends were the most important thing to him; he especially enjoyed watching his kids play sports. He also liked hunting and fishing.
Howard will be missed by daughter, Rachel (Craig) Larson; son, Brentan; mother, Leona; brothers and sisters, Father Tom, Mary (John) Blom, Sue (Galen) Hieb, Joyce (Jarel) Hieb, Bill (Diane), Trish (Bruce) Steinkopf, Jim (Laurie). He is preceded in death by son, Ryan; father, Ray; brother, Roger; brothers-in-law, Greg Hergott, Tony Nanik.

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