Aleksandr Kuloverov

11/7/1935 — 11/11/2011

Aleksandr Kuloverov, age 66, of Bloomington died on Friday, November 11, 2011 at Fairview University Medical Center, Minneapolis. Aleksandr was born on November 7, 1935 in Miropol, Russia. Survivors include his wife, Vera and many other friends and relatives.

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Marie (Dolly) Lebens

11/26/1922 — 11/10/2011

Marie Lebens, age 88, of Shakopee died on Thursday, November 10, 2011. Marie was born on November 26, 1922 in Prior Lake the daughter of John and Dorothy (Geis) Scherer. She married Gordon Lebens in Prior Lake on June 12, 1951. Marie was a retired employee of Control Data Corporation and was a member of St. Mark's Council of Catholic Women.
She is survived by her daughter, Barbara (Ed) Siedow; grandson, Lance Siedow; great-grandson, Nathan Siedow. She was preceded in death by her husband; 2 infant daughters, Dorothy Josephine and Mary; 9 brothers, and sisters, Barbara Ahlquist, Caroline Ince, Ollie Bidon, Geraldine Sprank, Bernice Lebens, Irene Petsch, Cecelia Zautke, Leander Scherer and Eugene Scherer.

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Francis (Frank) Paron

3/17/1945 — 11/10/2011

Francis J. (Frank) Paron, age 66, of Shakopee died peacefully at Unity Hospital, Fridley on November 10. Frank was born on March 17, 1945 in Stewart, Minnesota to Alphonse and Connie (Dellwo) Paron. He married Karen Honer on June 7, 1975, and they divorced in 2008 but remained friends. Frank attended St. Mark's Catholic Grade School, DeLaSalle High School, St. John's University followed by the University of Minnesota Dental School. He worked at the Rock Spring Bottling Company and Continental Machines, Inc.
Frank loved playing softball with his Knights of Columbus (KC) team and sports of all kinds. He enjoyed spending time with his family, friends and remodeling his childhood home. Volunteering for the Scott County 4H program was an enjoyable activity with Karen, Amanda and Johanna. His lifelong love of trains starting with the collecting and setting up of model trains, eventually turned life-sized when he and his brother, Fr. William, purchased motor cars which they enjoyed taking on excursions together. He was involved in the Knights of Columbus and many activities at St. Mark's Parish including the choir, the first and many Julifest celebrations and the portraying of Simon in the The Passion of Jesus in Word, Music and Light.
Survivors include: Daughters, Amanda Paron of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and Johanna (Daniel) Picard of Bloomington; brothers and sister, Father William Paron of Waconia; Peter (Susan) Paron of Apple Valley and Mary (Nick) Schreifels of Colorado Springs, Colorado; nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and 2 nephews.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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