Funeral Notice: Alton J. Carufel

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Carufel, Alton J. "Al" was born October 14, 1933 in Minneapolis, Minn. He died at the Minnesota Veteran's Home on January 13, 2019 from a worn- out, but much used heart. A Korean War veteran, Al served with honor in the U.S. Navy before beginning his career as a real estate appraiser. On July 13, 1968, Al married his main squeeze, Theresa (Blaeser), with whom they had four children. And like any good husband, Al took all his fashion cues from her. His signature look was in a bright pink polo. A gentle, loving and caring man, Al will be remembered for his devout faith; a hearty laugh; love for singing and jazz music; saying that every home cooked meal was "the best he's ever had;" and for passing on his fondness of Lake Harriet to his children. He also had a life-long love affair with caramel rolls, date bars and butter brickle ice cream. Family members who cleared the path for Al include his father Alton; mother Agnes; brothers Lionel and Frank; sister Joyce Grampre; son Craig; and grandson Wyatt Shepherd. Al will be supremely missed by Theresa, his wife of more than 50 years; sister Barbara; daughters Michelle (John) Twohig, Lisa (Steve) Shepherd and Sarah (Joe) Hauer; and nine grandchildren: Emily, Grace and Livia Twohig; Finnegan, Luke and Hope Shepherd; & William, Benjamin and Ellen Hauer. Visitation at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, and funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace. 5071 Eden Ave., Edina. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to NAMI-MN or Our Lady of Grace. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996

Funeral Notice: William C. 'Bill' Manske

Manske, William C. "Bill" Age 90 of Edina passed away January 10, 2019 in his home surrounded by his loved ones. Preceded in death by his parents and sister Joy. Bill was a creative force in Twin Cities advertising. Following graduation from the Minneapolis School of Art, (now Minneapolis College of Art and Design), he joined the Navy and served during the Korean War on the USS Iowa, and created Sleeve Banyon, a popular comic strip for his ship's newspaper. The influence of graphic novels and comic books can still be seen in his work today.

Following his stint in the Navy, Bill worked as a commercial artist and illustrator at Minneapolis ad agencies, some of his most iconic works included the Minnegasco Indian maiden and Insty Prints wizard. He later shared his artistic flair and talent as an instructor at Hennepin Technical College. After retirement, he continued to create art in his basement studio, leading to several paintings exhibited at the State Fair as well as special editions of his creations for friends and family. Bill's home was a must-see come Christmas, when he displayed his homemade Christmas decorations including a twinkling/moving Ferris wheel and a 12-foot Santa.

Bill influenced scores of young people through decades of coaching Edina youth football and hockey. Music was another of Bill's passions and he became an accomplished guitar player and country western music aficionado. He was most comfortable in a pair of sweatpants and an old shirt strumming on his guitar. We encourage any who can join us for Bill's funeral ceremony to feel free to wear your most comfortable/country attire - that's how Bill would want it.

Bill is survived by his brother Robert, his life's love and wife of 64 years; Beatrice; children Glenn (Jane), Jill (Michael), Lori (Tim), Kipp (Maria), Robyn (Paul), Toni (Robb). Grandchildren William, Katie, CeeBie, Katrin, Steven, Natalie, Derek, David, Sarah, Mike, Molly, Tony, Ryan, Julie, Nadine, and Megan. Bill was a wonderful, fun-loving, creative, husband and father. The world will be a whole lot less fun without him, though we will cherish the memories and smile often . . .

Funeral Service Thursday, January 17 at 1:30 PM, Our Lady of Grace Church, 5071 Eden Avenue, Edina, 952-929-3317. Visitation one hour prior to service. Arrangements by Washburn-McReavy, 5000 W. 50th Street, Edina, 952-920-3996. Memorials preferred to American Diabetes Association.

Funeral Notice: Liz (Barry) Evon

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Evon, Liz (nee Barry) 1/21/37 (St. Paul, MN) 1/1/19 (Edina, MN) Daughter of Bess and Bob Barry (deceased). Survived by her husband Ron, children Cyn Anderson (Rick), Tom (Julia), Tim (Colleen) and nine grandchildren Katie (Shane), Mike, Jenn, Danny (Guro), Sarah, Lizzy, Mary Kate, Amy and Tommy. To Lizzy with our Love: "Grandma Lizzy, you have the best sense of humor and always light up a room. You are always kind, loving and considerate of others. You are the coolest Grandma in town!" - A compilation of grandkids' quotes. "Mom, we love your sense of humor, intelligence, beauty and caring. We appreciate that you instilled values and showed us the right way to do things. You always had our best interest at heart. There's a big part of you in all of us." - Cyn, Tom and Tim "Knowing you was to love you. Your personality was endearing. You have so many, many friends who love you." As she would say, "God love ya!" - Her many friends "Honey, I was blessed during 60 years of marriage: I was able to look into your beautiful face, laugh at your witty remarks and was often moved by your keen intellect." - Ron Mass of Christian Burial 11AM, Friday, January 11 at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 5071 Eden Ave., Edina. Visitation at church 1 hour before the Mass. Luncheon to follow. In lieu of a donation, as Liz would often do, please offer a sign of love to someone today, and make someone laugh. Willwerscheid Funeral Home & Cremation Service 651-228-1006.

Our Thanks to the OLG Quilters


May 9, 2000 was the beginning of Our Lady of Grace Quilters with Jane Squires as chairperson. St. Francis Guild started a 5-week beginning quilting class. Lila Hansen from St. Patrick’s Patchworkers joined the group and, by June, weekly Tuesday mornings in the Forrey Room were established. Requests were put in the bulletin for funds and fabric. By September the first 20 quilts were donated to St. Therese Care Center in New Hope. The Women’s Club Raffled some quilts, as did the St. Francis Guild, to provide funds. Quilts have been donated to multiple organizations. All have been crafted with love, prayer and hope. Without the many hands, donations of funds and fabric, and not just a few pricked fingers this work could not have been done. As with many organizations, aging and fewer numbers will caused this ministry to stop work in December 2018. A total of 1771 quilts have been made and donated; 45 quilts have been completed since July 2018.

Quilts over the years have been donated to:

St. Therese Care Center of New Hope
Birthright; Minneapolis Crisis Nursery
Monastery of St. Clair
St. Anne’s Place
Southside Life Care Center
Ghana Mission
Catholic Charities

Families Moving Forward
Little Sisters of the Poor
St. Joseph’s Home of Children
Sharing and Caring Hands
Project Linus
Dialysis Center

Thank you to all our dedicated quilters:

Jane Squires
Agness Burgee
Lonnie Leyh
Louise Battaglia
Swarna Abeyesundere
Marie Mattison
Linda Krumsieg

Fran Peterson
Melva Mayclin
Mary Crowley
Jane Twyman
Sue Sundlin
Sandy Rikus
Nan Dvorak

Lila Hansen
Bernice Schrenk
Catherine Miller
Pat Westlund
Ronnie Yearneau
Bev Rooney
Mary Jane Sushak

Funeral Notice: Edward C. Maier


Maier, Edward C. age 95 of Edina. Survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Marcella Mae; children, Julie Angevine (Dave Armstrong), Jeanne Maier, Kathleen Maier, Gary Maier & Susan Schneider (Bruce); grandchildren, Kyle Spresser (Diana Geseking), Matt Spresser & Kelsey Spresser, Scott Angevine & Kellie Angevine, Rachael Moline & Laura Moline (Brad Nordby), Abbey Nagel (Nate) & Zach Schneider; great-grandchildren, Logan & Cora Spresser; sisters, Donna Mae Marceau & Arlene Nicklay (Bob); nieces & nephews. Preceded in death by sister, Delores Enright. Mass of Christian Burial Sat. 11 AM at the Church of Our Lady of Grace, 5071 Eden Ave., Edina. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation one hour prior to the Mass at the church. Gearty-Delmore 952-926-1615

Funeral Notice: Joan Elizabeth (Kleyne) McDonnell

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McDonnell, Joan Elizabeth (nee Kleyne) Age 88 of Edina, died in her sleep on Oct. 30, 2018. Survived by son, David (Terrie) McDonnell; daughter, Carol (Kendall Larson) McDonnell; son, Michael (Julia) McDonnell; daughter, Susan McDonnell; son, William (Patricia) McDonnell; daughter, Elizabeth (Durk) Thompson; and thirteen grandchildren. Joan was preceded in death by William McDonnell, her husband of 34 years; her parents, Cornelius and Marie Kleyne, and her sister, Mina Kleyne. Born January 11, 1930, she attended Central High School in St. Paul & the University of Minnesota. She met her future husband while working one summer at Arrowhead Lodge on Lake Kabetogama. They would go on to raise six kids in Edina. During that time she was a stalwart in her neighborhood bridge group and her Tuesday morning ladies golf league at Braemar. After the passing of her husband she split her time between Minnesota and Siesta Key, Florida. In her later years she would say that she spent her time playing golf, playing bridge and worrying about her children. Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 21st, at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 5071 Eden Avenue, Edina. Mass will begin at 10:30 am, with visitation starting one hour prior at the church. The family expresses its special thanks to the wonderful staff at Wealshire of Bloomington who gave Joan great, loving care in her final years. We are truly grateful for you. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996

Funeral Notice: Gerald J. 'Jerry' Hirsch

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Hirsch, Gerald "Jerry" J. Age 85 of Edina, MN passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 9, 2018 after a weekend with family, face-timing great-grandkids and his regularly scheduled Sunday night dinner full of laughter, a glass of wine and his favorite ice cream. Jerry is now happily reunited with his wife Suzanne (Sue), who preceded him in death. After serving in the Korean War, Jerry married Sue in 1958, then graduated from the University of St. Thomas and started his family of five children. Jerry began his career with IDS in the accounting department and shortly thereafter moved into IDS's investment management business. In 1974, Jerry retired from IDS and followed his desire to be self-employed, applying his experience and financial background in the accounting, investment and commercial real estate areas. After establishing his business, he spent more time with family, traveled with Sue, enjoyed weekly golf with friends, fishing and a game or two of cribbage. His family, friends and relationships were most important to him. Jerry's kindness, cheerful smile, and caring for others will be remembered. He was a loving husband and a caring and giving father. His children, grandchildren and great-grand- children feel so fortunate to have had him be an important part of their lives and they loved him very much. Jerry is survived by his children: Mary (Dave) DeZellar, Greg (Mary), Stephen (Mai), David (Bonnie) and Kelly (Steve) Housh; his eleven grandchildren: Tyler, Cullen, Danielle, Lisa, Carla, Sheila, Campbell, Jerry, Matthew, Nicholas and Philip; five great-grandchildren: Elliana, Odin, Livia, Mila & Maxwell; and his sister, Betty (Jerry) Hirtz. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Grace Church, 5071 Eden Avenue, Edina, MN on Wednesday December 19, 2018, at 3:00 PM. Visitation one hour before the service. A reception and celebration of Jerry's life will follow at Interlachen Country Club. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Our Lady of Peace, 2076 Saint Anthony Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104. MINNEAPOLIS, MN 612 861 6088

Funeral Notice: Laura Mary (Linhoff) Pasnecker


Pasnecker, Laura Mary (Linhoff) Age 71 of Golden Valley died Thursday, December 6, 2018. She was a loving wife, mother, sister & friend. Preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Rosalie Linhoff. Survived by her husband, Francis; daughter, Megan; son, Nicholas; and granddaughter, Scarlett; sisters, Rosalie, Susan and Mary; and brothers, Joseph, James, Gregory and John. Visitation, Thursday, December 13th at Washburn- McReavy Funeral Chapel, Edina, 4-7 p.m. and one hour prior to the service at the church. Mass of Christian Burial Friday, December 14th at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 5071 Eden Ave, Edina. Interment Resurrection Cemetery, Excelsior. Reception to follow after 3 PM at the family's home, 124 N. Natchez Ave., Golden Edina Chapel 952-920-3996 West 50th St. & Hwy 100

Advent Day of Mercy 2018


Wednesday, December 12, 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Join us for a day of reconciliation. A light soup supper will be provided in the Commons.

Nursery Care

Nursery care provided on a space available basis:
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Service Opportunity

After you have received the Sacrament of Reconciliation, you can have lunch and fill a snack bag to help feed a hungry child over the Christmas holiday. We are working with Matter, a local charity, to fill 900 snack bags with healthy foods and a note to the recipient. The bags will be delivered to JPII for distribution.