Funeral Notice: Thomas 'Tommy' Collins

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Tom Collins, Figure Skating' Impresario, Dies at Age 88.

Former figure skater and founder of the Champions On Ice Tour, Thomas (Tommy) James Collins passed away at his home in Edina, MN, surrounded by his family on September 1, 2019 of natural causes. 

Tom was born in 1931 to Thomas and Martha Collins in the small Canadian mining town of Kirkland Lake, Ontario. Collins worked in a bakery and left school in 8th grade to work with his father in the local gold mines. Like most Canadian boys at the time, he learned to ice skate, play hockey and later turned to figure skating where he found his passion. Tommy's dreams reached beyond Kirkland Lake after he won the Northern Ontario Novice Men's Championship. In 1949 at the age 18, Collins joined Holiday On Ice as a chorus skater. In his second year with the tour he became the headliner and ultimately vice president and general manager. He also appeared as a skater on Broadway with Sonja Henie and later toured with her in South America.

While skating with Holiday On Ice he met his wife Jane (Janie), a 1956 Miss America contestant competing as Miss Georgia and fellow worldwide ice skating performer.

Tom Collins moved to the business side of Holiday On Ice in 1969 where he worked with tour owner and brother-in-law Morris Chalfen of Minneapolis. This was the beginning of what would later be known as Champions on Ice. Taking a break from the administrative side of the ice shows, Collins branched out into the music industry with Bill Graham promoting the careers of rock 'n roll singers of the day like Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Alice Cooper, David Bowie and Earth Wind & Fire. Within a few years, promoting evolved into a merchandising business supplying programs, T-shirts and memorabilia for touring entertainers. His first client: Neil Diamond, was soon followed by John Denver, Bob Dylan, the Moody Blues, Wayne Newton, Rick James, Joni Mitchell and Earth Wind & Fire.

By 1975 under Collins' ownership, Champions On Ice, featured Olympic amateur and professional skaters who entertained audiences with their medal-winning solos rather than the vaudeville acts on skates of previous ice shows. Each year's tour program read like a Who's Who of ice skating. Tom put the skaters first. He did not want them to worry about anything other than their performances so the tour became known in the skating world as "the best of the best."

By the early 90's, interest in figure skating began skyrocketing. By 2002, the tour included shows in 93 cities. Collins was not only known for his generosity to his skaters but also to the U.S. Figure Skating Association making him the largest single donor in figure skating history. He sold his show to AEG, the sports and entertainment giant, in 2006. He oversaw the tour until 2008 when he announced his retirement.

The tour had become his extended family but his own family was an integral part of the tour. Sons Mike, Mark and Marty, along with Tom's brothers Butch and Harris were involved with tour operations.

Collins was the only person to be inducted into all 3 Figure Skating Halls of Fame - U.S., Canadian and World. The U.S. Figure Skating headquarters in Colorado Springs was renamed the Tom Collins Building in recognition of his support of the sport in 1999.

Tom shared his charisma with every person he met and treated everyone as if they were his close personal friend. Perhaps his greatest attribute was the love he had for his family. He would do anything for his family particularly his three sons. His love for life and playful spirit always came out when he was with his grandchildren. He played grape toss in the pool, hide and seek, took them to the movies and ice cream, attended each of their sporting events, school activities, and other performances. Holidays were particularly special, always over the top and filled with love. He never missed a chance to tell his family how much he loved them.

He is survived by three sons, all of Edina: Michael (Angie Bartness), Mark (Monica Elicerio), & Martin (Alissa); six grandchildren Lauren, Dylan, Brady, Reese, Austin & Georgia; three nephews Tom, Bruce & Gary and their families; and long-time devoted companion Teri Tucker. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Janie; sister Martha (Marty) Chalfen, brothers Harris and Gerald (Butch).

Services will be held on Saturday, September 14th at 10:30 am at Our Lady of Grace Church, 5071 Eden Ave, Edina, MN. Visitation with the family is scheduled for the hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to U.S. Figure Skating Memorial Fund, 20 First St, Colorado Springs, CO 80906.… Edina Chapel 952-920-3996

Published on September 3, 2019

Funeral Notice: George C. Fuhrmann, Jr.

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Fuhrmann, George C. Jr. Age 92 of Minnetonka passed away peacefully on August 25, 2019, surrounded by his family. Preceded in death by his parents Ann M. and George C. Fuhrmann, Sr., and Charlene his loving wife of 65 years. He is survived by his five children, Cathy, Chip (Mary Kay), Cindy Myers, Craig (Beth), Carolyn (Marti) Nyman; twelve grandchildren, Kevin & Katie, Jessica (Jeremy Exley), Dan (Kelsey), Jonathon, Michael and Melissa Myers, Sophia and Noah, Sydney, Jackson and Shelby Nyman; four great-grandchildren, Alida, Leo, and Charlie Exley, Harold Fuhrmann. He will be greatly missed by his family and many, many friends in Minnesota and Arizona. The family wishes to thank his care providers; Irene Rasmussen, Barbara Ann and Jordan Lambert's care team, Pule Christensen and Lali McClellan. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 5071 Eden Avenue, Edina, Minnesota 55436 on Friday, September 13, 2019 with visitation from 9:30-10:30 AM and mass at 10:30 AM with luncheon to follow. Private interment St. Margaret's Cemetery. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996

Funeral Notice: Kay Barzen

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Barzen, Katherine M. Age 104, a long-time resident of Edina, passed on Friday, September 6, 2019. Kay was preceded in death by her parents Timothy John and Josephine Dwyer Maroney (nee Olsen), devoted husband John Clarence Barzen and son Terry. How do you measure a lifetime spanning more than a century? Kay was born a year after WWI began and lived with the lessons of the Great Depression throughout her life. Always maintaining a freezer full of food in case of emergency was one such example. Yet Kay's sense of history, as with us all, was imperfect. She skipped the 1936 Olympics to socialize with people introduced to her in Berlin. Yet she was steadfast in raising six children throughout the tumult of history, birthing her oldest child during the darkest days of WWII and fledging the last adolescent during the social upheaval of the 60's. From the final decades of her life, inner strength was shown in Kay's resolve to continue living life well even among setbacks in her own health and loss of her husband of 56 years. Throughout the historical chaos of the 20th Century Kay remained a stanch Catholic from Popes Benedict XV to Francis and staunch Republican from Herbert Hoover to George W. Bush. Lessons lasted a lifetime. Kay danced with an heir to fortunes (William Randolph Hearst) and she danced with a seed salesman from Thief River Falls. Fortunately for her progeny she chose the seed salesman. An exceptional bridge player, Kay played the game for roughly 80 years but never mentioned having 'good cards'. Fearless, Kay skied in the mountains into her 70's, still doing the stem christy as taught in the 40's when she first learned the technique, but she always fervently prayed throughout travel in small airplanes. While fishing from the arctic to the equator, Kay usually caught the most and the largest fish, much to the chagrin of her outdoor-enthusiast husband, growing bevy of children and other friends who deigned to test her amazing luck. Volunteerism was lived and exemplified in Kay's decades of support and leadership for the Boys and Girls Club, the Catholic League and Abbott Hospital. Her children and grandchildren carry forward this life of service through their own volunteer work. Always a person who took social grace seriously, Kay moved throughout Minneapolis society with grace and equanimity. Perhaps that is the lesson from a century of living. What matters most are the relationships that you nurture with people and how you use those relationships to better the world in which we live. Lessons that last a lifetime. Kay is survived by daughters, Kathy (Mimsey Struck) Barzen, Molly Barzen and Mimi (Dan Hanson) Barzen; sons, Tim (Victoria) Barzen & Jeb (Barb) Barzen; grandchildren, Sarah (Matt) Slayen, Katharine (Nick) Plurkowski, Meredeth (Alex Theoharides) Barzen, Hannah Lapkin, Sophie Lapkin, Krista (Dr. Brad Yentzer) Barzen-Hanson, Kyle Barzen-Hanson, Kevin Barzen-Hanson, Jakob Barzen, Anna Barzen; great-grandchildren, Max and Allison Slayen, Jack and John Plurkowski and Josephine Theoharides. The Family would like to thank everyone who has provided abundant love and support for Kay, and all of us during the end of her long life. The outpouring of kind thoughts and memories of Kay during this time is greatly appreciated. Funeral services will be held at Our Lady of Grace Church, 5071 Eden Ave, Edina, MN 55436 on Thursday, September 12 with visitation at 10 AM, mass at 11 and lunch at 12. A private burial at Resurrection Cemetery for family will follow. Memorials may be given in Kay's name to the Our Lady of Grace School Endowment Fund, the Poor Clare's Sisters (Monastery of St. Clare, 1001 14th St., Rochester, MN, 55901) or Visitation Convent (in care of Sister Kathy Mullin, 1527 Fremont Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411). Edina Chapel 952-920-3996

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Funeral Notice: JoAnne and James (Spillane) Anderson

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Anderson, JoAnne (Spillane) and James Lee JoAnne (Spillane) Anderson, born January 8, 1932 earned her wings on June 22, 2019, leaving behind the love of her life. James Lee Anderson (Jim), born January 10, 1932 joined JoAnne when he earned his wings on July 3, 2019. They were both 87. They were preceded in death by their son James Keith Anderson (Jamie). JoAnne was a loving mother who was fortunate to stay at home with her four children. She coveted her role as the keeper of the family history and enjoyed countless hours of conversation sharing stories and pictures of past generations with the family. She enjoyed bridge, golf and spending time with her treasure-trove of friends. Jim served eight years in the United States Naval Air and was stationed in Hawaii during the Korean War. Jim worked for Honeywell for 35 years and was instrumental in installing the first on-line interactive systems in Honeywell's factories and distribution centers as well as the first bar code system used in a Honeywell factory. Through his work, he became a curriculum advisor for area vocational technical colleges. After retiring from Honeywell, he joined Dytec, Inc. in St. Paul where he established the Systems and Consulting Services Division. Jim enjoyed golf, cooking and socializing. Married for 67 years, they lived their life together in a loving partnership that took them on many adventures. In 1974, Jim was transferred to The Netherlands where the family lived for 2-1/2 years. The culture, travel and friendships were among their fondest memories. However, they always longed to return home to family, friends and cabin life. While they could, they enjoyed traveling by road trip to nearly all of the Presidential Libraries. After their parents passed, Jim and Jo served as the family Patriarch and Matriarch and held the "spirit and love of family" in their highest regard. Jim and Jo loved entertaining and always looked forward to gathering together, those that they loved so dearly. As grandparents and great grandparents, they spent as much time as possible with them attending their school and sports events and enjoying weekends at the cabin. They are survived by their children Julie (Bob), Jacqui (Matt) and Jeff (Dori), 12 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and many other beloved family members. The family would like to thank the Kindred Hospice Care Team for their kindness and the loving care they provided to our parents and our family. With their amazing care, we were able to keep our parents together in their home. We invite you to share in the celebration of their lives on Friday, September 6th at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Edina, Minnesota. Visitation will begin at 10AM and service will begin at 11AM with a luncheon to follow. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital would be welcomed. Washburn-McReavy.comEdina Chapel 952-920-3996

Funeral Notice: Kevin Francis O'Malley

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O'Malley, Kevin Francis age 74, died peacefully on August 25, 2019. Kevin was born April 9, 1945 in New York City, the son of the late Molly and Patrick O'Malley. Kevin attended St. Pius Grammar School and Cardinal Hayes High School, before receiving his degree at Fordham University. In 1967, he married Larraine Somers. In 1979, they left their beloved New York, moving to Minnetonka, MN. Kevin spent many years working in the insurance industry before founding Caregivers Network with Larraine, the first exclusively pediatric, high-acuity homecare agency in Minnesota. Kevin had a deep passion for boating and fishing, and he loved nothing more than spending time on the water with family and friends. He will be missed by his daughters, Janine (Wesley) of Brooklyn, NY, and Kristin (Patrick) of Edina; grandchildren, Samiah, Owen, Keira, Callum, Quinn, and Declan; brothers, Paddy and Jackie of New York; many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his soulmate, Larraine, and his siblings, Robbie, Mitchie, and Noelie. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Park Nicollet Frauenshuh Cancer Center. Mass of Christian Burial 10:30AM Friday, August 30th at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 5071 Eden Ave, Edina, MN 55436. Visitation 5-8PM Thursday, August 29th at Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel as well as one hour prior to the mass at church. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996 West 50th St. & Hwy 100

Funeral Notice: Mary Alice (Oss) Egan

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Egan, Mary Alice (Oss) Age 92, of Edina, MN, died peacefully on August 18, 2019. Preceded in death by her husband, William T. Egan and parents, Arnold C. and Frances S. Oss. Mary is survived by her children, Kate (Terry) Steinmetz, Tim (Kara), Sheila (John) Oien and Bill (Sue); grandchildren, Matt, Mike and Sara Steinmetz and Aindrea, Tom, Michael (Kristin), Claire and Kathleen Egan; great- grandchildren Lukas, Alivia and Charlie; her brother Arnold C. Oss, Jr.; and many nieces and nephews. Mary was born October 20, 1926 in Minneapolis and grew up in the Kenwood neighborhood. She attended the Northrop Collegiate School, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota, where she met her husband of 62 years, Bill Egan, on a blind date. Mary was a loving wife, mother and a good friend to many. She was an avid and competitive tennis player, in both singles and mixed doubles. Mary and Bill built a wonderful family cabin on Cross Lake in 1976. This was Mary's favorite place to be, spending time there with her growing family, entertaining lifelong friends & celebrating the 4th of July. The family extends its gratitude to the caregivers at Jones-Harrison for the loving care provided to Mary over the last several years and especially in her final days. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 10:30 AM at with visitation at 9:30 at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 5071 Eden Ave., Edina, MN. Private interment Lakewood Cemetery. Memorials preferred to Fr. Cassidy School Scholarship Endowment at OLG or Jones-Harrison Residence. MINNEAPOLIS, MN 612-861-6088

Funeral Notice: Adelyne (Bias) Fitzsimmons

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Fitzsimmons, Adelyne (Bias) Age 90 of Wayzata, formerly of Edina. Born June 3rd, 1929 near Wells MN. After graduating from Wells H.S. in 1947, she attended Teacher Training and taught one year in a rural school. After graduating from St. Cloud Teacher's College in 1950, she taught one year in St. Charles, MN and 10 years in St. Louis Park MN. During this time she received a BS and MA in Educational Psychology from the U of MN. Preceded in death by her parents Frank and Regina Bias, her husband Robert, and brothers Leonard and Duane Bias. Survived by son John Fitzsimmons of Mt. Airy, MD, daughter Julie (Stuart) Smith of Plymouth, MN and 4 grandchildren; Alain and Dean Fitzsimmons; Karsten and Keegan Smith as well as brothers Wilfred & Gerald Bias; sisters Irene Mart, Jeanette and Kathleen Bias. Addie loved to travel, visiting all 50 states and 50+ countries. She said she would like to wake up in a different place every day of her life. Memorials preferred to MN Lions Vision Foundation, 1000 Westgate Drive #260, St. Paul, MN 55114. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, August 23rd with visitation 1 hour prior, all at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 5071 Eden Avenue, Edina. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996

Funeral Notice: Isabelle Anne 'Belle' Waggoner

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Waggoner, Isabelle "Belle" Anne Age 89 of Edina, went to Heaven on 7/9/2019. Preceded in death by daughter, Catherine (Dick) Bates and sister, Lorraine Jackson of Mineral Point, Wisconsin. She was an employee at Perkins Restaurants for 20 years and a dedicated parishioner of Our Lady of Grace Catholic church. Survived by children, Jane (Bruce) Morrow, Bill (Robin) Waggoner and Pete Waggoner; grandchildren, Becky and Sarah Morrow, Nikki (Mic) Campbell, Mandi (Tim) Schwartz, Jill (John) Weeks, Nina Bauernfeind, Daniel Waggoner, Cally Waggoner, Liam Waggoner, and Rudy Waggoner; great-granchildren, Ben Weeks and Hailey Bella Schwartz, and many nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank the staff at The Estates of Excelsior, especially the Memory Care unit. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Our Lady of Grace School student scholarships. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11AM on Monday, August 12th with visitation one hour prior at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 5071 Eden Ave, Edina. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996