Funeral Notice

Funeral Notice: Brian M. Koch

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Koch, Brian M. Age 45, of Brooklyn Park, passed September 30, 2019. Preceded in death by brother, Bradley, and grandparents. Brian was a safety specialist for Hennepin County. Survived by parents, John and Paula: sisters, Sheila (Mark) Tran Amy (Leonard) Keyes Laura (Jason) Chadbourne; nieces and nephews, Ashley and Tyler Tran, Carter Kenzie, Declan, and Kinley Keyes. Funeral service will be held at 10:30AM with visitation one hour prior on Monday, October 14th at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 5071 Eden Ave, Edina. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996

Funeral Notice: Gary B. Winter

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Sauk Centre - Gary B. Winter, age 67, of Sauk Centre passed away on Friday, October 4th after a courageous battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Connie; children Nathan (Kim), Nick (Judy), Chris (Kelly), and Zach (Emily); mother Bernie; brothers Glenn (Doris), Charlie (Beverly), Jeron (Shelly), and Doug (Deb); sister Luann (Willie); 6 grandchildren, and a 7th on the way. He was loved by many and will be missed. A mass of christian burial will be held on Thursday, October 10th at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 5071 Eden Avenue, Edina, MN 55436 Visitation will begin at 9:30 AM with Mass following at 11. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Holy Family Catholic School of Sauk Centre.

Funeral Notice: Marcella Mae Maier

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Maier, Marcella Mae age 97 of Edina. Marcella was preceded in death by her husband, Edward. She joined him in Heaven on Friday, October 4, their 67th wedding anniversary. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother and will be greatly missed. She is survived by children, Julie Armstrong (Dave), Jeanne Maier, Kathleen Maier, Gary Maier & Susan Schneider (Bruce); grandchildren, Scott Angevine, Kellie Angevine, Kyle Spresser (Diana), Matt Spresser, Kelsey Spresser, Rachael Moline & Laura Nordby (Brad); great-grandchildren, Logan & Cora Spresser; sisters, Margaret Ann Quinn and brother, Howard Reedy; many nieces & nephews. Preceded in death by sisters, Carlotta Reedy, Isabel Sattler and MaryLou O'Keefe. Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 AM Tuesday 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: Robert C. King

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King, Robert C. "Bob" Age 88, passed away in his sleep on September 29, 2019 at Founders Ridge Presbyterian Home in Bloomington, preceded in death by Arlene, his wife of 60 years; his parents, Herb and Helen; brother, John and cousin, Betsy Furber. Survived by sister, Kappy King Cole; children, Bob Jr (Julie), Mary (Carey) Boldenow and Kathy (Rick) Koehler; grandchildren, Sarah (Brendan), Jessie (Eric), Robbie (Emily), Ben (Olivia), Brad, Brett, Tommy (Katie), Katie (Kyle) and Jack; great grandchildren, Rory, Claire, Mason and August. Together with Arlene, he created an enduring sense of family. These bonds were cemented through weekly Sunday dinners at their house in Edina where they lived for 50 years, how he said good-bye after each visit, his barbequed chicken, annual trips to Tip Top resort on Whitefish, the attention he paid to grandchildren activities, original birthday poems (doggerel as he called it) for everyone in the family. He had a unique relationship with each of his grandchildren that made them feel special. Bob graduated from Shattuck Military Academy and received a BA in Speech from the U. After 2 years in the Army in Utah, he and Arlene returned to Minnesota, where he first managed the Morris and then the Fergus Falls Chambers of Commerce. In Fergus, he moved into journalism, becoming the editor of the Fergus Falls Daily Journal. He moved back to Minneapolis as an editorial writer and worked his way up the ladder at the Star Tribune Company becoming Editor of the afternoon Minneapolis Star, helping to originate the Taste section. He ran the paper's advertising department before being kicked upstairs as a Group Vice President within the Star Tribune Company's publishing holding company. After leaving the Star and Tribune, he was the President of the Downtown Council; during his time there the tradition of having the farmers' market weekly on the Nicollet Mall began. His civic involvement included the Citizens League, Downtown YMCA, Kiwanis, Skylight Club, Press Club, University of Minnesota Alumni Association and Minneapolis Dunkers. Many of these organizations he led at some point. Later in life, he enjoyed traveling with his growing family to Lewes DE, Charleston SC (twice) and Lake City MN (many times) along with longer driving trips with Arlene. Toward the very end of his life, he experienced the fog of dementia, living in the moment and even still having a positive impact on all whom he touched with his kindness and sense of humor. Even then, he fondly remembered his childhood near Lake Harriet and sailing on Lake Minnetonka as a teenager. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Alzheimer's Foundation or Founders Ridge Presbyterian Home. Mass of Christian Burial 2:30PM Monday, October 7 with visitation one hour prior at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 5071 Eden Ave S, Edina. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996

Funeral Notice: Patricia Irwin Mertes

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Mertes, Patricia Irwin age 89, of Edina. Gently passed away on September 21, 2019, due to complications of Alzheimer's. Pat was born in Minneapolis in 1930 and graduated from Saint Margaret's Academy in 1948. Pat worked in the Foshay Tower as an office manager for Kellogg's and then was a stewardess for TWA and Northwest Airlines. When Pat married Jack Mertes in 1956, they built a loving home and had five children. While raising her young family, Pat was active with Mrs. Jaycees, Bo Peeps, and the League of Catholic Women. In the 1970s and 80s, Pat was a member of the Twin Cities Puppeteers and performed puppet shows throughout the region assisted by her daughters. In the 1980s, Pat worked at the College of St. Thomas in Campus Ministry and in the Academic Dean's office. Pat loved reading, playing piano, gardening (she was known as the Flower Fairy), bicycling, cheering for Gopher football, traveling, and enjoying good chocolate. Pat and Jack always encouraged their children and grandchildren in their artistic, athletic, and academic endeavors. Preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Eleanor Irwin; sister Eleanor Ann, brother Wally Irwin, and daughter Amy Mertes Dingmann. Survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Jack; son Jack (Lori); daughters Ann (Rick Griffith), Jennifer, and Maribeth (Todd Hegg); and five grandchildren. The family would like to thank the caring staff at Emerald Crest Shakopee and the Grace Hospice team for helping Pat on her journey. Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM on Monday, October 7 at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Edina with visitation at 10 AM. Memorials preferred to the Amy Mertes Dingmann Memorial Scholarship Fund at the University of St. Thomas.

Funeral Arrangements for the Most Reverend Harry J. Flynn, D.D.

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(Photo courtesy Dave Hrbacek / The Catholic Spirit)

Most Reverend Harry Joseph Flynn, retired archbishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, passed away the evening of Sunday, September 22 at age 86.

Please join us in this prayer, offered by Archbishop Bernard Hebda:
O God, who chose your servant, Archbishop Harry Flynn,
from among your Priests,
and endowed him with pontifical dignity
in the apostolic priesthood,
grant, we pray,
that he may also be admitted to their company for ever.

Sunday, September 29

Saint Mary’s Chapel, Saint Paul Seminary, Saint Paul, MN
5:30 PM - Reception of the Body
7:00 PM - Evening Prayer
7:30 PM - 7:00 AM (Monday) Public Visitation/Vigil for the Deceased

Monday, September 30

Saint Mary’s Chapel, Saint Paul Seminary, Saint Paul, MN
7:00 AM - Morning Prayer
7:30 AM - Transfer of the body to Cathedral of Saint Paul

Cathedral of Saint Paul, Saint Paul, MN
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM - Public Visitation
11:00 AM - Mass of Christian Burial

Resurrection Cemetery, Mendota Heights, MN
Following Mass - Immediate transfer of the body to Resurrection Cemetery.
Right of Committal and Burial at cemetery

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

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