"We think of the people in our graduating class as family,
and we truly feel that their passing is like a family member having left us.
We feel a connection with each other that can never be broken.
Even if you had not seen that person in years,
you can pick up the conversation like you just saw them last week.
They will be deeply missed."
In Memory of
Bruce Albrecht Mark Arneson Dan Baldridge
Joan Barhorst Debora Beavens Diane Brown Doug Burns
Paul Cato Craig Clemens John Conant Thomas Cramer
Charles Curry Dale Dahlin David Dahlin
Roger Danielson Kathleen Dazenski Margaret Dobbin
Robin Eckman Patricia Franklin Randy Fussy
Rick Gorham Gordon Gulczinski Theresa Halladay
Bruce Hammer David Harves Teresa Hogenson
Charles Holden Charles Hemberger Kevin Iverson
Timothy Johnson Mark Kapitan Randy Kentzelman Ernest Kile
Valerie Knock Lenann Kronberg Michael Lafferty John Lee
Leeane Lundgren Craig Martinson Jane Martinson Sandy McKeon
Terry McLennan Terese Miller Kenneth Nelson
Rodney Nelson Ronald O'Konek Gregory Olson
Nancy Olson Michael Quade Darcy Paulaha Gayle Peterson
Chuck Pramann Peggy Raveling David Reed
David Ricksham David Ring Michael Salzwedel
Gloria Schaeffer Shelley Schaul Rick Scherz
Richard Shelley John Schissel James Spitzenberger
William St. Jacque Paul Steen Steven Suess Kathleen Sullivan
Heidi Swanson Steven Tempel Teresa Theiren Lorna Waldron
Mark VanDusen Steve Valentine Todd Wiltz
Patricia Witry Bryan Wenz Kristy Yoraway
Valerie Ann Erickson, Age 67 of New Hope, Minnesota. Born November 17, 1954 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Edward and Dorothy (Hoben) Knock. Preceded in death by her parents. Survived by husband, Gary; children, Eric (Natalie) and Lacey (Karl) Youngberg; granddaughter, Lexy; and siblings. Complete funeral arrangements will follow.
Gill Brothers 763-531-1777
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Paul John Conant of Roseville, Minnesota, who passed away on February 15, 2022, at the age of 67, leaving to mourn family and friends. You can send your sympathy in the guestbook provided and share it with the family.
Paul and I grew up in the same neighborhood. He helped me develop my meager motorcycle riding talent. I crashed my 350 Kawasaki into a large oak tree, right next to his house. The home-owner painted the large wound on the tree, white. Paul never failed to tease me about that.
Paul certainly had a “can do” attitude. I have not seen him since 1976, and I regret that. On the day of his funeral, i was on a cross-country motorcycle ride. I imagine he'd consider that profound.
Tempel, Steven A. 68, born April 17, 1953 left this earth on Feb. 10, 2022. Preceded in death by parents, Merrill and Dorothy Tempel; RIP Steve. Survived by family and friends. No services will be held. Please no memorials.
So sorry to see of Steve's passing. Steve and Sheila, his sister, lived across the street from us on 62nd Avenue North. We played often together and romped around in the woods near our homes. Their mother was known to give out Tootsie Rolls and popsicles as a treat for us kids. (It is funny what you remember as a child.) What a joy it was to spend childhood days with them. Steve was the quiet, serious one. I hope he found joy in his life. I would love to get in touch with Sheila as so many years have gone by.
Debora Stephens-Jaros, 68, of Fergus Falls, died Monday, January 3, 2022, at her residence under the care of Knute Nelson Hospice.
Debora Kay Beavens was born November 26, 1953, to Floyd Beavens and June Vogel in Duluth, MN. She attended Cooper Senior High School.
On August 11, 2018, Debora married James Jaros in Rothsay, MN.
She was a Housekeeper at the Super 8, the Activities Coordinator at Veteran’s Home, and also volunteered at the Humane Society. Debora enjoyed painting, drawing, and gardening.
Preceding her in death were her mother, June Vogel; father, Floyd Beavens, and brothers, Steven Beavens and Dale Beavens.
Debora is survived by her husband, James Jaros; her children, Willie Stoops, Tina Stoops (Hoppy Blevins), and Kathy Casper (Levi Babcock); grandchildren, Willie “Gator” Skinner, Steven Bollin, and Dakotah Stoops, and other family, Sandy Burlingame and Gary Beavens.
Interment: Oak Grove Cemetery, Fergus Falls, MN at a later date
Assistance is provided by the Olson Funeral Home in Fergus Falls.
Online condolences may be sent to www.olsonfuneralhome.com
Swanson-Solberg, Heidi G. of Bloomington, passed away June 14, 2020. Preceded in death by father Lyle, sister Sue. Survived by husband Dan, mother Lois, brother Kim, brother Mark, sister D'Lis. Successful business owner in the Linden Hills neighborhood.
Service will be 11AM, Saturday, July 10 with visitation one hour prior at: Washburn-McReavy.com Werness Brothers 952-884-8145 2300 W Old Shakopee Rd, Blmington
Heidi and I lived near each other through all our school years. Heidi was kind, loving, soft spoken and so attentive. Seeing Heidi at reunions, I realized she still had those same endearing qualities. It is heartbreaking to lose one of our own.
From Mark Matheny on January 18th, 2022
I remember Heidi was always warm and friendly toward me. She washed away my insecurity with her sweet smile and personal attention. I will always fondly remember the brief but lovely encounters we had in the hallways of Cooper High School.
Brown, Diane C. age 64 of Brainerd died on March 11, 2019 at Essentia St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
She was born on July 29, 1954 in Minneapolis to Wallace and Clarie (Faue) Brown. She was a seventeen-year kidney/pancreas transplant survivor.
Diane was an enrolled member of the Red Lake Ojibwa Nation. She graduated from the Robbinsdale-Cooper High School, Class of 1972. Diane was known for her homemade Halloween costumes. As her death approached, Diane was filled with love and peace. She told everyone she was going home now to heaven to see Mom and Dad and play scrabble with them.
She will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Diane is survived by one brother, Wallace Brown Jr. of Blaine; one sister, Theresa (Jerry) Glendening of Merrifield; a nephew, Dakota (Kodi) Glendening and a great niece, Paisley Glendening both of Fort Ripley.
Preceding Diane in death are both of her parents and her grandparents. Funeral services were held Thursday, March 21, 2019 at the Woodland Hills Chapel at the Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd. If desired memorials may be sent to Wallace Brown, 10494 Buchanan St, Blaine, MN 55434. Arrangements were with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.
So sorry to hear of Diane's passing. While reading her obituary and learning that she was a transplant survivor, it gave me a glimpse into the struggles she lived through in her life. Her thoughts about her passing and then getting to play scrabble with her parents in heaven made me smile. The last time I saw her, which was at the reunion in Hamel where we had a potluck, she was such a joy to talk with. She had brought a huge wild rice casserole and was delighted to share it with us. She was proud of being a member of the Red Lake Ojibwa Nation. We all had such a fun time at the reunion. Enjoy your scrabble games dear Diane.
Zarracina, Nancy Kay (Olson) Nancy was born in Minnesota, on the 10th of November, 1954 to Mary Ann "Mickey" and Orlo Olson. She married Michael, the love of her life at the young age of 19, moved to California and never looked back.
Together they established Zee Signs which continues to prosper. They raised three amazing sons of which she was very proud: Jonathan (Marisa) Zarracina, Dustin (Summer) Zarracina and Ryan Zarracina. The apples of her eye were her two grandchildren, Lennon Love and Sudden Joy.
She is also survived by her sisters: Lynnette (Doug) Nordberg, Lynnae (Neil) Karsten and Debra (Larry) Clausnitzer and many adoring nieces, nephews and friends.
Nancy entered the kingdom of heaven peacefully on the 24th of January, 2019 with her husband by her side.
A memorial service was held on Saturday the 2nd of February, 2019 at the O'Connor Mortuary in Laguna Hills, California. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Nancy's favorite charity, The National Institute on Mental Illness (NAMI) nami.org/… and click "memorial donation" in her memory.
Nancy and I grew up in the same Crystal neighborhood which included
Thora Thorson elementary school. It was there that I fell in love with her in the fourth grade. For the next three years the crush persisted, and especially on Valentines Day when each year my heart pounded as I presented her with my Valentine card. A smart, kind and beautiful woman. I have cherished her from that point in time to the present. Bless her.
From Camille Steen on February 23rd, 2022
Another shining star has left us. She was a classmate that you only had loving thoughts about when she came to mind. The union of she and Mike Zarracina was so meant to be. You could tell the two of them in school had such a bond at quite a young age. That they had a great life together is a testament to that.
From Debbie Campe on February 3rd, 2022
Dearest Nancy was one of my all time friends through school age to the day she passed. I got married in 1972 and she was my bridesmaid. Even though she moved to CA, we still kept in touch and met from time to time. I still keep in touch with Michael. Nancy was beautiful, so smart and always loving to all. Miss you. Debbie Morrow/Campe
Patricia Jo "Pat" (Witry) Quarberg, age 62, of Blaine, passed away peacefully on 9/22/2016. Preceded in death by father, Richard. Survived by mother, Joan; husband, Mark; brothers, David (Lana), Thomas (Melissa), and Robert (Jules); children, Terese (Scott) and Jonathan (Ali); many nieces, nephews, friends and a grandson-to-be. You could always find Pat planning a great party, shopping with her daughter, listening to the Beatles or cheering on MN teams with her family. Visitation Sunday 10/2, 4-6 pm with Memorial Service starting 6 pm at Cremation Society of MN, 7110 France Ave. S., Edina, MN. 952-924-4100. Interment: St. Mary's Cemetery Minneapolis, MN.
Ernie was one of the kindest straight shooting friends I ever had.we are all getting older.thanks Ernie.
From John Paverud on November 30th, 2019
Ernie and I were friends since junior high.I have a host of warm memories of him.I last spoke to him several years ago.but time slips away.though his passing was 4years ago,it still strikes a sad note with me.God bless and peace to Ernie.
From Sallie Keifer-Posey on October 2nd, 2017
Ernie and I were close in high school. He was Tim Longley's best friend and Tim was my boyfriend so I got to spend lots of time with EJ. He taught me to drive a stick shift with such patience. I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Ernie.
Age 61, passed away July 11, 2015. Survived by son, Bryce (Becky); daughters, Bria (Dustion) and Brittany (Josh) Nelson; grandchildren, Wesley "Precious", Porter, and Briell; brothers, Patrick and Rob Therien; and good friend Dave. Flight attendant for NW Airlines.
She had a passion for antiques, gardening, birds, animals and nature. Teresa could light up a room by her spirited, out-going personality. She was a believer in God and is now with Him.
Memorial service to be held Friday, July 17, 12:00 pm Noon at the Wasburn-CmReavy Edina Chapel, West 50th St. & Hwy. 100, with visitation 1 hour prior to service. www.Whasburn-McReavy.com Edinat Chapel 952-920-3996
Daniel Benjamin Baldridge, DDS, age 61, died Thursday, July 2, 2015, at his home in Leon County, Tallahassee, Fla.
He was the son of the late Edward Harvey Baldridge and Marjorie Graham Grindstaff Baldridge of Sylva, N.C. He was preceded in death by his brother, Edward Baldridge of Miami, Fla.; his cousin, Benjamin Cathey of Cullowhee, N.C.; and by his childhood caregivers, Sadie Luck and Lucy Ensley of Sylva, N.C., after the loss of his mother in 1961.
He is survived by his wife, Tomoko Baldridge and their 8-year-old son Tai of Tallahassee; another son, Benjamin Baldridge of Minneapolis, Minn.; two daughters, Emily Kozicki of Minneapolis, Minn., and Amanda Baldridge of Oakdale, Minn.; one sister, Kathryn Griffin of Atlanta, Ga.; two grandchildren and one on the way who will miss him sorely.
Bruce Hammer, age 60, of Arlington, SD, died Monday, June 1, 2015, at the VA Hospital in Sioux Falls. A Celebration of Life Service will be 7:00 p.m., Monday, June 8, 2015, at Eidsness Funeral Chapel in Volga. Visitations will be from 5 P.M. until the start of the service.
Bruce was born December 7, 1954, in Minneapolis, MN, to Dean and Joice (Tubbs) Hammer. He grew up in Crystal, MN, and graduated in 1972, from Cooper High School in New Hope, MN. After graduation, Bruce joined the Army and was honorably discharged in 1976.
After his discharge, Bruce returned to Minnesota and began working for his father at Park Graphics as a printer. Bruce worked there for many years until transferring to Shapco, where he continued to work as a printer. At the age of 43, Bruce suffered a severe stroke that caused him to retire. At which time, Bruce moved to Arlington, SD, to be close to his family.
Bruce enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and bowling. He was a talented golfer and even took lessons from Paul Nelson. Bruce was involved with bowling leagues in Arlington and Brookings. He was able to bowl until 2011. At that time, Bruce suffered a second stoke.
Survivors include his mother, Joice Hammer of Arlington; sisters, Deb (Gary) Bakken of Lake Campbell and Vikki (Floyd) Mass of Florence; nieces and nephews, Amanda (Joe) Verhulst of Spearfish, Kelly Bakken of Brookings, Jaime (Angela) Ness of Virginia Beach, VA, and Kyle (Jennica) Ness of Watertown; a great niece and nephews; aunts; uncles; and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Dean; and his beloved dog, Nikki.
Sullivan, Kathleen A. "Kathy" age 60, of Apple Valley, born January 27, 1954 and passed away October 27, 2014. Our beloved mom, grandma, sister and friend has left us to be with our Lord and Savior in Heaven. Preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Ann and her best friend, Lynn. Survived by daughter, Rachelle (Andre) Banks; grandchildren, Ronnie, Shyanne, Monk and Deserea; sisters, Maureen (Loren), Colleen (Rob) and Jennifer (Mike) and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Kathy will be missed by many. A celebration of her life will be 11:00 AM, with visitation at 10:00 AM, Saturday, November 1 at the Cremation Society of MN, 4343 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis 612-825-2435.
Lee, John R. age 60. Died suddenly on Tuesday, February 18, 2014.
He was born on February 6, 1954 in Minneapolis and remained in the area his whole life. He graduated from Cooper Senior High School, earned a 2 year certificate in data processing and actively pursued his interests in electronics and all things automotive. He was also a fan of science fiction books and old movies.
He is survived by a sister, Barbara Roesch (Rusty) in Virginia; two nephews, Douglas Roesch and Michael Roesch and many cousins and other relatives. He was generous to friends and family and was a particularly caring uncle. He will be missed especially for his unique character and an endless supply of car information.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 15th at 3 pm with visitation at 2 pm prior at the Cremation Society of Minnesota at the Brooklyn Park Chapel - 7835 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Park, 55445, 763-560-3100.
Survived by wife Susan; daughters Elizabeth, Marie & Christine Spitzenberger, Sharon (Dylan) King; brothers Joe (Laretta) & John (Cathy) Spitzenberger. Preceded in death by parents George & Betty and brother Bud Spitzenberger. Jim was a member of the BALRODG Disc Golf League.
Mass of Christian Burial 10 AM Tuesday at The Church of St. Raphael, 7301 Bass Lake Rd.,
Crystal Visitation Monday 5-8 PM at Gearty-Delmore Robbinsdale Chapel, 3888 W. Broadway and Tuesday at church one hour before Mass. Gearty-Delmore 763-537-4511
Dear sweet Jim. There wasn't a mean bone in his body. He was such a kind, caring, geeky AV guy, who we all loved. He captured my heart in junior high school. At Hosterman, Mike Zopfi, a tough guy, was picking on Jim in school and then challenged him to a fight after school in the park across the street. My heart sunk as I didn't think that Jim was the fighting type and worried he could not defend himself. I went, not to view the fight, but to make sure Jim was going to be ok. Classmates were circled around the two of them. Every punch that was thrown made me want to cry. My disdain for Jim's opponent grew as he clearly knew that Jim was a mild mannered gentle soul and the last thing he wanted to be doing was fighting someone. If I remember correctly, a teacher or administrator from the school came out and broke it up and I was relieved it did not go on any further. If this fighting was to impress the girls, it certainly did not. Through our school years, Jim's confidence seemed to grow and his knowledge of anything AV was quite impressive. He was such a sweet and gentle man. I mourn Jim's absence.
From Analyn Walchak on November 26th, 2013
Jim, I'll miss your smiling face at the reunions. Like all my classmates, you are precious, and are my family.
Wilts, Todd age 59 years, formerly of Coon Rapids passed away on September 18, 2013. Todd graduated from Cooper High School Class of 1972. He is survived by wife, Janet; son, Kevin (Danielle); daughter, Lisa and 4 grandsons; parents, Norman and Joyce Wilts; and sisters, Tovy and Tara; as well as other extended family and friends.
Services will be held Tuesday at Vineyard Church of North Phoenix in Phoenix, AZ -
Jane Louise Bryan, age 59, born in Eau Clare, WI Jan. 5, 1954, passed away on June 25, 2013, in Edmond, OK. She was preceded in death by her father, Carl Oscar Martinson; her mother, Audrey Pettit; and her brother, Timothy Jon Martinson. She and her husband owned and operated several small businesses that supported the Edmond and surrounding communities. She was passionate about her children, her grandchildren, traveling with her sisters, and her puppies. Her giving spirit and compassion for those around her were a source of inspiration and brightened the day of everyone she met. She will be sorely missed by those who knew her. She is survived by her husband, John Bryan; her sisters, Mary Burtness, Sue Husby, Anne Martinson, and Lorrie Friedline; one brother, Gary Martinson; her children, Ashley Bubp, Brennan Bubp (and Emily), and Scottie Bryan (and April); her three grandchildren, Evan, Jackson and Madeline; and several nieces and nephews. Services for Jane will be 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at Baggerley Funeral Home in Edmond, with interment following at the Gracelawn Cemetery.
Arneson, Mark D. age 58, of Brooklyn Center, passed through the Pearly Gates Feb. 10, 2013. Survived by devoted wife, Alyson; loving daughter, Alyssa; brothers, Scott (Mary), Tom (Lisa); sister, Peggy (Mike) Riley; in-laws, nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, cousins, many friends, and a beloved church family. Memorials preferred. Memorial service 2 PM Saturday, Feb. 16 at Brookdale Covenant Church, 5139 Brooklyn Blvd. N., Brooklyn Center with visitation 2 hours prior to service. Reception to follow service at church. www.Washburn-McReavy.com Crystal Lake Chapel 612-521-3677
Margaret "Maggie" May 4, 1954 - January 4, 2013 Died in the arms of loved ones. Death was from a series of cancers. Preceded in death by her father, Glen Dobbin, mother, Lorraine Dobbin, and sister, Kathleen. She is survived by her loving husband, Andy Phelan; her beloved dog, Coco; sister, Mary Sue Dobbin and a large group of friends here and in Arkansas, her spiritual home. Especially Michele Hughley, Michael Bowen, Jean Schirmer, Ann Finnegan, and Shelly O'Brien. Maggie was an exceptional flag artist and brought joy to many with her exuberant designs and colors. Her displays graced local art fairs annually at Art on the Lake, Powderhorn Park, Art at St. Kate's, and Pride Festival. Special thanks to all Fairview Hospice staff for your compassionate care, especially Jane, Leo, Allie, Pat, and Willie Mae. She will be fondly remembered for her enthusiasm, her talent and her laugh. Her spirit now flies as free as her flags.
Cramer, Thomas E. age 57, passed away Friday, June29,2012 at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, IL surrounded by his family and praying The Lord's Prayer with him.
He was born November 28,1954 in Robbinsdale, MN; to John and Shirley (Jensen) Cramer. Tom's career of 33 years was in the colorants industry-helping to color the world of plastics. He began in manufacturing, worked his way into the lab and became a lab manager. His determination progressed him into sales and then sales management. Tom's drive for success (personally and for the company) soon took him into the position of VP of Sales and then VP of Manufacturing for a small color house. For the past four and one-half years Tom has worked for a large custom color house-PennColor where he was the Midwest Business manager and developed enough sales in two years to manage the building of a new plant for PennColor in Milton, WI. He has been successfully running the plant for just over a year as General Manager. He brought great value with his combined technical expertise and beyond compare salesmanship. There are very few in his category of excellence.
Thomas is survived by his wife, Cabrina Marie Cramer, of Crystal Lake, IL; his mother, Shirley (David) Battig, of Buffalo, MN; two sons, Jeremy Cramer, of McHenry, IL; Chad Cramer of Hugo, MN; sister, Deborah (James) Holcomb, of Buffalo, MN; brother, Kelly (Sue Stafford) Cramer, of Anoka, MN; brother, Kevin Cramer, of Crystal, MN; three grandchildren, Jordan Cramer, Berkley and Mackenley Cramer, all at home; step daughter, Nicole (Austin Brantley) Benfield, of Crystal Lake, IL; step-son, Tyler Benfield, of Crystal Lake, IL; mother-in-law, Johanna Rountree of Bremen, GA; brother-in-law, Paul (Tina) Mitchell of Bremen, GA; brother-in-law, Darren (Teresa) Mitchell, of Douglasville, GA; one sister-in-law, Gabrielle (Alan) Johnson, of Ball Ground, GA; and many nieces, nephews and other family members.
He is preceded in death by his father John Edward Cramer.
We have all been truly blessed by knowing Tom in so many ways. He has touched all of our lives with graciousness, humor, kindness, intelligence, professionalism, sharp wit and sense of purpose. A man who loved nature and children. Full of love for life, easy to laugh, deeply in love in his marriage and breathing in the love of all his family members personal and church. A complex man, but very simple needs in many ways. This wonderful man has made a huge impact on so many lives and I, his wife, will never be the same. He was the epitome of a man's man and a gentleman.
Funeral services will be held 2 P.M., Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at All Faiths Funeral Chapel, 1618 E. Racine St., Janesville. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday from 10:30A.M. until the time of the service. The service will be simulcast on the funeral home website at www.866allfaiths.com for those unable to attend. All Faiths Funeral & Cremation Services Janesville(608)754-8700 www.866allfaiths.com
Terese Louise Thole (Miller), 57, passed away peacefully in the arms of her loving family on the 17th of February 2012. Terese courageously fought a long, hard, painful battle with cancer.
Born September 29, 1954 in Minneapolis, MN, the daughter of John and Rosemary Miller. A loyal wife and devoted mom, Terese is survived by her husband David of 36 years and two daughters, Katherine Rose Thole and Ann Elizabeth Weise (Chad). Also survived by parents, John and Rosemary Miller; her sister, Mary Erickson (Ed); brothers, John Miller (Rose), Joseph Miller, James Miller, William Miller and Terrance Miller (Monica); and many nieces, nephews & cousins.
Terese graduated from Cooper High School and completed a B.S. degree at the University of Minnesota. Terese was to finish her Masters this spring, 2012.
Terese was a life-long learner and committed to the imparting of knowledge. Terese loved music, the arts and was deeply devoted to her faith. Terese will be remembered for her witty sense of humor and infectious laugh that filled every room she walked into. Terese was a beautiful and selfless individual that always put the needs of others before herself.
Robin and I were listening to AM radio in the choir room when Cher's "Gypsys, Tramps, and Thieves" came on. Of course, I quickly changed the station because Cher wasn't my thing. Robin chastized me "Sure, when a song I like comes on you change the station"!
Now I like the song and when I hear it I miss Robin.
Sad to hear of Mark's death. He was a tremendously gifted actor, singer, and dancer. He played the "fox" Renard in the world premiere of "the Little Prince" with me in 1983 at Playhouse by the River and before that he played Pippin in Pippin at the Shawnee Playhouse and he blew it out of the water. Best ever. My family will always remember and love him. He taught me so much, and was a real pal.
From Mark Matheny on April 16th, 2011
Comrade Kapitan and I were Cossacks for Mother Russia in the fall of '71. We danced and drank the dreary Russian nights away with our dear departed comrade Dorian Those were the days! (Actually Mark did arrange my first underage alcohol purchase along with Brian Duescher)
From Philip Kupka on April 14th, 2011
My biggest memory of Mark was after we had graduated from high school...about 25 years as a matter of fact. It was at our class reunion. I remember how I was sort of jealous of Mark that night because he was so gifted in his ability to ballroom dance. He stole all the ladies hearts that night. I also remember him as one of the "rascally Russians in the musical "Fiddler on the Roof" that we did the fall of 1971. Mark, you will be missed!
From Mark Kapitan on March 9th, 2011
Sorry to hear of the passing of Mark Kapitan. He was part of the Cooper theater program in the early 70's. Specifically remember him from roles in "Fiddler" and "Harvey" John Cunningham
From Brian Duchscher on March 9th, 2011
From Jeff Spizale on March 9th, 2011
Mark was talented, compassionate, sincere and mature at a young age. I have memories of him in drama and music. So sorry to hear this news. . Mark will be missed by all.
From Lisa Schirmers Sullivan on March 8th, 2011
Mark was always a surprise. He was the unlikely daredevil, the guy with the rosy cheeks and bright eyes and a quick smile that everybody loved. He loved his friends and he loved fun - pursued and new experiences as if he wanted to relish everything that life had to offer. He wanted to take every risk and try everything. I never once heard him say a bad word about anyone with harshness, and he kept a sense of humor. His wheels were always turning! and...he was a thinker! He would come in and out of my life for years but always, it was with a flowers and big dinner dates or something just a little wonderful. He did notice things that others would miss, and because he kidded around so much I was always taken back by some of the very knowing things he said. I went to New York City once with my Dad and I got this telegram at the hotel saying he'd thought I'd left without him! He was always bound for New York, and I'm glad he finally arrived and made it his home. I am deeply sad to learn of his passing, but will absolutlely never forget him- he was a very special friend to me. I'll have to catch up with him later :)
From Brian Duchscher on March 8th, 2011
Mark and I were best friends in high school. He lived at my house his senior year when his parents moved to Wisconsin so he could graduate from Cooper. We worked at the Terrace Theatre together as ushers as well. After we went our separate ways (college for me, New York for him) we stayed in touch for a while but got lost in our pursuits and, subsequently, were out of touch for most of the past 30 years. I did searches for him on occasion but with no results. On the day that George Carlin died, I got an email from Mark, quite out of the blue, expressing his sorrow at George's passing and recalling the hours we'd spent listening to his albums and laughing. We reconnected and spent many hours on the phone catching up, reminiscing, clearing stale air and discussing current events. I called him just before I walked into the Cooper all 70's party last October telling him I wish he could've joined me.
Mark was a very caring guy, expressive and observant. His insight to events going on around him were very keen. Not many people know this, but he was also one hell of a tap-dancer. He chased his dream of performing on stage and it took him around the globe. He helped shape my formitive years and will never be forgotten. "Break a Leg" Mark.
Shelley, Richard G. age 56, of Champlin, passed away Dec. 25, 2010. Preceded in death by parents. Survived by wife, Patty; sons, Ricky and Nick Shelley/Amber Bock; 2 sisters; many nieces and nephews; step-children, Amy and Adam; 6 grandchildren; and many friends and family. Rick was a member of Bricklayers Local #1 for over 30 years. Memorial luncheon being held at Champlin American Legion Sunday Jan. 23, 2011 from 12:00-3:00 PM.
Talboys, Sandra Catherine A Celebration of Life Dawn: 9 June 1954 and Twilight: 15 Dec. 2009. Preceded in death by father, Emmett mother, Luella. Survivors include sisters, Patricia (Grant) Christianson, Diane Olson (Demetrio Halphen); nieces, Kim (David) Bush, Heather (Deon) Rollins; godson, Dylan Bush.
Sandy McKeon ~ a class act. Truly a lovely person. We celebrate your time with us. ♥
From Terri Kohlbeck on July 3rd, 2012
Learning of Sandy's death has caused my tally of friends in my childhood neighborhood to change. Seeing her photo here has greatly assisted my memory of our ongoing joke about getting together at her parents' house with a plan to eat thin mint cookies until we were sickened. Then only a short while would pass and the mint cookie stock was replenished and ready for another sickening binge. We laughed all the while, knowing we were behaving in a way that could get our mothers (or fathers, I suppose) annoyed. And now I have another piece to my puzzle about what was available for fun when I was too young to stray unaccompanied out of the neighborhood. Again, another female friend who married & had a name change & I lost track of her. Look at this photo above. So much kindness still showed in her face. I can only guess that she was receiving chemo therapy at the time of this photo.
Craig Martinson passed away at the age of 54 due to ALS. He was living in Arizona at the time. While we were only acquaintances in high school, I recall he had a keen interest in hiking, mountains, etc. That seemed a bit odd to the rest of us given he was otherwise a normal teenager living in Minnesota, far from any legitimate mountain ranges. In 1977 I stumbled on Craig’s name and a related article in a well-known climbing magazine. That prompted me to look him up on my next visit to Minneapolis the same year. We ended up having lunch. I learned that, in the five years since graduating from high school, Craig was climbing at a world class level and doing so with some of the most accomplished American climbers of the day, including the renowned Fred Becky. Craig’s climbing exploits took him to some of the world’s most challenging peaks in the Western United States (including Alaska), Canada, Europe, present day Kyrgyzstan, and the former Soviet Union. The American Alpine Club publication archives (publications.americanalpineclub.org) include a number of references to Craig’s climbs. In the 1980s Craig moved on from climbing to focus on other adventurous pursuits across the globe including surfing, ski mountaineering, and ultramarathons to name a few. See the following for a three-part article on Craig’s life, family, and illness: https://rakemag.com/2008/05/living-dream/. Peace to his memory. ~Doug Holsten
I didn't spend enough time in our adult lives with my brother Doug, but was at least grateful that he managed to come for a visit in 2004 and we were able to see a number of sites in England, and even made it across the channel to visit France, Belgium and Germany. He hadn't really travelled all that much outside of the US, so it was wonderful that he had that opportunity to see some really interesting places over here, and to spend time with my wife and children, which will always bring fond memories for me.
Doug passed away on 26 September 2008 after a brief illness. He'd lived in Missouri for most of his adult life, working in landscape gardening, but visited his family in Minnesota regularly and spent his last few months, and his final days, at his parents' home in Crystal.
Parker, Lorna Kay Age 54 of Oak Grove, left us suddenly on Sat. 3/8/08. Gentle and loving wife, mother and grandmother. Preceded in death by father, Roy Eugene Waldron and brother, Raymond Waldron.
Survived by husband of 34 years, Bruce; children, Eric (Jacqui), Brian (Tina), Jason, Lisa (Al), Jesse (Alicia), Dustin (Harmony) and her smallest baby, Radar; grandchildren, Amber, Marissa, Chloe, Austin, Michelle, Christian, Hannah and Kody; mother, Marion Waldron; brother, Richard (Mary); sister, Lois (Ted); nieces, nephews, other loving relatives and friends.
Memorial service Fri. 3/14 at 1 pm at Gearhart Anoka Chapel, 552 E. River Rd., Anoka, with visitation beginning at 11 am. Gearhart Anoka Funeral Home (763) 421-4347
This obituary was originally published in the Star Tribune.
Those of us who went to the same elementary school had a special bond. Lorna went to Meadow Lake. (In this classroom picture, she is in the back row, fourth one from the left.) Seems like she and Bruce Parker went together forever. I always admired the relationship they had. It was like they were always supposed to be together. They married and had many loving children. Lorna died from a heart attack. Lorna always had a smile and was a positive person. My sympathies for her family.
From Terri Kohlbeck on July 3rd, 2012
Up thru elementary school at Meadow Lake, Lorna gave me an escape into her parents' peaceful home and her easy company. Within walking distance from 63d & Xylon to Bass Lake Rd & Boone, it was still a walk I dreaded in the winter but then was well worth the effort. Because of the tradition of women taking their husband's last name, I have failed to find school friends that I wanted to reconnect with after my divorce from a guy who had to make sure to demote the importance of girlfriends. And so I have wondered too long where Lorna went. I hope she didn't suffer.
Franklin, Patricia L. age 54, of Elk River, passed away peacefully on Jan. 28, 2008. A celebration of Patty's life will be held on Monday, Feb. 4, 2008 at 5 PM at The River of Life Church EFCA, 21695 Elk Lake Rd., Elk River. Interment private. Arr Dare's Funeral Home 763-441-1212
Valentine, Steven L. age 54, passed away unexpectedly January 1, 2008. Preceded in death by his father, Fred Valentine. Survived by wife, Lu Martin; daughter, Ashley; parents, Jan & Dave Kleifgen; grandmother, Margarette Kleifgen; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was loved by all who knew him and will always be remembered for his fun loving and easy going ways. Memorial service 1 PM Sunday, Jan. 6 at Cremation Society of MN Chapel, 7110 France Ave. S., Edina, (952-924- 4100), with visitation one hour prior.
Pramann, Chuck L. Beloved Husband, Father, Son and Brother. Age 53, of White Bear Lake. 30 year employee of Mulcahy Inc. Passed away suddenly on October 15, 2007.
Survived by loving wife, Sandy, with whom he shared 27 wonderful years; son, Mike; daughter, Michele; parents, Warren Sr. and Shirley; sister, Barb (Charlie) Prestidge-Onraet; brothers, Warren Jr. (Kathy) and Dale (Wanda); in-laws, Bud and Jo-Ann Helvig; brothers-in-law, Scott (Debbie) and Steve; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Chuck was a kind and gentle man with a big heart and a passion for hunting and fishing. We know he is in heaven with Jesus, but he will be with us all forever.
A service to celebrate Chuck's life will be Friday 11:00 AM at EAGLE BROOK CHURCH, 2401 E. Buffalo Street at Hwy 61, White Bear Lake. Interment Lakeview Cemetery. Visitation Thursday (TODAY) 4-8PM at BRADSHAW, 4600 Greenhaven Drive at Hwy 96 (one mile west of 35E) and also one hour prior to service at the church. Bradshaw bradshawfuneral.com 4600 Greenhaven Drive, White Bear 651-407-8300
Nelson, Kenneth James age 53, of Buffalo, died at home Thursday night, July 26th, 2007. Preceded in death by father, Richard. Survived by wife, Brenda; sons, Derek and Shawn; step-son, Jason Weidner; mother, Florence; brothers, Gary (Maria) Nelson, Brad (Joanne) Nelson and Todd (Mary) Nelson; sisters, Vicki (Marlin) Henning and Lisa (Russ) Zahn; previous wife, Marlene; nephews, nieces and many great friends.
Craig was my best friend throughout HS. We had a lot of great times together. I remember when Craig took me and Randy Hermes to Wisconsin in his red Ford Galaxy 500 for a night of bar hopping & fun. Both Craig and Randy were 18 while I was 17. What a great night! Craig had a great family and I loved them like my own. I didn't see Craig much after I moved to California in 1974. It was like old times when both Craig and Randy flew to California to attend my wedding in 1976. Craig visited me a few times after that. He was a fantastic wrestler, great guy and a loyal friend. I miss him and our adventures and time together. RIP my friend until I see you you again!
From Joe Sporlein on February 15th, 2013
Craig was the ultimate wrestler, and the best friend a person could have. We will miss you but never forget you.
David Jerome Dahlin, 53, of Crystal passed away on March 29, 2007 at his home.
He was born January 25, 1954 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Russell and Laura (Hanson) Dahlin. After graduating from high school David attended the University of Minnesota.
David was preceded in death by his parents Russell and Laura Dahlin and is survived by cousins including Verian (Johnny) Anderson of Cambridge, Jeanne Watson of Cambridge, great aunt Hilda Turnquist of Cambridge.
Dave Dahlin was one of the sweetest guys ever. We worked together on the Hawk's Quill. He was quiet, sensitive, caring and mature beyond his years. We never kept touch after graduating, which I regret. Truly a great gentleman.
Johnson, Timothy Age 53 of Blaine. Preceded in death by father, Ellsworth. Survived by wife, Carol; daughters, Angela, Cassandra, Ashley, and Carissa; grandson, Zackery; mother, Rita Johnson; brothers, Daniel (Patty), Steven (Dora), Jeffrey (Gail). In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred. Funeral service 11 AM Tuesday at Faith Lutheran Church, 111th and Hanson Blvd NW, Coon Rapids. Visitation 1 hour prior to service at church. Washburn-McReavy Coon Rapids Chapel 763-767-1000
Harves, Lenann Kronberg 52, of Phoenix, AZ. Born July 18, 1954 in Mpls, MN. Died October 23, 2006 in Phoenix, AZ. Preceded in death by father, Lennart Kronberg. Survived by husband, David Harves; daughter, Kevyn; mother, Anna Kronberg; sister, Linda (Duane) Bauermeister; brother, Robert (Mary Jane) Kronberg and beloved nephews and nieces
Wittnebel, Leeanne M., age 52 of New Hope, passed away August 6, 2006. Preceded in death by parents, Floyd R. and Margaret "Marge" Lindgren; sister, Cindy; brothers, Neil and Paul Lindgren; son, David. She will be deeply missed by husband of 29 years, Greg; son, Alan; daughter, Katy; sisters, Lynn (William) Olbrich, Laurie (Ed) Sanders; many loving relatives and friends. "The heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved."
Memorials preferred to North Residential Hospice. Funeral Service 6 PM Thursday with visitation beginning at 4 PM at St. James Lutheran Church, 6700 46th Place N, Crystal 763-537-3653. Private interment Glen Haven Memorial Gardens. Washburn-McReavy Swanson Chapel 612-529-9691
Olson Gregory A. Died at home 10/28/2004. Preceded in death by wife, Jane; and father, Donald. Survived by sons, Patrick and Christopher; mother, Phyllis; sisters, Marcia Olson and Kathy Lambert; brother, Steven; (fiancee, Debbie Ranallo); sisters-in-law, Ellen Munz and Mary Spicer; brothers-in-law, Edward Lambert and Stephen Munz; and countless other family & friends.
Gregory was a loving father and had retired from Qwest Communications after 30 years of service.
Memorial Service 2 PM, TUESDAY, at J.S. KLECATSKY & SONS EAGAN FUNERAL HOME, 1580 Century Point, Yankee Doodle Rd. at Coachman Rd, Eagan. Family and friends to gather at the funeral home 1 hour before the service. J.S. Klecatsky & Sons Eagan Funeral Home 651-454-9488
Charels, "Mike" Curry, age 47, of Bloomington, MN, passed away peacefully on Dec. 9, 2001 after a long battle with cancer.
Preceded in death by his brother Gary. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Carol; and proud father of Michael; also survived by father and mother, Jack & Lillian Curry; brother, David & wife Kim.
Chuck was a longtime memer of the Glaziers and Glassworkers Union Local #1324. He will be missed by many sisters-inlaw & husbands, nieces, nephews, cousins and many caring friends who will miss his wonderful, warm smile and his strong will to live but accepted hsi defeat with cancer with courage and dignity.
We would also like to extend our special thanks for all of the great nurses, aides and staff on Unit 4B, who helped take care of him while he was a FUMC.
Funeral services Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 1:00 PM, with visitation one hour prior to service and visitation Tuesday, Dec. 11 from 4:00-8:00 PM at: WERNESS BROTHERS 2300 W Old Shakopee Rd. 952-884-8145
Peterson Gayle S., age 47, of NE Mpls., on April 25, 2001. After a brave stuggle with cancer Gayle is now at peace. Preceded in death by parents, Vincent & Adella Peterson.
Survived by sister, Jerri (Martin) Husby; brother, Steven (Harriette) Peterson; special friends, Janis (Gregg) Larsen, Carol (Brian) Ternes, Pat Surma, Gail Graw & Harley Barton; and many other dear friends.
Gathering of friends and family 5-7 PM Monday with Memorial Service at 7 PM Monday at Kozlak-Radulo-vich Funeral Chapel, 1918 University Ave NE. Private interment. Memorials to the Hennepin County Humane Society. KOZLAK-RADULOVICH 612-789-8869
From Cheri (Ackerblade) Hoffman on August 7th, 2012
Gayle was like a sister to me. We lived across the street from each other from birth and basically saw each other almost every day of our lives until I got married at age 20! She had a wry sense of humor that kept our group highly entertained for years. A big part of my childhood died when she left us. We were the keepers of each others’ hopes, dreams, and disappointments. She was a tall, beautiful, German blonde, but she never knew it! Her self-deprecating humor reflected that modesty. Wait, come to think of it, we didn’t escape that deprecation, either! But we all loved her in spite of, or perhaps because of, that biting wit. Here’s to you, Gayle: the 7th Wild Loose Woman.
From Camille Steen on July 19th, 2012
Gayle, we love you and you left us way too soon.
Cheri, Kathy, Sharon, Cindy, Margo & Camille
(I tried to find a picture of her, but she did not like having pictures taken, so I found nothing. Cheri Ackerblade grew up with her so maybe she will be able to find one of Gayle way back when. Gayle had a humor like nobody I know. We have so many good memories of our time spent with her. ♥)
Kevin E. Iverson, age 45, of Maple Grove. Employed by Nordic Ware since 1974. Preceded in death by father, Edward. Survived by wife, Terri; son, Matthew & his fiancee Heather Severtson; mother, Mavis Iverson; brother & sister-inlaw, Doug Iverson & Laurie Hertzel; sister, Mona Iverson; and many relatives and friends.
Service 1 pm Monday at Advent Lutheran Church, 9475 Jefferson Hwy., Maple Grove. Interment Rush Creek Cemetery, Maple Grove. Visitation 4-8 pm Sunday at the Evans-Nordby Funeral Home, 34 2nd St. NE, Osseo and 1 hour prior to service at church. Memorials preferred to the Kevin E. Iverson Memorial Fund. Evans Nordy 612-424-4000
From Charlene Retzack Schlottman on August 4th, 2013
Terri was my neighbor buddy growing up.She 1 of 7 kids in the family. When her mother yelled out to come home, she would name all 7 names , making sure she didnt miss anyone.It didnt take long for all us onthe block to remember the minames! Great neighbor and friend.PEACE! CMRS
He was my beloved son. He ministred me toward the way of salvation, with the message of Jesus Christ the Savior. In his head will shine for eternity the bright star of my conversion to God. He lives in my heart...but, I"ll see him again whethe resurrection have place. We do, right? Luz Cato Sánchez
From Charlene Retzack Schlottman on August 4th, 2013
To those of you that knew Paul, he was a kind soul! He was a friend to the utmost. To those of you that loved him, he will always be in our hearts! My dear friend you are deeply missed! Always and forever, CMRS
From Terri Kohlbeck on July 23rd, 2012
Paul was a good friend and neighbor in many ways. Paul was one of only 2 people I liked a lot in my childhood neighborhood (between 63rd and 64th &Boone and Winnetka). Even way back in Kindergarten I was adoring him. By 12th grade we found out that we made good tennis opponents at Sunny Lane Park. Our first jobs out of Cooper 1972 were at Sears. I worked in the tailor shop and Paul came in to fix stuff with displays and mannequins. He hurried to my home when I needed to go to a hospital & brought me home again 2 days later. He was a good guy I have missed him.
From Camille Steen on July 19th, 2012
Paul Cato, one of the kind, caring guys in our school. I hope that the shortened life he had was filled with joy. ♥
Charles D., age 40 of Springfield, MO, formerly of New Hope. Survived by son, Danny and Danny's mother, Cindy of Springfield, MO; parents, Dan & Kathie of Scottsdale, AZ; brother Jeff, Cambridge; brother & sister-in-law, Howie & Jo of New Hope; sister & brother-in-law, Brenda & Steve House of Champlin; sister, Barb of Plymouth & nieces & nephews, Marni, Jacob, Alex & Chloe.
Charlie will be sadly missed ba all who and the priviledge of knowing him.
Services will be held in Springfield, MO on Wednesday 417-881-3000
There was nobody quite like Charlie! He lived on 60 1/2 Avenue North, in New Hope (No Hope were his words). Right next door to him was Jeri Oesterreich and her large family. He was quite a character and everyone loved him. When he got together with Dave Irvin and Steve Holmer, they would have quite a time. Ahhhhh . . . the memories . . .
Joan and I were in Office Education together, with Mr. Gourley as our teacher. She was kind, caring, intelligent, efficient, quiet and much more mature than the rest of us in high school. She had an air of dignity around her and was a beautiful woman.
I didn’t know Speedo in high school; I met him a couple years after graduation. We were in a group of friends that got together after work and on weekends. We’d play impromptu sports, go on camping and fishing trips, go to rock concerts. We even worked together for a while at NW National Bank.
In nearly every memory I have of him, he was smiling and laughing. Speedo was a true lover of life and he shared his joy with others!
No one from our class, particularily fellow St. Raphael members, would ever, ever forget Gordy. He is still included, even to this day, in some of my fondest memories, and stories of grade school. Just the thought of him brings a grin to my face, and a laugh from my mouth. We'll be seeing you soon my old friend.
When Roger and I were "going together" in early junior high, he gave me this picture of himself, which I believe was from kindergarten. On the back, he had put his phone number KE7-5253 (remember our phone numbers starting with Kellogg?) Even as a kindergartener he was hustling the girls, adding his phone number just in case they wanted to call him :-) Roger was full of life and fun to be around. The first ring I ever got was from him. I remember winding that fuzzy yarn around the band so it would fit. We maybe went together a week . . . you know how it was back then! Roger is keeping things hopping up in heaven, I am sure of that.
From Richards Stanchfield on January 6th, 2011
I still crack up about some of the stupid a** things we used to do.
VanDusen Mark C, age 25, of 7904 Lee Ave N, Brooklyn Park. Survived bv parents, Ted & Carmen Van Dusan; sister, Ann Merit, brothers, Scott C , David C 4 Ted. C. Jr.; grandmother, Sadie Van Dusen, Tracy, MN; aunts, uncles & friends.
Funeral Wed. 11 am at Brunswick United Methodist Church, 42nd & Brunswick Aves N. Interment Glen Haven. Friends mav call after 4 pm Tues. al Geertv-Johnson-Delmore Chapel, 3111 W Broadway, and at church one hour before service.
John Foley, age 23, 2600 Major Ave. N. Golden Valley. Survived by parents, Dr. & Mrs. Gregory Schissel; brothers Gregory S.J., Thomas & Peter; sisters, Patricia Anne & Mrs. Joseph (Stephanie) Palen; grandmother, Mrs. Anna Foley.
Memorial Mass Sta. 1 pm at the Church of St. Olaf 802 2nd Ave. S. Private interment. Memorials preferred to ther Art Dept. U of M. Duluth. Arrangements with Gearty-Johnson-Delmore, 537-4511
John went to Meadow Lake Elementary with me. The girls always swooned over him. This picture is of Greg Klave, John Schissel (didn't we call him Foley?), Tim Kinneberg and Bob Sands out in the playground, standing in front of the tetherball. Just can't imagine only living until age 23. Such a shame. John, you had many girls adoring you!
Dale R., age 21 years, of 5648 Oerry N. of Crystal, MN. Graduate of Cooper High School 1972. Survived by his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Oscar F. Dahlin of Crystal; 1 brother, Roger of St. CLoud: auts & uncles, Mre. & Mrs. Osacar Fredrickson of Plymouth. Mrs. Alma Harrison, Mpls. Mr & Mrs Eil, Lake of Chisholm. Mr. & Mrs. George Dahlin, Brainerd, Mr& Mrs. Vitor Dahlin, Newhail Calif; 15 cousins.
Services Wed. 1:30 p.m. at the Evans-Nordby Funeral Home. 6000 Brooklyn Blvd, in Brookline Ceter. Interment Glen Haven Cemetery. Visitation starting 6 p.m. Tues.
I had to wrestle Dale in 9th grade gym class. I'd of lost that match if it would only bring him back. The last time I saw him before the motorcycle accident was at a Jefferson Starship concert in the St Paul Civic Center. He snuck up behind me and put me in a friendly headlock! I had to wrestle my way loose. I first met Dale in 1958. Everytime I ride my motorcycle I think of him and all the good times that might have been
Cancer took Mike from us at only 20 years old. He was the fourth member of our class to pass away after Darcy, Brian, and Margaret. He was an intellegent honor student with a humble character. He played a fine country folk guitar and sang well. I enjoyed making music with him.
When a friend with so much potential gets struck down so early in life, his passing makes me wonder if I have lived up to the gift of living that he was denied.
I'm trying not to let you down Mike.
Hey Peggy - I remember the slumber parties we had in junior high along with our neighborhood pals. Lots of laughter! You were always part of the gymnastics and cheerleading action at Cooper. Sorry to lose you so soon, my friend!
Analyn (Amborn) Walchak
From Camille Steen on July 19th, 2012
For Peggy to pass this life at such a young age is truly tragic. She had so much going for her, but also had some heartbreaking challenges. Sending love to you, Peggy ♥
In 1973, I walked in the door of my mothers and she told me about Brian’s death. She had no idea other than the fact that we went to high school together. I was devistated. I considered Brian as one of my best friends.
From Camille Steen on July 19th, 2012
This picture was taken when our fifth grade class from Meadow Lake went to Chicago. In the picture are Rick Svindal, Mr. Glidden our teacher, and Bryan Wenz. Bryan was always the class clown, and if I remember correctly, got reprimanded frequently for it. My first memories of Bryan were when I lived on Rhode Island Avenue, across from First Lutheran Church of Crystal. Bryan's family lived across the street from us. When we were 4 or 5, we used to play in our doghouse ~ yes, we were that small. Bryan was fun-loving. His family had some challenging times. Will forever remember Bryan's smile. Another life lost way too soon. Bryan was loved by many. ♥
From Terri Kohlbeck on July 3rd, 2012
Brian was good at making surprise visits. While in high school, I thought we lived far apart, but we really didn't. Brian & his brothers could make a rowdy group with my brothers during summer vacation. I got to know Brian best when he had an amazing growth spurt in 10th grade and was sort of hiding in a foyer corner when I heard his loud whisper, "Terri!" When I saw him alone & felt concerned, he giggled; that led to laughing for the sake of laughing. Finally he said, "Look at my high water pants. I couldn't find anything else to wear today." He may have been a high-testosterone guy while hanging with other guys but I saw the best part of his character, according to my impression. Many times he surprised me by HOW he dropped by: revving a snowmobile on my parents' front lawn at sundown on a terribly frigid day or walking into my back yard with his very young sister sitting on his shoulders, balancing by firmly gripping his hair.Learning of his death & not knowing why is at the top of my heap for most frustrating, miserable losses. He was rough, I've learned fairly recently, at times when he disliked something about some other guy. I believe he abandoned such tendencies long before he was murdered. If anyone knows differently about why Brian was found in a lake without his wallet or favorite ring, I need to know. I just NEED to know.
Hi Dar - to one of my fellow classmates and clarinet players in band - from elementary school thru high school. I remember one class event, about 6th grade, where the teacher asked for volunteers to play the part of a lawyer for a political role-play. When asked why you'd like to play that role, you said that some day you'd like to BE a lawyer. Of course you got the part. Sadly you never had that chance. You left us just 3 months after graduation - we miss you! Remembering you with fondness -