You left too soon.We used to have so many good times playing neighborhood football, golfing, fishing, cutting grass at Brookview Golf Course, and hanging around together.We used to get in trouble together sometimes too, like the night we got chased out of the swimming pools at a number of private country clubs.
We both went to the U of M, where you met Stephanie Edwards from Kenyon, Minnesota.She went on to become host of Good Morning America in the 1970s.We both went in the Army about the same time.You were in Special Services and had the unfortunate experience of participating in the Vietnam Tet Offensive in 1968.
Thanks for the time you obligingly delivered my paper route for me for one dollar when I went of vacation. Sorry about not telling you about the Doberman Pinscher at the last house.
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Gary Donald Barnett was born on August 27th, 1943 and died on February 9th, 1984 at the age of 40. Gary was buried at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota and was a veteran of Vietnam.
Bates, Donald L. age 68, of Eagan. Preceded in death by parents, Kenneth and Marge. Survived by daughters, Kiirstin Bates, Karen Erikson (John) and Kendra Baxter (David); grandchildren, Vanessa, Matthew, Jack, Zerfe, Megan and Asher; sister, Sharon Korstad (Bob); girlfriend, Cheryl Prohofsky; other relatives and many friends. Memorial service 11:00 am Tuesday at Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 2544 Highway 100 South, St. Louis Park. Friends may visit the family beginning at 10:00 am at the church. Memorials preferred to donors choice. Gearty-Delmore 763-537-4511
Published in Star Tribune from May 13 to May 15, 2011
Bell, Ronald A local Corona Business man, owner of Bell's Truck Sales, was fatally injured in a boating accident on November 15, 2005 in San Diego Bay. Bell's Truck Sales has been family owned for the past 23 years.
Ron is survived by his wife, Patty, of 44 years; daughter and son-in-law, Michele and Steve Johnson; 3 sons, Ronnie Jr. and wife Theresa, Jason and Justin; 5 grandchildren, Alexandria, Taylor, Tylor, Jarrett and Kennedy. He was certainly One of a Kind, and will be greatly missed by many.
Belzer, James L. ,Age 64, of Eden Prairie, lost his battle with cancer on December 30, 2007. He died peacefully surrounded by his family. Preceded in death by mother, Natalie Belzer. Survived by children, Andrea Belzer, Benjamin Belzer, Samantha Hawkes, Kimberly and Amanda Harrington; grandchildren, Danielle and Dillon, Max and McKena, Jacob and Jonah; father, Mike Belzer; sisters, Barbara Malisow and Vicky McGinty.
His love of dance drove him to co-founding East meets West Dance Club as well as being an accomplished dancer and dance teacher. He honorably served in the U. S. Army.
I was lucky enough to dance with Jim at Barry Forman's bar mitzvah in seventh grade. Looking back on it now I think he was the original John Travolta! We won the jitter-bug contest that night and we were thrilled. I am so sorry Jim died before his time. I will remember him always as a very gentle man with many artistic talents.
From Dianne Cell Elliott on May 7th, 2011
I knew Jimmy from age 3; we were family without being family. He loved to dance from a very early age, and fortunately kept his love alive all his short life. I will miss our dances together - he was the best dance partner I ever had.
From Loraine Polski Stillman on June 16th, 2012
I, too, had the pleasure of knowing and dancing many times with Jim. i hope that his short life was filled with music and happiness.
Carol Sue Block Diamond, age 58, formerly of St. Louis Park, Died May 19 in Woodland Hills, Calif. Preceded in death by father, Saul Block; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Julius Block, and Mr. and Mrs. Sam Soltan; aunt and uncle, Addie Goodman, Archie Block; niece, Julie Block; and former husband, Stanley Diamond. Survived by son, Alan Diamond, Bakersfield, Calif; mother, Nancy Block, Columbus, Ohio; brother, Dr. Arnold Block, Columbia, Md, Dr. Dale Block, Pittsburgh, Pa, Paul Block, Chatsworth, Calif.; sisters, Harriet Gold, Columbus, Ohio, and Judie Block, Anchorage Alaska; aunt and uncles, Rita and Harvey Soltan, Golden Valley, and Ernie goodman, LaVerne, Calif.; and many special nieces, nephews and cousins. Suzie worked for devoted friends Penny and Lowell Dreyfus of Los Angeles for 25 years. Her sense of humor was legendary, as was her devotion to family and friends. She was a member of Shomrei Torah Synagogue, 7353 Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills, CA 1304-6706. Memorials preferred to a camp scholarship fund that has been esablished in her name at the synagogue.
Carlson, Thomas Howard Long time resident of Eden Prairie. Passed away on 4/16/15. Tom was born on 4/2/ 43. He graduated from St. Louis Park H.S. in 1961, and received his Masters in Business from the U of MN. Tom is survived by his wife, Carol; sons, Blake (Candace) & Shawn (Rachel); 4 grandsons, Wyatt, Luke, Cole & Beckett; brother, Dennis (Sandy) & family. In lieu of flowers please support Tom's Charities of Smile Train, Wounded Warriors or St. Jude's Children's Hospital or any charity of your choice. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday 4/24 at 2 PM, with visitation at 12:30 PM, at Cremation Society of MN, Edina Chapel, 7110 France Ave. S., Edina. 952-924-4100.
He was a wonderful spirit … and his presence made it fun to be part of our class. He will be missed.
From Linda Erickson O'Brien on April 20th, 2015
Tom lived on about 26th and Vernon, went to Fern Hill, played for Miracle Mile little league, and I thought he was absolutely perfect when we were in the 5th - 6th grades."
From Jim Fulford on April 24th, 2015
Tom and I go back to 4th grade at Fern Hill. We had fun playing alley soccer during recess at school and in organized football in the kids league. I believe we both had Gene Luren as a 4th grade teacher who is now 98.
... and the time of my departure is at hand. I have faought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. There is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award me on that day -- and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:6b-8
John William Clausen, 67, a longtime resident of Georgetown, passed away on Saturday, January 29, 2011. A memorial service celebrating John's life will be held on Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 2:00 PM at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel, 393 North IH 35, Georgetown, TX 78628.
John was born August 5, 1943 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to the late John Henry and Marjorie Adeline Johnson Clausen. He is also preceded in death by his niece, Alison Albright in 2008. John graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 1966. John married the love of his life, Margaret DeShaw, on December 28, 1967 in Savage, Minnesota. The family lived in Omaha, Nebraska for 14 years before moving to Georgetown, Texas where they resided for over 20 years. They later moved to Briggs, Texas. John began his career as a computer analyst with RCA; later he worked for Unisys Corporation and Digital Equipment Corporation. When John and Margaret moved to Georgetown, John established his own business, Clausen Distributing, a full service vending company for over a decade. For the last four years he worked for Home Depot in Austin. John enjoyed collecting cars and had a passion for horses. John and Margaret moved to Briggs in order to make room for three new horses. He was fond of all of them. John leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving wife of 43 years, Margaret Clausen; his sons, Christopher John, Jeffery William, Andrew Thomas, and David Mathew and wife Kimberly; his sisters, Joanne Kitzman and Barbara Edin and husband Richard; many other friends and extended family. In March, John would have been a proud grandpa for the first time to Parker Edward Clausen. Memorials in John's honor should be made to the charity of your choice. Personal words of comfort may be sent to the family online at www.gabrielsfuneral.com.
Douglas C. Colliander, Age 52. Retired president and chief executive officer of MidAmerica Mutual Life Insurance Co. in Roseville, died Sunday of a heart attack at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina.
Colliander, of Bloomington, grew up in St. Louis Park and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1965 with a degree in business.
After college, he enlisted in the Army and served in the 25th and 27th infantry divisions in Vietnam. He received the Silver Star and two Bronze Stars. He retired as a major in the Army Reserve in 1985.
You checked out way to soon.We used to have so much fun living together in the old house at Dinkytown as students at U of M.You were always so enthusiastic about everything.I am sure that helped you tremendously in achieving all you did at Mid-America and as an Army officer. I believe you were the most decorated soldier from Minnesota to serve in Vietnam.It was always a blast hanging around with you. I wish you were here now so that we could be fishing buddies.It was great being your friend.
From Mark Brothen on May 21st, 2011
Being with you from Joppa,Wooddale, Brookside,Jr High, Sr. High, the Big Hills, It was my pleasure to know you.
From Bruce Colliander on September 2nd, 2011
Not only was Doug my brother, but my best friend and confidant. We were "tag a longs" often doing the same thing and shared many of the same friends. Doug's passing left a tremendous void in my life...I often think of my brother and what a wonderful blessing it was to share my life with you.
Dailey, Terence V. age 68, of Burnsville, peacefully passed away this past February 3rd, 2012 at the VA Medical Center, Minneapolis. He was a loving husband, father and doting grandpa and will be missed by his family and many friends. Terry was diagnosed in early December 2011, where he started treatments at the VA for a progressive form of Leukemia known as MDS (Myelodysplastic Syndromes). It was traced back to his service in the U.S. Navy, Vietnam War as an airman. After 40+ years with Northwest Airlines, Terry retired from being a Mechanic and an active member in the I.A.M.A.W. Union (International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers). For years he helped raise donations and participated in annual runs with Hawgs for Dogs: Minnesota Chapter of Guide Dogs of America. He was a fellow Brother, Mason and past President for the MVASC of Zuhrah A.A.O.N.M.S. Mpls., Noble member and part of the 100 Million Dollar Club; Brother and member of the Minnehaha Lodge #165 in Mpls, past Commander of American Legion Post 643, Savage, MN and remained an active and longtime member with Post 1776, Apple Valley, MN. Terry was preceded in death by the love of his life and wife of 41 years, Susan "Susie" Dailey, his sister, Kathleen Strom and his amazing parents, Horace "Alfred or Fritz" and Althea Dailey. He was survived by his only daughter, Shaune and husband, Mark Krempel of Las Vegas, NV; his two granddaughters, Brianna Dailey Krempel (13) and Natalie Krempel (6); along with his beloved nieces and nephews and many other supportive friends and family members, including family from both sides of his parents - The Bohanon's, Fiskes, Boyce's, Keck's and Skavnak's. There will be a celebration of Terry's life at 10 am, Saturday, June 23rd in the Chapel at Lakewood Cemetery, Mpls. Riding in on a Harley Davidson is welcomed... it will make him smile from the heavens above. Cremation Society of Minnesota 612-825-2435
Letting Go... The angels gathered near your bed, so very close to you For they knew all of the things that you were going through, I thought about so many things, I tightly held your hand, Oh, how I wished that you were strong and healthy once again;
But your eyes were looking homeward to a place beyond the sky, where God will hold you always, it was time to say goodbye; I struggled with my selfish thoughts for I wanted you to stay So we could walk and talk again, like we did the other day;
But God still knows what's best And I knew God loved you so So I gave you life's greatest gift; The gift of letting you go.
Love and miss you Dad...
From Shaune Dailey Krempel, Daughter on September 2nd, 2012
My Dad died this past 2/3/12 at the VA in MPLS. He had been in there since 12/27/11. Originally diagnosed with MDS, he was given 2-6 months. He actually passed at 5:12p from Septic Shock. I had to unplug him, those were his wishes. When I made the decision to honor his wish, he passed within a minute. So right then, I knew I made the right decision.
WANK, PAULETTE ELAINE Paulette lost her battle with Leukemia on the morning of May 19th, 2011. She passed away gracefully in her sleep. She is survived by her husband of 46 years Richard Dennis, son Jeffrey Richard, daughter Andrea Elaine and grandchildren David Jeffrey, Kaitlin Ella and Alex Joaquin. Services celebrating her life will be held Friday, June 10th, at 2 p.m. at St. Marks Methodist Church on Clairemont Drive. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Leukemia/ Lymphoma Society or The George G. Glenner Family Centers, Inc.
Pauly, Special memories of you as a caring, special loving friend. You will be missed by so many.
From David Perlman on May 28th, 2011
My cheerleading teacher
From Dick Wank on June 17th, 2011
Paulette was the most incredible person who always thought of others needs before her own. She was the absolute perfect wife & partner, mother and friend. She was a fabulous cook, an organized & excellent planner, and the world’s best friend and travel companion. Her loyalty, caring, friendship, nurturing advice, smile, and laugh will forever be missed.
Pelika, Penny A. age 69, of Eden Prairie. Survived by daughter, Stacey Pelika; brother, John (Quyen) Elstrom; sisters, Martha Elstrom and Elizabeth (Carl) Bergquist; many nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends. Preceded in death by parents, Alden & Mabel Elstrom.
Memorials preferred to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Memorial service 1 PM Sat., July 28 at: www.Washburn-McReavy.com Edina Chapel 952-920-3996 West 50th St. & Hwy 100
Engstrom Dean H., age 62, of Minneapolis passed away on Sept. 16, 2005. He is preceded in death by his father, Theodore. Survivors include 2 daughters, Deana Rezner and Staci (Tom) Kyrola; 3 grandchildren, Skyler, Amber and Jordan Kyrola; mother, Hattie Mae Engstrom. Funeral service 11:00 am, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2005 at Sunset Funeral Home and Cemetery, 2250 St Anthony Blvd., visitation 1/2 hour prior to service. Entombment Sunset Cemetery. SUNSET 612-789-3596
Terry Epcar, who had owned the Israel Connection store in Phoenix for 25 years with his wife, Geri, died April 25 at a Phoenix hospital after an illness, according to family friend Cookie Shifris. He was 61
The Epcars closed the longtime Phoenix store in December because they were planning to move it to the East Valley and were looking for a location. Their Jewish Quarter of Scottsdale store is still operating.
Erickson Barbara E., 1/18/43 - 9/11/05, of cancer & diabetes. Preceded in death by parents, Elmer & Eleanor. Survived by husband, Jerald; children, Benjamin and Krista (Steve) Luger; grandchildren, Christine, Ethan & Anja; siblings, Elizabeth (Don) Klinefelter, Margaret Mitlyng, Katherine (John) Carmody, Dave (Vicki) Erickson and Douglas (Karen Larson) Erickson. Barb taught us how to love and live with debilitating disease, she always had a smile and greeting: "How are you?" Memorial service 11 AM Thursday, Sept. 15 at First Lutheran Church, 1555 40th Ave NE, Columbia Hts, MN 55421. Visitation one hour prior to the service. Memorials preferred to First Lutheran Church and Our Lady of Good Counsel Home in St. Paul. Cremation Society of MN Mpls 612-825-2435Published in Star Tribune on September 14, 2005
Estenson, Marlyn O. age 72, of Shakopee, passed away peacefully Nov. 23, 2015. Preceded in death by parents, Oliver and Jane Estenson and sister, Donna Sutherland. Survived by loving wife of 48 years, Mary Jean; daughter, Marla Jean Estenson; brother, Wayne (Robin) Estenson; sister, Nancy (Steve) Evenson; nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends. Marlyn was a professional horse trainer, silversmith and jewelry designer. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family.
Funeral service Monday, November 30, 11 AM with visitation 1 hour prior to the service and also visitation Sunday, November 29, 3-6 PM all at: Washburn-McReavy.com Werness Brothers 952-884-8145 2300 W. Old Shakopee Rd.
Gibson, David age 70, of Eden Prairie, died August 12, 2012 seven days after suffering a cardiac arrest at home. He was born in Mpls on January 26, 1942. He was preceded in death by his father, George W. Gibson and his mother, Estelle Buckley Gibson. David was raised in St. Louis Park, attended Most Holy Trinity Elementary School, Benilde High School and graduated from St. Louis Park High School in 1961. He is survived by Judy, his wife of 46 years; his daughters, Christine Jensen of Lakeville and Laura Gibson of St. Paul; and his grandsons, Tanner and Logan Jensen of Lakeville. David loved his family most of all but his red truck, the Minnesota State Fair, street rods and rainbow sherbet were all close seconds. He loved taking good care of his girls and teaching his grandsons the finer points of making their way in the world. He will be greatly missed by his family and his many friends. The family wishes to thank the Eden Prairie Police and Fire Departments and the paramedics of the Hennepin County Medical Center for their efforts. We also want to express our heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Elizabeth Miller and the incredible nurses in the Medical Surgical ICU at Methodist Hospital for their extraordinary care of David and their special attention to the family. A memorial service will be held at the Eden Prairie United Methodist Church, 15050 Scenic Heights Rd., Eden Prairie, MN 55344 on Monday, August 20, 2012 at 7 PM with visitation one hour prior to the service Memorials are preferred to the MN State Fair Foundation in order to purchase a bench at the fair grounds in his memory. www.Washburn-McReavy.com Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400
Due to alphabetical by last name student seating in some classes, I would occasionally find myself seated near Paul. I have very positive memories of our brief, nice pre-class conversations. He was a kind and thoughtful classmate. I do so hope that he had a good life. Kathy Buresh Takacs
From Kay Anderson on June 15th, 2011
My big high school/college love! So many wild and crazy memories. I have chosen to believe that Paul did not pass away, but that he faked his own death, and is living happily on a yacht somewhere in South America. He will always be a vivid memory to me.
Griak, Roy Age 91 of Plymouth, passed away peacefully at home on July 9 surrounded by his ador-ing family. Roy is survived by his love, Kay Richardson; sons Seth (Monica) and Jason (Nikki White); grandchildren Matt, Leah and Vincent; sister Dolly; nieces and nephews; and many, many athletes and friends. Preceded in death by beloved mother Mildred, father Milan, brother Steve and sister Kay. Roy graduated from Morgan Park High School in Duluth (1942). Always a patriot, Roy proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Infantry during World War II (1944-1946) in the South Pacific. When he returned home, he said he was returning to paradise. Roy earned a bachelor's degree in education (1949) and master's degree (1950) from the University of Minnesota, where he earned letters in both cross country and track & field. He started his teaching and coaching career in 1950 at Nicollet High School, followed by Mankato Public Schools and St. Louis Park High School. At St. Louis Park (1952-1963), his cross country team won two State titles (1955, 1961) and his track & field team won three State titles (1958, 1962, 1963). Roy became the men's cross country and track & field coach at the University of Minnesota in 1963, where he led the Golden Gophers for 33 years (1963-1996) and worked as an administrative assistant from 1996 until the time of his death, totaling 52 years of service to the U of M. He led the Gophers to Big Ten cross country titles in 1964 and 1969. His 1968 cross country team finished second at the Big Ten meet and placed fourth at the NCAA Championships. He led the 1968 track & field team to a Big Ten championship. He coached a total of 49 cross country and track & field All-Americans, including three NCAA champions, and his athletes earned 61 Big Ten Conference individual titles. Roy served on coaching staffs for more than 10 U.S. international teams, including the 1972 Olympic games in Munich and head manager of the 1980 and 1984 U.S. Olympic track & field teams. He was inducted into the Drake Relays Coaches Hall of Fame in 1993, the University of Minnesota 'M' Club Hall of Fame in 1996 and the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2001. In 1996, Minnesota honored Roy by naming the nation's largest annual cross country meet after him. More important than the championships and accolades is the impact Roy had on everyone in his life. Roy had an amazing ability to make everyone feel important. His smile was contagious and genuine. The ripple effect of his influence will be felt for generations. Roy's spirit lives on in the hearts of those who knew him. Visitation 5-8 PM Tuesday, July 21 at Washburn-McReavy, W. 50th Street & Hwy 100, Edina. Funeral service 12 noon Wednesday, July 22, with visitation one hour prior at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, 5025 Knox Ave. S., Minneapolis. Private family interment at Oneota Cemetery in Duluth. Memorials preferred to the Roy Griak Endowed Scholarship Fund for Track & Field at the UofM.Washburn-McReavy.com Edina Chapel 952-920-3996
Inducted into the St. Louis Park High School Athletic Hall of Fame - September 29, 2005
From Web Adm on October 25th, 2015
Sept. 17, 2015 - article from Gopher Sports
The University of Minnesota will celebrate the 30th annual Roy Griak Invitational as part of Homecoming festivities on Saturday, Sept. 26 at Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights, Minn.
As part of the celebration, Gopher Athletics has announced the formation of the Roy Griak Invitational Hall of Fame with eight inductees slated to be honored in the inaugural class. As the Griak Invitational approaches, GopherSports.com will highlight each of the honorees including today's feature on Gophers coaching legend Roy Griak.
Roy Griak's impact on running will probably never be fully understood. His impact on the lives of countless individuals, even more impressive, never fully explained.
Griak, the longtime coach at the University of Minnesota, died on July 9, 2015 at his home in Plymouth, Minn. He was 91.
Griak's death ended a service of more than 50 years to the University of Minnesota. But, his influence is sure to be felt for decades to come.
Griak graduated from Morgan Park High School in Duluth, Minn. in 1942. After serving in the U.S. Army Infantry in the South Pacific (1944-46) Griak returned to his home state, a place he referred to as "paradise," and enrolled at Minnesota. He competed in cross country and track for coach Jim Kelly and began to build his reputation at the school and a legacy that would stretch to all corners of the world.
Griak graduated from Minnesota in 1949 with a degree in education and added a master's degree from the school the following year. He began his teaching and coaching career in 1950 at Nicollet High School and later worked for the Mankato Public Schools and St. Louis Park High School.
At St. Louis Park, where he worked for 11 years (1952-63), Griak led his cross country teams to a pair of state titles (1955, 1961) and his track teams were crowned state champions on three occasions with the first championship coming in 1958 before claiming back-to-back titles in 1962-63.
Just weeks after winning his third state championship in track, Griak became the head coach at Minnesota replacing his former mentor when Kelly retired from leading the Gophers.
Griak remained coach of the Gophers for 33 years until his retirement following the 1996 track season. His cross country teams won a pair of Big Ten championships. The first title, in 1964, came in Champaign, Ill., in just his second season as coach as the Gophers scored 27 points to outdistance runner-up Michigan State, which tallied 49 points on the day. It was the first conference cross country title for Minnesota since the Gophers claimed the 1909 Western Conference championship under the leadership of Dick Grant.
The second title with Griak at the helm came five years later as Garry Bjorklund won the individual title to help as Minnesota scored 40 points on the day in Bloomington, Ind. to win the 1969 conference championship. Illinois placed second with 73 points.
For Bjorklund, it was the first of his three individual conference championships and his affection for Griak was evident when asked about the death of his former mentor.
"Do you have a few hours," Bjorklund inquired when asked about the impact Griak had on his life.
"It's a hard time for all of us who knew and loved Roy Griak," said Bjorklund, who went on to his own coaching career. "As tough as the passing of (Griak) is, we all know it was time to pass the torch to someone else to try to make the contributions to cross country and track that Roy Griak did."
"Good luck with that," the Gopher great said.
Bjorklund, who attended high school in Proctor, Minn, not far from Griak's stomping grounds in Duluth, told the story of letters he received weekly from Griak during the recruiting process prior to officially signing to compete at Minnesota.
"He always told me in the letters that he hoped I would enroll and compete at Minnesota," Bjorklund recalled, "and he made it point to tell me that my "friend" at Minnesota was doing well. That so-called "friend," someone new each week, was always someone who kicked my butt in high school that (Griak) had recruited."
"But, the bottom line is that Roy Griak's fingerprints are everywhere," Bjorklund added. "He was a remarkable teacher and a remarkable coach. He never treated any athlete better than anyone else on the team. He told us all we could either train like a champion or a manure pile ... and he was great at getting his point across to an athlete in one simple sentence."
Bjorklund, who would later go on to win an NCAA championship in the 10,000 meters in track under Griak's tutelage, said one of the key components to Griak's success as a coach was his approach to the athletes he mentored for more than three decades as coach at the school and the way in which he approached the craft he perfected like few other coaches, in any sport, ever have.
"He had this great ability of laughing while dressing you down when you didn't do the things you were expected to do," Bjorklund said, "and he was a master at making you realize the importance of learning from the guys who came before you."
Bjorklund, the first Big Ten runner to claim three conference cross country championships since Minnesota's F. O. Watson ran his way to three-straight titles (1913-15), said he remembers the times Griak would send his athletes to the library to study on microfiche the achievements of the people who had already achieved greatness while wearing the Maroon & Gold of the Gophers.
"He always stressed that the greatness of the individual and a team could never be appreciated until we understood the greatness of the athletes who came before us," said Bjorklund who would go on to represent the United States at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal.
Watson and Bjorklund would remain the only Big Ten runners to claim three individual conference championships until Illinois' Craig Virgin would win four straight (1973-76). Indiana's Bob Kennedy (1988-90, 1992) and Michigan's Kevin Sullivan (1993-95, 1997) would later join Virgin as four-time conference champions, while Wisconsin's Simon Bairu (2003-05) has also won three individual conference titles
Bjorklund also recalled the compassion for others that became a trademark of the iconic Gopher coach.
During Bjorklund's career, a runner for an opposing Big Ten team had not performed up to the standards of his own coach and was left to find his own way home from a cross country meet.
Griak would not allow that to happen. He invited the runner to have dinner with the Gophers and Griak made certain the athlete was able to return to his home campus.
His 1968 squad finished second at the conference meet and placed fourth at the NCAA championship meet ~ the highest NCAA finish in Minnesota history.
His track team's best finish at the conference meet came in 1968 when the Gophers finished atop the award stand for the first time since 1949 as Minnesota won just its second outdoor track championship. The school added two more titles (2009-10) with Griak playing a key role as the administrative assistant. As head coach at Minnesota Griak coached a total of 47 All-Americans and 60 Big Ten champions, including Bjorklund's three conference crowns in cross country.
"When I think back to my greatest memories as a runner, it is not the conference titles as an individual," Bjorklund said, "nor is it the being an All-American or an Olympian ... my greatest achievement is I was a part of a team coached by Roy Griak."
"Roy Griak was an icon in the running community and a legend among the Gopher family," said Steve Plasencia, the current director of men's track and field and cross country at Minnesota. "His devotion to the University of Minnesota touched immeasurable lives, and he will be sorely missed by each and every one of them."
Even a week after Griak's death the emotion was still evident in Plasencia's voice as it cracked when talking about the Minnesota icon.
"My time as an athlete with (Griak) as coach was really a special time" Plasencia said.
Plasencia took over for Griak when the iconic coach retired in 1996. But, even in retirement nearly two decades ago Griak retained a prominent role with the program he redefined during his career as head coach.
From 1996 until earlier this year, Griak worked as the administrative assistant and maintained an office across the hall from Plasencia in the Bierman Athletic Building on the Minnesota campus.
"I envy (Plasencia)," Bjorklund said. "To sit just steps away from (Griak) on a daily basis is something any coach could only dream of."
The importance of the office placement is not lost on the current Gopher coach.
"Having an office across the hall from (Griak) for 18 years is also something special," Plasencia said. "Trying to operate a Division I program is sometimes cutthroat, but having him there with his constant smile and endless words of encouragement was priceless.
"He really cared about the program and the athletes," Plasencia continued, "and he simply connected with everyone he ever came in contact with."
In addition to the three national champions and three conference titles as the head coach, Griak was instrumental as three more Gophers earned NCAA titles with Griak as administrative assistant. In all, Griak coached at least one national champion in five different decades.
Bjorklund (1971), Ron Backes (1986) and Martin Erickson (1993) all earned a title with Griak as head coach, while Vesa Rantanen (1998) and Adam Steele (2003) captured crowns with Griak playing a key role. Luca Wieland won the NCAA decathlon title in 2015 and while Wieland may be the last Gopher to win a national championship under Griak's direct leadership, there may be more as the Gophers retain several athletes who Griak has influenced during their own time in Gold Country.
"I was lucky enough to know (Griak) for most of my life," added Plasencia, who was a cross country All-American while competing for the coaching giant. "I don't think I've ever met someone who was as dedicated or genuine as he was. (Griak) was a great, great man ... he will be missed dearly and remembered fondly."
Gary Wilson spent several years working with Griak after Wilson became the women's cross country coach at Minnesota in 1985. The two developed a mutual respect and admiration and a special kind of bond between two coaching legends.
"He was like a dad to me," said Wilson, who spent 28 seasons guiding the women's cross country program before retiring following the 2012 season. "He was the kind of person you always wanted to be like, but knew you could never come close to matching the qualities he possessed.
"It was such a comfort having him in the building," added Wilson, who spearheaded the drive to rename the school's popular invitational in honor of his friend when Griak retired following the 1996 season. "He was like a life jacket for myself and for so many other coaches."
Griak served on the coaching staff of more than 10 international teams during his career, including the 1972 Olympic Team that competed in Munich, German. He was inducted into the University of Minnesota "M" Club Hall of Fame in 1996 and has also been inducted into the Drake Relays Coaches Hall of Fame (1993) and the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame (2001).
The Roy Griak Invitational, one of the nation's most prestigious in-season cross country meets, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary in Sept., will see Griak among the inaugural class of its own hall of fame this fall.
Perhaps the most decorated runner to ever wear the Maroon & Gold for Griak summed it up the best.
"Roy Griak is an ordinary man who did extraordinary things," Bjorklund said.
Story by Ray Maloney
Griak Invitational Historian
From Web Adm on October 25th, 2015
This YouTube video includes a speech given by the late Mr. Roy Griak at the 2013 St. Louis Park Athletics Hall of Fame Ceremony - 9/12/2013
Hagen, John Willis was born on February 25th, 1943 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and died at the age of 70 on July 5th, 2013 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Preceded in death by his parents Willis and Ordella Hagen and by his beloved step-son Zachary Weiner. Survived by his partner Vickie Weiner; his daughters Kelly Swan, Danielle Hagen, and Molly Hagen; his grandsons Nic and Harrison; his brother Peter Hagen and his niece Alex.
Whether it was taking the Harley down the coast, riding his horses, or enjoying the sunshine with family, John made connections wherever he went. He loved people, and people loved him back. We will miss: John's entertaining stories, his warm smile, "two cheese, coke and a fry," singing along (badly) to songs in the car, his "simple but different" style, his incredible charisma, and the way he made us laugh. Just like you always said: "Love you and miss you."
Memorial service will be held Friday, July 12th from 2-3 pm at Lakewood Cemetery Chapel, Minneapolis 612-822-2171. Visitation 30 minutes prior to service. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the family.
Published in Star Tribune from July 9 to July 10, 2013
We were privileged to have Mr. Hanks at our reunion dinner. I'm sure many of our classmates will remember him.
Mr. Hanks was inducted into the St Louis Park High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 4, 2007 as Coach Special Contributions
- 13 Years as Mayor of St Louis Park - 11 Years on City Council - SLP Parks and Recreation Commission
- Coached and Taught SLP 1956 - 1990
- 25 Years Football Line Coach
- Coached Jr and Sr High Basketball & Baseball
- Coached SLP Youth Basketball & Baseball
Hanks, Lyle W. Lyle Hanks, St Louis Park and Minnetonka , loved husband, father and grandfather, passed from this world to be with the Lord on Nov 2, 2012 at the age of 82. Preceeded in death by parents, Willard and Estella Hanks, and brother, Stanley G. Hanks. Survived by his loving wife, Laura, of 61 years and his children James (D' Ann e) Hanks, Gerald (Pattie) Hanks, Judy (John) Otterson, John (Heather) Hanks. Survived by his seven grandchildren Tim Hanks, Kevin Hanks, Erik Otterson, Kristin Otterson, Kelsey Tatone, Jill Anderson, and Jack Hanks. Born in Elk River , Minnesota on Aug 28, 1930, Lyle was raised on the family farm. Lyle graduated from Elk River High School in 1948 and Hamline University in 1952. He earned a Master's degree in Education Administration from the University of Minnesota , taught and coached at Slayton , Minnesota for 3 years, and proudly spent 37 years in St Louis Park as a teacher, coach and administrator. For his dedication to athletics and academics, Lyle was inducted into the Elk River, St Louis Park and Hamline University Halls of Fame! Between 1971 and 1996, Lyle served 11 years on the St Louis Park City Council and Mayor of St Louis Park for 13 years. As Mayor, he served as Co-Chairman of the St Louis Park Centennial Celebration in 1986. Lyle was active in the Masons as a member of Paul Revere Lodge, Phoenix Daylight Lodge, Minneapolis Valley and Templar Lodge of Scottish Rite and Zuhrah Shrine. He served as Master of Paul Revere Lodge, Venerable Master of the Scottish Rite of Minneapolis and was coronetted a 33 degree mason. He served on the Minneapolis Mason Home Board for 12 years and chairman of the board for 4 years. Lyle served as a board member of The Association of Metropolitan Municipalities; Board member and 1st Ambassador of the Minnesota League of Cities; Chairman of the Southwest Cable Commission; & Board member of the Hamline Piper Athletic Association. Lyle lived a great life and had a positive influence on so many people's lives. He loved what he did. He remembered his students & athletes with pride and took great delight in their successes. Lyle, above all else, cherished his family. He loved spending time at his cabin on Rice Lake in the summer and his residence in Vero Beach , FL in the winter. Lyle's children and grandchildren will always treasure the memories and love of their dad and grandpa. Memorials to the St Louis Park Public Schools Foundation; Shriners Children's Hospital and Aldersgate United Methodist Church . A memorial service celebrating Lyle's life will be held at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in St Louis Park at 11 AM on Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012. Visitation will precede the memorial service on Tuesday, Nov 13 at the Church from 5-7 PM and Wednesday at 10 AM.
Published in Star Tribune from November 9 to November 11, 2012
Hayes Michael E.,age 61, of Apple Valley, formerly of Brainerd, died of cancer on August 3, 2004 peacefully at his home surrounded by his family. Preceded in death by father, James J.; and brother, James E. Survived by his loving wife, Gail; daughters, Kristine (Scott) Anderson, Colleen Hayes and Theresa (Brian) Schulz; grandchildren, Steven, Michael, Laura and Jonathan; also by mother, Elizabeth Hayes.
Truly one of the nicest guys I have known.We really got to know each other when we were at the U.Many nights with our wives we stayed up into the early hours of the morning at the Hayes’ apartment playing bridge.The game Yogi taught me to play.
Later I was fortunate enough to be with Yogi in the waiting room when his first daughter was born.We were together when we saw the child for the first time.
We went out to Mtka fishing the day before my wedding. Yogi was a groomsman.
Later, we visited the Hayes in Brainerd and my son was fortunate to have fished with Yogi.An experience my son will always treasure.
Yogi was a fine example of honesty and integrity.I am proud to have had him as a friend.
Heers, Wendel W. Professor emeritus and interim dean of the art school at the University of Michigan, died at Arbor Hospice in Ann Arbor on Sunday August 2nd. Born in Blue Earth, Minnesota in 1924, he and his wife hosted a party for 92 people at their home last October for his 90th birthday. He spent most of his early years on the family farm in Owatonna, Minnesota. A noted artist and sculptor in the Ann Arbor community, he has commissioned works throughout the United States and Europe. One of his most recent projects, "The Green Tower," is a structure in West Ann Arbor, 43 feet in height. He worked primarily in found art, stone and metal. In his own words, "Humor and playfulness are at times evident in my work. Building relationships and the association of materials and ideas, plus the movability and changeability of the sculpture, adds to the expressive potential of each piece." Enlisting in World War II as a teenager, he endured capture by the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge, escaped from POW camp and received the Purple Heart. After serving in the war, Mr. Heers earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Minnesota. He also studied at Minneapolis College of Art and was a student of Oskar Kokoschka at the School of Vision in Salzburg, Austria. He started his career as an art instructor and director of art at St. Louis Park Schools in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. He was professor of art, associate dean and interim dean at the University of Michigan and guest professor of art, Kunst Akademie, Karlsruhe, Germany. His commissions include a stone sculpture for the Meditation Center at Assarian Cancer Clinic, Providence Hospital, Novi, Michigan; Mary Eagen Garden, Deaconess/Waltham Hospital Cancer Clinic, Waltham, Massachusetts and a mounted periodic table of the elements dedicated at Westtown School, West Chester, Pennsylvania. Among his exhibitions are the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Slusser Gallery in the art school of the University of Michigan; Forsythe Gallery; Ann Arbor; Degraaf Gallery, Chicago; Armstrong-Degraaf International Fine Arts Gallery, Sagatuck and River Gallery, Chelsea. He is survived by his devoted wife of 30 years, Nancy Baker Fate Heers, a poet, modern and liturgical dancer and teacher. Marrying Nancy brought him the joy of two children, Dr. Gwendolyn Deane Fate (Dr. Kevin Henegar), East Lyme, Connecticut and William Arden Fate II (Emily), Sherman Oaks, California; and two grandchildren, Leah Fate Henegar and William Jacob Henegar, both who he loved dearly. One of nine children, he is survived by his brothers Paul (Francie), Austin, Minnesota; Frank (Jean), Fairbault, Minnesota; sisters Jean Alleman, Palo Alto, California; Marilyn (Dale) Larson, Dexter, Michigan; Ruth (Alex) Larson, Amboy Minnesota; sister-in-law Nona Larson (Ben) Pederson, Amboy, Minnesota; brother-in-law Arthur G. Baker, M.D. (Margie), Swarthmore, Pennsylvania; and 29 nieces and nephews on whom he doted (three are deceased). He was preceded in death by his loving parents, Ray, who was a successful farmer, and Dorothy Johnson Heers an accomplished homemaker; brothers John (Elaine) and Wallace (Charlotte) Heers; sister Margaret (Hollie) Leagjeld; and his first wife, of 32 years, Barbara Larson Heers. A memorial service to celebrate his long and rich life will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor on August 22nd at 11AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Wendel W. Heers Scholarship at the Penny Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan, 2055 Art and Architecture Building, 2000 Bonisteel Boulevard, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48109 -2069. Wendel was a passionate art teacher and mentor and further is survived by scores of loving students and colleagues of all ages who continually enriched his life and love of art.
From Loraine Polski Stillman on January 16th, 2017
My three years as a student of "Mr. Heers" at Saint Louis Park H.S. Greatly influenced my life. He was a most generous teacher. It was great to see him at our 50th anniversary. He still seemed so youthful. I m glad that his life was so fruitful.
JENNER, Frederick L., 70, of Rockledge, FL died Tuesday, September 17, 2013. He was born on July 22, 1943 in Minneapolis, MN. Fred is survived by his wife, Kathy, three children (from his first marriage); Kim, David and Kris; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Fred was a pilot, with a love of flying fom his high school days. He worked and traveled with his work for a few years living in MN, CO and WI until he was hired by the FAA as a Flight Safety Officer. After moving to FL, he retired from the FAA a couple of years ago with over 20 years of service.
Fred was the third child out of four and is survived by two older sisters, Juanita and Delores, and one younger brother, Phil. They all went to Park High. Fred's Dad, Al, drove a school bus for many years for the Park Bus Co. His brother, Phil, provided this information and advised that Fred died from cancer.
A Burial service was held at 1:00P.M., Friday, September 20, 2013 at Florida Memorial Gardens, 5950 South US Highway 1, Rockledge, Florida, 32955. A Celebration of Life was held at 5:00P.M., Saturday, September 21, 2013 at the Baha'i Community Center, 1405 North John Rhodes Boulevard, Melbourne, Florida 32934.
Arrangements by Beckman-Williamson Funeral Home, Viera. .
Johnson, Gerald L. (Jerry) , Age 66, Chisago City, MN. Passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on March 30, 2009 after a courageous battle against cancer.
Born in 1943 in Amery, Wisconsin to Clifford and Beatrice Johnson and later married on September 1, 1962 to high school sweetheart Suzanne Hampton of St. Louis Park, MN. Survived by Suzanne (wife), David & Kesorn Johnson (son & daughter-in-law, Universal City, TX) and Scott and Brendan Johnson (son & grandson, Chisago City, MN), Mary Ann & Bob Olander (sister and brother-in-law), Angela & Sean Merrell (niece & husband), Anna Mae Knapp (aunt) and numerous cousins. He will be greatly missed by his loving family and friends.
A lover of antiques and country living, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, sports, classic automobiles, riding his Harley and many other outdoor and family activities.
As a pipe fitter he was a member of Pipe Fitters Local Union #539 for many years before retiring in 1998.
Keeley, Donald Earl age 66, of Bayfield, was called home Sunday, September 14, 2008, after a five month battle with brain cancer. He graduated from theUniversity of Minnesota. Don served in the US Navy. He was the owner and operator of Copy Sales, Inc., in Minneapolis, MN. He loved life and loved living it. He is survived by his wife, Mauricette; a son, Thomas (Mary) Keeley; two brothers; and two sisters. He was preceded in death by his parents; two children, Aaron and Kimberley Keeley; and brothers and sisters. A memorial service will be held 11:00 AM Tuesday, Sept 23, 2008 at Sunset Memorial Park Chapel, with interment to follow. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service, on Tuesday, at Sunset Memorial Park Chapel, Minneapolis, MN. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, Marshfield, WI.
You were really a great guy.We had a lot of fun when we went on a WestwoodLutheranChurch canoe trip to Canada.It was great fishing, canoeing, and sharing a tent with you. You were a fun guy to be around.
We miss you.
From Joan O'Connor Irwin on July 21st, 2011
Don was an "around the corner" neighbor and a really great guy. I know he must be greatly missed by his family and friends.
From Diane Koelfgen on May 19th, 2017
Posting from SLP High School Alumni website:
Don Passed away on Sept 14 2008 4.5 months after he was diagnosed with a gliolblastoma (sp) brain tumor. He was 66 and had been married for 43 years. Although he is missed greaty, he is also safely at home with his Lord and Savior.
Kennedy, Bruce D. age 70, of Mpls, died Sept. 26, 2013.
Preceded in death by parents, Keith and Erika; and sisters, Grace and Joan. Survived by siblings, Kathleen (James) LaFountain, Mary Kirkeng, David and James Kennedy. Interment Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Funeral service 10:30 AM Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 with visitation one hour prior at: www.Washburn-McReavy.com Davies Chapel 612-377-2203 2301 Dupont Ave. So.
My Sadie Hawkins date, and one of the few of us who actually had her career planned out.She knew by her sophomore year what she was going to do and starting working towards it.She was a legal secretary.I told her years later that it took most of us to our 10 year reunion to catch up to her after paying off our college debts.
Through the years we reconnected off and on.She was lovely lady and I miss her warm friendship.
So many fun memories relating to Yvonne. I love the memory of the time Yvonne was pulled over by the cute cop for going one mile over the speed limit. Cool Yvonne did not think he was cute. She was cool also, the night we got her folk's 1957 green Plymouth in trouble, with the push button transmission "reverse" pushed in, and it would not pop back out. And our days renting a row boat to float around Long Lake, having onion rings for brunch at the Buckhorn. All with Loralee Conradi too. Wonderful mostly innocent fun. Miss you.
Lindberg, Dennis L. age 67, of St. Louis Park. Home with Jesus. Survived by wife, Shirley; sons, Scott (Kate), Brian (Cari), Brad (Mary), Gregg (Amy); grandchildren, Greta, Wilson, Henry, Lucy, Izzy; sister, Diane Hedlund (Thomas); nephew, Tim (Molly); niece, Sarah. Visitation Wednesday 5-8 PM, Albin Chapel, 6855 Rowland Road, Eden Prairie. Service Thursday 11 AM, visitation 1 hour prior at Maple Grove Evangelical Free Church, www.mgefc.org, 8585 Rice Lake Road, Maple Grove, MN. Interment Lakewood Cemetery. Memorials preferred. www.albinchapel.com Albin Chapel 952-914-9410
Line, W. Clifford "Cliff" Age 73, resided in Maple Grove, MN and Chandler, AZ passed away suddenly on January 3, 2017. Cliff was born in New Orleans, LA and lived Chicago, IL before moving to Minneapolis. Cliff served honorably in the United States Army and was employed by Multifoods for most of his career. He met his wife Betty in 1962 and they were married in 1963. Among his many hobbies and accomplishments, he was a champion bowler, gardener, golfer, cook, fisherman, softball player and an avid sports fan. He is survived by his beloved wife Betty, sisters Jule, Sandee and Beverly, sister-in-law Mary, nieces Stacy, Neile, Whitney and Elise and nephews Rick and Tom. He was preceded in death by brothers Warren, Ron, and nephew Todd. A Celebration of Life service was held on January 9, 2017 in Arizona. Memorials preferred to the American Heart Association or Disabled American Veterans.
I will always remember Eloise's "Sweet 16" Birthday luncheon at a ladies club. I was so new to the school and she was so sweet and welcomed me as a friend. I came from a very small school and was very impressed with this wonderful event! I am saddened by her absence. You will always be remembered.
From margo morris on May 18th, 2011
Eloise and I were in Brownie and Girl Scout Troops 601 with our buddies at Brookside. We had many fun experiences together as friends and as a Troop. We were sprayed by a skunk on an overnight and Mrs. Flagg and my mom Angie, who were our counselors, had to bury our clothes in a field. We caught garter snakes in a mud ditch, brought them to the cabin and scared Mrs. Flag and Angie. Thanks to Eloise we got on the Arle Haberley television show for an interview of our Brownie Troop. I remember her well although I never saw her again after high school. I hope she found happiness in her short life and am truly sorry to hear of her passing.
From Linda Skillings ( Hosker) on August 2nd, 2010
I ran into Judy at my friend's oncologist's office and she told me she was being treated for a brain tumor. I thought to myself, what a shame. She knew than she was on borrowed time. When I knew her in high school she was a very outgoing and athletic person. I'm sure she is missed by many.
Georgia's NYC friends posted the following video to YouTube links showing "her in one of her many happy moments in Bimini". Posted by Scott Jansson showing "footage of her last trip to Bimini." Posted Feb. 2012 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9DpWY2HiR8
Memorial service was held Saturday, 18 February, 2012 at 1:00 pm in the Inwood Park (NYC). Those attending the service walked deeper into the Park to informally share thoughts and favorite memories of Georgia and then send her off into nature.... (information extracted from Georgia's Facebook page)
I had been in contact with a FB friend of Georgia's who was kind enough to share the following information with us:
"We had a lovely memorial for her in the park across the street from her apartment. About 35 people came out and we shared our Georgia stories. Then we released white helium filled balloons. Some of her ashes were scattered in the pond there."
I have wonderful memories of growing up with Georgia beginning with our elementary days. She was a very warm and wonderful person.
From Diane Koelfgen Coultas on May 12th, 2012
This artwork was created by Georgia and was included in our yearbook. I am so thankful that our Memory Book committee selected it to be used as the cover pages. (this is the front cover). Georgia, your kind and wonderful spirit will live with me forever.
From Diane Koelfgen Coultas on May 12th, 2012
this artwork was on the back cover of our Memory Book. I'm sorry we weren't able to get reacquainted this summer as planned.
From Loraine Polski Stillman on June 16th, 2012
Georgia was one of the most gifted artists I have had the honor to have known. Not only did I know Georgia in highschool, but we were in the same BFA program at the University of Minnesota. May she rest in peace.
From Phyllis Wise Swanson on June 16th, 2012
Georgia was a very special gal. She, Margo & I did a diorama in art class called Underground in "Bilonoroge" in tribute to the boys we had a "crush" on at the time - Bill Cullen, Ron Trugman & George Weier. Rest in peace sweet Georgia.
From Barbara K. Schneider (Michael-Grover) on September 22nd, 2013
Georgia was one of the most talented people I have ever met. We had a blast at the yearbook trip to Chicago. We dined at the "Top of the Rock", which was the top of the Prudential Building. They didn't even card us! Georgia wore a black silk long-sleeve top and a white skirt which she had sewn with a white, larged bead necklace and spike heels. She looked like a fashion model! We were accompanied by Gary Schafer and Neil. Anyway, I'm very saddened to hear of her passing. Always Victory, Georgia!
From Dorit Kehr on January 9th, 2014
I met Georgia Matsumoto in the 1970s. We used the same pottery studio and were often there alone on Saturday afternoons. We used kick wheels and talked while our bodies were otherwise engaged, which led to free-associative, open discussions. I was struggling to create the shapes in my mind’s eye; Georgia, always the artist, seemed to throw pots effortlessly. For her they were vehicles for the glazing process. She was taking a break from painting on canvas and painting on pottery was another outlet. Everything in her life was artistic, whether she was painting walls, canvases or pots, cooking or putting an outfit together—her aesthetic sensibilities were always engaged.
When we met Georgia was deeply involved in therapy and her approach to life was psychological. Later that was replaced with channeling, but they were both part of the same endeavor; to better understand herself and her place in the universe. Over the years her spirituality grew and I do not think passing frightened her or that she would mind leaving this world. Her perception of the universe was such that she was comfortable with the life-death cycle.
I did not see Georgia often enough after I moved to California but she remained one of my closest friends and I think many people feel that way about her. Georgia’s openness led to friendships everywhere she went. She was surrounded by love because her spirit generated it. She trusted the universe to take care of her and it did, and I expect continues to do so.
Stephen R. May, age 59, of Brooklyn Park. A 32-year employee of the US Main Post Office. Died peacefully on January 23, 2003. Preceded in death by father, Julian Walsh; grandparents, Joseph and Emma Steingard and Oneta Morin. Survived by wife, Nese; son, Michael; mother, Shirley R. May; brothers, Jon (Diane) and Sandy (Susan) and many other loving relatives and friends. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, Jan 28 at 7 PM at First Memorial Funeral Chapel, 7835 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Park. Private
We used to have so much fun hanging around together in high school. We sure had good times boxing, wrestling, and doing tumbling over at your house. It was fun sitting around talking with you about boxing and Sonny Liston. I remember you fought Golden Gloves and could hit harder than anybody I knew. At HS wrestling meets you used to really intimidate opponents with your muscular build. I am sorry you are gone.
Research shows that Kathleen P. McNerney passed away in 2014. KINSTON, N.C. – Mrs. Kathy Lewis, 70, passed away Saturday, March 22, 2014, after a courageous battle with breast cancer. Kathy was a proud U.S. Army Veteran, serving as a nurse during Vietnam. She was an active member of Lanie's Chapel Christian Church in Kinston. Kathy will be fondly remembered for her kind, giving and assertive personality. A loving wife, mother and grandmother, she will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her. She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Ralph D. Lewis; daughter Susan M. Doughtie and husband David, of Ayden; and granddaughter, Ashlee N. Tyndall of Kinston
Dennig, Marci. Age 57, of St. Louis Park, lost her battle to cancer September, 2000. Survived by husband, Bob; Mother, Carolyn Sargent; brothers, George and Richard; special friend, Mary Anderson Raabe, nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends and her two cats, Scotty and Tuffy. Marci dedicated 30 years of service to Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis working with families in crisis. Memorials are directed to the Humane Society.
Middag, Gerry D. Age 68 of New Richmond, WI, formerly of Cambridge, MN, died October 8. Survived by his wife of 37 years, Ann; son, Leigh Middag (Lisa Larson) of Savage, MN; daughter, Lisa Middag (Tony Nelson) of Minneapolis, MN; daughter, Kimberly (Mike) McDonald of New Richmond, WI; son, Kristofer (Kenzie) Middag of Cambridge, MN; grandchildren, Sophie, Evan, Ty, Caden, and Laike; sister, Gwen (John) Nordwall of Hopkins, MN; sister, Gail (Dan) Leverentz of Plymouth, MN; brother, Greg (Karen) Middag of Ketchikan, AK; sister, Glenda (Steve) Shaffer of Barrington Lake, IL; brothers-in-law, Leon (Mary) Guild of Medford, OR, and Stanley (Martha) Klekotka of Virginia, MN; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Memorial service Monday, October 11, 5 pm, Cullen Funeral Home. Visitation 2 hours prior. Reception follows service at 6 pm, R&D Catering Banquet Facility, 1490 131st St., New Richmond. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation or the MN Medical Foundation (Diabetes Research Fund). Cullen Funeral Home 307 S. Arch Ave., New Richmond, WI 54017. 715-246-2667
Gene C. Murdock, 59, Port Charlotte, died Nov. 28, 2002. He was born Sept. 17, 1943, in Chicago and came to the Charlotte County area in 1995 from West Milford, N.J. He was a Navy veteran. He was a member of American Legion Post 110, Elks Lodge 2153, and Moose Lodge 2121, all of Port Charlotte. Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Linh; his mother, Lois of Minneapolis; sons Alan K. of Charlotte, N.C., and George C. of Raleigh, N.C.; a daughter, Yvonne L. Sebecke of Branchville, N.J.; a brother, Alan of Minneapolis; and one grandson. A memorial service will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at American Legion Post 110, 3152 Harbor Blvd., Port Charlotte. Kays-Ponger/Royal Palm Funeral Home, Port Charlotte Chapel, is in charge. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.
Swinjakow, Barbara R. Age 67, of Minnetonka, passed away December 19, 2010. Preceded in death by parents, Alf and Bonita Nelson; and sister, Susan Crawford. Survived by husband, Jery; daughter, Debra (Paul) Wolcott; sons, Scott (Kelly) Swinjakow and Christopher (Katja) Swinjakow; grandchildren, Spencer, Stephanie, and Chase. Services at 2 PM on Monday, Dec. 27 with visitation beginning at 1 PM, at: Washburn-McReavy Strobeck Johnson Chapel 1400 Mainstreet, Hopkins 952-938-9020
Preceded in death by parents, Herman and Ollie Nestor; former husband, Wayne Jarnberg. Survived by husband, David; children, Jason Jarnberg and Jared (Pam) Jarnberg.
Kay led a full life of laughter, love, dedication and loyalty. After 26 years with the St. Louis Park Schools, she retired "Up North" at the lake home on Lake Minnewawa. Kay always enjoyed the water and weather on the lake or ocean.
Join us for a Celebration of life 11 AM Friday 12/7/12 at Sunset Funeral Home, 2250 St. Anthony Blvd., Minneapolis. Interment Sunset Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to donor's choice.
Joey McClure, 67, of Springfield, MO went to be with her heavenly father on Wednesday, April 20, 2011, after a brief illness. Joel Helen Nord McClure was born in St. Louis Park, Minn., on October 29, 1943, to Cyril Russell Nord and Dorothy Marie Hlavac Nord. She was a graduate of St. Louis Park High School and held a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Vanderbilt University. She also studied at Lincoln University in Jefferson City and the University of Missouri.
She was a french teacher, Joey taught at West Junior High School in St. Louis Countyís Parkway School District, Helias High School in Jefferson City, Jefferson City High School, and Study Middle School and Central High School in Springfield, retiring in 2005. Joey studied French abroad and took numerous trips with students to France. Also, Joey was a 12 year supervisory employee of the Missouri Department of Revenue in Jefferson City. She was a member of the American Association of Teachers of French, the Missouri State Teachers Association, the American Society for Training and Development and the Central High School Ladies of the Red Hat Society. Joey had a beautiful alto/tenor voice. In college she traveled and sang with Briar Folke in conjunction with Campus Crusade for Christ. In 1972 Joey was a founding member of One Accord. Originally a womens trio, One Accord evolved into a mixed gospel quartet which sang throughout the Midwest for many years.
Joey and her husband, Ken, met while singing in One Accord. Joey and Ken were married in Springfield on December 28, 1974. Joey and Ken continued to sing duets throughout the years. She leaves behind family and friends grieving over their loss but rejoicing that she is now with her Lord and Savior for all eternity. She is survived by a family whom she loved dearly: her husband of 36 years, Ken; a daughter, Jennifer Montgomery and her husband Mark of Springfield; a daughter, Allison Unthank and her husband David of Ozark; grandchildren, Andrew Kenneth and Ada Jane Helen Montgomery, and Becca Joelle and Eric Tyler Unthank; a brother, David Nord and his wife Pat of St. Louis Park, Minn.; a brother-in-law, Don Riley of Blue Springs; a sister, Mary Curtis and her husband Stan of Panama, N.Y.; a brother, Doug Nord and his wife Kay of Willits, Calif.; a brother-in-law, Richard McClure and his wife Sharon of Kirkwood; a sister-in-law, Carolyn McClure of Springfield; her mother-in-law, Dorothy McClure of Ozark; an uncle, Maurice Clopton of Springfield; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by an unborn grandchild, her parents; a sister, Lois Riley; her father-in-law, Charles H. McClure; and an aunt, Charlotte Clopton. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 21, 2011, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 22 at 1:30 p.m. in First Baptist Church of Springfield, where Joey was an active member. Reverend Michael Overton and the Reverend Dr. John F. Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Hazelwood Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, the Council of Churches of the Ozarks, the Springfield Public Schools Foundation for the benefit of Central High Schoolís Foreign Language Department, and the American Diabetes Association. The family expresses its deep appreciation to the medical staff at Mercy St. Johnís and especially to the nurses of 3ICU for their loving and compassionate care and Dr. Shanti Yerra for her superb care and concern over a number of years.
I was very surprised and sad when i did a Google search and found your obituary. I have wonderful memories of the good times we had in junior and senior high. It sounds like you had a fulfilling and happy life. You will be missed by all of us from the St. Louis Park High School Class of 1961.
Joan M. Irwin, age 69 of Arlington, died Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at her home with her daughters by her side. Memorial Service will be at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the Kolden Funeral Home in Arlington. Rev. James Gomez will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time at the funeral home.
Joan was born on September 14, 1943 to Hubert and Thelma (Moran) O’Connor in Minneapolis. She graduated from St. Louis Park High School in 1961. She married Duane Irwin on August 1, 1968 in San Francisco. She worked many years for and retired from Cargill. She enjoyed participating in the Red Hat Society.
Joan is survived by her daughters, Krista (Dan Krueger) Green and Elizabeth (James) McKnight; grandchildren, AnneMarie (Dylan Moberg) & Andrew (Brittany Vigesaa) Ricke, Becca, Molly, & Randi Green, Katilyn Susdorf-Green, Reed & Connor Kuhlman, Jessica & Jonathon McKnight; great-granddaughter, Serenity de la Rosa; Sister, Sharyn (Lee) Eischen; brother, James (Cher) O’Connor; nieces, nephews, stepchildren and many close friends. She is preceded in death by her parents.
Opgaard, Vern (Uppy) Age 71 of Mpls., Preceded in death by his parents, a sister and his niece. A great man died December 21, 2013. A happy, jolly, upbeat, free spirit can finally be put to rest after a hard fought last few years of his life. A man whose smile and laugh could light up a room is now going to be lighting up the night's sky with his new journey into the afterlife. Uppy is survived by his wife, Mary Jo; children, Nadine (John) Melchior, James Opgaard, Terry Opgaard, Michelle Anderson; eleven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister, Bonnie (Tom) Rossland; and many other relatives and friends.
Amrhien, Sheryll Jane, 73, of Apple Valley, MN passed away peacefully on January 5th, 2017. Sherry is survived by husband, Chuck; son, Matthew; daughter, Melanie; granddaughter, Scarlett; and granddogs, Cain and Lucy.
Visitation will be held at Cremation Society of Minnesota, 7110 France Avenue, Edina, MN 55435 on Thursday, January 12th, 2017 at 5pm. Memorial Service to follow at 6pm.
The Cremation Society of Minnesota is south of the Crosstown and north of 494. It's on the west side of the street -- park in back.
In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to Ecumen Centennial House (Sherry's home away from home), 14625 Pennock Ave., Apple Valley, MN 55124.
Doug, you were a treasured friend. I miss the times we spent together. I give Lois a big hug whenever I see her..she is remarkable. I'm sure you're selling something up there and I'll buy when I get there.
From Gary Ward on May 22nd, 2011
Doug was and still is my best man-friend. We were partners in business from 8th grade through our first year of college (Perfecto Lawn Service)-he had a keen business mind even at that tender young age. We were partners in fun-Doug definitely knew how to have fun. And it goes on. He was a great friend to anyone who knew him. Our loss is immeasurable.
From Dan Upham on August 4th, 2012
The only person I ever knew who bought a horse when they wouldn't let him rent one...and had to keep the purchase and the beast hidden from his parents. Great times with you man.
Quayle James Richard, Jr., age 60, of Big Lake, died on 1-26-04. Survived by daughter, Kari (Dan) Dease; son, James Richard Quayle III; mother, Dixie Lorraine Quayle; and special friends, John and Jody Hughes. He was preceded in death by his father, James Richard Quayle, Sr. Private funeral services will be held with interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. "He was loved very much and will be greatly missed."
Jim and I grew up in the same neighborhood and were friends through grade school, junior and senior high school. We lost track after graduation but I was looking forward to reconnecting. Miss you Jim.
From Mark Brothen on May 21st, 2011
We had a good time, playing Bo Diddley, loud and Isley Brothers. Saw you after your Calif. stay. Jim went to Chef class at Dunwoody, and we went to his Graduation Dinner. Was a good time, wish therer were more.
From Gary Ward on May 22nd, 2011
A great friend in high school. Someone I have often wondered about since then. He was truly the man "who roared" when he decided to become an actor and performed for us on our/his stage.
Molly, you got me kicked out of the St.Louis Park Theater more than once. Remember how in 7th grade, we "borrowed" your brother's car, complete with "THIS CAR HAS NO INSURANCE" tag, and drove it, flat tire and all, around Lake of the Isles? Miss you. Linda Erickson
Saliterman, Elliott Jeffrey age 74, passed away March 16, 2018. Preceded in death by parents, Max and Della. Survived by his sister, Gail Kaplan; nephew, Leon Kaplan (Julia); niece, Lora Feingold (Ronald); great-nephews, Andrew and Jace Feingold; many cousins. Elliott was a graduate of St. Louis Park High School, he attended the University of Minnesota. He worked with his father at Max Saliterman Realty. Funeral service 1:00 p.m. TUESDAY, March 27th at MINNE-APOLIS JEWISH CEMETERY, 7032 Penn Ave. So., Richfield. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the donor's favorite charity. Hodroff-Epstein 612-871-1234 hodroffepstein.com
I grew up across the street from Jerry. He was the best "big brother" ever! Our family has wonderful memories of times spent at the Sargent cabin in Wisconsin. A trusted friend. He left a beautiful wife and children way too early in their lives. We still miss you big guy! Midge (Berset) Reiss
Packard, Linda L. ,Passed away peacefully from pneumonia at Naples Hospice on Monday, August 7th, 2006.
Linda was born to Betty and Bob Shank, July 13, 1943 in Minneapolis, MN. Lindy grew up in St. Louis Park with her brothers, Bob, David, Greg, and her sister Nancy, in a home full of love. She pursued her education at Mankato State, and found her love, Tom Packard, and they were married in 1965. She raised her girls Dani and Darcie with such care and made sure her home was filled with love. She was admired for her strength and tenacity through her battle with Multiple Sclerosis, always managing to show her beautiful smile and grace. Linda is greatly loved and missed.
She is survived by her husband, Thomas N. Packard; daughters, Danica Packard and her partner Patricia Swanson, Darcie (Langdon C.) Adler; and grandson, Langdon T. Adler.
I attended college with Linda at Mankato State University. She found the love of her life - Tom Packard - there. He was a fraternity brother of my husband, Tom. We had great times together on (& off!!!) campus and after graduation as well. We watched helplessly as she struggled with MS. She, however, always had a smile for us all. Her husband, Tom, was always by her side & thankfully able to afford her the very best care. We miss you Lindy....
From Joanne Detwiler (Mavis) on October 2nd, 2010
Linda Shank invited me for dinner when we were in the 3rd grade and we were best friends from then on. She lived just a few blocks from me and on Saturdays, I would time myself to see how fast I could race down to her house. We would talk away the hours while I was flopped on her bed and she cleaned her bedroom. We "double dated" in high school. We were in each other's weddings. We remained friends all through the years. I have so many memories...and the older I get, the more they visit me!
I remember the years Linda was housebound due to MS. I would flop on her bed again and talk the hours away....just like we did when we were kids. I remember when my son, Collin, died and she listened to my grief for years on end....with the same empathy she had when were kids. And, oh how we could laugh....just like we did when we were kids.
To anyone else, it appeared that MS robbed Linda. She did not feel that way. Linda spent most days in prayer....giving thanks for her good life. She had a loving husband,Tom, who cared for her to the end and 2 wonderful daughters she adored...and then a grandbaby boy! She felt nothing but blessed. If you were in Linda's life, she would have prayed for you, too. Those hours in prayer were also for others. She told me that she prayed EVERY day (for years) for my little grandson who has autism.
My deepest regret is that I wasn't with Linda before she died in Florida. Even though she would forgive me, I carry it with me. I have dear and good friends in my life, but when something happens, I still want to call Linda....
All I really need to do is go make some good coffee, pour it into the cup she gave me with hand painted "Jo" on it, and tell her all about it, just as I did when we were kids.
Morey Ritagail, age 60, of Gaylord and formerly of Minneapolis, died 12/29/04. Services are 11 AM, 1/3/05, at Egesdal Funeral Home in Gaylord. Interment in Gaylord Municipal Cemetery. Visitation 2 hrs. prior. Survivors include husband, Harold of Gaylord; son, Joel (Monica) Schwandt of Seattle; father, Palmer Simon of St. Louis Park; brother, Ted (Elana) Simon; sister, Carol (Darrell) Simon all of Maple Grove; brother-in-law, Courtney (Connie) Morey of Texas Egesdal Funeral Home (507) 237-2388
Snyder, Eugene "Gene" Passed away Sept. 8, 2012. He is preceded in death by his parents, Shirley & Frances Snyder. Survived by his wife Cathy; daughter, Heidi (Alan) Turobiner; son, Phillip (Alia) Snyder; grandchildren, Jacob, Sarah, Noah Turobiner, and Rachel Snyder; sister Paula (Arvin) Cohen; sisters and brothers-in-law, Sue (Chuck) Muscoplat, Joni (Jerry) Blizen, Lorey(Joe Wintz) Gallop-Wintz; loving nieces and nephews, David & Amy Cohen, Sherry & Rich Schupbach, Amy Muscoplat, and Marnie & Lloyd Mallah.
Gene was always kind, open, loving and courageous. He was proud to be in recovery for 33 years. Everyone he touched will carry his legacy. He will be deeply missed by all.
Funeral service WEDNESDAY 12 NOON at TEMPLE ISRAEL. 2324 Emerson Ave. So., Mpls. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to HEART, INC. (Help Enable Alcoholics to Receive Treatment.) 10800 Old County Rd. 15, Plymouth, MN 55441; or the Fran & Shirley Snyder Fund at Jewish Family and Children's Service. SHIVA, 7 pm Wed. and Thurs. at Temple Israel. Hodroff-Epstein 612-871-1234 www.hodroffepstein.com
Department of Philosophy - University of Iceland, IS-101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Linda Weiner Morris – In Memorium
Linda Weiner Morris died on March 18, 1998 after a battle with lung cancer. She was a remarkable and talented person whose many skills and gifts were reflected in her varied pursuits. A journalism major at the University of Iowa, Linda was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and edited the the Daily Iowan. She received a M.A. in journalism from the University of Minnesota. From 1981 to 1987 she was Vice Provost of Student Affairs at the University of Cincinnati. During this time she co-authored one of the first books on sexual harassment in academia, TheLecherous Professor. For the past decade her energies went into epr (Educational Publishing Resources), a desktop publishing enterprise that she co-founded. Her work included grant writing, and Linda was very proud of the five million dollar grant she secured from National Science Foundation for M2SE (Minorities in Mathematics, Science, and Engineering).
Linda freely offered her talents to the Hume Society. Most notable was her unstinting and generous work for Hume Studies from the time the Hume Society became its publisher in 1993. First, she completely redesigned the journal all the way from the cover to the typeface. Her eye for professional appearance is reflected in the journal cover with its use of Hume’s bookplate motif. In addition, she worked up the layout for each issue of Hume Studies.
Linda’s gifts as a designer, however, only received their fullest expression in the posters and tee-shirts she made for various Hume conferences. Linda designed the official tee-shirt for the 1990 NEH Summer Institute on Hume and the Enlightenment using the Ramsay portrait of Hume. Her design for the somewhat less official tee-shirt for the "Hummer Summer" depicts Donald Hume, David’s brother, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Bart Simpson. She also designed the cover and worked up the layout for the satirical journal Humania, which unfortunately seems to have fallen still-born from the press. In the poster for the 1991 Taft Colloquium, "Hume in Cincinnati", Linda has Hume wearing a Cincinnati Reds cap and holding their pennant. Her poster for the 1995 conference in Utah has Hume wearing green Ray Bans, as he sits on a mountain overlooking the Mormon Temple.
Linda was a regular at Hume conferences. Whether we were in Rome or Oregon, she would scout out good places to eat, interesting sights to see, and places to shop. She offered comfort to some, practical advice to others, and conviviality to all. Her conversation, as Hume says, was "very satisfactory; as a chearful good-humour'd companion diffuses a joy over the whole company, from a sympathy with her gaiety. These qualities being agreeable, beget love and esteem." Linda’s warmth and love of life were equally contagious and begot love and esteem from all who knew her.
Westerdahl, James C. Age 67 of SW Minneapolis. Preceded in death by parents, Juliet & Marshall Westerdahl. Survived by wife of 48 years, Susan; daughters, Kari (Curtis) Hanson, Laurie (Krist) Norlander and Julie (Jesse) May; 10 grandchildren; brother, William Westerdahl. Funeral service Saturday 11:00 AM at Richfield United Methodist Church, 5835 Lyndale Av. So. Interment Oak Hill Cemetery. Visitation Saturday one hour prior to service at church only. In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to www.kourtskrew.comor Richfield United Methodist Church. www.GILLBROTHERS.com MINNEAPOLIS 612 861 6088
Strohmeier Mary L. (Williams) Age 61, died December 9, 2004 after a brief battle with aggressive cancer. She is survived by James, her husband of 41 years and a large, loving family: Kathy, (Joe), Sam, Cate and Tony Borer of Mendota Heights, Sharyl, (Bill), Steven, and Jon Briesemater of Duluth, Amy, (Steve), Elise and Maya Gort of Brooklyn Center, Peter of Minneapolis; her brother, Tom Williams and his family; and her uncles, Mel Conley and Ron Conley.
Mary grew up in St. Louis Park and lived for many years in Minnetonka and Duluth. She was a gifted stained glass artist and owner of Crystal Carrousel. She also worked for Weight Watchers for many years.
Mary lived her life to the fullest- she loved to spend time with family, to travel, was an avid sports fan (especially Gopher hockey), enjoyed watching the boats on Lake Superior and was a loving and generous friend to many. She will be greatly missed by all those she touched through her loving spirit.
Wittman, Larry Wayne, Age 64, on June 23 (2008) in Phoenix, AZ, after many years of battling heart disease. Preceded in death by parents, Orville and Arvilla. Survived by wife, Janet; son, Michael (Kelly); brother, Roger (Kim). Larry was a Vietnam Vet, Lion and member of the VFW.
Wright, "Lefty" Ralph Eugene Age 79 of Minnetonka, MN passed away on October 12, 2015. Lefty (also known to some as "Gene") was born on December 12, 1935 in Sterling Rock Falls, IL. He is now reunited with his beloved grandson Theodore Wright; brother Jerry Wright; and many other loved ones. Survived by his wife Nan--high school sweetheart and best bud for 64 years; daughter Debbie Norgaarden (Jed); and son Todd (Andra Palmer); grandchildren Cole, Sarah and Paige as well as brother Robert (Marian) and sister-in-law Bev. Also many other treasured family members and friends. Lefty was passionate about his family and friends, St. Louis Park Schools, the Minnesota State High School League, the University of Minnesota Cross-Country and Track & Field events, playing tennis and golf, biking, road trips and family dinners. We will celebrate his life and share memories in a service of remembrance with reception to follow: Saturday, October 31st at 10:00 AM, Wayzata Community Church, 125 Wayzata Blvd E. in Wayzata. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Wayzata Community Church or donor's choice.
As many of you know by now, I lost my best friend and ‘soul mate’ this week. My dear Lefty died on Monday, October 12th, from the cancer he has been battling since 2014. We will be celebrating his life on Saturday, October 31, at 10:00 at Wayzata Community Church in Wayzata, Minnesota. An obituary will run in the Sunday, Oct. 25th Start and Tribune newspaper. He said to me last week that he wanted to write the last ‘Lefty update’… but he didn’t get the chance to put it into writing. I’m sure it was neatly organized in his head though. That is the way he would prepare speeches— thinking about it awhile, all in his head, organizing it the way he wanted before he would put it to paper. However, I found on his desk this week some notes and references to the “Tuesdays with Morrie” books that made a huge impact on him over the past few years. So, from what I have gathered together here is his letter to all of you. As you read it, keep in mind his profession was a ‘teacher’: Dear Friends and Family: “The idea of quitting never occurred to me. Do I wither up and disappear, or do I make the best of my time left? Accept what you are able to do and what you are not able to do. Accept the past as past, without denying it or discarding it. Learn to forgive yourself and to forgive others. Don’t assume that it’s too late to get involved. So, after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, I decided to live… or at least try to live, the way I want, with dignity, with courage, with humor and with composure. I get up some mornings have a good cry, then I go live a good day! Learn how to live and you’ll know to die; learn how to die, and you’ll know how to live. Dying is only ONE thing to be sad over. Living unhappily is something else. We are teaching the wrong things. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn’t work, don’t buy it. Create your own. I may be dying, but I am surrounded by loving, caring souls. How many people can say that? The culture doesn’t encourage you to think about such things until you’re about to die. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to the community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning. Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live. We are too involved in materialistic things, and they don’t satisfy us. The loving relationships we have, the universe around us, we take these things for granted. There is no foundation, no secure ground, upon which people may stand today if it isn’t the family. If you don’t have the support and love and caring and concern that you get from family, you don’t have much at all. Love is so supremely important. I had to ask myself, ‘am I going to withdraw, and give up on the world because it’s been so horrible to me now, or am I going to live?' I decided I was going to live. Grieving is an important part of living because experiencing loss is inevitable for everyone. I let myself experience the grief, the sadness, the anger, the regret, and the sense of finishing before my time. I let the tears flow, then I started to think about what I’m crying about. I’m crying about my own death, my departure from people I love, the sense of unfinished business and of leaving this beautiful world. Crying has helped me gradually come to accept the end— the fact that ALL living things must die. After I wept and grieved for my physical losses, I learned to cherish the functions and the life I had left. You should find out who you were meant to be and get in touch with an inner longing or a sense of yourself in terms of what your potential is and what you could become. If you discover this, try to achieve it— whatever it is.”
Love, Papa Lefty
From Web Adm on October 25th, 2015
Mr. 'Lefty' Wright Inducted into St. Louis Park Athletics Hall of Fame - September 22, 2011
From Web Adm on October 25th, 2015
This 40-year veteran of track and field and cross country running began changing the course of Minnesota running sports in 1958 as a coach for St. Louis Park High School. Coach Eugene “Lefty” Wright’s then “radical” training methods included a healthy diet, off-season weight training, “little hurdles” and the blind exchange — all common practice today.
His teams won four state track and field championships (1962, 1963, 1965 and 1966) and one state cross country running championship in 1961, followed by multiple second- and third-place finishes. He became the school’s athletic director in 1977 and was named Regional Athletic Director of the Year five times between 1977 and 1993.
Wright’s drive for innovation and improvement continued when he moved into meet management and officiating — services he has provided the League and its member schools for more than 40 years. Wright introduced the use of swing ropes and chips to help sort runners at the finish of cross country running meets and tally team scores, as well as the concept of having a separate starter and separate referee at major meets to reduce chaos and improve the track experience. Wright is still sought out regularly to be a lead official at major track and field and cross country running meets throughout the country, including the Big Ten Championships, NCAA Division III Championships, MIAC Championships and USA Track and Field Championships.
Wright has been inducted into the Minnesota High School Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame and into the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame.
From Nancy Stoebe/Ringler on October 25th, 2015
Of all my wonderful teachers at St. Louis Park H.S., Lefty Wright made the greatest impact on me. He had such a great work ethic, and passed it on to his students and athletes. I will never forget him, nor will our class of '61.
A memorial service has been planned on February 25th, in Gottingen, Germany. She is survived by her husband, five children and six grandchildren. In her professional life, she was known as Dr. med Dagmar Radke. Dakie and her husband, Achim Radke, were medical doctors and Dakie specialized in homeopathy.
Dakie came back to Minnesota several times over the years, including our 50th reunion and our class 70th birthday party.
"I recognize what a wonderful and exceptional person Dakie was. I remember her as an extremely vivid, charming and happy young girl from our year together as AFS-students at St. Louis Park High. I lost contact to her, but after about 50 years, thanks to the reunion-committee at SLP, we met again - in Berlin and Minneapolis. Although much had changed, we re-established our old contact and former, happy relations. "
Zettel, Terrance F. "Terry" Age 67, of Anoka. Preceded in death by parents, Thurston and Alice Jane and daughter, Melinda Roth. He will be deeply missed by his wife, Sharon, daughter, Rebecca (Jerry) Adkins, granddaughter, Daphne, special "son", Sean Randall, mother-in-law, Rose Lane, sisters, Dorothy (Dick) Hanson and Judy (Jon) Olson, brother, Fred (Nancy) Lane, uncle, Robert Nath, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Terry loved life and family and enjoyed both to the fullest. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Visitation Sunday 5/22 from 2-6 p.m at GEARHART Anoka Funeral Chapel, 552 East River Road in Anoka. Mass of Christian Burial 10 AM Monday 5/23, Church of St. Stephen 525 Jackson St. in Anoka, with visitation 1 hour prior to Mass. Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery
Jun. 30, 1943, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
Sep. 27, 1992, Wayzata, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
Steven Paul Ziskin was born 30 June 1943 to Jack and Marian Ziskin in Minneapolis, MN.
He graduated from St Paul Park High School in 1961 and enlisted into the United States Air Force. He served a four year term in the Air Force during the Vietnam War.He was a Nuclear Bomb Specialist at an Air Force Base in Okinawa, and later stationed at the Malmstrom Air Force base in Great Fall, MT. This is where he met Marlis Kay Isakson McDonald and they were married on the 2nd Dec.1967 at the Community of Christ Church in Great fall, MT.
After his discharge they moved to Wayzata, MN where he completed his degree in business at the University of Minnesota. Steven then bought his parents business Ziskin Enterprises Liquidation Firm that he was owner of for 25 years.
Steven loved his family and friends and his dog Brittney and his hobby was flying his private plane. Steven and Marlis had one son John Larry and one daughter Skyann Kay.
Steven passed away 27 Sept. 1992 of a heart attack. His funeral was held at the David Lee Chapel in Wayzata, MN 30 Sept 1992 and the family has his ashes.
Marlis married Michael Walker 4 July1995 on Heavenly Mountain in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. He is the son of Donald and Ruth Walker of MO.
Minnesota Birth Index, 1935-2002
Name: Steven Paul Ziskin
Birth Date: 30 Jun 1943
Birth County: Hennepin
Father: Jack Samuel Ziskin
Mother: Marian Arleen Jones
File Number: 1943-MN-020955
Minnesota Death Index, 1908-2002
Name: Steven Paul Ziskin
Birth Date: 30 Jun 1943
Death Date: 27 Sep 1992
Death County: Hennepin
Mother's Maiden Name: Jones
State File Number: 023698
Certificate Number: 023698
Certificate Year: 1992
Record Number: 2440960
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Specifically: Ashes held by family
Steve was a good person and a good friend. He died too soon. Cars and sports were high on his list. After high school he tried college at Beloit, but missed home and returned after his freshman year. He didn't find what he wanted at home either so he joined the Air Force for 4 years and came back with a wife and a son. He went bac kto school and graduated from the U of M and then went to work for his father. We had lunch and breakfast on a regular basis. Steve was the photographer for our family Christmas cards for 20 years. When my father died in 1962 Steve's family sent our family a seven course meal from Jax restaurant in N.E. by cab. All the card said was to the Rosso family from the Ziskin family. We are thinking of you.
I had breakfast with him the day before he died. I think of him often. I miss him.