Mary H. (Sundby) Stiff, age 67, of West St. Paul, passed away suddenly on 11/27/2017.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Stiff, retiree and former Metro Life Member Pioneer, her parents, and brothers, Ron and Mike. Survived by six siblings and three step-children. Mary was also a retiree had worked in the test center and in the network group at Wayzata Blvd. Visitation at 10:30 and Funeral Mass at 11:30 Thursday, Dec. 7th at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 1154 Seminole Ave., West St. Paul. Memorials preferred to the Arthritis Foundation.        12/5/17

Mark Henry Schmitz, age 85 of Champlin, passed away on November 29, 2017.
Mark was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lee. Mark will be deeply missed by his children, Thomas (Kirstin), John (Jodi), Ann (Terry) Hesli, Katie; grandchildren, Brad, Kyle (Megan), Nick (Vianey), Zach (Vanessa), Bryan, Chris, Brody, Riley (Bri); great- granddaughter, Elena; long time special friend, Janice Sparks; sister-in-law, Dolores Schmitz; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Mark retired from Northwestern Bell Telephone Co and was a Metro Life Member Pioneer, and was involved with City of Champlin for over 30 years. He was a hobby musician and played clarinet in many bands, including North Suburban Community Band, Fridley Community Band, Fountain Hills (AZ) Band, and Mesa (AZ) Community Band. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, outdoors enthusiast, and hobby farmer at Hannah Lake.
Visitation~ Sunday, December 3, 2017 at Gearhart Anoka Funeral Home, 552 East River Rd, Anoka, Minnesota from 3:00 pm-7:00 pm. Mass of Christian Burial~ Monday, December 4, 2017 at St. Stephen's Catholic Church, 525 Jackson St. Anoka, Minnesota
at 10:00 am, with visitation one hour prior to mass at church.   

Donald J. Kelly of Brooklyn Park, lost his battle to prostate cancer on Thursday, November 23, 2017.
Don was the Coordinator of Milestones for the Retiree Guardian. He was on the Board of Directors for the NWB-USW-Qwest Retiree Association for many years and also was a Metro Life Member Pioneer. He worked as a Director and Project Manager for 36 years with Northwestern Bell, later US West. His most special achievement was his family. Don was a devoted husband for 54 years to wife, Kay. He was the loving and proud father to his children: Mike (Elizabeth) Kelly, Joe (Michele) Kelly, Deb Kelly, and Dan Kelly; grandsons, Brennan, Sean, Kieran, Dylan, and Aidan. Don is also survived by beloved sister, Joan (Vern) Baldus; brother, Larry (Jose) Kelly; brother-in-law, Larry (Mary Ann) Sweeney; and many nieces, nephews, other family, and friends whom he loved dearly. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Mildred, and brother-in-law, Pat Sweeney. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, Nov. 30 at 11am with visitation one hour prior at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 7025 Halifax Ave. N., Brooklyn Center, MN 55429. Inurnment at a later date at Sunset Cemetery. Memorials preferred to the American Cancer Society of MN. SUNSET 612-789-3596       11/26/17

Thomas R. Wilson, age 83, of Elk River, passed away at home, surrounded by his family on Nov. 17, 2017.
Retired employee of Northwestern Bell and a Metro Life Member Pioneer. He will be deeply missed by his wife of 35 years, Nancy; children, Sandee Carlson (Terry), Steve Wilson (Nancy Hinzmann), Karen Tucker (Tom), Karen Blommer (Scott), Matthew Etemad-Gilbertson (Bijan); many grandchildren and great grandchildren; sister, Susan Sparapani; sister in-law, Marlene Wilson; many relatives and good friends. Celebration of Life 11am Monday, Nov. 27 at Christ Lutheran, 641 89th Ave. NE, Blaine (763-784-3300) with visitation at church 1 hour before. In lieu of flowers, family will accept memorials to Allina Hospice.        11/26/17

Gloria Marie Wolff, passed away Saturday November 11, 2017 at age 92.
Gloria was born to William and Marie Shearer on May 21, 1925. She spent some of her years growing up on Park Point. One of her favorite things to do while growing up was to go to the movies with her younger brother Dick and watch Westerns at the Lyric, Strand, and the Granada theatres. This was during the Great Depression, and many times you could get in by bringing a can of food. Tarzan movies, starring Johnny Weissmuller, were another of her favorites. She graduated from Denfeld High School in 1943, and right after graduation she got her 1st and only job with Northwestern Bell Telephone Company, starting as a telephone operator. She held many different positions while working there, and retired after 35 years. In the spring of 1969, she met Wallace Wolff, who came with a ready-made family. On June 27th of 1970, she married Wallace. Together they traveled around most of the world. They spent many winters soaking up the sun in Florence, AZ. They were married for almost 45 years until Wallace's passing in 2015. Gloria was generous and adventurous, loved to read, was a fantastic storyteller, and loved the Lord. Gloria will be missed by all that loved her.
She is survived by her brother, Richard (Ruth) Shearer; niece, Colleen (Jon) Lavine; nephew, Kevin (Carrie) Shearer, nieces, Kathy and Jeanie; step children, Wallace Jr. (Julie) Wolff, Shirley Wilmot, Janet (Tom) Headland, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren, great nieces and nephews.
Gloria was preceded in death by her parents; brother, William Jr. (Maureen) Shearer; husband, Wallace Sr.; stepson, Duane Wolff; and son-in-law, Jim Wilmot.
The family would like thank the staff at Barnes Care Center and the Essentia Hospice staff for the excellent care Gloria received.
Visitation: 12:00 noon until the 1:00 p.m Funeral Service Thursday, November 16, 2017 at Bell Brothers Funeral Home, 601 N. 56th Ave. W., Duluth. Interment will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. Please leave a memory or words of support for the family at    


Dale Duane Lewis, age 88 years, of Shakopee, Minnesota,
passed away November 9, 2017. Dale graduated from high school in 1948 at Milbank S.D., and started work with Northwestern Bell Telephone in South Dakota as a telephone repairman. He retired as a telecommunications engineer at U.S. West in Minneapolis after a combined 40 years in the Bell System and U.S. West. Dales was a Metro Telephone Pioneer. He actively participated in the transformation of telecommunications from an analog, electro-mechanical system to a digital computerized system. After retirement from USW. Dale worked at Manheim Northstar for 15 years.
Dale enlisted in the Army Reserves in 1949, was called to active duty October 1950, and deployed to Korea with the 15th Field Artillery of the 2nd Infantry Division. He participated in intense combat operations. Dale was discharged in October 1951 after recovering from wounds.
Survived by his wife of 67 years, Merlys; children, Greg (In Yong) Lewis, Carolyn (Richard) Cain, Lisa (Forrest) Flint, Shelley (Jim) Lewis-Leander, Bill (Lori) Lewis, Lynne (Jeff) Lentz, Robin (Dave) Berg, and Jim (Karen) Lewis; seventeen grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Services will be held in Milbank, South Dakota on November 18th.   

Dorothy Dyer (Whiteside) Simensen, 94, of Duluth, died Friday, October 27, 2017 at the Benedictine Living Community.

She was born on May 10, 1923 in Cook, MN to Lawrence Albert “Ab” and Henrietta “Nellie” (Anderson) Whiteside. Dorothy graduated from Cook High School and earned a degree in Nursing from St. Luke’s Hospital. She was an Army Veteran of World War II, serving as First Lieutenant in Guam as a nurse. Following her military service, she returned to Cook, MN and was the office nurse for Dr. Heiam from 1946-48. Dorothy married Clarence “Si” Simensen at the Covenant Church in Cook on October 2, 1948. They moved to Duluth where she was the head nurse at the St. Luke’s Nursery which was named in honor of the Whiteside Family “St. Luke’s Whiteside Nursery”. She retired as a supervising nurse at Miller-Dwan Hospital. Dorothy was past president of the Duluth Diabetes Association, a member of the Sons of Norway and the Bell Telephone Pioneer Club. Dorothy was a member of First Lutheran Church for the last 59 years, active with the Alter Guild, and as Library assistant. She also enjoyed Bible Study at First Lutheran and with the Community Bible Study. She loved spending time at her cabin on Lake Vermilion with family and friends. Her interests included knitting, sewing and gardening. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Si and her five siblings, Lydia Barker, Grace Martin, Jack, Tom and Richard Whiteside. She is survived by her children, Robert (Kristen) of Virginia, MN, Craig (Marcia Chabot) of Duluth, Mary Ledin (Jeff Kirsch) of Duluth and Philip (Lisa) of Cook, MN; 12 grandchildren, Maija, Lindsey, Spencer, Garrett, Dan, Hillary, Sarah, Cy, Parker, David, Cole and Steven; 12 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral service Friday, November 3, 2017 at First Lutheran Church, 1100 East Superior St. Pastor Dianne Loufman officiating. Burial in Park Hill Cemetery with Military Honors accorded by the Duluth Honor Guard. Memorials to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215, would be appreciated.
Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home. 600 East Second Street. 218-727-3555     

Violet J Louris, age 88, of Edina, Minnesota passed away on October 22, 2017.
Preceded in death by parents; brothers and sisters. Loving Mother of Julie Wilhelm (Dale), Jon Louris (Lisa) and Jerry Louris; Grandma "Nain" of Christina, Anna, Maggie, Missy, J.D. and Sammy; Great-grandma of Mia, Jackson, Finn, Sully and Rhys, and 2 more to be named later; many Nieces and Nephews. Vi was a longtime employee of Northwestern Bell who was also a Metro Life Member Pioneer.
Memorial service 11 AM Thursday, October 26, 2017, Oak Grove Lutheran Church, 7045 Lyndale Avenue South, Richfield, with visitation 1/2 hour prior. Private family interment.

Clayton E. Pierce, age 96, lifelong resident of St. Paul and presently of Woodbury
died peacefully on Saturday October 14 after suffering a heart attack. Clayton sadly leaves his beloved wife Dorothy. He is also survived by a son Clayton, Jr., who lives in Florida. During WWII Clayton served four years in the Navy on the U.S.S. LIddle. He retired from NW Bell Telephone Company with 35 years of service in 1980 and was a Metro Life Member Pioneer. As Clayton wished, there will be no funeral service or gathering at this time. A private burial will be at a later date at Acacia Park Cemetery in St. Paul.     10/27/17

Memorial Services for Mary C. Kron, of Albert Lea,
will be held at 1:30 P.M. on Friday, October 13 at St. John’s Lutheran Chapel, 901 Luther Place, Albert Lea. The Reverend Don Malinsky will officiate. Private interment will be in Hayward Cemetery. Friends may visit with family one hour before services at St. John’s Lutheran Chapel. Mary died on Sunday morning, October 8, 2017 at St. John’s Lutheran Community. She was 80. She was born on October 14, 1936, at Naeve Hospital in Albert Lea the daughter of Benjamin J. and Etta (Ofstaas) Kron. She graduated from Albert Lea High School with the class of 1955. Mary had worked at Bell Telephone for over 30 years, first as an operator and then in administration. In her retirement she worked at Herbergers, Dave Syverson Ford and Fishers Jewelry. A pioneer of sorts, Mary was Albert Lea’s first woman councilor, serving more than 3 terms. As a member of First Lutheran Church where she had been baptized and confirmed, she enjoyed serving as a Sunday School Teacher for several years. In 1966, Mary participated in the Women’s State Bowling tournament, where she proudly claimed first in women’s singles. Mary loved to travel and Europe and Mexico were among her favorite destinations. She is survived by her sisters: Barbara K. Varner of Hollandale and Lorraine K. Kuntz of Helena, Montana, nephews and niece, Charles Varner of Hollandale, Steven Trim of Evanston, Ill, Gail Kuntz (Terry Wheeling) of Helena, MT; great nieces: Christina (Lee) Holtberg and sons Zachary, Wyatt and Odin, Laura Varner and Maren Wheeling and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Krist Anderson and his wife Ernestine, sister Helen Trim, brothers-in-law: Cecil “Bud” Varner, Ray Kuntz, niece Nancy Jo Varner, nephew Daniel Varner and great nephew Jacob Varner. God Bless her memory. Memorials suggested to St. John’s Lutheran Home or First Lutheran Peace and Power.     10/13/17

Kenneth Fischer, age 86 of Maplewood passed away peacefully on September 27 2017
surrounded by family. Survived by children, Gay Peterson and James (Karen); the Peterson grandchildren, Cole (Michelle and their son, Lucas), Abby, Blair (and his son, Connor), and Beth; brother, Donald. Kenneth was a Korean War veteran. He retired from Northwestern Bell where he was a Metro Pioneer. Ken was an avid golfer at Keller and Indian Hills. Most of all he loved the Lord. Service Wednesday, October 4, 7:00 P.M. at BRADSHAW, 4600 Greenhaven Drive and Highway 96 (One mile west of 35E), White Bear. Visitation one hour prior. Burial Fort Snelling National Cemetery. 651-407-8300      10/1/17