Frances E. “Fran” Lizakowski, age 77 of Andover, MN and Homosassa, FL
passed away peacefully on Friday, February 16, 2018 at Hospice House in Lecanto, FL.
Fran was a loving wife, mother, nana, sister, aunt and friend who was born in Oslo, MN on June 4, 1940. Fran was a member of both St. Benedict Catholic Church in Crystal River and St. Patrick Catholic Church in Cedar, MN. She worked for NWB-Qwest Communications as a technician until her retirement. She was a Metro Life Member Telephone Pioneer and a proud member of the CWA Local 7200. She enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling in retirement, baking, crafts, gardening, crocheting, sporting events and activities for her grandkids, and a little gambling for fun.
Fran was preceded in death by her parents, Peter B. & Margaret (Schultz) Gerszewski; brother, Jim Gerszewski; and sister, Donna (Henry) Mozinski. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Daniel, who stood vigil by her side until she was welcomed home by our Lord; children, Dianne (Tim) Koltes and Denice Lizakowski; grandchildren, Meagan, Sam, Amanda, DJ, Ally and Ryan; brothers, Mike (Joyce) and Tom Gerszewski; as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 26, 2018 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 19921 Nightingale Street NW, Cedar. Visitation 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at Thurston-DeShaw Funeral Home, 13817 Jay Street NW, Andover, (Parish Prayer Service at 3:30 p.m.) and one hour prior to Mass at church on Monday (10:00 – 11:00 a.m.) Private Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
Arrangements entrusted to Thurston-DeShaw Funeral Home of Andover (763) 767-7373    
2/23/18
 

Kristin A. Koeppl age, 71, of Mpls, Our beloved Mom/Nana passed away February 18, 2018.
Preceded in death by parents, "Eddie" and Lorrie Franken. Kris was the Best Mom ever and an incredible Nana, a friend to many and most welcoming smile of all. She was devoted to her Kids, her GrandAngels and her church. She retired from CenturyLink and was a Metro Life Member Pioneer. Survived by her sons, Tim (Cindy) Koeppl, Joe Koeppl, Rand (Jennifer) Koeppl; Daughter Melissa (Robert) Colehour; 10 GrandAngels Sophie, Maggie, Grace, Max, Kaila, Allie, Taylor, Tyler, Abby & Emily; Many other relatives, as well as friends.
Funeral service Saturday February 24th, 11AM at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trl, Eden Prairie. Visitation 1 hour prior to service. A celebration of life will be from 3-6PM at Bent Creek Golf Club, 14490 Valley View Rd, Eden Prairie, In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Frauenshuh Cancer Center or Pax Christi Justice Ministry. Washburn-McReavy.com Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400    
2/23/18
 

Robert "Bob" "Denny" Guimond, age 77 of Pennock,
Services will be at 10:30 AM, Saturday, February 24 at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Spicer. Burial at a later date will be at the Camp Ripley Cemetery in Little Falls, MN. Bob died peacefully on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at the St. Cloud Hospital surrounded by his wife and family. There will be a visitation from 4 - 7:00 PM, Friday February 23 and again one hour prior to mass on Saturday. Arrangements are being made by the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home in St. Cloud, MN.
Bob was born April 8, 1940 in Tracy, MN to Leo and Elsie (Buzzell) Guimond. During his life Bob served in the
U.S. Navy as a Radio Operator , worked in Chicago with BNR and after returning to MN worked for Qwest for 41 years retiring in 2004. He is a member of Our Lady of Lakes Catholic Church, a member of the Knights of Columbus, American Legion Post 0537 and Past-President of the local CWA.
Bob is survived by his wife, Ruth (Dietman) Guimond, Pennock; children Brian Guimond, Maple Lake; Brent Guimond (Angie Stadler), Echo, Paul Guimond, Munds Park, AZ; Ronald Dietman, Alcova WY; Julie (Ray) Brueggemeier, Owatonna; Gary (Julie) Dietman, St. Joseph; Nancy Holovnia, Plymouth; Mary (Jim) Hooper, Jordan; as well as brothers, Joe (Gaylene), France (Esther), David (Barb), Jim, and sister Mary (Joel) Olson, as well as many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Bob is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Ruth Carroll   
2/21/18

Peterschick, Kernan age 62 of Fifty Lakes died on February 16, 2018 at his home.
 He was born on June 3, 1955 in Little Falls. Kernan married Jan Smith on April 11, 1986 in Maplewood. He was a retired engineer for "MaBell", now known as Century Link with 34 years of service. He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers. Kernan is survived by his wife, Jan; adopted father, Robert Peterschick of New Richmond, WI; one son, Evan (Cortni) Peterschick of Mesa, AZ; one daughter, Kami (Robert Dehn) Reisinger of Elk River; one sister, Teri (Jann Hillenbrand) Solinger of Burnsville; five brothers, Kallan (Marianne) Peterschick of St. Paul, Kent (Mary Beth) Peterschick of Stillwater, Tim (Susan) Solinger of Des Moines, IA, Gordon Solinger of Titusville, FL and Paul (Gena Tabatt) Solinger of Big Lake; four grandchildren, Abegail, Madelyn, Kallie and Crosby; his pets Roxie and Rory "The Magic Cat". Preceding Kernan in death are his mother, Iola Peterschick; one daughter, Alexa Peterschick, a grandson, Caleb Dehn, biological father, Peter Solinger and stepmother, Joanne Solinger. Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Monday, February 19, 2018 at Crosslake Log Church in Crosslake (37218 County Rd 66). Burial will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls. Visitation will be at the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby on Sunday from 2:00 to 5:00 and 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Monday      2/20/18

Death of a Pioneer family member; Claudia Mae Thoreson, 70 of Duluth died Friday, February 16, 2018 in her home. Husband Jim Thoreson is an Arrowhead Pioneer Life Member
Claudia was born January 28, 1948 in Duluth to Orland and Evelyn Tangen. She was a graduate of Duluth Central and attended UMD. While at UMD, Claudia met Jim Thoreson and they were married in 1969 at First Lutheran Church in Duluth. She began working at First National Bank, which became Wells Fargo, retiring in 2012 as a Mortgage Loan officer. She attended Salem Lutheran Church and was a former member of Corvette’s North; she enjoyed mixed doubles bowling, fishing, boating, four wheeling, spending time at the cabin on Half Moon Lake, but most of all, spending time with her family.
One of Claudia’s favorite saying was, “As we get older, I really believe in the old saying, Life’s short – we have to live, laugh and enjoy every day!”
She was preceded in death by her parents, Orland and Evelyn.
Claudia is survived by her husband, Jim; son, Brian (Traci) Thoreson and their children, Abbi, Tyler and Trevor; daughter, Shelley (Joe) Scott and their children, Lauren and Johnny; siblings, Gary (Teri) Tangen and Cindy Seguin; several nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and her faithful companion, “Molly Mae”.
Visitation will be Wednesday, from 5-7pm in the Dougherty Funeral Home.
Visitation will continue Thursday from 10am to the 11am services at First Lutheran Church, 1100 E Superior St. Duluth.
Burial at Oneota Cemetery. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral home, 600 E 2nd St. Duluth, MN (218) 727-3555.   
2/20/18.

 

Fae Ellen Jacobs, age 91, of Elk River, MN. Dec. 30, 1926-Feb. 4, 2018.
Fae was born on a farm in Otsego Township, the youngest of 4 children to Mary and Fred Jacobs. When Fae graduated from Elk River High School, she became employed in Elk River by the Northwestern Bell Telephone Company. She was a faithful employee for the company for 39 years and a Metro Life Member Pioneer. Her leisure activities included fishing, camping, hunting and traveling with her friend Gwen Moorhead. Farm activities such as gardening, raising beef Angus cattle, raising dogs and cats and being an avid bird watcher were her hobbies. Fae was a faithful member of the Elk River United Methodist Church, singing in the choir, acting as treasurer of the UMW for many years. She was active in mission work, especially CAER Food Shelf and the annual CROP Walk. Fae was one the first female members of the Elk River Quarterback Club. She played on the Elk River Women Town Softball Team starting in 1969. Fae will be most remembered to the teams as “the #1 fan of the Elk River Girls Softball and Girls Basketball”. She was also known to the girls as “one of their lucky grandmas.” Fae contributed annually to scholarships, purchasing uniforms and contributing to transportation costs. In 2008 her own permanent stadium seat was dedicated at the Elk River Softball Complex along side her friend Gwen and Fae’s sister Loretta. Mayor Dietz named Dec. 26, 4 days before her 90th birthday. “Fae Jacobs Day” and channel 9 &11 did a story on her for the TV news. Supporting the Elk River Legion by attending the all you could eat fish fry and leaving a generous amount to help them financially. These were the many examples of her giving back to the community. Her life has enriched the lives of all around her. We will miss her bright smile and steadfast love! Funeral service Thursday, February 8, 2018 11 AM Elk River United Methodist Church 1304 Main St. NW Elk River, MN. 55330 Visitation Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 4-8 PM at Dare’s Funeral Home 805 Main St. NW Elk River, MN. also at church 1 hour prior to service at church. Interment Orono Cemetery. Memorials preferred to ABBA Pregnancy Resource Center 953 4th St. Elk River, MN. 55330 or CAER (Food Shelf) 19279 Watson St. NW Elk River, MN. 55330 Arr. Dare’s Funeral Home 763-441-1212 www.daresfuneralservice.com  
2/6/18

Allen G. Syrstad, 86, Grand Forks, North Dakota, died from complications of Alzheimer's Disease on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at the home of his sister-in-law in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Allen Gaynor Syrstad was born July 31, 1931, in Oslo, Minnesota, the son of Martin and Tena Syrstad.
He graduated from Grand Forks Central High School in 1950.
After high school, he enlisted in the Navy and was assigned to the SeaBees.
After discharge, he attended and graduated from Wahpeton State School of Science.
He married Alice Evenson on June 7, 1959, at United Lutheran Church in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Allen worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company (AT&T) for 35 years, retiring in 1989.
In his retirement, Allen volunteered with the Telephone Pioneers where he repaired talking books for the School for the Blind.
Alice died May 25, 2006.
This soft spoken, kind man was always seen with a smile on his face.
He was the first one in line when help was needed, for both the Syrstad and Evenson families. He loved the beauty of nature: plants, trees and a country landscape.
Allen was a fixture at Thompson high school events watching his grandsons compete and later in Section 103 at Fighting Sioux Hockey.
He also enjoyed visiting with his granddaughters.
As the days slowed down, he could be found working on puzzles surrounded by the family dogs, and taking pleasure in family, friends, and coffee time.
Survivors include his sons, Marty (Kathy) Syrstad of Thompson, North Dakota, Douglas (Sue) Syrstad of Apple Valley, Minnesota, Steven (Beth) Syrstad of Nazareth, Pennsylvania, daughter, Karen Syrstad of Grand Forks, North Dakota; sisters-in-law, Debra Evenson of Grand Forks and Lenore Syrstad of Warren, Ohio; brothers-in-law, Byron Evenson and Jerry Evenson; grandsons:
Born: July 31, 1931 Place of Birth: Oslo, MN Death: January 27, 2018 Place of Death: Grand Forks, ND
Randall (Christina) Syrstad, Bryan Syrstad, Jarad Syrstad and Michael Syrstad; granddaughters: Jocelyn (Shawn) Marlowe, Meghan Syrstad, Brenna Syrstad and Kaelyn Syrstad; and several nieces and nephews.
Allen was preceded in death by his parents and parents-in-law, Martin and Lena Evenson;his brothers Ovie, Morris, Lester, Omar and Raymond; and, sisters Minerva Wurr and Delores Martin.
Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 2, 2018, at United Lutheran Church, 324 Chestnut Street, Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Visitation will be from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 1, 2018, at Amundson Funeral Home, 2975 South 42nd Street, Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery of Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Military Honors will be conducted by American Legion Post #157 and VFW Post #3817
Memorials are suggested to United Lutheran Church or Hospice of the Red River Valley.     
1/31/18

Patrick Joseph Brickley, born in Minneapolis, passed away at the age of 85 on January 21, 2018.
Preceded in death by daughter, Mary; parents, John & Alvenia; brothers, Bill and Jack; sister, Mary Pavlik; grandaughter, Meghan Brickley. He was raised in Deephaven and served in the United States Naval Reserve. He retired from Northwestern Bell after 30+ years, bought a salmon fishing boat which he named after his retirement plan name "MIPP" and fished Lake Michigan. Retirement did not last long and he started his own business, Brickley Service Co. and was also recruited by ADC Telecommunications as a Senior Project Engineer. He was a member of the Orono Lions and active in Orono Hockey. Pat was a true outdoorsman and loved hunting, fishing, golfing, tennis and enjoyed playing blackjack. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family. Everyone was always welcome in his home. He loved sharing his knowledge, teaching his children all he could right up to his last days. Survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Carol; daughters, Kathy (Harold) Katz, Beth (Jon Vukelich) Allen, Jennifer (Jason) Revels; sons, Pat (Dianne), Mike (Diane) & Scott Schneider; grandchildren, John (Jaida Williams) Brickley, Ana (Joe) Pietruszewski, Amy (Gregg) Biniek, Carly (Robert Farrell) Hirsch, Sarah (Mitch Perry) Katz, Sam (Jess Shor) Katz, Lisa Katz, Tina (Eli Spitzner) Allen, Trevor Allen, Katie Allen, Margaret Brickley, Melissa Brickley, Michelle (Tim) Larson, Meredith Brickley, Jack Revels, Justin Revels, ; 14 great-grandchildren with 2 more due at the end of January. Celebration of Life service 11 a.m. Friday, February 2, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2060 County Road 6, Long Lake with visitation one hour prior at church.    1/29/18

Shirley Ann Ingalls Moench was born on March 24, 1951 in Richardton, ND
She graduated from Hebron High School and then furthered her education at the National College of Business with a degree in Business Administration in 1970. In October of 1973, Shirley married Dale Ingalls. Together they raised a daughter, Denise and lived in West Fargo, then moved to Brooklyn Center where Dale had passed away in April 1987. God blessed her life once again when Shirley met Lee Moench. They were united in marriage on June 15, 1990 in Coon Rapids, MN. Together they lived in Coon Rapids until 2004 when they made the decision to be closer to family and move to Garfield, MN.
Early in her career, Shirley worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company, US WEST, and then Qwest for 27 years in various roles and cities and lastly as a Project Manager in Minneapolis. After moving to Garfield, she worked for Rural Cellular Corporation and Verizon Wireless in Alexandria as an Engineering Project Manager until her health had declined.
When Shirley was not working, she volunteered her time with numerous organizations over the years. This included serving on the Cass-Clay County Board of Directors; United Way Co-Chair, facilitator, and volunteer; Secretary/Treasurer for Woodland Park Homeowners Association; US WEST Community Service Team Member; Telephone Pioneer Member; Officer and Member of CWA Local 7303 (Fargo) and member of CWA Local 7200 (Mpls.
Shirley Ann Moench died on Monday, January 15, 2018 at the St. Cloud Hospital at the age 66 years old. She was surrounded with love by her family at the time of her passing. She is survived by her loving husband, Lee Moench of Garfield; daughter, Denise (Michael) Hanson of Ashby; She was preceded in death by her parents, Theobald and Frieda Frink and her late husband, Dale Ingalls.
A funeral service will take place on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 11 AM at First Baptist Church, 221 North West Street, Hebron, ND 58638 with a visitation at the church for one hour prior to the funeral on Saturday.
    1/19/18
 

Mary Ann Elwood, of Richfield, MN, age 75,
passed away peacefully from conditions of Parkinson’s/dementia on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at Augustana Care View Chapel in Hopkins, MN. She was born on February 15, 1942 in La Crosse, Wisconsin to Arnold and Adeline (Shane) Schmidt and was the eldest of six children. She grew up on a small dairy farm in Bangor, Wisconsin. On several occasions, she would mention how she disliked one particular farm chore; the gathering of the eggs from the chicken coop and being pecked at!
Upon graduating from Bangor High School, she moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota and started working for the Telephone Company (at the time it was known as Northwestern Bell and/or “Ma Bell” by the employees, back in the day). She retired as a Data Transmission Circuit Designer after 41 years of service. She was also a Metro Life Member Pioneer.
Mary will be remembered for her loving and caring ways. She cherished her time spent with her beautiful granddaughters and sweet great-grandson. She enjoyed sewing, baking from her favorite recipes; such as her chocolate chip date cake! She also liked going for walks, gardening, reading Danielle Steel novels and watching gameshows: The Price is Right, Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune in which her sister knew not to call and talk to her when her shows were on. Those who knew her remember her being organized and tidy, quick witted and very giving of herself with her time, resources and love. Often times she expressed her love to family and friends through baked goods and hot dishes!
Mary was preceded in death by her parents and survived by her loving husband of nearly 18 years, Dennis Charles Elwood (they were married on April 21, 2000); son, Todd Ohland and daughter, Tracy Ohland; grandchildren, Morgan (Cody) Dumont, Rebecca (fiancé Kyle) Ohland and Anna Ohland and their mother, Elizabeth (Jeff) Fairchild; great-grandson, Carson Dumont; siblings, Arlan (Mary) Schmidt, Allan (Becky) Schmidt, Randy (Judy) Schmidt, Sue (Quin) Feuerstein; nieces and nephews and other loving family and friends.
Memorial Service to be held on Friday, January 12, 2018 at Pilgrim Lutheran Church & School, 1901, First Ave. South, Mpls. MN 55409. Visitation at 10 a.m., service at 11 a.m., luncheon to follow.    
1/10/18
 

Richard (Dick) Berglund, age 66, of Brooklyn Park, passed away on December 31, 2017.
Dick retired with 38 years of service at NWB/US West/Qwest/CenturyLink. Dick was well known in the company and had many, many friends from his time there. He was also a Metro Life Member Pioneer. In his youth Dick was an Eagle Scout and loved old cars. He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Berglund. He is survived by his wife Linda of 45 years, three sons, Brian (Allison), Kristoffer, Michael (Stephanie), Mother Lillian, and brothers Bob and John (Karen). A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 5th, 2018 at Hope Lutheran Church, 5200 Emerson Ave North in Minneapolis at 11 AM. Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the church.        1/4/18

Terry C. Blomgren, age 78 of Maplewood died December 23, 2017.
Terry as a retiree of NWB/U S WEST and a Metro Life Member Pioneer. Preceded in death by parents Russell and Iletta, and brother Ted. Survived by sister-in-law Joanne Blomgren; nieces Joanna Siebenaler and Patty (Nic) Bacigalupo; nephew Ted (Mary Beth) Blomgren; great-nieces, great nephew, other relatives, and friends. Private interment.        1/2/18

Lula Mae Bellard,
known for her style and grace as much as she was for her playful flirting and sense of humor, passed away peacefully Christmas morning. Born Valentine's Day 1936 in Lawtell, LA. Retired from US West after 30 years of service, primarily in Food Services in the Minneapolis main building. She was also a Metro Life Member Pioneer. Memorial Service - Saturday, Jan. 6 at 11 am @ Good Samaritan Ambassador, 8100 Medicine Lake Road, New Hope, MN - reception follows.    1/1/18