Today’s Obituaries Saturday, January 18, 2020

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Marian Bendickson

Bendickson, Marian Age 88 of Cedar, formerly of North Mpls Former long term employee of Merwin Drugs. Survived by children Alice Countryman of Crystal, Donald Bendickson, David Bendickson of Minneapolis, Shirley Bendickson of Falcon Hts, Sandra Bendickson of Cedar, 6 grandchildren, 3 great grand; 3 siblings; preceded by husband Kermit, son Wayne, 3 siblings. Funeral: 12 Noon Monday (1/20) with visitation 1 hr prior at First Lutheran Church, 1000 S. Jay Ave. Rush City. Olson Chapel 320-358-4735

Gene William Britten

Britten, Gene William Age 84 of Chaska, MN formerly of Eau Claire passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at the Friendship Manor in Shakopee, MN. Gene was born September 5, 1935. Gene was one of 4 sons born to Thomas and Lenora Britten of Eau Claire, WI. Gene graduated from Eau Claire Senior High in 1953. He was an A student. After graduating one of his teachers introduced him to the owner of Johnson Printing in Eau Claire. He was hired on the spot as a Typesetter. Gene soon married his first wife Carol Glenna. They had 3 sons, Steve, Jeff and Chuck. Gene joined the Wisconsin National Guard. 128th Inf. 32 Division on September 1, 1961. January 5, 1962- April 13, 1962 Gene was stationed at Fort Belvior, Virginia. His School of Course was USA Engineer. His Major Courses was Combat Engineer Bridge Construction Supervision. August 10, 1962 Gene was stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington. Gene was an "Expert Rifle Sharpshooter and Marksman (Pistol). He served his Country for over 10 years. May 11, 1968 Gene married Betty Heimstead and gained 3 stepchildren Susan, Debra and Paul. Gene moved to Chaska, MN with his wife Betty. He was hired at The Minneapolis Star Tribune as a Typesetter. In no time he climbed the ranks to "Supervisor". Gene retired after 30 years with The Minneapolis Star Tribune at the age of 65. Gene loved Jesus. He was so thankful that he "Met the Master". Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Lenora Britten and his wife Betty Britten of 51 years. Gene is survived in death by his sons; Steven W. Britten (Terri), Jeff Britten, Charles Britten. Stepchildren; Susan Golden, Debra Jurgensen (Jeffrey) and Paul Heimstead. Grandchildren; Joni Lyons (Chad), Justin Britten (Julie), Hollie Britten, Jake Britten, Brooke Britten, Michael Britten (Sophia). Step Grandchildren; Jeff Smieja, Michelle Smieja Rutoski, Michael Golden, Ryan Golden (Heather) Zachary, Evan and Colin Dechaine. Great Grandchildren; Nylie Collier, Noah Britten and Evie Britten. Step Great Grandchildren; Justin Smieja, Madison Smieja, Emily Rutoski, Jacob Rutoski, Brandy Golden, Blake Golden. A private family memorial will be held at a later date. Condolences:

Jack L. Funk

Funk, Jack L. age 78 of Mpls, passed away unexpectedly January 11, 2020 at his winter home in Florida. Preceded in death by parents, Gladys and Patrick and son-in-law, William Roesner. Survived by loving wife, Clarine "Terry"; daughters, Katherine (Kris) Bolstad, Cynthia Roesner; son, Timothy (Tawni); many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; brothers, Russ (Kathy) and Jerry (Eleanor). Service Sunday 4 PM at Henry W. Anderson Mortuary, 3640 23rd Ave S with visitation starting at 2 PM. Interment St. Peter's Cemetery, Audubon, MN. Family requests no flowers. Henry W. Anderson 612-729-2331

Gerald J. 'Jerry' Jahner

Jahner, Gerald "Jerry" J. Passed away January 15, 2020 with his family at his side. Preceded in death by parents, John & Agatha; son, Mark; and many beloved aunts & uncles. Survived by wife, Kathryn; son, Scott (Jeri); daughter, Kelly (John) Jahner-Byrne; grandchildren Joshua, Derek, Ashlyn, Sinéad, & Pearse; great- grandchildren, Dominic & Ava; Jerry was a union carpenter for over 50 years, private pilot, loved spending time at the cabin with family, devoted Catholic. He was also an usher for over 50 years at St. Augustine Church. Visitation 4-8PM, Sunday, Jan. 19th at Klecatsky & Sons Southern Chapel, 414 Marie Ave; SSP. and also from 10-11AM on Monday, Jan. 20th at the funeral home, processing to the Church of St. Augustine, 3rd St. No. @ 4th Ave.; SSP. for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11AM. Interment Resurrection Cemetery followed by a luncheon back at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials to be used to start a scholarship fund to help an individual get their pilot's license. A special thanks to all the staff at United Hospital 3500 unit, Woodlyn Heights and Allina Hospice for all their care. 651-451-1551

Gary John Kamp

Kamp, Gary John Age 79 Died suddenly at his Twin Lake home of 45 years. He lived his life on his own terms and whatever he did, he did it well. A loving husband, dad and grandpa and we loved him back! He was a proud Army veteran and an avid sports fan. Preceded in death by daughter, Ginger. Survived by Marilyn, wife of nearly 55 years, children, Jeff, Tony (Eileen), Nick Kamp and Katy (Patrick) Nelson; grandchildren, Dylan, Zach, Grant, Eric, Wyatt, Warren, Savannah, Amelia and Carter. A celebration of Gary's life will be Thursday January 23, 2020 at Mt Olivet Lutheran Church, 5025 Knox Ave. S., Mpls. Visitation 10-11 and service at 11am. Private interment at Fort Snelling. Memorials preferred to Mt Olivet Centennial Fund or donor's choice. Glen Haven Chapel 763-533-8643

Victoria L. Kiekhafer

Kiekhafer, Victoria L. Age 66, of Hutchinson, MN, passed away Tues. Jan, 14, 2020, at Hutchinson Health. Memorial Service will be Wed. January 22, 2020, at 11:00 A.M. at St. Anastasia Catholic Church with interment at a later date. Gathering of Family and Friends will be on Tues. Jan. 21, 2020, from 4-7 P.M. at Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel and one hour prior at the church. Survived by her: Husband, Chester Kiekhafer; Children, Jessica Hennessy (James), Sara Swanson (Erik). Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel 1-800-937-1728

Ashley Krawczyk

Krawczyk, Ashley Age 35 of Mound, MN taken from our lives much too soon on January 11, 2020. Survived by mother, Kathy & dad, Joe; brother, Shawn; sisters, Kirstin, Suzi, Kiki, and Tracy; other relatives and friends. She will be greatly missed. If so desired, memorials preferred to an organization of your choice for drug rehabilitation. Memorial service Monday, January 20, 3pm with visitation 1 hour prior to service at: Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400 7625 Mitchell Rd. (1 blk. N. of Hwy 5)

Mary Kathryn (Monahan) Laseski

Laseski (Monahan), Mary Kathryn Passed away peacefully the morning of January 11, 2020, at age 86. Mary Kate, also known as Mary Sunshine, was an eternally beautiful, elegant and sophisticated wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and one always used the word ladylike with her - she was a true lady.

Mary Kate, of Edina, MN, is survived by loving husband, Wesley, of 53 years; daughters Elizabeth (Mike Laukka) of Edina; Maggie Bebler, of Minneapolis, MN; Sara Carrillo, of Minneapolis, MN; and son, John Laseski, of Denver, CO; as well as six grandchildren, Ben & Elliott Laukka; John, Mary, & Tommy Bebler, & Brycen Laseski; as well as niece and nephew, Chris & Angela Blue, of Houston. Mary is predeceased by parents, Helen & John Monahan; sister, Sara; and nephew, Shawn, of Fort Wayne, IN; and son in law, Brian Bebler of Minneapolis, MN.

She grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, then went to study nursing. After leaving nursing, she joined IBM in Kansas City, which led to a wonderful whirlwind social life. During this time, she met a spirited bachelor. This particular young man, Wesley J. Laseski, originally from MN; whisked her away in quick pursuit; within five months - engagement, marriage, and adventuresome three week honeymoon in Europe where it all started with Wall Street ticker symbols and many other antics foreshadowing the rest of their inimitable married lives.

They relocated to MN in 1971, first Edina, then Eden Prairie. In addition to raising her children, Mary Kate was a dedicated 45 year member of the Peanuts Association, supporting MN Children's Hospital. She was also a long-time member of League of Catholic Women, and regular writer for the Pax Christi Catholic Church newsletter.

Mary Kate's interests included entertaining, gardening, cooking, travel, skiing, golfing, swimming, poetry, literature, antiques, and fashion. She also had a love of animals, and over the years took in a myriad of dogs, cats, and birds into their hobby farm in Eden Prairie, tending all with great care. For kids, the Laseski home was the place to be - she gracefully hosted a revolving door of live-in guests and visitors. She loved interior design and architecture and took special interest in uncovering artifacts at estate sales and in world travels.

Mary Kate had the most wonderful sense of humor, loved telling stories, jokes, and always attributed this to her Irish heritage. A favorite place of hers to travel was Ireland and an often told story was of a little red headed, freckled Irish boy who wore a shirt that said "I am the boss and I don't take s*** from anybody"... which summed up her appreciation for the salty and ironic.

She will be so missed by her family and friends. She was the kindest and gentlest of souls. The family thanks the staff of Friendship Village, who have been amazing throughout her almost five years as a resident; as well as Park Nicollet Hospice for their compassionate care.

The family appreciates memorials in honor of Mary Kate to MN Children's Foundation ( or Alzheimer's Foundation ( A private family Mass has been held. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996

Helen Cecile Lilley

Lilley, Helen Cecile Age 95, of New Hope, passed away January 14, 2020. Preceded in death by her husband, George "Bud"; granddaughter, Marisa Lilley; and parents, sister and brothers. Survived by her children, Jean Hansen, Barb Lilley, Greg (Linda) Lilley, Doug (Cheryl) Lilley, Jim (Heidi) Lilley; 10 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Miezwa. Also survived by many loved nieces and nephews. Helen and George shared a love of travel, as they journeyed together to visit every state. Helen never missed a party and was frequently planning the next social event. Mass of Christian Burial 11:30 am Tuesday 1/21/2020 at the Church of St. Raphael (7301 Bass Lk. Rd., Crystal). Visitation 10:30 am until time of Mass. Interment Gethsemane Cemetery.

Private First Class Connor James McGurran

McGurran, Private First Class Connor James 19, passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Preceded in death by grandmothers Diane Lewis and Martha McGurran. He is survived by his father Shawn (Adrienne) McGurran; mother, Shareen McGurran; sister, Taylor; brothers, Liam and Kelly; maternal grandparents James (Karen) Lewis and paternal grandfather Edward McGurran. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial, Monday, January 20, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Peace, 5426 12th Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN. Visitation Sunday, January 19, 2020 from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Washburn-McReavy Nokomis Park Chapel. Interment Monday, January 20, 2020 at 9 a.m. at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. Nokomis Park Chapel 612-721-1651 1838 E. Minnehaha Parkway

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