Today’s Obituaries Saturday, August 8, 2020

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James F. 'Jim' Bergstrom, D.D.S.

Bergstrom, James F. "Jim" D.D.S. Age 85, of New Brighton, passed away on May 30, 2020. Preceded in death by parents, Don & Gladys. Survived by wife, Lois (nee Roslin); children, Jane & John; grandsons, Justin & Brian; sister, Kathy (Tom) McGannon; niece, Melissa Peterson; nephew, Tom McGannon; grand nephew, Nick Peterson; sister-in-law, Ellen Roslin; and extended family & friends. Memorial service 11 AM Wednesday, August 19 at NORTH HEIGHTS LUTHERAN CHURCH, 1700 Hwy 96 W (Door B), Arden Hills. Visitation at the church from 10-11 AM Wednesday. Memorials preferred to North Heights Lutheran Church, Real Church or donor's choice. MUELLER-BIES 651-487-2550 muellerbies.com


David Alan Bergsven

Bergsven, David Alan Former MN resident David Alan Bergsven of Bonita Springs, FL passed away on Saturday, April 11 at the age of 79. Dave was born in Bemidji, MN to Clarence and Phyllis Bergsven. While in high school he was a member of the Minnesota National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve. After high school he joined the U.S. Navy and became a Hospital Corpsman, and then spent his final year of a four-year active duty enlistment with the U.S. Marine Corps. Following his military duty, he returned to Bemidji to attend college where he earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and business administration. After graduation he was employed by the State Department of Education in St. Paul, MN and was also enrolled at the University of Minnesota where he earned a master's degree in Educational Administration. He also worked for the Minnesota State Legislature where he researched and wrote legislation which currently regulates private vocational schools in Minnesota. Later, he served as Director of Human Resources and Labor Relations for the Minnesota State Department of Education. After eleven years there, he moved to Hennepin County in Minneapolis, MN as Assistant Director for Labor Relations. Four years later, he and his wife Connie and daughter Lindsey moved to Billings, MT where he began a new career as Vice President for Human Resources at Deaconess Hospital. They later returned to Minnesota where he became a commercial and labor arbitrator. Finally, in 1989 he joined the Metropolitan Airports Commission in Minneapolis, MN where he served as Labor Relations Manager and then as Deputy Executive Director before retiring in 2001. Throughout his career he was a member of several professional and service organizations and was co-founder and President of the Minnesota Public Employer Labor Relations Association. He and his wife Connie enjoyed world travel, RV-ing, fishing and golf. Upon retirement, they moved to the lake home they built near Backus, MN, and later purchased a second home in Bonita Springs, FL spending summers in MN and winters in FL. Dave is survived by his wife Connie Bergsven, their daughter Lindsey (Justin) Busch of Sun Prairie, WI, son Mark Brandvold of Jacksonville, FL, grandchildren Audrey and Mathias of Sun Prairie and great grandson Jace. He is also survived by his sisters Beverly Berggren of Dayton, MN, Linda (Ron) Bouchie of Bemidji, MN, Julie (Lee) Patten of Bemidji, MN, brother Dan (Kari) Bergsven of Bemidji, MN as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Clarence, his mother Phyllis and granddaughter Brooke Brandvold. Dave was admired and respected by so many. He was a man of high principles, always had the best advice and was fiercely loyal to those he loved. The world lost a great man and he will be deeply missed. Dave was buried with full military honors at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN.


Raymond Robert Bishop

Raymond Robert Bishop of Burnsville passed away on March 22, 2020 at the age of 96.

Ray was born to Ray and Mina Bishop in Somerset, Wis. on Feb. 2, 1924. He graduated from Somerset High School in 1941. After attending St. Olaf College and the University of Dubuque, Ray married Cleo Hellum in 1944. The couple had three sons: Bob, Barry and Jim.

Ray served in the United States Navy during WWII as a communications officer aboard the military ship USS Crosley. He was honorably discharged in 1946. Ray and Cleo raised their family in Richfield, Minn.

In addition to his career in sales for refrigeration companies, he was active in the Richfield community, serving on committees at Woodlake Lutheran Church, coaching Little League baseball, and belonging to multiple Richfield High School athletic organizations.

Ray and his second wife Darlene later moved to Burnsville with their son, Jon, and Darlene's son, Al. Ray and Darlene remained in the same home for 47 years and made many lifelong friends in their neighborhood. In retirement, Ray was an avid golfer and a loyal follower of professional sports, and also enjoyed many summers on Gull Lake with Darlene, Al, Jon, and their families.

Ray is survived by his loving wife Darlene, and sons Bob (Sandy) Bishop, Barry (Sharon) Bishop, Jim Bishop (Melissa Bauss), Jon (Jennifer Reedstrom) Bishop, and Al (Kyle) Hreha. Ray leaves behind grandchildren Jeff (Danielle) Bishop, Tim Bishop, Shelly (Ryan) Bormann, Carla (Luke) Froehle, Justin Hreha (Jessica Davidson), & Kaylin (Tyler) Faust. Ray adored his eight great-grandchildren, Elin and Nolan Bishop, Madelyn and Jack Bormann, Bishop and Nora Froehle, & River and Summer Faust. He cherished his close relationship with his first cousin's daughter, LeeAnn Leske, who lovingly referred to him as 'Uncle Ray.'

A memorial service will be held Aug. 15 at 11:00 a.m. at Crossroads Church, 17671 Glacier Way, Lakeville, Minn. A luncheon will follow the service. A private interment will take place Aug. 17 at Fort Snelling. Flowers and memorials welcome, with gratitude.


Jennifer Kathleen Blethen

Blethen, Jennifer Kathleen Born on August 30, 1971- Passed away on December 23, 2019 of breast cancer. Remember me. Speak of me as you have always done. Remember the good times, laughter, and fun. Share the happy memories we've made. Do not let them wither or fade. I'll be with you in the summer's sun and when the winter's chill has come. I'll be the voice that whispers in the breeze. I'm peaceful now, put your mind at ease. I've rested my eyes and gone to sleep, but memories we've shared are yours to keep. Sometimes our final days may be a test, but remember me when I was at my best. Although things may not be the same don't be afraid to use my name. Let your sorrow last for just a while. Comfort each other and try to smile. Jennifer was preceded in death by her father, Douglas Blethen, her Aunt Margaret Hederman, Uncles Dan Neilson and Jim Neilson. Also her grandparents, Jeannette Blethen and James Blethen, Leonard and Florence Neilson, Erling and Beverly Rolfsrud. Jennifer is survived by her mother and step-father, Kathleen and Stan Rolfsrud. Sisters: Melissa Blethen and Marcelline Harrisonfields: Nephew Maxwell Tong, Niece Emily Blethen. Aunts, Mary Lou Brewer, Rebecca Jerdee, Linda Letnes, Solveig Shearer. Uncles, Stephen Rolfsrud and Virgil Rolfsrud. Cousins: Anthony Brewer, Heidi King, Robert Hagen and David Hagen and by loving friends Kate Wall and Jim Kalitowski. Many other friends and relatives and her cat, Maude. Celebration of life on Saturday, August 15 at Rosland Park Pavillion 4300 W. 66th St, Edina, MN - 11am to 3 pm. Per State of MN Covid 19 restrictions, social distancing and use of masks required. Donations to the Angel Foundation.


Charles Howard Bloss

Bloss, Charles Howard 79, was born on September 27, 1940 in Grantsburg, WI., and died on July 12, 2020 of natural causes in Minneapolis, MN. He was raised in Ashland, WI and was a lifelong Packers fan! Friend to all living things, Charlie enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and weekly tennis. Ordained in 1967, Charlie was a priest in the Franciscan Order until 1972. After resigning the priesthood, he continued his vocation serving as a chemical dependency counselor for 25 years, during which time he earned his Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology. A man of uncompromising values, Charlie was a lifelong advocate for peace and social justice, unceasingly devoting himself to living his values by working with and alongside the needy and underserved. No matter how challenging the path ahead, Charlie approached it with perseverance and courage. Beloved by all who knew him, Charlie will be greatly missed; his spirit will live in the multitude of ways that he touched so many hearts. Charlie is preceded in death by his brother, Tom (Judy). Charlie is survived by his beloved wife Irving; daughter Jennifer Cirone (Joseph); his son Gray; grandchildren Onyx, Sawyer, Mason, and Cooper; his siblings John (Barbara), Jim (Maria), Dan (Kathy), Jerry (Barbara), and Mary St. Germain (Pat); and many loving friends. Due to necessary Covid restrictions, a private funeral will be held soon, and an inclusive Celebration of Life will occur on May 15, 2021.


James Frederick Bluhm

Bluhm, James Frederick Age 78, passed away Thursday, August 6, 2020. He was born November 19, 1941 in Ohio, the son of George and Bertha Bluhm. Jim had a lifelong career in the printing industry until his retirement. He was a member of the Scandia Valley Lions Club and enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, and spending time with his family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, George and Bertha Bluhm; aunt "mom", Lucille Heischman; and great-grandson, Jaime Baker. Jim is survived by his children, Jennifer (Tim) Baker, Scott (Christine) Bluhm; grandchildren, Luke (Isabelle) and Hannah Baker, Zachary, Jacob and Parker Bluhm; sister, Brenda Dickson; and other family and many dear friends. A memorial service will be held at a later date. ThePetersonChapel.com St. Michael, MN 763-497-5362


James Edward Bransford

Bransford, James Edward James Edward Bransford passed away peacefully on July 31, at the age of 89 after a long and courageous battle with kidney disease. James was born on December 11, 1930 as the eldest of five siblings who were raised in Havre de Grace, Maryland. He was predeceased by his parents Aurora and Hugh L. Bransford, Jr. and his brother Hugh L. Bransford, III. James served in the Korean War and later earned his bachelor's degree from Macalester College in Biochemistry. James married Jeanne Watson in 1957 and moved to St. Paul. James pursued his chemistry career, became active in the Twin Cities where he shared his love of literature, music and theater. James had a second career as a founding member of what is now African American Family Services. He retired as a dispositional advisor in the Hennepin County Public Defender's Office. James worked tirelessly as a chemical dependency counselor and steered multiple generations of families towards treatment and away from jail or prison. James is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Barbara; daughters, Tanya Bransford Lewis (Jeff Lewis) and Traci Bransford, step-daughter Alcenya Ajayi; seven grandchildren, sisters Joyce Byrd of Havre de Grace, Maryland; Judith Muhammad of Baltimore, Maryland; Jean Hartzog of Jersey City, New Jersey and sister in law Isabelle Bransford of Madison, Alabama. James is also survived by a host of loving great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 am on August 18, 2020 via a virtual platform and a private family memorial service will be held in Maryland in July 2021.


Elizabeth Ann 'Betsy' Burkett

Burkett, Elizabeth Ann "Betsy" much loved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother left us to be with the Lord August 6th, 2020 at the age of 87. Betsy was born in Milwaukee on September 13th, 1932. Betsy and her brother Walter "Buddy" were the daughter and son of Walter and Bea Schieble. Betsy grew up in Milwaukee and moved to Minneapolis with their husband and children in 1961. She is survived by her husband Jim, her lifelong sweetheart married for 67 years, and their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Son Jimmy with wife Joan with daughters Amy/husband Lars and Katie/husband Marc. And Jim and Joan's son James. And grandchildren Clio and Iris and Lilah and Sylvia. Son Doug with wife Kathy with sons Erick and Max. Son David with wife Sally and sons Dan/wife Bethany and Joe/wife Anna and Steve/wife Melissa. And grandchildren, Caroline and Naomi and Grayson. Daughter Kathy with husband Greg with daughter Amanda and son Ryan. And grandchild Alexis. Betsy was active in her church and spent 12 years in Bible Study Fellowship, 18 years as a volunteer at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, and many other volunteer activities. She loved to cook, was a creative painter, avid reader, and passionate about swimming. She loved the outdoors, especially cross-country skiing in the winter and sailing in the summer. She surrounded their home with several beautiful gardens. She was a remarkable woman; loving, kind, funny, and considerate. She has a beautiful soul and was encouraging to everyone she met. She will be missed by many. Service and internment will be a held in private ceremony. And we request in lieu of flowers memorials preferred to Central Lutheran Church in Elk River, MN.


Lynn S. (Jorgenson) Buttedal

Buttedal, Lynn S. (Jorgenson) age 56, of Montgomery, passed away peacefully in the loving but heart broken arms of her husband and sister. Survived by husband Steve; daughter, Jessica (Zac) Boettcher; son Joe; grandchildren Alex, Sean, Jayden, and Adi; brother Bob Jorgenson (Sue); sisters Kathy (Bob) Chapman and Jill (Dan) Atkins; and many other relatives and cherished friends. A Celebration of Life will be held on August 23 from 2-5 PM at Next Chapter Winery 16945 320th St., New Prague. Lynn deeply loved her family and ended every call with "Love You". We wish we could hear her one more time, as we profoundly miss her.


Gordon C. Carlson

Carlson, Gordon C. 89 years old, died peacefully at All Saints Senior Living in Shakopee, MN, on August 4th, 2020. He was surrounded by his loving daughters, Pam, Joy and Candy. Gordy will be forever missed by many dear family and friends. He is preceded in death by his wife, Diane, who died in 2013. They enjoyed 62 years together in marriage with their 3 daughters Pam (Mike Wise), Joy (Rick Daley), Candy (Dan Dufek), 7 grandchildren & 11 great-grandchildren. Gordy was the son of George and Jessie Carlson (d), and brother of Robert (d), Geraldine(d), Nancy, Thomas (d). His sister, Nancy (Glen Krause), lives in Cloquet, MN. A graveside private interment will be held sometime this fall in Eden Prairie, MN. More information about a Celebration of Life service will be forthcoming. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Grace Hospice, 1015 4th Avenue N., Suite 206, Minneapolis, MN 55405. (612)238-0034. Special thanks and recognition to the South Team, Cindy Swift (RN), Caroline Kuphal (LPN), and Helen (Aid), Marcelyn (Social Worker), Peggy (Chaplain), Illoriem (Music).


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