Richard Johnson felt music in his bones, and enabled countless teenagers to feel it in their hearts.

From 1963 to 1983, Johnson led the band and orchestra programs at Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis, with a high point in 1974 of taking second place in an international music festival in Vienna, competing against bands from around the world.

“He was probably the best teacher we had in the entire time we were in high school,” said Deb Elliott-Pearson, now a doctor in Montana, who was on that trip. “He made us feel like we knew what we were doing, but that we could also improve. He was the kind of person who pushed you enough to think, ‘Yeah, I can.’ ”

Johnson, 92, of Minneapolis, died Feb. 2 after emergency hip surgery.

His daughter, Heidi Stokes of Minneapolis, said her father was a private man with guarded emotions when she was young, “but when he turned his talents toward conducting, that’s where I saw his soul, or his spirit. What he was able to pull out of a high school choir or band was incredible.”

Johnson grew up in Brandon, S.D., the sixth and youngest of a Lutheran pastor’s family. Music was a part of his life early on, and he was known for his beautiful baritone voice. Stokes once found a letter that Johnson’s father had sent to him while he served as a radioman aboard the Navy flagship USS Argonne in World War II.

“My grandfather told him to sing it out, to get through whatever the war presented through singing,” Stokes said. “For my dad, music became an almost spiritual place to be.”

Johnson graduated from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., with a double major in history and music, and was active in band, choir and orchestra. There, he met fellow music major Joyce Van Steenwyk; they were married for 65 years. He taught high school history and led bands in Rock Valley, Iowa; Luverne, Minn., and South High School in Minneapolis before arriving at Roosevelt.

While Johnson might have taught at the college level, his sense of community service rooted him at Roosevelt, said Stokes, who also was one of his high school students. “Kids would tell me, ‘Oh, I can’t believe your dad. I can talk to him about anything,’ and I was like, ‘What?’ ” she said with a laugh.

“He would get involved in troubled kids’ lives and you’d never know. When someone helps you achieve a potential you didn’t even know was there, you live with that forever.”

Ken Strand of Chanhassen was among those who traveled to Austria and now, as an elementary school teacher himself, marvels at how Johnson managed a group of lively teenagers. He remembers seeing East Berlin and going through Checkpoint Charlie, “which was an eye-opener for a 17-year-old kid,” and exactly the sort of history lesson that Johnson wanted to combine with the music.

Strand continues to play trombone, currently with the Minnesota Valley Community Band in Chaska. “The best friends I have today are people I’ve met through music, and I owe that to him,” said Strand, who also encourages his fifth-grade students to join the school band, “telling them how important it was to me.”

Elliot-Pearson kept in touch with Johnson, saying he became a friend “long past the time he was our teacher.” She also noted how many of his former students now are professional musicians, or in the music industry, or who simply have kept music in their lives.

Known in school as the Music Man, “he instilled a love of music that stuck with us for 40 years,” she said.

Johnson is survived by his wife, Joyce; children Kristi Johnson (Gene Rebeck), Duluth, and Heidi Stokes (Brad); a grandson, and many nieces and nephews.

Music-filled services have been held.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, October 13, 2002, pB7

Tom Tomeo Ohno

  • Tom Tomeo Ohno
  • Tom Tomeo Ohno

Tom Tomeo Ohno, age 74 of Bloomington, passed away on October 11, 2002. He taught math and coached baseball at Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis for 26 years. He also taught at Lincoln Junior High and Cretin-Derham Hall. Tom had a passion for coaching kids and helping the community. He also spoke to students about his personal World War II internment experience. Preceded in death by parents, brother Joe, and sister Miyako (Ken) Yamaguchi. Survived by his wife, Reiko, daughter, Pamela (Tim) Dagoberg, and son, Robert (Pamela), grandsons, Erik and Jack Dagoberg, and Benjamin and Samuel Ohno, brothers, Fred (Emi), and Henry, sisters, Takiko Hazemoto, Marian Kikuchi, Amy (Paul) Shimada, Nobuko (John) Ikeda, Sakiye (Albert) Tsuchiya, and Sally Sudo, many nieces and nephews. A celebration of Tom's life will be held at 5:30 pm on Friday, October 18, 2002 at Transfiguration Lutheran Church, 110th Street & France Avenue South, Bloomington, MN. Private interment. Memorials are preferred to the Japanese American Citizens League - Twin Cities Chapter Scholarship Fund. WERNESS BROTHERS 952-884-8145

Minneapolis Star Tribune, August 2, 2012, pB7

Muriel Ruth Weist

Age 96, of Mpls, passed away Oct. 11, 2011 of dementia. Muriel was a long time teacher at Roosevelt High School in Mpls. Preceded in death by parents, Anna & John Wiest of Philadelphia, PA and eight siblings. Survived by her brother, Quentin Wiest of Ridgewood, NJ and numerous nieces & nephews. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 4 at 2:00 PM in the Border Chapel at Hennepin United Methodist Church, 511 Groveland Ave., Mpls, MN 55403-3223 Phone 612-871-5303. Interment will be at Lakewood Cemetery in Mpls.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, November 3, 2002, pB8

John Clark Wells

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John Clark Wells Born Mpls, MN, 8/13/1904, died Mpls, MN, 10/26/2002. Retired educator, coach, principal of Roosevelt High School for 17 years. Served on the Minnesota State Athletic Commission, was an active Shriner and 32nd Degree Mason. Avid hunter, fisherman, sportsman. Survived by granddaughter, Michelle Dickson of Vail, CO; brother, Perce Wells of Abington, PA; 7 nieces, 1 nephew; stepchildren, Roger and Doug Kirchner, and Beverly Fink; 9 step-grandchildren and good friend, Jim Winick. Preceded in death by wives, Grace Finch and Gladys Kirchner; daughter, Carolyn Siderakos and 3 brothers, Kenneth, Walter and Marshall. Memorial service Saturday, Nov. 9, Roosevelt High School Jack Wells Gymnasium at 11 am. Thank you to Evercare, MN, Redeemer Residence. Memorials to Roosevelt High School Foundation, 4029 28th Ave., Mpls, MN 55406.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, July 7, 2015, pB4

Andrew James 'Jim' Heller

  • Andrew James 'Jim' Heller
  • Andrew James 'Jim' Heller

Heller, Andrew James "Jim" Age 94 of Edina, MN, passed away peacefully at home on July 4, 2015. He was born on a farm in South Dakota in 1920. He attended college in Sacramento, CA earning an Associate of Arts degree. Returning to South Dakota in 1940, he attended Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD where he earned a teaching certificate.

He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1942 and was assigned to Gustavus Adolphus where he earned a B.S. degree. Following boot camp at Paris Island, SC he was transferred to Camp Lejeune, NC for advanced training and then to Quantico, VA for officer's training, and commissioned a 2nd Lt. After further training at Camp Pendleton, CA he was assigned to amphibious attack vessel APA-221 Oneida for 14 months, all spent in various landings in the South Pacific theater, including the invasion of Okinawa. He was discharged as a Captain in 1946.

He had a deep love of music. Through both his college and post-war years, Jim was a performing musician in various touring dance bands. Beginning in 1946 he spent seven years as a principal and band teacher in McLaughlin, SD. Starting in 1953 he taught in the Minneapolis Public Schools for 34 years until his retirement. Most of those years were spent at Roosevelt H.S. teaching social studies and as a work coordinator. He also taught at Lincoln Jr. High, South and Henry high schools.

He was actively involved in professional organizations. He was President of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers, VP of the Minnesota Federation of Teachers and VP of the American Federation of Teachers - AFL/CIO. He was one of the leaders of the 1970 teachers' strike that led to the passage of the Public Employees Labor Relation Act of 1971 which provided collective bargaining rights for all public employees in Minnesota. From 1973 to 1988 he was an elected trustee of the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund. After retirement he was President of the Minneapolis Retired Teachers Organization.

Always interested in furthering his education, during his teaching years he spent summers studying at various institutions. He earned a Masters of Education at the University of Colorado. He also studied at the Universities of Minnesota, Wisconsin (Madison), Connecticut, Washington (St. Louis), Hawaii (on an East-West Center grant), Singapore (on a Fullbright Scholarship), and at the College of St. Catherine.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Ida; four sisters and one brother. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Nancy; son, John Heller (Laura); stepchildren, Rick Dahlen (Holly), Ron Dahlen (Jamie) and Cynthia Rasmussen (Peter); 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. A celebration of Jim's life will be held on Wednesday, July 15 at St. Edward's Catholic Church, 9401 Nesbitt Ave S., Bloomington, MN. Mass at 11:00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior. Memorials to Sharing & Caring Hands or charity of your choice. Cremation Society of MN (952-924-4100).

Minneapolis Star Tribune, January 14, 2010, pB6

Clarence C. Hansen

  • Clarence C. Hansen
  • Clarence C. Hansen

Hansen, Clarence C. "Pete" age 78, of Lakeville, passed away on 1/12/10. Preceded in death by parents, Clarence & Geneva; Survived by children, Peter (Marisela) & Eric (Katie) Hansen; grandchildren, Gabriella, Gavin & Hallie; sisters, Marlys Hansen & Bette Douglass; special friends, Deloris Staffanson & Steve Robbs. Funeral Service 11 AM Friday, January 15, 2010 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 13901 Fairview Dr. Burnsville, MN. Visitation one hour prior to service at church. Private Interment, Fort Snelling National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Salvation Army, Prince of Peace Church or Mt. Olivet Rolling Acres. White Funeral Home Burnsville 952-894-5080

Minneapolis Star Tribune, April 1, 2007, pB6

Betty Jean (Haversack) Edstrand

Born June 26, 1920, passed away peacefully on March 29, 2007. Preceded in death by parents, William and Faye, and brother, Warren Haversack. Survived by beloved husband of almost 65 years, Edward; daughter, Carol (Rod) Amundson; and son, Ed (Diane); grandchildren, Katie (Randy) Barth, Marit Murray, (fiance Frank Fastner), Eric and Adam Edstrand; great-grandchildren, Tyler, Emily, Jessica, and Abbie Barth; sister-in- law, Dorthea (Kenneth) Johnson; nieces, June (Alan) Naman, Jane Johnson, Marypaul Foreman, Susan Johnson, Leslie Hubsmith; and nephew, Bob Johnson. Betty and Ed owned Morsel Bakery for many years. She also enjoyed her work as a secretary at Roosevelt High School for 22 years. Betty will be remembered as a warm and gracious lady with a wonderful sense of humor and who was an inspiration of caring and sharing to all who knew her. A service of remembrance will be held at 11 AM Friday April 6 at the Cremation Society of Minnesota, 7110 France Ave S, Edina (952-924-4100). Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Lakeview Hospice, 5610 Norwich Pkwy, Oak Park Heights, MN 55082.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, June 19, 2009, pB8

Virginia (Johnson) Maher

Age 90, of Mpls, died Monday, June 15, 2009. Virginia spent her life as a loyal and proud Minneapolis resident. Along with raising a family, Virginia was a clerk for the Mpls Public Schools, taking great pride in being the records clerk at her alma mater, Roosevelt High School. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard "Bernie" J. Maher; they held hands for 67 years of marriage. She was the hub of the family and gave unending, unquestioned, unconditional love and support to her loved ones. That, along with her easy, lilting laugh, will be greatly missed by her daughters, Lynne M. (Perry) Forster and Laurel M. Anderson; grandchildren, Sean (Molly Schirmer) Forster, Stacy (Colin Benedict) Forster, Jonas Anderson; great-grandchildren, Taylor Forster and Owen Benedict; sister, Arlene Pettersen; sisters- in-law, cousins, nieces and nephews. Memorials preferred to R.P. Research at Foundation Fighting Blindness Inc., PO Box 17279, Baltimore, MD 21203- 7279. Private interment. Visitation Saturday, June 20, 11 AM-1 PM at: Washburn-McReavy Nokomis Park Chapel 612-721-1651 1838 E. Minnehaha Pkwy, Mpls.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, September 24, 2015, pB13

Benita Ann (Kane) Kirschbaum

Age 82 of Bloomington, formerly of Dubuque, IA passed away September 21, 2015 at Wealshire of Blooming-ton. Preceded in death by parents, Eldon and Marcella Kane; brothers, Richard Kane (Ruth) and Walter Kane (JoAnn); and sister, Irene Breitbach (Donald). Survived by husband, Curtis J. Kirschbaum; sister, Carol Kane; and many nieces and nephews. She attended Clarke University in Dubuque, IA and the University of the Americas in Mexico City. Benita retired in 1989 from teaching Spanish at Washburn and Roosevelt High Schools in Mpls. She loved her family, students, and all animals. Reading, fishing, traveling, and gardening were favorite interests. She worked diligently for the SNAP Program in the Twin Cities after retirement. Special gratitude to the caregivers at Welcome Home Residential Care and Wealshire of Bloomington. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to SNAP (Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests) and Wealshire of Bloomington. Memorial service Tuesday, September 29, 11 AM with visitation beginning at 9 AM prior to service at: Werness Brothers 952-884-8145 2300 W. Old Shakopee Rd.

Published on September 26, 2015

Minneapolis Star Tribune, September 23, 2012, pB10

Walter S. Logacz

Age 77, of Columbia Heights, passed away September 14, 2012. Born in Maniewieze, Poland, Walter was 15 when he immigrated to the United States. He graduated from Columbia Heights High School in May, 1953, served 4 years in the U.S. Air Force, graduated with a B.S. Degree from St Cloud State University and taught U.S. History and American Government at Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis for 35 years. Wally served on the Columbia Heights City Council for 12 years, was Anoka County DFL chairman, participated in local and metro boards, was an active member of the Lions Club, and played an integral part in Columbia Heights Lomianki Sister Cities International. A bigger than life figure, he was outgoing, people- loving, generous, curious, fun-loving, intelligent, warm- hearted and always a "philosopher." Wally is preceded in death by 2nd wife, Patricia, parents Stanislaw and Stephania, brother Michael, and niece, Michele. He is survived by brothers, Gregory (Sandra), John, and numerous extended family and friends, Memorials preferred to Columbia Heights Sister Cities. A celebration of Wally's life will be held at Murzyn Hall, 530 Mill Street N.E., Columbia Heights, MN on September 30, 2012 at 3:30p.m.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, July 1, 2010, pB6

Lyle M. Eakins

Age 89, of St. Louis Park. Survived by loving wife of 59 years, Lilla; sons, Thomas (Megan), David and James (Brenda); grandchildren, Matthew, Jay, Christopher, Jonathon, Alexander and Samuel; great-granddaughters, Kiara and Shauntay; brother, Ray. Preceded in death by son, Steven and brothers, Vern and Marvin. Lyle was a WWII Veteran of the U.S. Navy. He graduated from the University of MN, receiving a degree in Chemical Engineering and received his master's degree from the University of St. Thomas. Lyle enjoyed many years teaching at Roosevelt High School and ended his professional career as an administrator at the University of MN. He was an avid bridge player, as well as a Minnesota sports fan. He loved his family, especially his grandchildren who captured his heart. Memorial service 11 AM Sat., July 3, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 12th & Marquette Ave S., Mpls. Private interment Lakewood Cemetery. Visitation 6:30-8:30 PM Fri., July 2 at: Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel 952-920-3996 West 50th St. & Hwy 100.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, April 30, 2007, pB4

Alice R. Paus

Age 70, of Lakeville, formerly of South Mpls, passed away April 28, 2007. Alice taught at Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis for 30 years. Preceded in death by her parents, Oliver & Gertrude Holtan and brothers, Jerome & Richard Holtan. She is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Glenn; sister, Louise (Ardean) Evenson; and many nieces & nephews. Funeral service 11 AM Wednesday at the White Funeral Home Chapel, 14560 Pennock Ave. with visitation 1 hour prior to service. Interment Eitzen, MN. White Funeral Home Apple Valley 952-432-2001

Minneapolis Star Tribune, December 28, 2008, pB11

Charlotte B. Scarlett

Much beloved, Charlotte died peacefully on December 23, 2008. Preceded in death by husband of 61 years, Theodore; son, Robert; brother, Robert Benson; and son-in-law, Charles Bottoms. Survived by son, Richard; daughter, Laura Bottoms of Owasso, OK; grandchildren, Karen and Theodore Bottoms; six nieces and a nephew; other relatives and many friends.

Charlotte was born in Plentywood, Montana, to Laura and Walter Benson on October 4, 1918. After graduating from Montana State University in Bozeman, she worked in Washington, DC, for a national home economics association. She joined the WAVES (Ensign Benson!) and served from October 1942 to December 1944. She was stationed in San Francisco, where she worked in communications/coding.She met Ted in San Francisco, and they were married in New Orleans in September 1944. Char and Ted lived in Florida and Pennsylvania before moving to Minneapolis with their three children in 1950.

Charlotte was active in the community and taught in the Minneapolis Public Schools, primarily at Roosevelt High School. She had an acute mind and wide- ranging interests. She valued education and learning and the arts. In retirement, Char and Ted enjoyed traveling, often participating in Elderhostel or Friendship Force programs with friends.

Charlotte was a nurturing and supportive Mother, gracious hostess, and dear friend and colleague to many. She will be greatly missed; remember her warm and generous smile. T

hanks to staff at Walker Elder Suites/Walker Methodist Health Center, Richfield Medical Group, MOHPA, and Hospice of the Twin Cities for their professional and loving care. Private interment at Lakewood Cemetery. There will be a memorial gathering on Friday, January 2, 2-4 p.m. at the Cremation Society of Minnesota-Edina, 7110 France Ave. S. Memorials preferred to AchieveMpls (in support of Minneapolis Public Schools), 111 3rd Av. S., Suite 5, Mpls., MN 55401 or the Library Foundation of Hennepin County, 12601 Ridgedale Dr., Minnetonka, MN 55435.

Published on December 27, 2008

Star Tribune Nov. 5, 1971, p.40

Doris S. Wolff 

Age 43, of 13404 Stanton Drive, Minnetonka. Teacher at Roosevelt High School. Survived by parents, Mr. & Mrs. Jack Wolff, Houston, Texas; sister, Mrs. Larry (Loretta) Schaffer, New York City; brother, Bruce T. And grandmother, Mrs. Annie Loeffelholz, both of Houston, Texas, 2 nieces & 1 nephew. Services 2 p.m., Fri. from The Goranson Funeral Home, 3040 S. Lyndale. Interment Glen Haven Memorial Gardens. Memorials preferred to charity of donor’s choice, or Baha’i faith. Friends may call at the funeral home after 6 p.m. Thurs.

St Paul Pioneer Press, October 18 to Oct. 25, 2015


Gerald J. “Jerry” Springer

Of Mendota Heights MN and Palm Springs CA—age 85. Born in Waseca, MN Died October 15, 2015. Preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Evelyn Springer of Owatonna and by his beloved wife of 47 years Marlene. He is survived by his son Joseph, daughter-in-law Joan Ireland and grandchildren Sean and Jessica of Shoreview, brother-in-law Brian Sullivan and spouse Li of Kuwait, and brother-in-law Mike Sullivan and spouse Deborah Cuneo and niece Mara of Mendota Heights. Jerry was raised in Owatonna and graduated from Owatonna High School (OHS) in 1948. He received a Bachelor of Science from Minnesota State University in 1952 and a Master of Arts from the University of Minnesota in 1963. He was selected as a Charter Member of the OHS Athletic Hall of Fame and was also inducted into the Minnesota State University Athletic Hall of Fame. Jerry earned ten letters in four sports at OHS and held five school records in basketball and track. He earned six letters in Basketball and track at Minnesota State. Gerald was a business teacher and coordinator in the Minneapolis Public Schools for 35 years. He was also a tour manager for Cartan Travel for 12 years in the summers and later was a manufacturer’s rep for gaming devices. He and Marlene loved travel, music and dancing. He was a very social person and will be missed by friends and family. Visitation 4-7 p.m. Thursday, October 29 at Willwerscheid Natural Burial and Cremation, 235 Wentworth Ave. W., West St. Paul. Service 11 a.m. Friday, October 30. Burial Forest Hill Cemetery, Owatonna. Memorials preferred to OHS Athletic Hall of Fame or Walker United Methodist Church.

Minneapolis Star, January 11, 1977, p8

Archie B. Baardseth

Age 72, of 5433 3rd Av. S. Member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church. Survived by wife, Ethel A.; daughters, Helen Marie, of Mpls., Mrs. Robert (Donna) Foshinder, of San Diego, Mrs. Barbara Moore, of Lodi, Cal.; son, A Robert, Westpoint, Cal.; 8 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild. Services Wed. 1 p.m. Our Saviors Lutheran Church, 24th & Chicago. Interment Lakewood cemetery. Friends may call at Werness Brothers Chapel, West 50h St. & Beard Av. S. Tuesday, 4 to 8:30 p.m. Prayer service Tues. 7:30 p.m. Memorials may be given to Our Saviors Lutheran Church or the heart fund.

Minneapolis Star, June 9, 1972, p17

Lawrence G. Swadner

Age 58 of 10510 Wentworth Av., Bloomington, died yesterday. He was an English teacher at Minneapolis Roosevelt High School for 25 years and had been an active member and former officer of the Minnesota Federation of Teachers. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Nativity of Mary Catholic Church, 99th St. and Lyndale Av. S. Burial will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. Friday at the Billman-Hunt mortuary, 2701 Central Av. NE.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, August 29, 1993, p38

Harold Andrew Riemenschneider

Age 90, of Wayzata, MN. Survived by sister, Mary Rosetta Riemenschneider of Brazil; cousins and close friends, Michael & Susan Ambrosier. Private services. Visitation Mon. 12:30-1:30. Thomson Brothers Funeral Home, Park Ave at 26th St. Interment Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, February 18, 1998, p22

Wendell “Wink” Benson

Age 88, of Mpls. Preceded in death by wife, Dorothy and parents, Rev. C.E. and Mabel Benson. Survived by sons, Stephen and David; daughter, Wendy Schmueck and husband John; grandchildren, Andrew, Ian, Jordan and Matthew. Wink was a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College and earned his Master’s Degree from Columbia University in New York. He was a long time school teacher at Mpls Southwest and Roosevelt High schools where he was a Swedish and history teacher, coach and athletic director. Wink was very proud of his Swedish heritage and was a long time member of Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church in Mpls. Memorial Service Thursday 2 p.m. at the Augustan Home Chapel, 1007 E. 14th St., Mpls. Private interment. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Special Olympics-Minnesota, 400 S. 4th St. Mpls 55415, or donor’s choice. Washburn McReavy Edina Chapel.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, June 10, 2001, p39

Vernette Kaupang

Age 97, of Richfield, Retired teacher from Brahman HS, West and Roosevelt High schools in Mpls. Survived by son, Norman (Gloria) of North Branch; grandchildren, Jennifer, Tory and Andrew. Funeral service 11 a.m. Tuesday, Emmaus Lutheran Church in Bloomington. Visitation one hour before the service, Interment Pleasant View Memorial Gardens, Arr. Grandstrand Funeral Home.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, October 14,1980, p6C

Toivo (Toi) Jambeck

Age 70, of rural Pine City, formerly of Mpls. Former teacher and swimming and golf coach at Roosevelt High School. Began & directed Camp Courage. Survived by wife, Helen; sons, John of Mtka., Nicolas of FL; daughter, Mrs. Roc? (Susan) Erickson, Mtka, ? grandchildren; brothers, Ted of Pine City, Elmer of St. Cloud. Service Wed. 2 p.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Pine City. Visitation Tues. 4-7 pm at Swanson Funeral Home, Pine City. Memorials preferred to the Tol Jambeck Memorial Fund for Camp Courage. 

Minneapolis Star Tribune, September 7, 1992, p18

Katherine E. Putnam

Age 81, a retired Minneapolis public school librarian, died Thursday at Ebenezer Luther Hall in Minneapolis. She spent 34 years at Central High School, Bryant Junior High School and Roosevelt High School. When she retired in 1975, John Davis, then superintendent of schools, said she was “known as one of the best and most conscientious librarians in the city.” Putnam was born and raised in Red Wing, Minn. After moving wither family to St. Paul, she graduated from Central High School. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1933 and earned a second degree in library science in 1939. She worked in the archives at the Minnesota Historical Society for several years before joining the Minneapolis schools in 1941. She spent on year at Central, 13 at Bryant and 20 at Roosevelt. “The fact is that she had really a wonderful rapport with the kids,” said her niece, Susanna Paterson Kloven, of New Brighton. “She said one of the things that was so astounding to her is how many kids wanted to work in the library with her.” Putnam was interested in local DFL politics and was a member of the League of Women Voters. She was a member of the Minnesota chapter of the American Association of University Women and the Minnesota Association of School Librarians. She was chairwoman of its committee to develop a position paper on accountability. She also belonged to First Unitarian Church in Minneapolis. Putnam is survived by sisters Adeline Putnam Cowell, of Venture, Calif., and Susanna Putnam Jones, of Dayton, Ohio. Services will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at the First Unitarian Society, 900 Mount Curve Av., Minneapolis. Memorials to the Minneapolis chapter of the League of Women Voters are suggested. Arrangements are by the Enga White Funeral Chapel.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, September 3, 1991, p19

Berta V. Vijard

Age 73, of St. Paul. Preceded in death by husband, Kurt Vijard. Survived by husband, Enno Varnik; her daughter, Dagmar Thompson and her husband, Steven J. of Mpls & grandchildren, Chris & Barry Thompson. Memorial service 11:30 a.m. Wed. at Anderson Funeral Home, 1401 Arcade St., St. Paul. Interment Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, June 29, 1990, p22

Richard A. McWaters

Age 66, A Minnesota sports figure for five decades and retired athletic director at Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis, died of congestive heart failure Wednesday at the Walker Methodist Home in Minneapolis.

McWaters, of Bloomington, grew up in Red Wing, Minn., and was a center on basketball teams that placed second in the state high school tournament in 1941 and 1942. After serving in the Army for three years during World War II, he attended the University of Minnesota and played on the Gopher basketball squad. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education.

He taught and coached in Luck, Wis., for three years and in Lake City, Minn., for three years. He taught for another year at Minneapolis Edison High School before joining the Roosevelt faculty in 1955. He became boys’ basketball coach at Roosevelt in 1968 and athletic director in 1970. He retired in 1984.

McWaters was on the Region Five committee of the Minnesota State High School League for three years, including one year as chairman. He managed state high school hockey tournaments during and after his association with the committee. He was a member of the Minneapolis Officials Association for 20 years and officiated at high school football and basketball games. He was a member of the University of Minnesota “M” Club. After retiring he was active in the Bloomington Dwan Golf Club and was president of its Men’s Club in 1989. McWaters suffered a heart attack while attending a Gophers basketball game on Feb. 9, 1989 and had experienced heart problems since then.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor; a daughter, Janet Lindbo, of Golden Valley; a son, Brian, of Ames, Iowa; his mother, Gertrude McWaters, of Red Wing; sisters Gene Rohrer and Louise McWaters, both of Red Wing; and two grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Werness Brothers, 2300 W. Old Shakopee Rd., Bloomington. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today. Memorials to the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation or the University of Minnesota Williams Scholarship Fund are suggested.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, July 2, 1997, p27
Wayne Courtney, 88, he was Roosevelt coach, Edina mayor

Fans and players had a long-time love-hate relationship with C. Wayne Courtney, boys’ basketball coach at Minneapolis Roosevelt High School. Not just because his teams won state championships in 1956 and 1957 and were one of the most feared during his 20-year tenure, but for his pugnacious demeanor on the sideline. He was a little guy who grabbed jerseys and got in players’ faces. He used what one former player described as “a look that would turn you to stone.”

He also was a City Council member in Edina and mayor from 1966 to 1988, during the city’s growth period.

Courtney, of Edina, died Monday at Park Health and Rehabilitation Center in St. Louis Park. He was 88. Courtney once told a newspaper reporter, “Many people will tell you I’m the meanest coach in the city, but I have more players come back to see me after they graduate than anybody else.” When his Teddies played at the Minneapolis Auditorium on Fridays, fans came in droves to heckle the immaculately dressed coach.

Paul Reinboldt, captain of the 1953 team, said Courtney was a class act and a winner, but “Oh, man, he was tough as nails.” Reinboldt recalled how the coach “trained” him to stop dribbling the ball during games. He recalled that once, after a rebound, he had to bring the ball upcourt. As he dribbled upcourt, Reinboldt looked at Courtney and saw fingers unfolding. Each dribble, one finger, five laps around the gym. Courtney, who taught social studies, compiled at 270-78 record at Roosevelt, winning seven Minneapolis City Conference, five district and three regional titles. He also coached golf from 1958 to 1968, winning three state championships and seven consecutive city titles.

His coaching career at Roosevelt came to an end when he became an assistant principal at Washburn High School. Public relations executive Dave Mona, who was a member of the Roosevelt team that was kicked out of the 1961 tournament after two players were declared ineligible, said Courtney’s speech at the basketball banquet that year made an impact on him. “He said how it was such a terrible disappointment,” he said. “But if you could get through this, you could survive anything.” Because Roosevelt was the biggest high school in the state, its games often outdrew the Minneapolis Lakers. Mona talked about how players would do anything to be the last one to the huddle following a timeout because “he would remember if you lost your man on a pick seven minutes earlier.”

Courtney’s son Richard said his father enjoyed working with children. Richard said his father was an achiever, no matter what career he picked out. He ran the Morningside and Edina Little League program for 20 years, which helped him win his first election for a seat on the Morningside Village Council in 1962. Morningside merged with Edina in the middle ‘60s. He served on the Edina City Council form 1966 to 1980 and was mayor from 1980 to 1988. He was instrumental in the redevelopment of the commercial district at 50th St. and France Av. S., reestablishment of the volunteer fire department and development of the historical society. His son said he also was an advocate for the parks and recreation system and for low- and moderate-income housing.

City Manager Ken Rosland said Courtney had deep pride in his community. “He was tough on the outside, but a marshmallow inside,” he said. Courtney helped form the Southwest Suburban Cable Commission and had been the host of a cable access talk show since 1972. He was cochairman of the Hennepin County Criminal Justice Council and vice chairman of the Metropolitan Waste Control Commission. In 1987 he received the Minnesota League of Municipalities’ C.C. Ludwig Award, which recognizes outstanding work by an official. He played football, basketball and baseball at Edison High School in Minneapolis.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from what is now Mankato State University and a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota. Before coming to Roosevelt, he coached and taught at Mapleton (Minn.) High School and Lincoln Junior High School in Minneapolis. He was the assistant principal at Nokomis Junior High School in Minneapolis for two years before his 1974 retirement.

Besides his son Richard, of Edina, Courtney is survived by sons Michael, of Scarsdale N.Y., and Thomas, of Oakland, Calif., and a sister, Clara Shields, of BIllings, Mont. Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 2914 W. 44th St., Minneapolis, with visitation there at 10.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, Sept. 28, 1981, p35

Anne Jolly

Age 80, of 348 Apple Lane, Richfield. Retired teacher Roosevelt HS. Survived by husband, Leo, former Director of Public Works, City of Richfield; also nieces & nephews. Services Tues. 11 a.m. at Oak Grove Lutheran Church, 71st & Lyndale Av S. Private interment. Friends may call Mon. 7-9 p.m. at the Morris Nilsen Chapel, 6527 Portland Av. Memorials to Oak Grove Church or donor’s choice.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, August 31, 1979, p12

Fred Lundquist

Age 53, of 8339-139th Court, Apple Valley. Survived by wife, Anne; stepdaughter, Daryn Zeitlin, Wash. DC; brothers, John F., Burnsville, James O., Edina, Warren K., Brooklyn Park; sisters, Hazel Olson and Rosamond Hanson, both of Bloomington & Vivian Emerson, Dawson, MN. Memorial services Fri. 1 p.m. Normandale Lutheran Church. Memorials are preferred to donor’s choice. Arrangements Burnsville Funeral Chapel.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, June 27, 1985

Dr. Mercedes Nelson

Survived  by 2 sisters, Hazel Hanson and Corelli Shoup; 1 brother, William L. Nelson. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Fri., June 28, at First Unitarian Church, 900 Mount Curve Ave. Memorials to First Unitarian Church Endowment Fund. Arr. Enga Memorial Chapels.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, May 21, 2011, pB6

Milton J. Hughes

  • Milton J. Hughes

Hughes, Milton J. age 82, of Golden Valley, passed away May 19, 2011. Preceded in death by son, Roger. Survived by loving wife of 56 years, Ellen; daughter, Janet (Jim) Knoblach of St. Cloud; son, Steven (Deborah Saul) of St. Paul; 3 grandchildren, Daniel and Laura Knoblach, Isabelle Hughes; brother, Donald (Helen) of Golden Valley; nieces, Elaine (Jay) Hromatka, Diane (Tom) Rolando, their children, and friends. Milt retired after 23 years as a guidance counselor at Roosevelt Senior High School, Mpls. He enjoyed reading, political discourse, traveling and learning new things. Milt cherished his friends and family. Memorials preferred to the Struthers Parkinson Center, 6701 Country Club Drive, Golden Valley, MN 55427. Private entombment Lakewood Mausoleum. Funeral service 1 PM Monday at the funeral chapel, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Visitation also from 2-5 PM Sunday, all at: Washburn-McReavy Davies Chapel 612-377-2203 2301 Dupont at Hennepin Ave S.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, July 17, 2008, pB8

Beatrice Casperson Antholz

  • Beatrice Casperson Antholz

Antholz, Beatrice "Bee" Casperson Loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, and friend, passed away early Saturday morning, July 12, 2008. Bee lived a full and adventurous life. Born in Frederic, WI on October 17, 1914 to Ella and C. B. Casperson. Beatrice attended and graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Superior. Bee began her teaching career in Spooner, WI where she met and married H. J. Antholz in 1942. She became a mother to the three Antholz boys, Jim, John, and Bill, who were joined by her son Carl and daughter Mary Bee. She was preceded in death by her husband, H. J.; an infant daughter, Jean Marie; her parents; and her sister, Cappy Rice. In 1962, H. J. and Bee moved to Minneapolis, MN where Bee taught English and Creative Writing at Roosevelt High School until her retirement in 1982. Bee had a passion for life, reading and writing; the students she taught; exploring new cultures; and traveling extensively around the world. She influenced many beyond her family.

Bee is survived by her sons, Jim (Bobbi) Antholz, John Antholz, Bill (Jan) Antholz, Carl Antholz; and daughter, Mary Bee Antholz; grandchildren, Lori Kennedy, Jim Antholz, Kim Kazmierczak, Wendy Antholz, Tom Antholz, Teri Kotilinek, and John Antholz; many great-grandchildren; her sister, Elaine (Dan) Edwards; nieces, Debby Rice and Karen Hughes; nephew, Palmer Edwards. Bee will be missed by all she touched. A graveside service for Beatrice "Bee" Antholz will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 18, 2008 at the Spooner Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remember Bee's childhood wish and abiding dream for world peace. In her words, "Use your imagination". The family is being assisted with arrangements by the Dahl Funeral Home.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, August 13, 2015, pB4

Rufus O. Webster

  • Rufus O. Webster

Webster, Rufus O. age 94, of St. Louis Park, MN, passed away with his grandchildren by his side. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Aleece Gray-Webster and son, Anthony M. Webster I. He is survived by his grandchildren, AnDrea Webster, DeLona Webster-Scott (Damon), Tina Asinugo, Anthony Webster II, Karilee Dunn-Robinson (Tyrone), Anthony Davis and Rufus Sartin; his sister-in-law Juanita Gray, 21 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren and a host of relatives and lifelong friends. Rufus was a pianist, composer, and a big band jazz performer. He retired as an educator and vice principal after a 30 year tenure with the Minneapolis public school system. He was a lifelong member of The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the Sigma Pi Phi fraternity. As a regular attendee of the Grand Boule', he enjoyed the fellowship of Archons across the country. He was in Omicron for over 50 years attaining Life member status. A memorial will be held Saturday, August 15th at 12 noon at The Lakewood Memorial Chapel, Minneapolis, MN.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, July 4, 2004, pB6

Myrtice Matchitt Holmquist

  • Myrtice Matchitt Holmquist

Myrtice Matchitt Holmquist of Minneapolis, our beloved "Bunny" died at the age of 100 on July 2, 2004 in her home of 63 years, surrounded by her loving family. Preceded in death by husband, Harold. Survived by daughter & son-in- law, Carol & Lloyd Peitzman; grandchildren, Dr. Linda Peitzman (Kelley Brigman), Robert Peitzman (Carol), James Peitzman (Kym), John Peitzman (Jody); 6 great-grandchildren (Emily, Cassie, Elizabeth, Alec, Elysia and Marissa); and many fond nephews, nieces and cousins. Graduate of Carleton College, teacher for over 30 years. Member of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority, Eastern Star, Daughters of the American Revolution, Westminster Presbyterian Church for nearly 70 years. Myrtice is remembered for her boundless energy, selfless giving and loving spirit. She will remain in the hearts of family and friends forever. Private interment Lakewood Cemetery. Memorial service on Saturday, July 10, 2004 at 2 pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 12th Street & Nicollet, Minneapolis. Memorials preferred to Westminster Presbyterian Church, Grace Manor and Mount Olivet Day Care Center. Visitation Thurs., July 8, 5-8 at: Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel 50th St. at Hwy 100 952-920-3996

Minneapolis Star Tribune, September 30, 2007, pB7

Edna D. Sanders

Age 93, of Minneapolis, died September 29, 2007, five weeks after having had a significant heart attack. Born Mary Edna Danford on August 2, 1914, she was born and grew up in Ashland, Oregon. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Willamette University, Salem, Oregon. She taught school in Oregon, before moving to Minneapolis in 1948. She taught school at Roosevelt High School (1958-68) and North High School (1968-78). She earned two masters degrees from the University of Minnesota: one in English and the other in Comparative Literature. She was an educator, an avid reader and independent thinker her entire life.

In retirement Edna continued and expanded her activism in many causes and organizations, including DFL activities, women's rights, and, at the time of her heart attack, was on the Senior Citizens Advisory Committee to the Mayor, representing the 7th Ward. She received many awards for her community service and in 2000 was named to the DFL Women's Hall of Fame.

Preceded in death by her infant sister, her parents, and her husband, Fred Sanders. Survived by daughter, Kay Sanders-Chick (D.L. Chick); sons, Jay Sanders (Sharon), and Jim Sanders; grandchildren, Stacie Sanders-Borst (Jeff Borst), Jakob Sanders (Kimberly), Serene Smith (Chet), Jenna Sanders, Alaina Sanders, and Blake Sanders; step grandchildren, Roy Chick (Florence), Jeannie Kapler (Albert), Donna Chick-Bowers (Scott Bowers), and Karen Anderson (Bob); six great- grandchildren; six step great-grandchildren; sisters, Betty Weiman and Doris Lansbery. Memorial Reception will be held at First Unitarian Society, 900 Mount Curve Avenue, Minneapolis, on Saturday, October 27 at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to a charity the donor is passionate about. Washburn-McReavy Davies Chapel.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, March 12, 2002, pB6

John Earl Jennings

  • John Earl Jennings

John Earl Jennings age 67, of Edina The best portion of a good man's life, his little nameless acts of kindness and of love. - William Wordsworth Precious husband and father. Wise and witty teacher at Mpls. Roosevelt HS for thirty years. Notorious storyteller, whimsical Irishman, loyal friend and brother. John was an inspiring, inquisitive mathematician, cinemaphile and lover of music, magic, astronomy and photography. A man of great character and courage who will be hugely missed. In addition to his wife, Karen and daughter, Erin, his family includes sisters and brother-in-law, Maribeth Jennings and Marge & Dick Strot; dear mother-in-law, Ruth Gruenhagen, Howard Lake, MN; ``outlaws'', Gordon & Helen Gruenhagen, Sam & Evy Gruenhagen, Ruthie & Jim Baird, Lorie Gruenhagen, Lois & Steve Carley; cherished nieces and nephews; many caring friends and neighbors. A Celebration of John's life will be held at 4:30 PM Thursday at Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel, W. 50th St. & Vernon Ave. at Hwy. 100, Edina. No visitation prior to service. Reception to follow. Memorials may be directed to the Minnesota Veteran's Home - Mpls. Arts Committee. Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel 952-920-3996.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, March 15, 2006, pB7

Donald A. Martin

  • Donald A. Martin
  • Donald A. Martin

Martin, Donald A. Don Martin, age 85, longtime resident of St. Louis Park, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, March 12, 2006 from a traumatic brain injury. He was born March 8, 1921 in Minneapolis. He graduated from St. Louis Park, High School and earned his BA in teaching at St. Cloud State University, formerly known as St. Cloud Teacher's College. He later earned his MA in teaching from the University of MN. He was a Lieutenant in WWII and served as a cryptographer. He later taught math for many years at Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis. He encouraged and instilled this life long love of education in all of his children. He married Jean Mosher in 1942, was widowed in 1973 and later married Ardis Seelinger in 1975. He enjoyed building and flying radio controlled airplanes, fishing, gardening, all Minnesota sports and was adept with all things mechanical. Following his retirement he visited all 48 states in the continental United States touring on his BMW motorcycle. He was a loving Husband, Father and Grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Ardis Martin; his brother, Robert (Verna)Martin; his children, Archer (June) Martin, Vicki (James) Bliss, Lauren (Greg) Behl, Genevieve (Cliff) Hale, Geoff (Sarah) Seelinger, Tim (Deborah) Seelinger; by 11 grandchildren who adored him and by 4 nieces and nephews. Memorial Service Sat., 3/18 at 11 AM at Sunset Funeral Home, 2250 St. Anthony Blvd. NE, Mpls. Interment Sunset. Sunset Funeral Home 612-789-3596.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, June 29, 2002, pB8

Douglas A. Hanson 

Age 73, of Mpls. Teacher & Counselor Roosevelt High School/Mpls. Public Schools 1953-1990. Trustee Mpls. Teacher's Retirement Fund 1987 to present. Preceded in death by parents, Arthur & Myrtle. Survived by wife, Joan; daughter, Barb (Eric) Pederson; son, Scott (Sherry) Hanson; grandchildren, Alex, Sam, Neal and Natalie; brother, Gary; and other relatives. Services Monday 10 am Minnehaha United Methodist Church, 3701 E. 50th St. Visitation Sunday 5-8 pm at Washburn-McReavy Nokomis Park Chapel, 1838 E. Minnehaha Pkwy. Masonic Service at 7:30 pm. Visitation also 1 hour prior at church. Interment Ft. Snelling Cemetery. Memorials preferred. Washburn-McReavy Peterson-Stohlberg.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, Sept. 1, 2002, pB9

Clifford E. Luke 

Age 92, of Burnsville. Taught Vocational Agriculture at Roosevelt High School for 30 years. Preceded in death by wife, Mary; and sister, Marguerite Grant. Survived by sons, Jon (Jeanne) of Indianapolis, IN and David (Shirley) of Reno, NV; grandchildren, Amanda, Rosa, Benjamin (April), Travis and Molli Luke; great-granddaughter, Kaitlin; niece, Marsha (Warren) Oskey; nephew, Gary (Joni) Grant; sisters-in-law, Ludmilla Maltzen and Olga Elnicky; brother-in-law, Kenneth Grant. Services Thursday, 11 AM, Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church, 5011 31st Ave S. Visitation Wednesday, 4-7 PM, at the Washburn-McReavy Nokomis Park Chapel, 1838 E. Minnehaha Pkwy, and one hour prior to service at church. Interment Pleasant View Memorial Gardens. Memorials to Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church. Washburn-McReavy Nokomis Park Chapel.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, February 9, 1989, p6B

E.N. Strandjord

Age 88, of Belview, MN. Retired asst. principal at Roosevelt High School, Mpls. Longtime member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Mpls. Graduated from Luther College, Decorah, IA. Preceded in death by 2 sons, Michael John and Carl Martin. Survived by wife, Rubelle; son, Dr. Paul Strandjord, Belvue, WA: 3 grandchildren, Dr. Thomas Strandjord, Scott Strandjord, Seattle, WA, Michael Strandjord III, Bloomington, MN. Services at Grace Lutheran Church, Sat. Feb. 11, 1 p.m. in Belview, MN.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, April 7, 1983, p54

Vivian W. Straka

Age 68, 9112 First Ave. SE, Mpls, died March 23. Survivors include her daughter, Susan of St. Paul; son, Erhard Tofteland of Mpls; three grandchildren; and sisters, Sonia Hall of Mpls, Evelyn Days, Mae Wierima, of Mpls, and Elvira Clarke of St. Paul. Arrangements were by Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapel.

St. Cloud Daily Times, January 9, 1981, p12A

Allan Brenny

Age 62, formerly of Holdingford, died Thursday at Fairview-Southdale, Minneapolis. Funeral Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Bloomington, with his brother, the Rev. Kenneth Brenny officiating. Burial will be in Fort Snelling Cemetery in Minneapolis. Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. today, at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, Minneapolis. Mr. Brenny was born Feb. 7, 1918, to the late Charles and Agnes Brenny and he married Jeanette Kennedec. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII and employed as a teacher by Roosevelt School Minneapolis, many years. Survivors include his wife; sons and daughters, James, Barry, Barbara and Jan, Richfield; brothers and sister, Clements, Clemen, Little Falls; Eleanor, Pensacola, Fla.; Mrs. Connie Lewis Glenwood Springs, Colo.; Clarence “Chief,” Carroll, Iowa; Roy, Holdingford; the Rev. Kenneth, Elizabeth and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother, Stanley.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, Nov. 22, 1987, p46

May Charlotte Doherty

Of Excelsior. Preceded in death by husband Willis C. Retired Roosevelt High School English teacher. Survived by sisters, Sarah Coleman, Barrett, MN, and Mrs. Lyle (Marge) Oland, Kingsland, TX; step-daughter-in-law, Evelyn Doherty of RI; nieces, nephews and four step-grandchildren. Services Monday 10 a.m. at the Excelsior Congregational Church, 471 Third St. Visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Visitation and committal service 3 p.m., Smith Funeral Home, Elbow Lake, MN. Memorials preferred to Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

Minneapolis Star, August 10, 1965, p24

Services for Clayton Hutchins

Age 54; 4337 Alabama Av., St Louis Park, who died Monday, will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Werness Brothers Mortuary, 3500 W. 60th Street, with burial in Lakewood Cemetery. Mr. Hutchins was a teacher at South High School for nine years and Roosevelt High School for seven years. Survivors include his wife, Beatrice; a daughter, Mrs. Edward Gale; a son, Herold, both of Mpls; five sisters, Mrs. Louise Vrooman, Fresno, Calif., Mrs. Winifred Ryden, Pontiac Michigan, Mrs. Lillian Higgins, Hamilton, Montana, Mrs. Ramona Eyrich, Anoka, and Mrs. LoisMary O’Brien, Minneapolis. Reviewal will be at 4 p.m. at the mortuary. Memorials are preferred to the Aldersgate Methodist Church.


Minneapolis Star, September 6, 1965, p21

After Teacher's Death--House Painted as Memorial

A chance remark on a picnic last month resulted in a memorial to a friend and teacher over the weekend.

Clayton Hutchins had taken his Roosevelt High School senior choir on the outing and during the day mentioned he hoped to paint his house before school started.

The next day, Mr. Hutchins was dead of a heart attack.

"The boys told me the day of the funeral they were going to paint the house. They had heard my husband mention the work needed doing," Mrs. Hutchins said.

Saturday morning the crew showed up. Mrs. Hutchins provided the paint. They brought brushes and scaffolding lent by a businessman whose children had sung under Mr. Hutchin's direction.

Despite rain and an occasional burst of horseplay, the three-bedroom cedar-shake house at 4337 Alabama Ave., St Louis Park, was painted by sundown.

"It was more than just the Choralaires, and more than just the kids in your picture [see below]" said Mrs. Hutchins. "Some were his former students or they just knew him at school."

Mr. Hutchins, 54, had been at Roosevelt seven years.

[The photo is titled: Young painters--This crew painted the house of Mrs. Clayton Hutchins. The image depicts Harold Hutchins, Sander Engelesjord, Jack Lundeen, John Lundeen, Matt Rauh, Kathy Bjorkman, Bruce Fimon, Penny Crockett, Steve Lundeen, Church Ostlund and Kay Gale.]

Minneapolis Star Tribune, July 1, 1981, p37

Leo F. Brick

Of Minneapolis, Member of Knights of Columbus Council 435. Retired Roosevelt High School teacher. Survived by wife, Alicia; daughter and son-in-law, Marguerite and David Sloss; grandsons, Michael and Danial, all of Minneapolis; sisters, Bernadine Miller and Celestine Maloney; brother, John Jerome Brick, all of St. Paul. Mass of Christian Burial Wed. 7:30 p.m. Basilica of St. Mary, 16th St. and Hennepin Ave. Interment Thurs. St. Peter and Paul’s Cemetery, Loretta, Minn. Visitation Wed. 3-4 at Gill Brothers (Southwest) Chapel 5801 Lyndale Ave. S. and one hour prior to Mass at the Basilica. Memorials preferred to the Basilica or donor’s choice.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, June 16, 1976, p26

Edwin L. Olson

Age 73, 4501 W. 4 St. Member of Barto Lodge No. 249 AF & AM Scottish Rite and Zuriah Temple of the Shrine. Survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. David (Karen) Laurel, Bloomington, Mrs. Lonny (Mary) Jensen, Dassel, Mn; 3 grandsons, Patrick, Michael and John Laurel; 2 sisters, Mrs. Glynn Hogen, Renville, Mn., Mrs. Evelyn Melaes, St. Cloud, Mn. Services Thur. 1 p.m. at Welander Quist (Edina Chapel) 5116 Vernon Ave. S. Interment Oak Hill Cemetery. Graveside services under auspices of the Masonic Lodge. Friends may call from e to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wed. Memorials may be directed to the charity of donor’s choice.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, March 22, 2015, pB10

Donald W. Iverson

  • Donald W. Iverson
  • Donald W. Iverson

Iverson, Donald W. Age 91, of Richfield. Beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grand- father, teacher and friend to many was received into the arms of his loving Savior on Thursday, March 19, 2015. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Harriet; parents, Carl and Mildred Iverson and brother, Everett. Survived by daughters, Kathleen (Glen) Winchell and Deborah Iverson; grandchildren, Michael (Renae) Biebl, Katherine (Ben) Duckworth and Jennifer Biebl (Noel); great-grandchildren, Alaina, Ryese, Ingrid, Beau and soon-to-arrive sibling, and many "grand-pets". Don proudly served his country in WWII as a P38 pilot in the Air Force. He loved the farm, woodworking, doting on his grandchildren and chocolate. Most of all, he loved his dear family and friends! We love you, Pops! Memorial service Tuesday, (March 24), at 2:00 PM at Lyngblomsten Care Center, 1415 Almond Ave., St. Paul. Private interment Ft Snelling. Memorials preferred to Lyngblomsten Foundation, American Diabetes Assoc. or Shih Tzu Rescue of MN. If flowers are sent, no lilies are permitted in Lyngblomsten. Morris Nilsen Chapel 612-869-3226

Minneapolis Star Tribune, December 15, 1994, p34

Longtime Roosevelt High School teacher “Sam” Halron dies at 90

Even at a 90th birthday celebration in January, former high school teacher Merrill (Sam) Halron was surrounded by students. He taught chemistry and physics and coached football at Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis for about 40 years. He was described as a person who ran a tight ship, but a gifted motivator who loved to work with youth.

Halron died of complications from kidney failure Monday at Fairview Southdale Hospital at Edina.

Halron, of Bloomington, started at Roosevelt in 1933. As head football coach during the 1930s he guided the team to the school’s first Twin Cities championship in 1935.

He continued as assistant coach under Al Gowans until 1951. He was named the school’s chemistry teacher of the year before he retired in 1970.

“He was known and appreciated for encouraging students to excellence and to seek advanced education when possible,” said his son-in-law, Frank Stickel. He recalled a story told by Halron about how most of the football players took his chemistry class because they believed it would be an easy “A,” but “he actually demanded more from the players than anybody else.”

“We heard countless stories from students about how he changed their lives,” Stickel said. “Before he became a teacher he had thought about becoming a priest.”

Halron was born in Peshtigo, Wis., and graduated from the University of Iowa. He taught in Boscobel, Wis., and Rhinelander, Wis., before moving to Minneapolis. He worked with youth recreation leagues.

He is survived by his wife, Doris; a daughter Sharon Stickel, of Edina; a sister, Iola Beth, of Green Bay, Wis., and a brother, Sidney, of Marinette, Wis.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at St. Edwards Catholic Church, 9401 Nesbitt Av. S., Bloomington. Memorials to the church are suggested. Arrangements are by the Washburg-McReavy Funeral Chapel, Edina.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, December 13, 1990, p40

Ralph R. Blake; taught at Roosevelt High School

Age 78, a physics teacher at Minneapolis Roosevelt High School for 30 years, died Monday at St. Therese Home in New Hope.

Blake was born in Lamberton, Minn., and moved to Mankato, Minn., with his family when he was 6 years old. He attended St. Mary’s College in Winona, Minn., for two years and graduated from Mankato State University.

He taught science and math in Woodstock and Adrian, Minn., for several years until he joined the Army in 1941.

He served stateside for four years and eventually was assigned to counsel soldiers at Fort Snelling before being discharged as a sergeant in 1946.

Blake Returned to Minneapolis, finished his master’s degree at the University of Minnesota in the fall of 1946 and joined Roosevelt High School faculty.

“He apparently was very popular as a teacher and had high standards, judging by what students have written to him,” said his sister, Frances Blake of Edina.

Ralph Blake was assistant football coach for a time and was assistant to basketball coach when Roosevelt teams won the state championship two years in a row, his sister said. He retired in 1976 and suffered a stroke in December 1977.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at St. Helena’s Catholic Church, 3204 E. 43rd St., Minneapolis. Memorials to the charity of the donor’s choice are suggested. Arrangements are by the Kapala-Glodek Funeral Home.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, January 2, 1988, p19

Dorothy Pommer, teacher, counselor at former Miller, Roosevelt schools

Age 76, of Richfield, a teacher and counselor at the old Miller Vocational and Minneapolis Roosevelt high schools for 35 years, died of bone cancer Wednesday at Heritage Homes in Edina.

Pommer taught English and social studies at Miller in downtown Minneapolis from 1936 to 1938, when she transferred to Roosevelt. From 1943 to 1946 she was a Navy lieutenant stationed at the Naval Torpedo Station in Alexandria, Virginia.

After the war she taught at the University of Minnesota, then returned to Roosevelt as chairman of the Common Learnings Group, an experimental program mixing English, social studies, geography and other courses.

Pommer later became a counselor and helped thousands of students until retiring in 1972, said her brother George of Richfield.

After retiring she sold real estate for the Spring CO.

She was a member of Psi Chi, a national psychology honor society, and Phi Lambda Theta, a national honor association for women in education; the Minnesota Vocational Guidance Association; Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts, American Swedish Institute; Minneapolis Counselor’s Association; the College Women’s Club; Minneapolis Retired Teachers Association and the Minnesota Retired Education Association.

She was an avid stamp collector and enjoyed needlepoint. Some of her needlepoint work decorates the governor’s mansion in St. Paul.

Pommer was born in St. Paul but spent most of her early years in Minneapolis. She graduated from West High School in 1929 and received an English degree and a master’s degree in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota. She later did post-graduate work at the Minnesota School of Business and at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Services will be held at noon Monday at Werness Brothers Funeral Chapel, 3500 W. 50th St., Minneapolis. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, January 21, 1995, p20

Pauline Forsyth, 82, former art teacher in Minneapolis

An art teacher who influenced the lives of many students at South and Roosevelt high schools in Minneapolis, died Wednesday of complications of Parkinson’s disease at Castle Ridge Care Center in Eden Prairie.

Forsyth “always taught from a viewpoint of personal knowledge, not just out of books,” said Joe Ordos, a former student who became an artist and educator.

“She seemed to touch on everything—how to arrange a house, painting … Through her, I went into art.”

Forsyth and her husband, Robert, who taught art at the University of Minnesota, spent many summers exploring museums, art galleries and historic sites in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

“They lived this life; they didn’t just talk it,” Ordos said. “They were surrounded by wonderful visual pieces.”

Forsyth was a native of La Grande, Ore. She graduated from the University of Oregon in Eugene and earned a master’s degree there, too. She also studied with Moholy Nagy at Mills College in Oakland, Calif. Nagy was a member of the German Bauhaus School, which emphasized simplicity functionalism and craftsmanship.

She taught art education at colleges in Oregon and Texas before she and her husband, Robert, moved to St. Paul in 1949. She taught at South High for six years and at Roosevelt High from 1955-1968 when she retired because of Parkinson’s disease.

No services are planned.

Besides her husband, who lives in Eden Prairie, she is survived by a sister, Arline Farquhar, of Eugene, Ore.

Memorials to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association are suggested. Arrangements are by the Washburn McReavy Strobeck-Johnson Funeral Chapel.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, July 31, 1991, p18

Educator Thomas Valvik dies at 72

Age 72, a retired biology teacher at Minneapolis Roosevelt High School and former principal of Walnut Grove (Minn.) High School, died of cancer Tuesday in his home in Minneapolis. Valvik was born in Mandal, Norway. He was four years old when his family came to the United States and settled in Yonkers, N.Y. He graduated from high school there in 1937. After working with his father in the carpentry business for a year, he enrolled at Augsburg College in Minneapolis graduating in 1942. He served in the Army Medical Corps for three years in France and North Africa in WWII.

He taught science and math and was dean of boys at Augustana Academy in Canton, S.D., for one and a half years before contracting undulant fever, which required a stay at the Veterans Hospital in Minneapolis. He taught in Deer Creek, Minn. For a year or two and was principal in Walnut Grove from 1951 to 1957.

He earned a master’s degree at the University of Minnesota in 1956. He taught biology at Roosevelt High School for 20 years between 1957 and 1981. He taught for a year at Nokomis Junior High for a year. Valvik retired from Roosevelt in 1981.

He was active at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Minneapolis and was on the board of directors of the New Hope Center. He was a member of the Augsburg Alumni Board. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte; a daughter, Maren Peucker, of Mount Gambier; a sister, Agnes Larson, of Eagen, and four grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 3751 17th Av. S., Minneapolis. Arrangements are by the Henry W. Anderson Mortuary.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, September 6, 1973, p39

Harvey F. J. Wagner

Age 65, of 5428 11th Ave. S. Survived by his wife, Yvonne, daughters, Mary Wagner, Mpls., Mrs. David (Ann) Biorge of Big Fork, Minn.; brothers, John of Millersville, Minn. & George of Alexandria; sisters, Mrs. Merton Neilson, Mpls.; Sister Rosalinda, O.S.B., St Joseph, Minn.,;Mrs. Eleanora Melby, Stewart, Minn. Visitation after 6 P.M. Wed. at the Resurrection Church, 54th St. & 11th Ave. S. with vigil prayers 8 P.M. Funeral Mass 10 A.M. Thurs. at the church. Arrangements with Gleason Mortuary, 2650 Nicollet. Memorials preferred. 

Minneapolis Star Tribune, October 24, 1995, p18

Kenneth M. Peterson

Age 89, died October 22, 1995 in Tucson, Arizona. Husband of Maxine Peterson and uncle of Robert Griffith and Marvin Trees. Mr. Peterson was a Minneapolis high school teacher for 38 years and a member of the Sabbar Temple, Scottish Rite, Bloomington Lodge and Alpha Sigma Phi. No local services are planned. Burial is in the Enderlin Community Cemetery, Enderlin, North Dakota. Arrangements by Brings Broadway Chapel, 6910 E. Broadway, Tucson, Arizona.