Memorial service for Arden A. Alpers, 60, Blaine, took place April 13 at Methven-Taylor Funeral Home, Blaine. Rev. Al Backmann officiated.
Alpers died from a stroke. He was a retired chief warrant officer in the United States Coast Guard after serving 20 years and a lifetime member of Fridley VFW Post 363.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon; daughters, Brandi and Suzette; mother, Doris Barnes; and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Arnold; and sister, Luann Johnson.
Interment was private. Arrangements were by Methven-Taylor Funeral Homes, Blaine Chapel.
Memorial service for Harold W. (Bonnie) Bonnell, 90, Ann Arbor, Mich., formerly of Anoka, will take place Friday, Aug. 17, 2 p.m., at the University Lutheran Church of Hope, Minneapolis.
Bonnell died April 2 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. He was born in Heron Lake June 1, 1921 to Leola P. and Carl E. Bonnell and moved with his family to Anoka in 1925 where he lived until 1993. He graduated from Anoka High School in 1939, where he was school president and captain of the football team. He served in as a tech. sergeant in the Army Air Corp in Burma in World War II, then earned a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College, Northfield, and a master’s degree from Harvard University and became a CPA. He ran his father’s grocery business in Anoka until 1951 when he joined the accounting firm of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Co. (KMPG), becoming a partner in the Minneapolis office in 1960, retiring in 1980. He served as chairman of the Anoka Housing and Redevelopment Authority and on the boards of the State Bank of Anoka, the Harlan Thurston Foundation and the Correctional Service of Minnesota, as well as treasurer of Zion Lutheran Church of Anoka for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Rebecca; daughters, Ann Beane (John) of Shoreview and Martha Farhat (Fayez) of Jeih, Lebanon; sons, Thomas (Emily McKnight) of Granger, Ind., Mark (Catherine Hereman) of Santa Fe, N.M.; adopted son, Khaeng Sinakhone (Ounrinda); grandchildren, Zoe, Elliott, Hannah, Sara, Joyce, Eric, Tyler, Emily, Omar, Isaac; great-granddaughter, Juniper; and sister, Joyce and husband Donald Sage of Andover.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Marjorie Henle; and first wife and mother of his children, Janet (Carlson) Bonnell.
Arrangements are by Muehlig Funeral Home, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Memorial service for Lois M. Colline, Blaine, will take place today (Friday, April 20), 11 a.m., at Peace Lutheran Church, Coon Rapids, with visitation one hour before.
She is survived by her husband, Norman; children, Linda Ayers, Jack, Diane (Peter) Coons, Keith and Michael (Lisa); grandchildren, Eric Ayers, Michelle Ayers (Andy), Owen Colline and Tobias Colline; siblings, Ralph Peterson, Duane “Bud” (Joan) Peterson, Donald (Sharon) Peterson and Sharon “Shari” (Dan) Collins; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Arrangements are by Methven-Taylor Funeral Home, Blaine.
Funeral service for Raymond F. Davis, 77, Coon Rapids, will take place today (Friday, April 20), 11 a.m., at Faith Lutheran Church, Coon Rapids, with visitation one hour before the service.
He is survived by his wife, Della; children, Scott (Beth), Karen Davis, John (Jaime); grandchildren, Allison, Matthew, Jared; great-granddaughter, Hailey; sister, Dawn (Roland) Zettervall; brother, Jim “Marv” Davis; and many other relatives and friends.
Arrangements are by Washburn-McReavy Coon Rapids Chapel.
Funeral service for Marie J. Finneman, 85, Blaine, took place April 13 at Church of St. Timothy, Blaine.
Finneman died April 8. She was born April 29, 1926 in St. Joseph.
Interment was at Morningside Memorial Gardens, Coon Rapids. Arrangements were by Gearhart Funeral Home, Coon Rapids.
Funeral service for Jerome John Fischer, 69, Elk River, took place April 16 at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, Anoka. Rev. Mike Van Sloun officiated.
Fischer died April 12 at Fairview University Medical Center, Minneapolis. He was born Nov. 29, 1942 in Lastrup to Raymond and Theresa (Kimmen) Fischer and was a former UPS driver after 28 years.
He is survived by his wife, Jean; children, Mary (Ron) Weigel, Barb (Kurt) Gonyea and Jodi (Mark) Zgutowicz; stepsons, Michael (Rachael), Jeffrey (Kathy) and Greg (Michelle) Stuart; grandchildren, Chris, Jeremy, Nate, Drew, Blake, Julia, Alex, Lauren, Brennan, Wade, Warner, Blake, Sean and Kari; siblings, Janet (Linus) Huver, Gerald (Mary Anne), Leon, Eileen (John) Pohlkamp, Dennis (Mary) and David (Laurie); and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond; first wife, Suzanne; and granddaughter, Alison.
Pallbearers were Chris, Nate and Jeremy Weigel, Drew and Blake Germain and Alec Gonyea.
Interment was at Calvary Cemetery, Anoka. Arrangements were by Thurston-Lindberg Funeral Home, Anoka.
Funeral service for the Rev. William O. Gilbert III, 69, took place April 19 at The Federated Church, Fergus Falls. Revs. Doug Dent and Tom Junkert officiated.
Gilbert died April 15 after a long battle with cancer. He was born Aug. 22, 1942 in Winston-Salem, N.C., to William O. Jr. and Audrey Yow Gilbert.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy of Fergus Falls; son, Kevin (Ronda) and their children, Kendra and Grady of Chantilly, Va.; sisters, Brenda Teague and Vicki Gilbert; and brother, Steve, all of North Carolina.
He was preceded in death by his father, William O. Gilbert, Jr.; mother, Audrey Gilbert; son, Eric; brother, John Gilbert; and brother-in-law, John Teague.
Interment was at Pike Lake Cemetery, Kensington. Arrangements were by Glende-Nilson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls.
Funeral service for Rudolph Anton “Rudy” Jensen, 90, Isanti, took place April 16 at St. Francis United Methodist Church. Rev. Diane Nelson officiated.
Jensen died April 12 at Mercy Hospital. He was born Oct. 18, 1921 in Burns Township to Anton and Elizabeth (Johanson) Jensen and was a retired farmer.
He is survived by his children, Judith (David) Lee, James (Monique) Jensen, Jerry (Rita) Jensen and Joan (Patrick) Anderson; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Ellen Thompson, Marion Coffey and Sylvia (Lloyd) Williams; nieces and nephews; special friend, Marion Schulz; and other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Claribel “Red;” parents, Anton and Elizabeth; and siblings, Peter, Frank, Arvid, Inge, Alma and Richard.
Pallbearers were Rudy, Pierre and Trent Jensen, Jacob Zaharia, Jason Reynolds and Greg Anderson.
Interment was at West Oak Grove Cemetery, Oak Grove. Arrangements were by Thurston-Lindberg Funeral Home, Anoka.
Celebration of the life of James R. “Jim” Law, 72, Coon Rapids, took place April 16 at Grace Lutheran Church, Andover.
Law died April 13.
He is survived by his sister, Anna Stober; wife, Ellen (Siems); children and their spouses and friends, Dave and Lindy (Law) Richards, Julie (Law) Cartland and Carl Choate, Jamie Law, Ian and Laura (Frey) Law, Alan and Sandy (Steen) Law, Phil and Lucinda (Law) Rynex and David and Kathleen (Gore) Law; grandchildren, Benjamin and Keather (Black) Richards, Justin and Heidi (Kallevig) Richards, Jeffrey and Kristen Rynex, Victoria and Ezekiel Cartland, Erika, Jack, Parker, Gabriella and Kelsey Brock and Gage Law; and great-grandchildren, Andon and Elise Richards.
He was preceded in death by his father, Harry; mother, Pearl (Nelson); and brothers, Weldon and Ralph.
Arrangements were by Washburn-McReavy Coon Rapids Chapel.
Donald James Lee, 80, Mission Viego, Calif., formerly of Fridley, has died.
Lee was a Korean War veteran, an Anoka County dispatcher while attending college, a Roseville Police officer and a social worker in California.
He is survived by his sisters, Darlene Lee Sammarco of Fridley, Kathryn Lee Parquette (Bob); wife, Donna M. Lee; children, Paula R. Lee (Craig C. Freeman), John Patrick Lee (and wife), Michelle Lee Kamoto (and husband), Kelly Lee Peterson (Tom), Donald James Lee Jr. (Mary), Greg Lee (Pia); and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Celestine and James Lee; sister, Joanne Lee; grandparents, Frank and Dora Lee; and great-grandparents, Robert Hunt and Thomas Lee.
Memorial service for Norman Walter Lindman, 93, Inver Grove Heights, formerly of Anoka, will take place at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday, April 21) with a gathering one hour prior at the United Methodist Church of Anoka.
Lindman died April 9 while receiving hospice care at Prelude Homes & Services, Woodbury. He was born Nov. 27, 1918 in Anoka and served in the U.S. Army during World War II, achieved the rank of technical sergeant and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for “detailed planning of military operations in Operation Overlord,” the invasion of Normandy, France, in 1944. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Anoka for over 30 years, retiring as assistant postmaster in 1972.
He is survived by his children, Karen Neu (Chris) of Inver Grove Heights, Dana (Jodie), of Los Angeles, Calif., and Peter (Sylvia) of Portland, Ore.; and grandchildren, Jessica Neu, Jacob Neu and Summer Lindman.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ila (Owen).
Interment will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Funeral service for Ella Mae Parker, 66, New Brighton and Ham Lake, took place April 16 at Church of St. Timothy, Blaine.
Parker was born May 29, 1945 in Deer River to Frank and Florence Evans and worked as a registered nurse and in health care administration for many Twin Cities hospitals until she retired in 2009.
She is survived by her husband, Jerome; daughter, Lisa; granddaughter, Molly; sisters, Carol, Kathy, Marcia, Peggy, Nadine and Bobbie; brothers, John, Jerry and Mike; and over 100 nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her son, Thomas; parents; and two brothers.
Interment was at Morningside Memorial Gardens, Coon Rapids. Arrangements with Kozlak-Radulovich Blaine Chapel.
Memorial service Diane Rahn (Diedrich), 72, of Long Grove, Ill., formerly of East Bethel, will take place at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday, April 21) at Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel. Rev. Howard Skulstad will officiate.
Rahn died March 24 at the Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Ill. She was born July 20, 1939 in St. Cloud to Arthur and Cecelia (Petron) Diedrich.
She is survived by her husband, Jim of East Bethel; children, Kelly (Ken) Friend of Long Grove, Ill., Tim (Linda) Rahn of Sandwich, Ill., John (Debbie) Rahn, of Medford, Jason (Nikki) Rahn of Andover; 15 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sisters, Dorene (Wayne) Zimmerman of St. Cloud and DeNae (John) O’Connell of Rosemount.
Arrangements are by Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel.