Obituaries

Spring 2020

1939

Elizabeth Florence
Elizabeth Florence Hiltz of Coon Rapids, MN died on November 11 at age 98. Elizabeth cherished time spent with friends and family.  Until the last two days of her life, she used her passion and magical gift of music to play the piano to bring joy to herself and others. Veterans Day was an appropriate day for her passing as her family believes she was met at the gates of heaven by a soldier she had missed for decades, her son Leslie who died in Vietnam in 1968.

 

1940

Dorothy Balch
On Thursday, October 17, 2019, Dorothy Balch passed peacefully away from this life. She was 96 years old. Her daughter, Candida Tepke (Daniel), son, Peter, and sister, Gladys Howell, survive her along with four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was born, Dorothy Irene Lundstrom, on October 4th, 1923, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the third daughter of second-generation Swedish immigrants. She attended Minnehaha Academy, North Park Junior College and the University of Minnesota, studying for a career as a speech therapist. She was married to Wayne Balch, college professor, from July 20, 1946 until his death on August 12, 2003. She was a talented pianist, poet, entertainer and family comedienne. She was a life-long member of the Evangelical Covenant Church, formerly known as the Swedish Covenant Church and active in various charitable and educational organizations. She traveled extensively. She will be remembered for her charity, her hospitality, and humor, her flawless memory of people she met over her nine decades, her ever-constant Christian faith, and her devotion to family and friends around the world. May she rest Peace.

 

1944

Marion E. Anderson
A memorial service for Marian E. Anderson, age 90, will be held at 12:00 noon Saturday, October 28th, at Waters Edge Bible Church, 209 S. Oakwood Avenue, West Chicago. The Reverend Gary Kirst and the Reverend Jayson York will lead a service of praise and thanksgiving.  Born February 2, 1927, in Salina, Kansas, she died Monday, October 23, 2017, at Beacon Hill Retirement Community in Lombard.  Mrs. Anderson was active in church life as a member of the choir, playing piano and handbells, teaching Sunday School, serving as a deaconess, and being a Stephen Minister.  Mrs. Anderson earned her masters of nursing degree from the University of Minnesota in 1948, and worked as a Nursing Supervisor at West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park, Illinois.  Marian had an intense love for her family and in turn was deeply loved by those who are saddened by her death, including her children, Gregg Warren (Sandra) Anderson of West Chicago, and Kurt Roger (Karen) Anderson of Montgomery; grandchildren, Raechel (Peter) Dressler, Lauren (Scott) McClain, and Eric (Heidi) Anderson, and Kristen (David) Scoggan and David (Sara) Anderson; thirteen great grandchildren; two brothers; nieces and nephews; and many friends.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren E. Anderson, in 2001; a son, Mark L. Anderson, of Pasadena, California; and a sister, Phyllis Anderson Nyquist, of San Jose, California.

 

1947

Martha Schlader (Armstrong)
Schlader (Armstrong), Martha Age 90, of Brooksville, FL, passed peacefully on November 19 at home in Hospice Care. Survived by daughters Jill and Gwyn (Greg) Schwinn, grandkids Aaron, Brett, Andy, Allison & great-grandchildren. She graduated from Minnehaha Academy in 1947. Martha received a teaching degree from Bethel College where she also met her loving husband of 40 years, Everett who preceded her in death. She enjoyed travel, boating on the Saint Croix, tennis and bridge. Martha was a wonderful mother & grand-mother who will be missed.

 

1949

Barbara J. (Safely) King
(Safely)King, Barbara J. age 88, of Bloomington, was peacefully ushered into heaven on January 29, 2020. Known for her wonderful hospitality and servant’s heart, Barb managed the kitchen ministry at Grace Church Roseville and Edina, serving more than a half million meals over nearly two decades. Mother of four boys, her home kitchen was busy as well, feeding the sons and their friends – likely responsible for keeping the frozen pizza industry in business during those high school years! She loved coffee, chocolate, and stirring up fun. A loving wife, mom and “Gram” to her family, whom she dearly loved. Barb is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth King. Survived by children, Larry (Lori), Jeff (Renee), Bill (Mary), Russ and daughter-in-law Sue King; grandchildren, AJ (Amy), Ken (Deb), Alyssa (Jonathan), Anna (Randy), Emily (Anthony), Jennifer (Paul) and Justin; as well as 13 great-grandchildren.

Douglas Albert Dahlquist
Douglas Albert Dahlquist of Baxter, MN died of a heart attack at home on Wednesday, December 25, 2019.Douglas was born February 2, 1932 in Minneapolis, MN. His parents were Albert and Carrie Dahlquist. Douglas lived in South Minneapolis and graduated from Minnehaha Academy, the University of Minnesota and Bethel Theological Seminary. Douglas was an ordained minister, pastoring churches in Duluth and Fergus Falls, MN and Lake Forest, IL. While in Illinois, he earned a PhD in Religion from Garrett Seminary and Northwestern University. Douglas and Beverly Widen of Hopkins, MN were married in 1955. They have two daughters, Deborah Joy Olson (Timothy), San Diego, CA and Bonnie Jean Christensen (Scott), Minnetonka, MN. Survivors also include wife Beverly, grandson Jonathan Christensen, granddaughter Julie Christensen and sister Eleanor Dahlquist. Douglas was a Pastor for fifteen years and later joined the faculty of Bethel Theological Seminary as Professor of Pastoral Care. From 1976 to 1996 he worked as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in outpatient mental health clinics. Douglas retired in 1996 after ten years of service with Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota in Brainerd, MN. Douglas enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf and tennis. He sang in choral groups for over 70 years. He was an avid sports fan of all MN teams. He and Beverly recently celebrated 64 years of marriage. He was a loving husband and father and will be missed by his family and many friends.

 

1950

Carol J. Jordan
Jordan, Carol J. (Nee Engstrom) Divinely choreographed by God, Carol was admitted to the hospital on her 87th birthday New Years Eve. God’s faithful servant was peacefully escorted by angels and reunited with her devoted husband, Frank, on January 3rd. Never a harsh word and always serving others, Carol loved Hope Church for 60 years, and her kind spirit touched all who crossed her path. Survived by Frank III (Mary Kay), Dan, Frank IV, and Julianna Jordan. Memorial checks to Hope Church will provide nightly meals to those in need. Carol would say every day you wake up in the morning in good health is your birthday. She wrote cards of gratitude and encouragement to all she knew for every occasion large and small. Brought meals, made apple pies for friends and neighbors. Go do random acts of kindness, visit people when they’re sick, shovel a neighbor’s sidewalk, visit the elderly often, honor your mother and father always and you’ll make Carol’s heart sing. May the blessings be. FINISHED THROUGH HERE FINISHED THROUGH HERE

Curtis B. Erickson
Erickson, Curtis B. age 86 of Brooklyn Center peacefully passed away January 27, 2020. Survived by wife Caroline, children Lisa ’81, David ’82, grandchildren Kara, Kyle, Cory, Signe and many relatives and friends. Preceded in death by brother Dayle’47, sister Yvonne’53, grandson Soren.

 

1951

Margery Jeanne Rikkers
Rikkers, Margery Jeanne Age 85, passed away Nov. 21, 2019. Preceded in death by her parents, Anton and Hilma Olson, and sister, Doris Olson. She will be missed by her children John’81 (Laing), Jeanne’83, and Jim’87 (Lisa’87) Rikkers; nine grandchildren Maya, Anton, Maria, Pablo, Hannah’12, Adam’16, Sam’20, Leander and Laura, two great grandchildren, and many cherished friends, some of whom she knew for more than seventy years. Marge grew up in West St. Paul, graduating from Minnehaha Academy in 1951. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota in 1955, and taught kindergarten, first and second grades in the South St. Paul Public Schools for seven years before becoming a mother. She loved being a full time homemaker to her children. She was a member of First Covenant Church in Minneapolis, and later of Bloomington Covenant Church, where she was active in the choir and Stephen Ministry program. She volunteered at Martin Luther Manor, Community Emergency Services, Fairview Southdale Hospital and the American Cancer Society. She loved playing the piano her entire life, and continued to play beautifully long after Alzheimer’s disease had taken so much else away. Her constant generosity and gracious social spirit persisted until the end, touching all of those around her, including her beloved caregivers during the last period of her life at Pioneer Estates in Eden Prairie.

John Richard Day
John Richard Day passed away on July 11, 2019.He was born on February 9, 1934 in St. Paul, Minnesota to the late Vernal and Ruth Day. John moved to Phoenix with his wife & children in late December 1965.He retired from Caterpillar’s Arizona Proving Grounds in June 1990. John later worked for Ernie York at JY Trading Company from 2000 to 2016.He is survived by his wife of 65 years, DawnRae; three sons Steve (Rose), Michael, & Rick (Micki); Grandchildren, great grandchildren, and several nieces & nephews. In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by an infant daughter Leslie; three brothers Earl, David, & Ken; and one sister Lois Dooley.

 

1956

Judith Ellen Bartz
Bartz, Judith Ellen “Judy” (Anderson) Born Sept. 8, 1938 in St. Paul to Archie E. Anderson & Eleanor (Burcalow) Anderson.  Died Nov. 10,  in St. Paul, MN. Survived by husband Richard, daughters and granddaughters. A graduate of Minnehaha Academy and Macalester College.  Three generations graduated from Minnehaha, Judy, her father and her two daughters. Her father Archie Anderson was also a teacher at Minnehaha 1952-1956.

Kathryn Jane Rieke Whitworth
Kathryn Jane Rieke Whitworth passed into the presence of her Lord and Savior on May 5, at her home in Hunting Creek, Prospect.  A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, she was the daughter of Maurice Hamilton Rieke and Myrna Alice Clark Rieke. She graduated from Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis, Asbury University (BA) and the University of Louisville (M.Ed.).  She was a career school teacher. Late in her career, she taught gifted and talented students. After retiring from teaching, she served as Director of Children’s Ministries at First United Methodist Church in Lexington.  She was a member of many clubs, societies, and Deer Park Baptist Church.  She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Dr. Albin C. Whitworth, her twin sons,  grandchildren,  a sister-in-law and many cousins.

 

1960

Phillip Randolph Johnson
Johnson, Phillip Randolph 75, passed away peacefully Thursday, July 19, 2018 at home in Blaine, MN. He is preceded in death by his sister, Sandra. Survived by wife, Julie, daughter Joni (Josh), son Jeff (Kristin), grandchildren Sidian and Owen, niece Laurie (Larry and kids Ashley, Amber, Chad). Phillip was a retired banking executive in St. Paul, MN and Charlotte, NC. In retirement, Phil and Julie operated a successful art-making business, Feat of Clay. Phil generously donated his body to the Dept of Anatomy at Rochester Mayo Clinic.

Robert Pankonin
Robert Pankonin, age 77, of Roseville. Bob went home on April 17, 2019, surrounded by loving family and friends, in Bradenton, FL. He has been such a blessing and will be sadly missed by his wife of 50 years, Caela King Pankonin; daughter Keri (Stan) Jurgens; son James (Natalie) Pankonin; son Chris Norling; grand-children Peter, Gillian, Giselle, and Grace Jurgens; William and Gwenyth Pankonin.

Fred Charles Gedelman
Fred Charles GEDELMAN, age 77 of Apple Valley Passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family and friends, on Nov. 25, 2019, following a battle with cancer. Preceded in death by mother, Alyce Gedelman, father, Fred Gedelman, stepmother Dorothy Gedelman and uncle Chuck Greve. He is survived by his wife, Anne Gedelman, brother, Frank (Susan) Gedelman, brother-in-law John (Mary Zenner) DeVaan, nephews Justin (Jessica) Gedelman, Mike (Kim) DeVaan, Angie (Jason) Letourneau, Tami (Jeff) Halonen, Matthew (Casey) Zenner and 8 great nieces and nephews as well as his little dog, Pete. Fred graduated from the University of Minnesota and season ticket holder, for 50 years, to Gopher football and basketball. Fred was a member of the Coast Guard Reserves and worked in sales and marketing for The Lindsay Co./EcoWater Systems for 33 years, with the last 10 years in International sales. Fred was loyal to his friends and family, always willing to lend a hand. He had a quiet spirit. His favorite place was on the couch with Pete watching the Gophers.

 
1965

Nancy Jane LaCroix
LaCroix, Nancy Jane 72, passed away peacefully on December 4th, 2019 surrounded by family and friends. Her life was a living example of bible verse Ephesians 4:32 – “And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ”.

 
1966

Dixie Vaux
Dixie Vaux, Age 72, of Roseville, MN passed away on November 7th.

 

1968

Reverend Eric A. Haugan
Haugan, Reverend Eric A. Age 69 Of Withrop, MN. Died December 28, 2019. Preceded in death by his parents, Robert E. & Clyde Haugan. Survived by his brother, Robert R. (Michelle) Haugan, & sister, Caryl Haugan Peterson; nieces & nephews, Grace, Michael (Kelsey), Jillian Haugan; Zoe & Max Peterson; great niece, Ivy Haugan; numerous relatives and friends. Eric was born on September 10, 1950 in Saint Paul, MN and graduated high school from Minnehaha Academy, then attended the UW – River Falls and obtained a BA degree from the University of Minnesota. He served in the military at West Point & other locations/bases. He received his Master of Divinity degree at the University of Chicago Divinity School and pastored different churches throughout the United States for several years, until he settled at Faith United Church in Winthrop, MN where he was the pastor for over 20 years. Eric enjoyed reading, golfing & travel.

 

Faculty, Board Members, or Staff (Former)

Becker, Rodney D. “Bud” of Hingham, MA, died January 2, 2020. He was 87. Husband of Mary E. Becker of Hingham, MA. Son of the late Reuben and Sophie of Moline Illinois. Brother of the late Lucille Ingebretsen. Father of Richard Becker of Chicago, IL and Susan Atwater and her husband, Rev. Paul Atwater of Hingham, MA. Grandfather of Emily Atwater and her husband, Ethan Penner, and Annie Atwater all of Boston, MA. Bud served as a vice president of Control Data Corporation in Minnesota and Europe before he retired in 1988. After retirement he began a career teaching in the MBA programs of St. Thomas University, Bethel University and St. Mary’s University and continued teaching until his death. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Condolences: Keohane.com or call 781-335-0045.