• Sun, 20 Apr 2014 23:03:30 +0000: Maxine Amundson - Obituaries

    Maxine Amundson

    • Funeral Date: Date Pending
    • Date of Birth: 4/17/33
    • Date of Death: 4/20/14
    • Funeral Location: Bethel Lutheran Church - Northfield

    Maxine Amundson, age 81 of Northfield, passed away Sunday morning, April 20, 2014, at the Care Center of the Northfield Retirement Community.

    Arrangements are pending with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.

  • Sat, 12 Apr 2014 15:56:17 +0000: Eunice Dinga - Obituaries
    Eunice Dinga

    Eunice Dinga

    • Funeral Date: 4/15/14
    • Funeral Time: 11:00 AM
    • Date of Birth: 1/07/27
    • Date of Death: 4/12/14
    • Funeral Location: Bethlehem Lutheran Church - Mpls
    Eunice V. Dinga
    Age 87 of Bloomington, Minnesota, died Saturday morning, April 12, 2014 with her husband and family by her side. She was born January 7, 1927 to Lutheran missionary parents while they were serving in China.
    She did it all – wife, mother, special ed teacher, world traveler, book clubs, Stephen Minister, bridge club, friends, shopper, camping in the US and Canada, cruises around the world, dining out, family, knitter, politics, weaver, singer, ceramics, painting with oils, walker… loved talking to everyone, being at the ocean, going barefoot, and warm sunny weather!
    Preceded in death by her parents, Reverend and Mrs. Albert (Viola) Anderson; sisters Ruth (Dean) Lewis, Trudy (Myron) Hoff, Clara Anderson; brother Albert E. Anderson. Survived by loving husband and fellow traveler of 65 years, Gustav Dinga; children – Paul (Dorann Lucas) Dinga, Marc (Marianne) Dinga, Cheryl (Gregg) Feigum, Diane (John) Stratton; brother – Don (Anne) Anderson; sister-in-law – Delores Anderson; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, many relatives and friends.
    Funeral service Tuesday 11am, with visitation one hour before, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4100 Lyndale Avenue S., Mpls, MN. Interment Oak Lawn Cemetery, Northfield, MN.
    Memorials are preferred to the “Dr. Gustav and Eunice Dinga Chemistry Scholarship Fund” Concordia College, 901 8th St. S., Moorhead, MN, 56562. Thanks to Wealshire of Bloomington, Pathfinder Care Management and Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital Hospice for their loving and gentle care!
    Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.
  • Sun, 06 Apr 2014 15:41:03 +0000: Gene Hoyord - Obituaries
    Gene Hoyord

    Gene Hoyord

    • Funeral Date: 4/10/14
    • Funeral Time: 3:00 PM
    • Date of Birth: 5/29/32
    • Date of Death: 4/02/14
    • Funeral Location: Chapel of the Northfield Retirement Community

    Gene R. Hoyord, age 81 of Northfield, passed away Wednesday morning, April 2, 2014, at the Care Center of the Northfield Retirement Community.

    Gene was born May 29, 1932, in Amherst Junction, Wisconsin, to Allard and Violet (Clemensen) Hoyord.  He graduated from Rhinelander High School in 1950.

    Survivors include 2 sisters Jeanette Dobberstein of Wisconsin, Judy (Paul) Otten of Marine on St. Croix.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

    A memorial service will be held at 3:00P.M. Thursday, April 10, 2014, at the Chapel of the Northfield Retirement Community.

    Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.

  • Sun, 30 Mar 2014 19:32:37 +0000: Betty Jo Axelson - Obituaries
    Betty Jo Axelson

    Betty Jo Axelson

    • Funeral Date: 4/04/14
    • Funeral Time: 11:00 AM
    • Date of Birth: 4/05/35
    • Date of Death: 3/30/14
    • Funeral Location: Northfield United Methodist Church

    Betty Jo Johnson Axelson was born April 5, 1935, in Braham, Minnesota, to Joseph and Ruth (Carlson)_Johnson.  She was raised in Two Harbors where her parents owned and operated the Flood Bay Motel.  She graduated from Two Harbors High School in 1953 and attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter.  While attending the Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis Betty Jo met her future husband Donald Axelson.  On October 8, 1955, Betty Jo and Don married at Lebanon Lutheran Church in Minneapolis and in 1957 they moved to Don’s hometown of Northfield.  Betty Jo and Don owned and operated Axelson’s on the Square in Northfield.  In 1976, Betty began working in the guidance office at Northfield High School, retiring in 1993.  Don passed away on January 29, 2013.  Betty Jo had been a resident of the Northfield Retirement Community since last September.

    Betty Jo was a member of the United Methodist Church, church choir and at one time Bridge Club.  She enjoyed following high school and U of M sports and especially enjoyed girls basketball and March Madness!  She loved all things Scandinavian and was proud of her 100% Swedish heritage.  Family was truly the center of her life and she always stayed very connected with her children and grandchildren.

    Survivors include 3 children: Debra Blumer of Eagan, Laurie and husband Dave Amundson of Bloomington, Jay and wife Cheryl of Newport Beach, California; 7 grandchildren: Melissa and Ryan Willy and their children Sarah and Nicholas, Heather and Rick DeGree and their daughter Jocelyn, Emily and Erik Amundson, Grace, Sophia and Ava Axelson; 5 sisters-in-law: Janet (Tom) Pritchard of Northfield, Judy Johnson of West St. Paul, Bobbi Axelson of Bloomington, Carol Axelson of Chicago, Adelaide Axelson of Edina; her brother-in-law, Norman (Arlene) Axelson of Bloomington; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years Don, her parents, her brother Dick Johnson, her brothers-in-law Lawrence, Jim and Tom Axelson and beloved nephew Steve Johnson.

    With her children by her side, Betty Jo passed away Sunday afternoon, March 30, 2014, at the Northfield Hospital, at the age of 78.

    A celebration of Betty Jo’s life will be held at 11:00AM Friday, April 4, 2014, at the United Methodist Church in Northfield with Rev. Marty Raths officiating. Music will be provided by Carmen, Kimberly and Anna Jo Skwira, Tor Johnson and Donna Paulsen. A lunch reception will follow.  Interment will be in Oaklawn Cemetery.  Honorary pall bearers are her loving grandchildren.  Visitation will be at the church on Friday one hour prior to the service.

    Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.

  • Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:02:11 +0000: Juris Zankevics - Obituaries
    Juris Zankevics

    Juris Zankevics

    • Funeral Date: 4/04/14
    • Funeral Time: 11:00 AM
    • Date of Birth: 6/04/33
    • Date of Death: 3/26/14
    • Funeral Location: Latvian Ev. Lutheran Church - Minneapolis

    Juris Andris Zankevics was born June 4, 1933, in Riga, Latvia, to Juris and Erna (Feils) Zankevics.  He was raised in Riga and at the age of 10 moved with his parents to Germany.  At the age of 14, Juris left his parents when the opportunity came to move to America and settle with a family in Minnesota.  Following graduation from Patrick Henry High School Juris enlisted in the US Army and was stationed in Germany. While in Germany he was able to reunite for a time with his parents.  Following his honorable discharge he returned to Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota, receiving his Bachelor’s Degree.  He moved for a time to New York, later returning to Minnesota.  He married Vaira Deme in 1962.  After marriage they bought a farm in Bridgewater Township, where together Juris and Vaira spent many years breeding and showing sheep.  Juris worked for the Minnesota Department of Transportation until retiring in 1996.  Vaira passed away on December 11, 2009.  He enjoyed sports, visiting with people, politics, reading and animals.  Juris was hardworking, a devoted husband, and at heart – a true Latvian.

    Survivors include his cousins Amalda Zake of Riga, Latvia, Beatrice Trueblood of Mexico City, Baiba Kelley of Clarksville, Tennessee, Ineze Zake of Riga, Edwina Burns of Mexico City, Adrian Burns of Mexico City, Daniel (Christine) Kelley of Nerstrand, Christina (Christopher) Burawa of Clarksville; his nephew Richard (Deborah) Deme of Prescott, Wisconsin; his god-daughter Marta Zake of Riga;  other relatives and many friends.  He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents and his sister.

    Juris passed away with his family and friends by his side on Wednesday afternoon, March 26, 2014, at the Northfield Hospital Long Term Care Center, at the age of 80.

    A memorial service will be held at 11:00AM, Friday, April 4, 2014, at Latvian Ev. Lutheran Church in Minneapolis with Rev. Dag Demandt officiating.  Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service.

    Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.

  • Thu, 14 Nov 2013 17:11:45 +0000: Mary F. Carson - Obituaries

    Mary. F. Carson, 98, died on November 4, 2013 in Northfield, Minnesota.  Born in 1915 Mary grew up in south Minneapolis, the daughter of Clarence and Bessie Chaney. After graduating from Washburn HS and Cornell University she married K. Paul Carson Jr. They built a house in Edina in 1940, raised their four children, and continued to live there until 2006.

    Mary had two major focuses in her life – her family and community, and the large embroideries at Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis.  She was also a lifetime member of the League of Women Voters and the study group Peripatetics, and a strong supporter of the MN Land Trust, Second Harvest Food Shelf, and the student exchange program AFS. She is survived by her four children, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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