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Troy S. Jenny
Troy S. Jenny, 32, of New Prague, died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 1999, at his residence. Mr. Jenny was born on Oct. 31, 1966, in Shakopee, the son of Robert and Wilma (Sager) Jenny. He was employed at Bryan Rock in Shakopee and was a member of Operating Engineers Local 49. Survivors include daughter Angela Tupy and son Tyrone Tupy; parents Robert and Wilma Jenny, all of New Prague; sisters Terri Hendrixson and Tammy Efta, both of Shakopee, and Tonia Pumper of New Prague; brother Tom of Montgomery; and paternal grandmother Rose Jenny of Shakopee. Funeral services were held on Saturday, Feb. 13, 1999, at the Cavanaugh-McNearney Funeral Home in Shakopee, with the Rev. John Laeger officiating. Interment was in the Catholic Cemetery in Shakopee. Pallbearers were David Braith, Phil Dohmen, Tim Dressen, Goeff Gillard, Tom Novotny, and Steve Tiedt. The Cavanaugh-McNearney Funeral Home in Shakopee was in charge of funeral arrangements.

Mariah Christine Olson
Mariah Christine Olson, infant daughter of Kevin and Pamela (Ryks) Olson, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 1999, at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee. Mariah was born on February 12, 1999, at St. Francis Regional Medical Center. Survivors include her parents, Kevin and Pamela of Savage; brothers Nathan and Andrew and sister Naomi; grandparents Allen and Carol Ryks, Cully and ViAnn Arneson, and Merlyn and Barb Olson; great-grandmother Alice Olson; and aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services were held on Monday, Feb. 15, 1999, at Faith Lutheran Church in Shakopee, with the Rev. Del Palmer officiating. A private family interment took place. The Cavanaugh-McNearney Funeral Home in Shakopee was in charge of funeral arrangements.

Francis J. Schmitt
Francis J. Schmitt, 81, of Prior Lake, died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 1999, at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee. Mr. Schmitt was born on April 1, 1917, in New Market, the son of Henry and Margaret (Thomas) Schmitt. He married Rose Barta on May 28, 1952, in Hudson, Wis. He worked for National Lead Industries prior to retirement. Survivors include his wife Rose; children Arnie of Glenview, Ill., Ann and husband Mike Hadel of St. Paul, Dolores Schmitt of Shakopee, Thomas Schmitt of St. Louis Park, Patricia Schmitt of St. Paul, Richard Schmitt of Blaine, and Michael Schmitt of Northfield, Ill.; six grandchildren; brother Vernon and wife Eileen Schmitt of Savage; sister Bernice and husband Ronnie Ring of Shakopee; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Susan Kennedy, and brother Silverius. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, Feb. 13, 1999, at St. Mark's Catholic Church in Shakopee, with the Rev. Richard Larkin officiating. Interment was in the Catholic Cemetery in Shakopee. Pallbearers were Nate Hadel, Jason, Kenny, Bob, and Tom Schmitt, and Wilfred Thomas. The Cavanaugh-McNearney Funeral Home in Shakopee was in charge of funeral arrangements.

Mary Louise Theis
Mary Louise "Snooks" Theis, 62, of Marystown, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 1999, at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee. Mrs. Theis was born on Dec. 24, 1936, in Chaska, the daughter of John and Helen (Thurk) Woerdehoff. She married Martin Theis on April 21, 1956, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Jordan. She was a homemaker and a farmer. She always looked for ways to help out, be it a funeral luncheon or cleaning the church. She was a member of the Catholic Women's Group of Marystown, was a founding member of the Parish Council and the Church Festival for St. Mary's Catholic Church in Marystown, and was a dedicated wrestling mom. Survivors include her husband Martin of Marystown; children Mitchell and wife Julie, Michelle and husband Rick Marschall of Marystown, Maureen Hyatt of Shakopee, Myles and wife Robin, Martin Jr., Marvin and wife Sue of Marystown, Monte and wife Becky of Chaska, Marita and husband Mark Wermerskirchen of Shakopee, Melissa and husband Mark Olson of Belle Plaine, Marc and wife Candice, Mary and fiance David Struffert, and Murray of Marystown; 22 grandchildren; mother Helen Woerdehoff of Jordan; sisters Audrey and husband Ervin Bendzick of New Prague, Barb Ewald of Minnetonka, and Carol and husband Ken Moon of Pick City, N.D.; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her father John Woerdehoff, and son-in-law Michael Newell. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 1999, at St. Mary's of the Purification Catholic Church in Marystown, with the Rev. John Gilbert and Deacon Jack Weiland officiating. Interment was in St. Mary's Cemetery in Marystown. Pallbearers were her sons, Mitchell, Myles, Martin Jr., Marvin, Monte, Marc, and Murray. The Cavanaugh-McNearney Funeral Home in Shakopee was in charge of funeral arrangements.

Raymond H. Willemsen
Raymond H. Willemsen, 86, of Waconia, died Thursday, Feb. 11, 1999, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia. Mr. Willemsen was born on Oct. 15, 1912, in Young America Township, Carver County, the son of Arnold and Gertrude (Bruckschen) Willemsen. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John's United Church of Christ in Bongards. He married Frances M. Wessbecker in Waconia. Survivors include sons Ronald and wife Dorine Willemsen of Norwood Young America, Donald Willemsen of Shakopee, and Gary Willemsen of Swan River; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; sisters Gertrude Miller of Waconia, and Rosalie Willemsen of Belle Plaine; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law Esther Feltmann of Watertown, Roy and Irene Wessbecker of Waconia, and Erna Wessbecker of Chaska; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Frances M. Willemsen, parents Arnold and Gertrude Willemsen, and brother Ben Willemsen. Funeral services were held on Saturday, Feb. 13, 1999, at Zoar United Church of Christ in Dahlgren Township, Chaska, with the Rev. Rod C. Slessor officiating. Interment was in the Zoar United Church of Christ Cemetery in Dahlgren Township, Chaska. Casketbearers were Richard Hoen, Mike Zellmann, Gene Miller, John Miller, Laurel Roise, and James Heckmann. The Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia was in charge of funeral arrangements.

Josephine A. Dean
Josephine AnnaMarie Dean, 83, of Burnsville, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, in Burnsville. Mrs. Dean was born on March 1, 1916, in Wild Rose, N.D., the daughter of William and Elizabeth (Ramaker) Carlson. Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Robert; children Bob, Bill and wife Diane, Tom and wife Noreen, Alberta Welch, Pat and husband Russ Saign, Mike, David and wife Sharon, Chuck, Mary and husband Larry Heimark, Phyllis, and Dick and wife Kathy Brink; sister Isabelle and husband Harry Noterman; brother Fred Carlson; and 40 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son John, and three grandsons, Ronald, Michael and Sean. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, Sept. 24, 1999, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Savage. Private family interment was in St. John's Catholic Cemetery in Burnsville. The Burnsville Funeral Home was in charge of funeral arrangements.

Dr. W. Adair Muralt
Dr. W. Adair Muralt, 85, of Shakopee, died Monday, Sept. 27, 1999, at St. Gertrude's Health Care Center in Shakopee. Dr. Muralt was born on Dec. 16, 1913, in Minot, N.D., the son of William A. and Eliza (Nunn) Muralt. He graduated from Glyndon High School, and was a graduate of Northwestern College of Chiropractic. He married Clara H. Stoutland on Jan. 31, 1941, in Moorhead. Dr. Muralt sang professionally for seven years with his sister Beatrice and brothers Jack and Cliff; together, they formed the "Bea and Her Brothers" quartet. In 1946, he became the first person to win first prize according to audience applause on the Cedric Adams' "Stairway to Stardom" program. Dr. Muralt retired from his chiropractic practice after 47 years on April 1, 1998. His community involvement included charter membership and past president of the Shakopee Rotary Club, with 44 years of perfect attendance; 37 years as a member of King Solomon's Masonic Lodge No. 44 AF and AM (now Minnesota River Valley Masonic Lodge No. 6 AF and AM), where he served as Worshipful Master and Chaplain, and then as secretary for 20 years; 26 years as executive secretary of the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce; 30 years as choir director at First Presbyterian Church; 18 years as chairman of the Shakopee Christmas street decorations; past president of the Minnesota Chiropractic Association; past president of the Shakopee PTA; past president of the Shakopee Commercial Club; Worthy Patron of the Eastern Star; founder of Webelo's Den of the local Boy Scouts; and founder of the Shakopee United Fund Chapter. Recognitions include receipt of the Masons Hiram Award; named Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellow; and, along with his wife Clara, named Outstanding Citizen for Scott County in 1998. Survivors include his wife Clara H.; daughter Yvonne Jenny and husband Jerry of Shakopee; son Nick and wife Kae of Dallas; grandchildren, Dr. Jason Jenny and Jami Jenny, Gina Pitman and Lt. Anthony Muralt of the U.S. Marine Corps.; three great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Matthew, and Nicholai; sister Beatrice Johnson and husband Dennis of Ohio; and brother Jack Muralt and wife Helen of Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and one brother. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Sept. 30, 1999, at First Presbyterian Church in Shakopee, with the Rev. Wayne Herstad officiating. Interment will be in Valley Cemetery in Shakopee. Pallbearers will be Virgil Mears, Gaylan Case, Dallas Peterson, Mike Burville, Dr. Jason Jenny, and Dennis Johnson. The Cavanaugh-McNearney Funeral Home in Shakopee is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Teresa B. Dvorak
Teresa B. Dvorak, 43, of rural Belle Plaine, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999, at her home. Mrs. Dvorak was born on Nov. 22, 1955, in Shakopee, the daughter of Albert and Helen (Mayerhofer) Breeggemann. She graduated from Guardian Angels High School in Chaska in 1973. She married Larry Dvorak on July 6, 1974, in Marystown. Mrs. Dvorak was a member of the church choir, a teacher, and worked as a fund-raiser, and was involved in the women's circle, all at Holy Family Church. She also belonged to the women's circle at Immaculate Heart of Mary in St. Paul. She loved knitting, sewing, crafts, ceramics, gardening and canning. Survivors include her husband Larry; sons and daughter-in-law Jason and Tammy of Le Center, Jacob, David, Stephen, Dominic, Edward, Gabriel, Paul and Patrick Dvorak, all of Belle Plaine; daughters and son-in-law Annie Dvorak of Belle Plaine, Jessica and Jeremy Vearrier of Sauk Centre, Rosie, Theresa, and Philomena Dvorak, all of Belle Plaine; parents Albert and Helen Breeggemann of Shakopee; brothers and sisters-in-law Greg and Monica Bongaarts of Eden Prairie, Sam and Cindy Breeggemann, Marty and Sue Breeggemann, all of Finlayson, Dennis and Linda Breeggemann, Alan and Pat Breeggemann, Phil Breeggemann, Roger and Cathy Breeggemann, and Marvin and Kris Breeggemann, all of Shakopee; sisters and brothers-in-law Lani and Tom Henning, Nellie and Jerry Menden, all of Shakopee, and Becky and Pete Seifert of Jordan; and grandson Tyler Dvorak. She was preceded in death by her brother Joseph, and her grandparents. A Requiem High Mass was held on Monday, Sept. 27, 1999, at Our Lady of the Prairie Church in Belle Plaine, with the Rev. Jorge Diaz officiating. Interment was in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Belle Plaine. Casketbearers were Christopher Dvorak, Dominic Dvorak, Jason Dvorak, Stephen Dvorak, Jacob Dvorak, and David Dvorak. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. The Fenske-Hayes Funeral Home in Belle Plaine was in charge of funeral arrangements.

Eugene M. Tikalsky
Eugene M. Tikalsky, 85, of New Prague, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999, at Central Health Care Center in Le Center. Mr. Tikalsky was born on Oct. 24, 1913, in Lanesburgh Township, Le Sueur County, the son of Frank and Mary (Mares) Tikalsky. He attended Le Sueur County District School and New Prague High School. He married Emily R. Horejsi on March 4, 1937, at St. Wenceslaus Church in New Prague. Mr. Tikalsky farmed in Lanesburgh Township and worked for a construction company from Buffalo, Minn. He also worked at Peavy Elevator in Le Center, Green Giant Co. in Montgomery, Brinkton Inc. in Le Center, Crystal Sugar Plant in Chaska, and was a projectionist for the New Prague Theater. He retired from farming in 1975. He was a member of the Montgomery, Lonsdale, Tri-Lakes and Shields Lake sportsmen's clubs. He enjoyed his family, traveling, fishing, and hunting. Survivors include his wife Emily R. Tikalsky of New Prague; two sons, Gene F. "Ticker" and wife Esther Tikalsky of Belle Plaine, and Ernie C. and wife Patty Tikalsky of New Prague; two grandchildren, Jenny and husband Bobby Church, and Aimee Lynn Tikalsky; great-grandchild Taylin Raye Church; sisters-in-law Mayme Tikalsky of Montgomery, Elsie and husband Billy Tupy of New Prague, and Ann Bohnsack of New Prague; brothers-in-law Wilfred Bisek of New Prague, and Alvin Svoboda of Belle Plaine; and niece Darlene Nistler of Albert Lea. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Mary (Mares) Tikalsky; four brothers, Ben, Frank, William and Harry Tikalsky; two sisters, Emma Trnka and Mayme M. Pexa; sisters-in-law Evelyn Bisek and Julie Svoboda, and brother-in-law Ehler Bohnsack. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, Sept. 27, 1999, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in New Prague, with the Rev. George Freeman officiating. Interment was in St. Wenceslaus Cemetery in New Prague. Pallbearers were Mark Slavik, Archie Kocina, Myron Picha, Dan Tikalsky Sr., Dallas Horejsi, Darlene Nistler, Bobby Church, Roman Svoboda, and Chuck Bisek. Honorary pallbearers were Karen Preisen and Elizabeth Svoboda. The Bruzek Funeral Home in New Prague was in charge of funeral arrangements.

Karen L. Lebens
Karen L. (Petraska) Lebens, 67, of Shakopee, died Monday, July 24, 2000, at Bethel Care Center in St. Paul following a battle with cancer. Mrs. Lebens was born on May 19, 1933, in Chaska, the daughter of Albert and Lucy (Schlesky) Petraska. She married Ernie Lebens on Nov. 8, 1952, at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Chaska. She was a homemaker and enjoyed planting and raising flowers. Mrs. Lebens also loved playing with her grandchildren and spending time at home with her family and her pets. In addition to her husband, survivors include children, Nancy (Michael) Koch, Lynn (David) Denison, Michael Lebens, and Patrick (Donna) Lebens, all of Shakopee; seven grandchildren, Ryan Koch, Justin, Amanda and Heidi Lebens, and Jason, Jenna and Jeremy Lebens; sisters, Phyllis (Russell) Rinker, Delphine (Ralph) Burns, Barbara (Richard) Hess, Dolly (Wayne) Godfrey, and Cheryl Ebnet; and brothers, Eugene (Evelyn) Petraska, and Lawrence (Clarice) Petraska. She was preceded in death by her parents, and brother Oliver Petraska. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 27, 2000, at St. Mark's Catholic Church in Shakopee, with the Rev. William Stolzman presiding. Interment will be in the Shakopee Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers are Ralph Burns, Wayne Godfrey, Edward Lebens, Alvin Lebens, LeRoy Dellwo, and Donald Hennen. The Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home in Shakopee is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Merrill Mobley
Merrill "Mike" Mobley, 76, of Bull Shoals, Ark., formerly of Shakopee, died Thursday, July 20, 2000 at Baxter County Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, Ark. Mr. Mobley was born on July 16, 1924 in Albert Lea, Minn., the son of Richard and Grace (Besco) Mobley. He married Elizabeth "Betty" McGann on Nov. 6, 1946. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II with Gen. Merril of the Merril Marauders. He was a self-employed farrier, and was well-known for the making and shoeing of the Budweiser horses. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with his family at their place in Maple Lake. He was a member of St. Andrews Catholic Church, a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and VFW, and a member of the Knights of Columbus. Survivors include his wife Betty Mobley of Bull Shoals, Ark.; sons, Ken (Sarah) Mobley of Yellville, Ark., and Jim (Janice) Mobley of Shakopee; daughters, Gertrude Geiger of Lonsdale, Lorraine (Donald) Urban of Watertown, S.D., and Madelyn (Butch) Petersen of Bull Shoals, Ark.; brother Claude (Eloise) Mobley of Lake City, Minn.; 19 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters. Funeral services were held on Monday, July 24, 2000 at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Yellville, Ark., with military honors by the Bull Shoals VFW. Burial was in Layton Cemetery in Yellville. Pallbearers were Chris Mobley, Patrick Mobley, Jim Urban, David Urban, Michael Petersen, and Tom Petersen. Memorials are preferred to the St. Andrews Church Building Fund. Cards and letters can be sent to Betty Mobley, 107 Brighton, Bull Shoals, AR 72619. The Burns Funeral Home in Yellville was in charge of funeral arrangements.

Clive M. Kechely
Clive Morrill Kechely, 79, of New Market, died Saturday, July 22, 2000 at St. Gertrude's Health Center in Shakopee. Mr. Kechely was born on April 12, 1921 in Valley City, N.D. He was raised by John and Dora Kechely in Fort Ripley, Minn. He married Betty Meyer on July 11, 1942 at the Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church Rectory. They lived in the New Market area after marriage. Mr. Kechely worked as a welder, holding jobs in the Savage, Chanhassen and Belle Plaine area, retiring from Gedney's in Chaska in 1986 after 13 years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Alcoholics Anonymous, and liked fishing, playing cards and biking, and took pride in his family. Survivors include his wife Betty Kechely of New Market; sons, Jack and special friend Karen Fink of Shakopee, Gary (Patty) of Brainerd, Greg and special friend Lynette Lange of Shakopee, Richard and special friend Diane Henderson of Shakopee, James (Debbie) of Gaylord, Minn., and Jeffrey of Shakopee; daughters, Janice (Roman) Hertaus of Prior Lake, Patsy Kechely and special friend Gunnar Olson of Prior Lake, Kathleen (Jeff) Ekblad of Shakopee, Suzanne Berger and special friend Michael Klanderud of Savage, and Deborah Batson of Phoenix; brother Bill (Emma) Morrill of Benedict, Minn.; sisters Gladys Scott of Washington state, and Lorna Gardlin of Duluth; 23 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter-in-law Cindy Kechely, and granddaughter Stacey Marie Doheny. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, July 26, 2000 at Our Lady of the Prairie Church in Belle Plaine, with the Rev. Thomas McCabe officiating. His sons were the casket bearers. Burial was in Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery in Belle Plaine. The Fenske-Hayes Funeral Home in Belle Plaine was in charge of funeral arrangements.

Kenneth P. Kleaver
Kenneth P. Kleaver, 80, of Shakopee, died Friday, July 21, 2000 at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee. Mr. Kleaver was born on Jan. 21, 1920 in Redwood Falls, Minn., the son of Bert and Ada (Price) Kleaver. He married Beryl Pingel on Aug. 11, 1951 in Minneapolis. He was a telephone lineman for 12 years, and held various manufacturing positions until his retirement. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), and the Shakopee VFW Post 4046. Survivors include his wife Beryl; children, Laurie (Gary) Rheault of Cottage Grove, Bruce (Helen) of Prior Lake, Linda (Billy) Reynolds of Somersworth, N.H., LeAnn (Patrick) Frawley of St. Paul, and Paul (Geri Berger) of Carver; 10 grandchildren, Emily, Jenna and Zack Rheault, Jessie, Joe and Anne Kleaver, Hannah and Madeline Frawley, and Patrick and Kerry Reynolds; sister Bonnie Anderson of Superior, Wis.; and sister-in-law Myrtle Kleaver of Waverly, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother Ray. Funeral services were held on Monday, July 24, 2000 at the First Presbyterian Church in Shakopee, with the Rev. Wayne A. Herstad officiating. Interment was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. The Shakopee Veterans Memorial Unit conducted military rites. Pallbearers were Keith Anderson, Roger Anderson, Mark Chapman, Scott Chapman, Doug Gerold and Marlo Schroeder. Honorary pallbearers were Calvin Pingel, John Pingel, Dale Wanninger and Willie Hesser. The Cavanaugh-McNearney Funeral in Shakopee was in charge of arrangements.


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