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Nancy Popp

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Popp, Nancy Margot (Burt), Nancy, 86 passed to the Lord on October 13, 2020 at Folkestone Presbyterian Homes in Wayzata, MN. She was born May 1, 1934 in Ottumwa, IA. Preceded in death by her father, Ralph W. Burt in 1952, her sister, Virginia Burt Goranson in 1968 and her mother, Marguerite Lloyd Burt in 1971. Survived by her husband, LaMar; daughter, Annette Scotti (Chris) Mendota Heights, MN; grandchildren, Danielle Scotti (Mattson) and Nicholas Scotti; great-granddaughter, Melanie (Mattson); daughter, Lisa Popp, Minneapolis, MN, Jennifer Rigdon (Kent), Swisher, IA; granddaughters, Grace and Madeline Rigdon; special nephew, Steven Goranson, White Bear, MN.

Nancy and LaMar lived in the Minneapolis area for approximately 61 years where they made their family home. Upon retirement they spent 10 plus years living part-time in The Villages, FL. They also enjoyed spending time up north at their lake home.

While in Minneapolis Nancy worked in sales management in the hospitality and travel industries. She was active in a great number of volunteer activities including community theater where she enjoyed being a participant both on and behind the stage. She continued this interest with The Villages Theater Company. Nancy majored in theater at the University of Iowa. She sang in the choir at North Lake Presbyterian Church in The Villages and was past president at PEO (Chapter EF) in Minnetonka, MN.

Nancy greatly enjoyed nature and the out of door activities, cross country skiing, sailing, golf and tennis. She centered her life on providing love and support to her family. She enjoyed playing bridge and ballroom dancing with her husband of 66 years. Her life was surrounded with many most wonderful friends.

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Rita Stevens

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Rita (Wallerius) Stevens, 83 of Wayzata passed away peacefully at home on September 18, 2020. She was born December 27, 1936 in Northeast Minneapolis. Rita graduated from St. Margaret’s Academy. She loved spending time with family on Medicine Lake, was a great cook, seamstress and an excellent piano and organ player. She also enjoyed and took great pride in working for the trust department at a local bank. Her children and grandchildren were her greatest joy in life.

Preceded in death by parents,Vincent and Dolores Wallerius, brother, Ron and sister, Therese. She has now joined her beloved daughter, Jean in heaven.

Survived by her husband, Claude, children, Julie (John) of Colorado Springs, CO, Lisa of Minneapolis and John (Heather) of Plymouth; 9 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren with one more joining the family in October. She is loved and will be deeply missed by all her family.

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Ruth Aronson

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Aronson, Ruth “Ruthie” Marie passed away peacefully on September 5th, 2020 after a short illness.
She was 93 years old.

She was born September 4th, 1927 in Young America, MN. Ruth is preceded in death by her husband Dick; her brother, Bill; sisters, Dorothy, Laura, Gertrude, Betty, and Marion and by many friends. She is survived by her sister, Nettie Glander, by her 3 children, Rick (wife Bobbie), Lynn, and Todd (wife Michelle); grandchildren, Heather and Erica; great grandchildren, Stone, Gabby, Tiah and her favorite nieces, Susan, Patty, and Sharon.

Ruthie graduated from Central High School in Norwood, Minnesota.
In addition to being a great Mom and Wife, Ruthie worked for 18 years at Twin Birch/Presbyterian Nursing Home in Spring Park, MN. She always enjoyed the people, coworkers, and friends that lasted for many years after her retirement.
Ruthie was not only a mother to her children she was a true friend to each of them. Her spirit and her smile were a source of inspiration and joy to all those that knew her. She was never one to dwell on problems, her enjoyment of each and every day and the world around her was a constant example for all of us.
Ruthie always moved forward and refused to let anything detract from her life, her family and her friends. After Dick passed away she led our family with a calm conviction and never wavered, setting a path for all of us to follow. She loved her independence and living on her own and living on her terms.

Among those that she considered to be part of her family were the many dogs and cats of her children. She loved to take care of Ajax (even when he laid a couple big licks on her and messed up her hair), Babs, Bella, Kaia and others.
She loved to golf, play bridge, to travel, to float in the lake, family dinners and barbeques, to visit Lake Vermilion and Mille Lacs, and to just be around kids, grandkids, family and friends.
Best of all she loved to laugh, tell stories, and enjoy everyone and every minute around her.
Please raise a glass, hug your family, friends and pets and recall a time that she made you smile. We will miss her always.

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Donald McGrath

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Donald Edward McGrath of Spring Park, Minn. and formerly of Spicer and Willmar passed away peacefully June 21, 2020 of natural causes, surrounded by his extended family.

Born June 29, 1932 in Los Angeles, California, Don was a US Navy veteran, successful businessman, active community volunteer, and loving husband, father, and grandfather.
Raised in the Twin Cities, Don played varsity baseball, basketball, football, and tennis at Murray High School in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood of St. Paul. He graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Mines in 1954. His collegiate years included time on the Gopher basketball squad, participation in the Naval ROTC program, and faithful brotherhood in the Beta Pi chapter of Beta Theta Pi.
Thereafter serving aboard USS Talladega APA-208 through 1958, he was homeported at Naval Station Long Beach, Calif.
During this time he married his college sweetheart June Elizabeth Thorsell of St. Paul on October 20, 1956. After USN service, Don entered the business world displaying increasing talent in leading corporations toward improved profitability. Moving on from an early engagement with Proctor & Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio, Don realized his desire to return to Minnesota in 1964, moving to Anoka, Minn. with his growing family. His experience at the Cornelius Co. included a stint managing the Canadian division in Mississauga, Ont. from 1971 to 1973, turning around a struggling operation. Again looking to return to Minnesota, Don moved on to Tyler Corporate Industries of Benson, Minn., rising to the position of President prior to retirement in 1997.

Always active in the community, Don was affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America for the better part of six decades, from his own youth earning the Eagle Scout Award, later leading Packs and Troops, and venturing to Philmont Scout Reservation on multiple expeditions. He inspired his entire family through these years, as all became Scouts and leaders, and indeed passed on this passion to his grandchildren.
In addition to church activities over the years, Don worked with the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) promoting entrepreneurship in western Minnesota during his retirement years.
An avid sailor his entire life, Don with June spent several years sailing their motor sailer The Blue Suki in the Irish Sea, the English Channel, and the Mediterranean Sea. They then moved on to touring the US in their classic 1975 GMC motorhome in the early 2000’s.
Don’s other passions included tennis, golf, and downhill skiing right into his 80’s.

He is survived by his devoted wife of more than 63 years, June, and sons Gus of Fischer, Tex., Eric of Reno, Nev., and Duncan (Rebecca) of Plymouth, Minn., and daughter Gretchen (Hendrik) Vroege of Deephaven, Minn. In addition his nine grandchildren, whom he held dearest to his heart, include Braden and Brett McGrath, Madisen and Jack McGrath, Olivia and Anna McGrath, and Hans, Lucas, and Ellen Vroege.

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Vennette Kmetz

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Kmetz, Vennette E., 92, of Minnetonka died August 14, 2020 at St. Therese at St. Odilia in Shoreview, MN.

Vennette was born to Philip and Mary (Koppes) Host in Browerville, MN on August 24, 1927. She and John Kmetz were united in marriage on May 26, 1948.
Vennette was a member of St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church. She was manager of Earl Plant Hardware and Peacock Alley in Wayzata for many years.
She was also a very creative artist. From seamstress, to painting, to cake decorating and any type of needle work. She put much care and love in each of her creations. She was also proud of the fact that she never drove a day in her life.

She is survived by children, Gordon (Susan) Kmetz, Lakeville, MN, Gary (Linda) Kmetz, Golden Valley, MN, Gloria (Mark) Jacques, Aurora, OR, Greg (Kathy) Kmetz, Minnetonka, MN, Gayle (Grant) Scherer, Lakeville, MN, Grant Kmetz, Corona, CA, Gabriel (Christie) Kmetz, The Dalles, OR; sixteen grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren and her sister, Betty Pavlak. Besides her husband, John, she is preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and seven sisters

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Reuben Palm

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Palm, Reuben Nicholas Jr. Loving Husband, Father and Friend to Many Reuben Nicholas Palm, Jr. January 21, 1928 – August 9, 2020 On August 9, 2020, Reuben Palm of Wayzata, devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend to many, passed away at the age of 92.

Reuben adored his late wife Janice of fifty years, and will be reunited with her in Heaven.
Reuben was born on January 21, 1928 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He graduated from The Blake School in 1946 and from Harvard University in 1950. He joined the family business, Palm Brothers Restaurant Equipment and Design with his brothers and then five sons, which was founded by his parents in 1910. During his successful career, Reuben was inducted into the Minnesota Hospitality Hall of Fame in 2005 and served on the Boards of The Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association and Minnesota Restaurant Association.
Reuben was well respected in the community and generous with his time, serving as the Mayor of Minnetonka Beach and the President of Lafayette Club. Reuben was also a long-time member of the Breakfast Club of Minneapolis, the Kiwanis Club and the Orono School Board. In 2011, a street in Minnetonka Beach was named as “Palm Lane” in honor and recognition of Reuben and Jan’s contributions to the neighborhood and community.
Reuben enjoyed traveling but of all the places in the world, his favorite was Lake Minnetonka. He spent most all of his life living on the shores and enjoyed boating in his Windsor Craft. Watching the 4th of July fireworks light up the sky over the lake is a memory we will cherish forever. He loved spending time with each of his grandchildren. He was there for every sporting event, especially hockey games, music or dance recitals, and graduations. For years, one of his favorite things to do was to drive his sons and families to and from the airport for every trip – no matter the hour so that he could be the last one to say goodbye and the first one to greet them when they arrived back home. We will always remember his selfless giving.

Reuben was preceded in death by his father Reuben Palm Sr and mother Cora Palm, his wife Janice Palm, and his brothers John Palm and Warren Palm. He is survived by his brother Robert (Timmie) Palm, five sons and five daughters-in-law, twelve grandchildren and one great grandson: Jim (Susan) and grandchildren Greg and Molly; Tom (Maureen) and grandchildren Matt and Kelly; Mike (Shannon) and grandchildren Michael Jr, Trent, Chris, Ryan and great grandson Christopher; Rick (Kristin) and grandchildren Cora and Ella; and Mark (Pam) and grandchildren Luke and Tori. He is also survived by many wonderful friends, relatives, cousins, nieces and nephews.

We will miss Reuben; his quick wit, his keen sense of humor, and the twinkle in his eye. We will honor him in our memory every day. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Folkestone and Presbyterian Homes for the exceptional care and compassion they provided to our father these past five years.

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Norene Marchant

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Norene Marchant

Age 87. Passed away on July 30, 2020.
She was a born in Nebraska, is formerly of Plymouth, MN. Resided in Sparks, NV for 25 years.
Norene attended College of St Catherine nursing school in Omaha and North Hennepin Community College where she received her Accounting degree. She practiced many years of accounting for the family’s bicycle business, Crystal Schwinn Cyclery and for Carisch Theatres, in Wayzata, MN.

Her hobbies included sewing and bowling. She participated in league bowling and attended an annual bowling tournament for many years. Norene sewed wedding dresses for herself, her daughters and niece. She continued sewing by making stuffed animals for the fire departments in Sparks, NV in her retirement.

Preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Odell Marchant Jr.; her parents, Freida and John Imholte; brother, Urban; son, Thomas Marchant.
Deeply missed by her children, Michael (Susan), Joseph, James, Mary (Wayne), Margaret, Betty (Patrick); daughter-in-law, Kim Potter (Todd); grandchildren, Sheree (Matt), Sophenia, Jason (Chris), Carl, Thomas Jr. (Katie), Lauren (Tommy), Savannah, Abby, Roman, Sierra, Nathan, Grace and Katie; great-grandchildren, Catherine, Isaac, Jameson, Magdalena, Imogen, Lexis, Nora, Eleanor; niece and nephew, Deborah and Rodney.