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Linda Ann Gregory Wotipka
was born on June 29, 1945 in Twin Falls, Idaho to Maurice and Melva Gregory. On July 7, 2021, she joined her husband of 45 years, Lee Wotipka, her father, mother, and brother Clark Gregory, in the great mystery of God’s next plan. She is survived by her brothers, Dana and Clinton Gregory, her brother-in-law, Adolph Wotipka, her sisters-in-law, Diane Wotipka, Laverne Ehrlich, Shirley Dolezal, and Marie Gregory, her daughter, Janell Strube, her three stepdaughters, Lucy Miller, Jennette Bodiford and Robin Wotipka, her son-in-law Mitch Bodiford, and the nephews she raised as her sons, Scott Gregory, Matthew Gregory, and Jeremy Loyer, and daughters-in-law, Keri-Ann and Jamie Gregory, and grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many other nieces and nephews and loving friends.
Linda spent her life following God, living and working in Idaho, Hawaii, California, Utah, and Florida, finally settling in Wayzata, Minnesota where she designed her home and planted her dream garden. She studied at the University of Idaho, Boise State College, San Jose College, San Francisco, and the University of Phoenix, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. She held many positions in financial management and payroll administration.
Linda’s professional demeanor of calm and competence balanced a deeply artistic and poetic nature. She was a talented artist whose works were filled with stylized images of flowers. Linda was a child of the forest – the forest is where God found her and spoke to her, the place where she found her refuge, the place where she and her brothers spent many hours playing. In Wayzata, she created a wooded glade that surrounded her house, a place where tall trees shaded the flowers and the sigh of wind through the leaves was the breath of the earth encircling her and everyone who walked its brick lined paths.
Families are made in many ways, and the bonds of blood are no match for the bonds of connection tied by God in His tapestry design. Linda always wanted a family, and her path to motherhood came in unexpected ways, including reconnecting with her daughter. She counted it a special blessing when she acquired three little girls upon her marriage to Lee, and she took in her nephews when they needed a home and a family, impelled by a desire to let them know they were loved and that they were worth it. She was known for her kindness, compassion and nonjudgmental love for others and was revered in all her work places for her mentoring and leadership.
Linda faced the end of her days on this earth with dignity, courage and grace despite great suffering. She considered how to die in “the best way”, the way she tried to do everything – not only succeeding but excelling. She was a famous list maker. Even her lists had lists. In these last few months, those lists kept her from her pain. Often after a sleepless night, there would be a new set of tasks to accomplish in the morning.
The verses Ephesians 2:8 and 9, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God, Not of works, lest any man should boast,” were a comfort to her every day, and she read often the verses of the 23rd Psalm.
Today, her lists are complete, and God in His grace has gathered her into his loving arms.
Funeral service Saturday July 17, 2021 at 3 PM, David Lee Chapel, 1220 Wayzata Blvd East, Wayzata. Visitation 1 hour prior. The service will be live-streamed, you can access the link off of Linda’s obituary on the funeral home website.
Delores “Dee”, M. Arnold
Age 87 of Bloomington. Born August 26, 1933 and died July 6, 2021.
A woman of noble character, shaped by humbleness, determined through convictions, and worth found in her family. Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio to Carmen and Mary Lombardi, she was the youngest, “the baby”, in the Lombardi family.
Her Italian heritage afforded her rich memories through her childhood and built the foundation of her love for authentic Italian cooking and baking, entertaining, gardening, and creating art.
Her friendly nature and attraction to shyness led her to a man who caught her discerning eye, Dean Arnold.
The spark ignited and the eventual flame drew them together and shortly to marry on November 24, 1951.
Through the following years they grew a family with three children, Dean, Cheryl, and then later they decided to have Mark.
Minneapolis became the city where they would settle and build strong family roots. Family was her pride, nurturing and encouraging the importance of love, traditions and faith.
Her love of God enveloped her life, a source of affirmation and often inspired her to share her convictions and testimony with acquaintances and friends. A true godly warrior.
Her dedication to marriage blessed her with 70 beautiful years with her “teenage crush”, Dean Arnold who she is now reunited with and wrapped in his loving arms.
Her children that were the glimmer in her eye, Dean Arnold (Nora), Cheryl (Arnold) Rue (Wade), and Mark; her grandchildren that were her joy, Laura Montiel (Lorenzo), Dean R. (Courtney), Melody and Nolan Arnold; Kymberli (Rue) Kuehn (Dan), Jennifer, Deanna, and Angela Aldrich (Joshua); Elizabeth Morris (Joe), Hilary, and Olivia; her great grandchildren that were her spark of youth, Tristan, Ava, Adelyn, Dean; Samantha (Luke), Sophia, Caleb, Michael, Gabriel, Jayden; Nicholas and Teddy.
Preceded in death by grandson, Jeffery Arnold Rue.
A world of gratitude to Fairview Accent Hospice, and the Grace A Home Team who gave her dignified and compassionate care during her going home journey.
A celebration of her life and faith will be at 10 AM Tuesday July 13, 2021 at the Lakewood Chapel, 3600 Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis. Visitation 5-7 PM Monday July 12, at the David Lee Chapel, 1220 Wayzata Blvd East in Wayzata.
Interment Lakewood Cemetery.
This service will be live streamed on the funeral home website. Memorials may be directed to donor’s choice.
“She brings good, all the days of her life”
David Lee Funeral Home Wayzata
Sheila Kozar, 75, a long time resident of Excelsior, MN passed away on March 2, 2021 from acute respiratory distress syndrome.
She was born in Wykoff, MN to Francis and Jeanne Malley and was primarily raised in St. Cloud, MN.
In 1965, she married John Kozar. They eventually moved to Excelsior and were blessed with 4 children.
Sheila graduated from Cathedral High School in St. Cloud, received a BA in Social Work from St. Catherine University and an MA in Theology from the University of St. Thomas.
She was very active with church ministry and had been a chaplain for several Twin Cities hospitals. Sheila also was an active volunteer for many organizations some of which included: Holt Adoption Agency, A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation, and the Blue Star Mothers where she was given the Commander’s Award for Public Service.
In February 2011, Sheila was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Despite this, she continued to live an amazing 10+ years which included a special trip to Ireland with her sisters.
Throughout her life she enjoyed shopping, antiques, and doing all kinds of crafts.
On March 2, Sheila was happily reunited in Heaven with her father, Francis and her son, Chris.
Sheila is survived by her husband of 56 years John; son, Tom (Shannon) Kozar of Cleveland, OH; daughter, Shannon (Keith) Ingstad of Lakeville, MN; and daughter, Meaghan Kozar of East Lansing, MI.
She also was blessed by 6 grandchildren, Trevor, Ryan, Mary, Jai, Max, and Maddie.
In addition, she is survived by her mother, Jeanne Malley, siblings, Terry (Char) Malley, Kim (Gary) Gillitzer, Michele (Mark) Zinken, and Michael (Kristi) Malley.
She will be sadly missed by her many, many friends including special friend, Fr. Jerome Fehn.
The family would like to thank the medical staff who cared so diligently for Sheila during her cancer journey, some of which include: Dr. Paul Thurmes, Dr. Beth Kennedy, Dr. Paul Sperduto, Dr. Louis Jacques and the amazing staff at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, MN.
A private family funeral will be held at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Wayzata on Friday, March 12 with 11:00 visitation and 11:30 mass.
Senneseth, Duane “Dewey” A. age 78 of Plymouth passed away peacefully with his daughters at his side on 2/13/21.
A longtime resident of the Wayzata/Plymouth area, Dewey was involved in the local community. He was a proud member of the Wayzata Lions Club and Redeemer Lutheran Church. Dewey was strong in his faith, values, and commitment to service.
His strong work ethic resulted in successful careers with Mobil Oil, IBM and USBank/Piper Jaffray.
He enjoyed being outdoors every moment he could, especially on the shores of his beloved Lake Jennie.
Dewey was a MN sports fan through thick and thin, mostly thin.
He was a caring and devoted father and a loving and dedicated grandfather being his grandkids “Number One Fan”. He will be greatly missed by his daughters Carrie (Mark) and Shelly, his grandchildren Caroline, Tommy, Harmony and Jonte, his siblings Linda (Dewey) and Denny (Barb), his many nieces and nephews, his former wife Joan, and his numerous friends.
A small, family service will be held on Saturday, Feb 27th at 11am at and livestreamed for all via the funeral home website.
Please join us for a Zoom “Toast to Dewey” on Friday, Feb 26th at 7pm.
Information may be found on his CaringBridge page.
A summer Celebration is planned, details to come on CaringBridge.
Memorials preferred to Redeemer Lutheran Church Scholarship Fund or Elim Shores pontoon fundraiser.
Leroy passed away peacefully on January 25 at the age of 100. He is survived by his brother, Roger Haglund; son-in-law, Norb Villamil; grandchildren and their spouses, Julio, Ian & Fran, Pablo & Jenny and Bettina & Lance, and his great-grandchildren, Ella, Sophia, Isabella, Victoria, Marlow, Amelie and Gavin. He is also survived by many loving extended family members and friends.
Leroy loved living at “the farm”, tending to the garden, being an attorney in Wayzata, was a proud veteran and masonic member who enjoyed reading the news and having in-depth conversations. Leroy planted seeds of generosity and made sure his family was able to focus on opportunities in education, betterment and happiness.
Memorial service is Saturday, January 30, 2021 with a 10:00am visitation and 11:00am service which can be attended either virtually or in-person at David Lee Funeral Home, 1220 E. Wayzata Blvd. in Wayzata, MN.
Call for information about the virtual service. Private interment at Fort Snelling Cemetery.
1935 – 2021
A Life Well Lived
His love of the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing, was only surpassed by the love of his family. His three children and six grandchildren were the apples of his eye. He exuded pride in all their accomplishments. He was filled with gratitude in being blessed with a loving family, which includes his late wife Alie, who passed in 2004.
He is survived by his children; oldest daughter Mary (married to Steve for 35 years) and their kids Max (married to Kayla) and Jack; oldest son, Mark (married to Terrie for 10? years) and his kids Eric and Amanda (married to Ryan and expecting their first child, a girl to be named Alie) and youngest son, Scott (married to Lily for 26 years) and two sons Nicolas and Charlie; brother, Jerry ( and his wife Sharon) and sister Sandra ( and her husband John) and all the nephews and nieces that were lucky to call him Uncle Lester!
He also had a love for business and entrepreneurship. Like most entrepreneurs, he started small and worked his way up. Trained as a barber, his first business was Les’s Barber Shop in Crystal, Mn. followed by ownership in multiple hair salons and a billiards hall. But his real business passion was ignited in 1971 when he and his late wife, Alie started their Shaklee distributorship. His Shaklee family was like a second family to him.
No place on earth however, captured his imagination more than his favorite sanctuary, the sparkling blue water of Lake Mille Lacs in northern Minnesota. An avid hunter and fisherman, he not only loved to chase the native walleye pike but also cherished the opportunity to host countless visitors and show them his favorite fishing techniques and hot spots. The family cabin was a perfect meeting spot for the children, grandchildren, relatives and all their friends to congregate and enjoy backyard BBQ’s, boating, water skiing and every game you can imagine.
In the end, we are most grateful for the lessons he taught us; live your life to the fullest, have passion in the things you love, inspire others to greatness, shoot for the stars, be adventurous, laugh, have fun, and most of all love your family. Rest in Peace Dad.
The service will be held at David Lee Funeral Home in Wayzata, Mn. at 2:00 pm CST on Friday, January 22nd.
Kenneth Allen Zastrow
age 77, peacefully entered eternal life surrounded by the love of his family on Monday, November 30th, 2020 at home in Folkestone of Wayzata.
Ken was born on June 24th, 1943 in St. Paul to Egner & Phyllis (Swenson) Zastrow.
The family lived in Alexandria MN, New Effington SD, and Wheaton MN where he met Marilyn. They met in 1959 and married in 1964. He borrowed a phrase from Willie Nelson to describe this moment in life, stating she was an angel flying too close to the ground. Thru 56 years together, they learned how love is patient and kind.
Marilyn worked to help Ken get thru his two college degrees, an undergrad from UofM Morris in 1965 and Master of Math from St. Cloud St. in 1972. He enjoyed his career in education and finance. He was a Math, Computer Science and Finance teacher, School District Business Manager & Executive and leader at the MN State Dept. of Education. A highlight was being president of the MASBO in 1996-97.
They were blessed with 3 children from 1968-1971. Marilyn kept the home and cared for the children in their early years while Ken taught. Many weekends were spent camping and at the lake. The family moved from Kensington to Montevideo and then Blaine MN during this time.
He retired in 2000 and together they enjoyed the lake home near Alexandria MN, RV’ing around the USA and in 2003 they moved to Robson Ranch near Denton TX.
In July 2013, at the age of 70, Ken was diagnosed with Leiomyosarcoma. In 2017 they moved to the senior living community of Folkestone in Wayzata MN. With the help of hospice, Ken was blessed with a precious year after his last treatment in 2019. Ken viewed his greatest achievements as his faith in Jesus Christ his Savior, as Marilyn’s husband and his 3 children and 6 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents Egner and Phyllis, sister-in-law Debbie and brother-in-law John Hennen. He is survived by his wife Marilyn; his children Jocelyn Allen (Mark), Paul (Nancy), and Eric (Jodie); his grandchildren Lindsey, Lauren, Megan White (Brendan), Ben, Olivia and Mia; his siblings Jack (Linda), Dale (Ilene), Scott and Judy.
A private memorial service with a live stream will be held on Saturday, December 12th, 2020 at Wayzata Community Church at 11am. Near the anniversary of Ken’s birthday in 2021 the family hopes to host a larger celebration of life.
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Wotipka, Lee Adolph was born on July 24, 1938 in Valpraiso, Nebraska, to Adolph and Lucille Kratochvil Wotipka. At eighty-two years of age, he joined his father, mother, brother David Wotipka, step-mother Antonia, step-brothers Donald and Dennis Dolezal, and brother-in-law Fred Ehrlich, in eternal rest on November 11, 2020 in Orono, Minnesota.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Linda, his mother-in-law, Melva Gregory, his sister, Laverne Ehrlich, his stepsister Shirley Dolezal, his brother Adolph (Diane) Wotipka, his brothers-in-law, Dana (Marie) Gregory, and Clinton Gregory, his three children, Lucy Miller, Jennette (Mitch) Bodiford, and Robin Wotipka, his step-daughter, Janell Strube, the nephews he raised as his sons, Scott Gregory, Matthew Gregory, and Jeremy Loyer, fourteen grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and many other nieces and nephews and loving friends.
He spent his life living in Nebraska, California, Idaho, Colorado, Florida, and finally settled in Orono, Minnesota. He had many professions over the course of a long life starting with the railroad, owning an insurance agency, running a painting and drywall company, being a professional job recruiter, and retiring at the age of eighty with twenty years as a public health and safety inspector with HUD REAC, where he worked throughout the United States and the U.S. territories. Lee spent three years at the University of Nebraska where he left after a tragic fire in which he saved his mother but was unable to save his grandfather. There was nothing Lee could not build with his hands. He was a master-craftsman who could fix damaged walls, create artistry in ceiling plaster, hang wallpaper and tile the most intricate designs into walls, floors, and stair risers. He taught a whole generation of sons and daughters, and another generation of grandchildren, how to wallpaper, paint, plaster, do electrical and plumbing work.
Lee’s life was dedicated to God. As a youth, he served as an altar boy. His being was infused with music. He sang tenor, often as a soloist, and sometimes in a choir. He also played the trumpet, piano, guitar, and harmonica. Lee played taps at military funerals and on television and was awarded a World War I bugle as a result. He took his harmonica everywhere.
He played with street performers in Italy and California, entertained the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, soothed fractious children, charmed animals, and loved to play for Parables at Wayzata Community Church. He talked to animals, and they seemed to understand what he said, whether it was a dog, a bird, a big cat in the zoo, or an Arabian stallion. You would often find him shopping at Costco, the man with the beret and a cane, talking to shoppers and clerks alike. He did not know a stranger, was interested in everyone, and a fierce defender of anyone whose cause he took up. Lee knew his way around the kitchen and the grill. His bacon wrapped barbecued jalapeno peppers were snatched up and his giant pearl tapioca dessert was something to fight over. He was an avid reader and photographer, and there was not a subject or a person who did not interest him. Lee was never without a dog.
He loved his wife (“Wiffle”), he loved his children, and he found great joy in his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Often, he chose a hymn, “I’ve a Friend Who Meets My Every Need”, and he loved the song, “You’ll Never Walk Alone”.
The last few months were hard for Lee as he battled many illnesses, including COVID. Even then, he kept abreast of his children and grandchildren’s lives, dispensed construction advice and his last acts were the kind and loving actions of a husband and one who loved nature, making lunch for his wife, clearing a path through the snow for his dog and a path to the birdfeeder. As the song says, “though your dreams be tossed and blown, walk on through the wind, walk on through the rain, walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart, and you’ll never walk alone,” and we are assured that he is walking on today with the friend who meets his every need.
Blood, John Christopher Age 59 of Minnetonka, MN passed away in his home on March 26th, 2020. John was full of character, known for his lively sense of humor and rousing anecdotes. Born May 2nd, 1960 in Dallas, TX, John spent his childhood at the family home in Orono, MN.
In 1982, John earned his B.A. in Business and Spanish from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. He married in 1993 and began his family in 1995. John was dedicated to his daughters, lifelong friends, and family. From a young age, he enjoyed sports, especially tennis. John pursued this passion by playing tennis in college and throughout his adult life. His charisma led to his successful career as a sales executive in furniture and systems manufacturing. John is loved by many and will be dearly missed.
We are grateful to have known and loved John. We will carry him with us in our hearts and our memories forever.
Preceded in death by his parents Mary Lou Dukeminier and Wilfred Joseph Blood, and brother Thomas Blood. Survived by his daughters Katherine and Meghan Blood; brothers Joseph (Carol) and Bryan (Tara); four nieces; one nephew; and many dear friends.