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Peter Marquart, age 87 of Forest Lake, Minn., a wounded WWII veteran, died after a long illness on Jan. 2, 2010. Peter was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Elizabeth, and their children, Margaret (John) Host of Browerville, Minn., Larry (Nona) Marquart of Forest Lake, Beverly (Jack) Pogalz of Cottage Grove and Tina (Scott) Gjerdingen of North Branch; 20 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and sister, Julia (Merlin) Lambert of Bismarck, N.D., as well as other family members and friends.
Jennifer Lynn DeKarske, 31, of St. Paul, passed away unexpectedly at her home in St. Paul on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009. A memorial gathering will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23, with a time of sharing at 7 p.m. at Kok Funeral Home in St. Paul Park. Jennifer Lynn DeKarske was born March 16, 1978, in St. Paul, the daughter of Scott W. and Kathleen R. (Anderson) DeKarske. She grew up in St. Paul Park and graduated from Park High School in 1996 as vice-president of her class. She graduated summa cum laude from Hamline University.
Karla L. Stein, 46, of 203 High St., Chippewa Falls,Wis., died Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, at her residence. She was born June 28, 1963, in Minneapolis, the daughter of Marlys G. (Nelson) and Glen Stein. She was raised in Minneapolis and Cottage Grove, Minn., and graduated from Park Senior High School in Cottage Grove. She was employed as an assistant manager at the Burger King in Cottage Grove.
Virginia "Ginny" Vibo, 68, of Cottage Grove, died Sunday afternoon, Dec. 13, 2009, at the HealthEast Woodwinds Health Campus in Woodbury following declining health. Virginia "Ginny" Vibo was born Dec. 14, 1940, in St. Paul, Minn., the daughter of Henry G. and Leila (Stevens) Schneider. She was raised in the Lake Owasso area and following high school attended cosmetology school. She was united in marriage to Valdur Vibo on July 22, 1967, in St. Paul. The couple made their home in Cottage Grove.
Irmgard Nawrocki, age 88, of Cottage Grove, passed away Friday, Dec. 18, 2009, at Regina Health Care Center in Hastings, Minn. Irmgard was born May 16, 1921, in Germany, where she was raised and went to school. In 1945, she was married to Otto Nawrocki while still in Germany. In 1951, they immigrated to the United States with their children. Irma and Otto settled in Council Bluffs, Iowa, until 1968 when they moved to Cottage Grove. Irma was a longtime employee of Garelick Mfg. Co. in St. Paul Park where she was an assembly technician before retirement.
F. Bonnie Anderson, age 75, of Cottage Grove, passed away on Dec. 9, 2009, at her home in Cottage Grove. Bonnie was born Dec. 2, 1934, in Trempealeau, Wis. She grew up in the Red Wing, Minn. area and attended Red Wing High School. After high school, Bonnie worked for the St. Paul Companies for many years as a valued insurance coder and claims specialist. On June 25, 1977, Bonnie was married to Eugene Anderson at the Episcopal Church in St. Paul Park, Minn. Bonnie was a devoted wife and mother to her children and step-children. Bonnie had many interests, including computer gaming.
Donna Jean Wesse, born May 29, 1943, passed away Dec. 15, 2009. Survived by loving companion, Jerry Schissler; daughters, Lynn Van Duyn, Kathy (Craig) Strowbridge, Lorinda (Don) Petricka; grandchildren, Joshua, Tavia, Tyler, Adam, Abbie, Joey; mother, Doris Casper; sisters, Marie Strand, Diane Lean; many nieces, nephews, cousins; and Jerry's loving family. Preceded in death by son, Michael Hieb; son-in-law, Chip Van Duyn; godson, Troy Kronschnable; father, Fritz Casper. Visitation 4-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, at Kok Funeral Home, 7676 80th St. S., Cottage Grove. Memorial service 11 a.m.
Myrna Chasteen Jan. 20, 1929 - Dec. 11, 2009 Myrna E. Chasteen of St. Paul Park, surrounded by her loving family, was reunited with her husband, James, fifteen brothers and sisters, grandson James Allen Chasteen, Jr., and a great-grandchild. Myrna was the youngest of nineteen children. She was a strong woman of great faith, and served many at All Saints Lutheran Church in Cottage Grove. Her career began as a legal secretary for a law firm in Muscatine, Iowa. She married the love of her life, James H. Chasteen, and raised five children, moving to St. Paul Park, Minn., in 1961.
Richard C. "Dick" Bernard, 77, of Cottage Grove, passed away Wednesday morning, Dec. 9, 2009, at St. Joseph Hospital in Saint Paul, following a lengthy illness. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at St. Rita Catholic Church in Cottage Grove, with the Reverend Bill Deziel officiating. Visitation was after 1 p.m. Saturday at church. Burial was in Cottage Grove Cemetery. Richard C. Bernard was born Feb. 1, 1932, in Hibbing, Minn., the son of Louis and Helen (Yates) Bernard. He grew up in the Hibbing area and attended schools there.
James Frank Woodside of St. Paul Park went to join the love of his life, Janet, after complications of a fall on Thanksgiving Day only three weeks after her death. Jim was born Dec. 23, 1931, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of William and Ella Woodside. He served in the United States Air Force and Marines and was a veteran of the Korean War. Jim enjoyed spending time with family and friends and will be remembered for his devotion to his wife. Jim enjoyed sports, the North Shore, and vacationing with family and friends. He retired from 3M as an atomic and chemical worker after nearly thirty years.