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Donald William Cragoe, born Feb. 15, 1932, in Sioux Falls, S.D., and passed away on Aug. 26, 2011. Graduated from Luverne, Minn., in 1951. Served in the Army National Guard. Retired in 1991 after 30 years of working at NSP Prairie Island.
Letitia F. Uhl, age 94, of Rosemount, passed away on Aug. 15, 2011. Preceded in death by husband, Arthur; three brothers and three sisters. Survived by daughters, Alice Wenzel and Shirley (LeRoy) Holman; grandchildren, Marvin (Connie) Wenzel and Arthur Wenzel and significant other Mary; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson. Memorial service 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at White Funeral Home, 14560 Pennock Ave. Gathering of family and friends 1 hour prior to service. Interment, Lebanon Cemetery. White Funeral Home, Apple Valley, 952-432-2001.
Melvin C. "Chester" Bengtson, 69, left this world on Aug. 11, 2011. Memorial Mass will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 13900 Biscayne Ave., Rosemount, with a gathering of family and friends from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the White Funeral Home, 14560 Pennock Ave., Apple Valley.
Ardelle Vander Aarde, age 84, of Apple Valley, Minn., and Naples, Fla., passed away peacefully on August 10, 2011. Ardelle volunteered for School District 196 and Meals on Wheels. She was the matriarch and glue behind the family and the family business, Robert's Drug and Ardelle's Hallmark Gift Stores.
Sharon "Shari" Zetzman, nee Olson, age 61, of Rosemount, died Aug. 4, 2011. Memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at the Bertas Funeral Home, 200 W. 3rd St., Chaska. Family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service.
Mary L. Hatfield, age 62, of Farmington, passed away peacefully, at home, surrounded by loved ones, on Aug. 4, 2011. Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 8, at Valley Christian Church, 17297 Glacier Way, Rosemount, Minn. Gathering of family and friends from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at White Funeral Home, 901 3rd St., Farmington, and also 1 hour prior to service at church.
Michelle Mary (Nicklay) Shaffer, age 39, of Farmington, died of breast cancer on July 28, 2011. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at the Church of St. Joseph, 13900 Biscayne Ave W., Rosemount, with visitation 2 hours prior. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, at the Church of St. Joseph. Interment will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Mendota Heights. In lieu of flowers, an education fund for Michelle's children has been established in her memory entitled the "Michelle M. Shaffer" Fund at US Bank, 15025 Garrett Ave., Apple Valley, Minn.
McKauley C. Kane, age 19, of Rosemount, died on July 24, 2011. Memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, at Easter Lutheran Church by the Lake, 4545 Pilot Knob Rd., Eagan, Minn. Gathering of family and friends, including light supper, from 5-7 p.m. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Easter Lutheran Church.
Carl G. Leidner age 75, of Rosemount, passed away July 21, 2011. Carl was born Sept. 17, 1935, in St. Paul, Minn. Attended Northfield High School. He served in the Army National Guard. Carl started out as a mechanic at Grossman Chevrolet; from there he began his career as a brick layer. Carl and Ron Gustafson started Gustafson Landscaping and Construction. He also worked for DH Gustafson Construction for a time. Carl later worked for Pearson's Aggregate in Prior Lake until he retired. Preceded in death by his parents, Carl Sr.
Donna Mae McDonough, age 80, of Rosemount, passed away on July 12, 2011. Mass of Christian Burial was held July 15 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Rosemount. Interment, St. Joseph's Cemetery.