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2007 In Memory

Stanley R. Waters, DVM

Stanley R. Walters, DVM, 60, died August 10, 2007.  He was born on August 16, 1946.

Much loved veterinarian, golfer, husband and father Died peacefully at home with wife Claudia by his side. Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January, he confronted his fate with his usual quiet dignity. Stan will be tremendously missed by the veterinary community, where he was highly respected for his knowledge, surgical skills and genuine love for his profession and patients. After graduating from the U of M in 1976 he was employed by Stillwater Veterinary Clinic, soon to become a partner, earning the love and respect of his many loyal employees for more than 30 years. Known also for his skills on the golf course, he is greatly missed by his many golfing "buddies." Originally from Postville, Iowa, Stan was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Tom. Survived by daughters Abigail Waters and Natalie Waters Seum, son-in-law Brad Seum, sister-in-law Sharon, and our beautiful grandson Henry Seum, who will miss the privilege of getting to know him. Special thanks to Jan of Lakeview Hospice for her loving care and concern. Hospice nurses are saints, here to provide compassion and skills in our hour of need. Thanks to Stan's many doctors, who gave him the best care available, and to our many friends who provided support, we're forever in your debt. A "Celebration of Stan's Life" will be held September 5 from 4-8PM at OAK GLEN GOLF COURSE in Stillwater. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Helping Paws, an organization Stan was involved with that provides service dogs for people with physical disabilities (PO Box 634 Hopkins, MN 55343 or Twin City Cremation


Mary K. Schlangen, DVM

Mary K. Schlangen, 35, of Two Harbors, MN, died Friday, August 10, 2007. She was born January 10, 1972, in Fullerton, CA.

Dr. Mary K. Schlangen, 35, Two Harbors, Minn. passed away on Friday, August 10, 2007 in Brook Park, Minn. as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident. She was born January 10, 1972 to George and Catharine (Beck) Palm in Fullerton, Calif. As a child, her family moved to Stillwater, Minn. Mary graduated from Hill-Murray High School, the University of Minnesota-Duluth and the University of Minnesota. She practiced veterinary medicine in Alexandria, Minn. and Duluth. Mary's life was shaped by passionate interests. Her childhood love of animals led to her career as a veterinarian. She also wrote and illustrated "Zoe's Good-bye" to help children cope with the loss of a pet. She worked her way through countless creative hobbies, such as painting, photography, and knitting. Mary met her husband, Mark, while at UMD. They were married August 13, 1994 in Stillwater. Their life together has been a celebration of kindred spirits, built around family, community and a shared love of the outdoors. Mary is survived by her beloved husband, Mark; their children, Kaija and Eli; her parents, George and Catharine Palm of Stillwater; brothers, David and John; sisters, Christina, Patricia, Susan, Diana and Nancy; maternal grandmother, Marjorie Beck; as well as by her husband's family, nephews and nieces. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Mary Schlangen Family Trust Fund, Wells Fargo Bank, 622 1st Avenue, Two Harbors, MN 55616.

Alphonse “Al” Kunkel, DVM

Alphonse Kunkel, DVM, 79, of St. Michael, MN, died September 17, 2007.

Died at home on September 17 after a battle with lung cancer, one day before his 80th birthday. Preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Joan (Witkowski) Kunkel, and siblings, Walburga and Alvin, and grandson, Matthew. He is survived by his wife, Joyce; children, Katherine (Charles) Lefebvre, John (Anne) Kunkel, Mary (Sure Erickson) Kunkel, and Karen (Jeff) Pasley; eight grandchildren (Tony, Peter, Aimee, Joe, Jenni, Brenda, Isaac, and Owen) and three great-grandchildren (Ben, Ella, and Caleb); step-children, Karen (John) Grecula, Peg (Steve) Dietman, Sue Phillips, Nancy (Randy) Van Overbeke, Michael (Sue) Phillips, John (Ann) Phillips, and Mary (Gene) Van Havermaet; twelve step-grandchildren, (Becky, Tim, Jeff, Kristin, Jennifer, Chaise, Kari, Patrick, Reanna, Robert, Benjamin, and Jamie) and three step-great-grandchildren (Christian, Alissa, and Layna Lou); and six siblings. Al was born in Pearl Lake on September 18, 1927, and grew up on the family farm. With his sister's encouragement, he attended St. John's University and later enrolled in the U of M Veterinary School. After graduating, he founded a practice in St. Michael, but he was always willing to share his knowledge with the wider world. He visited farms in the USSR and Poland, worked to establish a dairy industry in Guyana, and served a term as president of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association. His long-standing interest in dairy nutrition led him to develop visionary high-fiber feeding programs to increase production and improve herd health. Al enjoyed traveling, reading good books, golfing with his kids and grandkids, hunting, fishing with his wife and stepkids, and doing the New York Times crossword puzzle. A lover of music, he was a 25-year member of the Cold Spring Maennerchor. He will be sorely missed for his generous spirit, his work for the Social Justice Committee of St. Boniface Parish, his loving Christian example, and his gentle and unfailing sense of humor. Funeral mass 11 AM Sat., Sept. 22, 2007 at St. Boniface Church, 501 Main St., Cold Spring. Visitation 4-9 PM Friday, Sept. 21 at the Wenner Funeral Home, 600 Red River Ave. So., Cold Spring, and one hour prior to the funeral mass at the church.
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Elmer R. Hokkanen

Elmer R. Hokkanen, Age 79, of Plymouth, MN.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Delores; granddaughter, Erin Walli; 2 brothers, Walter and Reino and sister, Anna. He is survived by his loving wife, Carol; Elmer's children, Diane (Gary) Walli, Gary (Nicole Silverman) Hokkanen, Kathy (Bob) Murphy, Julie (Robert) Maatta; Carol's children, John (Linda) Jokinen, Howard (Karen) Jokinen, Deborah (Allan) Holm, Julie (James) Ervasti and Douglas (Lori) Jokinen; brother, Howard Hokkanen; his sister, Elma Hokkanen; 14 grandchildren; 15 step-grandchildren and 16 step-great-grandchildren; also many friends, relatives and a host of brothers & sisters in faith. Visitation Friday, 4-8 PM at the Mpls Independent Apostolic Lutheran Church, 14000 129th Ave N., Dayton, MN. Visitation also at church one hour prior to funeral. Funeral service Saturday, 1 PM at the church. If so desired, memorials may be given to the church. Evans-Nordby 763-533-3000.


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