Today’s Obituaries Monday, July 25, 2022

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Arthur 'Tom' Alm

Alm, Arthur "Tom" of St. Paul, MN passed away peacefully on July 16, 2022. He is survived by his wife Arlene; stepdaughters, Havi Goodman of Baltimore, MD, Barbara Goodman of Chicago, IL; beloved and only grandchild, Ravi Goodman, of Chicago; and sister, Mary Margaret Alm and her husband, Darrell Scott Russell of Asheville, NC. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Gilman Alm and Mary (May) Curran Alm and brother, Michael. Tom died after a valiant struggle with blood cancer, missing his long-anticipated 80th birthday by only a few weeks. Born on August 6, 1942 in Fargo, ND, Tom graduated from North Dakota State University and entered the U.S. Army as a Second Lieutenant. After two years of active service, including a year in Viet Nam, he moved to St. Paul, working for and retiring from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. In 1990, at a performance of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, he met Arlene Davis Goodman, and they married in 1992. Arlene brought Tom a life of world travel and classical music, and Tom gained two young adult daughters. A highlight for him was traveling with stepdaughter Barbara back to Viet Nam after 40 years. Tom continued to serve in the U.S. Army Active Duty/Reserve, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. Tom was always proud of his military service and remained active in veteran's affairs until recently. Memorial service 4:00 PM on Monday, July 25th at HODROFF-EPSTEIN MEMORIAL CHAPELS, 671 Snelling Ave., S., St. Paul. Also available on zoom, email zoom5@hodroffepstein.com for the link. Donations can be made in Tom's memory to impact blood cancer and veterans diseases at Cures Within Reach (cureswithinreach.org) or to Twin Cities Opera Guild in support of music education for children (twincitiesoperaguild.org). Burial will take place at Fort Snelling National Cemetery at a later date. Hodroff- Epstein 651-698-8311 hodroffepstein.com


Diane Beth Hoskins

Hoskins, Diane Beth died peacefully on March 3rd, 2022 at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park with her son, Sam Erickson and life-partner, Barb Day at her side. Diane was born on July 28th, 1954 in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, the middle child of John and Billie (Cale) Hoskins. The family moved to Wheeling, West Virginia two years later where Dianne attended Wheeling Country Day School and Tridelphia HIgh School. She was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Lake Forest College. After graduation she moved to Minneapolis where she began masters studies for library science at the University of Minnesota. She also worked as a bibliotherapist at Children's Hospital from 1977 until 1982. After taking a few years to raise her children, Diane began working for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board in 1992. She spent 27 years as a recreation specialist at Pearl Park which she retired from in December of 2019. Diane had an amazing sense of humor, loved to laugh and talk, and found joy and beauty in everyday life. She loved to travel and had a special place in her heart for the Yucatan in Mexico, Chicago, Las Vegas, New Orleans, and everywhere else she visited. Her family, friends, and work colleagues cherish the memories of a woman too suddenly taken from them. Diane is preceded in death by her son Kyle Erickson, her father John Hoskins, and mother Billie Hoskins. She is survived by her partner, Barb, son Sam, sister Cathleen Hoskins, and brother John Hoskins. There will be a celebration of life for Diane this Sunday, July 31st at 2:00pm at the Lyndale Park Peace Garden (4124 Roseway Road Minneapolis, MN 55409).


David Virgil Johnson

Johnson, David Virgil Age 87, of Minneapolis, passed away on July 22, 2022. Dave was born on April 5, 1935 during a blizzard on the kitchen floor of a house on 44th and Colfax. And so began Dave's long life on the Northside of Minneapolis. He grew up on 29th and Sheridan Ave N. with parents Ellsworth Sr and Helen, his sister Geraldine, and brothers Ellsworth and Duane, completing eight grade at St. Ann's in 1949. Dave then attended De La Salle and graduated in 1953 with two notable accomplishments. First, he was proud that he paid his own tuition, earning money by delivering papers for both the Mpls Tribune and the Mpls Evening Star, cutting lawns, and caddying at Theodore Wirth. Second, his performance on their football team earned him an honor (awarded much later) to the DLS Hall of Fame. During his senior year Dave also was a TV model for Brown's Clothing. Continuing his lifelong commitment to education, Dave graduated from St. John's University (Collegeville, MN) in 1958. Again, Dave paid his own way by working at a cement factory (specializing in culverts!), as a railroad stevedore, manufacturing lawn mower housings for Charlynn, delivering packages during Christmas, in a pole yard stripping bark from trees, and bottling Grain Belt beer (close to De La Salle probably just a coincidence!). Shortly after graduation Dave enlisted in the Army and served two years in Korea. Since typing was a rarity he was assigned as a medic in an aid station. He married Diane Ondrey in January 1960, left the Army in March of that same year, and had his first child Martha that September. In addition to teaching in San Antonio, he continued to work odd jobs including Boy Scout Counselor and bill collector (repossessing Kirby vacuums). The Johnson's then moved into the home his grandfather built in the Camden neighborhood on the north side of Minneapolis. Matt was born in 1962 and Andy was born in 1964. Dave then taught in the Minneapolis Public Schools at Central, Vocational, Henry High School (teaching reading as part of LBJ's Great Society), the Talking Typewriters, and the Work Opportunity Center (the old Buzza building on Lake Street) until his retirement in 1993. During that time he earned a Masters Degree in Reading from Mankato State and also continued to support his family by earning additional income as a part time Mpls Park Policeman, driving the scooters! In his later years, Dave resided in Brooklyn Center, continued to be an active member of St. Bridget's Catholic Church on the north side, attended mass regularly, retained lifelong friendships with fellow northsiders, was a regular at the Crystal VFW, golfed at every opportunity, and enjoyed spending considerable time with his companion Katie Hammer. He was also active in retirement, vacationing frequently in San Antonio, listening to live outdoor music throughout the cities, and spending as much time as possible with his three children and two grandchildren. Dave is preceded in death by mother, father, brother Ellsworth, former wife Diane, and many friends. He is survived by children, Andy's spouse Gabrielle Gerbaud and grandchildren. The family thanks the professionals who attended to him in his final hours: Crystal and Brooklyn Center Police, EMTs, and Emergency Room staff at North Memorial. Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, July 27, 2022, 10 AM at Saint Bridget Catholic Church, 3811 Emerson Ave. N., Minneapolis. Visitation one hour prior. Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery at later date. Gearty-Delmore Funeral Chapels 763-537-4511 gearty-delmore.com


Judith (Henthorne) Smith

Smith, Judith (Henthorne) After a lengthy illness, Judith (Henthorne) Smith passed away on July 20, 2022, with her sons by her side. Judy was born in Winona on February 12, 1942, to Gale and Virginia (Mullen) Henthorne. She graduated from Winona Senior High School and thereafter started employment at H. Choate & Company. On November 24, 1962, Judy married Wayne L. Smith and then moved to Fridley. After a short stay in Fridley, they purchased a home in Coon Rapids where they raised their two boys. Judy was very active in CRAA (Coon Rapids Athletic Association) where her sons played ball. She held jobs making draperies, delivering newspapers (for the Minneapolis Star of course) and finally long- term employment at Target. Judy's family was extremely important to her. When son Jeff and Jill got married and started their family, she was elated to finally have grandchildren. She deeply loved "her boys" and was always there to support them. She also loved spending time with her Winona family and mini-vacations with her sisters. Over the last three years Judy's health slowly began to deteriorate and more so in the last year. Her one wish was that she be able to die in her home. Because of the 24/7 care by son Brent, this was made possible. She is finally at peace. Judy is survived by sons Jeffrey (Jill) Smith of Nowthen, MN and Brent Smith of Coon Rapids, MN; grandchildren Carter and Laynie; brother George (Jane) Henthorne; sister Sandy Creeley; brothers-in-law Daniel Dzwonkowski, Don and Gary Smith; sister-in-law Sharon and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by husband Wayne in 2004, parents Gale and Virginia Henthorne, sister Sarah Dzwonkowski and parents-in-law George and Charlotte Smith. A family burial service will be held in Winona at Woodlawn Cemetery on August 6th. Judy's family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Doug Penning of Fawcett Junker Funeral Home for his extraordinary assistance to the family during this difficult time. Services entrusted to Fawcett Junker Funeral Home & Crematory, Winona, MN. Condolences: fawcett-junkerfuneralhome.com.


Mary Beth Torrey

Torrey, Mary Beth Age 74 of Hopkins, passed away on July 17, 2022 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Preceded in death by parents Lewis and Phyllis Bredeson; sister-in-law Evon Bredeson. Survived by husband Eugene; stepchildren Thomas Torrey (Stephanie Lee) and Tiffany Torrey; grandchildren Mackenzie Lartch and Logan Lartch; brothers Charles Bredeson (Carol), Gerald Bredeson (Gwyn), David Bredeson and William Bredeson (Bobbie). Mary Beth always looked forward to planning and hosting the annual Thanksgiving family gathering each year. Her favorite hobbies after being with her grandchildren were knitting for non-profits and watching the Minnesota Twins. She graduated from Appleton, MN High School and attended Abbott Hospital School of Nursing in Minneapolis. She was a long-time employee of Abbott Northwestern Hospital. A celebration of life will be held 11:00 AM at Gearty-Delmore Funeral Chapel, 15800 37th Ave N, Plymouth on Wednesday, August 3rd with visitation beginning at 10:00. A light luncheon will follow. (A video recording of Mary Beth's celebration of life will be placed on her obituary page on the funeral home website shortly after her service.) In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to the American Cancer Society. Private interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery at a later date. Gearty-Delmore 763-553-1411 gearty-delmore.com


Sister Betty Wurm, CSJ

Wurm, Sister Betty, CSJ died on Friday, July 22, 2022 at United Hospital in St. Paul, MN. Sister Betty Wurm, the daughter of Martin and Hazel (McAlpine) Wurm was born September 14, 1927 in Maple Lake. She lived on the family farm and in town until she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1949. Sister Betty's ministries as a Sister of St. Joseph included elementary teacher and principal in a number of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. And for the past 36 years, served as a licensed professional helping children and families work through difficulties and mental health issues through an organization called Youth and Family Center which Sister Betty, and friend, Sister Martha Merriman, cofounded in 1986. In 2020, Sister Betty celebrated her 70th year as a Sister of St. Joseph. She is survived by Sister Martha Merriman CSJ, long-time friend; along with the other Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Province. In addition, she is survived by her siblings, Eloise Smith, Hazel Decker, James (Marlene) Wurm, Arlene Jude; and sister-in-law Ann Cruikshank; many nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews, friends and extended family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Martin and Hazel Wurm; and siblings Agnes (Sylvester) Piram, Grace (Leo) Rassat, Thomas (Margaret) Wurm, Timothy (Marie) Wurm, Mary (William) Jandro, Roy Wurm, Maxine (Leonard) Schaust; brothers-in-law Richard Smith, Allen Decker, Wayne Jude; and nephews Mark Wurm, and Greg Rassat; nieces Lisa Potter, Sandra Grams; and great-nephew Peyton Schaust. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, July 26th 2022 at St. Timothy's Catholic Church in Maple Lake, MN. Visitation will be held from 8:30 am to 11:00 am prior to the service at the Church. She will be interred at Resurrection Cemetery in Mendota Heights at 3:30 pm following a visitation one hour prior in the Resurrection Cemetery Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to PROLIFE Across AMERICA, PO Box 18669, Minneapolis, MN 55418.


Dick & Karen Ziegler

Ziegler, Dick & Karen Please join us for a celebration in honor of our parents, Karen & Dick Ziegler Saturday, July 30th from 2:00-4:00pm (please note time change) First Universalist Church of Minneapolis 3400 Dupont Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408. You may also join us via Zoom at 2:00pm: us02web.zoom.us/j/… Passcode: 519294 Webinar ID: 852 8341 3294