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Amy Hansmann

A SPECIAL NOTE FROM AMY: “God blessed me and my family with many loving friends and neighbors who have provided meals, prayers, anointing, and food during my journey. Thank you for the kind priests and deacons who have celebrated Mass at our home and while I was in the hospital. Thank you also to so many who helped with rides to doctors, picked up kids, brought meals, sent gift cards, bought groceries, and most of all, prayed for me and my family. –Amy” LIFE STORY Amy Estelle Hansmann “Aimers” Amy was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on December 19, 1969 to Cecilia (nee Kukla) and Arthur Wilde. Her parents raised the family in St. Paul near the Phalen neighborhood. She graduated from St. Bernard’s Catholic High School but attended Johnson High School for one year. Amy had a girlfriend named Laura who had a cousin named Doug Hansmann. Laura decided to introduce the two and Doug and Amy began dating. The two were married at Maternity of Mary Catholic Church on January 29, 1994. While looking for a home in the Twin Cities, they found a beautiful house in White Bear Lake. Amy took child care courses at Century College and started an in home day care called Amy’s Angels. Besides caring for other children, she raised their four children as well. The kids attended St. Agnes Catholic School and Amy was very involved with volunteering there and with the kids’ numerous activities. The whole family became members of St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church for many years and Amy was a part of the Moms in Touch Prayer Group. For the last ten years, they have been very dedicated members of St. Pius X Catholic Church. Through St. Pius, Amy has been involved with the Women’s Enrichment Group, the Parish Council, and any volunteer opportunity through the church. Throughout her life, her family was always her number one priority. Her time was spent caring for them and spending time with them. Her second favorite thing was hanging out with her girlfriends and constantly laughing. Amy brought happiness to all who knew her. Amy passed away on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 with her family by her side. She is preceded in death by her father-in-law, Wayne Hansmann. Amy will be dearly missed by her devoted and affectionate parents, Ceil and Art Wilde of St. Paul; her husband of 24 years, Doug Hansmann of White Bear Lake; and her children, Jacob (22 years old), Kimberly (20 years old), Matthew (16 years old) and Benjamin (12 years old), all of White Bear Lake. She is also survived by siblings, Julie (Kevin) Jefferson of Georgia, Andy (Sue) Wilde of New Brighton, Rob Wilde of West St. Paul; and Michael (Amy) Wilde of St. Paul Park; her caring mother-in-law, Doris Hansmann; her siblings-in-law, Debbie, Greg (Tracy), and Mike (Suzy) Hansmann; her godmother, Teresa Dempski of Illinois; her uncle and aunt, Tom and Joanie; and too many more friends and family to name. There will be a visitation for Amy from 4:30-8:30 PM on Monday, June 25, 2018 at THE CHURCH OF ST. PIUS X, 3878 Highland Avenue, White Bear Lake, with a Rosary at 8:30 PM. There will be a second visitation from 10AM until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11AM, all at the church. A luncheon will follow Mass in the church hall with Amy’s interment after lunch at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, an account titled ‘The Hansmann Children’s Education Fund’ has been set up at Platinum Bank to help Amy’s children. Additionally, friends and family are invited in August of 2018 to join them for the 30th Annual Tour de Bar event in White Bear Lake as they are honoring Amy this year. For more information about the event, please email the event coordinator at tourdebar@hotmail.com.

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Joseph Horihan

Horihan Joseph Raymond Age 84 Of St. Paul Passed away peacefully on June 18, 2018 after a long hard fight. Born in Hokah, MN and graduated from Harding High School. Joined the Army at age 17, served in demolition during the Korean War, and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant First Class. After studying at St. Thomas University, he had a long career as a computer engineer at Boeing and Unisys. Lifetime member of Roseville VFW Post #7555. Joe was known for his great sense of humor, his life stories and his love of music. Preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Francis; sister, Patricia Francis. He will be dearly missed by children, Debbie Nelson (Brett), Mike (Jessica), Shannon Schultz (Chris) & Shane (Tanya); and their mother Carol; grandchildren, Alexa, Miranda, Sadie, Kennidi. Savannah, Matthew, Kyle, Emma, Eddie; great granddaughter Solvi; sisters, Rosemary Rucker, Marlene Dannecker, Elaine (Clyde) Ohmann and Carol (Rich) Herrmann; brother Jim (Marge); dear friend Masie and many nieces & nephews. Mass of Christian Burial TUESDAY, June 26th at 9:30 am at CERENITY MARION CARE CENTER CHAPEL, 200 Earl Street. Procession and burial at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Visitation SUNDAY, June 24th from 2-5:00 pm at MUELLER MEMORIAL, 835 Johnson Parkway and one hour before the Mass at Cerenity on Tuesday. Thanks to all who assisted with Joe’s care especially those at Cerenity.

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Bernard Vagnoni

Vagnoni, Bernard M. “Bernie” Loving Husband Age 93 Went to be with the Lord on June 16, 2018. Preceded in death by siblings Margaret Hanggi (Robert), Philip, Marie Caruso (Sam) and Lucille Vagnoni. Survived by loving wife of 67 years, Kathleen “Kay”; sister-in-law Jane Vagnoni and many nieces, nephews and their families. Proudly served in the US Army during WWII and retired after 42 years with NSP. Bernie and Kay enjoyed many winters at their home in Arizona, golf and traveling. Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, June 20th at 10:30 am at CHURCH OF ST. PASCAL BAYLON, 1757 Conway Street with visitation one hour before the Mass. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Special thanks to the staff of Marion Care Center, Woodbury Care Center and HealthEast Hospice. Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers to donor’s choice.

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Carl Bergmann

LIFE STORY Carl Bergmann (1926-2018) Carl Alfred Bergmann passed away March 9, 2018 at the age of 91, at home in the company of his loving family. Carl, also known to his family and old friends as Bud or Buddy, was born November 4, 1926 in Brooklyn, NY. He married Betsy Seaver on September 11, 1948, and Carl and Betsy came to Minnesota from Sturbridge, Massachusetts in 1977 when Carl took a position at Buckbee-Mears in Saint Paul. Carl was warm, outgoing, and competitive but consummately patient and generous. He believed in positive thinking, and acted on his beliefs. He never complained. He brought people together and was good at having fun—whether teaching generations to water ski behind the Boston Whaler on his beloved Piseco Lake or gathering with friends and family. His smile was contagious. He loved to sing and was a great dancer. He also loved to travel, as he and his wife Betsy did around the world. With his VHS camcorder attached to his shoulder, he was a habitual recorder of the lives of those around him, including countless hours of family dinners that only the most patient can enjoy in one sitting. His place of worship was really the outdoors. He loved to be in the mountains skiing, in the woods hiking or fishing, on the water paddling and sailing, or on the court slamming the tennis ball. He was competitive in the best way—in business, on the tennis court, at the ping pong table and bridge tables, on the slopes. He played to win and he loved to win, and he brought forward the best in his opponents. But he also took his losses with grace and respect for his opponent, a game well played, and the luck of the draw. One of his most remembered sayings was “Who has more fun than we do?!” Answer, from the chorus of grandchildren assembled: “NOBODY!!!” Carl was also an inveterate imaginer and maker of things. He loved working wood, and designed interiors and/or exteriors of the houses he had built in Sturbridge, MA; North Oaks and White Bear Township, MN; and Piseco, NY. He built bars, cabinets and furnishings for all of his houses—and his children’s—as well as toys for his grandchildren—some of it from trees taken from his own property. An Eagle Scout, and veteran of World War II (Army PFC), Carl was organized and dedicated. He graduated from Montclair High School and went on to earn a BS in Business and Engineering in 1949 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloane School. He began his career working at Necco and went on to work at Sperry Gyroscope and Curtis Wright. In 1959, he moved to Massachusetts to work for American Optical (AO) where he served in various management and leadership positions for 18 years. When AO was purchase by Warner Lambert in the mid ‘70s, Carl was President of AO Canada. In 1977, he left AO to become Vice President of Buckbee-Mears Corporation (BMC) and President of Vision-Ease, their Opthalmics division. During this period, Carl served for 12 years on the board of the Optical Manufacturers Association, and served as its president in 1982-83, where he was instrumental in establishing the Vision Council of America. Carl retired in 1992. Carl was an active member of his community. He was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity of MIT, and organized several reunions of Sigma Chi, including their 50th. He serve on the Tantasqua Regional High School Board; and was a member of Rotary Club and on Community Chest. From 1955-1990, he was Treasurer of the Piseco Company, and served as President from 1990-1995. Carl was preceded in death by his Father Carl Alfred Oscar Bergmann, Mother Mabel Wagner Bergmann, and Sister Annette Burnet. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth (Betsy); sister Charlotte Russell; daughter Elizabeth (Beth) and husband William Loizeaux and their daughter Emma; son Fritz and his wife Kate Nobbe and their sons Hardt and Colin; son Bill and his wife Beth Lewis and their sons Henry, Mose and Ezra; and daughter Ann and her husband Dan Ewing and their daughter Libby, son Will, and great-grandson Ryder Ewing. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Piseco Company, a family organization founded in 1892, dedicated to preserving a tract of the Adirondack wilderness. Donations can be sent to: The Piseco Company PO Box 54 Piseco, NY 12139 A memorial service will be held at St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church, 2175 1st St., White Bear Lake on Saturday, May 5. Visitation 1:00 P.M. Service at 2:00. Reception and remembrances following the service. OBITUARY NOTICE Carl Alfred “Bud” Bergmann Age 91 – Passed away March 9, 2018 at home in the company of his family. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandpa. Former Vice President of BMC of St. Paul (formerly Buckbee Mears Co.) and President of their Optical Division, Vision-Ease. He was a board member and President of the Optical Manufacturers Association. He worked for American Optical Company in Southbridge, MA for 17 years and left for St. Paul as the President of their Canadian Division. For many years, he was Treasurer and the President of the Piseco Co., a small company founded in 1892, dedicated to preserving the Irondequoit Inn and a tract of the Adirondack Wilderness. He was also a talented woodworker, an Eagle Scout, a WWII Army Veteran, a Sigma Chi Member at MIT, and a Rotary and Community Chest member. Preceded in death by parents, Mabel and Carl; and sister, Annette Burnet. Survived by wife, Elizabeth “Betsy”; sister, Charlotte Russell; daughter, Elizabeth “Beth” (William) Loizeaux and their daughter, Emma; son, Fritz (Kate Nobbe) and their sons, Hardt and Colin; son, Bill (Beth Lewis) and their sons, Henry, Mose, and Ezra; daughter, Ann (Dan) Ewing and their children, Libby and Will; great-grandson, Ryder Ewing; and other family and friends. Memorial Service at 2PM on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church, 2175 1st Street, White Bear Lake with visitation from 1-2PM. Reception and remembrances to follow the service. In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to the Piseco Company, Visiting Angels, or to HealthPartners Hospice.

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