How could we be so lucky?  Perhaps fortunate is a better word.  That so many talented men and women chose to make our schools their workplace has made us, their students, the recipients of their wisdom, skill, education, life experiences, dedication to and love of teaching.  They were, as Tom Brokaw has written, a part of the Greatest Generation.  They weathered the Great Depression, they were veterans of a World War and a war in Korea.  They earned Master and Ph.D. degrees and won accolades from peers throughout the State of Minnesota, even the country.  Besides becoming our benefactors and serving their country, they served their communities with tens of thousands of hours of volunteer work.  They laid the foundation for the mark of excellence and achievement that marked St. Louis Park as the top high school in Minnesota (Newsweek Magazine, June 2009) and number 105 in the country.  We are proud of their achievements.  We will forever be thankful.

This page is a work-in-progress.  It is dedicated to our teachers and will be filled with their stories, memories, biographies and obituaries.  Please bear with us as research and composition for this page will take time.  Please forward any additional information you may have to Avie Overbach Cohen at

Jack Alwin

Jack Alwin, who is currently 82 years old, lives with his wife Joyce at 4132 Pepperwood Trail, Minnetonka, MN 55305. 

He began teaching at St. Louis Park High School in 1949 as a student teacher, while attending Hamline University.  He remained as a teacher there until he retired in 1982.

Besides volunteering at Methodist Hospital, Mr. Alwin has been working with painting and construction and cuts and sells firewood.  He enjoys spending time at his lake home in Northern Minnesota.

The Alwins have three sons and seven grandchildren.  Joyce & Jack Awlin live at 4132 Pepperwood Trail, Hopkins, MN 55305.

Phone: Local – 952-938-1119

Phone: Lake Home – 218-732-3304   

Dean Berry

While he was teaching, Dean Berry treated his students as equals. He listened to their ideas and was described by more than one former student as "a lot of fun to be around."

He retired from St. Louis Park High School in 1983. After that, he taught writing seminars for businesspeople, law enforcement officials and city government workers.

Berry, 73, of St. Paul and formerly of Orono, had emergency surgery for an aneurysm on May 5, [1995] followed by complications. He died Wednesday at St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul.

Berry and his longtime friend, Howard Williams, a professor at the University of Minnesota, were cofounders of Camp Vincent, a live-in summer reading camp on Lake Minnetonka. They started it in about 1963 and Berry ran it until the early 1970s.

"It really was a great venture," Williams said Friday. "We had about 30 [boys and girls]. The kids made a lot of progress. But, man, I've never worked so hard in my life."

"Dean was great to be with," Williams said. "He was a wonderful listener, as close to being nonjudgmental as anybody ever gets. The great thing was his sense of humor, a sense of whimsy about everything. It was a really therapeutic kind of humor. He could help people see the other side of what looked like a rough patch."

Berry was born in Windom, Minn. He served as an Air Force meteorologist in Alaska during World War II. He graduated from the University of Minnesota, earned a master's degree in educational psychology and did postgraduate work. He taught reading and English in Rochester, Minn., then White Bear Lake. He taught at St. Louis Park High School for more than 20 years. He served on the Mound school board in the 1960s.

John Loegering, a fellow teacher at St. Louis Park, said Berry radiated dignity. "He was one of these great, tall, gray-headed, gentlemanly-looking people," he said. "And he had an unusual voice. He spoke almost in a whisper. It was sort of a magical combination. He had a lot of respect."

Most recently, Berry was a partner with his son in the Berry Writing Group and owned Dean Berry Associates, professional writing consultants. He was a jazz fan and knew many musicians.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Warner; his daughter, Gail Haemmerle, of Menomonie, Wis.; his sons, Stanley, of Orono; Steven, of San Diego; and Matthew, of Menomonie; sisters Hope Hall, of Seattle; Joy Huntley, of Pueblo, Colo.; and Coreen Larson, of Mexico City; brothers Wayne, of El Paso, Texas; Reid, of Elizabethton, Tenn.; and Ron, of Mahtomedi; and four grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. today at the O'Halloran & Murphy Funeral Home, 575 Snelling Av. S., St. Paul. Memorials to the Dean V. Berry Scholarship Fund or the Arthritis Foundation are suggested.

Philip Besonen

Philip Besonen was born January 2, 1931 in Kingston, Minnesota and died on September 6, 2009 at the age of 78 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  He was recovering from recent heart surgery when he had a cardiac arrest at his home.

He was raised in Litchfield, Minnesota and was graduated from Litchfield High School.  He then received both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from University of Minnesota.

He taught American History first at Brooten, Minnesota and then at St. Louis Park High School untill 1973, where he also served as President of the Park Association of Teachers.

Mr. Besonen did doctorate work at SUNY at Stony Brook, Dartmouth, Southern Illinois University and received his Eddy in 1972 at BYU in Provo, Utah.  He became a faculty member at University of Arkansas in 1973.  During his career as an educator he has taught in Bolivia, Greece, Saudi Arabia and University of Leicester.

In 2006 he was honored as one of the 100 Distinguished Alumni of the U of M’s College of Education and Human Development.

Before he retired in 2007 he built a small cottage in his backyard, which is his “mokki”, as it is known in Finland.  His endeavor to do this project was featured in an article in the New York Times on February 21, 2008 (

After his retirement in 2007 he traveled extensively.

He was predeceased by his parents Ida and John Besonen and his brother Daniel.

He is survived by his wife Joan, of Fayetteville; daughter Bonnie (Gary Dodson) of Vienna, Austria; daughter Julie (James Knapp) of New York City; son Keith of Fayetteville; sister Donna Denny of Alexandria, Virginia; brother Donald (Elaine) of Litchfield, Minnesota; brother James (Lorraine)of Minnetonka; brother John (Carol) of Tucson, Arizona; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Ruth and Roger Granberg (St. Louis Park High School Class of 1959 graduate) of Maple Grove, Minnesota; in-laws Gary and Jean Widell of Edina.

Memorial donations may be sent to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2925 N. Old Missouri Road, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72703.   

Philip Besonen’s wife, Joan, currently resides at 919 East Elm Street, Fayetteville, AR 72703.

Phone:  479-443-2608.

Earl Bohm

Earl W. Bohm of St. Louis Park died April 17, 1996 at age 78 of pulmonary fibrosis.

Bohm was a long time public school music educator.  He was also an officer for the Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA), past president of the Music Educators National Conference-North Central Division, a member of the MMEA Hall of Fame and a member of the Phi Beta Mu fraternity.  He was also an active member and organist at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in St. Louis Park for 18 years.

He was born in St. Cloud, Minnesota, where he was graduated in 1940 from what is now St. Cloud State University with degrees in music education and math, and from the MacPhail Center for the Arts in Minneapolis with a master’s degree in music education.

Bohm began his teaching career in 1940 in Pine Island, Minnesota.  During World War II he worked as a math instructor at Yale University and Tennessee Eastman Corp.  He returned to Sauk Rapids, Minnesota in 1945 to teach.  Three years later he accepted a job as the only instrumental music teacher in St. Louis Park schools.

“What instrument did he play?  He played them all,” said his daughter Norma Schuldt of Bloomington.  “But he loved the clarinet and keyboards,” she said.  He eventually became coordinator for the Music Department and retired in 1980.

Bohn and his wife enjoyed traveling and woodcraft.  After his retirement they held an annual craft boutique for 14 years with their daughter Kathy Becker of St. Cloud.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Marian; daughters Norma Schuldt and husband, Spencer, and Kathy Becker and husband, Eddie; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother Roger and wife, Joan.

Services were April 20 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church with internment at Lakewood Cemetery.

Russ Christensen

Russell Christensen, 65, a longtime social studies teacher at St.Louis Park High School, died of cancer at his home in Bloomington on July 29, 1994.

“The students of the class of 1962 invited him to give a speech at their 25th reunion because they said he was their favorite teacher,” said his wife, Beverly.  “He was even the best man at a student’s wedding.  He was a real friend.”

Russ taught one year in Sioux City, Iowa before starting at St. Louis Park High School in 1954.  He retired in 1992 and taught a world civilizations class at Anoka-Ramsey Community College for the past two years and earlier at the University of Minnesota.

In 1960 Christensen received the Star Tribune’s outstanding teacher award in world affairs, and he was one of 20 Minnesota teachers to travel to Japan through the U.S.-Japan Foundation in 1985.  He was a five-time winner for best educational teaching unit from the Minnesota Council for Economic Education and won on the national level in 1980.

Russell was born in Minneapolis and was graduated from the old Marshall High School.  He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social studies education from the University of Minnesota.  He also received a master’s degree in international relations from Harvard University and studied in Japan.

He enjoyed acting in community theater and helped found the St. Louis Park Community Theater in the mid-1960s.  For the past 15 years he hosted an award-winning cable television show called “Insights”.

Besides his wife, Russell is survived by a daughter, Stacey Christensen, of Bloomington, and a son, Bradley, of Eden Prairie.  Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 2, 1994 at Werness Brothers Funeral Chapel, Bloomington, with visitation there from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Roger DeClercq

Roger DeClercq, known as 'SIR' to his teenage thespians encouraged so many young actors to develop their talents.  He believed and passed on a love of Shakespeare and often said that teenagers were capable of appreciating and recreating the Bard's words.  He was also the heart and talent behind the formation of the St. Louis Park Community Theatre which operated successfully for years.

Mr. DeClercq, who is currently 87 years old, retired in 1984.  He has since traveled over 35 times on Elderhostel trips and to many different countries.

He has recovered from cancer and is currently enjoying good health. 

Although not married at this time, he had two loving wives, who both passed away as a result of cancer.

Mr. DeClercq has three daughters, 24 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.

He lives at 7160 West 113th Street, Bloomington, MN 55438.

Phone:  952-944-0421


Mary Alice Engan

Mary Alice Engan, 91, formerly of Edina, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 10, 2003.  Preceded in death by her sisters Leonora Briggs of Winnipeg and Ruth Hagen of Edina.  Survived by nieces, Carol Briggs and Nancy Tighe, and nephews, Steven Briggs and Richard Hagen; great-nieces, Michelle Briggs and Carolyn Hagen and great-nephews, Trevor Briggs, Eric Tighe and Robert Hagen.

A graduate of Carlton College, she was proud of her 34 year teaching career, 30 years with St. Louis Park High School.  There was never a more dedicated teacher.  Her love and devotion to family and friends was cheerful and constant and provides much joy in her memory.  She was our rock, our inspiration.  “Those who should be sad are those who never knew her.”

Services Wednesday 11 a.m. Mayflower Church, Minneapolis.  Visitation Tuesday 5-7, Washburn-McReavy, Edina Chapel.  Interment Lakewood Cemetery.

Memorials to Mayflower Choir and Music Program, Carlton College or Fairview Hospice Services.

Roy Griak

Roy Griak is in his 13th season as the Golden Gophers’ full-time track and field/cross country administrative assistant. He had previously served as Minnesota’s cross country and track & field coach for 33 years from 1963-1996.

A letter winner in both cross country and track and field during his collegiate running career for the Golden Gophers, Griak earned his bachelor’s degree in education from the U of M in 1949, adding his master’s degree in 1950. Griak went on to teach at Nicolett High School and then at the Mankato Public Schools before he taught and coached at St. Louis Park High School from 1953 to 1963.  His teams won the first two state championships in the schools history: 1955 cross-country, 1958 track.

Griak, who was inducted into the prestigious Drake Relays Coaches’ Hall of Fame in April of 1993, took over the reigns of the Minnesota program in 1963, replacing his old coach Jim Kelly.

He led the Golden Gophers to Big Ten cross-country titles in 1964 and 1969. His 1968 cross country squad finished second at the Big Ten meet and placed fourth at the NCAA Championships. Griak added a Big Ten track and field title to his resume in 1968.

In addition to three Big Ten titles, his cross-country squads produced three second-place and seven third-place finishes in league meets.  Overall, he coached a total of 47 cross-country and track and field All-Americans during his tenure, including three NCAA champions. His athletes collected 60 Big Ten Conference individual titles as well.

When Griak stepped off the track for the last time in 1996, Minnesota honored its legendary coach by naming the nation’s largest annual cross-country meet, formerly the Minnesota Invitational, after Griak. Griak then became the administrative assistant for cross-country and track & field.

As the track and field and cross-country administrative assistant, Griak takes care of scheduling, budget and equipment duties. He also plans special events and projects, fundraisers and acts as a liaison to the administration. September 26, 2009 will mark the 24th Annual Roy Griak Cross-Country Invitational. 

Roy Griak, whose name was synonymous with cross-country and track at the University of Minnesota, died Thursday night at the age of 91, the Gophers athletic department announced.

Griak coached the Gophers cross-country and track and field teams for 33 years (1963-96), then stayed associated with the programs as an administrative aide. He celebrated his 50th year of service to the U of M in 2013.

“I consider this home,” Griak said then. “I get in my car, and I don’t have to steer. It just comes to the university by itself. I consider it a special place.”

Griak was inducted into the U.S. Track Coaches and Cross-Country Coaches Hall of Fame in 2001. He led the Gophers to Big Ten cross-country titles in 1964 and 1969, and his 1968 team finished fourth in the NCAA Championships after placing second in the Big Ten meet. Griak also coached the Gophers to the Big Ten track and field title in 1968.

He coached 47 cross-country and track and field All-America athletes, including three NCAA champions and 60 Big Ten individual champs. But it was Griak’s devotion to every runner on his teams that was most remembered by his athletes.

“Roy went to Minnesota, coached here for more than 30 years, worked here for more than 50 years and impacted more lives than almost anybody in the history of the athletic department,” Gophers athletic director Norwood Teague said.

“Though he retired from coaching in 1996, he never left the sport or the University of Minnesota. Roy was in the office as recently as a few months ago and still pored over results and times of our student-athletes while bringing his signature friendliness to conversations with colleagues. He was a Gopher until the very end.”

“I don’t know of another person who’s represented the U better, longer or more faithfully,” Don Timm, who ran for the Gophers in the late 1960s and is coach of the Coon Rapids girls’ cross-country team, said in a 2010 interview. “Everyone who ran for him loved him as a person and respected him as a coach.”

Griak was born in Montana, raised in Duluth and served three years in the Pacific as an Army infantryman during World War II. After the war he enrolled at Minnesota and became a middle-distance runner for coach Jim Kelly. Griak went on to a successful high school coaching career at St. Louis Park, and when Kelly retired in 1962 Griak succeeded him. He accepted a pay cut, from $12,000 to $8,500, to return to the U.

Griak once said that the most memorable part of his career was the “lasting friendships … And it’s a chain reaction. Donny Timm is so good and supportive to those [Coon Rapids] girls he’s coaching. Someday, they’ll teach their kids the same qualities. It’s kind of nice to think of how that continues from one generation to the next.”

Griak was a tireless advocate for everything associated with the Gophers, as well as many community events. He co-founded the Twin Cities Race for the Cure, which has raised millions of dollars for breast cancer research. His fundraising efforts resulted in more than $2 million raised for the Gophers cross-country and track teams. And the Roy Griak Invitational, one of the nation’s largest cross-country events, is named in his honor.

Steve Plasencia, who succeeded Griak as Gophers cross-country coach in 1996, said he constantly went to Griak for advice.

“He’s a father figure to many guys and a role model to all of us,” Plasencia said in 2010.

“Roy’s a Minnesota guy through and through. He’s going to do whatever he can to help.”

Gordon Griebenow

Gordon H. Griebenow, age 90, of St. Louis Park died on Friday, January 24, 2003.  He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Elizabeth, and brother, Richard.

“Mr. G.” was the director of Vocal Music at St. Louis Park Schools, along with several other choral organizations in the Twin Cities.  He was the tenor soloist at Plymouth Congregational Church and a featured soloist throughout the Midwest. 

During his 39 year tenure at St. Louis Park High School, he also directed the Hi-Y (YMCA).  At his retirement, Gordon received the WCCO Good Neighbor Award.  Some alumni spoke at his retirement party about the growing pains of teen-age years and expressed thanks for a teacher who was always available to listen and help if he could.

As a student at South High School in Minneapolis during the late 1920s and early 1930s, Gordon Griebenow sang in the school’s choir under the direction of his father, Henry.  History repeated itself during the 1960’s, this time at St. Louis Park High School.  Gordon was the choir director at the high school by then and his daughter Judy sang under the direction of her father.

“He had insight about what it was like to have a father for a teacher,” said Griebenow’s daughter, Judy Bangh.  “There was no special treatment for his kids.  We were just part of the choir, like everyone else.”

A native of Mountain Lake, Minnesota, he attended the University of Minnesota and Sherwood School of Music in Chicago after being graduated from South High School.

He began his teaching career in Red Wing, Minnesota at both the public school and the boys’ training school, according to his son, Kim.  He came to St. Louis Park High School in September 1938 and stayed until his retirement in 1978, except for service in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946.

The presentation of “Elijah” at St. Louis Park on April 20, 1978, was Griebenow’s last appearance at a Lake Conference Vocal Festival before he retired.

When he was not teaching, doing solo appearances or directing, Griebenow enjoyed spending time at the family’s cabin in northern Minnesota.

He is survived by his sister, Olive Speer, daughter Judy Bangh; son, Kim; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial services February 3 at Westminster Presbyterian Church.  Memorials to American Choral Directors Association or donor’s choice.

Lyle Hanks

Lyle Hanks began teaching and coaching at St. Louis Park in 1955 and was the assistant football coach until 1991.

Along with his teaching/coaching he was a member of the St. Louis Park City Council from 1972 until 1983.  In 1983 he was elected Mayor of St. Louis Park and served in this capacity until 1996.

Currently, Mr.  Hanks and his wife Laura enjoy spending time at their northern Minnesota lake home.

He has four children and seven grandchildren.  He is 79 years old.

Mr. Hanks lives at 10511 Cedar Lake Road, Condo #318, Minnetonka, MN 55305.

Phone:  952-546-7812 (home)

Phone:  952-210-8047 (cell)


Marie Hanson

Marie Hanson currently lives in Hopkins.  She is 87 years old and retired in 1969.

Since retirement she has been active in animal rescues for both dogs and cats and also worked at Hillcrest Nursing Home as a companion aide.

Ms. Hanson lives at 12550 Orchard Road, Hopkins, MN 55305.

Phone: 952-935-7859.

Lloyd Holm

Holm, Lloyd M. age 93, of Minneapolis died peacefully on Tuesday, December 27, 2005. Lloyd enjoyed a full and active life, coaching basketball, fishing and wood carving. He also loved tending to his garden, doing crossword puzzles and listening to the Twins on his front porch. He adored his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, teaching them life's lessons and the form for perfect jump-shot. Lloyd was born on June 10, 1912 in Wheaton, MN to James and Marie Holm. He graduated from Harmony High School, Harmony, MN in 1930 and Luther College, Decorah, IA in 1934, where he majored in economics and history and played basketball and baseball. He married Evelyn Maanum on August 21, 1938 in Minneapolis. They were married for 48 wonderful years. Lloyd taught school and coached high school basketball for many years. Teaching and coaching took him to Eyota, Benson, Red Wing, Duluth Denfeld, and St. Louis Park, where he also served as the athletic director. His teaching and coaching was interrupted by three years of service in the U.S. Navy, where he served as a reserve lieutenant commander during Word War II in the Naval Aviation V-5 Program. When he retired in 1977, he was the winningest basketball coach in Minnesota history, with 531 wins, and the only basketball coach to bring three different schools to the state tournament championship game, winning two state titles (Duluth Denfeld in 1947 and St. Louis Park in 1962). In 1981, he was inducted into the Minnesota Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, Luther College Hall of Fame and St. Louis Park High School Athletic Hall of Fame. After retirement, he regularly attended coffee at Pearson's and Arby's. He also served as treasurer and coordinator of C.O.R.E.S., golfed "whenever it was over 50 degrees" and love lutefisk suppers. Lloyd was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn (Maanum) Holm, his mother and father, and his brothers and sisters. He is survived by his daughters and their husbands, Carolyn Opgrande (Don) Fargo, North Dakota, Julie Manning (Jack), South Boston, Massachusetts; six grandchildren and their spouses, Heidi Petersen (Tim), Anthem AZ, Kristen Robinson (Stephan), Bozeman, MT, Jill Hudkins (Mike), Orlando, FL, Julie Kunka (Tony), Moorhead, MN, John Opgrande (Kelli), Woodbury, MN and Jeff Manning (Katie), Austin, TX; ten great-grandchildren, Paige, Claire, Charlie, Sophia, Henry, Samuel, Jacob, William, Thea and Sloane; nephews, nieces and many friends and former coaches and athletes. Funeral service will be held Saturday, December 31 at 11 AM at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepard, 4801 France Avenue South, Minneapolis. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, Lutheran Church of the Good Shepard, Minneapolis, MN or St. Louis Park Public Schools foundation. Visitation will be held December 30, 4-7 PM at Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel W. 50th St & Hwy 100 at Vernon 952-920-3996

John Holmberg

John N. "Jack" Holmberg, age 84, passed peacefully in the presence of his loving family on 10-16-09. A 50-year resident of St. Louis Park, Jack grew up adjacent to the infamous Chester Bowl Ski Area in Duluth, where he developed his lifetime passion for skiing. Before leaving high school early for World War II, Jack was a member of the Duluth Central High School state champion ski teams that were a dynasty in the 1930's and 1940's. He served in the South Pacific with the U.S. Navy from 1943-46 being involved in sonar and harbor defense. Returning from overseas he attended Duluth J.C. and then graduated from Stout "U" in 1950. Jack enjoyed 33 years in public education, teaching Industrial Arts (Woodworking) at Proctor, MN 1950-56 and St. Louis Park from 1956-83. With his love for winter sports, he started both the High School Hockey Program while at Proctor, and the High School Ski Program while at SLP, where he coached for many years. He was proud to be awarded the Industrial Arts Teacher of the Year in 1978. In retirement, Jack enjoyed sharing his knowledge as a technical consultant at The Woodworker's Store in Rogers, MN, and also spend time with his second great passion, fishing, until early dementia captured a great mind and heart. Jack's family extends their gratitude to the staff of Presbyterian Homes of Arden Hills for their superlative care these past three years. You are the best! Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Fernow and Dolores; and 2 brothers, Lawrence and Jim. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Bernice; children, Dr. Jeff (Kim) Holmberg, Annandale, Jill Frans, Eden Prairie, Julie (Doug) Henry, St. Anthony, and John Holmberg, Mpls.; grandchildren, Holly (Brian) Shea, Kayla Holmberg, Josh Vaughan, Shawn and Sara Henry, and John Holmberg. Funeral service 10:00 AM Friday, Oct. 23, 2009 at Peace Presbyterian Church, 7624 Cedar Lake Road, St. Louis Park. Visitation one hour prior to service at the church and 5-8 PM Thursday at: Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel (952) 920-3996 5000 W. 50th @ Hwy 100

Marjorie Huso

Marjorie A. Huso, age 97, of Minnetonka, died September 17, 1999.  She was a graduate of College of St. Catherine in 1924.  She taught school in Glencoe, Minnesota and St. Louis Park.

She was preceded in death by husband, Swen; sisters, Elma Flix and Lois Shanahan.  She is survived by sister, Gertrude Purdy, numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial Friday at 10 a.m. Church of St. Joseph, Hopkins.  Interment Lakewood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to donor’s choice.

Ann Isacson

Ann Isacson lived 100 years.  She died February 29, 2008.  She was born January 12, 1908.

Miss Isacson was a long-time dedicated teacher of English at St. Louis Park High School. 

She was a member of Richfield Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Memorials were requested for World Hunger in care of Richfield Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Doris Johnson

Doris Johnson, who is currently 83 years old, retired in 1987.

After her retirement she worked two years for the State Department of Education and then for 10 years as a volunteer in other educational programs.

Her husband passed away nine years ago. 

She has one son, Paul Johnson, MD.  Paul practices orthopedics in the Minneapolis area.  Mrs. Johnson has three grandchildren.

She lives at 8301 Creekside Circle, #210, Bloomington, MN 55437.

Phone:  952-835-7888


Esther Johnson

The St. Louis Park High School Class of 59 remembers the excellent guidance Esther Johnson gave us as our Librarian.  Johnson, Esther G. age 91, of Willmar, MN died July 9, 2009. Preceded in death by her parents, sister, Dagny Johnson, and two brothers, Axel H. Johnson and John Rudolph Johnson. Survived by two nieces, Kathleen (Steven) Nedrelow and Andrea (Jeffrey) Dommeyer. The memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m. July 21 at Westwood Lutheran Church, 9001 Cedar Lake Rd, St. Louis Park.

Roland Larson

Roland Larson is currently 88 years old and has been very active in the counseling and writing field since retirement from the St. Louis Park school system.

He created a company “Roland S. Larson and Associates” for consultation in training and program design.  Along with his wife Doris of 63 years, he has written four books on marriage and relationships.

The Larsons have four children, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Dr. Larson lives at 2442 Gettysburg Avenue South, St. Louis Park, MN 55426.

Phone:  952-545-7517

David Litsey

David Litsey retired from teaching at age 56 and redirected his career to financial planning, primarily working with educators.

He is currently 81 years old.

Mr. Litsey and his wife Meredith have three sons and four grandchildren.

He lives at 3300 Louisiana Avenue, Apt. 118, St. Louis Park, MN 55426.

Phone:  952-935-8841 and 952-994-4481


John Richard “Jack” Loegering

Loegering, John Richard "Jack" Born January 20, 1920 in Palisade, Minnesota, passed away on February 2, 2008 in Dallas, Texas. Jack served his country valiantly in World War II as a fighter pilot with the United States 8th Army Air Force Fighter Command, 78th Fighter Group, 83rd Fighter Squadron famous for the black and white checkered cowling which distinguished its aircraft. He was shot down on September 18, 1944 flying his P-47 in support of Operation Market Garden, also known as the battle of The Bridge Too Far, was captured by German forces and held as a POW in German Stalag 6-J until liberation by American troops on April 29, 1945. First Lieutenant Loegering was awarded a Purple Heart in connection with his injuries sustained on January 18, 1945, and an Air Medal for his meritorious achievements in numerous combat missions over Germany. He married Jean "Mickie" Mather Clark on October 6, 1945 in Wethersfield Connecticut. A lifelong educator, Jack graduated with Honors in History in 1948 from Trinity University in Hartford Connecticut, and later obtained his Masters Degree in History from the University of Minnesota in 1949. For thirty years Jack was a much sought after teacher of History and Humanities courses in the St. Louis Park School High School, a suburb of Minneapolis Minnesota. He served as the Yearbook Advisor, the Chess Coach and Quiz Bowl coach. Based on his path breaking teaching techniques, Jack was named a John Hay Fellow and attended Harvard University in 1963-64 where he further refined his unique classroom methods. He is survived by his wife of sixty-two years, Jean "Mickie" Loegering, his sons, Scott "Miles" Loegering of Dallas, Texas, Weston Clark Loegering and his wife Janis H. Loegering, of Dallas, Texas, and grandchildren Rebecca Mather Loegering and Warren Samuel Loegering of Dallas, Texas. Jack was preceded in death by his seven brothers and sisters who were all made orphans by the untimely deaths of their parents in 1925 and 1928. A devoted husband, father, teacher, mentor, coach and brother whose wise advice touched hundreds of lives – including many notable graduates of St. Louis Park High School – he will be dearly missed and always remembered. Jack was known for his twinkling blue eyes, tireless mind, boundless curiosity and enthusiasm, his bottomless kindness, his honey bees and bountiful gardens, his beloved geodesic dome home, his ace duck hunting shot, his graceful dancing and love of the outdoors. A Celebration of Life will be held in Minneapolis from 2-4 pm Saturday June 7, 2008. For further information regarding the celebration please contact Wes Loegering at 214 969 5264 or Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer Research Program at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 5323 Harry Hines Blvd Dallas TX 75390-9129.. Donations payable to UT Southwestern Medical Center should be noted as follows: "Research – Dr. Myron Weiner"

Evalyn Lundquist

Evalyn H. Lundquist, age 90, of St. Louis Park died in 1993.

She was born in Red Wing, Minnesota and was graduated from Red Wing High School and St. Olaf College.  She taught in Anoka and 38 years in St. Louis Park at St. Louis Park High School.

Evalyn Lundquist taught physical education and biology from 1930 until she retired in 1968.

She was preceded in death by her parents Sidney and Josephine Lundquist and brother Edward.

She is survived by sisters and brothers-in-law Gladys and Andrew Bowe of Red Wing; Aeda and Olaf Kaasa of Minnetonka; sister Marian Lundquist of St. Louis Park; brother and sister-in-law Richard and Margaret of RedWing;10 nieces and nephews; 20 grand nieces and grandnephews.

Memorial service will be at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Minneapolis.

Memorials preferred to St. Olaf College or Park Nursing and Convalescent Center St. Louis Park. Interment in Oakwood Cemetery, Red Wing, Minnesota.

Mervin Lysing

Mervin Norris Lysing was born on January 12, 1915 in Hitterdal, MN and died May 6, 2002.

He was the seventh child of twelve born to Gustav and Elizabeth Lysing. He married Lois Jeske in July 1940.

He received his B.A. degree in 1937 from Moorhead State College, Moorhead, MN with majors in Music and Chemical Science.

In 1943, he attended Harvard, Boston, Mass. for Communications in the Navy.

In 1960, he received his M.A. degree from MacPhail School of Music in Minneapolis. Other formal training included summer workshops at VanderCook, University of Montana, Western State, University of Michigan, Gunnison, Colorado and Bemidji State College.

He served as a Lieutenant in the Navy for 3 years aboard U.S.S. Pocomoke. During this time he was a Communications Officer and was in charge of the ship’s band.

He played a short time with the Lawrence Welk Orchestra and was an accompanist for Peggy Lee.

He was Director of Marching and Concert Bands at St. Louis Park High School, and directed bands in Cresco, IA for 12 years before that. His bands won First Division ratings in every competition except two.

In 1956, he became an active member of ASBDA and served on their National Membership Committee and was State Chairman. In 1966, Mr. Lysing was selected as one of the ten most outstanding musical directors in the United States. He was also the recipient of the ``They Are Making America Musical'' Award of School Musician Magazine.

Mr. Lysing retired from the St. Louis Park Public Schools in 1980. Throughout his years of teaching, he focused on attention to detail and a sense of accomplishment and success for each student.

He was an active member of the American Federation of Musicians and directed the Minneapolis Post Office Band which played in Washington, D.C. for both President Kennedy and President Johnson and the National Post Office Conventions.

Mr. Lysing was preceded in death by his parents and six of his brothers and sisters. He is survived by his wife, Lois L. and their daughter and son-in-law, Susan & Dennis Hickok; son and daughter-in-law, Michael & Ann; three grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; sisters, Estelle Sather, Grace Stordahl, Alice Keuhnel, Norma Sannes and brother, Grant Lysing and several sisters-in-law.

Funeral service 4 pm, Wed., May 8 at Grace Church, 5300 France Av., Edina. Visitation at the church 1 hr before the service. Memorials may be designated for Alzheimer’s Research Fund or Grace Church. First Memorial Chapel Edina 952-924-4900

Robert McKay

Robert J. McKay, age 75, of Menomonie, WI died Tuesday, May 21, 2002 at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health Systems in Menomonie.

He was born April 13, 1927 in LaCrosse, WI to Leslie and Miriam (Dake) McKay. He was raised in Menomonie and graduated from Menomonie High School in 1944.

He served in the U.S. Navy for two years and then returned to Menomonie and received both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from U.W. Stout.

Bob married the former Phyllis Williams in Story City, Iowa. He taught Industrial Arts in Great Falls, MT and also coached basketball. He took several teams to state and won the Montana State Basketball Tournament one year.

In 1957, he moved to the Twin Cities and taught Industrial Arts in St. Louis Park High School, later retiring as Vocational Director in 1986.

He returned to Menomonie a few years later.

In his younger days, Bob enjoyed taking his Labradors to field trials with his father. He was a very good golfer and an avid sports fan, especially of basketball. He was also a great fan of his grandchildren's sporting events.

Bob was a member of the American Legion, the F. & A.M. Paul Revere Lodge 321 of St. Louis Park, MN and a member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Minneapolis. With his death, we have lost a strong supporter of public education. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by a daughter, Leslie (Michael) Foley of Mound, MN; a son, John (Barb) McKay of Knapp; a very special friend, Mary Langford of Menomonie; 4 grandchildren, Rachel and Justin Foley, Travis and Ashley McKay; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; & his wife, Phyllis.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 PM Friday, May 24, 2002 at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Rolf Morck officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie. Friends may call 4-8 PM Thursday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to the service on Friday.

Hazel Moffat

Hazel E. Moffat, 96, head of the English Department at St. Louis Park schools for more than 40 years died Tuesday August 21, 1990 at Richfield Health Care Center.

Moffat was born on her family’s farm near Jackson, Michigan, and moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan with her family when she was two years old.  She received a teaching certificate from the old Kalamazoo Normal School (now Western State College) and taught in Covert, Michigan until she married Fred Moffat in 1915.

They were ranchers in Utah and Colorado until Fred Moffat joined the Navy in World War I.  Hazel Moffat moved to Minneapolis, where her husband later joined her and she began teaching high school English in St. Louis Park in the 1920s.  She returned to college and earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Minnesota in 1939.  Moffat retired as head of the English Department at St. Louis Park High School 43 years later in 1961.  She had been the advisor to the the Echo, the school newspaper, and the Echowan, the yearbook, and directed several school plays.

Bertil Johnson, who was high school principal during part of Moffat’s tenure, said, “She was well-liked by students because she took a personal interest in them.  She had a way of getting along with students.”

“Hazel Moffat was a legend in the St. Louis Park English department.  She had the admiration of the staff and school system,” said David Litsey, a former St. Louis Park High School English teacher and department chair in the 1960s.  “Moffat put out award-winning Echo newspapers and the Echowan yearbook,” he said.  When Moffat taught during the 1950s, the St. Louis Park school system was rapidly expanding, Litsey said. 

John Moffat remembers how his mother would correct his grammar as he was growing up.  Moffat, who had a Latin background, was from the “old school” of English teachers who would diagram sentences on the blackboard.  “She was a stickler for the rules.  The rules were important to her and she repeated them.”

Moffat fondly remembers trips with his mother to Young Quinlan’s department store in Minneapolis to buy clothes and have tea.  “She was always well-dressed.”

Moffat said his mother and Mildred Glendenning, a retired St. Louis Park teacher, were good friends and enjoyed several trips to the North Shore.  As an English teacher, Moffat also read extensively.  “One of the joys she passed on to me,” said her son.

Her husband died in 1957.  Besides her son John, of Edina she is survived by four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. 

Memorial service will be held September 5 at the First Memorial-Waterston Funeral Home, Minneapolis.

Clarence Olander

Clarence Olander is remembered for his commitment to improve classroom curriculum and his passion to ensure that teachers had superior tools to enhance teaching and positively impact students. His endowment to the Mathematics Education Trust (MET) supports school staffs for in-service programs.

Olander earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Minnesota in mathematics education. From 1946–47 he served in the United States Army as a paratrooper. Later he began his teaching career as a high school mathematics teacher in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. In 1958, he accepted a position as a high school mathematics editor for Scott, Foresman and Company. His career spanned nearly 30 years at Scott, Foresman and Company. He distinguished himself as a mathematics editor, editorial vice president of the math department, and finally, the senior vice-president and editor-in-chief of the elementary though high school division of Scott, Foresman and Company. During the 1960s and 1970s he also spent several summer sessions at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces instructing teachers in math education.

Clarence Olander died in 1988 at the age of 60.

George Olsen

George Olsen was born May 4, 1922, in Scobey, Montana. He died at 87, June 27, 2009.

Raised in New Ulm, MN he graduated from New Ulm High School in 1940.

He attended Gustavus Adolphus College for two years, and then served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Upon his return he attended the University of Minnesota and graduated with a B.A. in Political Science; later he earned a M. A.

From 1947-1951 George joined his sister, Theo, in Hawaii and taught history at Mid-Pacific Institute, a co-ed boarding school in Honolulu.

He moved back to Minnesota and accepted a teaching job at Redwood Falls, MN where he met Virginia Glover. They married August 14, 1954 and have celebrated 54 years of marriage.

The next year George was hired to teach sociology and psychology at St. Louis Park High School, where he taught for 33 years.

In 1978 he volunteered to team teach in Mini School, an alternative English and History program for 10-12 graders at SLP.

His teachings and lessons went beyond the borders of the class room by touching thousands of lives.  Patty Mattson, a former student, wrote “I would not have made it through a couple of those rough high school years without his guidance and love.”

In 1983 he was awarded the teacher of the year by the Minnesota Business foundation.

George and his wife have been involved at St. Nicholas Episcopal Church for 33 years. At St. Nicholas he facilitated adult education classes and organized "paint-a-thons" to help the community. George also baked 50 pans of caramel rolls for the annual church fund-raiser.  He also waxed church floors, organized church trips to Twin Cities homeless shelters and helped build an orphanage school and hospital in Haiti.

He had an insatiable curiosity for life, always learning, always teaching and always loving. According to an article in the Star Tribune July 4, 2009 by Jim Adams, George Olsen was an inspiring teacher whose enthusiasm and generous nature touched students, church friends, and the needy.

Even as the former St. Louis Park High School educator lay dying in his Richfield home, he was teaching.  “He told friends and family how much they meant to him during his last days before succumbing to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a degenerative muscular disease,” said his daughter Cassandra Williams.  “He talked about spirituality and dying.  He didn’t skirt around the issue.  He took it head on,” Williams said.

Over the years he has poured out his love for his daughter Cassandra (Cassie), her husband Tedd Williams and their children, Matt, Meaghan, John & Paul and for his son Ted, his wife Amma and their children, Shelley & Joe. In the later years he has taken great delight in playing with his great-grandchildren, James, Leon and Liam.

The visitation will be Wednesday, July 1, from 5-8 PM at St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, 7227 Penn Avenue South, Richfield, MN. His memorial will be Thursday, July 2 at 11 AM at St. Nicholas Episcopal Church.

Memorials preferred to St. Nicholas Church or ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) Association MN Chapter.

Sally Ost

Sally Ost taught at St. Louis Park High School from 1957 until 1992.  She is currently 74 years old.

She married Francis Callahan.  They live part of the year in Minneapolis and the rest of the year in Naples, Florida.

Since retiring Mrs. Callahan has continued to work with Master’s groups for synchronized swimming.  She also plays golf and bridge.

Their addresses are:

7220 York Avenue South, Unit 119, Minneapolis, MN 55435 and

1084 First Lakes Drive, #301, Naples, FL 34105.

Phone:  952-926-7905

Janet Ostercamp

Janet Ostercamp taught at St. Louis Park High School for two years after she was graduated from college and then moved with her husband Darryl to other locations where she taught in both high schools and colleges.  They have lived for many years in Moorhead, Minnesota where Darryl was a professor at Concordia College.

During that time Mrs. Ostercamp earned a Master’s Degree in American Literature.

The Ostercamp’s have traveled to Mosul, Iraq, Norwich, England, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, Tel Aviv, Israel during sabbatical periods.

Mrs. Ostercamp is currently 74 years old.

She has two children and two grandchildren.

Her address is 1415-22nd Avenue South, Moorhead, MN 56560.

Phone:  218-236-8072


Hollace Sandholm

Hollace Sandholm retired in 1985 and is currently 84 years old.

He keeps busy fishing, hunting, and playing golf.  He enjoys making clocks from unusual woods and donating them for special charity events.

Currently Mr. Sandholm is not married, having lost his loving wife in 1997.  They had six children-two daughters and four sons.  One daughter died of lymphoma.  He has five grandchildren.

He lives at 15604 Boulder Creek Drive, Minnetonka, MN 55345.

Phone:  952-934-1935

Lyle Santelman

Lyle Santelman retired from St. Louis Park in 1986 and then taught at College of St. Catherine in St. Paul.  He has also done some volunteer work as an educator for the organization “Bridging”.

He is currently 85 years old.

Mr. Santelman and his wife Pat have five children and eight grandchildren.

He lives at 6729 West 82nd Street, Bloomington, MN 55438.

Phone:  952-942-9565


Paul Schroeder

The morning was filled with a heavy heart, memories and sadness upon hearing of Larry Leventhal’s death. My Newz & Notz email regarding Larry has been followed by several replies from classmates.  And then to my dismay, comes a reply from Camille Schroeder, Paul Schroeder’s wife.  Here it is…


Hi David and Carole,   It is with sadness and loss that I must tell you that Paul died last night. He had taken a fall on Friday the 13th and broke his hip. It was a 911 call and we got him to the hospital. After confirmation of the hip fracture we had to make a decision about what to do. Surgery was the best option. The other option was to do nothing and of course that made NO sense. Paul Johnson was not available over the weekend so we waited until Monday for the surgery knowing it was with extreme risk. But what does one do. Paul was unable to tolerate the surgery and died just as Dr. Johnson was closing the incision. This was not the result that anyone wanted but so be it. Paul had a long and  good life and appreciated it. He was a man of character.  Love, Camille


Paul was our Assistant Principal at Park Hi.  A couple years after we graduated he was promoted to principal at a new St. Louis Park Junior High School.  Paul and his wife, Camille, were also good friends.  For the last several years Carole & I enjoyed reciprocating dinners at our home and Paul & Camille’s home on Lake Minnetonka, a couple minutes west of Excelsior.  Paul grilled the hamburgers; Camille’s added goodies complemented the burgers.  The four of us enjoyed conversation about today and Park Hi yesterdays and played lots of bridge (Paul & I teamed up against Camille & Carole).  


A couple years ago Paul came to our home where he and teacher Jack Alwin were interviewed by Averill Kronick (that interview video was included in the DVD that you received a year ago).  Paul joined our 50th Anniversary celebration and called our class to order by ringing a dinner bell and “ commanding" everyone to be seated.  Three years later, at our Joint  70th Birthday Party, Paul got things rolling with his PA system announcements that started our short class day of three 20 minute classes with our “old” teachers.  At our 55th Anniversary Reunion we saluted Paul and other teachers for their contributions as great teachers, members of The Greatest Generation and members of the U S Armed Services who won WWII.   Last August, at our SLP59 Joint 75th Birthday Party, Camille and 94-year-old Paul joined our classmates and spouses for dinner and a performance of The Million Dollar Quartet at the Old Log Theater.  They loved the show and loved seeing us “old” classmates.  


We played our last bridge game last summer.

Paul Schroeder of Shorewood, Minnesota passed away peacefully on January 16, 2017, 95 years after his birth in Postville, Iowa, in 1921. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lois. He is survived by his devoted wife, Camille; children: Tom (Jean) Schroeder, Paula Schroeder (Mark Broms), and Becky (Daniel) Cohen, 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, stepchildren Pam (Tom) Langseth, Dan (Cathy) Keefe, 5 step-grandchildren, and many relatives and friends. Paul was a scholar being the first in his family to graduate from college, an athlete having been the captain of the Luther College football team in 1943, a WWII and Korean War Veteran, a teacher in Westbrook, MN, and LaCrosse, WI, a much-loved school administrator in the St. Louis Park Public Schools and a Methodist hospital volunteer. Most importantly, he was a family man and a good and kind individual. His memorial service will be on Monday, Feb. 20, 11:00 AM, with visitation at 10:00 AM at St. George's Episcopal Church, 5224 Minnetonka Blvd. in St. Louis Park. Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 10:00 AM. Memorials preferred to the St. Louis Park Public Schools Foundation, St. George's Episcopal Church or the St. Louis Park Emergency Program.

Roger Thompson

Roger C. Thompson, age 80 of Minnetonka, died on 8/17/05 surrounded by his loving family.

He was preceded in death by parents, Carl C. & Manda; brother, Clayton; sister Marge Turnblom; and daughter-in-law, Cary Thompson. Mr. Thompson is survived by beloved wife of 53 years, Ann; endearing children: Kathy (Todd) Burud, David (Jenna), Lisa (Jeff) Passolt; adoring grandchildren: Amanda (Pete) Schams, Joe, Sam, Nate, Zack, and Maria Burud; Maggie, Noah, Maren, Madelynn, Marissa, and Ahna Thompson; Lesley-Anne and McKenna Passolt; 1 soon-to-be great granddaughter; other relatives and countless friends.

He attended the University of Minnesota, the University of Colorado, and received his master's degree from Harvard.

Roger spent 35 years as math teacher and 25 years as tennis coach at St. Louis Park High School.

He was a faithful member of King of Grace Lutheran Church in Golden Valley.

Roger will always be remembered for his kind and gentle spirit and his quiet strength. Special thank you to the staff at Methodist Hospice and ICU, and also to all of those who offered their care, prayers, and concerns.

Memorials preferred to the church or Methodist Hospital Hospice. Interment is at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Service Friday, 12 noon, at King of Grace Lutheran Church, 6000 Duluth St., Golden Valley. Visitation one hour prior to service at church and also Thursday (TONIGHT) from 5-8 PM at: Washburn-McReavy Strobeck Johnson Chapel 1400 Mainstreet, Hopkins 952-938-9020

Donald Schutte

Donald Schutte died June 2, 2007 at age 91 in Minnetonka.

Although he was an educator and administrator at many schools and universities all over the United States, he may be best remembered for his 30 years of professional service to the St. Louis Park School System and directing the Audio-Visual Department at the High School. 

He read widely and was intelligent and well-informed.  His interests included photography, wood carving, carpentry, figure skating and activities related to the study, enjoyment and conservation of nature.

He is survived by his wife Betty Jane; his three daughters Cathy Schutte, Mary Linden and Joan Burton; his son Steven Schutte; and four grandchildren, Kelsey, Monica, Elena and Matthew.

Interment was June 8th at Gethsemane Cemetery in New Hope.  The family requested no memorials or flowers be sent.

Wesley Ulrich

Ulrich, Wesley William Age 93, passed away peacefully on June 28, 2009. A memorial service will be held Thursday, July 2, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 10th & Hennepin, Minneapolis, MN. He is survived by his wife, Milli Ulrich; his children, Judson Ulrich, William (Margo) Ulrich, Cindy (Dennis) Burns and grandchildren, Jessica and John Ulrich. He served 3 years with the U.S. Navy during WWII and was a World Studies teacher for 30 years at St. Louis Park High School. Private Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Richard Wainio

Richard Wainio retired in 1987.  He is currently 81 years old.

He enjoys volunteering, playing golf, and writing.  He has been taking writing classes and wrote a biography of former St. Louis Park High School coach Lloyd Holm.

Mr. Wainio and his wife Enid have two daughters and four grandchildren.

He lives at 5800 St. Croix Avenue North, Apt. CM20, Golden Valley, MN 55422.

Phone:  763-513-6649

Eugene Wright

Since retiring from teaching and coaching at St. Louis Park High School from 1958 to 1993, Eugene Wright continues to run state track and cross country meets as well as some college meets.

Mr. Wright is currently 74 years old.

He also was a graduate of St. Louis Park High School in 1953 and was the first alumnus to come back and teach in the district.

Other activities Mr. Wright enjoys with his wife Nan are biking, hiking, and traveling.  They have two children and four grandchildren.

He lives at 3030 St. Albans Mill Road, #312, Minnetonka, MN 55305.

Phone (home):  952-542-1147

Phone (cell):  952-393-4549


Robert Zitur

Robert (Bob) Zitur, a longtime teacher at St. Louis Park High School and a Plymouth City Council member, died December 3, 1991 at the age of 65.

He had been a council member since 1986 and played an instrumental role in developing the city’s parks and trails and commercial properties.  He fought to keep Armstrong High School in Plymouth open in the 1980s.  He also was active with Northwest Hennepin Human Services Council, Community Action for suburban Hennepin and Head Start, an educational program.

“He had a very strong commitment to Plymouth, which triggered his desire to be a council member,” said his son-in-law Dr. Tim Miley.  “He was a family man and took great interest in the education of his students and his own children.”

He was diagnosed as having cancer in April 1991, but continued to attend council meetings until November.

Zitur retired in 1982 after teaching language arts and classics at St. Louis Park High School for 28 years.  He also was chairman of the school’s Foreign Language Department.

“He wasn’t concerned about turning the world over to the kids of today because he believed there was good in all of them,” said his daughter Joan Zitur, of San Ramon, California.

He was born in St. Cloud, Minnesota and was graduated from Cathedral High School there.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in classical languages from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, and a master’s degree in philosophy from St. Cloud State University.  He taught English at Perham High School for two years before joining the staff at St. Louis Park.

He was a volunteer at the Adult Corrections Facility in Plymouth.

He was preceded in death by parents August and Marie Zitur, sister Lois, and daughter Julie Marie.

Besides his daughter Joan, he is survived by his wife of 35 years, Donna; two other daughters, Dr. Mary Miley, of Plymouth, and Amy, of St. Paul; two sons, Timothy, of Eagan, and John, of Plymouth; and a sister Ruth Heipley, of St. Cloud.

Services will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, Medina.  Memorials to Methodist Hospital Can Center, St. John’s University or Northwest YMCA are suggested. Arrangements are by Kapala-Glodek  Funeral Chapel, New Hope.


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