The Park Bugle prints obituaries free of charge as a service to our communities. Send information about area deaths to Mary Mergenthal at or call 651-644-1650. 

John Bauer 

John Edwin Bauer, 74. died Oct. 12. 

John taught in the St. Paul Public Schools; and was a book collector, poet, musician, and traveler.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elsie and Edwin Bauer, and brother, Mark. He is survived by siblings, Leslie Whitney (Leland), Paul (Catherine Brandel), Laurie; and sister-in-law, Chiya. 

A memorial service was held Oct. 25 at St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church, with interment at Roselawn Cemetery. Memorials preferred to Union Gospel Mission, Twin Cities.

Paul Daub Brey

Paul Daub Brey, longtime resident of St. Anthony Park, died Oct. 17, 2018. Paul was born Dec. 30, 1927, in Wabasso, Minn.

For more than 70 years, Paul and his sister Ann lived in their iconic, three-story red Victorian home overlooking Langford Park. Over the years they hosted many visiting University of Minnesota students, creating fostering friendships across the U.S. and abroad. Paul was a veteran of the armed services and graduated from the University of Minnesota.

Throughout his life, Paul was active in the local community and was a longtime member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church.

He worked in various careers, including a long tenure with Montgomery Ward. Paul’s passion for devoting time with family and friends over weekend gatherings, bridge, camping, fishing and hunting trips, left an indelible mark on everyone who knew him. For more than 50 years, he hosted annual fishing trips for friends and family to the Canadian canoe country, a legacy his family will honor and plans to carry on.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Frank and Elizabeth Brey, and his sisters, Virginia Osterbauer and Ann Brey. He is survived by his sisters, Dr. Theresa Haddy and Justine DuBruil, and by his brother, Alois Brey. 

A Nov. 21 memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Roseville. Interment is scheduled for Nov. 26 at St. Ann’s Cemetery in Wabasso.

Memorials are welcome to the Pine Tree Apple Classic Fund to support children’s cancer research.

Louis Frenzel

Louis Daniel Frenzel Jr., 98, of Falcon Heights, died Oct. 19, 2018, at Good Samaritan Ambassador in New Hope, Minn. 

He was a professor of wildlife biology at the University of Minnesota from 1969 to 1984, most recently teaching in the biology department at Macalester College. 

Louis was preceded in death in 2016 by his wife, Virginia. He is survived by their children Richard, Scot, and Denise, and five grandchildren. 

His funeral service was held at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Roseville, with interment at Elmhurst Cemetery. 

Lisa Hage

Lisa Hage was born April 22, 1950. She died peacefully at home of glioblastoma, surrounded by her family on Nov. 2. 

Lisa was known as a wonderful wife and mother, master gardener, book lover and animal expert. Family and friends also knew her to be very kind with a wicked sense of humor and deeply ingrained sense of justice. Her greatest joy after her family was to show others, especially children, the world of books. Until recently, she served at St. Anthony Park Library. 

Lisa was preceded in death by her parents, George and Patricia Hassenstein. She is survived by her husband, Rolf; her sons and families, Jens (Martha) of Galesville Wis.; and Gordon (Brooke), of Minneapolis; three grandchildren; and her sisters, Hollis Hassenstein and Laurel Shelton. 

A memorial service is scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Cremation Society of Minnesota, 7110 France Ave., Edina. Memorials preferred to Alliance Housing or Heifer International.

Loretta Nitsch

Lorretta “Connie” Nitsch, 103, died Nov. 3. Born in Cando, N.D., the middle child of nine siblings in the Wilde family, Loretta grew up surrounded by love and laughter. 

In 1935, she met and married Karl Nitsch. His job with Burlington Northern took them to various cities in Minnesota and Montana. In 1961, they settled in St. Anthony Park. With daughter Jan Soderling, they became part of the community.

Active in her church, Connie became the “minister” of food and comfort at St. Anthony Park Methodist Church. She was always in the kitchen creating comfort food and nourishing souls with her wisdom. 

With the arrival of her granddaughters, Christie and Diana (Duffey), Lorretta’s family was complete. The celebrations with family and friends brought loved ones together throughout the years. Connie’s care packages were a treasure. 

Connie and Karl’s 75th wedding anniversary celebration reflected their enduring love for each other, the many friendships they had developed and the family connections they nurtured through the years.

Her funeral service was held Nov. 8 at Holcomb-Henry-Boom-Purcell Funeral Home, with burial at Roselawn Cemetery. 

Memorials are preferred to Centennial United Methodist Church St. Anthony Park Campus.

Jeannie Sloan

Jeannie “Skye” Sloan, 71, of Edina, Minn., died Oct. 19. Skye was born on Jan. 31, 1947, to Joe and Wilma Sloan in Beeville, TX. She graduated from Edina High School in 1965 and from Stephen F. Austin University in 1972. 

Skye lived in the Como Park area for many years, before returning to Edina in 2014. She was a well-known member of her Como Park neighborhood, as well as the St. Anthony Park community, where she worked for many years at All Season Dry Cleaners on Carter Avenue. Skye was also known for her ready smile, her love of gardening, art and nature, and her enthusiasm for life.   

She is survived by her sisters, Linda (Lynn) Wilkerson and Sandra (Dennis) Ray; and her brother, Joe (Janis) Sloan. Skye was preceded in death by her parents, Joe Matthew Sloan and Wilma Lyllus Sloan.


Frank Summerfield

Frank Summerfield was born June 29, 1948, and died Oct. 9 in St. Paul. Experiencing cold Minnesota winters at the end of his life reminded him of those he had spent in the west Texas Panhandle where he grew up: He didn’t care for either of them!

Frank attended undergraduate school in New Jersey before moving to California where he studied at Cal-Poly. He continued his graduate work in Hawaii. 

Frank finished his doctorate at the University of California-Davis, earning a degree in biochemistry and biophysics. His private research focused chiefly on the process of aging, which he had hoped to beat by focusing on telomeres, the DNA containers at the end of our chromosomes.

He was interested in people of every culture, and many of those friends attended his memorial service at St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church on Oct. 20.

Richard Tein

A. Richard (“Dick”) Tein, 70, of Hugo, Minn., died Oct. 10 due to complications from a long fight against lymphoma. 

Dick grew up in Falcon Heights, attended the former Alexander Ramsey High School (now Roseville Area High School), and Hamline University. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, and was stationed in Guam and Scotland. After his military service, he worked as electrical engineer at Medtronic for 30 years. 

An avid tennis player, Dick competed regionally and nationally, creating lifelong friendships along the way. Throughout his life, he excelled at many other sports, including hockey, triathlons, biking, cross country skiing, downhill skiing, sailing and golf. 

A celebration of Dick’s life was held Nov. 4. Dick is survived by his wife, Mary Jo (Franklin) and his golden retriever, Tofte. 

Please direct any memorials to St. Paul Urban Tennis or Super Hiking Trails Association. Both organizations can be found by searching “Remembering Dick Tein” on

Ann Vollmer

Ann Vollmer, 98, Como Park, was born Jan. 1, 1920, in Germany and died Sept. 30.

She came to the United States in 1922, settled in Frogtown and attended Saint Agnes School, Monroe Middle School, and graduated from Mechanic Arts High School in 1937. Ann met her future husband at Dunning Softball Field as a teen. 

Although not athletic, Ann was her family’s biggest fan, and came to many of their games. She even managed to give Montgomery Ward more than 25 years of service. 

Ann is preceded in death by her parents, Michael and Elizabeth Hinterholz; and her husband, John. She is survived by daughter, JoAnn Rolling; sons, Buz (Chyrll) and Robert (Conny); eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Ann was buried at Fort Snelling Cemetery.

Dale Swanson  

Dale Gordon Swanson died Oct. 19 due to pulmonary failure. He was born May 24, 1917. 

A product of St. Paul Public Schools, Swanson graduated summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree, and a juris doctor degree. He remained a loyal Gophers basketball booster throughout his entire university life.

A practicing attorney in Forest Lake from 1978 until his death, Swanson was also an activist fighting for human rights and affordable housing in the Forest Lake area and beyond. He also supported the performing arts in the Twin Cities.

Dale is survived by his brothers, Dean (Patricia) of Silver Spring, MD, and Charles (Melissa) of Lino Lakes; his sister, Jan Mackenthun (Merlin) of Brownton, MN; his seven children and five grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Dec. 8 at St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ. Interment will be private. Memorials may be made to the church.

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