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Victor Lee Propes

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Victor Lee Propes passed away August 14, 2015 at his home in Des Moines, Iowa at the age of 76. A memorial service, with military honors, was held at 2 pm on Saturday, September 5, at Henderson’s Funeral Chapel in Iowa, located at 3500 6th Ave, Des Moines, IA 50313. In addition, a tribute to Victor Propes was held at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, September 9 at Scratch Bar and Grill, 408 3rd Avenue North, in downtown Minneapolis’ warehouse district. Victor was a civil rights advocate, mentor, and educator. He is survived by his children, Pashell (Arthur) Johnson, Tarik and Hakim Propes; his grandchildren, Zachary Jeremy, Jacob, Najia, Amire, Mariah, Elijah and Malik; his sisters, Arthurlene Dixon, Paula and Lesha Propes; his former wife Beverly Galloway-Propes and a host of extended family and friends. Continue Reading →

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Millicent R. “Millie” Clark

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Millicent R. “Millie” Clark, age 96, of Edina entered into eternal peace on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 in Edina, MN. Born in Marion, Indiana, she is survived by loving daughter Faye Dudley; granddaughter Kristen (John) Morrissey; special grandson Michael Barth; brother Noah (Hallie) Smith; nieces Jacqueline Drye and Pam (Harry) Hester; and numerous cousins and friends. Millie attended Ohio State University and worked at the Minneapolis Public School office for 30 years. Mass of Christian Burial Friday, September 4, 10 am at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Community, 4537 3rd Ave. Continue Reading →

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Martha Ann Taylor

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Martha Ann Taylor, age 78, of Minneapolis passed away on August 28, 2015. She was preceded in death by parents Benjamin and Catherine Burton; siblings Kenneth Myers, Clarence Burton, Charles Burton and Audrey Burton; and children Cathy Cunningham and Floyd Cunningham Jr. Continue Reading →

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Albert Rashford Burgess

Albert Rashford Burgess
12/07/1919 — 5/31/2015

Albert Rashford Burgess passed away May 31, 2015 at 96 years old at the Howard County Hospital in Maryland. He had lived for 10 years in Columbia, Maryland with a cousin, Julie Hazel, and her mother, Jackie George, now deceased, after relocating from New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. Al was the first-born son of Milicent Rashford Burgess and Crystal Francis Brown Burgess of 970 Rondo, St. Paul, Minnesota, and the former husband of Glenna Leslie Burgess of New Orleans. His sisters Millicent Burgess Marshall and Crystal Burgess Marmon, both of whom predeceased him, had lived in San Francisco and were also St. Continue Reading →

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Myrtle Thomas

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Myrtle Thomas of Minneapolis passed away peacefully on March 20, 2015. Preceded in death by her loving husband, four sisters, and one brother, she is survived by sister Oriole (Albert); children Judge LaJune Lange (Thomas) and James Thomas; grandchildren Lisa, Drumage, James III, Lauren, Sharde’, William, Raphael and Angelina; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Continue Reading →

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Annie Marie Riley

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Annie Marie Riley, age 79, of Minnetonka, MN passed away February 14, 2015. She will be deeply missed by her husband of 57 years, Alvin Sr.; children Mardonna, Alvin Jr. (Victoria); grandchildren Marcus, Isabella, Alexandra, Spencer; her sister Phelecia (Richard) McCall; and many other family members and friends. Memorial Service will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, February 21, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness located at 13001 Lake Street Extension in Minnetonka, MN. Continue Reading →

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Cassondra Lee ”Sunny” Ross

Cassondra Lee ”Sunny” Ross of St. Paul passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 8, 2015 at the age of 67. She was preceded in death by parents and brothers and survived by children Roberta of Fort Worth, TX, Rodney of Dallas, TX and Rosemond of Oakdale, MN; sisters Betsy and Loretha Lloyd of St. Paul; sister-in-law Caroline Ross; Lillie Folks of Tulsa, OK; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Continue Reading →

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Venita C. Wells September 28, 1923 — December 8, 2014

Venita Carmen Wells, 91, was called home to be with the Lord on Monday, December 8, 2014, at Unity Point Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. A Memorial Service celebrating Venita’s life was held at 10 am on Saturday, December 13, at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Des Moines of which she was a member. A private committal service will take place at a later date. Venita was born on September 28, 1923 in Des Moines, Iowa to Gilbert and Ethel (Fountain) Quincy. Continue Reading →

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Gertrude Green

Gertrude Green departed for her heavenly home on December 4, 2014, at the age of 99. She was loving, compassionate and faithful to her church and family. Gertrude is survived by her daughter, Gladys Randle; son, Larry R. Smith (Bonnie Wilson); grandchildren, Cheryl Jones, Roniel Green, Kelley Green, Kim Green, Sherri Green, Robbin Green, Chanda Smith Baker (Roland Baker), Shannon Smith Jones; 18 great-grandchildren, 16 great-great-grandchildren; cousin, Willie Mae Johnson; and a host of relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by parents, Lee and Ada Howelton; husband, James Green; brothers, Alverga Howelton, Robert Howelton, Otha Howelton; sister, Idella Grigsby; children, Richard R. Green (former chancellor of New York Public Schools) and Robert L. Green; grandson, Craig Green; and granddaughter, Dawn Green. Memorial Services will be held at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, 3355 4th St. Continue Reading →

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