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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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Ophelia Copes

Ophelia Copes, age 104, of Brooklyn Center, died Nov. 30, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Le Roy. Ophelia was a 1929 graduate of South High, attended the University of Minnesota, and was a 1935 graduate of MacPhail School of Music. She shared her wealth of musical knowledge through 60 years of teaching piano. Continue Reading →

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Diane Burgess (Cobbin) Joyner

Diane Burgess (Cobbin) Joyner, age 70, of Minneapolis passed away November 5, 2014. She was preceded in death by husband, Floyd Joyner; parents, Odell and Irene Cobbin; and one sister, Darlene Gardner. She is survived by her children, Derek Burgess, Robin Burgess, Tasha Burgess, Ana Mae Burgess and Joshua Joyner; sisters, Marlene Eaves, Norma Parker, Anna Mae Wooten-Fader and Lisa Pena; 11 grandchildren; and a host of stepchildren, great grandchildren and extended family. Funeral service will be held Friday, Nov. 14, 11 am at Bethesda Baptist Church, 1118 S. 8th Street, Minneapolis. Continue Reading →

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In memory of three great men

By Charles Hallman
Staff writer


We lost three individuals this April; I personally didn’t know each of them, but came close to meeting one of them. Charles Sumner “Chuck” Stone, Jr. died April 6 of congestive heart failure at an assisted-living facility in North Carolina at the age of 89. Born in 1924 in St. Louis, he was a Tuskegee Airman in World War II. Then, instead of attending Harvard — who accepted him, he instead went to and graduated from Wesleyan University in 1948, and later earned his master’s from the University of Chicago. Continue Reading →

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Donna Beatrice Sandberg (nee Beecham)

Donna B. Sandberg of Richfield, Minnesota passed away peacefully on March 25, 2014 at age 75. She is survived by loving husband Carl. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 11 am at the Cremation Society of Minnesota, 4343 Nicollet Avenue South, Minneapolis. Family will greet friends one hour prior to service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota or your local food shelf. Continue Reading →

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June 17, 1937
Greenville, Alabama
January 23, 2014
At the age of 76
Parents, Ranza and Lula Pryor
Brother, Willie Dean
Sister, Maeola McKinnes
Children, Victor (Peggy) Pryor
Gary (Pamela) Peterson
Bruce (Lisa) Peterson, Angela Peterson
and their father, Charles Peterson
Grandchildren, Kotia, Gary Jr., Awanna,
Montral, Seth, King, Precious and Zachary
Tashanique, Raymond,
Eriyanna, Audermar, Colee,
Bryce, Gary III and Israel Continue Reading →

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