Jerome (Jerry) B. Brandel, age 88, passed away peacefully with family by his side on Sept. 28. He was born and raised on the family farm in Sleepy Eye, Minn., and upon moving to the Twin Cities, became a long time resident of West St. Paul.
Community members turned out in droves to honor David John Riggs, a 20-year-old Tartan High School graduate who died Aug. 17 following a scooter crash in Oakdale days earlier.
Riggs’ girlfriend, Ciara Falzone, noted a vigil was held Aug. 19 outside of his family’s Oakdale home, where hundreds of community members came to pay their final respects.
“It was such an incredible outpouring of support,” Falzone said, adding that she and the Riggs family were immensely grateful for the entire community’s response following Riggs’ death.
Dr. Franz Halberg of Roseville, the man who coined the term “circadian rhythms” and studied their effects on the delivery of chemotherapy and the diagnosis of hypertension, died June 9, just short of his 94th birthday.
Halberg was considered the father of modern chronobiology, a term he coined for using science in tune with the daily, weekly and other rhythms of the body. He also founded the Halberg Chronobiology Center at the University of Minnesota.
At an international symposium held in Shoreview to mark his 90th birthday, he discussed his life’s work and said each person has a built-in, 24-hour rhythm that can make the difference between the success and failure of a certain treatment.
Lawrence "Larry" Anthony Schwalbe, age 74, of New Brighton, formerly of Avon, passed away peacefully on June 5. He was born on Dec. 13, 1938 to Paul and Teckla (Halama) in St. Cloud. He graduated from Holdingford High School in 1958. After high school he entered into the Army. He proudly served as a sergeant from 1958 - 1962, through two tours during the Korean Conflict.
Sharon "Sherry" Laumeyer, age 78, passed away quietly and peacefully at home in New Brighton, surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Florence Modesette. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Jerry; daughter, Michelle (Jeff); sons, Terry (Cristy), Joel (Heather); grandchildren, Sadie and Max; siblings, Joe (Carol), John (Liz) and Yvonne.
Rick Erickson, 48, from Plymouth, died March 21. Rick was a loving son, brother, uncle, partner and friend who was extremely loved by everyone he met. He was quick to give a helping hand and even in death, he is still giving.
Ruth Bergman, 85, of Roseville, passed away on Jan. 24. She is survived by her husband, Bob; son, John (Martha) Bergman of River Falls, Wis,; brother, Willard (Dee) Frantz of Maplewood; niece, Patricia (David) Kirchoff of Dallas, Texas and nephew, Robert Frantz of Sacramento, Calif.