Funerals & Memorials

Funeral Notices . . .  

 anderson-hazel-small-250x300Hazel Anderson, age 94 of Northfield, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, September 25, 2016, at the care center of the Northfield Retirement Community.

Hazel Marie Anderson was born April 29, 1922, in Saint Paul, Minnesota, to Julius and Doris (Hughes) Wall.  She was baptized at St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Centerville, raised in Hugo, attended school in Centerville and graduated from Forest Lake High School in 1939.  On July 12, 1941, Hazel married Evan K. Anderson at Bethel Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.  After marriage they lived in south Minneapolis until moving to Crystal in 1954.  In 1979, following an extended illness, Evan passed away.  Hazel worked in a variety of occupations until her retirement.  In 1996, she moved to Apple Valley and in 2008 to Northfield.

Hazel was a member of the Church of St. Dominic.  She enjoyed sewing, bowling, playing cards, Bingo, camping, quilting, volunteering at church, traveling the Dakotas with her husband, and fishing at Lake Mille Lacs with her family.  She was well loved, “so cute”, and a grandma to everyone.

Survivors include her daughters, Karen Grisim of Northfield, Rita Mickle of Maple Grove;   4 grandchildren, Tracy (John) Martner of Northfield, Raymond (Sue) Midtvedt of Chisago City, Michele (Christopher) Coughlin of Burnsville, Jessica Mickle of New Hope; 3 great-granddaughters, Kristin, Alison, and Emily; her sisters-in-law, Ramona Wall of Texas, Nancy Bergeron of Forest Lake; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her infant son Evan, her son-in-law James Mickle, her sister Loretta McCall, her brothers Melvin and William Wall, and her parents.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30AMThursday, September 29, 2016, at the Church of St. Dominic in Northfield.  Interment will be at Sunset Cemetery in Minneapolis. Pallbearers will be Raymond Midtvedt, John Martner, Christopher Coughlin, Jessica Mickle, Duane “Red” Anderson and Ron Dompierre.  Visitation will be 4-7PMWednesday, September 28, 2016, at the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home in Northfield.  Visitation will continue at the church on Thursday one hour prior to the service.

Memorials are preferred to the Northfield Retirement Community.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.


lundquist-della-pic-223x300Della Lundquist passed away Wednesday evening, September 7, 2016, at the Three Links
Care Center in Northfield, just days after her 105th birthday.

Della Margaret Lundquist was born September 5, 1911, in Hibbing, Minnesota, Ben and Nancy (Basile) Genise. She was baptized and confirmed at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and graduated from Hibbing High School in 1929. After high school she worked in a local grocery store while caring for her younger siblings. On August 2, 1938, she married Charles W. Lundquist at Immaculate Conception. After marriage they made their home in Hibbing and over the years she served as a care giver for many people. Della and Charles enjoyed 45 years of marriage preceding his death in 1983. Della moved to Northfield in 2004 to be close to her daughters.

Della was a longtime member of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Hibbing and
a member of the Church of St. Dominic in Northfield. She was a member of the Holy
Rosary and St. Patricia Circles, Lady Foresters’, active in PTA while her children were
growing up, and participated in 4H and Scouts. She taught religious education, enjoyed
the Italian Club and she and Charles loved to play Bridge. She joined the Northfield Senior Center and played bridge there 3 times a week and also did chair yoga. Her main hobby was being a mother to everyone – including her nieces, nephews, and many friends. Her focus was
always the “3 F’s”: family, friends, and faith. Della was a fabulous cook and baker was famous for her Colorado peach pie, cinnamon rolls, and homemade bread. There was always something fresh from the oven when her kids (and their friends) came home from school. She could laugh at herself first, and always asked for “just a half a cup.” That was all she needed. The other half was already filled with love.

Survivors include:

Jane Gambucci (Gene Henning) of Northfield
Judy (Doug) Lehnen of St. Paul
Chuck (Bev) Lundquist of Tucson

Grandchildren: James Gambucci, Mark(Robyn)Gambucci, Michelle (Mike) McKee, Monica (Jerry) Heidman, Michael Tousignant, Melissa Tousignant, John Lehnen, Charlie Lehnen,
Stacey Mickle, and Stefanie (Chris) Hobson.

Great grandchildren: Sophia, Nathan, Andrew, and Emily Gambucci, Cassidy Spence, Calvin Mickle, & Shane Hobson; great-great granddaughter Ariella; and many nieces, nephews, and special friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Charles, daughter Betty (and Don) Tousignant, son-in-law Joe Gambucci, her parents, brothers Angelo (Yvonne, Evie) Genise, John (Ruth)Genise, and Louie (Lois Ann) Genise; sisters Anne (Babe) Gervais, Pauline (John) Rossman, and Jo-ie (Mike) Podpeskar; her in-laws: John and Albertina (Rundt) Lundquist, Jack (Vi) Lundquist, Ellen Lundquist, Helga (Willie) Venditto, Esther (Clarence) Nelson, Edith (Eddie) Gustafson, Vera (Oscar, Morris) Magnuson, Ed (Margaret) Lundquist, niece Barbie Gustafson, and nephews Frank Genise, Jack Genise, and Clarence Lundquist

Mass of Christian Burial and a celebration of Della’s life will be Saturday, Oct. 8, at 11:00 at the
Church of St. Dominic in Northfield Visitation will be Friday, Oct. 7 from 4-7 PM at the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. Interment will take place at Maple Hill Cemetery
in Hibbing on Oct. 10.

In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Northfield Senior Center, CaringBridge, or Blessed Sacrament Church in Hibbing.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at Three Links Care Center for the excellent and loving care they gave Della.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.


gambucci-pic-small-220x300-1Joseph Gambucci, age 96 of Northfield, passed away Friday evening, September 16, 2016, at Three Links Care Center.

Joseph Gambucci was born on July 17, 1920, in Hibbing, Minnesota, to Thomas and Jeanette (Perreti) Gambucci. He graduated from Hibbing High School in 1938, and attended Hibbing Junior College in pre-med until he was drafted into the Air Force during World War II, with basic training in Alabama and Mississippi. While home on leave, Joe married Lois Nicholson on October 10, 1943. Joe served as a combat instructor-pilot flying in Burma, Japan and China. After World War II, Joe came home to Hibbing and worked in the mines until being recommissioned to serve in Korea and Vietnam. All in all, Joe flew 387 combat missions and received 38 medals and numerous awards, achieving the rank of Major. After 26 years, Joe retired and he and Lois moved to Chicago, where Joe served in the Department of Commerce for ten years. They returned to Minnesota in 1980 and bought a motorhome, traveling around the U.S. and Canada for two years before settling in Grand Rapids and then Northfield. Joe was a member of the Disabled American Veterans. He enjoyed fishing, snowmobiling, and camping, and, in his later years, watching TV, reading, and Charleston Chews.

Survivors include his daughter Diana of Nashville, his son Thomas of Florida, his daughter-in-law Jane Gambucci of Northfield; four grandchildren: James, Mark, Troy, & Ryan Gambucci; 5 great grandchildren: Sophia, Nathan, Andrew, Emily, and Shelby Gambucci; two sisters: Olympia Minerich of Duluth, and Fran Vos of California; his sister-in-law Nancy Williams of Apple Valley; other family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Lois, his son Joseph Jr., his brothers Frank and Hugo, his sisters Rena Hamil, Mary Jeffrey, Yolanda Bebout, and his parents.

A funeral mass date and time are pending.  Interment with Military Honors will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.