In Memory

Henry P. Scaia, age 94, of New Hope, passed away from pneumonia in the Palliative Care Unit of North Memorial Hospital on Sunday, Nov.6, 2016.

Henry was born in Chisholm, MN in 1922. He served in the US Army in Korea during WWII, then resumed his education at St. Cloud Teacher’s College and U of ND. He married Katherine Gawreluk in 1950, which he always considered one of his smartest decisions. They started their married lives teaching in Newberry and Escanaba, MI, then Brainerd, MN, and finally joined the rapidly growing Robbinsdale School District 281. He took great pride serving as an elementary principal at Forest, Sonnesyn, and New Hope schools, and treasured the wonderful staffs, students, and parents he worked with. He retired in 1986. 

Henry welcomed and reached out to people of all ages and cultures. He was loved and respected, and was a wonderful role model for his family. He gave generously of his time to North Hennepin Kiwanis, as a founding member and leader of Church of the Epiphany, and to family and friends.

He is preceded in death by daughter, Andrea, brother, Virgil, and parents, Peter and Mary.

Henry is survived by Kay, wife of 66 years; children, Pamela Scaia (Eduardo De Anda), Rebecca Boyd (Don) and Philip Scaia (Barbara Del Caro Scaia); grandchildren, Nicolas De Anda-Scaia, Moira De Anda-Scaia, Noah Peter (Christina) De Anda-Scaia, Magaly De Anda-Scaia, Misha Quentin De Anda-Scaia, Natasha De Anda-Scaia, Garrett (Jessica) Boyd, Logan (Christie) Boyd, and Trevor Del Caro Crom; one great-grandchild and one on the way.

Sue Chagnon Edblom '79 shared this regarding her father.

I am saddened to post that my dad, Ron Chagnon, passed away Monday, September 12, after an extended illness. He was 83. Thanks so much to all who have sent their love and... support to my family and me.

The funeral will be held this Friday, September 16th at 11 a.m. at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Brooklyn Park, MN.

There will be a visitation at the church an hour before the service, and there will a luncheon following the service.

Dad's students meant the world to him and he enjoyed seeing many of you over the years. We welcomed me everyone to the funeral, and we ask that you please refrain from wearing black, since we would like the service to be a celebration, in keeping with how he strove to live his life.

The address of the church is 7217 West Broadway Ave, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428



Beloved Cooper community icon Vern Hollister, 76, passed away March, 10, 2015, following a battle with cancer.

Hollister was well-known as a beloved coach, advisor, teacher, friend and colleague in the Robbinsdale Cooper High School community where he spent many years teaching, mentoring and showcasing a wonderful talent for photography and inspiring others. 

A Celebration of Life for Hollister is 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at Michael Servetus Unitarian Society, 6565 Oakley Drive NE, in Fridley. Coffee and dessert will follow the program.

(Information gleaned from Weber Hills Funeral Home website. For more information including obituary and a place to share your memories visit:!/Obituary)


Nels Elmer Kemppainen, 87, of Britt, MN passed away on August 29 surrounded by family in the St. Michael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Virginia, MN. He was born August 28, 1925 in Keewatin, MN the son of Finnish immigrants, Nels and Elvi Kemppainen. He graduated from Crosby-Ironton High School and earned degrees from Hamline University and the University of Minnesota. During his 31-year career as an educator with the Robbinsdale School District, he served as a coach, teacher and school administrator. He retired in 1985 after 13 years as head principal of Robbinsdale Cooper High School.
Family was most important to him. He married lifelong partner Virginia “Ginny” Johnson in Virginia, MN on December 26, 1953. In addition to Ginny, Elmer is survived by sons Chip (Debbie), Kerry, and Kurt, and grandchildren Kristine, Erik, Ryan, Nicholas and Anders. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Wayne, and sister Marion Dale.
Elmer was fun loving, caring, outgoing, and a true character. He and Ginny cultivated a large social circle with many longtime and special friendships. He was an avid bridge player, a student of history and geography, and traveled to many destinations across the globe, including 4 visits to his beloved Finland. He was extremely proud of his 100% Finnish heritage. Known for his silver tongue, Elmer was sought after as a speaker or master of ceremonies for a variety of public events and private occasions. 
A Gathering time for family and friends will be Saturday, September 15, 2012 from 11:30 a.m. until the 1:00 p.m. Celebration of Life Service in Gethsemane Evangelical Lutheran Church in Virginia. Pastor Nathan Sager will officiate. Inurnment will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery.
Memorials are preferred, and may be directed to Mount Olivet Rolling Acres or Mount Olivet Rolling Acres, Development Office, 7200 Rolling Acres Road, PO Box 220, Victoria, MN 55386
Elmer’s family wishes to give Special Thanks to the staff at St. Michael’s Health and Rehab Center and Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospice in Virginia, MN for their compassionate care. 
Family services provided by Bauman-Cron, A Bauman Family Funeral Home in Virginia. To share condolences online, please see: 


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