Seymour ‘Sy’ Yesner
Longtime Educator
Seymour “Sy” Yesner of Brookline, formerly of Revere, died at home on July 6, after a 22-year journey with prostate cancer.
Born in New York City in 1925, he grew up in New Haven and Revere. At 18, he enlisted in the Army and fought in World War II in Europe, participating in the Normandy Invasion and the liberation of Buchenwald. He never used a gun again.
In 1948, he moved to Minneapolis, Minn., and at age 28 began his 44-year career in English education, 26 years as a teacher and consultant in English, reading and humanities for Minneapolis Public Schools. He moved to Brookline in 1979 as director of English and language arts and also taught English at the high school. He served on many committees of the National Council of Teachers of English, taught English teachers in Thailand, was associate director of education for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, authored numerous professional articles, edited several textbooks and poetry and literature anthologies, and enjoyed speaking on topics such as censorship and teaching writing. He cherished his excellent friends and relished complex arguments, fine mysteries, foreign movies, good food and great scotch.
He was the husband and soul mate of Joan Campion Yesner; proud father of Ruthbea Yesner Clarke; happy father-in-law to Neil Clarke; delighted Baba and Grampa to Soren and Neilsy; and he is also survived by his brother, Robert Yesner; his wife, Regina, and his daughter, Dawn, all of Michigan; and his dear in-laws, nieces and nephews, cousins, and many wonderful friends.
A memorial gathering was held at the Brookline Senior Center.
Memorial donations may be made to the Brookline Senior Center. For his online guest book, please go to

Mary Rae Adamson died in her home of natural causes on Friday, Aug. 22, 2008.

She was born in Cooperstown on April 3, 1927. Mary grew up in Menomonie where she graduated from high school in 1945. She went on to the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed her BS degree in physical education in 1949. Her first teaching job began in Oklahoma City, Okla., where she taught for two years. Mary then moved to Minneapolis where she taught at Minneapolis North High School. She earned her master’s degree in 1963 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and continued earning more credits over the years. Mary taught in Minneapolis for 30 years before retiring in 1981.

Mary was devoted to the art of dance and was the coordinator for the Minnesota Arts Council for seven years. She loved the people and travel this work brought.

Mary and O.C. “Ocki” Adamson were married on Oct. 1, 1977. They were able to enjoy a long retirement, traveling and spending winters at their home in Maui, Hawaii.

Mary and O.C. loved animals. They lived with Great Danes, Penney I and II, and there were many fun stories she would recall of the years with her dogs. Viewing and feeding wild life at their lake home gave her much pleasure.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Ocki; parents, A. R. and Beulah Josephson; sister, Mina Lu Lehn; brother, Bill Josephson; and nephew, Scott Josephson. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Marlys Josephson, La Crosse; nephews, Steve (Diane) Josephson, La Crosse, and their children, Ryan and Ashley of Minneapolis, and Tim (Jenna) Josephson and their daughter, Lacyn, of Boise, Idaho.

A private memorial will be held at Fort Snelling Cemetery. Memorials may be given to a charity of your choice.

Bradshaw Funeral Home, 4600 Greenhaven Drive, White Bear, Minn., is handling arrangements.


Ruth Person

Kezele, Ruth Marilyn (Person) age 82, of New Hope, MN passed away July 14, 2008. Preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Jim Person. Survived by husband of 40 years, Rudolph "Rudy" G. Kezele; brother, Lee Person; aunt, Margaret Ahl; nephews, Greg (Mary) Kezele, Mark (Paula) Person and Steve (Carol) Person; nieces, Myrna (William) Wilson, Karen Kezele, Sheila A. (Thomas) Glancy and Sharon (Donald) Rauenhorst; and several great nieces and nephews. Ruth attended Hector High School, MN, St. Cloud State Teachers College, later University of Wisconsin Madison where she earned her Masters Degree. Ruth taught for 34 years, 27 at North High School, Mpls, MN, retiring on June 30, 1982. Ruth was a member at Hector Methodist Church until 1962, and most recently was a member at Golden Valley United Methodist Church. Memorial service Saturday, July 19, 2008 at 11 AM at Spirit of Hope United Methodist Church, 7600 Harold Ave., Golden Valley, MN. Burial for family and friends will take place at 9 AM at Lakewood Cemetery. Memorials preferred to the Univ. of MN Cancer Foundation, Swedish Institute or the Arboretum at the Univ. of MN. Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel 952-920-3996

October 20, 2009
Hamline mourns passing of former basketball standout Joe Hutton, Jr.
A 1950 graduate of Hamline, Hutton was inducted into the Hamline University Pipers' Athletic Hall of Fame in 1972.  His late father, Joe Hutton, Sr. and his younger brother, Tom '62 are also Hamline Hall of Fame members.  The family legacy of Hamline graduates includes his sisters Catherine Hutton Gabrielson '51 and Barbara Keenan '56.

The Hutton Family has a distinguished place in the long history of Hamline University, as does Joe Hutton, Jr., said President Linda Hanson.  A University could not ask for more from one of its alumni.  Joe not only cared deeply about his alma mater, he cared about doing everything he could to make the world a better place.  We will miss him and his deep commitment to service to all he touched.
While at Hamline, Hutton lettered all four years in basketball and baseball and one year in track.  In basketball, he was a three-time all-conference team member, and in 1949 he earned All-american honors as Hamline won the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Championship.
Hutton was coached by his father during his years at Hamline.  Joe Hutton, Sr. was head basketball coach and athletic director from 1930-1975 and is the namesake of Hamline's basketball arena.  At his retirement, Hutton, Sr.'s 591-207 (344-91 conference) record placed him sixth among all college basketball coaches in the country.  In thirty-five years, his teams won nineteen conference titles, three NAIA championships, and were three-time NAIA runner-ups.
After leaving Hamline, Hutton, Jr. played on the 1951-52 Minneapolis Lakers championship team.  That year, the Lakers defeated the New York Knicks in the NBA finals in seven games.  Hutton was one of seven Pipers to play in the NBA.  The list includes Jim Fritsche, Hal Haskins, Vern Mikkelsen, John Norlander, Howie Schultz, and Rollie Seltz.
From 1954-1962 he taught and coached basketball in the Minneapolis school system, winning conference championships at North High School in 1957 and 1962.  After leaving North, he coached and taught at Bloomington-Lincoln High School where his teams won 70% of their games over a ten-year period and finished with a third-place trophy in the 1972 class AA basketball tournament.
Born October 6, 1928, Hutton, Jr. is survived by his wife of 27 years, Millie, his four children and his three step-children: Joe "Chip" Hutton, Jr. (and spouse Patti Hutton), Robert "Bob" Hutton (and spouse Kris Hutton), Elizabeth "Beth" Fitzpatrick (and spouse Terry Fitzpatrick), Leslye Phillips (and spouse Eddie Phillips), Ken Thiede (and spouse Uschi Thiede), Kathleen Call (and spouse Greg Call), and Keith Thiede (and spouse Lindsey Thiede).  He is also survived by three siblings and their spouses, Catherine Gabrielson (and spouse Rollie Gabrielson '50), Barbara Keenan (and spouse Jim Keenan '55), and Tom Hutton (and spouse Sherryl Hutton), as well as 18 grandchildren.
Services will be held at St. Edward's Catholic Church located at 9401 nesbitt Avenue, Bloomington, Minnesota.  The viewinbg is schedule for Thursday, October 22, from 4-8 p.m. and the funeral is on Friday, October 23, at 11 a.m.


Linton T. Lange Jr.

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Linton T. Lange, Jr., age 86 of Bloomington, MN passed away Tuesday, April 5, 2011. He is survived by his daughters: Connie (John) Bernardi of Munster, IN and Wendy (Jayson) Drake of Minneapolis, MN; grandchildren: Philip and Rebecca Bernardi of Munster, IN; along with other family members and friends. Preceded in death by his parents: Linton T. (Jeanette) Lange, Sr. Linton was a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN with a Bachelor of Science Degree, Class of 1948. He was a USAF Major (Master Navigator (retired with 21 years of service), who was on active duty in World War II, Korea, and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Linton went on to be a classroom teacher of History and Economics at North High School, Minneapolis, MN and Roosevelt High School, Minneapolis, MN. Private burial services were held and memorial service to be held later.
Carl Kroenig
Carl Kroenig

Kroening, Carl W. age 89 passed away June 29, 2017 surrounded by family. Carl was born in Minneapolis, MN. He graduated from John Marshall High School and earned a Bachelor's and two Master's degrees from the University of Minnesota. In 1950, he married Ruth Manning and raised six daughters. He served as a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. A life-long educator in the Minneapolis Public Schools, Carl taught chemistry at North High and served several schools as Assistant Principal. He was appointed to the Minnesota Higher Education Coordinating Commission, serving from 1971-1974. He served North Minneapolis in the State House of Representatives from 1975-1981 and the State Senate from 1981-1997. He was passionate about education, horse racing and golf. As a loyal and loving family man, he was active in the lives of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brothers, John (Joan) and Martin. He is survived by his daughters Kathryn (Timothy) Kroening-Smith, Judith, Cynthia (David Lauckner), Rosemary (Mark Barthelemy), Anne-Marie Johnson, Carole (Michael Sweere), former wife Ruth, two brothers George (Nancy), Robert (Paula) and sister-in-law June. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Memorial service will be at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, July 11th with visitation at 10:00 AM at St. Austin's Catholic Church, 4050 Upton Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55412. Private interment. In the spirit of Carl's love of education, please consider mailing a donation to the Communication Center: Radio Talking Book, State Services for the Blind, 2200 University Ave. W. Suite 240, St. Paul, MN 55114.

Published on July 8, 2017