Donald J. Suppes, 72, Big Lake
Donald James Suppes, 72, Big Lake, passed away on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at his home with his family by his side.
Don’s life will be celebrated on Thursday, Oct. 31, 5-8 p.m., at Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, 250 Broadway Street East, Monticello Minn. There will be a short prayer service at 7 p.m. and sweet treats to follow.
Don was raised in Hector, Minn. and was married to his longtime sweetheart Valerie Hanson for 29 years. Don attended the University of Minnesota, studied in Europe and was a board certified architect in seven states. As the final founding father of RSP Architects in Minneapolis, Don took much pride in his design experiences. After retiring in 1987 he pursued his interests in travel and motorcycling. Many hours were spent riding his Harley with whom he dubbed “the hells architects.” Don lived in Austin, Texas for several years with his companion Kathy McClarty. He also participated in an adoption ceremony on the Lame deer reservation in Montana in 1993. Don spent time in Cay Caulker, Belize, Japan, China, Italy, and throughout Europe.
Don is survived by three siblings, Pat (Dick) Mihm, Jan (Steve) Graning, Tom (Janis) Suppes, two daughters, Gwen (Dave) Anderson, Lynn (Aaron) Schacht and six grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jake and Caroline (Youngquist) Suppes.
Lorraine D. Shelquist, 87, Monticello
Lorraine D. Shelquist, 87, Monticello, passed away at her residence on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013.
Visitation was Saturday, Oct. 26, 1-2 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church, 449 West Broadway, Monticello. The funeral service followed at 2 p.m. The Rev. Sherri Sandoz officiated. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery of Monticello.
Lorraine was born Feb. 21, 1926, in Lengby, Minn. She grew up in Fosston, Minn. and graduated from high school there. On Oct. 23, 1946 she married Milton Shelquist in Minneapolis. The couple moved to Monticello and had made their home here since 1961.
From 1969 to 1982, she worked as the head secretary at Monticello High School. She was an active and longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church and was involved in the annual lutefisk dinners, and a part of various ladies groups at the church. She loved gardening and flowers. She and Milton also enjoyed square dancing.
Lorraine also enjoyed traveling all around the United States, as well as Sweden and Norway. Times spent at their cabin in northern Minnesota were very special to her as well.
She is survived by her husband; sons, Thomas Shelquist, Monticello; Peter (Kelly) Shelquist, Minnetonka; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Lorraine was preceded in death by her children, David, Joel, Paul and Rebecca; and her sister Loretta Phillips.
Funeral arrangements were with the Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel of Monticello.