North Star Chorus (H073) - St. Paul, MN

  PRESIDENT: Grant Warning (763) 226-1447  
  CONTACT: northstarchorus@gmail.com  

Middlestaedt, Ronald H. Age 87, of Bloomington, went to be with his Lord and Savior on October 21, 2020. Preceded in death by his beloved wife, Barbara Middlestaedt (Buvick), parents, Hugo and Martha Middlestaedt. Survived by daughters, Cheryl (Don) Mendelsohn, Karen (Travis) Voels and Paula (Steve) Geertsen; grandchildren, Savannah and Hannah Mendelsohn, Emma, Brady and Riley Voels, Alyssa (Cole Wiskow), Anna, Abby and Owen Geertsen; sister, Marion (Marvin) Platten. Ron proudly served in the US Army from 1953-1955. He was looked up to by all, not only because of his 6' 6" stature, but because he was always there ready to lend a hand. He had a passion for Barbershop, Classical music, the Railroad, History, and Photography. Until recent years he could be found volunteering in the sound booth at church, arranging music, creating publications, or simply chatting with anyone who had time. Funeral service Saturday, November 7, 11 AM at Hillside Church in Bloomington. Visitation one hour before service. For in-person guests, social distancing and masks are required. Livestream will be available. A link will be posted on Washburn-McReavy.com Werness Brothers 952-884-8145 In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the American Diabetes Association, Minnesota Transportation Museum or Hillside Church.

Ron passed away early this week.  He appears to have died unexpectedly in his bedroom and was discovered by the family after they entered the home.  Ron had been active in Barbershop for years and arranged many songs.  His family is making arrangements for a funeral service which most likely will be on November 7th.  No other details are available at this time. Submitted by Steve Zorn 10/22/2020




Klemz, Douglas Lane was born September 15, 1950 in Monticello to Wilbur and Margret (Borchardt) Klemz. He graduated from Mounds View High School in 1968 and Anoka Technical School in 1970. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1971-1973. In 1974 he married Theresa Haneca and was divorced in 1982. He was an electrical draftsman for Ellerbee and Michaud Cooley Erickson and Associates where he retired as an Associate in 2013. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, world traveler, and charter member of Wolf Track Archery Club. He was a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society since 1997, sang in 3 choruses and 2 quartets, and awarded Barbershopper of the Year in 2007. He also sang in several church choirs, lastly with Christ the King Lutheran Church in New Brighton. He married Nancy Elias in 2014. He died May 14, 2020 due to Covid-19, while in hospice care after a long battle with cancer. He is predeceased by his parents and survived by his 4 children, Amy Finka of Nashville, TN, Angela Klemz of Blaine, Allan Klemz of Blaine, Ann Millerbernd of Belcourt, ND, daughter-in-law Amanda Klemz of Blaine, son-in-law Ronald Millerbernd of Lexington, 8 grandchildren, 5 brothers, 4 sisters-in-law, many nieces, nephews, family, friends, and his wife Nancy of Shoreview. Private interment was May 19th at Morningside Memorial Gardens with a public memorial service to occur at a later date. Gearhart Funeral home is in charge of arrangements. Submitted by Grant Warning on 5/31/2020


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