Commodoers Chorus (H014) - Minneapolis, MN

  PRESIDENT Dave Casperson (651) 247-6319  

CONTACT getinfo@minneapoliscommodores.org



Send your thoughts, prayers, and all the positive energy you can muster to our comrade, Al Matchinsky. He had a stroke this past Thursday. After attentive care and treatment at Fairview Ridges and the U of M, he was able to return home Saturday evening. Considering all of the potential consequences of stroke events, Al is intact and sound, though his right side is pretty thick and partially affected.  He is learning and practicing some new routines. Al reports that he is still able to sing and is hoping this pandemic loosens its icy grip so that can get back together. He would be happy to hear from any or all of us at alanmatsky@gmail.com or (612) 910-2770.
Submited By Gene Heupel 11/4/2020

  EBIE RICHARDS - Passed Away January 7, 2021  


I'm not sure if you know, but mom has been in the hospital following a heart valve replacement.
There were complications and she is in rehab for a couple of weeks, hoping to go home.
Subbmitted byAndy Richards 10/30/2020

Ebie Richards is recovering comfortably after placement yesterday of a subclavian artery stent in her heart. As usual, she is upbeat and looking forward to her physical therapy, which starts tomorrow. She is at Allina United Hospital in St. Paul and the therapy will take place in the Sister Kenney Rehab Institute on site there. Her legs are weak after the successive heart surgeries so the therapy will focus on regaining leg strength. Let’s keep Ebie in our thoughts and prayers. Submitted by Gene Heupel 10/20/2020


Friday, January 8, 2021

Dear Family and Friends of Ebie Richards,

My mom passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2021.  She had suffered a series of strokes following a heart valve replacement on Oct 13, 2020.  She spent nearly three months in rehab, courageously working with physical therapy, but was unable to regain her strength.  The hope was to move her to an assisted living facility near her home, but she never left transitional care. 

Ebie cast a wide net of love and generosity in her 94 years.  She was a strong woman who lived life to the fullest; Kind, thoughtful, caring, affable, empathic, smart and friendly. She touched a lot of lives and will be greatly missed.  She is joined in heaven by her loving husband and best friend, Jim.

She also joins my sister Mary, who passed away ten days earlier on December 28, 2020.  Mary had been in poor health for a while, suffering from congestive heart failure and kidney disease.

Ebie and Mary will be cremated and interred in the columbarium at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Roseville, alongside my dad.

We will be having a virtual memorial for Ebie in the next few weeks.  If you would like to join us on zoom, or have any stories or pictures you would like share, please let me know, and send me your email address.  I’ll send out a zoom invite once we have set a date. We plan to place an obituary in the St. Paul Pioneer Press paper and on-line edition, on Sunday, January 17, 2021.

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.



Frederick William von Fischer Jr. passed away Sept 9, 2020 at the age of 88. Fred was born September 3, 1932 in Springfield, MN to Frederick A. and Martha M. (Bauch) von Fischer. He was raised in Springfield and graduated from Springfield High School in 1949. He went to South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD where he received his pharmacy degree in 1955.

Most of his career was spent in the Winona, MN and LaCrosse, WI area. He was the owner of Holmen Drug, in Holmen, Wisconsin, from 1974-1992. In 2004, Fred and his wife, Ardis, moved to Dakota County.

Fred enjoyed his many friends and family, singing in various choirs, and following the Twins and Vikings. He was a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society for 50 years, singing with Choruses and Barbershop Quartets in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Arizona. Most recently he sang with the award winning Minneapolis Commodore Chorus.


Lynch, Dale Odman 91, of Bloomington, died August 22, 2020. He was born in Fort Dodge, IA, to Dennis and Judy Lynch. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary Jo; sons, Charles and Christopher Lynch; parents, and eight brothers and sisters. He is survived by his long-time companion, Mary MacLaughlin; daughters, Jean (Tom) Guthery, Nancy Jo (Walt) Norris, Sally Lynch; daughter-in-law, Veronica Lynch; grandchildren, Heather Bien, Danielle West, Jennifer Guthery, Laura Guthery; six great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Levi, Wyatt, Trevon, Zoey, Novalee; family friend, Kevin Henkels, and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends. Dale was a kind, loving man with a good heart, sense of humor, and a helping hand. He grew up in south Minneapolis and St. Paul before joining the U.S. Navy as a hospital corpsman stationed at the Great Lakes Naval Base. After being honorably discharged he went on to graduate from Macalester College in St. Paul with a Bachelor's Degree in English. Dale was a news writer for KSTP in the late 1950s before joining 3M Company as a writer and Public Relations manager. He retired in 1991. Dale loved to sing as a member of the Minneapolis Commodore Chorus (SPEBSQSA and Barbershop Harmony Society) and Men and Women of Note, adventures with the Bahama 8, and spending time with family and friends..


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