Year End Memorial: Notable Deaths of 2012 in Burnsville
Burnsville lost a number of well-known business people, pastors and far too many children over 2012.
• APRIL 28, 2012
Popular Byerly's Bagger Passes On: Thomas Hammang was known for his jokes and his ardent, unflagging support of the Packers and the Twins.
MAY 18, 2012
Mother's Day Without Brett: Lisa Raley Speaks Out: Lisa Raley is still reeling from the loss of her youngest son, Brett Michael Raley, whose death is still under investigation.
• JUNE 6, 2012
Former 'Business Person of the Year' Dies: This week Burnsville lost Susan A. Luikens, a prominent member of the Chamber of Commerce and "Business Person of the Year" for 2004.
• JUNE 27, 2012
Burnsville Pastor Dies on 48th Anniversary of Ordination: Rev. Frederick Hagen died on June 21, the day he took his vows in 1964.
• JULY 22, 2012
Celebration Church Co-Founder Lowell Lundstrom Dies: Reverend Lowell Lundstrom, co-founder of Lakeville's Celebration Church, died July 20 after a battle with Parkinsons Disease. His death comes just seven months after his wife Connie's.
• AUGUST 2, 2012
Obituary: Ronald Dean Perko, 50: Ronald Perko, sales manager at Cargill, died on July 28, 2012.
• AUGUST 4, 2012
Obituary: Alan McMullen, 33: Alan Jacob McMullen died on Sunday July 29 in Savage, MN after apparently jumping off the bridge on Vernon Avenue.
• AUGUST 23, 2012
Visitation for Alesha Roehl, 17-year-old Crash Victim, Set for Friday: Alesha Katherine Roehl, a 17-year-old Burnsville girl, passed away Aug. 21, as a result of life-threatening injuries she suffered during a car accident.
• AUGUST 27, 2012
Memorial Service for Crash Victim Frederick Alexander, 16, Set for Monday: Frederick Alexander, 16, died on Aug. 21, 2012 at the scene of a rollover accident on Interstate 35W.
• NOVEMBER 1, 2012
Popular Personal Trainer Dies at Age 35: Steven Michael Toms, 35, a well-known trainer at Lifetime Fitness, died on Oct. 30.
• NOVEMBER 25, 2012
Former Burnsville Principal, Local GOP Heavyweight Dies at 100: Walter Kloepping Klaus, 100, was State House Representative for Dakota County from the late 1950s to the mid-1970s.
• NOVEMBER 29, 2012
Wife of Ames Construction Exec Dies at 71: Karen L. Ames died on Nov. 26, surrounded by family.
• DECEMBER 4, 2012
Death Notice: Abigaile Grace Christenson, 1-Day-Old: Abigaile Grace Christenson, beloved daughter of Lucas and Kristina Christenson (maiden name Severson), passed peacefully on Nov. 26, 2012, after entering the world at 23 weeks and 1 day of gestation.
• DECEMBER 16, 2012
South Metro Woman Dies After 25-year Battle with Cancer: Jennifer M. Sheffel finally succumbed on Dec. 12, 2012 after years of staving off an illness which had dogged her since her early 20s.
DECEMBER 28, 2012
Burnsville's 'First Police Chief' Dies at 74: Kenneth Alan Day, Sr. was a native of Burnsville and a central figure in a long-standing controversy. For over 10 years, Day contended that he was appointed police chief on Nov. 20, 1962, which would make him the first in the city's history, but the City of Burnsville and Mayor Elizabeth Kautz maintain that Ed Farrell was the city's first police chief. The police department's history page dates its formation to 1964.