Funeral Announcements

Elsie Ann Kerber

Elsie Ann (Luce) Kerber,

age 90, of Chaska, MN, died peacefully on Monday, August 13, 2018 at Auburn Manor Care Center, Chaska, MN.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, August 17, 2018, 11:00 AM at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, 218 W. 2nd St., Chaska. The visitation will be Thursday, August 16, 2018, 4 – 7 PM at the Bertas Funeral Home, 200 W. 3rd St., Chaska, (Prayer Service at 7:00 PM)  and also one hour prior to Mass at the church. Casketbearers will be Amanda Kerber-Owens, Katie Gibson, Michelle Gersdorf, Mallory Weiser, Gretchen Thoma, Ashlyn Sparks and Megan Kerber. Burial will be at Guardian Angels Catholic Cemetery, Chaska.

Elsie was born April 24, 1928 in Shakopee, MN, to Roman and Louise (Lenzmeier) Luce, one of 9 children. She was baptized at St. Mary’s – Marystown Catholic Church, Shakopee and confirmed in Prior Lake, MN. She graduated from Shakopee High School in 1945. On April 19, 1949, Elsie married Gilbert Kerber at St. Mary’s – Marystown Catholic Church. They had 7 children. They were Chaska residents before living in Iowa from 1968 – 1979. After moving back to Chaska, she was a member of Guardian Angels Catholic Church, Council of Catholic Women, and served as usher for many years. She was an active member of the Chaska American Legion Auxiliary and also Chaska VFW Auxiliary, where she served as Past President, Secretary and Treasurer. She was employed at Rosemount in Eden Prairie for 15 years as an accountant. She enjoyed gardening, fishing and baking – especially her molasses cookies. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and recently celebrated her 69th year Wedding Anniversary with Gilbert.

She was preceded in death by her parents, grandchildren, Jason Weiser and Phyllis Kerber, brothers, James (Joanne) Luce, Eugene (Mary) Luce and Neil Luce.

Survivors include her loving husband of 69 years, Gilbert “Gib”; children, Dennis (Maureen) of Seattle, WA, Ronald (Jake) of Grinnell, IA, Karen (Gary) Beyer of Nashua, IA, Diane (Scott) Weiser of Des Moines, IA, Gloria (Don ) Gersdorf of Des Moines, IA, Roman of Grinnell, IA, Francis (Renee) of Chaska; 13 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Leon (Arlene) Luce of Shakopee, Benilee Luce of Jordan, Mark (Arlene) Luce of Shakopee, Audrey (Clarence) Kaiser of Prior Lake, Louanne (Lyle) Krueger of Prior Lake, Helene (Steve) Schmitt of Jordan; many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are with Bertas Funeral Home, Chaska. 952-448-2137

Raymond Thomas Heiland

Raymond Thomas Heiland,

age 73, of Chaska, MN, died peacefully on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, MN.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, August 20, 2018, 11:00 AM at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, 218 W. 2nd St., Chaska. The visitation will be on Sunday, August 19, 4 – 7 PM at the Bertas Funeral Home, 200 W. 3rd, and also one hour prior to the Mass at church. The inurnment will be at the parish cemetery. Memorials are preferred to:

Ray was born on April 14, 1945, graduated from Guardian Angels High School in 1963, enlisted with the US Army on his 19thbirthday in 1964, served in the Army for three years including one year in Seoul, Korea, and married Mary Kartak on November 5, 1966.  He was a retired cabinet shop manager, golfer, card player, fisherman and a big fan of his grandchildren’s school and community events. Ray was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need. His spirit lives on in the hearts of those who knew him.

Ray is preceded in death by his younger brother Thomas and by his parents, Thomas and Evelyn Heiland, father & mother-in-law, Richard & Evelyn Kartak, brother-in-laws, Bernard Kartak, Rick Kartak & Mike Fehr.

He is survived by Mary his loving wife of 52 years; daughters Lynn (Marvin) Hudson and Lori (David) Mazanec; sons Thomas and  Timothy (friend, Wendy Tesch); grandchildren Alexander and Derek Riba, Logan and Emma Hudson, Ashlyn, Katelyn, Thomas and Andrew Heiland, Marshall and Nicole Mazanec; brothers John (Joyce), Mark, Stephen, Richard (Teri), Francis; sisters, Anna (David) Pauly, Mary (Jonathan) Ives, Theresa, Joanne (Kevin) Krueger; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Barbara Kartak, Judy (George) Norling, Katie (Rich) Mayer, Steve (Jill) Kartak, John Kartak, David Kartak, Mike (LaDonna) Kartak, Kenny (Att) Kartak, Timothy (Kelly) Kartak; and many other relatives and friends.

Arrangements are with Bertas Funeral Home, Chaska. 952-448-2137