We would like to thank the estate of one of our very long-term drivers, George Healy for a very generous donation. It was evident that George loved his job and the interactions with the clients on his bus and with our bussing staff each morning and afternoon. George was so kind and could make friends wherever he went. Even after he retired, he would stop by, talk football with the staff and see all of the clients. He had such love and joy for life. George was a great guy and is still missed dearly by many people.
We were fortunate to have known Scott, and fortunate that his family continues to support our program in memory of him. Thank you so much to Polly and Kurt Brungardt for their unbelievable generosity.
Thank you to Mary Ann and John Wolters for your gift toward a party or special activity! We appreciate you.
Thank you to Dennis and Sue Paulson for your very generous year end donation. You are so appreciated.
Thank you to Lee and Mary Brekke for ongoing donations using the Benevity platform! So much appreciated!
Thank you to Carol and Frank Lehrman for their ongoing donations using the Benevity platform. You are both such appreciated supporters of WorkAbilities.
Thank you to James Ashley for your donation in memory of your high school friend Thomas Carroll through My Tribute Gift. You are so very generous.
Thank you to Janis Anderson for your donation through Give MN! We are thankful for your continued support of our program!
Thank you also to Aura Wharton-Beck for your generous donation through Give MN!
Thank you to Dan Augustine for your donation through Give MN! We are thankful for your continued support of our program!
Thank you also to Gary and Susan Cramer for your generous donation through Give MN!
Thank you to Lisa Ashley, in memory of her dear friend of 30 years, Pat Zimmerman. Pat adored Amanda Ashley, who we dearly miss and Lisa wanted to honor her with this donation.
Thank you so much to the family of Paula Lerman for sharing Paula with us for the past 8 years. She will be dearly missed.
Thank you also to the following people for your generous donations in memory of Paula:
Nestle Purina PetCare Company
Daniel and Kelly Ballard
Dave and Renee Lesnar
Mark and Becky Kuck
Terry and Carolyn Korupp
Obituary for Paula Lerman
Age 29, of Edina, passed away on September 26, 2021. Preceded in death by her grandparents, Calvin & Beverly Lerman, and Elwin & Vivian Simon. She is survived by her parents, Frank Lerman and Carol Simon; brother, Ben Lerman (Jill Lackner); nephews, Eli Lerman and Sam Lerman; aunts and uncles, Allen (Theresa) Simon, Bill (Mary) Lerman, Esther (Albert Benjohar) Lerman and Mark (Lisa) Lerman; and many cousins and extended family. Despite her many medical problems, Paula was a happy person, a ray of sunshine who loved seeing her friends and family. Friday night dinners, ending with several games of Go Fish, were a special favorite. Funeral service 10:30 AM on THURSDAY, September 30th at TEMPLE OF AARON SYNAGOGUE, 616 Mississippi River Blvd., St. Paul. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Organic Acidemia Association, Workabilities.org, or to the donor’s favorite charity. SHIVA 7:00 PM on Thursday at Temple of Aaron Synagogue. Funeral service and Shiva will be available through the Temple Of Aaron live stream. The burial at the cemetery will be available via zoom. To request links, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would like to acknowledge Eric Piepho for his ongoing and generous donations to our program. Thank you! We very much appreciate your longtime support.
Thank you to Dr. Aura Wharton-Beck for your donation in honor of Brinn!
Thank you to Annette and Harold Minor for your generous donation in honor of Brinn's dad Joel on his birthday - Happy Birthday Joel!!
Once again, we are feeling very fortunate for the year end donation from Brungardt Charitable Lead in memory of Scott Hermann!
We are extremely thankful for the very generous year-end donation from Carol Simon and Frank Lerman!
Thank you to Lucinda Hruska-Claeys for your year-end donation in memory of Patrick!
Daniel Augustine - Thank you for your donation through Give MN!
REBECCA TSCHIDA - Thank you for your donation through Give MN!
Gary Cramer - Thank you for your donation through Give MN!
Aura Wharton-Beck - Thank you for your donation through Give MN!
Rick and Janis Anderson - Thank you for your donation throughGive MN!
Jennifer Stockwell - Thank you for your donation throughGive MN!
Amanda Suzanne Ashley
Ashley, Amanda Suzanne Born October 28, 1983, died October 4, 2020. Survived by parents, James and Lisa Ashley; sister and brother-in-law Alison and Brett Johnson; niece and nephew Devin and Cameron; loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Enthusiastic fan of Gopher women's hockey and Ridder Arena pep band. Loved time with family, giving hugs, bus rides to day program, vacuuming, and helping with yard work. Adored for her sense of humor and sweet, outgoing personality. Forever grateful to Doctors Wheeler, Yang, and Rogin; Patricia and June House staff; Ashley and Laura at Workabilities Day Program; and Park Nicollet Hospice. A private family service will be held on her birthday. Memorials in Amanda's name may be made to: Homeward Bound MN, Inc., 12805 Hwy 55, #400, Plymouth, MN 55441 (hbimn.org), or Workabilities Inc., 7400 Laurel Avenue, Golden Valley, MN 55426 (workabilities.org)
Thank you to Ryan and Katie Jensen for your donation in memory of Amanda.
Thank you to Julie Schmidt for your donation in memory of Amanda.
Thank you to Timm Rolek for his donation in memory of Amanda.
Thank you to Janice Jodock for her donation in honor of Amanda.
We would like to thank the law firm of Chestnut Cambronne for their donation in memory of Amanda.
We would like to thank Karen Debaun, for her donation in memory of Amanda.
It is with heartfelt gratitude that we thank Mr. and Mrs. Ashley for supporting WorkAbilities with such generosity in memory of Amanda.
We would like to express our deepest gratitude for the donation in honor of Mrs. Mavis Suffel. Mavis is the aunt of Ben and has frequently dontated money toward activities that Ben was involved in. Her thoughtfulness will be remembered. This donation will be put toward a swing like the one pictured above.
Thank you to Rox Maass for your donation in honor of your Mom - Shirley Maass for Mother's Day!
Thank you so much to the family of Patrick Claeys for their donation in honor of Patrick. Patrick continues to be missed.
Thank you to the Putnam family for their donation in honor of this guy!
We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to one of our favorite drivers for his very generous donation to WorkAbilities. Mr. Healy is near and dear to our hearts.
We wish to extend a heartfelt "Thank You" to the Silbaugh foundation and Josh Silbaugh for the very generous year-end donation. WorkAbilities feels very fortunate to have the support of the Silbaugh foundation and to have Josh as one of our valued employees. We wish you all the best as we usher in 2020!
Thank you Bridget for your generous donation and for always being so kind
We were blessed for nearly 30 years to know this gentleman and his family. We continue to be blessed by their very generous donations to WorkAbilities to honor Scott's memory. It is with great appreciation that we say thank you to Polly and Kurt Brungardt.
We can not express how deeply appreciative we are for the continuous support that Tom's brother Eric Piepho has provided to WorkAbilities throughtout the years, in the form of monthly donations. MANY, MANY thanks!
Thank you so much to Susan Cramer and Janis Anderson for your generous donations on GIVE TO THE MAX DAY!
Thank you to Carol Simon and Frank Lerman for their ongoing donations to WorkAbilities in honor of their daughter!
Thank you to Ben's Aunt Mavis Suffel for her donation!
Scott's family has done it again! Thank you so much to Polly and Kurt Brungardt for your amazing donation in memory of Scott!
We sure do miss Scott, and are so grateful to his wonderful family for remembering us AGAIN, with a very generous year-end donation. We feel so fortunate to have been a part of his life. He was truly one of a kind!
We wish to extend our deepest appreciation for the donation and wishes for a Merry Christmas to Dennis and Delores Deppa! We feel very blessed by your support throughout the years!
We wish to extend a huge THANK YOU to the Silbaugh Family Giving Fund for another donation!!
Thank you to Lucinda Hruska-Claeys for your donation in memory of Patrick. (We miss him too!)
Thank you so much to Janis Anderson and Susan Cramer for their generous donations through Give MN!
Thank you to Sunrise Banks and North 4 Good for raising and donating $300 to WorkAbilities! We are honored to have you on our side!
Thank you to Ben's Auntie Mavis for the gift of money to use toward our carnival!
Thank you also to Justin's mom - Janis Anderson, for her donation onGive to the Max Day!
Thank you so very much to Kate's mom Susan Cramer for her generous donation on Give to the Max day!
We would like to Thank Duane Finstad for his donation in memory of Patrick and for his dedication to the clients that he transports to WorkAbilities and home safely every day!
Thank you to the Teachers and Staff of Kenwood Community School for your donation to WorkAbilities! You are very much appreciated!!
Thank you to Dennis and Delores Deppa for your donation in honor of their sister/sister-in-law Cheri!
We wish to thank Bari Hermann, for his generous donation in memory of his brother Scott. Scott was with WorkAbilities for 27 years and is dearly missed.
We wish to extend our deepest gratitude to the Silbaugh Family Giving Fund for their generous donation in the name of Josh Silbaugh! Josh is a manager with WorkAbilities and has been with us for nearly 6 years! Thank you!!
Thank you to Mavis Suffel for giving a donation in honor of her great-nephew!
Thank you to Carol Simon for her generous donation in honor of Paula and Paula's friends!
In loving memory of Scott Hermann. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Thank you to Scott's family for the extremely generous donation.
Thank you to Karla McMaster, Marvin Johnson and James and Connie Wendt for their donations in memory of Scott Hermann.
Thank you to Mr. David Williams for your donation in honor of Fortunata "Faye" LaRosa.
We wish to offer our most sincere condolences to the family of Faye LaRosa - Mary's Mom. Mary pictured to the right.
FORTUNATA ANNA "FAYE" LAROSA
LaRosa, Fortunata Anna (Faye) at 77, of Eden Prairie, passed away. Faye was preceded in death by her husband Richard and parents Joseph & Rose. Survived by children Richard (Stacy), Jeanne (John), Debbie (Brandon), Joseph and especially loved daughter, Mary. Faye adored her Grandchildren: Zach, Chris, Meghan, Annikka, Alec, Jenni & Ricky, & dearest friend Faye Halfen. Faye was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1939. Faye loved sharing her time in Coney Island Beach with her family where she loved to swim. Faye was a loving mother & grandma she touched many lives and if you had met Faye you would remember her because she always made you laugh. Her friendships were enduring, and often life-long. There will be a private service at Carefree Living Chapel for Immediate Family & Close Friends in Burnsville, MN on Saturday, Feb. 4th at 10:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to: Workabilities, 7400 Laurel Ave., Golden Valley, MN 55426. www.workabilities.org
We wish to extend a heartfelt "Thank You" to the Silbaugh foundation for their very generous year-end donation in honor of Josh Silbaugh! WorkAbilities feels very fortunate to have the support of the Silbaugh foundation and to have Josh as one of our valued employees. We wish you all the best in 2017!!
Thank you to those that made end of the year donations for 2016! Dennis and Delores Deppa, Gary Anderson, Duane Finstad, Janis Anderson and Rock and Kathy Richardson! Your help makes all the difference! Bring on 2017!!
A big THANK YOU to Ashley Jeannette's mom Jamie Nandory for her constant support and generous donation in memory of Ashley's dad ~ James.
Thank you to Josh Silbaugh and his family for their very generous 2015 year-end donation! Bring in 2016!!
Thank you to Dan Augustine and Gary Anderson for your donations through GiveMN!
We wish to extend a big THANK YOU to Jamie Nandory for her generous donation directed in the purchase of I-Pads! We also wish to extend a very warm thank you for the time that she has spent volunteering at WorkAbilities and the care she has shown!
We extend a heartfelt Thank You to the Strangis family for asking that memorials be directed to WorkAbilities, Inc. to honor their dear mother, Mary Jacquelyn Strangis. Jackie, as she was known to us, was an employee and volunteer from April of 1985 until March of 2003. She was so much fun to work with … the clients (and co-workers) always looked forward to their time with Jackie! We can all still see her smiling eyes and hear her contagious laugh. We treasure the time we had with her.
Generous Donations were received by the following people:
Patricia and Bradley Cleveland
Mark Fritz and Mike Hutchison (Lakeshirts Inc)
Ellen and Michael Fasching
Samuel Goad and Maryann Merideth
Joel and Diane Strangis
Jane Dressor and William Lyon
Nancy and Fredrick Vescio
Katheryn and Richard Fredericks
Dean and Kathleen Sanberg
John and Sandra McHugh
Lynn and Kate Christianson
Thomas and Ann Walerius
Vincent and Paula Geiger
Mary Ann Knox
Myra and Harold Brenden
Robert and Linda McManus
Robert and Bette Geiger
Grace Howitz and Mary Menard
David and Candy Kragthorpe
James and Rita Urbanek
Joseph and Betty Spano
James Marino and Roberta Keller
Thank you also to those who honored Jackie with cash donations.
We were very fortunate at the 2014 year-end to receive some very generous donations. We wish to thank the following people:
Daniel Augustine from Sure Hands Electric Lifts
Rock and Kathy Richardson
Janis Anderson, Mother of Justin
Eric Piepho, Brother of Tom
Gary Steven Anderson in memory of Earl Lerner
Again, thank you for your kindness and we wish you all the best in 2015!
WorkAbilities would again like to extend a "Thank You" to the family of Josh Silbaugh for another very generous donation! The support is very much appreciated.
We wish to express additional sympathies to Trudy Lerner for the loss of her mother Vera Anderson. We also wish to thank Mrs. Lerner for requesting that all donations be directed to WorkAbilities to enhance the program for Verna's grandson Ben.
Steven and JoAnne Zenz
Luann Swanson and Deborah Smith
Lee and Diane Heiges
Adam and Lindsey Shevland
Daniel and Jeanette Burmeister
Arthur and Mary Graham
We wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the Earl Lerner family and also to express our gratitude for the many donations to our program in memory of Mr. Lerner. All donations will be used to enhance the program for Mr. Lerner's son Ben. Many thanks to the following:
Judie and Neal Shapiro
Paul and Linda Henry
Dr. Wendy Bach and Staff
Donald and Shirley Bergthold
Mary and Francis Steffl
Dale and Karen Sheveland
Lee or Diane Heiges
Verna and James Anderson
Adam and Lindsey Sheveland
John and Bernadette Stanley
Thank you Eric Piepho for your on-going support via United Way payroll deductions! Thank you again to the entire Piepho family for your generous support in so many ways. It is very much appreciated.
Thank you to the Minnesota State Arts Board! WorkAbilities was awarded a grant throught the Partners in Arts Participation Program. This was made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. The program provides opportunities for nonprofit social service agencies to experience a variety of art programs to build an understanding and appreciation of the arts.
WorkAbilites welcomes the Climb Theater!
The clients and employees of WorkAbilities, Inc. are very excited to experience the stimulating, engaging, and interactive program designed by the talented and creative actors of the CLIMB THEATER! We say THANK YOU to both the Minnesota State Arts Board and Climb Theater for providing us with this incredible opportunity.
Thank you to the Silbaugh Family Giving Fund for your very generous donation, which will be used to acquire more IPAD's for client educational and recreational use! We feel extremely fortunate to have such generous supporters.
Thank you so much to the Yatckoske Family for the generous donation which will be put toward an i Pad! The i Pad is a great communication tool and educational tool for the clients in group 3!
Thanks Celine Perkins of Perkins Dry Goods for your donation of sewing materials for our clients to use in sewing classes!
Thank you to Trevor Kraabel and John for your donation to help the WorkAbilities ReFreeze team support Special Olympics! This puts our team up to about $2700 in pledges!
Thank you so much to the Silbaugh Family Giving Fund for your very generous donation!
Thanks to Mr Richard Thiesen and his wife Kathy for donating a Wii along with the controllers and a bunch of games and accessories! Our clients will love it!
MICHELLE LINDEMAN ~ Thank you so much for your generous donation to WorkAbilities! We feel very fortunate.
-Thank you to Nan Farnsworth for your generous donation to our program!
A big thank you to Mr. Eric Piepho for your continued and constant support of our program. We so appreciate it.
A BIG THANK YOU to Cabela's for their generous donation of 10 fishing rods and reels, hats and a $50 gift card for our clients! We are super excited to use the equipment on our next fishing expedition!
A Big Thanks to the California Guitar Trio for performing at WorkAbilities!
Music is truly a universal language and your generosity in sharing live music with the clients and staff of WorkAbilities is truly heart warming!
We wish to Thank the Cedar Cultural Center for sending us another wonderful musical gift! We loved the Henhouse Prowlers, Trio Brasileiro and the Orange Mighty Trio.
Thank you to Glen and Diana VanWormer for their generous monetary donation to WorkAbilities in honor of Mr. Dale Piepho's birthday!
A sincere Thank You to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Lancelot for their donation in honor of Mr. Dale Piepho's 75th Birthday!
Thank you Bernard and Janet Krenner for your donation in honor of Mr. Piepho's birthday!
Thank you to Paul and Patricia Martinucci for their donation to WorkAbilities, honoring Mr. Dale Piepho's birthday.
Thank you so very much to Jim and Diane Hankes for their generous donation in honor of Mr. Dale Piepho's 75th Birthday!
Thank you to Jennifer Buechler for a monetary donation in honor of Mr. Dale Piepho's Birthday!
Thank you so much to "LaMachine Shop" of Ham Lake. They did a wonderful job converting our wooden posts (that broke off easy) to metal posts for clients wrapping cords.
Thank you to Katie's mom and dad (Mark and Shari Gibson) for a generous donation toward getting WorkAbilities to the Twin's game!!
Thank you Becky Tschida for your on-going support via United Way payroll deductions!
A BIG THANK YOU TO ERIC PIEPHO FOR DONATING 25 MINNESOTA TWINS BALLGAME TICKETS TO WORKABILITIES! ALSO, THANK YOU TO MIKE FINNERAN, LENA LA AND TUSAR BARIK FOR GENEROUS DONATIONS HELPING ERIC "TAKE WORKABILITIES TO THE TWINS GAME!!"
Thank you to Mark Twomey for the generous donation in honor of Patricia Piepho.
In Memory of Nicole Marie Hukriede "Nikki"
Nicole Hukriede June 7th, 1979 - November 14, 2010
Enrolled at WorkAbilities June 11, 2001 - November 14, 2010
A generous monetary donation was made by Jane Donovan in memory of Nikki Hukriede.
Nikki's mom Denise made an additional monetary donation with memorials given on Nikki's behalf.
Nikki is and will be dearly missed.
In Memory of Chris and Isobel Stander
Chris Stander November 23, 1964 - August 4th, 2008
Attended WorkAbilities February 14, 2000 - August 4th, 2008
Isobel Stander October 3, 1939 - July 25, 2009
Parent of Chris and member of WorkAbilities Board of Directors
Memorials in memory of Chris Stander and his mother Isobel Stander have been dedicated to WorkAbilities new patio. Son and brother, Eric Stander, donated his time and energy to the design and construction of the patio. In the final phase it was a true family affair with John, Hans and Eric all lending a hand to install the railing. This beautiful patio has really opened up our back yard and it will be enjoyed by both staff and clients for decades to come.