Dennis Richard Sievers, 63, passed away Monday, March 17, 2014, at St. Anne Extended Healthcare in Winona, of Parkinson's Disease with Lewy Bodies.
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Denny was born June 1, 1950, in Winona, to Richard and Bette (Fort) Sievers. He was a 1968 graduate of Winona Senior High School where he was involved in swimming, tennis and the National Honor Society. He then went on and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1973 with a degree in physical education. Denny was a lifeguard at Latsch Beach, he taught in the Rochester School District in the elementary schools and also at Mayo High School. He was a coach at the Rochester Swim Club along with his brother, Jeff as his assistant coach, under Dick Thatcher, who was then the head coach at Mayo High School.
Denny was also a longtime estate manager and personal attendant for Mrs. Ruth Masson in Rochester. He was store manager at Barlow Foods, where he hosted a weekly Vikings Radio Show with players and cheerleaders; was employed by Rochester Lapidary and Jewelry and worked at the Mermaid Car Wash. He provided security and transportation for many dignitaries and groups that stayed in Rochester while being treated at the Mayo Clinic and officiated numerous sports activities for the Rochester Recreation Department.
Denny loved motorcycles, goose hunting in Rochester, duck hunting in the Weaver Bottoms, fishing wherever there was water, the Winona Friendship Center, shooting pool, exercising, collecting stamps and also Bill's Fishing Club. Let's Go Fishing of the Greater Winona Area, making new friends and always there to lend a hand.
Denny was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Bette.
He is survived by his brother, Jeffrey Sievers, Winona; sister, Lori (Timothy) Smith of Buffalo City, Wis.; and his niece and nephews, Cassie, Dylan, Tyler and Lucas.
A very special thank you to Charleen Jaszewski for her tireless devotion and love for Denny; to Mayo Health Rochester Internal Medicine Doctors and staff headed by Denny's primary physician, Dr. Megan Krause; Dr. Parker of Winona Health; St. Anne's fifth floor loving nurses and staff; Winona Health Hospice; Class of 1968 WSHS Reunion and also Dan Mc Caskill and Annie Gregorin.
A gathering of Denny's friends will be held on Friday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Martin-Myhre Funeral Home, Winona.
Martin-Myhre Funeral Home, 376 E. Sarnia St., Winona, MN 55987, 507-454-1940, martinmyhrefuneralhome.com.
Martin-Myhre Funeral Home
376 E Sarnia St Winona, MN 55987
Published in The Post-Bulletin on Mar. 18, 2014