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John F. GILSDORF


1942 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
John F. GILSDORF Obituary
March 14, 1942 - May 30, 2014 John Frederick Gilsdorf, 72, of Edina, Minnesota passed away the morning of May 30, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. John was born on March 14, 1942 in St. Paul, Minnesota. When John was two years of age, his family headed west to Alhambra, California; a part of the country he grew to love. His family returned to St. Paul ten years later where he attended St. Leo's Catholic School and went on to become a proud graduate of Cretin High School and St. Thomas College. He received his Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Minnesota Law School. John's life was truly lived to the very fullest. He had a zest for life that was fulfilled in his love for family, friends and the practice of law. John's first love was his strongest and longest lasting. He fell in love at 19 with his wife and best friend Peggy McKenzie. After receiving his law degree from the University of Minnesota, he focused his passion for law in the field of family practice. Since its inception, John was chosen by his peers as a "Super Lawyer" as well as being named as a Top 40 Minnesota Family Law Attorney. John was very active in Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers and was a counselor and friend to lawyers, and their families, struggling with alcohol related issues. His greatest love and accomplishment was his family and friends, he is survived by his wife, Peggy, three daughters Jane Bachul (Joel), Susan Gilsdorf, Anne Schumann (Mark) brother Bob Gilsdorf (Kathy) grandchildren, Joey and John and step-grandchildren Karlie and Brady and many brothers and sisters in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He taught us to live, love and laugh. John never held back his infectious smile and laugh making everyone feel his love. How fortunate we all are to have known and loved such a special man who, in too short a life, lived more fully, loved more deeply and laughed more often than anyone we have ever known. We are so much richer for having John in our lives. He will continue to be a model for us all and we will make him proud of the lessons we have learned from him. John wanted to give a special thank you to the doctors and nurses at the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center. Their kindness, compassion and never give up attitude gave him and his family four years of memories that they would not have had. For that we are truly grateful. In lieu of flowers please give the gift of life in memory of John Gilsdorf to University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center or Visitation Monastery in Minneapolis. There will be a celebration of his life Saturday 10am at Assumption Catholic Church, 51 W. 7th St., St. Paul. Visitation Friday 4-8 pm at O'Halloran & Murphy, 575 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul and one hour prior to the mass at church. 651-698-0796
Published in Pioneer Press from June 1 to June 5, 2014
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