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North, Vern E. “Vernski”, 82, longtime resident of Northeast Minneapolis died peacefully on
Thursday, June 9, 2022.

Vern was born July 7, 1939 to Sam and Adeline (Christianson) North in Bemidji, MN. He graduated from Vocational School in Minneapolis and went on to work at Flour City Press and Pack where he had many innovations and inventions during his over forty years there. Vern enjoyed going to his favorite spots for meat raffles, arcade bowling league every Tuesday, working with his hands and woodworking. He was the Crafty Craftsman. Vern loved helping others, being a jokester and following MN sports. His favorite pastime was walking his dog Roxy four to five times a day.

Vern will be missed by his children: Cheryl Schrack, Jay (Teri) North, Lynn (Jeff) Bryant, Wendy (Jeff) Grages, and Scott North; grandchildren: Shane, Danielle (Trevor), Jake, Kadie, Josh (Emily), Zach, Eli and Blayke; great-grandchildren: Naomi, Hazel, Bellamy, Harmon, Jayce and Lilah; nieces, nephews, and his many great friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; life partner, Bonnie Phelps; brother, Donald North; sisters, Lillian Hayden and Marion Carlson; and his beloved dog, Roxy.

A celebration of Vern’s life will be held this summer. Information will be posted on social media.

15 Guestbook Entries

  1. Joanie Taylor

    I am so very sorry to learn of Vern’s passing. He was a good friend many years ago. I hung around with Vern and Marion in the ’50’s when they lived in North Mpls. Then Vern married Cookie and we enjoyed many good times with them and the kids.

    My deepest condolences

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  2. Sherri Johnson

    Wendy, Stephen and I are very sorry to hear about your Father. Your family is in our prayers.

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  3. Linda Wenzel

    RIP Vern! You’ll be missed!

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  4. Lisa Weilbrenner

    Oh my!! I’m so sorry for your loss Jay, Lynn, Wendy and Scott!!!
    Your dad always made me laugh when I was a kid! I know him and dad were good friends in their younger days! RIP Vern!!

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  5. Mike Petroske

    Vernski was a great friend, always there to lend a hand!He will truly be missed.

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  6. Kelly Taylor Pierson

    I remember Vern from when I was a child. He was one of my dads best friends at Flour City and I have many happy memories from 40+ years ago. Rest in peace Vern and thank you for the memories.

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  7. Beverly Kay Strand

    Mike and I are so sad to hear of Verns passing. Mike and Vern worked together at Flour City for many years. We also enjoyed getting together outside of work for fun times. Our deepest sympathy to his family at this sad time. RIP our dear friend.

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  8. Kristie Wenzel

    Gonna miss that guy.
    He’s a Northeast treasure, and beloved fiend.

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  9. Barb McDonald.

    My condolences to the family of “Vernski”. My late husband and I had many good times with him and Bonnie. He was a good father. My husband photographed Wendy’s wedding. He will definitely be missed by many. R.I.P. My friend.

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  10. Stephanie North

    I am sorry to hear of Verns passing. I heard many stories about him from my Father-in-Law, Don North. May he Rest In Peace!

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  11. Jeannine Antunes

    So very sad to hear about such a kind man. He will be missed in my heart ❤️. Bless his family during this time. Prayers for a peaceful journey.

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  12. Beverly Kay Strand

    Mike and I are so sad to hear of Vern’s passing. Mike and Vern worked together for many years at Flour City. We also enjoyed getting together with the family when the kids were little. Our sympathy goes out to all of Vern’s family at this difficult time. Rest in peace Vern.

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  13. Cathy Bushie

    I am so sad to hear Vern had passed. He was the first person I met at the Vegas when I had moved back down to NE. I picked the right stool to sit on. Many fun times. He left many people with wonderful memories

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  14. Tony Dorsett

    Vern you were a great inventor for sure also a very fun person to be around you will truly be missed by all,Goodspeed my friend.

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  15. Tony Dorsett

    Vern you were a great inventor for sure also a very fun person to be around you will truly be missed by all,Godspeed my friend

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