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Journal entry by bethany gladhill

Dennis' Celebration of Life will be this Sunday, September 23, starting at 4pm at the Great Hall of the Bakken Museum — 3537 Zenith Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN   55416. 

My dad was an unconventional man, and so this won't be your usual funeral. There will be no sermon, no hymns, no casket. Instead, we'll have a few remarks around 4:15, and then an open house style event with light refreshments and drinks, Since Dennis was a teacher, there might even be a pop quiz! 

Come for a few minutes or longer; we'll be there until 6pm. Most of all, we want to get a chance to see you, for people who knew and loved Dennis to get to see each other, and for you all to understand why he loved the Bakken.

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Journal entry by bethany gladhill

Dennis L. Gladhill

Gladhill, Dennis L. October 12, 1938-August 29, 2018 Dennis passed away at Our Lady of Peace Hospice following a brief but valiant battle with lung cancer, as diagnosed in July, 2018. He is sorely missed by daughter, Bethany (Elizabeth) Gladhill; son- in-law, Patrick Rhone and granddaughter Beatrix; brothers, Terry and Jim; long-time friend, Loanne, and scores of nieces, nephews, and extended family, as well as good friends including the Bunny's, Park Tavern and Timberlodge crews. He was predeceased by parents, Loren and Dorothy; his brother, and stepfather. Always the educator, Dennis began his career in teaching, worked in publishing, and returned to teaching in a challenging but rewarding alternative school district. He volunteered over the last fifteen years at the Bakken Museum and in other educational pursuits. Friends are invited to a remembrance gathering to celebrate his life at the Bakken Museum on Sunday, September 23 at 4pm. Memorials preferred to the Gladhill Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation or donor's choice.  caringbridge.org/visit/…


http://www.startribune.com/obituaries/detail/0000272049/?fullname=dennis-l-gladhill

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Journal entry by bethany gladhill

Dennis wanted his body to go to the University of Minnesota's Anatomy Bequest Program, who did indeed accept him. It was very important to him that he continued to educate, even after he was gone. His eyes were donated to the Lions Club of Minnesota, also an important cause he believed in.

With those arrangements in place, there will be no immediate funeral. We will be holding a Celebration of Life at the Bakken Museum, likely on a Sunday afternoon, in late September - early November. Again, this is a place he loved so much that it just felt right (besides, it was there or Bunny's, so...)

I'll run an obituary next week once the event details are nailed down. In the meantime, thank you here (and a note following) for people's lovely memorial donations. If you would like to donate to a charity in Dennis' name, please give to charity of your choice, or to the Gladhill Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation (or reach out to me and I can tell you some places that were important to him).

Journal entry by bethany gladhill

Dennis transferred today from Catholic Eldercare (which had been a wonderful transitional unit) to Our Lady of Peace, which is a dedicated hospice. Lots of change, but hopefully things will settle down a little. Our Lady is at 2076 Saint Anthony Avenue in Saint Paul (just a little off of Cretin and Highway 94). There's no phone in the room, which is likely good because he's not much up to phone calls anyway. He does not mind visitors but likely not up for tons of them; that said, if you want to see him, now would be a good time. Visiting hours are 7:30-7:30 daily; there's a buzzer at the front door and then a desk to check in to. I bet he would also like to get cards and other mail!

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Journal entry by bethany gladhill

As you know, this has all happened quickly! Dennis was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer via biopsy on July 6, after being hospitalized briefly for observation the prior week. The cancer and side effects moved quickly, even after he began radiation, and on July 21 he was hospitalized. After several weeks at Catholic Eldercare, he will transfer to Our Lady of Peace Hospice on August 23.
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