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BREAKING NEWS

Stephen R. Cassem, 60

May 19, 2008

Shakopee — Stephen Russell Cassem, age 60, of Shakopee passed away on May 13, 2008, at St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Shakopee. A Celebration of Life Service was held May 17, 2008, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Prior Lake. Interment will be Tuesday, May 20, 2008, at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis at 12:15 p.m.

Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home in Prior Lake was in charge of arrangements.

Steve Russell Cassem was born in Blue Earth on March 23, 1948, to Merle and Laura (Dutton) Cassem.

He graduated from Blue Earth High School and attended Austin Junior College before joining the U.S. Marine Corp, where he served in Vietnam.

Steve and Lynn Borchardt were married Dec. 3, 1977, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Prior Lake. They were blessed with four children.

Steve was active in the business communities of Shakopee and Prior Lake for the past 30 years. He was the owner of Cassem Clothing and the current owner of Shakopee Vacuum and Thermax Carpet Cleaners. He was an active member of the Prior Lake VFW and a member of the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce.

Steve had a zest for life. He loved being a husband, father and grandfather. He really enjoyed his family and expressed often how much we all meant to him. He enjoyed all spectator sports as well as participating in motorcycling, snowmobiling, boating, and four-wheeling.

Loved and forever missed by his wife, Lynn; children: Adena (Todd) Johnson of Monticello, Courtney (fiancé Bill Schwagel) Cassem of Brooklyn Park, Shawna Cassem and Blake Cassem both of Shakopee; grandchildren, Teagan, Torri, Treysen Johnson, Cydney Cassem, Gabrielle and Samuel Schwagel; brothers Marty (Deanna) Cassem Sr. of Blue Earth and Larry (Bonnie) Cassem of Elk River; sisters, Dora (Ron) Fowler of Truman and Donna (David) Fischer of Bakersfield; mother and father-in-law, Norman and Mildred Borchardt of Prior Lake; brother-in-law, Gary Borchardt of Belle Plaine; nieces, nephews and relatives.