Dennis Harren

Obituary of Dennis Andrew Harren

Dennis Andrew Harren

Age 83, of Bloomington Minnesota, passed away April 26, 2022 surrounded by his family following a six month battle with cancer. Born in Albany Minnesota, his formative years were lived in the Western town of Morris, Minnesota.

His parents Arthur and Rosemond welcomed him to the family on October 26, 1938. Dennis was the second of five sons. The Harren family attended Church at the Assumption of Mary, where Dennis attended school and served as an altar boy with brothers, Arthur, Paul, Thomas, and Kenneth.

During his high school years, Dennis was active in sports, including football, basketball, hockey and on track and field teams.

Upon earning his high school diploma, Dennis attended college at the University of North Dakota where he completed a degree in accounting. On September 18, 1965, he was united in marriage to Mary Ann Rusche and daughters Christine and Jennifer completed their family. An alleged tough guy, Dennis was a softie when it came to his daughters and granddaughters.

Dennis was an accomplished athlete, a sub-3-hour marathon runner, an avid cross-country skier, and bicycle rider. His drive to stay fit and to keep moving remained steady throughout his life.

As an executive at Sperry Univac, he survived numerous corporate changes and remained an employee of the company for over 30 years. He was competitive, set high standards, was reliable, consistent and was supportive of his coworkers.

In retirement, Dennis and Mary Ann enjoyed traveling, canoeing, camping, and spending time with their children and grandchildren; Lisa, Kaitlyn (Nick), Madeline (Adam), Emma, Jared (Brittany) and great-grandchildren, River, Edwin, and Rhys.

Dennis was focused, hardworking, honest, and supported a wide variety of causes and nonprofit organizations. He had an aversion to receiving compliments, liked to keep a low profile, worked hard and he took great care of his family. Through his life, and despite his declining health, he remained positive and frequently reminded us all that “Life is Good”.

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Rosemond Harren, brother Paul Harren (Joanie), nephew Mark Harren, and niece Julie Harren.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary Ann, daughters Christine Harren Pommerenke (Dan), Jennifer Harren Gilman (Wayne), and grandchildren Lisa, Kaitlyn (Nick), Madeline (Adam), Emma, Jared (Brittany), great-grandchildren Edwin, River and Rhys and many friends, family members and coworkers.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 4th from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at The Cremation Society of Minnesota, 7110 France Avenue South, Edina, Minnesota 55435.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, May 5th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 4537 3rd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55419. A Visitation will be held before Mass from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. A luncheon will be served following the service.

Dennis and Mary Ann supported many nonprofit organizations. In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred. Dennis and Mary Ann consistently supported the following organizations: St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, The United Way, Doctors Without Borders and the American Red Cross.

A Memorial Tree was planted for Dennis
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at Cremation Society Of Minnesota | Edina
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