In Memoriam -- May 2021

Hodder championed adaptive sports

Susan Catherine Hodder shared her love of helping others and volunteering by teaching adaptive sports. Hodder died this spring after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 59 and lived in Minneapolis.

Hodder spent her career as a youth coordinator, teacher, afterschool enrichment and summer camp director, ski
and snowboard instructor, alpine adaptive supervisor and adaptive ski and snowboard training director. She also ran a ski clinic for disabled veterans. She won the national 2019 Jim Winthers Volunteer Award for lifetime contributions in furthering the mission of Disabled Sports USA.

She was recognized as a “once in a lifetime volunteer” by Courage Kenny, winning awards including the Pearl Hall Award and Malcolm Mackey Tree of Life award. The Susan Hodder Volunteer of Excellence award is given in her honor.

In 2018, she said that volunteering was where she made her dearest friends.

Hodder is survived by her father, brothers and sisters and their families, aunts, uncles and cousins. Services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Courage Kenny Ski & Snowboard at Kenny (select Adaptive Ski and Snowboard from Give To

drop down menu. Or to U of MN Masonic Cancer Center at Select Donate from drop down menu and then MCC Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.

Arneson led a life of service

Ruth Esther Arneson lived a life of service. Arneson died this spring. She was 92 and lived in Minneapolis. She was born in Beaver Creek, Minnesota and lived

on several Minnesota farms before her family moved to Minneapolis.

She was married for 63 years to TJ (Ted) Arneson Jr. until his death in 2011. Together they raised six children and built a business, Professional Instruments Company. Both Arnesons were involved in civic and community activities. They established the Drs. T.J. and Ella M. Arneson Chair

in Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota, to support a longtime interest in mental health issues.

She served as treasurer of the charity CCR for 35 years, helping with its efforts to assist children and adults with disabilities by providing adaptive equipment. CCR was originally known as Crippled Children’s Relief.

Arneson is survived by her children and their families, a brother and sisters. A memorial service will be held at a later date.