Memorial services for Dennis J. Niemi, 70, of Rochester will be at 2:00pm on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial of his cremated remains will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.
Dennis John Niemi was born on July 18, 1947 in Virginia, MN to John and Patricia (Cornell) Niemi. He died on October 6, 2017 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester. Dennis graduated from Denfeld High School in Duluth in 1965 and he enlisted in the Navy serving until 1973. On March 23, 1973 he married Carmen Alvarez Enciso in Duluth, MN. Dennis worked for NCR Comten in St. Paul as a Senior Principal Systems Software Engineer for many years. In 1992 he worked for Keane, Inc. in Rochester as a Senior Software Engineer until his retirement in 1999. He enjoyed sports, reading, Sudoku puzzles, model trains and camping. He built his own canoe and he and Carmen spent many hours on the water together.
Survivors include his wife, Carmen of Rochester; one daughter, Jessica (Gabriel) Baumbach of Brooklyn Park, MN and one grandson, Carter; two sisters, Linda (Tim) Smith of Duluth, MN and Kandace Warner of Brooklyn Park, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Erik.
Stationed with Dennis at NSGA Winter Harbor in early 70's. Great electronics tech and good guy. I remember he fixed a piece of equipment that every tech had a chance at and had failed. Fair winds Dennis and God Bless.
I am so sorry about the loss of Dennis. What a great guy!! He and his sister, Linda use to visit their Aunt Doris in Virginia. My prayers and Sympathy go out to you and your family.
Hadn't seen Dennis in many, many years but it's nice to see he still had that charming smile! I remember him from my childhood days when he and his sisters would come to visit their aunt in Virginia and we would spend hours in the kitchen playing Canasta. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you!
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathy. Dennis used to stop by my garage sales every so often and talk about Jessica and Carmen, his family. It's so hard to lose a father and a husband at this young age. He will be missed. Diana and Mark Friemann
Denny was a valued and well liked member of the Comten family for many years. He will be missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are witth Denny and his family.
Pat & Dave Stewart
Dennis and I joined the Navy on the buddy system. Two weeks in he fell running out of the chow hall, broke his wrist, and that was the last time I saw him in uniform.
Many memories of growing up in the old neighbor hood...working in the garage trying to keep our cars running...lots of laughs...good old fashioned jokes that have lasted a life time.
Dennis would call on my birthday and I will miss that.
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