Richard Forpahl

Richard Forpahl

Richard William Forpahl, 64, of New Hope, Minn., died Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at Methodist Hospital, St. Louis Park, Minn.

He was born Oct. 11, 1954, at Minneapolis, Minn., to William and Gertrude Forpahl.

Richard grew up in Minnetonka, Minn.; graduating from Hopkins High School in 1972.

Richard studied culinary arts at the University of Wisconsin Stout; he spent a portion of his studies abroad in Switzerland.

He was united in marriage to Ann Garfinkle on May 20, 1984.

Along with his wife, Richard and Ann owned and operated Café MSP in the early 1990s. He would later serve as a professor at Hennepin Technical College teaching culinary arts.

His favorite past times were spending time with his family, collecting cookbooks, traveling with his wife and going to their cabin in Wisconsin, remodeling his home and hanging out with his best friend, Twig.

He was preceded in death by his parents; older brother, Gerald Forpahl; sister-in-law, Caren Pelkey; and the “Love of his Life,” Ann Forpahl.

Survivors include his sister-in-law, Paula Forpahl; nephew and niece-in-law, Derek and Jamie Forpahl; great nieces, Isabelle, Dahlia and Anne Forpahl; sister-in-law, Phyliss (Scott) Swonger; nieces and nephews, Samantha Swonger, Sarah (Mike) Roskos, Jacob Pelkey and Lindsey (Matt) Imhotle; and great nieces and nephews, Mason, Cole, Rose and Tobias.

The Funeral Mass of the Resurrection will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 15, at St. Thomas Catholic Church.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service.

Interment will be at St. Thomas Catholic Cemetery.

Condolences may be left at

Arrangements are with Green-Larsen Mortuary Inc., International Falls, Minn.

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