Dennis Lang April 13, 1948 - July 4, 2021

Dennis Lang age 73, of St Paul died peacefully at United Hospital on July 4. Preceded in death by his parents Siegfried and Mildred Lang. And is survived by siblings Gerald (Jennifer) and Richard (Suzette) and his beloved dog Allie along with many cousins, their spouses and families. Dennis made an impact on all those who loved and cared for him.

A special thanks to his dear friend Ellen, to his cousin Kathy, to his Happy Hour family and to the oncology floor nurses and doctors at United Hospital.

Dennis Lang graduated from the University of Minnesota with a major in cinema studies. He applied and was accepted into the prestigious Master of Fine Arts program in cinema at the University of Southern California. He left, not completing his degree to return home in St. Paul, Minnesota, the third generation to run the family apparel manufacturing business Energy Manufacturing Co. Dennis was featured in a documented article archived with the Minnesota Historical Society by Mary Christine Bader titled Made in Minnesota The Rise and Fall of an Apparel Industry. He began his free-lance writing career in 2007 and was awarded the Lamar York Prize in Nonfiction for his first feature, the study of a social worker at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. His subsequent nonfiction has appeared in a number of literary journals including Columbia Journal of Literature and Art, the Chattahoochee Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Visual Anthropology Review, South Carolina Review and Confrontation the literary journal published by long Island University.

Dennis spent most summers with family and friends at the family cabin on Deer Lake. He could always be found playing with the dogs, washing and waxing the cars, or in the boat working on his tan. At the end of the day, he would mix up a round of his famous cocktails for those who were gathering on the deck. Then, he would move on to being the grill master for Mildred, as she prepared wonderful meals for everyone. Those days created great memories.

In lieu of flowers the family prefers donations be made in Dennis’s name to the Oncology Fund at the United Hospital Foundation, 333 Smith Ave. N., St. Paul, MN 55102

A memorial service, officiated by Father Dinzeo, will be held 12:00 p.m. Monday July 19th at the Willwerscheid Funeral Home 1167Grand Ave., St. Paul. Interment in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Maplewood. Visitation 1 hour prior to the service.

Memorial Service 12:00 p.m. Monday July 19th at the Willwerscheid Funeral Home 1167Grand Ave., St. Paul. Interment in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Maplewood. Visitation 1 hour prior to the service.


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    Madeleine Brugmans says

    From the other side of the sea to say goodbye forever is not easy.
    Thank God, we have memories forever. I am so thankful that I met you in my life, to see the great friendship between Michael Lasoff and Dennis Lang, sometimes like two young schoolboys together talking about everything, mostly about films.
    I shared also cancer with you, our cancer became a common friend and enemy. In that way we went through deep rivers and high mountains.
    Dear Dennis, R.I.P, you are always in my heart, I will miss you very much.

    Love from Haarlem, the Netherlands

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    Michael Lasoff says

    Good bye Dennis, my oldest friend, my mentor, my greatest fan and supporter, the man who got me started in filmmaking and one of the most wonderful human beings I have ever known. I will miss you like a brother and never forget the wonderful times we have had.
    With love and affection,
    PS The website link is to one of Dennis’ youthful films.

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    TS says

    My condolences to the family and all those for whom Dennis was dear (especially Ellen) – I’ve had great difficulty trying to find the right words to write here. I am blessed to have had Dennis as an incredible supporter and friend. We got through his mother’s passing, Minnie’s passing and the adoption of Allie (I was so glad he found Allie to keep him company at that time!). So many challenges we faced and weathered together. I’m deeply grateful. Deeply grateful. I will miss Dennis very much but I am glad he had many caring people around him to help shepherd him to the Beyond, and I am glad he is no longer in pain and is at peace. Dennis: “Status quo, the Saga continues…” With Love to All ~ “T”

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