Richard J. "Duke" Duclos, Sr., age 89 of Anoka, passed away on Monday, June 10, 2019 at the Estates at Twin Rivers in Anoka.
In addition to his parents, George and Stella (Pearson) Duclos, Duke was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Roslyn; sister, Norma (Jacob) Strouse; and brother, Robert (Marion). He is survived by his children, Richard, Jr. (Cindy), Gregory (Cathy), Paul, Roxane (Mark) Falls, and Mary Morical; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; sister, Joan (Duane) Dingmann; also many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
He retired from Qwest after many years of service where he was also a Metro Life Member Pioneer. Duke worked as a tester and dispatcher in Anoka before accepting an I & M supervisor job a few years before he retired. A really funny guy with a dry sarcastic sense of humor.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 17, 2019 at St. Stephen's Catholic Church, 525 Jackson Street, Anoka. Visitation one hour prior to Mass at church (10:00 - 11:00 a.m.) Interment will take place in Calvary Cemetery, Anoka.
The family wishes to extend special Thanks to AseraCare Hospice and the Estates at Twin Rivers.    
6/17/19
 

Richard “Dick” Schrick age 76 of Richfield, MN, formerly of George, IA died Wednesday June 5, 2019
at Southview Acres Health Care Center in Saint Paul, MN. Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 13th at the First Baptist Church rural George, IA, with Reverend Dr. Mike Hagan officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Lawn Cemetery of George, IA, with military honors by the Jack Sauter American Legion Post No. 404. Visitation will be Wednesday, June 12th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with family present at the Jurrens Funeral Home of George. Life celebration will be Thursday June 27th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Richfield Minnesota V.F.W.
Richard Lee Schrick was born on June 26, 1942 in Sibley, IA, the son of Richard George and Gertrude Lucille (Harms) Schrick. He grew up in George, IA and later graduated from George High School. After graduation he received a two-year degree at NEI technical college. Dick was then drafted in the U.S. Army and served during the Vietnam War from 1964 to 1966. On August 15th, 1964 Dick was united in marriage to Ruth Ann (Sudenga) in George, IA.
Dick was proud to have worked for the same company for thirty-two years even though it changed names from Northwestern Bell, AT & T and then Qwest. He was a Metro Life Member Pioneer. His hobbies included farming, hunting, fishing, coaching his children in sports and volunteering in the community.
He is survived by his three children: David Schrick of Bloomington, MN, Richard (Lisa) Schrick of Lakeville, MN and Ryan (Melissa) Schrick of Lakeville, MN and eight grandchildren; four siblings: Ben (Roxanne) Schrick of Lafayette, LA, Dale Schrick of Hartford, SD, Dennis (Gracia) Schrick of George, IA and Diane Schrick of Northfield, MN; and many nieces, nephews and other extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Gertrude Schrick; one sister, Martha Schrick and grandson, Bennett Schrick.
Memorial contributions may be made in Richard “Dick” Schrick’s name to: MACV (Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans).
   6/13/19

Marlys Kay Evenson, age 75 passed away May, 17, 2019.
She was born in Drayton, ND on August 10, 1943. She graduated from Drayton Public School in 1961 then moved to California where she was employed by Pacific  Bell in San Diego and at Disneyland. She transferred to Northwestern Bell in Minneapolis where she later was a clerical supervisor.  She was also a Metro Telephone Pioneer. After taking early retirement from Bell, she was employed by General Mills and then an eyeglass company. Marlys loved fun, family, and her dogs. She enjoyed quilting, making porcelain dolls, shopping for toys and gifts for her nieces and nephews (her "kids"), and fishing at the Northwest Angle with the Evenson clan. She was a devoted daughter and spent vacations helping her parents in Drayton. Marlys was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Marjorie (Long) Evenson; sisters, Gloria Nelson, Patricia Anderson, & Geraldine Evenson; brothers, George Darrel and Robert; brother-in-laws, Harris Anderson and Norman Nelson. She is survived by her sister Leona (Dale) Edblom, San Diego, CA, and brothers, James (Joan) Evenson, Grand Forks, ND and Eldred (Buck) (Penny) Evenson, Prior Lake, MN, sister-in-law, Delores Evenson, East Grand Forks, MN, many nieces and nephews, and her dog, Suri. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 11:00 am at the United Methodist Church in Drayton, ND with interment in the Drayton Cemetery.     6/1/19

Norman L. Plumley, age 76, of Grand Rapids, MN passed away Thursday, May 30m 2019 at his home.
Norm was born in 1942 to David and Ermie Plumley. Norm grew up in Cromwell, CT. After graduating from high school in 1960, Norm served in the U.S. Navy for four years. Norm met Judith Card while on military leave with his friend Jim. They were united in marriage on December 26, 1964 in Grand Rapids, MN. Norm was employed with MN Power, Northwestern Bell, ADC Telecommunications, and then as a contractor for Right Tec.
Norm loved woodworking and taking care of his home and family. He was a member of Church of the Nazarene for 53 years and the VFW in Jennings, LA. He loved growing tomatoes and competing with his neighbor and friend, Randy Peterson, to see who could grow the best. Above all else, Norm was devoted to his family.
Preceded in death by his parents; sister, Ramona Plumley; mother and father-in-law, Ora and Norma Card; brothers-in-law, Art Card, Bob Card, Brian Kennedy, Larry “Suds” Sundsvold, Gary Luoma, Kurt McKinney; sisters-in-law, Frances Remington, Marjorie McKinney.
Norm is survived by his wife of 54 years, Judy; children, Michele O’Connell of North Carolina and David (Lucy) Plumley of East Grand Forks, MN; favorite granddaughter, Abby Plumley of East Grand Forks, MN; grandsons, Corbin Plumley of Grand Forks, ND, Quinn Plumley of East Grand Forks, MN, and Jacob O’Connell serving in the U.S. Army; brothers-in-law, Dale, Arney (Karen), Ron (Barb) Card all of Staples, MN, Dan (Debbie) Card of Sebeka, MN, Keith (Sandy) Card of Pillager, MN, Larry Card of St. Peter, MN, Norm (Kathy) Card of Federal Dam, MN; sisters-in-law, Karen Sundsvold, Penny Luoma both of Grand Rapids, MN, Dottie (George) Call of Staples, MN, Yvonne Card of Moorhead, MN, Micky Kennedy of Ontario, Canada, Jan Card of Bovey, MN; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 10:00 AM at Church of the Nazarene in Grand Rapids, MN followed by the Memorial Service at 11:00 AM. Rev. Paul Haddix will officiate.
A special thanks to Grand Rapids Hospice and care giver Roxie, Pastor Paul Haddix, and special friends, Jim Wass, Randy Peterson, and Charlie Alzen.  
6/1/19

Elaine Dorothy Wilmot age 97, passed away Monday May 27, 2019 at Barnes Care in Esko, MN.
She was born August 8, 1921 in Duluth, MN to John and Bertha (Schramm) Wilmot. Elaine graduated from Duluth Central High School on June 1939 and retired from Northwest Bell Telephone Company on January 1984 after 42 years of service.
Elaine was a member of First Presbyterian Church and Telecom Pioneer.
She is preceded in death by her parents John and Bertha Wilmot, sister Elizabeth Wilmot of Duarte CA, brother Jack of Sanford NC, James of Duluth, MN and Jerry of Rohnert Park CA.
Elaine is survived by sisters-in-law Cathlene Wilmot of Sanford NC, and Shirley Wilmot of Duluth, MN and their families.
Per Elaine’s request there will be no funeral services. Burial will be at Sunrise Cemetery.
Arrangements are being handled by Sunrise Funeral and Cemetery.  
6/1/19

John W. Hagedorn, 69, of Northwood passed away Friday, May 24, 2019, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea
surrounded by his family after a very brief battle with cancer.A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Lutheran Church, 309 Ninth St. N, Northwood, IA 50459, with the Rev. Barbara Wills of Peace Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will be at a later date. The family will greet friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Conner Colonial Chapel, 1008 First Ave S., Northwood, IA 50459. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church. John Wallace Hagedorn was born Dec. 15, 1949, in Rochester, the son of Wallace J. and Burdean (Zierke) Hagedorn. John grew up in Rochester and attended John Marshall High School, where he graduated  in 1968. It was then that John enlisted into the United States Army. He honorably served his country from November 1968 until his honorable discharge in November 1971.On November 17, 1973 John married the love of his life, Laura J. Jessen, in Rochester. The couple was blessed with four children, Christine, Cassandra, Ellie and Jeffrey. John began work as a lineman in Owatonna for the NW Bell telephone company in 1972.  In 1977 he transferred to Albert Lea, where he worked until his retirement in 2002, having worked over 30 years for an ever-changing telecommunication company.  John was a very involved father and grandfather. He attended most of the kids’ music programs, games and tournaments, whether it was as a spectator or as their coach. For 15 years John coached youth hockey and had a love for all sports. In John’s youth he would spend many summers at the grandparents’ farm in Elmore to help with the farm work and spend time with cousins, which he truly enjoyed. He found a love for woodworking by building and creating things with his own two hands. The family looked forward to summer vacations with time spent boating, fishing and — most importantly — grilling. John was a master behind the grill and loved grilling for the family. But most of all, John’s family was his life. Time spent together with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren was irreplaceable. 
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 45 years, Laura, of Northwood; his children Christine (Dan) Donovan of Albert Lea, Cassandra (Eric) Thorson of  Bricelyn, Ellie (Brian) Livingstone of  Rochester and Jeffrey (Pam) Hagedorn of Farmington; grandchildren Melissa, Brad, Morgan, Lanie, Anna, Tyler, Lauren, Lindsay and Blake; five great-grandchildren and one more on the way; sisters Susan Aukes of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Julie Hanson, Nancy (Mike) Pick, and Sandra (Brad) Nelson, all of Rochester; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. Those preceding him in death are his parents Wallace and Burdean.

Harry Kiel entered into the presence of God on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at the age of 95,
in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Harry Kiel was born on October 6, 1923. He was the third of seven children born to Garrit and Grace (Schutte) Kiel of Milo Township, Mille Lacs County, Minnesota. Harry worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone in Minneapolis, Minnesota, before he retired in 1983. He continued to be a Metro Life Member Pioneer. During the years of World War II, he was stationed at Ft. Leavenworth, KS working at the Command and Staff School for the Army. In retirement, Lorna and Harry lived at Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota; in Sarasota, Florida; and in Fergus Falls, Minnesota.
On October 4, 1947, Harry married the love of his life, Lorna A. Wessman of Milaca, Minnesota. He was a devoted and loving husband, father of three daughters, grandfather of six and great grandfather to 19. In 2017, Harry and Lorna commemorated their 70th wedding anniversary with a special family celebration. The couple had a strong relationship between themselves and with God. Even throughout all their years together, they held hands at night, during their prayer times, and whenever they heard "The Lord's Prayer," a song sung at their wedding.
Harry led a life with God at the center. Although retired early from Northwestern Bell Telephone, he remained active as an involved layman of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, serving the Lord he loved. He was chosen Layman of the Year with the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) in 1990. Harry traveled throughout the United States conducting seminars, and he has served on many denominational committee assignments, including the C&MA Board of Higher Education. Harry has always been interested in Christian education. He served on the Board of Trustees of Crown College, Collegeville, Minnesota, for 22 years and chaired the Board for six years. He and his wife Lorna established an on-going scholarship at Crown College for students interested in missions.
Harry is survived by his wife Lorna and by daughters Susan (David) Hall of Poneto, Indiana; Kathleen (Thomas) Black of Arden Hills, Minnesota; and Beverly (LaWayne) Rogness of Fergus Falls, Minnesota; six grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; and sisters-in-law Stella Kiel and Loree Kiel Vanman. He was preceded in death by his parents, Garrit and Grace Kiel, brothers Steve (Loraine) Kiel, Dick (Marion) Kiel, John Kiel, Lester (Edythe) Kiel, and Kenneth Kiel and baby sister Anna Kiel.
"Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord". Matthew 25:21
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Big Sandy Bible Camp, McGregor, Minnesota, or Crown College, Collegeville, Minnesota.
Visitation: 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, May 27, 2019 at the Olson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls, MN.   
5/26/10
 

Dashow, Gerald "Jerry" The funeral service celebrating the life of Gerald "Jerry" Dashow will be on Friday, May 3, at 12:00 p.m. at Schleicher Funeral Homes, Lake City Chapel, 1865 Hwy 61 South in Lake City, MN with Rev. Dr. Scott Fiege officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Lunch will follow the funeral, with interment afterwards at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester. Gerald "Jerry" Dashow, passed away on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at the age of 79 at Emerald Crest in Burnsville. Jerry was born on November 24, 1939 in Rochester, to Gordon and Evelyn (Baddgor) Dashow. He attended school in Rochester, graduating from Rochester High School. Jerry worked 32 years in progressive roles for Northwestern Bell Telephone, while living in Rochester, Owatonna and Apple Valley, MN. After retirement from the Bell system, Jerry went to work at Dakota County Vo-Tech in a para-professional role. Jerry enjoyed coaching his sons in sports, playing softball and was an avid golfer. During their retirement together, Jerry and Kathy enjoyed traveling and took many trips to Savannah, Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina. Jerry will be greatly missed by his wife of 62 years, Kathy (Lyke) Dashow, his brother Chuck (Dianne) Dashow, Brothers in law/Sisters in law; John Caffes, Richard (Theda) Lyke, Betts (Jerry) Potter, his 5 children; Marty Dashow, Dave (Pannah) Dashow, Diane (Lowell) Geske, Elizabeth (Mike) Jones, Sherry (Bob) Caldon, his 5 grandchildren; Amber (Chris) Orr, Eric Dashow, Danielle (Jason) Waage, Jenna Dashow, Alyssa (Dave) Walsh, 6 great-grandchildren and special friends, Ali & Lindsey Hatoum. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon & Evelyn, and his sister, Darlene (Dashow) Caffes. He is survived by many nieces and nephews. A special thanks to Jerry's longtime friend and physician, Dr. Thomas Davin, (Nephrologist) and the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Kidney Transplant Team. Memorials are preferred to Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Schleicher Funeral Homes, Lake City Chapel.    5/26/19

Robert “Bob” E. Adamson, 81, of Stewartville, Minnesota, formerly of Rochester, Minnesota,
died on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at Mayo Clinic Hospital-St. Marys Campus-Rochester.
Bob was born Feb. 17, 1938 in Rochester to Paul and Mildred Adamson. He graduated from Lourdes High School in 1956. Bob worked various jobs all throughout his high school years and started at Northwestern Bell after graduation. He retired from Northwestern Bell in 1991. Bob volunteered for various programs through Olmsted County and was an avid volunteer for the remainder of his life.Bob loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, whether he was relaxing in the woods, fishing on the lake or holding the babies at the grandchildren’s extracurricular events. Bob will be dearly missed by all.
Bob was preceded in death by his first wife, Peggy (Nelsen); two brothers; and loving wife of 48 years, Alice (Musgjerd). Bob is survived by four children, Doug (Marie) of Austin, Minnesota, Tim (Patty) of Lyle, Minnesota, Tom (Karen) of St. Paul, Minnesota, and Sheila Cada of Stewartville; two brothers; seven sisters; and special friend, Susan Vold.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2019, and one hour prior to the service on Saturday at Macken Funeral Home. Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com.   
5/25/19
 

Howard Humenik, age 76, of Eagan (formerly Minneapolis), born September 10, 1942
in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to John and Margaret Humenik. Passed away at his daughter's home with his family on December 15, 2018 following a period of health events. Preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Janet Deines Humenik, his father, mother, and brother, Larry. He is survived by his loving family: daughters, Barbara and Roxanne; grandsons, Ryan and Matthew; and his adored son-in-law, Richard. Howie had many friends from all areas of his life including neighbors, friends from work, and longtime friends and parents of the softball groups. Howie had a wonderful sense of humor and was very talkative with anyone he met. Friends, family and former colleagues have shared numerous stories of his fun and humorous nature. He worked as supervisor for Northwestern Bell/USW/Qwest for over 40 years and was a Metro Life Member Pioneer. He retired in early 2000s to travel with his wife and to spend time with his grandsons and family. Burial service to be held Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the Resurrection Cemetery's Chapel Mausoleum, 2101 Lexington Avenue South, Mendota Heights, MN 55120. Followed by a Celebration of Life Gathering at Lucky 13's, 1352 Sibley Memorial Highway, Mendota, MN 55150 at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the family to plant a memorial garden in Howie and Jan's memory to 16419 Equestrian Trail, Lakeville, MN 55044.

Robert “Bob” E Lindeborg, age 92 of Roseville, passed away peacefully April 24, 2019.
Preceded in death by wife, Loretta; parents, Edward and Margaret. Survived by son, David (Sylvia) Lindeborg; daughters, Diane (Thomas) Benstead, Sandra (Tim) Evanson; 8 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Birkeland; other relatives and friends. Proudly served in the US Navy during WWII and the Korean War. 34 year dedicated employee of Northwestern Bell/U.S. West and also a Metro Life Member Pioneer. He will be remembered as being a mentor to many. Memorial service 11:00 AM Tuesday, April 30, with visitation one-hour prior at Roseville Lutheran Church, 1215 Roselawn Ave. W., Roseville. Luncheon to follow the service at church. Interment Fort Snelling. Memorials preferred to Honor Flights Twin Cities, Roseville Lutheran Church, or Waverly Gardens.    4/27/19

Arthur "Art" Lindgren, 88 year old resident of Little Falls, MN passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2019
at Diamond Willow Assisted Living in Little Falls, MN. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at First United Church in Little Falls, MN with Rev. Tony Romaine officiating. Burial will take place in Oakland Cemetery in Little Falls, MN. A visitation will be held from 4-7 P.M. on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls, MN and from 10-11 A.M. on Thursday at the Church. Military honors will be provided by the Little Falls VFW Post #1112. Funeral arrangements are with the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls, MN.
Arthur “Art” Lindgren was born on January 26, 1931 in Minneapolis, MN to the late Arthur and Alva (Bruhn) Lindgren. Art served in the United State Air Force for 4 years. Of those years of dedicated service, he spent 1 year overseas in the Korean War. After his honorable discharge, he was united in marriage to Edythe Cubbison on August 30, 1958 in Millbank, South Dakota. Art was employed as a telephone lineman with Wisconsin Bell Telephone Company, retiring in 1990. He dedicated much of his retirement to the Little Falls VFW Post #1112 where he participated in the military color guard and also served as VFW Commander for several years. In his free time, he enjoyed working with wood, making many wooden toys which he donated to different area community organizations. Art was an avid Minnesota sports fan and loved keeping up on pop culture current events. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.
Art is survived by daughters, Pamela (Sherman) Bloom of Little Falls, MN, Paula (Tony) Armagost of Little Falls, MN; son, Keith (Julie) Lindgren of Brainerd, MN; sister, Linda Pennington of Pittsburg, MO; grandchildren, Jason Bloom, Gina Lindgren, Nicole Lindgren and Cary Armagost.
Art was preceded in death by wife, Edythe Lindgren; parents, Arthur and Alava Lindgren; son, Kevin Lindgren and grandson, Jeremy Bloom. 
4/24/19

Thomas John Haremza , age 80, passed away peacefully on April 13, 2019
after a short, but courageous battle with brain cancer. Thomas is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jeannie; children; Father Shawn, Jodi (Chad), Chad (Jackie) and Kelly (Mike); Grandchildren, Hailey, Ella, Anna, Jack, Brayden, Harper, Adeline and Thomas; Brother, Jerald (Bev); Sister, Beverly (Dean); and many Relatives and Friends. Thomas is preceded in death by his Parents, Albert and Celia; Sister, Carol; Brother-in-law, Al.
Thomas grew up in Northeast Minneapolis. He worked for Northwestern Bell (today known as CenturyLink) for 32 years and was a Metro Life Member Pioneer. After retiring at age 51 as district manager, he proceeded to work in a consulting capacity on major telecommunications projects around the state of Minnesota.
Thomas served in the Army National Guard early on in life. He enjoyed years of boating and camping with his wife, friends and family, and he had a passion for downhill skiing, which he eventually shared and passed to his kids, spending many winter vacations out west with them. Thomas loved to play golf and watch Minnesota Twins baseball. He enjoyed spending summers at his cabin in Crosslake, MN and traveling with his wife during the winter months to escape the cold Minnesota temperatures. But most of all, Thomas treasured spending time with his family more than anything. He was a proud, devoted husband, father and grandfather and found his most prized, happy place in the company of his wife, kids and grandkids. Thomas was known for his generous heart, always extending his hand to help others. At 6 foot 6 inches tall, he was often referred to as, “the big guy,” but his spirit was kind, gentle and patient. We raise our glasses and toast him in the same way he did countless times acknowledging his polish roots, “Nostrovia!” Until we meet again Thomas…
Mass of Christian Burial~ 11:00am on Wednesday, April 24th at St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church 129 29th Ave. NE Minneapolis, Minnesota Visitation is one hour prior to mass beginning at 10:00am. Lunch will follow the service. Private Family Interment~ Gethsemane Cemetery.  
4/20/19

Cynthia L. Mackintosh (nee Evans) Age 72, of St. Paul, formerly of Roseville.passed away on March 28, 2019.
Cynthia was a CenturyLink/Qwest retiree and a Metro Life Member Pioneer. Memorial service 2 PM Friday, May 3 at CENTENNIAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 1524 W County Road C2, Roseville. Reception to follow. Visitation at the church from 1-2 PM Friday 5/3. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Centennial United Methodist Church.      4/19/19

DARLENE O. SALO, age 68 of Brooklyn Park, passed away after a valiant fight with cancer.
Dar was born on Valentine’s Day, 1951 to Raymond & Clarine Kollodge. She began what would be a lifetime career at age 18
with Northwestern Bell-U S WEST-Qwest and what is now CenturyLink. She retired from CenturyLink and was a Metro Life Member Pioneer.
She met Larry and would forever be the most beautiful woman in the world. They married in 1973 and raised two children. Darlene will be remembered for being an amazing cook, amazing wife, mother & grandmother. She lived life to the fullest and cherished each day – returning from a trip to Nevada just days before her passing.
Darlene is preceded in death by parents, Raymond & Clarine Kollodge. She leaves behind her husband of 46 years, Larry; children, Eric (Tammy) Salo & Jill Ramos; grandchildren, Andrew, Ashley, Hailey, Sophia, & Ella; brothers, Duwayne (Carol), Dennis (Mary), Darryl (Donna) & David (Lora) Kollodge; many nieces, nephews, other relatives & friends.
Visitation at KOZLAK-RADULOVICH BLAINE CHAPEL (107th Ave. NE & Hwy. 65) Monday, April 22, 2019 from 5-8 PM. Mass of Christian Burial at CHURCH OF ST. ALPHONSUS (7025 Halifax Ave. N.) Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 11 AM with visitation one hour prior. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the American Cancer Society.   
4/17/19

 

Thomas Frederick Madison Prior to his death on April 10, 2019, Thomas Frederick Madison, age 83, of Hopkins, MN, played golf with great friends under a clear blue Arizona sky. Tom was born in Minneapolis, on February 25, 1936, the eldest of two children, brother to his younger sister Barb. His father Earl was a railroad engineer and his mother, Berniece, managed a bakery. As a youth, he had two paper routes and he bagged groceries in order to buy his first car, a 1941 Chevrolet 4-door at age 15. Tom graduated from Minneapolis Roosevelt High School in 1953 where he met the love of his life, Pat (Marilyn Louise Johnson). Interested in studying to become an astronaut, Tom pursued an aeronautical engineering degree at the University of Minnesota. He left school during his freshman year to take a job with Northwestern Bell. He worked underground, beneath manhole covers as a splicer helper, and then above ground, as a lineman installing telephone poles. He believed these jobs were the wake-up call that he required, "I didn't want to do this work for the rest of my life. I knew I needed to go back to school and prove I could become an engineer."
In 1957, Tom returned to the University of Minnesota, married Pat, then a year later they had their first child, Mike. He subsequently graduated in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering. At this time, came their second child, Mary. This degree provided Tom with ten job offers in the engineering industry, but he chose to return to NW Bell, because "the people were good, the benefits were good, and the culture was good. It was the right fit for me." As he began his career at NW Bell, Tom and Pat welcomed their third child, Mark, in 1962. Tom rose from a service foreman, who managed telephone installers, to President and Chief Executive Officer in 1985. He also served as President of US West Communications, the successor to NW Bell, and known today as Century Link. In all, Tom held 16 positions with NW Bell and US West in Minnesota, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, before "retiring" in 1992 and remained a Metro Life Member Pioneer.
He then founded the investment and business consulting firm MLM Partners, coincidentally his wife's initials, and continued working and working and working until his death. His business experience and broad network provided him the opportunity to serve on more than 40 corporate boards, and in 2009, he earned the top spot on the MPLS St. Paul Business Journal List of "The 50 Hardest-Working Board Members". "I could contribute, and I could help," Tom said in explaining why he remained active in the business and education communities, serving on boards into his 80s. "As a CEO, I faced a lot of different challenges and opportunities. I had been through the mill, so my goal was to help the management of companies avoid the kind of mistakes I had made."
Tom created many opportunities and events for his family and friends. A long-standing tradition continues today a monthly card club that Tom started with boyhood friends while he was in college. Another is his and Pat's commitment to the Basilica of St. Mary and the restoration efforts that they helped see through. Both traditions are indicative of Tom's innate drive towards connection and community that enabled those around him to flourish. He was successful and worked hard not only for himself, but for his family.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Berniece, and his cherished wife, of 52 years, Marilyn "Pat"; his daughter-in-law, Carrie; and his brothers-in-law, Frank and Jerry. He is survived by their three children, Mike (Carrie), Mary (Brad Gatzlaff), and Mark; nine grandchildren, Sam, Ellie, Claire, Taylor, Maria, Jack, Lauren, Joe and Anna; and his sister, Barbara Thissen.
A mass of Christian burial will be held at the Basilica of St. Mary, 88 17th Street North, Minneapolis, MN, at 11 o'clock in the morning on April 26, 2019. There will be a reviewal before the service at 10 o'clock. A lunch will follow in the undercroft of the Basilica. Memorials are preferred to the Basilica of St. Mary.       
4/14/19
 

Lewis E. “Lou” Stichter. Age 90, Golden Valley, MN, passed away peacefully on April 5, 2019.
Preceded in death by his wife, Doris, daughter, Terri Cich, and brother, Jack. Survived by his children, Lew Jr (Kathleen), Pam (John) McMahon, Larry (Kelly), and Dave (Kristina), grandchildren, Patrick, Toni, Angela, Ryan, Ashley, Riley, Autumn, Avery, and Liam, great- grandchildren, Jackson, Paige, Jonah, Camden, Bella, Dylan, Beckett, and Parker; 3 nieces and 5 nephews. Lew retired from Northwestern Bell in 1984. And was a Metro Life Member Pioneer. After retirement he relocated to Arkansas then Gold Canyon, Arizona where he bicycled over 3000 miles per year, hiked the Superstition Mountains, and Grand Canyon. Interment Glen Haven Memorial Gardens. Funeral Service Monday, April 15, 2019 at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior at: Washburn-McReavy.com Glen Haven Chapel 763-533-8643 5125 W. Broadway, Crystal    4/12/19

Joyce M. (Smith) Zimmerman, 89 of Hermantown, died Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at Keystone Bluffs Assisted Living Facility.
Joyce was born on July 3, 1929 in Duluth, Minnesota to Emily and Walter Smith. She lived most of her life in Hermantown alongside her husband, Lyle. They were married for 71 years and raised their three children in the family home that Lyle built in 1956.
Joyce worked many years as a telephone operator for Northwestern Bell and was also a switchboard operator at St. Mary’s Hospital. But her main passion was “doing hair,” first working as a cosmetologist at several area beauty shops and later, owning her own salon. Joyce was active in the Women’s Guild at St. James Catholic Church and was also a frequent visitor and friend to the St. Scholastica Priory. She had a love of music and played the drums and accordion. She also loved to bake and crochet.
She was proceeded in death by her husband, parents, and her brother, Gary Smith.
Joyce is survived by her children Joy Gallagher, Paul (Sybil), and Kay Lackner; grandchildren Shawn Gallagher, Eric (Kara) Zimmerman, Shannon Zimmerman, and Ashley Lackner; a great grandson, William Zimmerman, and a great granddaughter (due in May).
The family would like to extend their sincere thank you to all of the wonderful and loving staff at Keystone Bluffs.
Visitation will be Monday from 5-7pm in the Dougherty Funeral Home, where visitation will continue Tuesday at 10am until the 11am memorial service. Burial will take place at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Saginaw, MN. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, 600 E. 2nd Street in Duluth.    
4/8/19

 

Jack N. Callahan passed away peacefully on March 27, 2019.
He was only 89, but as he liked to say "I would have been older, but I was sick for two years."
He was born to Arthur and Mae (Neander) Callahan on November 24, 1929 at the Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis. After his parents' deaths he and his sister moved to Duluth and were raised by their aunt and uncle, Ethel and Martin Brown.
Jack graduated from Duluth Central in 1948. He married his high school sweetheart, Eleanor (Blomberg) Callahan and they celebrated 62 years of marriage, until her death in 2010.
Jack retired from NW Bell at the age of 54, after being employed there for 32 years. This allowed him and Eleanor to travel in their motorhome around the country.
He enjoyed fixing clocks, watching movies, reading, feeding the birds, having an occasional stogie along with a BV H2o, listening to country music and having a "succulent" meal.
Jack was a history buff with a great memory. He had a penchant for telling stories, jokes and giving everyone nicknames. He was the definition of a "people person." Jack was very proud of his Irish heritage. We sure are going to miss him and his smiling Irish eyes and of course his jokes.
He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers, Scottish Rite, Army Guards, Lake Avenue Loafers and the Sons of the Desert (Laurel and Hardy Fan Club).
Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor; his beloved son, Michael J. Callahan; his parents; his Aunt Ethel and Uncle Mart; his sister, Marillyn Persch; in addition to many other family members and friends.
He is survived by and will be dearly missed by his children, Bill and Marsha (Rick) Callahan-Ness; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two great-great-granddaughters; along with many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his very special friend and companion, Julia Wehmas of Menahga, who along with her family gave him so much love and attention.
In memory of Jack, plant a tree, feed the birds, learn some history, smoke a cigar or tell one of his jokes. Peace and blue skies, Dad.
Gathering of family and friends from 2 p.m. until the 3 p.m. memorial service Monday, April 15th in the Cremation Society of Minnesota Chapel, 4100 Grand Ave., Duluth.
   4/8/19
 

Laila “Bunny” Schroeder, 88, of Shakopee, passed away on April 2 at Friendship Manor in Shakopee.
Private services will be held in Laila’s hometown of Jackson, MN.
Bunny was born on May 25, 1930, to Robert and Catherine (Willis) Grantz in Jackson, MN. She went to Jackson High School.
She is survived by sister Roberta Flatgard of Windom; and her children Sandra Korba of Montgomery, Richard Schroeder of Windom, Rebecca and Joe Niesen of Shakopee, Catherine Schroeder of Oswego, Mary Ann Birnstihl of Cloquet, and William Schroeder of Shakopee, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is also survived by other nieces and nephews.
Bunny worked and retired from Northwestern Bell and was a Metro Life Member Pioneer. She was very active in the American Legion Auxiliary. She served as the president of the Shakopee Club and was the District President and Vice President. She also served in many other offices. She was very proud of the confidence placed in her by all of the Auxiliary members.
Bunny was strong, beautiful, independent and very hard working. Creating beautiful embroidery was her hobby. She was also a skilled cook who loved flowers.
For many years, she also served her community by delivering Meals on Wheels and volunteering at the V.A. Hospital.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Margaret "Micky" Giffin; Raymond Schroeder; son, Thomas Scott; grandson, Scott Thomas Korba; and her brothers-in-law, Marlin Giffin and Shorty Flatgard. 

Bunny was a sweet, strong woman who made a great impact on her family and friends. She is loved by many and will be greatly missed.  
4/7/19