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