Lydell, William A. 90, passed away October 18, 2021. Bill was born in Valley City, ND, where he graduated with baccalaureates in English and music education after serving in the Korean War. Throughout his life, Bill followed his passions for music and education, enriching the lives of many. He began teaching choir and band in Hoffman, MN, where he met his wife, Margret. With a music master's from U. Michigan, he taught at Washburn High School in Mpls. He grew the music program to include orchestras, choirs, and music theory courses. His choirs and ensembles gave many performances over the decades, including two European tours. Bill was also a church organist and choir director; clinician and adjudicator for music contests; and music editor, composer, and arranger. After teaching, Bill enjoyed travel, performing, and volunteer work. He played many benefit concerts, at the Mpls. VA Hospital weekly, and recorded audiobooks. He also resumed solo and band performance, founding Sweet Jazz in 1994. He loved gigging around town. He enjoyed trains, a good joke, and telling a lively story. His well of "NorthDakotaisms" never ran dry. He loved his family and friends dearly, grateful for time together. Preceded in death by parents, sisters, and 3 nephews. Survived by his wife of 63 years, Margret; daughter, Lesley; 3 beloved pups; other cherished family and friends; and many students, who delighted him with friendship. Visitation at Washburn-McReavy Chapel Monday, Nov. 29th, 5-8pm, and funeral at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church Tuesday, Nov. 30th, 11am. Washburn-McReavy.com Edina Chapel, 952-920-3996
Rose Marie Dulian Nellermoe
Age 74, of Forest Lake, passed away June 19, 2021. Preceded in death by parents John & Ann Dulian, and sister MaryAnn Spurrier. Rose was a loving wife, mother, grandma, and friend. She enjoyed traveling, but most of all, she loved the simplicity of lake living with her family and friends. Survived by beloved husband of 53 years Jerry; son John (Melissa) Nellermoe, daughter Tracy (Bob) Drosky; grandchildren, Emily, Brianna, Zack, Matthew, Thomas, Daniel, and great-grandson Liam. Funeral service Friday, July 9th, 11am, visitation 1 hour prior to service at Washburn-McReavy Hillside Chapel, 2610 19th Ave. N.E., Mpls. Interment at a later date. Luncheon to follow service. Memorials preferred to the American Heart Assoc.
Thomas Russell Hanson
Stephanie Lynn Ulman Blair
Blair, Stephanie Lynn (Ulman) Age 74, of Rosemount, MN, died peacefully at home in the presence of family, Friday March 5th, 2021. Stephanie, now at peace, is looking down upon her family and friends, smiling and visiting with those who went before her. No doubt she has a parrot on each shoulder and a dog at her feet. Stephanie is survived by her beloved husband Mike who was her rock and confidant of 55 years, two children Tamara McNamara (Rob Just) of Rosemount, and Andrew of New Prague. She is survived by 6 grandchildren: Blair, Kaitlyn, Meghan, Connor, Owen, and Samantha. Stephanie was born in Rochester, MN on May 31st, 1946. Stephanie grew up in Minneapolis where she later graduated from Washburn HS in 1964. She received her BS in Nursing from the U of M in 1968. Mike and Stephanie attended Washburn together but met at the U of M Episcopal center in 1964. Stephanie and Mike married in 1966 and later moved to Burnsville and Apple Valley where they raised their two children. Stephanie was very proud of the work she did as a nurse working in public health, labor and delivery, critical care, cardiac care, and mental health. After 20 years of nursing Stephanie retired but kept working as a wife, bird breeder and even a school bus driver. Stephanie was never afraid to try new things. Stephanie's love of nature was front and center in most of what she did. Stephanie spoke fondly of time spent as a child at her family's lake place in Aitkin, MN. She loved long hikes through the woods, hour upon hour in the garden, sitting on the porch with her parrots listening to the birds outside, and sitting on the deck with Mike while looking down on Sibley Lake in Pequot Lakes, where she spent her last 10 summers. Stephanie was creative and enjoyed crafts, crocheting, knitting, and painting. Stephanie would always give you her opinion, asked for or not, unflinchingly and without a filter, letting you know what she thought. She also always let you know she loved you. Stephanie was not overly religious but was a spiritual person in nature. Stephanie knew deep down she would be reunited with her family, friends, and beloved pets in the afterlife. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the University of Minnesota Raptor Center.
Dick Perry died on September 30, 2020. Some of us were lucky to have seen him at our 55-year reunion in September 2019. The news came from both Jim Pence and Doug Frisk.
Richard Warren Perry
OUR 55-YEAR REUNION IS HISTORY
OUR FINAL HEAD COUNT WAS AROUND 90
AND ABOUT 20 CAME IN FROM OUT OF TOWN!
I'm starting to receive some photos and will be working to get them up on the website. Jean Lindgren Moskalik and her husband Randy were the first to share some photos, and they've been uploaded to the Photo Albums page. Their photos can be found in the first Album called 55-Year, Part 1.
Joy Lawrence Cabillot also took a bunch of photos and I'll be uploading them to the Photo Albums page as soon as I can.
The evening went well with a cash bar, lots of great food, and plenty of conversation. This venue was ideal because it was one big open ballroom making it easy to keep track of everyone. Our food stations were located in one big area and small plates were used so people would make multiple trips and hopefully cross paths with new people each time. We didn't have a band because we didn't want to stop conversation.
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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
LOST SPUR GOLF AND EVENT CENTER
4pm to Midnight
$36 per person
Lost Spur is located across the river from the MSP Airport and Mall of America just south of the I-494 bridge. It's set on a golf course, so feel free to dress casually, This place has a dynamite chef, so the food will be great!!
Paige Van Vorst added an obituary from 2016 for Larry Grouse. Check on In Memory to read it.
Cathy Meyer sent information recently about the death of Dave Bast. His obituary was printed in the StarTribune on Sunday, July 7th. Click on In Memory for details.
An obituary was added to our website for Jim Kautz, although it's not recent. Paul Welschinger called to say he knew that Jim Kautz had died in 2017, but his name wasn't on the list. Jim's wife was Janet Dombeck Kautz, and she was also a member of our class. Click on In Memory for details.