So sorry to post news of the passing of Mr. Lydell. Members of the Choir, Madrigals and Choraliers regarded him as a favorite and memorable teacher. If you visit this link to his obiturary, you'll find accolades from former students.

William A. Lydell

William A. Lydell

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. Edina Chapel, 952-920-3996

Published on November 21, 2021


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

  • Thomas Russell Hanson

Tom Hanson, 74, (3/24/46 - 12/18/20) son of June and Russell Hanson, brother to Mary Sue and Amy passed away from multiple myeloma, but kept his strong will and independence to the end. Tom graduated from Washburn High School and Mankato State University. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta and an art major. Tom joined the Marine Corps, became a captain and pilot. He loved flying and was proud to be a Marine. Tom was a gifted and astounding talent as an artist and made it his career. He had a passion for racing and was always building or re-building go- karts and cars. Tom made many close friends and often expressed his amazement and gratitude for the friends and neighbors who helped him, encouraged him and stayed in touch. He chose to be a "dad" to Marcus because he loved him. Quite a man, Tom. He lived his life on his own terms, had an incredible sense of humor and could always make us laugh. You are missed! A gathering to honor Tom will take place at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 16515 Luther Way, Eden Prairie on May 24th at 12:30pm with a service at 1:30pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Mpls VA Medical Center. We are grateful for the kind and compassionate care given to Tom in their hospice unit and honored by the beautiful "Quilt of Valor" donated to him by volunteers. The service will be livestreamed also:… Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400


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

  • Richard Warren Perry

Perry, Richard Warren 74, passed away peacefully at his Minneapolis home, surrounded by family, on September 30th, after a 10 month battle with cancer. Richard was born August 21st, 1946 in Minneapolis. His passion for playing the guitar and making music connected him to many people and places. He played in groups, solo and with his family. After years of being a salesman, painter, tile-setter and handy guy, he became a massage therapist at 46 and dedicated 25 years to healing and helping others through body work, and continued volunteering at CVT after retiring. He was a spiritual man, whose kindness and generosity was unfailing. He enjoyed playing golf and was a dedicated Twins and Vikings fan. To his family, he was a loving and devoted husband and father who encouraged faith in oneself and the goodness of others. His love of song, generous heart, quick wit and easy laugh will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. He is preceded in death by his parents Warren and Harriet (Mott) Perry. He is survived by his dear wife, Erika (Mueller) Perry; loving children, Emily A. Perry (Andrea Dickinson), Richard "Max" Perry (Lisa Lawrence), AnnieRose Perry (Shane Detwiler); beloved grandchildren, Hazel and Evelyn and treasured sister, Martha (Perry) Mauck (Fred). An intimate memorial service will be held at Lakewood Cemetery Chapel on Saturday October 10, 2020, at 10:00am, (by invitation). Visitation at 9:30am. A celebration of his life will be announced, next year.


We also lost George Headrick and Mary Muzetras Headrick just two months apart.  Here are the links to their obituaries in the StarTribune.

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 recentPaul 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.




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.