Obituary for Edward Lindell

Edward Lindell, age 89 of Northfield, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday evening, December 14, 2017, at the Northfield Hospital. Survivors include his wife of 52 years Patty; his sons Paul (Rebecca) of Rochester, Erik (Sally) of Northfield; five grandchildren Siri, Peder, Linnea, Tor and Anders; his brother Verlyn (Nora) of Sioux Falls; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Edward and Estella. Ed was born in Denver, Colorado where he started out as a teacher at North Denver High School. He received his doctorate in education at the University of Denver, and later served […]

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Edward Lindell, age 89 of Northfield, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday evening, December 14, 2017, at the Northfield Hospital.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years Patty; his sons Paul (Rebecca) of Rochester, Erik (Sally) of Northfield; five grandchildren Siri, Peder, Linnea, Tor and Anders; his brother Verlyn (Nora) of Sioux Falls; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Edward and Estella.

Ed was born in Denver, Colorado where he started out as a teacher at North Denver High School. He received his doctorate in education at the University of Denver, and later served as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at DU. He and Patty left Denver and moved to St. Peter, Minnesota, where he served as President of Gustavus Adolphus College. Ed finished his career as an Executive Vice President at Lutheran Brotherhood (now Thrivent Financial) in Minneapolis.

Ed served on many boards including the international board for Habitat for Humanity, an advisory board for the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Nobel Foundation Board, and one of the Wallenberg Foundation boards. He also served locally with the Fairview Hospitals on their system board, their foundation board, and on the board of Fairview Physician Associates, as well as the board of Lutheran Medical Center in Denver.

Ed was a great supporter of higher education and served on many college boards including Saint John’s University, Bethany College, Midland Lutheran, and Wittenberg University. Ed was skilled at helping colleges manage deficits and get back on a good financial track.

Ed’s civic involvement especially extended into all things Swedish. He worked closely with the Swedish Council of America as well as the American Swedish Institute. He worked happily to sustain links between Sweden and America. He is a recipient of the Swedish Order of the Polar Star by His Majesty the King of Sweden. He was also given the Swedish Council of America’s Great Achievement Award.

Ed was devoted to his faith, and served the Lutheran church in several capacities including service as a lay pastor.

Ed loved athletics, and coached many youth sports teams. He spent absolutely countless hours on the baseball field hitting ground balls or pitching batting practice. He loved to lead and be involved as others developed their skills.
Ed’s greatest joy was his family, especially his grandchildren. He was their unwavering cheerleader, and enjoyed spending time with them and following them on whatever activity they chose. He and Patty moved to Northfield to be closer to family.

Ed suffered from Lewy Body dementia, and moved into the Northfield Retirement Center less than a year ago. Determined to be an example of the good fight in the face of the disease, he was fortunate to retain a great memory for family and friends. He never lost a wonderfully quick wit and dry sense of humor. He loved to joke around and tease friends and family.

Ed also loved to go out with family, and on his last night he was happily on his way to watch his granddaughter play hockey and cheer her team on.

Services will be 11AM, Tuesday, December 19, 2017, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield. Visitation will be 4-7PM Monday December 18, 2017, at the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home and will continue at the church on Tuesday one hour prior to the service.

Memorials are preferred to St. John’s Lutheran Church or the American Swedish Institute.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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Funeral

December 19, 2017 - 11:00 AM


Visitation One Hour Before Service
St. John’s Lutheran Church
500 3rd St W Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

Visitation

December 18, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 7:00PM

Benson & Langehough Funeral Home
201 East 4th Street Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

5 Comments

  1. Patricia (Wilmot) Van Cleave

    I saw Mr Lindell’s obituary in the Sunday Denver Post. I am so saddened to see of his passing. I attended North High School and graduated in 1954. He was my favorite teacher. I don’t remember the class he taught, but I had him as my teacher in either 1953 or 1954. He was a great teacher, I enjoyed him so much. Again, my sincerest condolences on your loss.

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  2. John McKay

    Dear Patty,
    We are all deeply saddened by the Ed’s death. He was President at Gustavus when I was hired in 1976, and I always felt that he was an outstanding man of great moral integrity. I remember you, too, very fondly, especially your dance in the performance of “Amahl and the Night Visitors” at First Lutheran. I also recall the visit to campus of John Cage, who spoke in one of my classes. I think you were responsible for that. The two of you did many things for our campus which had a lasting impact on the life of the College, and which we have not forgotten. Sara and I send you and your sons our deepest sympathy. He was a great man, and you are a great lady. Affectionately, John (McKay)

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  3. Thomas F Conlon, J.D. LL.M.

    I became a big fan of Dean Lindell when he served as Dean of the College Arts and Science at the University of Denver. I was deeply conflicted as to what my next step should be (in the looming shadow of the Vietnam War).
    He showed great patience in helping me come to what was to be the correct path -for which I will always be greatful.
    A most generous man– He will be missed.

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  4. Will Burt

    I was surprised to see Ed Lindell’s obituary in the Sunday Denver Post. As one of my high school English teachers, he made a huge difference in my life, by teaching critical thinking skills that I feel I was able to use as I continued in life. Thank you Mr. Lindell! You were my favorite high school teacher, for sure.
    And, coincidentally, my son went to Carlton!
    Sincerely and fondly,
    Will Burt
    North High ’61

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  5. Grady Romine

    Ed Lindell was my swimming coach, teacher, and advisor and was an inspirational mentor at North High School. He was so well thought of that my class of 1960 dedicated the Viking yearbook to him with the words:

    “There is among the faculty of North High School a gentleman to whom many successes have come. He is an ordained member of the clergy and very shortly he will receive his degree as Doctor of Education. As head swimming coach and as assistant football and baseball coach here at North, he has guided many young men, not only toward becoming better athletes, but more important, toward developing into better men. He no longer sponsors the VIKING, but during his tenure in this position, he was instrumental in creating an award-winning publication.
    There may be better teachers than this man; there may be better coaches; there may be better ministers. It cannot be denied, however, that as an individual, he is extraordinary.
    Hundreds of students have benefited from his friendly counsel.
    His influence has been constructive and enduring.
    His name is EDWARD LINDELL.
    It is to him that the 1960 VIKING is dedicated.”

    Ed was able to attend our 50th reunion and I was honored to tell him how much he meant to me in high school. Miss you coach.

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