Northern Lights

Readers share stories of their Northern Lights

  • Updated: December 27, 2013 - 12:17 PM

We asked Star Tribune readers to share stories and pictures about loved ones lost in 2013 as part of our Northern Lights project. Here are those submissions. To submit your own story, click here.

The Gentle Giant; King of Halloween

By Elaine Davis December 30, 2013, 12:52 PM

Several TC dance communities lost a bedrock member in September with the untimely death of Owen Gamon, age 55, who...

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A boss, a friend, and a great mentor

By Richard Thomson December 29, 2013, 04:30 PM

John Miller was a boss, a friend, and a great mentor.John was a wise man who “walked the talk.” As...

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A Man of Extraordinary Courage and Love

By Jessica Sanborn December 29, 2013, 04:28 PM

This past October, my family said goodbye to my Opa, Waldemar Adam.I exist because he was extraordinary. A few paragraphs...

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The Wizard of Oz

By Jennifer Kramer December 29, 2013, 04:21 PM

He was full of wizardry and magic, pranks and practical jokes. He was the lead of the 80’s band THE...

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Grandpa gave the best hugs

By Ryan Redfield December 29, 2013, 04:20 PM

There are many things I miss about my Grandpa, Ken Stormo. They include his smile, the many life lessons he...

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Ed Kasner: His True Love

By J Swegarden December 29, 2013, 04:19 PM

My father-in-law, Ed Kasner, was in nearly perfect health the day that his wife of 52 years died last...

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Awesomeness endures: The legacy of Big Steve

By Kelly (McBride) Moore December 27, 2013, 05:21 PM

I never noticed how much my dad used the word “awesome.”I’d been hearing it for years, of course, just one...

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One tough ol' bird passes at 84

By Mishele Cunningham December 27, 2013, 05:19 PM

My grandmother Ellie Partlow died March 30, 2013.She was 84 years young. In the 80's my single mother, my brother...

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Carol Aarestad

By Kathy Lamere December 27, 2013, 05:17 PM

My sister-in-law, Carol, passed away just before Halloween. She had been diagnosed with pancreactic cancer in March. She was...

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My Northern Light was Bob Johnson

By Holly Sands Johnson December 27, 2013, 05:11 PM

We married in December 1977 & combined families. He had 2 daughters ages 16 & 15 and I had...

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Some Thoughts I Have in Mind When I Am Professing

By John Farrell December 27, 2013, 05:03 PM

When he went to college, my dad said he would study Political Science because he wanted to be President in...

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Mom was part of the gang

By Gael Fashingbauer Cooper December 27, 2013, 03:12 PM

My mom, Ann Votel Fashingbauer, was in her late 60s when she attended St. Thomas with me in the 1980s...

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Karl Bremer, Minnesota's old man of the river

By Mark Roisen December 27, 2013, 12:39 PM

I met Karl in 1980, while working under him as an intern for MPIRG's 'Statewatch newspaper,' of which he...

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The Hawk

By Nancy Taklo December 27, 2013, 12:33 PM

Dad was always busy, as you would expect a dad to be when he has 8 children. Cars were his...

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Jack Zahr dedicated his career to students

By Mary Machgan Culbertson December 26, 2013, 12:13 PM

For more than three decades Jack Zahr dedicated himself to the physical health of the Saint Thomas Academy student body....

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Grandma Beth

By Lori Sarff December 26, 2013, 12:06 PM

It was 6 weeks until her 98th birthday, but Grandma was tired. She missed her husband; it’d been...

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My Dad!

By Susan Farbo December 26, 2013, 12:01 PM

"Eldie" (his sister, Madeline), "Eldon" (by many of you), "El - don" (my mother), "Dad", "Grandpa", "Uncle Eldie".Our father passed...

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Prairie lights

By Cynthia A. Matson December 26, 2013, 11:55 AM

As a weekly newspaper publisher, I clung to one mantra: keep it painfully local. A Minnesota Newspaper Association convention presenter...

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My friend Jeffrey Dean Zabel

By Wade Herbers December 26, 2013, 11:42 AM

My friend Jeff Zabel died this year.He died from a heart atttack, and happened to be flying his plane at...

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The sweetest friend: Remembering the Pie Guy

By Josie Hemmingsen December 26, 2013, 11:33 AM

I met Chef John Michael Lerma while working as a producer on Twin Cities Live on KSTP. The author of...

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