Readers share stories of their Northern Lights

We asked Star Tribune readers to share stories and pictures about loved ones lost in 2016 as part of our Northern Lights project. Here are those submissions.

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December 19, 2016
It's a Membership to the Jelly of the Month Club!

Full of life, full of laughter: An impact that will never be extinguished

It's rare in life that you find someone who could find laughter in every day and every moment...it was a rare day that he didn't…
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December 19, 2016

Dolly the Good

So many attributes describe Dolly Jones Sichko, whose unique character, endless energy and selflessness were well-known and adored by many.
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December 19, 2016

My friend Sgt. Rock

We lost our very good friend Bruce Vandersall in October.  He was one of my best friends and there are scores of people who could…
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December 19, 2016

Safety Joe

Joe Riley, the bass player from the band Runway 36 passed away at age 34 on December 7th 2016 due complications from an autoimmune disorder.…
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December 19, 2016

Nikki Schule Pratt

Nikki was my niece,. She had a sister Micheelle, and they were very close. My Nikki was a free spirited person that would help everyone…
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December 19, 2016
Margaret Susan and Abigail Kathleen Fanucci, age 1 day

Twins who lived 1 and 2 days

Our daughters Margaret Susan and Abigail Kathleen spent one and two days, respectively, in 2016. Their premature birth on February 27th was precipitated by Twin-to-Twin…
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December 19, 2016

Svante Bernhard Erling

Svante Bernhard Erling, long-time professor of religion at Gustavus Adolphus College, died July 1 at the age of 94. Known for his exacting academic standards,…
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December 19, 2016
Baby Coco, so joyful at 12 hours old.

Little Coco, your love lives on

This year we were blessed with our 3rd beautiful daughter, Colette. Our angel touched down on Earth for 9 miraculous days. Her life was full of…
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December 19, 2016

Missing my boys

My name is Shirley. This coming May I will turn 92 years young. I recently lost my Loving husband Roger of 43 years and our…
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December 19, 2016
Dino-Bob and his discovery

He walks with the dinosaurs at last!

Bob Buresh had many adventures in the bone-beds of Alberta and Montana, digging for dinosaurs. In 2002, much to his surprise, he finally discovered one. It's pretty…
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December 17, 2016

My Mother, My Hero

"Life is like a piano-what you get out of it depends on how you play it." Mom played it beautifully. She died November 16th after…
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December 17, 2016
Our Family Light

A light in the background

On March 4, 2016 Ruth Yeats died of cancer of the bile duct. Ten days from looking not-herself to death did not give us enough…
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December 17, 2016

Grandma Lorraine Essler

Grandma Lorraine was an inspiration to many.  Always volunteering and helping others.  Her obituary: Lorraine Mary Essler was born on March 4, 1925, in Sauk…