William Bert “Bill” Fern, age 93, of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, passed away February 20, 2016.
Bill started his 38 year career with Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in St. Paul and was transferred to Detroit Lakes in 1957. He retired in 1984 as District Manager of Outside Plant Engineering/ Construction for the Detroit Lakes and St. Cloud Districts.
Obituary and further information at Holcomb-Henry-Boom-Purcell Funeral Home: http://www.holcombhenryboom.com/home/index.cfm/obituaries/view/fh_id/11195/id/3609296
Judith (Judi) Eileen Pinkham, age 70, passed of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and previously of Saint Paul, Minnesota, passed away February 25, 2016.
Judi worked for Southern New England Telephone Co., Middleton, CT before transferring to St. Paul’s Northwestern Bell. She then transferred to Sioux Falls, SD to US West Communications.
Obituary and further information at Kinzley Funeral Home: http://www.kinzleyfh.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=3610912
George T. Nelsen, age 92, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, passed away February 10, 2016.
George worked as a telephone lineman for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company before enlisting in the Signal Corps in 1943. He was honorably discharged in 1945 when he returned to Northwestern Bell as a Lineman-Construction Foreman, Traffic Engineer and Traffic Results Supervisor. He retired with thirty-five years of service.
Obituary and further information at Miller Funeral Home: http://www.millerfh.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=1747157#
Eileen L. Ryberg, age 87, of Maplewood, Minnesota, passed away February 22, 2016.
Eileen retired from Northwestern Bell/US West.
Obituary and further information at Pioneer Press | Obituaries: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/twincities/obituary.aspx?n=eileen-ryberg-tina&pid=177824113&fhid=28973
Jennifer Mary McGowan, age 45, of Shoreview, Minnesota, passed away February 20, 2016.
Jennifer worked at Qwest for 20+ years.
Obituary and further information at StarTribune | Obituaries: http://www.startribune.com/obituaries/detail/123939/?fullname=jennifer-mary-mcgowan
Malcom Vedane, age 79, of Winterset, Iowa, passed away February 19,2016.
Malcom worked with Northwestern Bell from 1954 to 1984 with a short hiatus when he was drafted and served in the United States Army. Malcom took an early retirement and took this opportunity to start his own company called Associated Communications Advisors, a communications consulting firm.
Obituary and further information at the Des Moines Register | Obituaries: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/desmoinesregister/obituary.aspx?n=malcom-vedane&pid=177788042&fhid=2472&eid=sp_ommatch
Also at Ochiltree Funeral Home | Obituaries: http://www.ochiltree.com/obituaries.cfm
Susan L. Gordon (Hensel), age 64, of Forest Lake, Minnesota, passed February 17, 2016.
Work history unavailable.
Obituary and further information at Mattson Funeral Home: http://www.mattsonfuneralhome.com/obituary/Susan-L.-Gordon-Hensel/Forest-Lake-MN/1591248