Ila Mae Uptagrafft

Ila Mae (Tastad) Uptagrafft,  age 84,  of Rochester, Minnesota, and previously of Mitchell, S.D.,  passed away June 3, 2018.

Ila  Uptagrafft

During her senior year of high school, at the age of 18, Ila began working at Northwestern Bell as a telephone operator.  She worked there for 34 years, starting in Mitchell and eventually transferring to Rochester, where she retired as an Engineering Clerk.  After her retirement, she enjoyed keeping up with the “telephone ladies,” meeting them for coffee and conversation.

Obituary and further information at the Post-Bulletin / Obituaries:—-rochester/article_bc1a31a3-f213-5058-9d5a-a9cb3a84eb0f.html


Roger E. Westman

Roger Emanuel Westman,  age 93,  of Excelsior, Minnesota,  passed away June 5, 2018.

Roger Westman

Roger was a member of the Northwestern Bell/AT&T team for 40 years.

Obituary ad further information at Huber Funeral Home:

Mary Jo Collins

Mary Jo Collins,   age 71,  of Johnston, Iowa,  passed away June 7, 2018.


Mary Jo enjoyed a 31 year career at Northwestern Bell which spanned several cities and states.  She retired in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1998.  Mary Jo returned to Iowa in 2001 and was an Active Member of the CWA Local 7102 retiree group.

Obituary and further information at Iles Funeral Home:

Leonard Merle Goodell

Leonard Merle Goodell, age 91, of Grand Marais, Minnesota, passed away May 6, 2018.

Leonard Merle Goodell

Leonard worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone in Cloquet. He transferred to Grand Marais in 1957 and continued with Northwestern Bell Telephone Company and Qwest for 30 years until his health forced him to retire. He was the 33rd Northwestern Bell Telephone employee to receive the Bell System Bronze Vail Award for saving the lives of two hunters whose truck had slipped into the Cascade River.

Obituary and further information at the Cremation Society of Minnesota: