Joan Nosek

Joan Lee Nosek,  age 86,  of Cedar Rapids, Iowa,  passed away April 19, 2019.

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Joan worked for most of her career as a telephone operator for the Northwestern Bell Company in Cedar Rapids and also as a “tracer” for the company in their drafting department until she retired.

Obituary and further information at Cedar Memorial:



William “Bill” Philips

William “Bill” Lawrence Philips,  age 81,  of West Union and Cedar Falls, Iowa,  passed away April 16, 2019 in Spring Hill, Florida.


Bill worked for Northwestern Bell/US West, retiring in September 1995 after 34 years of service.

Obituary and further information at The Courier / Obituaries:

Lucille Sobotka

Lucille Sobotka, age 86,  of Columbus, Nebraska,  passed away April 18, 2019.

Lucille Sobotka

Lucille started with Northwestern Bell in O’Neill, Nebraska.  After her transfer to Norfolk, her daughter Carol was born in 1956.  She continued working for Northwestern Bell (GTE) while transferring to Columbus where she worked for 30 years as an operator and in the switch room.

Obituary and further information at McKown Funeral Home:

Thomas Haremza

Thomas John Haremza, age 80, of Champlin, Minnesota, passed away peacefully on April 13, 2019.

Thomas Haremza

Thomas worked for Northwestern Bell (today known as CenturyLink) for 32 years. After retiring at age 51 in a role as district manager, he proceeded to work in a consulting capacity on major telecommunications projects around the state of Minnesota.

Obituary and further information at Kapala-Glodek-Malone Funeral Home: