Category Archives: DN – Minnesota

Raymond “Mert” Walter Bjorkquist

Raymond “Mert” Walter Bjorkquist,  age 77,  of Hermantown, Minnesota,  passed away April 13, 2018.

Raymond "Mert" Walter Bjorkquist

Mert worked for Northwestern Bell, retiring after 30 years in 1998.

Obituary and further information at Sunrise Funeral Home: http://www.sunrisefuneralhomeandcemetery.com/obituaries/Raymond-Mert-Bjorkquist/#!/Obituary

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Eugene “Gene” Renner

Eugene “Gene” Renner,  age 83,  of Grand Rapids, Minnesota,  passed away April 13, 2018.

Eugene "Gene" Renner

Gene’s work with AT&T took him first to Minot, ND.  A transfer in 1962 with Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. brought Gene and his family to Rochester, MN.  A teaching position with NW Bell moved the family to New Hope, MN for the next 3 years.  In 1972, a job offer of Central Office Supervisor with NW Bell moved the family to Grand Rapids, MN. There, Gene and Lenice achieved their goal of raising a family in a small northern Minnesota town.  After 31 years, he retired from Qwest Communications, at age 55.

Obituary and further information at Rowe Funeral Home: http://www.rowefuneralhomeandcrematory.com/obituary/eugene-gene-renner

Charles J. “Chuck” Kemerling

Charles J. “Chuck” Kemerling,  age 85,  of Highlands Ranch, Colorado and previously of Sioux Falls, SD, Rapid City, SD, Minneapolis, MN and Chicago, IL,  passed away April 4, 2018.

Charles Kemerling Obituary

Chuck was employed for a time at Northwestern Bell Telephone Company, and was an engineer at AT&T.

Obituary and further information at the Denver Post / Obituaries: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/denverpost/obituary.aspx?n=charles-kemerling&pid=188678761&fhid=4374

Lisa Maanum

Lisa Maanum,  age 65,  of Minneapolis, Minnesota,  passed away March 5, 2018.

Lisa Maanum

Lisa started her career at Northwestern Bell as a 411 Operator in 1970 and progressed via various Network Administration Positions, eventually retiring as a Director for the Network Reliability and Operations Center in Plymouth, Minnesota, with Qwest Communications in 2000.   Lisa’s brother, Mike, is also a long time employee with the company.

Obituary and further information at the Cremation Society of Minnesota: http://cremationsocietyofmn.com/obituaries/lisa-maanum/