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Sharon Edwards

Sharon Kay Edwards,  age 78,  of Adel, Iowa,  passed away October 29, 2018.

Sharon K. Edwards Obituary

Sharon took a job with Northwestern Bell right out of high school and worked there until she retired in 1990.

Obituary and further information at Celebrate Life Iowa:


Margaret Bosma

Margaret Bosma,  age 80, of Sheldon and previously of Hospers, Iowa,  passed away on Sunday, November 11, 2018.

Margaret J. Bosma

Margaret was an operator at the Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in Sheldon for many years.  When the office there closed, she retired and became involved with antiques.

Obituary and further information at Oolman Funeral Home:

Richard “Dick” Reed

Richard “Dick” Arthur Reed,  age 90,  of Clive, Iowa,  passed away November 15, 2018.

Richard "Dick" Reed Obituary

Dick began working for Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. in Waterloo.  Several promotions resulted in assignments in Davenport and Des Moines where he retired in 1986 as Director of Community and Local Government Relations for the Des Moines Metro area.

Obituary and further information at Hamilton’s Funeral Home:

Jeanette “Kay” Rhoten

Jeanette “Kay” Rhoten,  age 78,  of Waukee and formerly of Linden, Iowa, passed away November 13, 2018.

Jeanette Kay Rhoten

Kay joined Northwestern Bell Telephone in 1957 in Des Moines, working until she married in 1961.  Later, she would return to work at US West for 15 years before retiring.

Obituary and further information at Twigg Funeral Home:

Doris “Arlene” Miller

Doris “Arlene” Miller,  age 92,  of Columbus, Ohio,  and previously of Minnesota, passed away November 14, 2018.

D. Arlene Miller

Arlene went to work for Northwestern Bell in 1943. She was a manager until 1955 when she married Glenn Miller and transferred to Ohio Bell in Columbus, Ohio.  She started as an operator at OBT and retired as a manager in traffic in 1982.  She was a past president of telecom pioneers.

Obituary and further information at Schoedinger Funeral and Cremation Services:!/Obituary