Category Archives: DN – Iowa

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:

Thomas “Tom” Madison

Thomas “Tom” Frederick Madison, age 83, of Hopkins, Minnesota, passed away April 10, 2019.

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Tom graduated from Minneapolis Roosevelt High School in 1953 where he met the love of his life, Pat (Marilyn Louise Johnson). Interested in studying to become an astronaut, Tom pursued an aeronautical engineering degree at the University of Minnesota. He left school during his freshman year to take a job with Northwestern Bell. He worked underground, beneath manhole covers as a splicer helper, and then above ground, as a lineman installing telephone poles. He believed these jobs were the wake-up call that he required, “I didn’t want to do this work for the rest of my life. I knew I needed to go back to school and prove I could become an engineer.” In 1957, Tom returned to the University of Minnesota, married Pat, then a year later they had their first child, Mike. He subsequently graduated in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering. At this time, came their second child, Mary. This degree provided Tom with ten job offers in the engineering industry, but he chose to return to NW Bell, because “the people were good, the benefits were good, and the culture was good. It was the right fit for me. ” As he began his career at NW Bell, Tom and Pat welcomed their third child, Mark, in 1962. Tom rose from a service foreman, who managed telephone installers, to President and Chief Executive Officer in 1985. He also served as President of US West Communications, the successor to NW Bell, and known today as Century Link. In all, Tom held 16 positions with NW Bell and US West in Minnesota, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, before “retiring” in 1992.

Obituary and further information at the Pioneer Press / Obituaries:

Rosemary ” Rosie” Kridelbaugh

Rosemary ” Rosie” Kridelbaugh,  age 84,  of Rolla, Mosouri, and previously of Ottumwa and Ames, Iowa, passed away April 9, 2019.

Rosemary Kridelbaugh

After high school, Rosemary worked as a telephone operator for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in Ottumwa and, after getting married, transferred to Ames, Iowa.

Obituary and further information at James & Gahr Mortuary:!/Obituary