Hoaglund, Mary Lamb (Vedder) Passed away on Oct. 31, 2012 in Glenview, IL at age 88, after suffering from Alzheimer's disease for a number of years. Preceded in death by first husband, James B. Hoaglund, who died in 1985, older brother James N. Lamb, who died in 2002 and second husband, B. Blair Vedder, who died on September 7, 2012. Mary was born June 27, 1924 in Evanston, IL to George N. and Agnes N. Lamb. She grew up in Wilmette, IL, graduated from New Trier High School in 1942 and Wellesley College in 1946. She married Jim Hoaglund in 1946 and had 3 children, John, Judith and Nora Hoaglund. After raising her children, Mary earned a MA degree from Temple University and PhD from University of Minnesota. She worked for the Minnesota Dept. of Education as an educational research specialist. After losing her husband in 1985, she became a certified grief counselor. In 1995, Mary married Blair Vedder, a New Trier classmate whose late wife Geraldine had been Mary's childhood friend. This union gave Mary three adult step-children and four step- grandchildren to enjoy, along with her three children and four grandchildren. She enjoyed traveling, spending time with her grand- children and at Pioneer Farm near Sheridan, IL. Always striving to make the world a better place, Mary was an active volunteer and fund-raiser for many organizations. She served on the board of Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago and was a member of First Universalist Church in Minneapolis. She is survived by her sister, Elizabeth Lamb Wegener; son, John B. (Sandra) Hoaglund; daughters, Judith A. (Gordon Beebe) Hoaglund and Nora E. (Kent Myhrman) Hoaglund; stepsons, Nicholas (Susan) Vedder and Richard (Barbara) Vedder and stepdaughter, Nancy (Glenna O'Doul) Vedder; four grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Memorials preferred to Wellesley College, First Universalist Church, or donor's favorite charity.
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Published in Star Tribune on Nov. 4, 2012