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Glenn LINDGREN

LINDGREN, Glenn Carroll
December 4, 1922 – August 11, 2013
It is with profound sadness that the family of Glenn Lindgren announces his passing. We have cherished him for so many years; we thought we could keep him forever. He is survived by his wife Evelyn, with whom he recently celebrated 65 lovely years together; two daughters, Laurel and Chris (Walter Hofmeister); two grandchildren, Carl Hofmeister and Glenda Lindgren and other special family members, Doug (Mary) McKay and Wayne (Jacquie) Lindgren. Glenn was born to Alfred and Anna Lindgren in the rural District of Monarch, north of Biggar. He grew up in a humble homesteader sod home and attended a one room country school. While his siblings were much older than him, he was fortunate to have had a large extended family, including his grandparents who settled nearby. As a teenager, he developed lifelong skills in carpentry and a keen interest in the CCF party. During his last years of high school, he was inspired by his teacher in Biggar, Woodrow Lloyd, to take up the teaching profession. After completing Normal School, he taught in Lett, Saskatchewan where he met his soul mate, Evelyn Sizer whom he married in 1948. In the fall of '49, Glenn and Evelyn moved to Christopher Lake to teach. They lived there for twelve years, built a house and had two daughters, Laurel and Christine. In 1961, Glenn took an assistant superintendent position in Wadena and moved his family there for three years. The north still beckoned and Glenn took a job as principal of the La Ronge schools in the fall of 1964. When the Department of Northern Saskatchewan was formed, Glenn became the Director of Academic Education and stayed in that position until he retired in 1982.
Once Evelyn superannuated from teaching, Glenn and Evelyn moved to Saskatoon. Glenn spent many happy years gardening, building fine furniture and watching his grand children grow. Glenn and Evelyn also spent some wonderful winters in Tucson, Arizona. Glenn had an indelible love for his wife Evelyn, his daughters, son in law and grandchildren. Next to his family, Glenn was a strong, life-time supporter of the NDP but his real love was for Education. Even very recently when Laurel, who is also a teacher, would tell him what was happening in teaching, his eyes would light up and he would have something insightful to say. What made Glenn remarkable was not a long list of accomplishments: it was his gentle, sweet nature, his kindness and respect for others that set him apart. Husband, father, grandfather, friend, teacher; we will miss you. A Memorial Service will be held at Park Funeral Chapel, 311 Third Avenue North on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Interment of cremated remains will take place in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens at a later date. To send online condolences, visit www.parkfuneral.ca "Obituaries & Tributes". Arrangements entrusted to Derryl Hildebrandt, Park Funeral Chapel, 306.244.2103.

Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix from Aug. 14 to Aug. 15, 2013
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