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TALLAKSEN, John Martin  
Age 69 Passed on September 27th after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. John passed away in the excellent and compassionate care of the staff at Regions Hospital and his oncology team. John was born in St. Paul, on May 27, 1946. He is preceded in death by his parents Bernhard and Lillian, and his brother William. Survived by son Joel, sister Lillian, sister-in-law Linda, and soulmate Linda Olson. He was a second father and grandfather to Linda Olson's children Eva Frank (Matt), Katie Neuman (Luke), Reed Olson (Katie), Ryan Olson (Claire), and their many wonderful children. Early years in South St. Paul and Brooklyn, NY. Graduate Concordia College, Moorhead. Retired US Postal Service Mpls after 27 years. Published Cajun Spotlight Notes&Steps, monthly newsletter for over 22 years. John was a gentle renaissance man. A philosopher, poet, musician, who enjoyed time with family, friends, playing accordion, guitar, travel, genealogy. Memorials preferred to donor's choice. Memorial service 6:30PM with gathering 5:00PM at: Hillside Chapel, 612-781-1999, 2610 19th Ave NE.
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Published in Pioneer Press on Sept. 30, 2015
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