Lund, Nancy-Dell (Rohleder)

Lund, Nancy-Dell (Rohleder)

March 6, 1927 – July 31, 2016
Age 89 of New Brighton. Died from metastatic bone cancer on 7/31. Born in St. Paul, MN. Preceded in death by parents, Henry J and Adele (Saam) Lund; brothers William (Bill) and Paul; former husband, Richard Rohleder. Survived by daughter, Julie Pierce (Rick) and son, Thomas Rohleder (Ann); grandchildren Andy Pierce (Kara), Melinda Pierce, Karen Pierce, Tess Rohleder, Emma Rohleder, Eric Rohleder; great grand-children Andrew, Piper, and Elizabeth Dell Pierce; brother John (Jack) Lund; sister-in-law Dolores (Paul) Lund; many nieces and nephews. She was deeply loved and will be missed by all who knew her. Nancy-Dell will be remembered as a woman of self-direction and conscientious service to her family and community. She graduated from Central High School (St. Paul, MN) and attended the University of Minnesota where she received a degree in Social Work. She spent her lifetime caring for and mentoring others, including work with Neighborhood House, Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys, Minnesota League of Women Voters, Chrysalis Women’s Center, Science Museum of Minnesota, and the Ramsey County Guardian ad Litem program for which she was nominated for a national award. She was a lifelong learner. She traveled around the world learning about other cultures and histories. She stressed the importance of being an informed citizen and there was hell to pay if she didn’t get her daily newspaper. You could always count on her to have an envelope of newspaper articles she had clipped specifically with you in mind. She also loved crossword puzzles and Scrabble®. She was an ardent feminist and a proud alumna of Alpha Omicron Pi, University of Minnesota-Tau Chapter. She was an accomplished knitter, winning multiple Minnesota State Fair awards, including two blue ribbons. Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren are each proud owners of a hand-designed and knitted Christmas stocking. And over the years, she designed and knit hundreds of mittens, sweaters, scarves, and hats for family and friends and for the Children’s Home Society of Minnesota’s Little Red Stocking program. She was a writer, composing eloquent letters on her IBM Selectric II typewriter, complete with carbon paper for copies. She was a leader, co-founding two organizations: The Maya Society of Minnesota and AfterMast, a breast cancer recovery support group. She was active as a tap dancer, long blade skater, roller skater, lap swimmer, and walker. She was supportive, encouraging all who knew her to “trust and believe in yourself” and to “find something that makes you sparkle inside”. She loved M&M’s® cookies and wearing aprons. And this only begins to describe her. Our heartfelt thanks to the wonderful staff of Brightondale Senior Community, Lifespark, and Allina Hospice for their loving care of Nancy-Dell. There will be no service by her request. Memorials preferred to Children’s Home Society of Minnesota. (Published in the Pioneer Press on Aug. 7, 2016)