Constance Gladys “Connie” Lindblom, 80, formerly of Luverne, died Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at Fairview-Southdale Hospital in Edina.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 18, with gathering of family and friends beginning at 10 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne.
Constance Baldwin was born on May 19, 1938, to Walter and Gladys (Olson) Baldwin in Fergus Falls. She was raised on the family farm 2 miles south of Elbow Lake and attended the Elbow Lake Public School, graduating in 1956. After graduation she attended the Minnesota School of Business and then worked in the downtown Minneapolis area at Union Carbide Chemical Company.
Connie married LeRoy Lindblom on May 3, 1958, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Barrett. The couple made their first home in Elbow Lake where Connie worked at the 1st National Bank. She began working at the Elbow Lake Public School in 1961, and after the family moved to Luverne in 1967, Connie continued her 35-year career as a secretary for public schools at Luverne Elementary School, retiring in 2002. She worked for a short time at the Sanford Sycamore Clinic, then as a fitness technician at Curves in Luverne until 2006. Connie also worked at the Luverne Public Library from 2004 to 2010. LeRoy preceded her in death on March 5, 2016. In September 2016 Connie moved to The Pines Senior and Assisted Living in Richfield to be closer to her family.
Connie was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne. She served on the Church Council, Stewardship Committee, Women’s Activities, the Grace Handbell Choir and taught Sunday School and Release Time. She participated in Circle, Bible Study and served on the Banner Committee. Connie was active in the Luverne Riverside 4-H Club. She enjoyed bridge clubs, traveling and dancing with LeRoy and working in her flower gardens and quilting. Connie was a member of the Tripoli Club, the Luverne Tourist Club, Mrs. Jaycees, and Lazy Susan Extension Club. She was a charter member of the Red Hat Society. She was an avid sports fan of both the Luverne High School and the Minnesota Vikings football teams and had served as a parent rep for the Luverne hockey program. Connie most enjoyed spending time with her family and especially her children and grandchildren.
Connie is survived by two daughters, Debra Solis of Apple Valley and Dawn Lindblom (Tim Knaak) of Richfield; two sons, Darwin Lindblom (Dr. Jack Byers) of St. Paul and Darrin (Paula) Lindblom of Lino Lakes; seven grandchildren, Crystal, Christianna and Nicole Solis, Grace and Josephine Lindblom, and Kit Lindblom Knaak and Walter Knaak; three great-grandchildren, Kyla Jones, Ashton Decker and Carson Decker; and a brother, Glenn (Kathy) Baldwin of Chandler, Arizona.
She was preceded in death by her husband, LeRoy; her parents; and a step-mother, Irene Baldwin.
Memorials are preferred to Grace Lutheran Church Sunday School Program, Luverne Education Legacy Fund or Luverne Dollars for Scholars.
Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.