Distinguished Service Award - May 2004

CGSI Pays Tribute to Rosemary Lindlan

Rosemary Lindlan, CGSI Secretary Remembered. Rosemary Lindlan passed away on May 17, 2004 with cancer. Rosemary Fruetel Lindlan was born on January 8, 1939 at a hospital in Breckenridge, Minnesota. Her family lived across the Red River in Wahpeton, North Dakota. It had a Czech settlement, as did the neighboring towns of Wyndmere and Lidgerwood, in Richland County, North Dakota.
Rosemary’s mother preceded her in death, while her 92-year-old father Karl C. Fruetel resides in a nursing home in Wahpeton. Her brother Karl Jr. and wife Evelyn Fruetel reside in Jamestown, ND. Her husband, Dr. John Lindlan of New Brighton, Minnesota and daughter Shannon (Kraig) Karasti of Maple Grove, MN survive her.

Rosemary received her nurses training at Deaconess Hospital in Grand Forks, ND. She was a resident of the Minneapolis area since 1964. She worked in the Fairview Hospital system until 1968 and then entered the Minneapolis School of Anesthesia where she graduated in 1970. Rosemary practiced anesthesia at various city hospitals and at the Fairview Hospitals from 1988 until her retirement from a profession that she loved.

Rosemary had a long-term interest in researching her family history. She joined the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society sometime in the fall of 1989. This was about the time of the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia. On her membership form she listed her Czech families, Kopecky, Rezac and Treblik, all who had originally settled in Linwood, Nebraska. This small town of Linwood is near Schuyler, Morse Bluff, Prague and Abie. The Kopecky and Rezac families were listed as having lived in Bohemia, while the Treblik in Moravia.

Rosemary was very proud to be the first family member to return to the native village in Moravia since they immigrated around 1880. She was part of a Heritage Tour group led by Mark Bigaouette, founder of the CGSI. This tour occurred in the fall of 1999. Rosemary broke her ankle during the early part of this tour. Through perseverance, her husband John’s support, and a great love for what she was doing, she made it to the end. Surgery was required on her ankle upon her return to Minnesota. Just a few weeks later she found herself attending the 7th Genealogical and Cultural Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Rosemary proudly assembled a kroj (folk dress) from her region which she partially purchased on her heritage trip and skillfully completed when she returned. Sadly, she only got to wear it once.

During the summer of 2001 Rosemary assumed the duties of Education Chair for the CGSI. She was instrumental in completely revising the New Member Welcome Packet and making it a more professional packet. Upon completion of the term in 2002, she was elected to a three-year term as Recording Secretary. She was devoted to her duty, and made most of our monthly meetings, despite her battle with cancer.

Rosemary and John invited the CGSI Officers and Board Members to their home this past January for the annual Holiday Party. It was added effort for Rosemary, but it didn’t prevent her from sharing a good time and laughs with friends. She wanted to make the party extra special, so she made arrangements to have smoked carp delivered. It was a lovely affair and will be remembered well by all that attended.

Here are some comments from a few CGSI friends. Kay Edquist states, “Her sense of humor, camaraderie, positive outlook on life and enthusiastic service will be sadly missed.” Mark Bigaouette got to know her well from their 1999 trip. He says, “Rosemary was a wonderful person, she performed her duty to the end, and will be sadly missed.”