In Memoriam

Shirley Huskins
Age 92, of Edina Passed away Friday, December 27, 2019 Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, William E. (Bill) Huskins, Jr., in 1985. She is survived by daughter Deborah Huskins (Alex Andrea), son William Charles Huskins (Diana Carey), three grandchildren Alyssa Andrea (Takashi Hatta), Kellen Andrea and Estelle Huskins, a great-granddaughter, Hiori Hatta, nieces and nephews, and their children. She has led this wide family network for generations. Shirley was born on December 26, 1927 in Cosmos, MN and lived there with her parents and sisters. She graduated from Litchfield High School and attended Gustavus Adolphus College and the Univeristy of Minnesota. She worked at Northwest Airlines, where she met Bill. They married on June 24, 1950. They lived in Tokyo, Japan in the 1950s and 60s, where Bill held several successive positions with Northwest. Shirley volunteered in a variety of organizations including: the Japan America Society of Minnesota, from which she received the Mondale Award for Japan-Minnesota Partnership in 2009; the Normandale Japanese Garden, serving on its Board; and, Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, serving as Council Secretary for many years, cooking at Cathedral of the Pines camp, and volunteering at Rolling Acres home for children with disabilities. Shirley and Bill loved the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and built a family cabin near Ely, which continues to be a legacy of family activity and appreciation of the wilderness. Shirley lived her life with grace and dignity, guided by the values of her faith and her respect for all people. She had a loving, kind, generous, humble, engaging and adventurous spirit that was recognized and appreciated by all who knew her. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 25 at 11AM at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, 5025 Knox Ave. S., Mpls. Visitation will occur at the church one-hour prior to the service. Private interment. In keeping with Shirley's passions, donations are preferred in lieu of flowers to Mount Olivet Cathedral of the Pines Camp, Friends of the Boundary Waters, or the Normandale Japanese Garden. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996. Donations can be made HERE.


Jennifer had been a part of the Normandale community for over 29 years and has impacted many lives. Jennifer was an award-winning educator who affected her students in amazingly positive ways. As a faculty member she helped to create Student Success Day and the wildly successful Human Library. Jennifer was also an award-winning storyteller who worked with Story Arts Minnesota to bring a Storytelling Festival to campus last year. Jennifer believed that stories help us to understand one another. The study abroad trips that she co-sponsored sought to help students understand other cultures through their shared narratives. By engaging students in travel programs with a focus on stories and storytelling, she forever enriched the lives of her many students. For her work, along with colleagues Aimee DuBois and Chad Kuyper, she received the 2018-19 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Award for Innovation in Global Education Award. A memorial service for Jennifer Isaac is planned for next Wednesday, October 23 at 10:30 am at Unity Minneapolis. Unity is located at 4000 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley, MN. If you would like to make a donation in here her honor, Jennifer asks that you please give it to the CareyOn Study Abroad Scholarship. Donations can be made HERE.


McGuire, William W. age 76 of St. Louis Park, passed away unexpectedly on October 2, 2019. Bill was born on August 8, 1943 in Minneapolis to Clarence and Beatrice McGuire. Bill is survived by his wife Judy, his children Jennifer, Meghan and Ned, grandchildren Alana, Liam, Bridget, Nicholas and Luke, his brother Tom, as well as many sisters-in-laws, brothers-in-laws, nieces and nephews. His son Chad and 2 granddaughters Rowan and Mariah preceded him in death. Bill's greatest joy was his family. He dedicated his professional life to his students and colleagues at Normandale Community College. A visitation will be held on Thursday, October 24, from 5-8 PM at Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel, West 50th St. and Vernon Ave at Hwy 100, Edina. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 AM on Friday October 25th with a visitation beginning at 10:30 AM at the Basilica of St. Mary, Hennepin Ave at 17th St., Mpls. Bill will be buried at his legacy lake property. Memorials preferred to the St. Vincent de Paul Society at the Basilica of St. Mary or the H.M. Faulkner Scholarship at the College of St. Benedict. If you would like to make a donation to the Foundation in Bill's name, please click HERE.


It is with great sadness that we report the passing of former faculty member Mary Ellen Seth. You can find her obituary here.

In her twelve years of teaching Accounting at Normandale, she left behind a legion of friends, including both students and faculty. She is fondly and warmly remembered. Mary Ellen wished to set up an endowed scholarship for Normandale students, and you may make a gift in lieu of flowers here, as the family has requested. 


It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of former faculty member and Japanese Garden Committee member Joe Poell. You can find his obituary here.

Joe served as the Director of Life Science at Normandale Community College. from 1997 to retirement. Joe enjoyed working, traveling, cultivating plants and flowers, being a committee member of the Normandale Japanese Garden, volunteering at the church and spending quality time with family and friends who he dearly loved.  

A memorial fund has been established for Normandale Japanese Garden. Contributions can be made HERE. Please designate your gift in Memory of Joe Poell.