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In Memoriam – June 2017

by // June 9th, 2017

Oden was Access Press webmaster

Alice Oden played a unique role in the history of Access Press, as the newspaper’s first webmaster. The Shoreview resident died May 29 at the University of Minnesota Medic al Center. She was 69.

Friends and family remember Oden as someone with a strong faith and a good outlook on life.

Alice Zimmerman, daughter of David F. and Margaret Zimmerman, was born December 9, 1947 in Waseca. She enjoyed growing up in a rural area, being in 4-H and enjoying activities with friends. She later married Dale Oden. The couple had two sons, Patrick (Elizabeth) and Ross (Jane), and grandchildren Andrew, Leah, Fitz, Emily, Vyla and Matthew. Oden loved and enjoyed her family. She didn’t let disability slow her down.

Oden held a degree from Metropolitan State University and was the Access Press webmaster for several years. Staff enjoyed emails from “Odenville” and her great sense of humor.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Annette Bray and Annita Schlueter, and brother David C. Zimmerman. She is also survived by a sister Rebecca “Becky” Thompson, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Services have been held. She was buried in Waseca.

 

Foster was sailing expert

Albert “Bert” Foster is remembered as someone whose love of sailing continued after a disabling accident. Foster, age 80, died May 22. He was a longtime Deephaven resident, but had recently moved to Spring Park.

Foster graduated from St. Louis Country Day School and Cornell University. He also attended the Harvard Business School Executive Program. He was CEO of Cir-Tec and American Plastics Exchange, and also was a broker at Dean Witter.

Foster represented the City of Deephaven on the Lake Minnetonka Conservation District board for 17 years and served as chair from 2001-2004.

An avid sailor, Foster was an early member of the Wayzata Yacht Club. He served on the club and Wayzata Community Sailing Center boards for many years, chaired its race committee and was commodore from 1975-1976. He helped train many new sailors with his friend Ernest Brody, in what was known as the “Bert and Ernie” show. He won many titles and was a regatta official. In 2015 he was awarded the club’s first lifetime achievement award.

Foster enjoyed hunting. He sustained a disabling injury in 1967 as a result of a hunting accident. He was able to continue sailing and was a member of the United States Disabled Sailing Team from 2007-2011, competing in regattas all over the world.

Foster was a devoted member of St. Martin’s by-the-Lake Episcopal Church.

He is survived by his wife Carmella, sons Albert, Andrew and William and their families, stepchildren, grandchildren, and siblings. A celebration of life is planned for Saturday, August 5th at Wayzata Yacht Club. Memorial gifts are to be directed to the Wayzata Community Sailing Center or St. Martin’s by-the-Lake Church in Minnetonka Beach.

 

 

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