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Erleen  A. Lind

Obituary for Erleen A. Lind

January 25, 2020
Avon Lake, Ohio

Loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Sister


Erleen A. Lind, 84, of Rocky River, Ohio, passed away peacefully on January 25, 2020, with her daughter by her side. She was born to the late Frank and Nellie I. Barto (nee Rardin) on April 26, 1935, in Maple Grove Township, Minnesota. Erleen graduated from Brainerd High School in 1953. She married the late James L. Lind on June 21, 1958. In July, he began a training program for Northern Pacific Railroad, taking the couple to Tacoma, Washington; Livingston, Montana; Brainerd, Minnesota; and ultimately to St. Paul, Minnesota, where they lived together for over 31 years. Throughout their married life, Erleen was able to accompany Jim all over the United States through his work with the railroad and the US Navy Reserves. After Erleen retired in 1999, she relocated to Northeast Ohio to be near her beloved grandchildren, living in Westlake, Avon and Avon Lake, before moving to Bickford Senior Living (formerly Sunrise) in Rocky River, Ohio. Erleen is survived by two children: Margre Lind Mills (John Mills) of Avon Lake; and James M. Lind of Spring Lake Park, Minnesota, and by the loves of her life, her three grandchildren, Adam Mills of Lakewood, Eric Mills of Cincinnati, and Sarah Mills of Avon Lake. She is also survived by her dear sisters, Lana Sodowski (Joe, deceased) of Florida, Marty Barto of Minnesota, Flo Henningson (Duane) of Minnesota, Edie Nagel (Ed) of Texas, Mary Maloney (Duane, deceased) of Illinois, and dear brother Dan Barto (Shirley) of Brainerd as well as a brother-in-law Carlos Lind and sister-in-law Mary Nyquist, both of Minnesota, many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. She was predeceased by her loving husband in 1992 as well as dear brothers Cliff Barto (JoAnn, deceased) and Sam Barto Sr. (Arletta, of Nevada).

Erleen was very accomplished with her sewing machine and loved to create clothing and Halloween costumes for her children and grandchildren as well as fleece blankets for all to cuddle and keep warm. She loved to play tour guide in her chosen home of St. Paul, Minnesota with visiting family and friends, especially Como Park Zoo, the Science Museum and the State Capital Building. Erleen loved to share her baked goods, her hands, her heart, and most especially her time, with anyone who needed her and was thanked in return with teddy bears of all kinds. She was always sweet and funny, and just the right amount of feisty. As her memory faded, she couldn't wait to be with her beloved husband, and back on the farm with her mom and dad.
Celebrations of Erleen's life will be held at Avon Lake Presbyterian Church in mid-May and in Minnesota in July, with specific details available at a later date. She will be buried beside her husband at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The family would like to thank the amazing caregivers, nurses and staff at Bickford Senior Living as well as her Physician's Assistant, Physical and Occupational Therapists, and her hospice team, for their loving care of Erleen as well as all of the loving friends, family, church family, colleagues and classmates who supported the family during Erleen's last days. Memorials can be made to Avon Lake Presbyterian Church, 32340 Electric Blvd, Avon Lake, OH 44012 or to a charity of your choice serving those with diabetes, dementia or veterans. 440-933-3202

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