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Marsha Andrade, RIP

Marsha R. (Westad) Andrade, age 74, of Alexandria, passed away peacefully on September 8, 2021, surrounded by her family at home.

A visitation will be held from 3-5 p.m., concluding with a 5 p.m. prayer service on Sunday, September 12, 2021, at Lind Family Funeral Home in Alexandria with Pastor Patrick Herzog officiating. Music will be provided by Nolan Weisz. Full military honors accorded by the Minnesota Honor Guard, American Legion Post #87, Veteran of Foreign Wars Post #936, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #235, and the Marine Corps League Detachment #1409.

Marsha Rae was born on August 7, 1947, to Kermit and Edythe (Malmgren) Westad in Parkers Prairie, MN. She graduated from Parkers Prairie High School in 1965, and continued her education at St. Luke’s Nursing School in Duluth graduating as a registered nurse (RN) in 1968. After graduating, Marsha proudly served as a nurse in the Ohio National Guard in the 164th Tactical Fighter Squadron. Her civilian nursing career took her across the country from Minnesota, Ohio, Colorado, and Arkansas where she met her future husband. She married Martin Glen Andrade on June 14, 1980 at the Old Mill Park in North Little Rock, Arkansas. The couple had two boys, Martin Jr. and Matt. They moved ten times in ten years with Marty’s military career. Following his retirement from the military, the family returned to Minnesota, residing in Alexandria on Lake Le Homme Dieu. In her storied career as a nurse, Marsha specialized in a multitude of roles ranging from ER, Cardiac Care Unit, ICU, Flight Nurse, and disaster relief. She proudly served with the Red Cross following Hurricane Katrina. After retiring from nursing she owned and operated “Somewhere in Time” Antiques in Alexandria. She had a talent and a passion for restoring antique frames to their original form. She was an excellent cook, known for her double fudge and mincemeat pies, and had an ability to make a meal from just about anything she had available. She lived life to the fullest, was a very giving person and will be missed by many.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Albert Reed McKay; and sisters, Sonja Bonita and Judith Ann Westad.

Marsha is survived by her husband of 41 years, Martin Andrade; two sons, Martin (Shawna) Andrade Jr. and Matt Andrade; grandsons Glen Martin Andrade and Kyle; a great-grandchild; three sisters, Kathy (Paul) Peterson, Barbara (Tom) Schultz, and Carol (Jerry) Larson; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials preferred to the American Red Cross.

James “Jim” Joseph Liptock, RIP

September 13, 1943 to July 3, 2017

James “Jim” Joseph Liptock was born to Joseph James Liptock and Marguerite “Mary” Radziewicz on September 13th, 1943.

Jim told many warm and sentimental stories of growing up in Allentown: hunting and fishing, playing football and baseball, meeting professional golfer and PGA Hall of Fame member Tommy “Thunder” Bolt. He also told stories of his family, especially his father, a WWII veteran who served as a First Lieutenant in the Heavy Weapons Company of the 359th Infantry, 90th Division, “The Tough ‘Ombres,” during their drive across Europe. Joseph Sr. died in 1954, when Jim was only 11 years old.

After high school he went to Muhlenberg, a small private liberal arts college in Allentown. His studies were interrupted by military service. Jim served in the Army in the late 60’s, returning to Muhlenberg and graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1971. At this time in Pennsylvania, the Steel Industry was booming and he made a living in the area until the industry collapsed in the early 1980s.

Seeking a fresh start, he came to Minnesota, attending graduate school at the University of Minnesota, studying Substance Abuse Counseling. At the time the University offered a Regents’ Scholarship to full-time employees, and this allowed Jim to pursue his education while still supporting himself and the community.

When his mother became sick, he paused his studies and stayed with her until she passed away in 1996. Returning to Minnesota, he found his degree program had been eliminated. Staying at the University, he worked as a Parking Lot Attendant until the University transitioned to automated parking ramps. His was a life of many setbacks and tragedies, but he always seemed to manage to make the best of things.

For many years, he held court in his parking ramp booth with friends, coworkers and passersby. A natural storyteller with a distinctive voice, highly opinionated, intensely loyal to a select few, he was beloved by those who knew him. Jim was a voracious reader, an excellent marksman who enjoyed a wide range of shooting sports, and he was a big hockey fan. Jim was also someone who spurned authority regularly and enjoyed it perhaps a little bit more than he should have. A heavy smoker, he would often practice his habit where he wasn’t supposed to and hid lit cigarettes whenever the need arose. 

A recovered alcoholic, he always carried an AA sobriety coin with him. Though he was not overtly religious, he had a deep belief in Christ and was a loyal member of the Roman Catholic Church. He died in Minneapolis on July 3rd, 2017 at the age of 73.

He is interred with his father and mother in Holy Saviour Cemetery, Bethlehem, Northampton, Pennsylvania, near Allentown. Home again and finally. Rest in peace, my friend. 

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Jim is buried at Lot/Level 40, Section 5, Range/Site 6, Grave 1

If anyone has memories of Jim to share, or pictures of him, please contact me through the contact form. Thank you.