Norm Lindblad shared his multi-layered zest for life with family, friends, work associates, and 7 churches. He was a lifelong learner who enjoyed sports, the Symphony, art museums, hiking, golf,and traveling with family and friends to enjoy God’s Good Creation. Though quiet, he had a great sense of humor, a quick smile, and a hearty laugh. He was a Chicago guy with a global view. The only child of a Swedish immigrant father and first generation Swedish mother, Norm was proud of his heritage but crossed “ethnic” boundaries to marry Judy O’Neill in 1962, a lass of Irish/ English/ German persuasion.
Saints are said to bring goodness into the world and Norm did it in several ways:
By doing his best:
Norm worked hard, with a laser focus on excellence. He conquered a stutter with practice and determination.
As a LTjg in the Navy he designed and taught a class on identifying missile sites. One of his students located the sites in Cuba in 1962 and helped reduce the threat of WWIII.
At General Electric he led an engineering group and the High Speed Civil Transport task force with skill. When NASA funds were transferred to the Space Shuttle program, Norm retired to have more time for other pursuits.
Enjoying time with family and friends:
There were years of fun with children and grandchildren—playing catch and ping pong, watching baseball and basketball, soccer, cross country, and field hockey meets, attending concerts and plays, baking Christmas cookies, stuffing Swedish potato sausage, and making Buckeyes. Norm painted, wrote, and delighted in traveling, especially with his grandchildren and friends…beaches and mountains were his favorites.
Living his faith:
Norm enjoyed the richness of worship, from singing hymns and serving as liturgist to the simple act of passing the peace. He put his time and his treasure into MAPC, championing the church’s Inclusion Policy at Presbytery in 1992 and at General Assembly in 2000. As illness became part of his life, he shared his journey during Encounters sessions, including “Living Well Dying Well” in 2011 and “Living with Early Stage Alzheimer’s” in 2012. He practiced Earth Care and enjoyed meaningful volunteer work with the Ecumenical Institute/Institute of Cultural Affairs around the world, the St. George Food Pantry, and homeless meal programs in Tucson and Michigan City, Indiana.