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Norman R. Schindler

Norman R. Schindler

November 7, 1934 - August 10, 2017

Age 82, of Inver Grove Heights.

Norman died peacefully at home on August 10, 2017. He was born on a farm in central North Dakota on November 7, 1934 in the depths of the Great Depression to parents Jack Schindler and Esther Neff Schindler. Norm is survived by his loving wife, Lynn, daughter Rev. Audrey Schindler of Portland, OR, (husband, Bruce Felix and children Jordan, Jessica, and Jennah), daughter-in-law Lilli de Brito Schindler and three grandchildren, Heather, David, and Isabelle of Rye, NY. He is also survived by siblings Melvin Schindler (Laura) of McClusky, ND, Carol Linde (Marv) of Billings, MT, and numerous nieces and nephews. Norm was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Richard (Karla), and sadly by his only son, Mark, who died suddenly at age 48.

He was a graduate of McClusky, ND High School and of the University of Jamestown, ND, graduating in 1956. He then served in the US Army at Ft. Chaffee, AK. Norm married Lynn Hanson, his college sweetheart in Butte, MT in 1958, following her return from a Fulbright scholarship in Scotland. They had a daughter, Audrey, and a son, Mark. Norm started his 35-year career with the St. Paul Insurance Company in Bismarck as an area claims representative. He managed their Aberdeen, SD office, and was promoted to the home office in 1974. There, he specialized in the defense of medical care providers in malpractice cases. Norm spoke at claims and physicians conferences in the US and in London. He retired in 1997 as Vice- President of Medical Liability Claims.

In earlier years, Norm enjoyed hunting in the Dakotas, water-skiing, tennis, and gardening. He and Lynn enjoyed travels in Europe and singing in the Motet Choir at the House of Hope Presbyterian Church. Later years found him an avid bridge player, and he enjoyed the retirement community at Timber Hills. His family remembers him for his intelligence, his engagement with the world of current events, his dedication to his work, and his faithful and loving encouragement of his family. The family would like to thank Allina Hospice staff for their good care. A memorial service is scheduled for Thursday, August 17

at 1pm at House of Hope Presbyterian Church with a reception to follow. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Norm's life. In lieu of flowers, memorials gifts may be made to House of Hope Presbyterian Church at 797 Summit Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105.