Monday, November 4, 2013

Lundquist passes away after battle with ovarian cancer

Rhonda Lundquist (MA '86), of Falcon Heights, died at home on Oct. 23 from ovarian cancer. She was 54. Rhonda and her partner of 16 years, Ann DeGroot, were the first same-sex couple to apply for a Ramsey County marriage license. On Aug. 1, the day hundreds of MN gay couples celebrated their legal marriages, they received news that Rhonda's cancer had spread to her brain. On Aug. 4th, Rhonda and Ann were married in a private ceremony surrounded by family and friends.

Originally from St. Cloud, Rhonda took action to address social needs, from affordable housing to domestic violence. She worked at TASKS Unlimited, the MN Housing Finance Agency, the MN AIDS Project and as an independent grant writer. She graduated from Hamline University and received a Master's in Public Policy from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota and a Master's of Fine Arts in Poetry from Antioch University. Rhonda loved poetry, politics and a good conversation. Her life was full of people and good humor. She knew the value of a good story and indeed, she really was the funniest. Rhonda showed us how to live a full life with cancer, living for 8 years with a disease that was expected to end her life after 18 months. Rhonda is survived by her spouse, Ann, and son, Andy, and many close friends and family. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mabel Foss, who died Oct. 11; father, Raymond Foss, and brother, Roger. A celebration of Rhonda's life will be held on Sun., Nov. 3 at 1:30 P.M. at Prospect Park United Methodist Church, 22 Malcolm Ave. SE, Minneapolis. A reception in the church will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials welcomed to Prospect Park United Methodist Church or the MN Ovarian Cancer Alliance.

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