Lutherans in the Twin Cities

Metro Lutheran founding member Noreen Humphrey passes

Noreen Humphrey, one of the people involved in the founding of Metro Lutheran, passed away on November 18, 2012, at her home in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, following a heart attack. Her funeral was held on November 24 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hilton Head, where Noreen and her husband Ed were members.

Metro Lutheran Founding President Norman D. Kretzmann gives the 1994 Gold Pen Award to Noreen Humphrey, an early board and staff member of the organization. Metro Lutheran archival photo

Prior to moving to Hilton Head in October 1994, when Ed Humphrey retired, the Humphreys were members of Woodlake Lutheran Church, Richfield, Minnesota.

Humphrey was one of the acting editors for the June 1985 prototype edition of Metro Lutheran, was a member of the first board of directors, and was a Metro Lutheran staff writer until moving to Hilton Head. She was the recipient of the 1994 Metro Lutheran Gold Pen Award.

“Noreen was creative, upbeat, and optimistic, and that was very helpful during the early days of the paper,” according to the Rev. Michael L. Edwins. Edwins, like Noreen, was involved with the startup of Metro Lutheran, and has been a member of the Metro Lutheran board of directors ever since the paper’s inception.

Charles P. Lutz, former editor of Metro Lutheran, including the last five years that Humphrey was a staff writer, said, “Noreen was very knowledgeable about the metro area Lutheran scene, as well as the Lutheran scene in general, and she always did professional work.”

A memorial service for Noreen Humphrey was held Friday, December 28, at Incarnation Lutheran Church, 4880 Hodgson Road, Shoreview, Minnesota. The family has suggested memorials to Woodlake Lutheran Church or Metro Lutheran newspaper.

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