Obituaries

Obituaries

View our most recent obituaries for our Rochester and Victor locations.
1949 - 2022

Posted by:
Terry Lindberg

Posted on:
October 1, 2022

We/I have so many wonderful memories of Vern and sadly had hoped for more. When I scroll through my memories of Vern, I see him smiling, and notice that he's completely present and interested in everyone he talks to. He took the time to connect with me in my childhood, and later in life he showed great interest in my family . There was a gentle wisdom within him. He shared his music with us and so many wonderful photographs. Richard Wagamese, an Ojibway author wrote: "When the story of our time here is completed and we return to spirit, we carry away with us all the notes our song contains. The trick is to share all of that with those around us when we're here." Vern shared so many wonderful notes with us, and the music and memories will remain. We send love to Joan, David, Daniel (Micaela), and all of those fortunate to know Vern, Terry Lindberg and family

Posted by:
Terry Lindberg

Posted on:
October 1, 2022

In recent years we were extremely fortunate to spend time with Vern and Joan in Oberlin, Ohio, when our son Evan was performing with the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Such precious time together...sharing meals, stories, laughter and watching performances.

Posted by:
Mike Kotlarchyk

Posted on:
September 30, 2022

Vern's fist year in RIT Physics (1979-80)

Posted by:
Mike Kotlarchyk

Posted on:
September 30, 2022

New assistant professor in RIT Physics

Posted by:
Mike Kotlarchyk

Posted on:
September 30, 2022

Vern will always remain in the hearts of us in RIT Physics who were fortunate enough to be colleagues and friends with him, both those of us who knew him for many years, as well as many who he mentored during their early faculty years. He was an exemplary and dedicated teacher, and touched so many of our students. We will all miss him.

Posted by:
Mike Kotlarchyk

Posted on:
September 30, 2022

Team Photo of RIT Physics Intramural Soccer Team: Vern and students

Posted by:
kay Lurz SSJ

Posted on:
September 29, 2022

What a magnificent tribute to Vern who was man of integrity, solid in his love of God, gifted with a beautiful and loving family and who sang his way to heaven. His love of God embraced his total family with music, hard work, an abundance of love and beauty, and touched the lives of those he encountered along the way and through the years. Vern, I'm so honored to have known you, Joan and your children through your years at Seton. Sing your songs to God and the heavenly choir.!

Posted by:
Caryn Tidwell

Posted on:
September 29, 2022

All my love to the family and friends that are celebrating Vern's amazing life and grieving his loss

Posted by:
Brandon

Posted on:
September 29, 2022

Dr Lindberg made physics fun. He was kind and had a great wisdom about him. I still remember his class a decade later. May he Rest In Peace.

Posted by:
Matt Aggleton

Posted on:
September 29, 2022

I was a physics undergrad at RIT from 1999 to 2004. Vern was always a calm, wise presence wherever he went and so happy to be working with students. I remember him being an enthusiastic participant in our soccer games at the department picnic. Vern touched so many lives and will be remembered fondly for decades to come.

Posted by:
Barbara Goetz

Posted on:
September 29, 2022

I'm saddened to hear about Vern. Such a lovely fellow. I so enjoyed our time in Scotland with Joan and him. My sympathies to the family.

Posted by:
Al Power

Posted on:
September 29, 2022

My deepest condolences to Joan and to all of Vern's family and friends. I am so sorry that I am away and unable t0 attend his memorial. Vern was an amazing, multitalented man with an incredible history, and he always had a fascinating story to tell. I am so grateful for his efforts to keep the songwriting group going--and growing--even through the pandemic. I will miss his gentle humor, his commitment to the music community and the love he put into every song. Al Power

Posted by:
Michael Pierce

Posted on:
September 29, 2022

There is so much I could say, but I've been a bit at a loss for words. But a recent note from a student helped catalyze something worth sharing: If I have some success in teaching, it is in no small part due to Vern Lindberg's influence. When I first came here, I shadowed Vern an entire quarter before teaching my own first class. And even then, I would still often attend one of Vern's classes prior to teaching my own. His interactive nature, his rapport with the students, his smile and enthusiasm, and more; these are all things I tried to emulate and incorporate into my own teaching style. When I would find myself struggling on how to handle something, I would just imagine how Vern would approach the same situation, question, or subject. Immediately, I could tell that he made such efforts to reach the students and communicate with them in a effective manner. And perhaps just as importantly, I could see that his students recognized this themselves. He was a great teacher and a great mentor. I sincerely hope that his voice, his gift for teaching lives on through those of us that learned from him. There is so much more, Vern as a friend, as a musician, as a colleague, etc... that I could go on about. But one of the deepest connections I have to him is through his influence on me at an early point in my own career, specifically as a teacher and adviser. If I should have a positive impact on my own students, it is due to his guidance.

Posted by:
daniel Joseph tessari

Posted on:
September 27, 2022

I had the pleasure of teaching Vern mathematics and chemistry in his final year of High School in Rimbey, Alberta, Canada. It was a pleasure to have him in class. He was an excellent student and he contributed to the well-being of our school beyond the classroom in many ways. I was saddened to hear of his passing. My heart goes out to his family at this difficult time. I also attended university with Vern's two older brothers - Dennis and Gary. When it comes to the importance of family values, the Lindberg family stands out.

Posted by:
Dave/Rochelle Lempert

Posted on:
September 27, 2022

We are very saddened to hear of Vern's untimely passing. Vern was our son, Michael's soccer coach for many years and he was absolutely amazing. He was kind, patient, and so encouraging to all the boys, regardless of their athletic ability. He made sure all the boys got fair play time, and had fun, whether they won or lost the game, and symbolized what team sports should be. We also have fond memories of the parent-child end of season games. We recently bumped into Vern and Joan while walking the Brickyard Trail and enjoyed catching up, never imaging that would be the last tie we saw him. Joan, David & Dan, we wish you peace and comfort in the days ahead, and know that your husband/father was a wonderful man who will be truly missed. Dave, Rochelle, Michael & Sam Lempert

Posted by:
Margaret Andrusky

Posted on:
September 25, 2022

Dear Joan and family, Vern was my favorite cousin and I will always remember how much fun we had together as kids. I loved having him as a Facebook friend these past few years and getting to know him again as an adult. I am especially glad we were able to reconnect and have a good visit over zoom last year. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family .

Posted by:
Margaret Andrusky

Posted on:
September 25, 2022

Vern and I were the same age and we were good friends. Our mothers were sisters. One summer I stayed on the farm for a few weeks and Vern and I rode the steer he was raising. He was such a good sport!

Posted by:
Sue Tennenbaum

Posted on:
September 23, 2022

Dear Joan and Family, Your loss is the world's loss. I feel profound sadness and grieve with you. Vern was so good-natured, thoughtful, warm, intelligent, supportive, patient, positive and unpretentious. May the best of memories give great comfort to all of you. I send my love.

Posted by:
Frank Bonsignore

Posted on:
September 23, 2022

Please accept my condolences on Vern’s passing. As a student at RIT I interacted with him frequently and grew to know and appreciate his kind nature and sharp intellect.

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