- 84 years old
- Date of birth: Dec 15, 1929
- Place of birth:
Moose Lake, Minnesota, United States
- Date of passing: May 21, 2014
- Place of passing:
Miami, Florida, United States
|Let the memory of Charlie be with us forever|
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Charlie Lofgren, 84, born on December 15, 1929 and passed away on May 21, 2014. We will remember him forever.
Memorial Service in Moose Lake to July 6, Sunday, 3:00 PM at Hope Lutheran Church with burial at Sunset Memorial Cemetery, and reception (for story telling/memory sharing; DVD; light dinner) at the Moose Lake Historical Society (5-8)
"Ah, Charlie. I no longer have any reason to return to Miami. However, I will always remember your office. it was unforgettable and I have recorded it for all time in a novel I wrote. To protect the innocent it has been resurrected as a doctor's office, as follows:
"We went into this little office that was absolutely crammed with stuff. There were medical charts piled high on the desk in about three or four stacks. The bookshelves were jammed with books, magazines, what looked like small boxes of medical supplies, the odd exam glove here and there, and some vases of wilted flowers set in the empty spaces. The floor was also littered with paper. In short, the office was a shit house. Dr. Slivowitz, I just remembered his name, motioned for us to sit.”
“I’m not surprised,” Tony said. “Every doctor’s office I’ve ever been in was inhabited by slobs. Sorry for the interruption.”
“Sure! Mike picked some books up off his chair and added them to the mess on the floor. Mine was not so simple. I had to deal with a green molded half of a cheese sandwich and a plastic coffee cup parked on my chair, along with an old issue of the New York Times. I set them on the floor as best I could. I was half expecting a mouse to emerge from somewhere and greedily devour the sandwich.”"
"Steve, Philip and I visited your grave site and birth place today, Charlie. All eleven of your nieces and nephews are so grateful to have had you as an uncle We miss you."
"Ah, Charlie. Another year goes by that I do not have a good reason to go back to Miami. If anyone tells you that you are in a better place now they are probably politicians feeding you another line of crap. Annie and I miss your friendly smile and graciousness as a host when you didn't have to be.
Anne and Gene Paige"
"Charlie, mi amor, time has not diminished the sense of loss at your passing. I think of you every day and the times we had together. Rest in peace, my dear Charlie."
"Dear friend, You are still in our hearts! We always remember you, Merry Christmas."
"Merry Christmas Charles,
I will never forget the wonderful semi annual family holiday vacation trips to Florida.
After being on the road for 3 days with 6 people in a 1980 Malibu, before the days of mini vans, in the late evening we pulled up to Uncle Charles house on the end of the cul de sac. The vacation started with a dramatic entrance through Miami foliage into the front door, over the big Mexican tiles, by the brick fireplace loaded with artifacts from all over the world and out into the warm sultry south Florida air to see the swimming pool.
The Holidays started with Charles 1st demonstration of turning on his Christmas tree lights with a squeaker. That was followed with a hint of his Christmas gift for me. As a fore shadow of the big belt buckle wrapped for me under the tree, "Do you know what Coors is" he asked when I was in 6th grade. With in 10 minutes we were in the incredible pool and hot tub.
The amazing hospitality throughout the week included a different ethnic dinner everyday. From Cuban, to Mexican, and of course a succulent Christmas Turkey I had the best eating experience of my life!
This was highlighted with a lobster tail lunch for just Charles, my brother John and I as a reward for a bit of yardwork.
The week was filled with fun in the Sun then resting with MTV on the big screen, examining the artifacts, and reading Mad magazines. What a dream vacation it was!
By the end of the week we new Charles quite well. I learned who needs fancy shorts when all you need is boxers, you better read the newspaper before it is soaked after Charles takes it out to the hot tub after getting home from work, when you have good storage space you only need room for a bed and about a 3 foot walkway, and who needs sleep when you have treasures to tinker with in the middle of the night.
I can't say enough about how fortunate I am to have had such a fun, thoughtful, generous, Uncle! He truly made it special to be a Lofgren.
Charles, You are Loved and forever missed!
"Birthday Greetings Charlie, missing you during the holidays. The neighbor that shared and celebrated all special days with us, specially Christmas.Thanks to the people that made this tribute to you."
"Happy 86th birthday, mi amor. Missing you always."
"Happy 86th birthday, Charlie. I miss you very much. The holidays don't seem the same without you. Peace like a river to you, Unc."
"On the anniversary of your passing, Uncle Charles, Diana and I will be visiting Miami, June 29-July 07, to enjoy the good life, that you showed us many times, to enjoy diversity, visit new places, eat new food, and enjoy the hospitality that is the well known tradition of Southern Florida. Bless your gracious leadership and for doing so many good deeds for so many people. The memory of your stewertship and kindness will live on forever."
"Thinking of you, Unc, on the anniversary of your death. We miss you."
"Happy birthday, mi amor. We shared a love for more than 50 years.
I didn't think you'd leave so soon. You're forever in my heart."
"Feliz Cumpleaños amigo, we will forever remember you."
"Happy 85th birthday Unc..we miss you."
"My life has been greatly impacted by Charlie Lofgren and I am forever grateful for his kindness. During my course of study as an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota, I was awarded the "Lofgren Undergraduate Award," a scholarship set aside by Charlie for U of M students from northern Minnesota studying in the fields of Food, Agriculture or Natural Resource Sciences. Because of his dedication to my education, I was able to pursue my passion of environmental education with a lessened financial burden. For this, I cannot thank Charlie enough and I strive to continue his legacy of kindness and giving into the future."
"I have been privileged to know Charlie since 1975 when Bob Wornick
(his boss!) introduced us. My children and I treasured his friendship
and considered him a member of the family. I met many of his Pfizer
associates at wonderful dinners Charlie would either host at home or
at a fine Miami restaurant --oh, how he loved to talk about food and
dining! I am so deeply saddened at losing him and hope if there is
a tribute in Miami that his friends will notify me so I may attend.
I feel so awful that I didn't know he was ill. We had communicated only
a short time ago. If there is anything broken in heaven, I know he'll
fix it -- he could repair anything! God speed til we meet again, dear
"The Charles I knew, was a great role model of absolute success, integrity, graciousness, friendliness, kindness, devoted family member, that kept us all together through thick and thin.
I will never have a negative thought or memory of Uncle Charles. He was a father figure to me and will always be so. I deeply mourn his death. There was a big "ripple in the force" when he died.
A big void exists in our lives with Charles's passing. But a larger mountain of wonderful memories will always be cherished by those that knew and loved Charles E Lofgren.
Because of his rich and remarkable life; in his passing away, Charles left this world a better place. Learning from Charles, I hope we all are more compassionate, understanding, empathic and I also hope we all learned about being gracious, like Charles, to improve the human condition.
May you rest in peace Uncle Charles. I grieve your passing. But my heart is filled with extreme joy, knowing all the good you brought to so many people.
In loving memory,
Philip L Hanson (nephew)"
"A memorial service will be held for Charlie on July 6, Sunday, at 3:00 PM at Hope Lutheran Church in Moose Lake, MN. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Cemetery. We will then have a reception to tell stories and share memories about Charlie. Even if you're from "far away" consider coming. You will see where Charlie got his start! We'd love to see you there.
On behalf of the family"
"R.I.P. Charlie, so sorry I did not get to see you lately, the person with the most colorful personality who lit up a room. My former Neighbor, Landlord, Friend, Family Friend, whom we enjoyed to share holidays with. Our deepest sympathy for his family."
"Charlie was a great friend to me and to our college (CFANS). When I first met Charlie we spoke a great deal about the pharmaceutical industry. I spent much of career studying obesity drug treatment. So...we knew lots of the same companies and folks that worked in the industry. We then talked about everything from students to Florida shirts--he always wore shirts that I loved. I will miss my annual get together with this great man...As has been said "Death ends a life, not a relationship"--take care my friend."
"Thank you, Charlie, for leaving a lasting legacy for students at the U of MN. Our community is richer because of you and the students you support."
"So passeth a unique individual! One who will probably be remembered far longer by many of us than most of the “giants” who occupied that highest office in the southeast corner of 42nd Street. He joined Pfizer International in its “pre-teen“years and left a mark everywhere he went. I remember much of my neighbor living up the canal in Miami. Carpooling to work with Charlie was always an adventure, as he would drive miles out of his way to save a few cents on a gallon of gas. Then, inexplicably, he would use his own money to bring gifts to expatriates and local nationals; be it peanut butter or expensive scotch and, for the select few, the latest issue of Playboy smuggled past the noses of the Policia Militar. Charlie never forgot to call me every year for my birthday; something I forgot to reciprocate so often that it became an inside joke. My children will never forget him either. Charlie never made it into the novel I wrote, but his hometown did. Moose Lake, Minnesota conjured up images of late nineteenth century rural north woods and I used it as the birth place of a fictional drug company. His office made the story as well in the form of the chaotic and seemingly disorganized den of a fictional Brooklyn physician. I’m sure Charlie had a logical filing system for it all but I’m also sure it would have challenged the Bletchley Park code breakers of WW II fame.
It is the little things he did for people that are his legacy and I’m sure that he never stopped giving….to the very end.
To paraphrase the chant of gladiators in the Coliseum over two thousand years ago ….. Nos quisnam etiam alive tutus vos. “We who are still alive salute you!”
Anne and Gene Paige"
"My great uncle Charles was a great man! He was a busy man jet setting around the world, but always had time for friends and family. We were lucky enough to usually spend a few days a year with him back in Stewartville. Charles was a most generous man and has had a impact in so many lives with his gifts and talents. I was lucky enough to have him spend time my two sons, his great-great nephews. You well be deeply missed uncle Charles, but your spirit, memories and legacy will live on forever."
I remember our conversations at Family events.
Uncle Lloyd and I shared US Navy experiences. We were both Radioman. You often asked me about my Navy Job.
Until We Meet Again.
"To our beautiful friend Charlie
A special life has passed from our sight...but never from our hearts.
With our deepest sympathy in the loss of one so dearly loved.
He was so loved in life and will be treasured in memory.
All our Love
Johanna von Kyrein
"Charlie, it is so hard to realize that you are gone from me forever after knowing you and being friends for 56 years. I will remember you always and cherish the times we had together...back at Pfizer in the late '50's and throughout all the years that followed. Rest in peace, mi amor."
"Carlitos Lofgren is at the top of the list of people who I met at Pfizer that I can proudly say, made me a better person. I shall allways remember him for his sincerity, humility and decency, and for sharing his knowledge freely.
Peace to his soul."
"Obituary for Charles E. Lofgren:
Charles E. Lofgren, age 84, died May 21, 2014 at his home in Miami following a brief illness. He was born on December 15, 1929 in Moose Lake, MN, the third child of Nannie (Johnson) and Elmer Lofgren. During the first years of his life his family lived on the farm homesteaded by his grandparents, Erik and Sofia Lofgren on Pickerel (Echo) Lake, the current site of Moose Lake State Park. He remembered how his energetic curiosity once annoyed a cow with a powerful kick - an adventure that landed him in bed for six weeks with a broken leg. This didn’t stop his passion for animal husbandry, however, which shaped his education and career. Following graduation from Moose Lake High School in 1947, and military service, he obtained both his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Agriculture from the University of Minnesota. He started his career as an “Ag School” teacher in Morris, Minnesota. He was then hired by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals in Terre Haute, Indiana. While living there, he got his pilot’s license, bought a plane and would fly home to Minnesota for vacations.
During the span of his 32 year career with Pfizer, he lived in Beirut, Rome, Tokyo, Madrid, Miami and New York, ultimately becoming Vice President in Marketing, Animal Pharmaceutical Division for South America. In 1993, he started the Charles E. Lofgren Scholarship at his alma mater available to students enrolled in the UM’s College of Food and Agricultural Science & Natural Resources (CFANS) who are pursuing a career in one of those fields. He got to know these students with the devotion and interest of a favorite uncle, delighted to hear about their lives long after they graduated. Charlie never officially retired from his active work life. As recently as this year, he was consulting, lending his experience and investing in small businesses primarily in fields of agriculture, veterinary services and natural resources.
A philanthropist through and through, Charlie was also a strong supporter of the United Way in Miami, particularly following the devastation of Hurricane Andrew. But what most people will remember about Charlie was his colorful personality. He had a knack for being able to talk to anyone about anything, cultivating lifelong friends throughout the world. He was bright, energetic, fun and generous. Mention his name and listen as people chuckle and tell a “Charlie story.” The world will seem quieter, tidier and sadly more predictable without Charlie and his often present baseball cap.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Lloyd Lofgren, his sister, Helen Hanson and brother-in-law Bob Hanson, and his nephew John Lofgren. He is survived by his sister Audrey Brose, her husband Harlan, of East Hartland, CT, sister-in-law Delores Lofgren (Stewartville, MN), his aunt Doris Johnson (Bloomington, MN), his nieces, nephews, cousins. Other survivors are his scholarship fund “adoptees,” and numerous friends/colleagues. The family would like to thank two devoted friends in particular, John and Carol Honeycutt of Miami, for all of their help during this difficult time.
Charlie had his plane tickets purchased for his summer trip to Minnesota. He was excited about the 100th Reunion of Moose Lake High School and, of course, the 4th of July Parade. So it is fitting that a memorial service will be held on Sunday, July 6th, at 3:00 PM at Hope Lutheran Church in Moose Lake, MN. Christian burial to follow at Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Barnum, MN. Charlie never talked much about dying, but in the event that this world traveler did, he wanted to be buried by his parents back home in Moose Lake.
A celebration of Charlie's life is also being planned in Miami by his friends, details pending.
Memorials are preferred to: The Charles E. Lofgren Undergraduate Honor Award (University of Minnesota Foundation, CM-3854, PO Box 70870, St. Paul, MN 55170) or United Way of Miami-Dade (3250 S.W. 3rd Avenue, Miami, Florida 33129, Attention: Carlos Molina)."
"I was very lucky to have known you Charlie. Today, after I learned you passed away, I talked to many of your friends and we all agreed how nice of a person you were. I will miss your visits at the warehouse, making you Cuban coffee, eating lunch with you, talking with you, and hearing your nice words and compliments. I never heard you say anything bad about anyone. I will cherish your friendship forever. You loved your family and your friends. I am glad that you were part of my life."
"Mr. Lofgren was a great person, I was always impressed by his humility, his ability to listen, ask questions, and nurture our friendship. He was wise yet respectful, intelligent but interested in your ideas. I still remember him asking "Well Alexis what great ideas do you have for me this week?" To me it was very special to have been able to share my business ideas with him. I admired him and I was always ready to listen to his stories from his beloved Minnesota to his travels throughout the world.
He visited our warehouse almost every week. Mr. Lofgren never came with empty hands, from pineapples to bottles of wine to his last batch of baked beans and hot dogs. That was Mr. Lofgren, a caring friend who always had a complement.
One time one of my customer was visiting Miami from a small town up north and when he mentioned the town where he was from Mr. Lofgren commented he had visited the town in the early 60's and that he had an African American friend there who later became a doctor. My customer is African American and was very impressed that Mr. Lofgren was friends with this Doctor because of the racism and segregation they had suffered in those years, to this I replied; yes this is our beloved friend Mr. Lofgren. Last year this same gentleman came to buy shirts in our warehouse while vacationing in Miami and of course he asked about Mr. Lofgren and send him his regards.
Descanse en paz querido amigo Siempre te recordare con Mucho Cariño."
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