The writer of this column once mentioned that his sister, who had just died, had attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., and had sung in its famed choir.

Phil Felde, Fargo, sent a most kind note of condolence in response, then mentioned that his oldest sister Lillian also had attended St. Olaf and had sung in the choir before graduating in 1933.

Well, what about Phil? Is he a singer?

“I sang in 16 choirs and in two male quartets, and I soloed once in a while,” he responds.

“Solos were scary events,” he says. “I didn’t trust my voice as I should have.

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“As time aged the vocal chords, I had trouble singing after 10 minutes of choir practice -- hoarseness.

“So now I stick to singing hymns during the church service.”

But Phil sends a happy closing thought.

“Our human frailties will vanish in the heavenly realm, so I believe our singing will be perfect as well,” he says.

Amen, Phil.

Pen pal lost

But now here’s a note from Lola (Murray) Patnoude, Breckenridge, Minn., who’d seen an item here about two women who have been pen pals for more than 70 years.

“I also had a pen pal for 70-plus years,” Lola writes.

“Mine lived in England. Her name was Doreen Adey.

“Early in 2019, I was saddened to receive word from her husband that she had passed away.

“Needless to say, I miss her and our ‘across the ocean’ correspondence, which had begun in 1948 when I was 13 years old.”

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