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Norma Roman Longfellow lived from 1917-1998, but her legacy continues through a fund created in her name.
Through the Norma Roman Longfellow Fund, her family and the staff of Hospice of Douglas County have been able to carry on her wish of assisting others in finding comfort before death.
Learn About the Norma Roman Longfellow Fund
Norma’s fund is a permanently endowed donor advised fund that supports organizations such as Hospice of Douglas County, which provides hospice and palliative care services and programs in Alexandria, Minnesota. With support from the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation, the fund has continued to grow, increasing the principal fund by $150,000+.
“ I’ve been completely shocked by how much her fund has had an impact. It wasn’t a huge bequeathment, but [...] the fund has been able to sustain its giving to the community.”
Stephanie Longfellow, granddaughter
For more than 20 years, since 1999, support from the Norma Roman Longfellow Fund has allowed Hospice of Douglas County to provide extra funds to families and individuals during their final days through activities like visiting with family they haven’t seen in years or a simple drive to sit by a lake. It also provides additional services like special hospice care for veterans, massage therapy, therapy pet visits, and staff education and training.
“ Norma so generously gave. Her support made a huge impact on Douglas County and surrounding facilities, allowing us to provide much needed education to healthcare professionals.”
Sue Quist, former Director of Hospice of Douglas County