January 20, 1928 - July 7, 2014


The woman everyone knew as “Tiny” died peacefully at home on July 7, 2014 at the age of 86, succumbing to metastatic kidney cancer. She was born to parents, Edith C. Mahowald (O’Brien) and Herman J. Mahowald of Shooks, MN. In 1931 Tiny’s family moved to Duluth, MN. She graduated from Duluth Cathedral high School in 1945 and Bemidji Teacher’s College in 1949 with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education. She married David T. Lingle on June 25, 1949. They lived in Mpls., MN while he completed dental school at the University of MN. In 1952 they moved to Princeton, MN where Tiny spent the rest of her life. She worked as an elementary school tutor, teacher’s aide, and substitute teacher. She became very active in her community as well. Tiny served as president of the Princeton Women’s Golf League, The Civic Betterment Club, and Fairview Northland Regional Hospital Auxiliary. She was co-chair of the Blood Bank Canteen, board member of Meals on Wheels, and participated in Interfaith Caregivers –Lifeline. As a member of Christ Our Light Catholic church, Tiny served on many committees, clubs, and service organizations. She was an active member of the West Central District Dental Auxiliary and helped promote oral health education in the schools. The past three years Tiny served on several committees at their place of residence, Sterling Pointe Senior Living in Princeton.

Tiny enjoyed playing bridge, golf, downhill and cross country skiing. She loved to sew, quilt, garden, and most of all, spend time with her grandchildren.

Tiny is preceded in death by her parents, sister, Marion Haugen, and brother, Arthur Mahowald.

She is survived by her husband, David, children, Karen (Rev. James) Raisanen of Isle, MN, Dr. Scott (Anne) Lingle of White Bear Lake, MN, Dr. Philip (Susan) Lingle of Princeton, MN, and Julianne (Dr. Greg) Angstman of Mantorville, MN, 10 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and a sister, Laura Jean (Fred) Anderson of Duluth, MN.

Special thanks to the Sterling Pointe staff and Fairview Hospice for their loving care. In lieu of flowers, donations preferred to Relay for Life of Mille Lacs County-Princeton, MN RelayforLife.org.