Barbara 'Bobby' Brewis Lindberg

Posted: Friday, February 09, 2001

Barbara "Bobby" Brewis Lindberg died Monday, Feb. 5, 2001, at her daughter's home in Soldotna. She was 83.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Fairbanks Lutheran Church. Rev. Dan Bollerud will officiate.

She was a lifelong Alaska resident born Aug. 28, 1917, in Flat to Jonas and Minnie Brewis. Her parents were pioneers who came to Alaska in 1897 and 1898. The family moved to Fairbanks in 1920.

She graduated from the University of Alaska in 1939. On Aug. 6, 1939, she married Carroll L. "Lindy" Lindberg.

She is probably best known as a partner in Lindy's Grocery and Liquor Store. The couple purchased Oliver's Delicatessen, on Fourth Avenue in Fairbanks, in 1945. A second store was opened on College Road, and the original store was expanded and eventually moved to Barnette Street and Third Avenue in 1967, just in time for the Fairbanks flood.

Much of the store's business included serving customers in the villages and camps in Alaska. Mrs. Lindberg enjoyed deciphering the orders from the Bush and her contact with the Bush communities. In an interview with Lindy in 1985, he attributed a large part of the success of the store to his wife, who he said kept the books and her sense of humor from the beginning. The Lindbergs owned and operated Lindy's Grocery store from 1945 until it closed in 1989.

Mrs. Lindberg was a member of the Fairbanks Lutheran Church, the Soroptimist Club of Fairbanks and the Junior Women's Club. She was a charter member of the Pioneers of Alaska, Women's Auxiliary No. 8, and President of the Farthest North Girl Scout Council in the early 60s.

"Even before they had a home in Fairbanks, Bobby and Lindy built a cabin at Harding Lake, which became a favorite spot for family to gather. Over the years, Bobby and Lindy enjoyed many good times with family and neighbors at the lake," the family said.

In 1947, Bobby and Lindy purchased the home next door to the Brewis family home on Ninth Avenue. She lived there until recent years, when she began to spend winters with her daughters in Anchorage and Soldotna. She continued to enjoy summers in Fairbanks where she delighted in her yard, flowers, visiting with friends and neighbors both in town and at Harding Lake.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Vern and Roaul Tyler, sister Gladys Sams-Potts and her husband, Lindy Lindberg.

She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Jan Dodds and Dan Bollerud, of Anchorage, and Kay and Mike Tauriainen, of Soldotna; brother and sister-in-law, Henry and Alys Brewis, of Delta Junction; and five granddaughters Sydney and Kelleigh Dodds, of Anchorage, Julie Tauriainen, of Seward, Wendy Tauriainen, of Hawaii, and Lyndi Tauriainen, of Soldotna; two nephews and seven nieces.

Arrangements were made by the Peninsula Memorial Chapel and the Fairbanks Funeral Home.



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