Not long ago, Mueller Memorial served someone from the Wild’s “Team of 18,000” as well as a fervent citizen of “Twins Territory”. This gave us on-the-glass seats to witness the way these larger than life teams pause to recognize a single special voice no longer shouting from the crowd.
When Elaine Arnold died just before the Twins season opener in 2013, her daughter, Lynne Arnold-Walker (pictured), came into the Mueller White Bear Lake funeral home location and saw the officially licensed Twins cremation urn. Lynne and her husband Jon (also pictured) knew right away that this was the perfect urn for Elaine.
This year, for the Twins home opener on April 7th, almost a year to the date after Elaine’s death, Mueller Memorial posted a blog entry about this wonderful woman who had spent many of her 84 years being a “couch coach” for the Minnesota Twins.
A few days later we received a call from Jim Anderson of the Minneapolis Star Tribune asking for more information about Elaine and the Twins urn and casket we have on display at the Mueller Memorial St. Paul funeral home.
Jim along with Richard Sennott put together the story and pictures that ran in the April 19th edition of the paper under the title, “Products made for die-hard Twins fans – to the end.” Lynne and her family were so excited that a major newspaper was paying their respects to Elaine’s fandom.
But it didn’t stop there.
The day the article came out David St. Peter, President of the Minnesota Twins, tweeted:
Soon after, Lynne let us know the Twins had offered her family a suite for the May 26 game versus the Texas Rangers. She was ecstatic!
Though the Twins couldn’t pull out a win that day, 16 members of Elaine, and late husband Ted, Arnold’s family felt like they had hit the jackpot. The Twins provided chicken fingers and wings, hot dogs, brats, chili and chips, popcorn, pretzels and soda. The family was especially impressed to get a visit from team mascot, TC Bear and then find their suite was right next to Twins legend Tony Oliva.
“When I first walked into Suite 54,” Lynne said, ”it took my breath away to see what they had set up for us—all because of [Mom] the Couch Coach.“
Hers isn’t the only story. Joseph Lee was a 14-year season ticket holder for the Minnesota Wild. When the team found out about his death last February they went above and beyond by sending his family an official Wild jersey with “Lee” and “14” stitched to the back.
We’d like to thank the Minnesota Twins and Wild for recognizing devoted fans and creating, as Lynne put it, “A memory beyond words for the entire family.”