Former Choral Director and Associate Music Professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth, Tina Thielen-Gaffey has passed away - aged just 50.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Western Michigan University and the University of Iowa, Tina served on the Minnesota-Duluth teaching faculty from 1999 until 2015.
It is understood she died from an accidental overdose of prescription medicine.
Tina leaves behind a husband and two small children.
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to assist the family at this time.
“Nothing can fill the hole she has left behind … but with lots of love and attention we can work together to build bridges of healing for this beautiful family,” family friend, Jennifer Scovell-Parker has said.
“I have created this page in the hopes that we can raise money to help cover the costs of this great loss … in lieu of donating here consider donating to a charity or support group ... if you can't donate, pay it forward with kindness,” she has said.
If you can assist the family, please visit: http://bit.ly/2y66y6A
Two funeral services will be held on September 14th and 16th at the Concordia Lutheran Church in Duluth and the Wisconsin Immanuel Lutheran Church in New London.