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H1N1 claims Hudson woman

Best friends Vicki Kolasa, left, and Debbie Lindstrom became close during junior high school and remained that way right up until Lindstrom's death on Nov. 3 from the H1N1 virus. Submitted photo

The H1N1 virus is being blamed for the death of Debbie Johnson Lindstrom, 48, of Hudson.

Lindstrom, a lifelong Hudson resident and former HHS basketball star, died on Tuesday at Mayo Hospital in Rochester, Minn. from complications brought on by the H1N1 virus.

According to sources, Lindstrom fell ill Oct. 29 with flu symptoms and was first seen at Hudson Hospital emergency room. She was transferred to Regions Hospital in St. Paul where her condition deteriorated and finally was airlifted to Mayo Hospital on Oct. 31. On Nov. 1 it was confirmed that she had H1N1. She died on Tuesday. It is believed that complications from the virus caused a buildup of fluid around her heart.

Lindstrom is survived by her children, Josh, Jamie and Jake and by her mother Dorothy. She was preceded in death by her father Donald Johnson. Close friend Carrie Osbeck said Lindstrom will be remembered as a loving mother, compassionate friend and valuable member of the community.

Funeral arrangements are pending with the O'Connell Family Funeral Home. Services will be held at Bethel Lutheran Highlands Church. More information about Lindstrom and the services will appear in the Nov. 12 edition of the Star-Observer.

Meg Heaton

Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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