Wulff Woodbury Funeral Home

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Robert Louis Cadalbert

June 20, 1934May 18, 2020

Robert “Bob” Cadalbert (1934-2020)

Beloved husband of 63 years to Donna, loving and proud father of Michael Robert Cadalbert, Sandra Lee Iliff and Heidi Jo Cadalbert (Laura). Grandfather of Chris Cadalbert, Jason Cadalbert, Erin (Cadalbert) Horrisberger, Laurie (Phillips) Wold and Holly (Phillips) Lockwood. Great-grandfather of nine. Dear brother of David Cadalbert (Andi), Mary Lou Brown (Bill) and Cathy Brunner (Mike), and cherished uncle to several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents Alois and Rose Cadalbert, stepmother Rose Maurer Cadalbert, brother David Cadalbert, Sr., and granddaughter Holly (Phillips) Lockwood.

A life-long resident of Woodbury, Bob was born on a dairy farm, the Glen Caven Dairy, located in what is now the Park Hills area of Woodbury. A graduate of Harding High School (1952), he loved farm life and met his wife Donna Lee on a neighboring farm. After a brief stint in the army, he began a 35-year career at 3M, a career without one sick day! Bob had many adventures in his lifetime, taking many trips all over the world - many with his beloved brother Dave and sister-in law Andrea, and enjoying winters at Monte Vista Resort in Arizona. He loved playing cards, fishing, watching Polka Spotlight and socializing with everyone! He was exceptionally proud of his Swiss heritage and enjoyed many events with the Swiss Benevolent Society of St. Paul. He was a staunch supporter of his favorite team, the Minnesota Twins. He spent many hours volunteering for several organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels and Dorothy Day Center, and a life-long parishioner at Guardian Angels Catholic Community, where he also spent many hours volunteering at their activities and services. Most of all, he loved spending time with family and friends, and he reveled in the many blessings he was grateful for.

Our family expresses deeply heartfelt thanks to the wonderful staff at Norris Square in Cottage Grove, especially Becca Jenkins for all the FaceTime calls, and Jenny the nurse who took such wonderful care of Bob until the end. Special thanks to Naomi and Tom Brown, without whose love and support during the last several years we could not have enabled him to be in his favorite place: home. To Laurie at the Woodwinds Health East Clinic, who always took time to chat with Dad and make him smile during his INR appointment, and to Bob’s primary doctor of many years, Dr. Greg Johnson whose care and guidance is very appreciated.

A service has not yet been scheduled and we hope friends and loved ones will stay in contact until larger gatherings are once again safe, when we will meet to celebrate a life well lived. In lieu of flowers (now or then), memorials can be made to Catholic Charities of St. Paul/Minneapolis or the American Parkinson Disease Association.


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Robert Louis Cadalbert

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Elmar Jaust

May 27, 2020

My sincere condolences to Bob’s family.

I have very fond memories of “Uncle Bob”, as we ‘younger’ folks used to call him back in the 80’s at 3M. We worked together for a few years on High Intensity back then, and he was one of the nicest guys I have known throughout my 35 years with 3M. He always had a smile or smirk on his face, was always very helpful and supportive. Just a real pleasure to work with. I will miss him.

Rest In Peace, Uncle Bob!

Carol Hatcher

May 27, 2020

I fondly remember going on sign surveys with Bob when we both worked in Traffic Control Materials at 3M. When we had international guests, Bob and Donna would have us all over to their home. Bob was a very kind and gentle man who loved the global community with whom we worked. Donna, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.

Mary Jo Lewis

May 27, 2020

“Uncle Bob” officially welcomed me to 3M’s Traffic Control Materials Division when I joined in 1988, and was a gentle and gracious colleague and mentor until his retirement. I never heard him utter an unkind word, he always wore a smile and was always available with advice or support. He loved people! And we all loved him. Condolences to the family.

Becky Lee

May 27, 2020

Shared many good times with Uncle Bob in the late 80’s as well. The monthly trips to Brownwood, soccer games and dinners out. The annual lab safety picnics, water balloon fights and rubber band battles in the lab.... He was a mentor to many. I remember vividly his smile and laugh. We will miss you!

Dave Freier

May 27, 2020

My deepest sympathy to Bob's family. He was a wonderful man. I worked with Bob in the '80s. He was a gentle gentleman. He was quick to share his knowledge and always ready to lend a helping hand. I don't think I ever heard Bob raise his voice. Even when we would poke him a bit, he remained calm. I believe it was Tom Brown, who I golfed with last year. Somehow we got to talking 3M and Bob's name came up. I had lost touch with Bob over the years but Tom talked to Bob and I was able to give Bob a call and catch up. I'm grateful that I had the chance for one last talk with with my coworker and friend, Bob!
Dave Freier

Mary Hollenkamp

May 27, 2020

Dear Cathy and family,
I'm so sorry to see that you've lost your brother. What a consolation that his was a life well lived. Just know that he and the family he leaves will be especially remembered in my prayers. Take care.
Mary (Schaffer) Hollenkamp

Debbie (Thill) McLean

May 27, 2020

I am saddened to hear that Bob has passed. I am comforted knowing my parents were up there to greet him and catch up. Donna, you and Bob were such good friends to them and my family. I am so sorry for your loss and pray for you and your family through this difficult time.

Mike & Kathy (Thill) Dunlap

May 27, 2020

So sorry to hear about the passing of Bob. He and Donna were always such great friends to our parents Dorothy and Bob Thill. Bob was always so friendly whenever we saw him and Donna. May he Rest In Peace and hugs to Donna!

Laura Blabac

May 27, 2020

Thank you Bob, for your love over the years - for treating me as one of your own. Thank you for introducing me to red wine, to appetizers I will never touch again (pickled herring?!?), and teaching me about finance and investing. I always loved to see your smile and your enjoyment of life. You will always have a very special place in my heart, Dad-in-law! "You take care", Bob!

Michele Eggers

May 25, 2020

Bob was an amazing mentor and boss to a young student of engineering at the U of Mn many years ago. He was a kind man and helped set an example for a solid,ethical , leader who loved life and valued relationships. I think of him often as I now am a manager for a large company. We worked together when email was 'new' and I tell stories of him sending an email and then walking into the next room to tell the person that he had sent an email. . . I have no doubt that he has left an amazing trail of lives that he has touched in so many ways. Cherish those memories. I know his history and his family were very important to him. I will continue to think of him often.


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