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  • Sep 9, 2013 8:52pm

    To Connie,
    I never had the privilege of meeting your wonderful Ken but I know your love for him was boundless. Please know my thoughts and heart are with you as you mourn his passing and remember your dear Ken.
    I am among the many friends who are surrounding you with love.
    your "Society" friend, 
    Lois Wagh Aronstein

    Lois Wagh Aronstein

  • Sep 4, 2013 8:02am

    Ken was one of the greats. His winning smile said it all. There was a true love for humanity in everything he did. When I interviewed him for the book on AIM, he had so much to say that the time went by in a flash as he recollected the events and shenanigans of our own government against its own people. His humanity always shown through, whether speaking of his opposition or those he was defending. And I have to say, he had considerable charm as well. These personal notes are only a small tribute but the world should know what a great man Ken was. He accomplished so much, touched so many lives, and did good work for us all.

    Laura Waterman Wittstock

  • Sep 3, 2013 10:00pm

    He made a difference.

    Frank Lerman

  • Sep 3, 2013 8:08pm

    Thank you ken for your tireless dedication to the fight for justice, you were one of the last great ones of the generation of civil rights fighters. Thank you for fighting for me for twenty five years and for staying positive even when I felt like giving up the fight against immigration and the US government. It is with a mixture of emotions that I say good bye - happiness for having you as my lawyer for what it seems as an eternity and sad for having lost a wonderful friend.  To the Tilsen family and Connie, we hope that your wonderful memories of Ken give you peace in these difficult days.  We have all lost a true warrior for justice.

    Deanne and Rene Larin

  • Sep 3, 2013 4:27pm

    Just want to say that I am thinking about all the Tilsen children and grandchildren.  I hope your best, most loving memories keep him with you throughout your life and through the lives of your children.


    Jessica K. Baum

  • Sep 3, 2013 9:34am

    Sorry to hear.  sorry for the loss for the entire community.  He will be missed. 

    ron kelner

  • Sep 2, 2013 4:13pm

    Kenneth Tilsen Gathering Schedule


    11:00AM Grave side at the Temple of Aaron cemetery 

    Located at the Corner of Larpenteur Ave and Dale St.

    Roseville, MN 55117


    Monday September 2nd 6:30pm

    Ken & Connie’s Home

    264 Cove Rd 

    Hudson, WI 54016

    Tuesday September 3rd 6:30pm

    Tilsen Family Cabin

    W13064 640th Ave

    Prescott, WI 

    Wednesday September 4th 6:30pm

    Judy Tilsen’s Home

    3 Kennard CT

    St. Paul, MN 55106

    Thursday September 5th 6:30pm

    Dan Tilsen and Kimberly Nightingale’s Home

    235 Fuller Ave

    St. Paul, MN 55103

    Friday September 6th 6:30pm

    Ken & Connie’s Home

    264 Cove Rd 

    Hudson, WI 54016

    Saturday September 7th 6:30pm

    Barb & David Tilsen’s Home

    3220 10th Ave South

    Minneapolis, MN 55118


    Sunday September 8th 6:30pm

    Drew and Renee Tilsen’s Home

    1653 S Victoria Rd

    Mendota Heights, MN 55118

    Please contact Angela Tilsen (651-210-3507) or Lasha Tilsen (612-369-0619) with questions and more information. 

    Aaron Tilsen

  • Sep 2, 2013 10:48am

    My most sincere condolences to the Tilsen family, friends, colleagues, and to all those whose lives were blessed by knowing Ken. Ken's legacy will be honored and cherished because of the kindness and assistance he offered to countless people, and for his life long advocacy, strong commitments, and highly effective actions for social justice.

    Arthur Himmelman

  • Sep 2, 2013 8:02am

    Thank you for letting us know. I am thinking of you all at this time and offer condolences.

    The Males

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  • Sep 2, 2013 7:39am

    Fitting, isn't it, that Ken would slip away on the eve of Labor Day.What an impact he had on the workers' movements of the midwest. I have always been so proud to be part of Ken's family and to watch his work, from the days of the draft to Wounded Knee and beyond. And then to watch his "patriarch" period, with all the young ones tumbling around him at family events! An amazing man. Love to my cousins and all.

    Cynthia Moore

  • Jul 10, 2013 11:31pm

    July 10, 2013


    So there we were at some political meeting at the Shuchman’s
    place in Dinkey Town. You and Rachel were the only ones there with children,
    Jocie and David I believe, and I think you were still living in student
    housing. I loved you both at once and was sorry when you had to leave
    early.  Neither Gene nor I cared
    for the Shuchmans, and we never got to know them very well. But Rachel and I
    became part of a women’s group discussing methods of raising children. Never
    having even baby sat in my life or had any acquaintance with young children and
    being pregnant with Joel by then, I listened a lot and read a lot—Gesell and
    Ilg, Freud, Fromm, the guru Dr. Spock. Rachel was in the group and she
    recruited me into WILPF—61 years ago. She and Shirley and I were the only
    members under 50 I think.  The
    other women had been members since before WWII and had also been members
    of  The Grange and the WCTU. 

    Ellie Bluestein

  • Jul 6, 2013 8:38pm

    July 6, 2013


    So there we were in the little house on Pleasant Ave in St. Paul. A Calypso group was  performing at the St. Paul Hotel, so of course we went to hear them. Gene was a nut for Calypso, and a very sweet guy was the drummer, so we befriended him and invited him to the house. Conrad couldn’t believe it when you all trooped in with the children, Pax and the goat. (“Just like home,(Trinidad) he burst out. How we all fit into that tiny living room is a mystery, but maybe we didn’t,( half in half out). He told us that the band was not allowed to enter the hotel by the front door. They had to come in the back way—St. Paul 1957.

    Ellie Bluestein

  • Jul 5, 2013 6:49pm




    So there we were in the tiny house on Pleasant Avenue in St. Paul situated on a rather steep hill, so we had to walk down steps to get to the front door. I think it was a hot summer weekend. The wooden toilet paper holder had fallen into the toilet and become embedded in the trap and would not budge. Gene poked and hammered and used various tools such as were around, to no avail. So this distinguished American Studies PhD called on two noted experts for advice and assistance, a Philosophy professor temporarily working as a Bonds for Israel hustler and a notorious St. Paul lawyer. I loaded up on cold beer because I knew this operation would not be easy. Of course they removed the toilet bowl from its stand so they could more easily approach the problem. But after more pushing and hammering, I think they even tried to saw it, the damn wooden roller was still stuck. I think by then it had swelled in size and was really embedded in that trap. As you can imagine there was lots of laughter and beer drinking and determination. At one point, in desperation someone had a bright idea to burn it out, with a flaming gas soaked rag. At that point I think I took the children and left – only Joel and Evo as an infant.  I had visions of the whole thing exploding and taking off into the air. Would you believe I don’t remember the outcome? I know we had a working toilet, but for all I know we might just have given up and dumped it in the junk and bought a new one. Unless Joel remembers, who is left to solve the mystery?


    Ellie Bluestein

  • Jul 2, 2013 1:37am

    So there we were at the Merle Hay Holiday Inn in Indiana at the junction where I 35 and  I  80 meet.We were having breakfast coffee by the pool. Rachel was in the new kimono that you had just brought back from your trip to China with the lawyers. We were on the way back from Gene's semester as visiting professor at Brooklyn College. We couldn't go up to St. Paul as planned because my mom was in the hospital in Fresno, and we had to get back home right away. So you met us on the road, and we had a day together and left the next morning.What are good friends for?

    Ellie Bluestein

  • Jul 1, 2013 12:02am

    So there we were, back in Fresno for our last night of revelry before you guys headed back to Minnesota—a laid back New Years gathering up at Sweets Mill. We set off with instruments and children, and, lo and behold, when we got up to about 3,000-4,000 feet there was snow at the sides of the road. But we barreled on in to the access road and by the time we had gotten about half way there, with about a dozen other cars we were mired in the ditches and gullies that serve as a road there in the best of times. Stuck in the snow in Fresno! It was getting dark, and pretty soon Virgil rolled up from the direction of the lodge in his pickup truck squeezed by all the cars on this one and a half lane road, full of ditches and gullies with ravines on either side, picked up all the instruments and any kids who were willing to hang on to the sides of the truck. The rest of us figuring how long it would take Virgil to return for the rest of us, just got out of our cars and walked in. After a fun night in front of the fire, drying out and singing and falling asleep where we sat, we woke up to bright sunshine and before the snow all melted the kids found cardboard boxes and used them to sled down the hills .“Winter in Fresno” 

    Ellie Bluestein

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