Anne Diekmann, Director of Nursing, Ecumen of Litchfield

Bertha Smith, First Black Teacher in Minneapolis School District, Remembered as Pioneer and Role Model

Bertha Smith, the first black teacher in the Minneapolis School District, is being remembered by local leaders as an extraordinary educator, tireless volunteer and dedicated community advocate. Smith, a resident at Ecumen Prairie Lodge, passed away on Friday, April 18, at the age of 94. Our condolences to Bertha's family, friends and all those who were influenced by her.

Ecumen is honored to share Bertha's story, as told in this Star Tribune obituary, "Bertha Smith Broke Down Barriers in Minneapolis Schools."

Anne Diekmann, Director of Nursing, Ecumen of Litchfield

Ecumen Prairie Lodge: Anisah’s Rich, Full Life

Meet Anisah, an artist with poise, grace and an endearing approach to life.  Anisah is a resident of Ecumen Prairie Lodge, a senior living community in Brooklyn Center, Minn.  She has everything she wants, but her riches have nothing to do with money.  Let her tell you what really matters in life.