Twin Cities' Mama D fed the famous and the needy

  • Article by: TIM HARLOW , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 19, 2009 - 6:10 PM

The noted cookbook author and restaurateur took time to feed the indigent and visit those in jail.

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Wolfgang_31Mar. 18, 09 9:59 AM

May the angels carry you straight to heaven for putting the love of God you experienced into the love of neighbor. Rest in peace Mama D.

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moderateoneMar. 18, 0911:12 AM

This is what REAL caring people are all about. Needs of people ahead of selfish wealth. God bless her.

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zyxwvuMar. 18, 0912:10 PM

Genuine, no conditions humanitarian. MN's own Mother Teresa. I feel privileged to have met her.

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gtscoopMar. 18, 0912:25 PM

Mama D was a genuine angel/saint to all and to those who knew her. She will be missed. She is with the saints and angels now. Her legacy of good works will live on in our hearts for the ages. She will be missed but her life should be celebrated and her works continued by us all. The good Lord blessed us with Mama D and we are better for it.

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KristoferMar. 18, 0912:33 PM

God shared this dear woman with us for 94 years and we are the better for it. She has now gone home. Rest in God's eternal peace dear lady.

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cmbjea6Mar. 18, 0912:34 PM

Mama D was a wonderful woman. In the early 1970's we were students who frequented Sammy D's and she always greeted us with hugs. One night my husband had hurt his knee playing softball and she gave him a lecture about taking care of himself, and making me promise to take him to the doctor.She then took our crying infant son to the kitchen so that we could eat our dinner. When another diner complained about the baby crying, Mama D told him that "God's babies" are always welcome in her restaurant and she would pack his meal to leave if he preferred. She always fussed over our son when we were in there, and shared her motherly wisdom about child rearing often. She was very special and she lived her faith, reminding us what taking care of others really meant. Rest in peace Mama D, you are loved and missed by many of "your kids".

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mahogma66Mar. 18, 09 1:14 PM

was the better for it. Rest in peace, dear lady. You will be missed,and remembered with fondness.

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wallymarxMar. 18, 09 1:22 PM

A kind and lovely woman. She fed our family when my Dad was a poor college kid back in the '60s. Everytime we visited her restaurant, there she was at the door greeting us like old friends. God bless her.

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RuschkaMar. 18, 09 1:29 PM

When I was much younger there were a group of us that worked at the New Hope Nursing Home on night shift as Nurse's Aide's. Often when we would get off work at 7:00 AM we would drive over to MaMa's to have the BEST eggs Benedict ever made!! May you find a hot stove and emtpy pan waiting for you up in heaven and you will be able to cook for all eternity. My condolences to your family but with a lot of repect to one of the best cooks ever. May you rest in Peace.

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millgristMar. 18, 09 1:34 PM

I moved to Minnesota in 1980. Mama D was one of the first "celebrity" Minnesotans I learned about, and for the reasons cited in the article and postings here------ As others have said, rest in peace, Mama D. G-d bless.

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