SLEEPY EYE - Mary Don Linneman, 93, of Sleepy Eye, formerly of New Ulm, died Sunday, September 23, 2012 at the New Ulm Medical Center.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, September 27 at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm with Monsignor John A. Richter celebrating the Mass. Interment will be at the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery in New Ulm.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and 7:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in New Ulm. The Christian Mothers will pray the rosary at 4 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity on Wednesday.
To sign the guest book, or to leave an online condolence for her family go to www.mvfh.org.
Mary Don (Hylden) Linneman was born January 16, 1919 in East Grand Forks, the daughter of Lars and Anne (Phelan) Hylden. She attended schools in East Grand Forks and Park River, North Dakota, and graduated from Park River High School, later attending college at Northwest. On November 11, 1950, she married Tony V. Linneman and farmed in rural Buxton Township near Reynolds, North Dakota, until his death on Sept. 21, 1958. Their marriage was blessed by four children, three daughters and a son; 13 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
She worked as a lab technician in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Thief River Falls, and completed her career at the Cambridge State Hospital in Cambridge. While working at the Cambridge State Hospital she shared a great compassion and advocacy for the mentally challenged residents. Following retirement in 1984, she moved the next year to New Ulm, where she was an active member of Cathedral Parish and the Council of Catholic Women.
Mary treasured moments with her family; birthdays, holidays and visits by her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mary was gifted with a wit and pervasive sense of humor which aided her often as she raised four children single-handedly. She loved playing bridge and cribbage, and was serious about winning, especially when playing with her kids and grandchildren. She was a breast cancer survivor aided by a strong will for life, centered on love of God and family.
Mary is survived by her four children, Ann Terrill and husband Ken of Sun Prairie WI (including children Michael, Sarah, Andrew, Mark and Josh), Judy Stueber and husband Tom of Park Rapids MN (Matt, Angie, and Shelly), Benny Linneman and wife Maryann Sorese of Ossining NY, (Camila, Antonio), Jean Strelow and husband Steve of Mora MN (Becky, Jenny, Beth Ann).
Mary is also survived by one sister, Audrey (and Don) Corcoran of Fallbrook CA, and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Tony in 1958; five brothers, Maurice, Fr. Joseph Lloyd, Harold, Lawrence, and Donald; and four sisters, Margaret Hayes, Dolores Aas, Francis Madeira and Loretto Ludowese, as well as three great-grandchildren.
Memorials are preferred to the Divine Providence Community Home and the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity.