Linda Pitzl

December 20, 2018

obit linda pitzl IMG_3027March 5, 1944 – Dec. 14, 2018

Linda Lee Pitzl, age 74 of Hendricks, passed away Friday, Dec. 14 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19 at the church with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at a later date at the East Hendricks Cemetery. Houseman Funeral Home- Birk Chapel of Hendricks is entrusted with the ar­rangements.
Linda Lee Pitzl was born March 5, 1944 in St. Paul to Warren and Gwendolyn (Hinsverk) Clausen. She was baptized and con­firmed at Calvary Luther­an Church in Hendricks. Linda was raised on the family farm until Nov. 10, 1962, when she married Russell Pitzl. The next two and a half years were spent in Boston, Massachusetts while Russ finished his service in the U.S. Navy. In 1964 they had their first son, Eric, and in 1965 moved back to Minneapo­lis, where in 1968 they had a second son, Jason.
While settling into their home in Apple Valley, Linda worked for Lancers Cloth­ing Store, Pepsi and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Working for Pepsi was always kinda fun because to her, “Coke is it!” After her kids gradu­ated and moved on, Russ and Linda packed up and headed for her treasured family farm to manage the land and tend to milk cows they had purchased. Linda fell into her calling, taking up work at the Hendricks Hospital as a medical tran­scriptionist and becoming an EMT for over 20 years. Her devotion to the hospi­tal was added to with sev­eral years taking care of the local channel and be­ing secretary of the church council. Her greatest pas­sion was friends, family and her childhood farm, established in 1881.
Linda enjoyed many things, including traveling (especially to Norway), downhill and water ski­ing, games with friends and family, arts and crafts, shopping with her girl­friends, and just spending time chatting. With two boys passionate about golf, it didn’t take long for her to fall in love with it, too. She loved everyday and everyone she got to have a round with! She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Club 14, and the 20th Century Club. Linda’s infectious smile and welcoming personal­ity will truly be missed by all who knew her.
Grateful for having shared Linda’s life is her husband of 56 years, Russ Pitzl of Hendricks; her sons, Eric (Leann) Pitzl of Rochert and Jason Pitzl of Marshall; three grand­children, Emma Lee Pitzl, Ashley (Sean) Romo and Jason Neuse; two great-grandchildren, Blake and Logan Romo; her siblings, Vicki Clausen of Minne­apolis, Bonnie (Al) Haines of Florida, and Wayne (Debra Gunnes) Clausen of St. Paul; sisters-in-law Katherine Peppersack of Parkers Prairie, Ramona Pitzl of North Carolina, and Fran Pitzl of Wabasso; and numerous nieces, neph­ews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; aunt and uncle Eda and Teddy Mathison; in-laws John and Kathryn Pitzl; broth­ers-in-law Roger, Richard and Lawrence Pitzl; sister-in-law Verda Pitzl; and nephew Larry Pitzl, Jr.