Linda Zylstra

February 6, 2019

Aug. 29, 1962 – Jan. 31, 2019

Linda A. Zylstra, age 56 of Litchfield, died Thursday, Jan. 31 at Meeker Memo­rial Hospital in Litchfield after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8 at the Church of St. Philip in Li­tchfield. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 at the church with parish prayers at 7:30 p.m. Visita­tion will also be held one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in St. An­thony’s Catholic Cemetery in Lismore at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8.
Linda Arleen Zyl­stra, daughter of Darwin “Smokey” and Audrey (Henriksen) Stoffel, was born Aug. 29, 1962 in Lu­verne. Her family moved to Litchfield two years later. She attended St. Philip’s School and graduated from Litchfield High School in 1981. She had two children with her former husband, Vince Zylstra. She moved to southwest Minnesota and worked as a teacher’s aide at the Tracy and Hendricks schools. Linda also had vari­ous jobs such as cleaning houses, doing bookwork for a gas station, and working at a grocery store. She moved to Litchfield and worked a few part-time jobs, then for Sparboe Farms as Plant Secretary Admin., and was a member of the Church of St. Philip. Linda enjoyed crafts and gardening, play­ing Phase 10 and Cribbage, crossword puzzles, and camping, but most of all she loved spending time with her grandchildren. Her chil­dren’s fondest memory is of her singing and dancing while cleaning, baking, and cooking.Although she didn’t want to be the center of at­tention, she loved people and often spent time help­ing them in whatever way she could.
Linda is survived by her children Amanda (Kevin) Bednarek of Hendricks and Matthew (Stephanie) Zylstra of Hendricks; Tim’s children Brian (Jessie) Stocker and Jason (Ash­ley) Stocker; grandchildren Braxton Bednarek, Kamdin Bednarek, Rylee Zylstra, Trevor Zylstra, and Izzy, Arlo and Piper Stocker; and life partner Tim Stocker of Litchfield. She is also sur­vived by her mother Audrey Stoffel of Litchfield; broth­ers Dale (Sandy) Stoffel of Plymouth and Dallas Stoffel of Litchfield; sister Loydene (Doug) Bernhagen of Will­mar, and twin sister Lisa (Kent) Valiant of Litchfield; and several other relatives and friends. She was pre­ceded in death by her father Darwin “Smokey” Stoffel, brother Monte Stoffel, and beloved grandmother Ma­rie Henriksen.
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