Linda Mae E. Wimmer, age 77, of Darwin, died Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at the Dassel Lakeside Community Home.
She was born Oct. 24, 1939, in Litchfield, the daughter of Eddie and Mable (Rice) Nelson. Linda lived in north Kingston, where her parents owned and operated the General Store, until the age of 6.
They then moved to Litchfield, where Linda attended school and graduated from Litchfield High School in 1957.
Linda married Bill Wimmer May 10, 1958, at St. John’s Church Hall in Darwin. The couple made their home in Litchfield until moving to Darwin in 1968.
After marriage, Linda worked as a cook at the Darwin School until 1971. She then started and managed the Darwin Clothing and Food Shelf. It became Heartland, and is now Threads of Hope in Litchfield.
She also started many programs such as Toys for Tots, weatherization heating assistance, and many more. As an active member at St. John’s Catholic Church in Darwin, she taught religion classes and organized carnivals for their Darwin students. She also served as a den mother for Cub Scouts.
Linda enjoyed camping with her family and friends at their place on Dunns Lake. She had an overwhelming passion for shoes.
She enjoyed putting puzzles together and playing cards and games. Back in the day, Linda especially enjoyed snowmobiling, dancing with Bill, and roller skating.
Linda is survived by her husband, Bill Wimmer of Darwin; children Billy and Shari Wimmer of Litchfield, Leann Wimmer of Bemidji, Lorri Pollock of Darwin, and Lynette and Ricky Howell of Olive Branch, MS; grandchildren Crystal and Jake Pederson, Melissa Norberg, Sarah Wimmer, Tyson and Megan Wimmer, Megan Norberg, Missy and Dustin Green, Reed Wimmer, Victor Norberg, Dylan Gunderson and Ryley Pollock; and great-grandchildren Jackson Berggren, Wyatt Berggren, Christian Wimmer, Mason Green, Kenley Green, Nolan Green, Miles Wimmer-Wiggen, and one soon to arrive.
She is also survived by her sister, Arlene and Duane Westphall of Grand Marais.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Russel Nelson and Harold Nelson; sisters Dorothy Strand and Shirley Burlingham; and a great-grandchild, Charlie Mae Wimmer.
A Mass of Christian Burial took place Saturday March 18 at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of St. John in Darwin. Interment was at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Darwin.
There was visitation Friday, March 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home in Litchfield, with a prayer service at 8 p.m.; and continuing Saturday at the church, one hour prior to the Mass.
Arrangements were with Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home in Litchfield; online guestbook at www.johnsonhagglund.com