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Linda Wehking Magnuson, 80, of Monticello passed away at Mercy Hospital early the morning
of Friday, January 5th , from treatment complications related to a recurrence of non-Hodgkin’s
lymphoma. She had many visitors throughout her stay at the hospital and was able to visit with
and say goodbye to her children and most grandchildren the night before she passed. Her
oldest son (Russell) was able to stay with her until she passed.
Linda was born on June 23rd, 1943 in St. Cloud, Minnesota. She is preceded in death by her
mother, Gladys (Walters) Isley and her father, Raymond Wehking. Linda is survived by her three
sons: Russell Magnuson (Katie), Daniel Magnuson, and Steven Magnuson (Candace), and her
half-sister, Janet Isley, and her half-brother, Howard Isley. She was blessed with 11 special
grandchildren and 6 extra special great grandchildren.
Linda was ahead of her time in many ways for her generation and let nothing stand in her way
once she set her mind to it. Early in the 1970s she applied her sense of style and artistic flare to
a number of crafty type projects, and sold her original works at craft fairs and various shops
around the area. She also dabbled in furniture restoration, and no matter what the item, she
could turn it into something truly special.
Linda worked at Mercy Hospital for a number of years until retirement. Her favorite job was
sterilization of instruments and preparation of surgical trays, which she felt was her way of
helping others have the best possible outcome from whatever procedures they were
Later in life she came out of retirement to babysit one of her great grandchildren, Jack (so his
mom could return to work), which by far (in her words) was “the best job she ever had.”
Linda enjoyed reading and puzzles while enjoying a Pepsi and some potato chips. She was fond
of chickens, donkeys, elephants, murder mysteries, vampires and watching home remodeling
shows. She loved to visit Duluth. If she would have had more time, she would have made one
last trip to Ohio to visit her best friend Sandy Rodocker, as well as her half-brother Howard and
wife Pam. She was known for her witty comments and great sense of humor. She loved visiting
her granddaughter Kayla’s garden during “pea season” and always made a couple trips to the
101 Market for sweet corn. She was also famous for serving her spaghetti “hotdish” for most
holidays she hosted.
Some of her best quotes were “You can never have too much butter”, “Never park next to a
white car” and “I’m a really nice person if you get to know me.” She was known for having
strong opinions and fighting hard for what she believed in. She would urge everyone to explore
the stories of Nephilim/giants.
She spent her last years downsizing into a smaller home, volunteering at the Wise Penny. She
always had a dream of living on the Mississippi River, and had just fulfilled that dream a few
months before her passing. She was loved by so many. It was a joy to be loved by Linda and she
will be greatly missed.
Plans for interment of her ashes and a remembrance gathering are pending for late spring or
the early summer.
Cards or remembrances (no flowers please) can be sent to:
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Alexandria, VA 22304
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