Celebrating the life of Irene M. Linn
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Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30AM on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Avon for Irene M. Linn, age 65, of Avon who passed away peacefully with her family by her side on April 19, 2017 in Avon. Rev. Gregory Miller, OSB and Rev. Jeremy Theis will concelebrate and burial will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8PM on Friday, April 21, 2017 at the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, St. Cloud and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church in Avon. Parish Prayers will be prayed at 4PM on Friday at the funeral home in St. Cloud.
Irene was born June 4, 1951 to Thomas and Gertrude (Michael) Gill. The youngest of six children, she was raised on the family farm in Albany with her three sisters and two brothers. Irene was a caregiver from the start helping to care for her sister, Elaine. She graduated from Albany High School. Irene married Ronald Linn on April 17, 1971 at Seven Dolores Church in Albany, MN. Ron and Irene were very proud of their five boys, “DABOYZZ.” She worked hard to raise the boys after Ron’s accident. Irene continued to work fulltime, providing for the boys making many events and keeping the small hobby farm south of Avon going.
Her grandkids became her passion and brought much joy to her life. Irene’s caring and compassion shined upon everyone she met, always willing to help or give when she could. She enjoyed going for a drive with her dog Hunter by her side, and coffee with friends.
Despite her difficult life through tragedy and illness, Irene’s perseverance, strong will, and caring heart should remain an example of the difference Irene has made in many lives “DO SOMETHING BIG!” Be an advocate for somebody that needs a voice! Her difficult journey with Alzheimer’s Disease will forever change how those that are diagnosed and their families live with the disease.
Irene’s legacy of an everlasting love for her family and those she touched in so many ways lives on for eternity. She would want us all to have a positive impact in the lives of others.
Irene is survived by her sons, Eric (Joyce) of Avon, Steve (Kelly) of St. Joseph, Phil (Elise) of Freeport, Sam (Jessie) of Avon, Mike of Avon; seven grandchildren, Spencer, Kallie, Haiden, Hudson, Cael, Briella, and Aaron; siblings, Shirly Hondel of Brooklyn Park, Tom (Genny) of Albany, Jim Gill of Osseo; brothers and sisters-in-law, Virgel (Kathy) Linn of Alexandria, Caroline Locnikar of St. Joseph, Dorine (Dick) Rohe of Marine on St. Croix, + Donnie (Sharon) Linn of Albany, Ralph (Sharon) Linn of Albany, Ruth (Gerald) Tamm of Albany, Tim (Deb) Linn of Freeport, Joseph (Susie) Linn of Beltone, TX, Marion (Marvin) Sand of Albany, Barb (Florian) Blenker of Albany, Sharen (+Ken) Goebel of Albany, David Linn of Maryland, Lori (Linn) Schulzetenberg of Motley, and Lisa (Daryl) Witt of Mankato.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Ronald on July 3, 1992; parents, Thomas (1986) & Gertrude (1996) Gill; and sisters, Elaine Gill, and Jeanie Riser.
Irene’s family would especially like to thank; Marion Sand, Ruth Tamm, Barb Blenker, and Scotty Linn.
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to St. Croix Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Association.
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1900 Veterans Drive
St. Cloud, MN 56303
Mass of Christian Burial
212 1st St SW
Avon, MN 56310
212 1st St SW
Avon, MN 56310