Mary Madonna Linneman

Mary Don Linneman, 93, of Sleepy Eye, formerly of New Ulm, died Sunday, September 23, 2012 at the New Ulm Medical Center.

Mary Don (Hylden) Linneman was born Jan. 16, 1919 in East Grand Forks, the daughter of Lars and Anne (Phelan) Hylden. She attended schools in East Grand Forks and Park River, N.D., and graduated from Park River High School, later attending college at Northwest. On Nov. 11, 1950, she married Tony V. Linneman and farmed in rural Buxton Township near Reynolds, N.D., until his death on Sept. 21, 1958. Their marriage was blessed by four children, three daughters and a son, 13 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren.

She worked as a lab technician in Grand Forks, N.D., Thief River Falls, and completed her career at the Cambridge State Hospital in Cambridge. While working at the Cambridge State Hospital she shared a great compassion and advocacy for the mentally challenged residents. Following retirement in 1984, she moved the next year to New Ulm, where she was an active member of Cathedral Parish and the Council of Catholic Women.

Mary treasured moments with her family; birthdays, holidays and visits by her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mary was gifted with a wit and pervasive sense of humor which aided her often as she raised four children single-handedly. She loved playing bridge and cribbage, and was serious about winning, especially when playing with her kids and grandchildren. She was a breast cancer survivor aided by a strong will for life, centered on love of God and family.

Mary is survived by her four children, Ann Terrill and husband Ken of Sun Prairie, Wis. (including children Michael, Sarah, Andrew, Mark and Josh), Judy Stueber and husband Tom of Park Rapids, Minn. (Matt, Angie, and Shelly), Benny Linneman and wife Maryann Sorese of Ossining, N.Y., (Camila, Antonio), Jean Strelow and husband Steve of Mora, Minn. (Becky, Jenny, Beth Ann). Mary is also survived by one sister, Audrey (and Don) Corcoran of Fallbrook, Calif., and other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband Tony in 1958; five brothers, Maurice, Fr. Joseph Lloyd, Harold, Lawrence, and Donald; and four sisters: Margaret Hayes, Dolores Aas, Francis Madeira and Loretto Ludowese, as well three great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm with Monsignor John A. Richter celebrating the Mass. Interment was in New Ulm Catholic Cemetery in New Ulm.

Memorials are preferred to the Divine Providence Community Home and the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. Arrangements with Minnesota Valley Funeral Home.