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Linda Whitney, 61

Dec 12, 2010

Delavan – Funeral Services for Linda Whitney will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 17, 2010, at Faith Lutheran Church, in Delavan with the Rev. Todd Substad officiating. Burial will be in West Delavan Lutheran Cemetery, rural Delavan. Visiting hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, at Patton Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Blue Earth, and one hour prior to services at the church.

Delavan resident Linda Whitney, age 61, died Dec. 5, 2010, at Blue Earth United Hospital from a heart attack. She was born Oct. 6, 1949, in Springfield, the youngest child of Erwin and Carrie (Christiansen) Schenk. She lived on the family farm until the age of eleven when her father died and her mother and the two youngest children moved to Sleepy Eye. She attended Springfield Public Elementary School and Sleepy Eye Public High School where she graduated in 1967. She graduated from Mankato State University in 1972 with a Home Economics major. She married Dennis Whitney March 21, 1970, in Mankato. They resided in Ivanhoe from 1974 to 1979 where her first two sons were born. In 1979 they moved to Delavan where her second two sons were born. Linda worked at Telex Communications, in Blue Earth, for 26 years until the plant closed. The past two and a half years she was working at Casey’s General Store, in Mapleton. She enjoyed farming, gardening, fishing, bird watching, going to rummage sales, playing with her grandchildren, traveling to visit her sons and sharing jigsaw puzzles with her family during get-togethers.

Linda is survived by her husband, Dennis Whitney, of Delavan; sons, Troy, of Chaska, Chad (Jessica), of Delavan, Todd, of Brookings, S.D., and John, of Fargo, N.D. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Zander, Tricity and Willow; a brother, Alvin (Angie) Schenk; sisters, Mary Schroeder and Ruth (Eldon) Hartwigsen; mother-in-law, Evelyn Whitney; sister-in-law, Pam (Phil) Hartman; and brother-in-law, Bruce (Lynn) Whitney.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Erwin Schenk, Jr.

Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com