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In Memory

Linda Veale (Elsen)

Linda Veale (Elsen)



Linda Evelyn Elsen

May 1, 1943 – Aug. 5, 2021

KENOSHA - Linda Evelyn (Veale) Elsen, 78, of Kenosha passed away Thursday, August 5th, 2021, at Seasons Hospice Ignite Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born May 1, 1943, to the late Marwood Louis and Edna (Van Wie) Veale in Kenosha.

Linda attended Columbus Elementary School, McKinley Junior High School, and she was a proud alumnus of Mary D. Bradford High School (Class of '61). She also took numerous classes at Gateway Technical Institute.

Linda retired after working 24 years as an Administrative Office Assistant at North Chicago VA Medical Center. She previously worked at Wisconsin Telephone Company, McDonalds, Kenosha Unified, Kenosha Memorial Hospital, and Dr. Fredrick Wood. Her volunteer work included St. George School, Scamps Gymnastics and Abernathy Kennel, and Greyhound Adoption Center at Dairyland Greyhound Park.

Linda attended St. Elizabeth, St. George, St. Mary's, and First Presbyterian churches.

Linda enjoyed the simpler things in life; she had a huge heart and would always welcome people and animals into her home. She enjoyed being social, all of her children's friends were also her friends. Her door always remained open. She adapted and adjusted to life; she lived "old school" by sending birthday cards, thank you notes, and just because notes to simply let you know she cared. She also embraced "new school" practices by participating in social media platforms, commenting and liking posts, texting, and online shopping. She found passion in history, especially tracing her ancestry and proudly embracing her English heritage. She loved to travel; highlight destinations included her visit to the village Clawton in Devon, England with her cousin Gina. She found solace in mother nature; admiring beautiful skies, colorful and fragrant flowers, animals of all kinds, tall trees, the changing seasons, and by having coffee-n-conversation with her closest friends.

Linda is survived by her loving children: son, Rick (Paula) Elsen; and daughters: Jodie Elsen and Caroline "Cara" Elsen-Oldenburg; her grandchildren: Jordan, Jared, Jaime, Jenny, Jill, Sydney, Ellie, and Alivia; her great grandchildren: Esther, Maverick, Christopher, Samantha, Sarah, Cooper, Matthew, and Ethan. Also, her kitty Lilly Rose.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Marilyn (Veale) Hautzinger; her brother, Marwood Earl (Bud) Veale; and her granddaughter, Emma Jalin Oldenburg, beloved daughter of Cara Elsen-Oldenburg.

Memorial visitation will be held at Proko Funeral Home on Thursday, August 19, 2021, from 3:00 p.m. until the time of memorial service at 5:00 p.m. Interment will be held privately.

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08/16/21 03:57 PM #6    

Sheryl LaFayette

I'm so sorry to hear of Linda's passing. I had no idea she was even ill!  She was my Facebook friend; we shared lots of posts about cats. Sending love and light to Linda's family. 


08/16/21 08:39 PM #7    

Betty Brackeen (Prange)

I'm so sorry to see another wonderful member of the class of 61 has left us.  Linda lived around the block from me and we went to Columbus school together.  I have many fond memories of out fun times playing and watching television together.  Linda had such an infectious laugh and a great sense of humor.  My sincere condolonces to her family. 

08/17/21 12:53 AM #8    

Christopher Colby

Linda and I were friends in high school and as young moms. We did a lot with our two boys Jeff and Ricky  We reconnected and have corresponded since then loved her spirit and also liked all the memories she shared. Condolences to her family 

08/17/21 09:06 AM #9    

Rita Martino (Ginocchio)

My connection with Linda during our high school years was just casual friendship. We knew each other but didn't actually become friends until recent years.
We kept in touch via Facebook, text, messenger and whenever I was in town, would meet for coffee with other regulars. She was always fun to be with, upbeat and a husky laugh that let you know she was having a good time. Who would ever forget the absolute joy she had being singled out by "Elvis" at our 75th Birthday party ! We expected her at the 60th class reunion; her name badge ready and waiting for her. It wasnt until later in the evening I read a text from another classmate as to why she didnt attend, she suffered a stroke the day before.
I'm glad we had the chance to enjoy a gathering of a dozen Bradford girls just a few months earlier, Linda included. It was the last time I laughed along with her as we enjoyed being together, free of the restrictions we endured during the pandemic. Now Linda is once again free of her own Earth bound restrictions and in her heavenly Home where Bradford girls still rock and roll to the real Elvis and the good times never end ! Rest in peace, Linda !

08/17/21 05:47 PM #10    

Karen Muir (Sivley)

I think that Linda was in at least one of my classes, probably Driver Ed.
More recently we became family members when Linda's son Rick, married Paula, the mother of two of my husband's grand daughters. It was nice to see and talk to Linda at family events. We had been exchanging posts on Facebook for awhile, but I didn't know that she was seriously ill.

08/17/21 09:19 PM #11    

Diane Rose (Schaefer)

Will truly miss messaging back and forth with Linda.  She was a sweety no matter what was her predicament.  Out friendship started in Columbus School 6th grade.  Oh such fun times ...pizza parties,Roosevelt Theater movies, school clubs, PYC dances, double dating at the outdoor.  We even joined the church choir at St. Thomas for awhile.  Lost track of one another for a short time but thanks to computers we were able to take up our friendship again.  She will always be remembered with a smile.



08/18/21 10:46 AM #12    

Milton Hagopian

Sorry to here about Linda's passing. Condolances to Rick, Jodie, Cara and grandchildren. RIP Linda.

Nubs & Dorothy Hagopian

08/18/21 10:50 PM #13    

Carol Kramer (Miller)

Rest in peace Linda.  You will be missed by many.  Our numbers are getting smaller but our memories will always be there.  My condolences to the family.


08/22/21 04:58 PM #14    

Cheryl Tinnell (Schmidt)

We have lost Linda too soon. She was a good and caring friend and she is sorely missed. Her spirit will always live on in all the wonderful memories she left us with. RIP Linda. Condolences to her family. 

08/23/21 01:33 PM #15    

Donna Parkinson (Voss)

Linda was fun to be around. I sat across  the table from  her when "Elvis" sang to her and was in perfect position to take a number of pictures of the moment. Great times.  Missed her at our last reunion. Condolences to her family. 

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