Linda M. Doyle, 69, of Decorah, and formerly of Egan, Ill., died Friday morning, Oct. 25, 2013, at her home in Decorah surrounded by family and friends. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah, with Rev. Joan A. Mau officiating. Burial is in Phelps Cemetery in Decorah. Visitation begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday, one hour before the service, at Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah. A Memorial Celebration of Linda's life also is Saturday, Nov. 9. in Rockford, Ill., from 2-5 p.m., at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Mulford Chapel, 1860 South Mulford Road, Rockford, IL 61108. Online condolences may be made at fjelstul.com.
Linda Marie (Rundgren) Doyle was born Oct. 23, 1944, in Rockford, Ill. She was the oldest of four children of William and Antoinette (Campisi) Rundgren. Linda lived most of her life in the Rockford area. She attended Rockford West High School and married her sweetheart, James Doyle, in Rockford Feb. 9, 1963. The couple recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were blessed with two children, Donald and Denise. Linda and Jim moved to rural Egan, Ill. in 1976, where they raised their children and lived for over 30 years, moving to Decorah in 2009. Linda worked in Seward, Ill. at Eickman's Meat Processing followed by 25 years at Amerock Corporation, which later became Newell Industries. She retired from Newell in 2006 having moved from the factory floor to a purchasing position with their buying group. Linda was the second woman to hold that position at her company, something that was not common for a woman at that time, let alone a woman without a college degree. Linda enjoyed her job immensely and was very well respected by her colleagues and peers.
Linda's greatest joy, however, was her family and close friends, especially her grandchildren Brandon, Kalle and Keaton. She also loved her gardens and books and spending time with family and friends enjoying good meals, good conversations and lots of laughter.
Linda is survived by her husband, James; one son, Donald Doyle of Decorah; one daughter, Denise (Brian) Solberg of Decorah; three grandchildren: Brandon Doyle, Kalle and Keaton Solberg; one brother, James (Patricia McKinnon) Rundgren of Seattle, Wash.; and one sister Lauretta (Michael) Smuck of Rockford, Ill. Linda also will be missed by a large extended family of sisters- and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews and very special friends.
Linda's family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Winneshiek Medical Center Hospice for their loving care and support of Linda and her family; especially Nicole, Jamie and Stacey.
The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, a memorial in Linda's name be made to the Winneshiek Medical Center Hospice, 901 Montgomery Street, Decorah, Iowa 52101.