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Linda HoganNovember 9, 1959 ~ December 29, 2017 (age 58)
On December 29, 2017, Linda Kay (Griffin) Hogan ceased her life here on Earth. She was born on November 9, 1959 the only child of Jim and Lynette (Schmidt) Griffin when they were living in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1971, Linda, along with her parents moved to Laporte, Minnesota where she attended Laporte School.
During her high school years Linda kept busy with many interests. She sang in senior high choir and was on the yearbook and school paper staff. Did crosswords and those plastic canvas boxes, etc. Linda loved dancing, music, swimming, reading, movies & driving. Wanted to be an architect. Took drafting classes at Walker High school as part of the tri-school vo-tech program. Continued to persue this interest in Arizona. Loved her drafting table and was very upset when it was put into storage.
When her parents returned to Arizona in the fall of 1977, Linda remained in Laporte to finish her senior year. While visiting her parents during Christmas vacation she met "for just a few minutes" the boy next door, Timothy Keith Hogan. After her graduation in the spring of 1978, Linda (in her own words) rushed back to Arizona, more to meet that young man again than to reunite with her parents.
On March 17, 1979, Tim and Linda were married. Life happened fast for Tim and Linda, their daughter Jeniffer LiAnn was born on October 19, 1980 in Phoenix, Arizona on her grandpa Jim Griffin's birthday. Linda and Tim's son Timothy James was born on February 14, 1989.
In 1991, their family moved from Phoenix to Arkansas to again reunite with Linda's parents. While living in Arkansas, Linda had a triple heart bypass before she turned 40 years old. After Linda lost both her parents in 2002, (Jim on February 23, Lynette on May 18. She also lost her grandpa Lyman in August 2002.) Tim and Linda moved back to Laporte in 2003 with their son T. J. in tow, and saying "Goodbye" to their now married (back on May 8, 1996) daughter Jeniffer, her husband Jimmy Wayne King and three grandchildren. Rachel Lynn born September 15, 1996, Stephanie Nicole April 26, 1998, and Tyler Wayne April 29, 2002.
After Tim and Linda moved back to the Laporte area, they were active in community events. Linda was a member of the Laporte-Benedict Lions for 10 years. She was the "Money Pit Lady" at Laporte Days until her health would no longer allow her to participate. She claims she was "craft-y" but she never learned to knit nor crochet. She joined her mother in Artex painting, but she liked to be creative -using crayons instead of fabric paints and blending colors across lines, basically doing her own thing.
Linda is best known for spreading cheer to everyone she met. Always greeting all company (relatives, friends, neighbors, and workers) with her sweet, cheerful voice, and graciously, appreciatively, thanking anyone and everyone who helped her by making her day easier and more comfortable. Words from others, "She was such a sweet lady." (I don't remember her ever raising her voice in anger, nor complaining about her multiple aches and pains.)
Linda Kay Hogan is survived by her husband Tim of Laporte, Minnesota, two children Jeniffer of Booneville, Arkansas and T.J. (wife, Leah Mae Fritz, since March 22, 2011) of Walker, four grandchildren: Rachel, Stephanie, Tyler Wayne and Phoebe Briann, born December 15, 2016; and four great grandchildren: Rachel's Aiden Michael December 22, 2014, Hunter Lane March 14, 2016, and Colton Chase, born this year; and Stephanie's Aubrey Paige -all Linda's grands live in Arkansas; also survived by Linda's mother Lynette's siblings; Zona Raddatz, Dean Schmidt and Winnie DauSchmidt, all of Laporte. Linda was preceded in death by her folks Jim and Lynette Griffin, and local grandparents Lyman and Ethel Schmidt.
There will be a committal of ashes ceremony at Lakeport Cemetery near Laporte, Minnesota on Sunday May 27 at 3 PM in the afternoon, hopefully coinciding with lilac time. Linda loved lilacs. She loved many things, including life. Send condolences to Tim or Winnie.
Arrangements are by Midwest Cremation Association, Walker, Minnesota.