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In Memory of Elizabeth S. Linehan


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Funeral Services

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson at 11am

Elizabeth "Beth" Susie Linehan (formerly Wilcoxson), age 97, of Hammond, formerly of Hudson, died on the evening of June 17, 2011 at the American Heritage Care Center in Hammond, WI.

Elizabeth was born on December 11, 1913 to Carl and Laura (Kirkpatrick) Lewis in Eagle Grove, IA.  The oldest of four children, she grew up in Eagle Grove on the family farm.  Around the Fall of 1936, Elizabeth met a young man named Milo Wilcoxson, who worked as a field hand.  In September of 1937 the two were married in Bethany, MO.  The marriage would be blessed with 5 children.  The Wilcoxson family settled on a farm in Eagle Grove until 1941 when they decided to rent a farm in Hudson.  They worked on that farm until 1961 when Milo passed away after a battle with cancer.  Elizabeth would remain on the farm until 1964 when she moved to River Falls.  In 1965 Elizabeth was married to William Linehan.  This marriage would later dissolve.  Elizabeth would spend the next 30 years at the Croix View Apartments in Hudson in order to remain close to her family.  She worked as a cook and caregiver for various people and groups in the community.  In May of 2005 she moved to the American Heritage Care Center in Hammond.

Elizabeth was a very active woman with many hobbies.  She was skilled with a needle and thread, making quilts for her family.  Each special event in the lives of her family members (graduation, wedding, birth) was signified by one of her special quilts.  She was good at writing, even contributing articles for the St. Paul Pioneer Press Bulletin Board under the writer’s name “Ipswich”.  In earlier years, she submitted captions and phrases to a cartoonist in Iowa who used them for his work in various farm magazines.  She enjoyed relaxing with a good book or tending to her gardens (particularly her violets). 

Elizabeth is survived by her; children, Clair (Donna) Wilcoxson of River Falls, Neil Wilcoxson of Hudson, Vera (Charlie) Grant of Hammond and Paul (Arlyss) Wilcoxson of Roberts, son-in-law, Dennis Nelson of Roberts, and sister, Ethel Guion of Victoria, TX.  She is further survived by 18 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren as well as many other relatives and dear friends.

Elizabeth is preceded in death by her; parents, Carl and Laura (Kirkpatrick) Lewis, daughter, Faye Nelson, husband, Milo Wilcoxson, daughter-in-law, Mary Jo Wilcoxson, sister, Gene Guion and brother, Kirk Lewis.

A Celebration of Life for Elizabeth will be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson at 11am.  Burial will follow at the Willow River Cemetery.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to services.  Services are in the care of the O’Connell Family Funeral Home and Countryside Crematory.  715.386.3725 

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    • By the time that I was old enough to begin having memories, my great grandmother (whom we called Granny) was already in an assisted living facility. As a result of this, I was fortunate enough to remember her, although not as well as my other family members I imagine. I do remember how almost every time we went to visit my grandparents Charlie and Vera, we would also go to see Granny in the assisted living facility. From what I remember, she was a very sweet woman. Although she could not speak due to a stroke she had suffered years before, she was able to communicate in her own way. My most vivid memory of her is how she would hold my hand the entire time we were visiting her. My family also has many blankets/quilts that she made. They are very comfortable and masterfully crafted. She was truly a good craftswoman. I sometimes wish I was born earlier just so that I could truly get to know her, as well as my other great grandparents.

      Granny was the first major loss in my life. I had never really experienced death before her passing, and as such it was an almost surreal experience. I still remember parts of her funeral, and how utterly overwhelmed I was. I didn’t know her as much as many of the other people there, but I was still heavily affected by her death.

      Overall my Granny was a very sweet person. Given the information from my family, as well as my own experiences with her, I just know that she was a fantastic woman.