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Obituary for Linda Lou (Kirchner) Kneifl


Linda Lou (Kirchner) Kneifl, 66, of Mindoro Wis., passed away with her family by her side, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn., Friday March 1, 2019, after a 20 year battle of multiple cancers. Linda was born on April 19, 1952, to Glen & Charlotte (Freier) Kirchner. Linda attended the Brown’s Valley School until it closed then went to the Burr Oak Parochial School. She graduated from Pepin High School in May of 1971. Linda went on to graduate from beauty school in Eau Claire, Wis. in 1972. Linda worked as a beautician in Minnesota, La Crosse Wis. and West Salem Wis. for several years. Linda married John Kneifl, of Bangor,Wis., on May 26, 1973, at the Burr Oak Lutheran Church. They lived in Pepin, Wis., until they moved to the Kneifl farm in Bangor in 1974. John & Linda farmed from 1974 to 1981. They then moved to the Kirchner Homestead in 1981 after her father passed away. After farming, Linda was a stay at home mom, who was very involved with children. She was a 4-H leader for over 20 years, with the Brown’s Valley 4-H Club and she worked in the arts & crafts department during the La Crosse Interstate Fair for more than 10 years. Linda was in the Brown’s Valley Homemaker’s Club for many years as well. John and Linda helped organize the Whitetails Unlimited Banquet for the Sparta/Bangor area for the last several years. Linda enjoyed being a wife and stay at home mom to her 3 children, which was her dream job. She did bartend at KJ‘s and work at Sharon’s Ceramics during the later years of her children growing up, until getting a cook position at the Melrose-Mindoro School District. Linda became head baker & cook and was assistant drama director during her years at the school district. She was well loved by many students and often called “Mom” on a daily basis. She loved her job and was very sad when she had to leave the Melrose-Mindoro School District in 2007 when she became sick with her first round of leukemia. Linda was in remission for 10 years but still dealt with several illnesses & infections. During these years, she was home trying to stay as healthy as she could. Her biggest reason for fighting so long was to spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Her 2 and 4 year old grandsons loved spending time with “Meme”; they would snuggle, read, nap, snack, play, and laugh. Of course it would usually get loud and rowdy when her 4 year old granddaughter came over and joined in the fun; but she loved every minute with these kids. Linda was a very loving, caring, compassionate, understanding and affectionate woman. Even during her sickest days, she was still worried about someone else. She was always putting others before herself. She had a big heart and a smile that will never be forgotten. Linda would always tell her children the following advice: “God doesn’t give you anything that you can’t handle, If there is a will there is a way, Live each day to the fullest, Life is too short to not be happy.” Linda is survived by her husband John Kneifl; her son, Robert (Susan) Kneifl; daughter, Jessica Kneifl, son, Derrick (Kerry) Kneifl; her grandchildren, Jacob & McKenna Kneifl & Tucker & Caden Stuessel; 6 granddogs & 1 grandcat; her very special everyday sidekick, Diesel; her sister, Dorothy (William) Bjork; her sister-in-law, Robin Kneifl; her nieces & nephews; her “other kids” that still call her mom, Melissa (Tim) Schein, Nathan (April) Stanton, and Jason Hoff; her amazing friends, Doug & Renee Jerome, Vicki & Fran Wedam, Marion Amborn and Karen Pfaff. Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Glen & Charlotte Kirchner; her infant twins, Ryan & Rebecca Kneifl; her brothers, Glen Jr. and David Kirchner; her mother-in-law, Mary (Draves Kneifl) Fonstad; brother-in-law, William Kneifl; nephews, David and Andrew Kneifl; her special aunt & God-mother, Ruby Kirchner; special cousin, Susan Freier; special friend, Orabell Johnson; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Linda’s family would like to thank Dr. Logan for her many years of wonderful care for Linda & Dr. Sadek for the cancer care & all the other doctors she had in La Crosse & Rochester recently & over the years, along with the wonderful nurses & staff that helped Linda & her family understand everything she was diagnosed with & going through. We are forever grateful for all the years we had through these terrible diseases. Memorial services will be at 7 p.m., Monday, March 11, 2019, at Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, Hwy. 162 and Hattan St., Bangor. Pastor Loretta Waughtal will officiate. A visitation will be from 3 p.m. until the time of the service Monday at the funeral home. Honorary Pallbearers: Eric Bjork, Jeramy Jerome, Daryl Kirchner, Jason Hoff & Nathan Stanton.