Linda Abele

Posted January 23, 2013 at 11:57 am


Sept. 6, 1936 – Jan. 16, 2013

Linda Abele, age 76, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 at her daughter’s home near Olin, following an extended illness.

  Friends called from 4-7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 at Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello.  A private family service followed the visitation.  Rev. Al Polito officiated at the services.  Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery.

Linda Kay Hargrave was born Sept. 6, 1936 in Fort Dodge, Iowa.  She was the daughter of Glenn O. and Mildred (Naomi) Rhoades, Hargrave. 

Linda graduated from the Monticello Community Schools in 1954 and later attended the University of Iowa.  She married Larry Abele in 1956 and the couple divorced in 1966.  She returned to school at Mount Mercy College and got her teaching degree.  Linda was a teacher associate and Library Technician in the Monticello Community Schools for 26 years, until 1998 when she retired.  She moved to Cedar Rapids in 2001 and then moved to Olin in 2009, where she lived with her daughter, Wendy.

Surviving are three children, Tom (Margie) Abele, Oklahoma City, Okla., Lisa Abele, Des Moines, and Wendy (Rick) Swan, Olin; two grandchildren, Allen Liljestrom-Abele and Sarah Caputo; and her brother, James (Juanita) Hargrave, Vinton. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; and two step-mothers.

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