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Linda Buthman Bedwell

Linda Buthman Bedwell

January 25, 1935 July 21, 2014

Linda Lee Buthman Bedwell died on Monday, July 21st, 2014 after a courageous battle with a Parkinsons related disease that robbed her of everything but her spirit. She was 79. A Nebraska native and a longtime resident of Omaha, Nebraska, Linda and her husband, Bill, moved to the Minneapolis area in 2011 to be near three of their four children. She died in her home there, with Bill holding her hand and her family at her side.

Linda radiated passion - her zeal for life was contagious. She completely dedicated herself to each task at hand, from her careers in volunteerism, public relations, womens fashion and retail to her commitments as a loving wife, mother and friend. Her family was everything to her. When her kids were small, she created "The Bedwell Fan Club" to remind us that we must always love and support one another, celebrate one anothers victories and comfort each other through difficult times. The BFC is active to this day as Lindas legacy to her family and friends.

A fabulous cook and superb entertainer, Linda made every house she owned a charming place to come home to. She had a gift for seizing the moment, for making holidays and birthdays magical. She could captivate a room with her stories and she adored a healthy debate. It is a sad irony that her disease took away her ability to communicate.

Linda was born in Falls City Nebraska to William A. (Boots) Buthman and Ruth Simanton Buthman on January 25, 1935. An only child, she gained her lifelong love of flowers growing up across the street from the greenhouse that was her familys business. She attended Falls City High School and was the 1953 Class Salutatorian.

She and her parents spent each summer in Crosslake, Minnesota and that area was a large part of the familys lives for several generations. When her father, Boots, died in 1996, the family established Grandpas Run For The Walleye, an annual 5k race that raises funds to support the Walleye population on the Whitefish Chain of Lakes. The race held its 18th event on July 5th this year.

Linda attended The University of Nebraska, majoring in Journalism and Home Economics. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority; The Kappa Tau Alpha Journalism Scholarship Society; The Sigma Phi Journalism Honorary Society; editor of the 1957 "Cornhusker" Yearbook and member of the Mortar Board.

She married Bill, her high school sweetheart, on June 9th, 1957 and they began their married life at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. Eventually they settled in Omaha, where Linda contributed significantly to the city of Omaha through her extensive volunteer efforts. She held many leadership posts, including President of The Junior League of Omaha; First Chairman of the Omaha International Tennis Tournament and President of the Girls Club of Omaha. She served on the Directors Boards for the Clarkson Hospital Service League; The Omaha Ballet Association; The Omaha Symphony Guild and The Salvation Army Auxiliary. In 1979, she was the Public Relations Director who helped re-elect the Douglas County Commissioner. From 1980-1987 she was a buyer and sales representative for Topps of Omaha, a womans fine clothing store. She retired in 1999.

In addition to Bill, Linda is survived by her four children, their spouses and her seven grandchildren: Laurie Bedwell Sawatzky (Randy Sawatzky); Marci Bedwell Roesler (Tim Roesler); Todd Bedwell (Chris); and Jeff Bedwell (Nancy); Noah Sawatzky; Carolina Roesler; Madeline Roesler; Sam Tonia; Logan Tonia; Jeffrey Bedwell Jr; and Daniel Bedwell. She also leaves behind many dear friends who were part of her and Bills lives for as much as 60 years.

In one of Lindas last conversations with her oldest granddaughter, she offered advice that will remain with us always: "Where ever you are, make the most of it." Were certain shes in heaven doing just that.

The family would like to thank Struthers Parkinsons Center, which brought Linda so much joy in her last two years. Thanks also to Park Nicollet Hospice for their comforting guidance. Above all, we want to thank the remarkable caregivers who watched over Linda as her disease took hold of her. The compassion they showed is beyond measure.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 28th at Mount Olivet West campus, 7150 Rolling Acres Road, Victoria, MN and at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 2nd at All Saints Episcopal Church, 93rd & Blondo Street, Omaha, Nebraska. Visitation 1 hour prior to both services.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN 612.861.6088