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Linda Mollendor - December 12, 2013


Linda T. Mollendor, age 71, died Dec. 12, 2013, at Chase County Community Hospital in Imperial, Neb. Linda was born April 14, 1942, in Denver to John W. and Josephine (Hoge) Thimmig.

After graduation from Brighton High School in 1960, Linda attended Colorado State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and education. While at CSU, she continued to date her high school sweetheart and a very special young man, Robert Mollendor, who was also a student at CSU. On Dec. 28, 1963, they were married in Greeley.

The newlyweds moved first to a small farm in LaSalle. Then, with their three young children, they settled in Lamar, Neb., in 1972. Ever loyal to Colorado, Linda would often ask Robert why they couldn’t find a farm on the other side of the state line. She did grow to love Nebraska and enjoyed her friendly but competitive bets during the Colorado/Nebraska football season.

Linda was a dedicated wife, mother, grandma and friend. In 1989, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, but she never let it slow her down. Her continued determination and dedication to many community organizations, projects and people was an inspiration to all.

She especially loved anything involving children of any age. This meant helping with homework, shuttling to after-school events, leading 4-H groups and even teaching many neighborhood kids everything from electric motors to leathercraft.

Life on the farm also meant many hours driving lots of miles to pick up parts for machinery, as well as learning to drive a grain cart and truck during harvest. She also had her fair share of miles allocated to shopping.

Her family was her greatest joy. As her grandchildren continue to grow, they will learn to appreciate her knack for diplomacy, like her “15-minute/5-foot” rule and other pieces of wisdom she tried to teach them. Most importantly, they will remember that she was always on their side.

Involvement with the community and people were important to Linda as she enjoyed giving her time and self to help others. She served on the school board for Lamar Grade School and for Chase County High School. She took special pride in being a part of building the new school.

She was a long-standing officer for the Chase County chapter of the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge and a charter member of PEO, Chapter IG. Linda was also involved with Girls/Boys State and enjoyed being an FSA board member.

Education was always very important to Linda. One of the greatest gifts that the school gave to Linda was allowing her to continue as a substitute teacher when MS began to limit her mobility. Linda thoroughly enjoyed the kids and loved teaching and helping them. She was a great role model for those she taught.

Linda was a very kind, fair and giving individual. She had an infectious smile and laugh, even through her trials with MS. She left this life with grace and dignity and will always be remembered as a fighter and one smart lady!

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, John W. and Josephine Thimmig.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Mollendor of Lamar; two daughters, Kathy and husband Mark Dodds of Hampstead, N.C., and Johnna and husband Bob Peters of Denver; one son, David and wife Liz Mollendor of Lamar; four grandsons, Joe Peters and Dawson, Walker and Tucker Mollendor; two granddaughters, Emma Mollendor and Abbey Peters; sisters, Becky Versteeg and husband Charlie of Medford, Ore., and Roberta Thimmig and friend Dot Lindsey of Brighton.

All memorial contributions will be used to establish a scholarship in Linda’s memory toward the Washington, D.C., trip with the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. This was one of Linda’s favorite programs. Memorials may be sent to Robert Mollendor, 73915 316 Ave., Lamar, NE 69023.

To share memories of Linda with her family, please email them to smiles4linda@yahoo.com.

Funeral services were held Dec. 19 at Crossroads Wesleyan Church in Imperial with Rev. John Engbrecht and Rev. Matt Maxwell officiating. Interment followed at the Holyoke Cemetery.

Online condolences can be left at liewerfuneralhome.com.

Liewer Funeral Home of Imperial was in charge of arrangements.