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The Formal Good-Bye

For those of you who vist here but not there, I lifted this from Melli’s blog:

Funeral Service for Dr. John will be held
Thursday, February 18, 2010
St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
140 South Green Bay Road
Neenah, WI 54956-2247

Viewing is from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
The service begins at 11:00.

If you would care to send cards or flowers they may be sent to the church. I know cards will not arrive in time for the funeral, but I also know that they will still get into the hands of his family and loved ones.

Below is Dr John’s Obituary. Bill found it online at Westgor Funeral Home.

Rev. John J. Linna, Neenah, age 70, passed away on Monday, February 15, 2010. He was born May 21, 1939 in Ishpeming, MI, son of the late Arvid and Edith (Lanyon) Linna.

John graduated from Northern Michigan University with a BS and then his Masters. He then graduated from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago with Doctorate in Theology. John married Kathryn “Betty” Mallmann on August 31, 1963.

John served as a Lutheran Pastor with congregations in Ewen, Trout Creek, Painesville, MI, and then Crystal Falls, MI for 37 years until his retirement. He enjoyed participating in debate during college and then coached the High School debate team at Forest Park High School in Crystal Falls. John also served as the President of the Forest Park School Board. He enjoyed model trains, photography and computers.

Survivors include his wife, Betty; three children: Peter (Lori) Linna, Patrick Linna, Pennie Linna; five grandchildren: Breanna, Luke, Alex, Elijah and Caleb; two sisters: Dawn (Paul) Kangas and Christine (Tim) Casteel. John was preceded in death by a brother, Robert.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, February 18, 2010 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Neenah, with Rev. Stephen Dietzler officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 9:00 am until the hour of service. A memorial is being established in his name. Interment will be at Oak Hill Cemetery.

The Linna Family would like to thank all individuals who have helped in John’s care over the years, Marquette General Hospital, Mayo Clinic, Crystal Falls Clinic, Iron County Hospital, Home care nurses and all individuals who have prayed for him.


  1. Thanks for posting Quillly, On Thursday I’ll be thinking of Betty and the Family {I am thinking of them now as I write this}.

    Dr John was such a good friend, I will miss his posts, but I know we now have another Angel in Heaven watching over us.
    .-= Bill´s last blog ..Rest In Peace Dr John =-.

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