Linda R. McCurdy, 66

Linda Rae (Westphal) McCurdy, age 66, of Howard Lake, passed away Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, following a long illness.

She was born at the Hutchinson hospital July 4, 1947, to Raymond and Helen (Anderson) Westphal. Linda was baptized in the hospital because of breathing problems. She was later baptized at St. James Lutheran Church of Howard Lake.

At the age of 10, Linda was diagnosed with diabetes.

She attended St. James Lutheran School in Howard Lake, where she was confirmed in her faith. Linda graduated from Howard Lake High School in 1965. Following high school, she attended the Minnesota School of Business.

During her career, Linda worked at Schwartz Manufacturing, Dale Johnson CPA in Buffalo, Security State Bank in Howard Lake, and finally Dura Supreme in Howard Lake, until her retirement in 2009.

Linda was united in marriage to Wallace McCurdy Sept. 1, 1974. During their 39 years of marriage, they made many trips to the Black Hills, a place Linda loved to visit.

Because she had no children of her own, she thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her nephews and great nephews.

Linda will be remembered by family and friends as a woman who loved to laugh and go shopping. She also loved gardening; picking vegetables and planting flowers. Linda enjoyed taking care of small animals and, through the years, raised chickens, pigeons, turkeys, pigmy goats, and of course, dogs.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Helen Westphal.

Her passing is mourned by her husband, Wallace McCurdy; step daughter Wendy (Travis) Cole of Detroit Lakes and their five children; a sister, Terry and her husband, Eugene Lorentz; nephews Jeffrey (Amy) Lorentz of Clearwater, Anthony (Angela) Lorentz of E. Grand Forks, and Patrick (Angie) Lorentz of Dassel; and great nephews Jacob, Jordan, Jackson, Wyatt, and Brady Lorentz.

A memorial service took place Thursday, March 27 at 2 p.m. at Mt Hermon Lutheran Church in rural Howard Lake.

Visitation was Wednesday, March 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake, which handled the funeral arrangements.

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