Obituary: Donna J. Linn

Donna J. Linn, 89, died on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, at her home in Newton.

She was born on April 9, 1927, in Peoria, Ill., the daughter of Lawrence H. and Jessie Jackson Shehan. Donna was raised in Dunlap, Ill., graduating from the Academy of Our Lady in Peoria. She later attended the Vogue School of Design in Chicago.

Donna was united in marriage to Thomas H. Linn on May 8, 194,5 in Peoria. Through Tom’s career with the Santa Fe Railroad, the Linns lived in Colorado and New Mexico, moving to Newton in the mid 1960s.

She was a founding member of the Art Association in Newton, which would later become the Carriage Factory Art Association. A longtime member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Donna was very active with the Altar Society. Donna and Tom enjoyed traveling and playing golf. A very artistic lady, she loved to do painting and numerous other crafts.

Survivors include her husband Tom of the home; son Brian T. Linn of San Antonio; daughter Dana A. Linn and her husband Brian Wilder of Sandy, Ore.; grandchildren Tristian Hockett and husband Matt of Newton, and Thomas Linn of San Antonio; and one great-grandson Logan Hockett of Newton.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents and sister Shirley Hiehle.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newton. Inurnment will be the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

There will be no visitation or viewing, as cremation has been effected.

Memorials have been established with the Carriage Factory Art Association, Caring Hands Humane Society and St. Mary’s Catholic School. Contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, KS 67114.

Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton.

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