The memorial service for Linda Sootsman will be held in the sanctuary of Fairmount Avenue United Methodist Church on Wednesday, July 27 at 11:00am. The service will be livestreamed on our YouTube channel and will remain as a recorded video for those unable to attend in person. All attendees are welcome to join the family for a light lunch reception following the service.
Linda Lou Sootsman passed away peacefully on June 11, 2022 at the age of 69. She left us too soon after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer. She is now being held peacefully and eternally in the arms of God.
Linda was born in Battle Creek, MI on January 2, 1953, to Herbert and Helen (Tilton) Sootsman.
Linda graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1971 and attended Michigan State University where she earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She obtained a Masters in Urban Planning from the School of Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture. Linda worked in the Planning Department for the City of Albany, Georgia as a Senior Planner/Project Manager for over 20 years. She then worked as an instructor at Albany State University in the area of Urban Planning for five years. While living in Albany, she was an active member of Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church.
She moved to Minnesota in 2013 to be closer to her brother and lived in a condo in St. Paul's Highland Park neighborhood. She also joined Fairmount United Methodist Church which was located nearby where she enjoyed being actively involved and engaged with this vibrant church community.
Linda was preceded in death by her parents and her eldest brother, Fred Culp.
Linda is survived by Fred's wife, Carol (Tonie) Culp from Battle Creek, MI; older brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Sherry Culp from Noxon, MT; and younger brother, Ed Sootsman and his spouse, Scott Appelwick, from Minneapolis, MN. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Linda was a strong woman who was guided by her Christian faith. She was generous, kind and always willing to be helpful. She had a strong work ethic and was loyal to her family and friends. Her family was very important to her and she always made it a priority to attend significant family gatherings where many treasured memories were created. Linda will be dearly missed.
Linda's family wants to thank the staff at St. Croix Hospice and Pillars Hospice for the care she received in the final days of her life.