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Linda Eiliene Vander Linden

September 29, 1944 ~ August 24, 2017 (age 72)

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Linda Eiliene (Gambrel) Vander Linden was born September 29, 1944 in Des Moines, Iowa to Leo Elmer Gambrel and Marguerite Ann (Wintercorn) Gambrel.

Linda was educated in the Des Moines Public School system where she Graduated from North High school in 1962. After high school she entered the work force and began her career as a secretary.

In 1964, Linda married the love of her life, Ron Vander Linden. They loved and cared for each other for 52 years. Linda and Ron welcomed three children into their family, Jeffrey, Kirk and Joelle.

Linda had an interest in Genealogy. She loved the history that research would unlock for her. She loved big family gatherings and could be counted on to make her famous lasagna. Linda liked to experiment with recipes and her family were the willing guinea pigs. She supported the kids through sports and extra curricular activities as the East High Booster Club secretary, and she was the “bonus Mom” for her children’s friends. Linda was the ‘instigator’ for all the birthday parties and loved to decorate around the various holidays, especially Easter. Later, she and Ron liked to travel and she particularly loved the Western United States.  Easy going and calm, when things went a little crazy, you would hear her laugh and say “uffda”, while she got things back on track. Linda was the glue that held the family all together.

August 24, 2017, Linda peacefully stepped from time into eternity. She was 72 years old. Waiting to meet her on the other side were her parents Leo and Marguerite Gambrel.

Linda leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of 52 years, Ron; her children, Jeffrey (Cindy) Vander Linden of Omaha, NE, Kirk (Joanna) Vander Linden of Omaha Ne and Joell (Michael) Stark of West Des Moines, IA; her grand children Valerie and Derrick Vander Linden, zoey and Runnar Stark, Samual and Jack Vander Linden and Tyler, Kennedy and Keathen Gogswell along with extended family and friends.


 Service Information

Visitation (with family present)
August 30, 2017

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Henderson's Highland Park Funeral Home
3500 6th Ave
Des Moines, IA 50313

Graveside Service
August 31, 2017

11:00 AM
Highland Memory Garden Cemetery
1 NE 62nd Street
Des Moines, IA 50313

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