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July 28, 1948 - February 6, 2016
Linda S. Stuchal
Linda Sue (Stolt) Stuchal was born in Great Falls, Montana, on July 28, 1948. She passed away on February 6, 2016, at the age of 67 in her home in Brownville, Nebraska, surrounded by a host of family and friends and her beloved dogs Charlie, Pepper and Buster.
In 1949 she moved to Ralph, South Dakota, where she was raised by her aunt and uncle, Mary and Robert (Bob) Parks. Growing up, Linda was a ranch girl. She loved riding horses and her horse was her best friend. She received her early education in a one room rural school house with 15 other children for 8 years, and attended high school in Hettinger, North Dakota. After graduating high school she moved back to Great Falls to attend business school. There she met Byron Barnhart and they were married in 1967 and later divorced.
After Byron’s service in the Air Force, they moved to Watson, Missouri, to the family farm and raised three children, Jodi, Bob and Michael.
In 1990 she met and married Gary Stuchal, the love of her life. They had one child, Cody, and Linda became the stepmother of two girls, Chris and Anji. In 1991 Gary and Linda moved from Auburn, Nebraska, to Lyons, Colorado, where they lived for three years before moving to North Platte, Nebraska. In 2000 they moved to Brownville to be closer to their children and grandchildren because Linda was missing her first grandchild Tuesday, “Toots” as she called her.
Linda enjoyed quilting, thanks to her best friend Judy Moreland, who taught her that quilting “wasn’t that hard!” Her love of birds and gardening showed in her beautiful and vibrant flower and water gardens where she spent quality time with her pride and joy – her grandkids and great-grandkids. She also enjoyed crafting, scrapbooking and making keepsake gifts for her family. She loved preparing dinner for the family for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Her loving, caring spirit aided senior citizens with their transportation needs.
During her life in Brownville, she and Gary bought and maintained a national historic landmark, The Cogswell House and made it their home. She served as President of the Brownville School District where Cody received part of his elementary education. She was proud of Cody’s many accomplishments including his recent graduation from Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, Missouri, with a B.S. degree in Nuclear Engineering.
Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Duane Stolt and Shirley Stolt; her aunt and uncle, Mary and Robert Parks; and extended family Gene Jenson, whom she considered her brother. She is survived by her husband, Gary, of the home in Brownville; her daughter, Jodi (Darin) Hendrickson, Hamburg, Iowa; sons, Robert Barnhart, Rock Port, Missouri, Michael Barnhart, Watson, and Cody Stuchal, Brownville; step-daughters, Chris (Dan) Kapke, Hickman, Nebraska, and Anji Stuchal, Caney, Kansas; grandchildren, Tuesday (Aaron) Wray, Tel and Gus Leseberg, Lea and Jozie Hendrickson, all of Hamburg, McKenna Barnhart, Rock Port, Ryllee Barnhart, Shenandoah, Iowa, Denise and Dana Kapke, Hickman, and Chance, Zane and Jake Stanton, Caney; great-grandchildren, Jenna Hall, Wyatt Wray and Leighton Leseberg, all of Hamburg, and very soon to be baby Stanton, Bartlesville, Oklahoma; sisters, Kerry (Jim) Hovland, Great Falls, Kathleen Stolt, Versailles, Missouri; brother, Shane Stolt, Billings, Montana; her extended family, The Jensons, Ralph, South Dakota; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial Services: 10:00 A.M., Saturday, February 13, 2016, Brownville Town Hall.
A private family inurnment will be held at a later date.
There is no visitation.
Memorials: Nemaha County Hospital Foundation, Auburn, Nebraska.
Online obituaries and condolences at www.minterfuneralchapels.com
Services: Minter Funeral Chapel, Rock Port, Missouri.