Linda L. Zander

September 29, 1947 ~ October 25, 2018 (age 71)

Linda (Helmke) Zander, age 71, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 25, 2018 surrounded by family.  She was born in Wisconsin Rapids on September 29, 1947, the daughter of Otto and Lorraine (Hansen) Helmke. 

Linda graduated from Middleton High School in 1965.  She married her high school sweetheart Ralph Reisdorf on Nov 7, 1970.  Ralph preceded Linda in death after a tragic car accident.  Years later, she married Walter Zander on Feb 26, 1982.

Linda was a beautiful, kind, loving, and generous wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend.  She had a love for dancing and spending quality time with her family.  Playing with her grandchildren always put a sparkle in her eyes.

Linda is survived by her husband of 36 years, Walter of Reedsburg; three children, daughter Nicole (Mike) Lisle of Verona, son Scott Reisdorf of Medford, and daughter Amanda Zander of Fort Worth, TX; three grandchildren, Andrew and Brooke Lisle of Verona and Myla Reisdorf of Medford; siblings, sister Joan (David) Grosse of Waunakee, brother Joel (Karen) Helmke of Waunakee, brother Ed (Sheila) Helmke of Cross Plains and brother Gerry Helmke of Madison; many nieces and nephews; and extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Ralph.

Funeral services will be held at 11am on Thursday, Nov 1, 2018 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church at 7337 Hubbard Avenue in Middleton, WI.  Visitations with family will be held on Wednesday, Oct 31 from 1-4pm at Farber Funeral Home in Reedsburg, WI and on Thursday, Nov 1 from 9am until the time of the service at St Luke’s Lutheran Church in Middleton, WI.

Flowers are welcome as a beautiful symbol of love and support or memorials may be made in Linda’s memory to the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin.


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