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June 6, 1962 – Saturday, November 16, 2013

Service Information
St. Francis Catholic Church in Buffalo, MN
Friday, November 22, 2013
11:00 A.M.

Visitation Information
Thursday, November 21, 2013
4-8 P.M.

Linda M. (Czanstkowski) Sawatzke, 51, of Buffalo, MN, passed away on November 16, 2013. She was preceded in death by her son: SSGT Rory R. Gavic; her mother: Ellen Weeks, nephew: Raul Cervantes; grandparents and beloved pug Otis.

Survived by husband: Jim Sawatzke; sons: Carleton and Charlie; stepdaughter: Cassie; grandson: Logan; father: Frank Czanstskowski; stepfather: Rick Weeks; siblings: Debra (Dave), Rita, Frank (Debbie), Mike (Melody), Dianne (Tom), Bob (Kathy), and many stepsiblings, nieces, nephews and extended family.

Her family, friends, and dogs Gizzy and Gus, were her life!

Those who knew her would agree, Linda lived a full life on her terms. She loved road trips, warm destinations, motorcycle rides, and working in her garden. No one drove quite like Linda. Her memory will live on in those that loved, and were loved fiercely, by her.

Her life will be honored during a wake Thursday, November 21st from 4-8 P.M. at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 22nd, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo. Interment will follow at St. Francis Cemetery. A luncheon will follow at the Buffalo American Legion. In lieu of flowers, a Linda Sawatzke Memorial Fund has been set up at Klein Bank in Buffalo.

36 Guestbook Entries

  1. Randy Eckerl

    There are no answers. Only questions. They say time will heal all wounds. I don’t believe it. Remember Linda for the great person that she was. May your family find peace with all this tragedy. Love to all your family Randy and Doris.

  2. Rita Kimmerling

    The loss of a love one
    is so hard to face,
    you just want to hide,
    go some where and escape!
    But death is something,
    we all must go through,
    I know it’s hard,
    when it’s someone you loved and knew.

    Just know now,
    she is in a better place,
    no more hurt or pain shall she face.
    It seems unfair and yes this is true,
    but she is in Heaven now
    watching over me and you!

    God has called her home to rest!!
    And she’s being well taken care of
    Because God knows best!

  3. Gail Babatz/Hurley

    My heart is heavy… prayers for Jim and all of the family.

  4. Frank & Valerie Warner

    Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  5. Michon Carlson

    Jimmy we are so sorry for your loss. There really are no words to comfort you right now, but lots, and lots of prayers from people who love you. We are praying for you, and all of Linda’s family.

    Hugs, prayers, and love,
    Michon & Jerry Carlson

  6. Connie & Terry Abraham

    I carried Linda on my hip till she was about 5 years old. She was a wonderful person. Linda will be very much missed. I miss her already.
    Love you Linda and deepest sympathies. R.I.P.

  7. Karen and Jason

    You touched our hearts, dear Linda and we will miss you so very much.
    Jim and family,
    we are so sorry for your loss.

  8. Jean (McConico) Stuhr

    I’m truly sorry for your loss Jim, also to Linda’s family. My heart aches for you all! You are ALL in my thoughts and prayers! God Bless!

  9. Frank Riley

    I only knew Linda for a short time but have realized that she was very special to a lot of people including her friends at the VFW in Monticello. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Julie J. Ross

    My heart goes out to all of Linda’s family. I only knew her for a short time…I know how her heart hurt, I myself lost a son to suicide. Me she finally have some peace, and her pain has ended. If only “WE” could of known how deeply she was hurting…now she is in the ‘Arms of The Angels’ & will forever be in our hearts.

  11. Lana Nix / Brian Moen

    Accept my deepest condolences during this very difficult time. Linda was a very kind person and I will miss her bouncy step, her bright smile and our little visits. Linda, I will always hold near my heart our last visit.902b1

  12. Jody Kelley

    Frank and family,
    thinking of you during this time of sorrow.

  13. David & Debbie Larsen

    My sweet sister, our heart breaks as we say goodbye. We both knew the pain and sorrow when it came to loosing our son’s. Who will I call to understand that deep pain. My wish for you is to finally be happy in Heaven. I will continue to strive to support awareness of depression and suicide prevention. I believe in my heart this is my cross to bear. I will honor this all the days of my life. In your memory we will make a difference. We love you and you will be forever missed, but you will be the angel on my shoulder guiding me to make that difference. I love you sis. Eternally Yours,
    Debbie and Dave.

  14. Deana Jeske

    Jimmy and family,

    I am very saddened to hear about Linda, please know that I am praying for you and your family at this difficult time. May GOD’S BLESSINGS be with you all. God Bless.

    Deana Jeske

  15. Claudia Stanescu

    I’m sending my deepest sympathies and prayers to you and the family.
    R.I.P. Linda!!

  16. Jan Pride

    Dear Jim, I am so sorry to hear of your wife’s passing. I did not know Linda, but I have known you for many years, and I wish you God’s Peace!
    With Love, Jan (Kramer) Pride

  17. Tim and Carol Busse

    Oh Jimmy… So sorry to hear about you losing your beautiful wife. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time and always. Tim and Carol

  18. Gail Springborg

    My deepest condolences to all friends and family of Linda. She was a beautiful lady inside and out. I am so sorry for your loss. May you find the strength, hope and peace to take you through this difficult time.

  19. Joe & Denise Kuhlman

    Jimmy and family.
    We are very saddened to hear about Linda. What a wonderful and beautiful person she was. We were so happy to have met her on the cruise years ago. No words can express the how sorry we are. Jimmy if you need anything, please do not hesitate to ask. We will keep you in our prayers as you mourn the loss of Linda.

  20. Julie Weldele

    Your family has my very deepest sympathy. Godspeed that your hearts will be comforted with love, strength and precious memories of Linda.

  21. Tiffany Smiley

    Jimmy & Family I am sorry for your loss Linda was an awesome friend and great co worker she will be missed dearly.

  22. kathy ottenstroer (poppler)

    Even if her heart doesn’t beat on, her memories will live on. I’m so sorry for the loss of your beautiful sister, mom, aunt, grandma, wife, or just a friend. God bless you all. <3 Kathy

  23. Sheryl Smith

    Jimmy and Linda’s family,
    I am so sorry about Linda, we had some fun times her and I. I hope she is at peace now.
    So sorry for your loss!

  24. Brenda Carlson

    Dear Linda,

    I will miss you so much. You will be forever in my heart.

    Brenda Carlson

  25. Mary Triplett

    Debbie and Dave, I am so sad to hear about your sister, Linda. I pray for comfort for you and your family.

  26. Christine Hein and Jeffrey Schrupp

    There are no words to describe the extent of our sorrow with Linda’s passing. We hope she has found peace. Our deepest condolences to Linda’s family and friends. We know she loved each and every one you of you.

    Special hugs for Jimmy, Diane and Tom: it was wonderful to see you all together & laughing with Linda last week.

    Linda: Your “tramp” misses you so very, very much.

  27. Dee Payne Huikko

    My thoughts & prayers are with you all

  28. Julie Mooney

    Jim, so sorry for your loss.

  29. Lori (Spike) Schneider

    Frank and family;
    You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I have fond memories of Linda at family doings. She was always so caring and friendly. Know that she is at peace now. May God comfort all of you.

  30. Cheryl Softich GSM

    I met Linda at a Gold Star Retreat 2 years ago and she quickly became important to me…as did her sister Dianne who would go to the Retreats with Linda. I loved her. She has left her footprint on my heart and I will always remember her with a smile. To all of Linda’s family…I know there is nothing I can say to make things better and sorry just isn’t good enough. Just know I care and am praying for all of you.

  31. Dannea Bermel

    Frank’s family; I am so sorry for your loss!! May God heal your hearts of the pain. Jim, I did not know you but my prayers and sympathy go out to you and your family. I just had neck surgery or I would be present at the funeral for added support. GOD BLESS your hearts at this difficult time. Frank, Sr.; I am so sorry for your loss.

  32. Lindy Nelson

    I am so sorry for your loss. I’ve known Linda since my sister went to high school with her and she was always so sweet and fun. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  33. Dave Brown

    So sorry to hear about your loss.
    Our prayers are with you and your family.

  34. Mary Rogness

    My Dear Linda,
    God only knows…………rest in love and peace.

  35. Debbie Larsen

    I love you Sis, its been 7 years since you left us. I miss you with all my heart!! Tell Mom and Dad and Raul and Rory we love them. I love you Sis <3

  36. Jody Kelley

    Today would be your 61st Birthday, I think of you often. We were neighbors from 1965 until 1977. I remember the time you and your 2 boys came to see me. You had not changed. I do wish we would have stayed in touch. Just wanted to let you know I still think about you.


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