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Rossum, Linda W. 1911-2003


Posted By: Linda Ziemann, volunteer (email)
Date: 4/28/2009 at 16:40:06

LE MARS, Iowa -- Linda W. Rossum, 91, of Le Mars died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2003, at Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Craig, Iowa. Burial will be in St. John Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. Wednesday, with the family present after 6 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m., at Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars.

Linda W. Schmidt was born March 15, 1911, near Akron, Iowa, to Herman and Lydia (Klemme) Schmidt. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church in Craig. She graduated from Ireton (Iowa) High School in 1931.

She was united in marriage to Ralph Rossum on June 2, 1937, in Chicago Heights, Ill. After World War II, the couple moved to Craig and established a radio repair, appliance and ice cream shop for several years. The couple sold the business and moved to Sioux City, where he managed a radio repair shop. He volunteered for a year during the Korean conflict and, following his discharge, the family moved to Baltimore, Md. After a period of time, the family relocated to Barstow, Calif.

They lived in Barstow for eight years. While in California, she was active in organizing Shepherd of the Desert Lutheran Church. She also was an officer and member of Barstow Women's Club and the Bendix Wives Club. She enjoyed making different crafts and bowling on league teams.

In 1967, the family relocated back to Baltimore. In 1975, the family moved to Florida, where he worked on government projects involving the space program. The couple had many opportunities for travel with Ralph's career. At one point, they lived temporarily in Argentina, South America.

The couple retired in 1977 and made their home on Merritt Island, Fla., where they were active at Faith Lutheran Church and entertained many out-of-state guests. They also loved to travel and made many trips in their motor home from coast to coast and Canada. They returned to Le Mars in the early 1990s, and reestablished their ties as members of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Craig. Linda loved to keep in touch with the people they met throughout the years, including childhood and Army friends.

Survivors include a daughter and her husband, Janet and Wayne Lages of Baltimore; three sisters-in-law, Loraine Schmidt of Sioux Falls, S.D., Marian Schmidt of Le Mars, and Mary Rossum of Chicago, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ralph on July 18, 2002; and two brothers, Clarence and Leonard Schmidt.

~Source: The Sioux City Journal, part of the Darrell E. Obituary Collection

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