Linda M. Welz, 68, of Melrose, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with cancer Jan. 15, 2023, at her home in Melrose.

A memorial service was Jan. 20 at Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose with the Rev. Julie Grothe officiating. Inurnment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery at a later date.

Linda Marie Hilleren was born Oct. 7, 1954, in Benson, to Palmer and Eileen Hilleren. She graduated from Benson High School in 1972 and furthered her education at Granite Falls Technical College, graduating in 1973. She married the love of her life, Robert “Bob” Welz, May 4, 1973, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose. Linda worked at the Greenwald State Bank in Greenwald for 10 years and later worked at other jobs. Linda and Bob lived in Greenwald for 37 years, raising their three daughters.

She loved spending time with her daughters and grandchildren. Linda enjoyed fishing, cooking and baking, reading, and sewing. She had made over 25 baby quilts and many more sewing projects. Linda enjoyed crafts of all kinds, including cutting and painting wood projects. Linda was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who will be missed by all who knew her.

Survivors include her loving husband of over 49 years, Robert “Bob” Welz, of Melrose; children Wendy (Kayla) Welz, Sara (Erik) Haider and Laura (Mike) Revering; and eight grandchildren Alex, Ashley, Ragan, Courtney, Morgan, Derek, Brandon and Nathan.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Paul and Peter Hilleren and father- and mother-in-law Ted and Marie Welz.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.

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