Linda (Helmke) Zander 1947-2018



Linda (Helmke) Zander
1947-2018

Linda (Helmke) Zander, 71, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018 surrounded by family.
Linda was born in Wisconsin Rapids on Sept. 29, 1947, the daughter of Otto and Lorraine (Hansen) Helmke. She graduated from Middleton High School in 1965. She married her high school sweetheart, Ralph Reisdorf, on Nov. 7, 1970 and he 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, Nicole (Mike) Lisle of Verona, Scott Reisdorf of Medford and Amanda Zander of Fort Worth, Texas; three grandchildren, Andrew and Brooke Lisle of Verona and Myla Reisdorf of Medford; siblings, Joan (David) Grosse of Waunakee, Joel (Karen) Helmke of Waunakee, Ed (Sheila) Helmke of Cross Plains and Gerry Helmke of Madison; and many nieces, nephews and extended family.
Linda was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Ralph.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church at 7337 Hubbard Avenue in Middleton. Visitation with family will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 1-4 p.m. at Farber Funeral Home in Reedsburg and on Thursday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at the church.
Flowers are welcome as a beautiful symbol of love and support or memorials may be made in Linda’s memory to the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin.

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