Linda Ellen Thomas, 73, of Mt. Vernon, died 1:06 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, at Mt. Vernon Countryside Manor in Mt. Vernon.
She was born Tuesday, Aug. 27, 1940, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the daughter of Milo and Rachel (Clark) Trpkosh. She married Phil Norman Thomas on June 9, 1962, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; he survives in Mt. Vernon.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Trinda Heitmeyer and husband Troy of Mt. Vernon; a son, Todd Thomas and wife Stephanie of St. Louis; four grandchildren Harry Heitmeyer of Mt. Vernon, Isabel Heitmeyer of Mt. Vernon, Lucy Thomas of St. Louis and Archer Thomas of St. Louis; three brothers, Robert Trpkosh and wife Charlotte of Plano, Texas, Tim Trpkosh and wife Jackie of Ely, Iowa, and Craig Trpkosh and wife Chris of Ely, Iowa; two sisters, SueAnn Sherry of Camarillo, Calif., and Sally Clark and husband Larry of Seneca, Wis.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Roger Trpkosh, Larry Trpkosh and Martin Trpkosh.
Linda worked as a teacher for 40 years, working for many of those years at Rome Grade School. She was a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Mt. Vernon with Pastor Gary Ryden officiating.
A gathering of friends and family will be held at 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. service time Saturday at the church.
For those who wish, memorials may be given to the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfh.com for further information and to send condolences.