Orlinda B. “Linda” Griswold, 89, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Port Charlotte, Florida.
Linda was born on September 1, 1929 in Tucson, Arizona, the only child of the late Arthur and Gertrude Brooks (whose English and Norwegian backgrounds influenced her growing up). Her family later moved to Phoenix, Arizona. She met her future husband Dan at Phoenix High School and they married while attending the University of Arizona. After graduation, they moved to Dayton, Ohio (Wright Patterson Air Force Base), finally settling in St. Joseph, Michigan, where they raised their three children and she earned her Masters Degree. In 2005, Linda and Dan moved from Michigan to Wisconsin, where they lived for 10 years, dividing their time between Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, and Dauphin Island, Alabama. More recently, they have lived at South Port Square in sunny Port Charlotte, Florida, where family visits frequently.
Linda was a devoted mother, homemaker, and substitute teacher. She served on the St. Joseph (Michigan) School Board for 10 years, presenting diplomas to each of her children as they graduated from high school. A primary focus of Linda’s life was worship and the flower guild at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in St. Joe. Her hobbies included sewing, knitting, gardening, and flower arranging. Linda and Dan spent 25 of their retirement years RV’ing all over North America, traveling 7 times to Alaska.
Linda is survived by her beloved husband of 68 years, Dan; daughter, Pamela (John) Zechlinski of Elkhart Lake, WI; son, Dan (Alice) Griswold, of Dubuque, IA; and daughter Susan Mamer of Dana Point, CA; six grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life service officiated by Fr. Roy Tuff of Church of the Good Shepherd in Punta Gorda, Florida, will be held for Linda on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 2:00 pm in the Town Hall (room) at South Port Square located at 23023 Westchester Blvd. in Port Charlotte, Florida 33980. For parking after entrance, take the 1st left, and then the next left into the parking lot next to the Information Center. The family would like to thank the staff at South Port Square and Tidewell Hospice for their loving care of Linda.
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested in Linda’s name to either the Alzheimer’s Association, 4075 S. Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL 33952, or the Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County, 3519 Drance St., Port Charlotte, FL 33980.
Friends may visit online at www.robersonfh.com to extend condolences to the family. Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Homes & Crematory, Punta Gorda Chapel.