STANSBURY PARK, UT - Linda Ann (Wargel) Keliipaakaua, our dearest wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend passed away at age 61 on Wednesday, March 27, 2013.Born in Evansville, Indiana to Harold and Ermalinda Wargel, she graduated from Mater De High School in 1969. Linda loved to go on long walks and desired to travel and see the world. She enlisted in the United States Air Force and played on the Women's March Air Force Base and Strategic Air Command (SAC) Volleyball teams, where she met and married her coach and sweetheart, William Keliipaakaua. Linda devoted herself to raising their four children. She worked endlessly to ensure that her family was cared for and that her children had opportunities to succeed at their goals. She continued walking throughout her life as daily exercise and a meaningful way to share time with family. Eventually, the family made southern Virginia their home. In 2010 they moved to Stansbury Park, Utah to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Linda then worked as a nurse at Mountain West Medical Center (MWMC) in Tooele, Utah. She was truly a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and faithful daughter of Heavenly Father. Aloha 'oe, our beloved angel. We are grateful for the care provided by the medical staff in Virginia and Utah; most recently at the Intermountain Medical Center, Huntsman Cancer Institute and Harmony Home Health and Hospice (notably Barbara). We are so grateful to our loving and caring medical and Human Resources personnel and friends at MWMC; as well as to our neighbors and friends.Linda is survived by her loving husband, Bill; her four children Lisa (Dan), Lorie (Jason), Leslie (Preston) and Adam; six grandchildren; mother, Ermalinda; siblings, Mary (Gordon), Donna (Barry), David (Carol), Ronnie, and Jim (Lisa). She is preceded in death by her father, Harold; sister, Theresa; nephew, Craig; and infant granddaughter, Kayla.A viewing will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2013, from 6-8 p.m. at Tate Mortuary, 110 South Main Street, Tooele, UT 84074. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 5, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the LDS Captain's Island Ward (Bayshore Bldg), 5899 Bayshore Dr, Stansbury Park, UT 84074 with a viewing from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Interment will be at the Stansbury Park Cemetery with military honors. In lieu of flowers, gifts and monetary donations, please share a walk with and express your love to your loved ones. To you Sweetheart, Aloha - Until we meet again. Aloha 'oe, my Kuuipo (Sweetheart)!
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Published in Daily Press on Apr. 2, 2013