HARVARD – Linda Kay Lopez, 69, of Harvard, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 at her home in Harvard surrounded by her loving family.|
She was born Sept. 19, 1943, in Chicago, to Wilbert and Harriet Klug.
Linda was a master floral designer. She was an artist in many aspects of life and she also enjoyed painting. Her life's passion was being a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, caregiver and friend. She truly loved everyone she met and she showed them by example to live life to the fullest.
She was always there to lend a hand and would do everything in her power to help someone in need and serve others; even when that meant that she would have to go without something that she needed for herself. She loved all animals, especially her beloved cat, Hope. She also enjoyed the wild squirrels and birds that would come to visit her in the backyard every day. Linda will truly be missed by all who knew her. For the family record, it has been formally declared that Rutger Hauer was her favorite, so everyone can stop arguing.
She is survived by her four children, Peter D. (Anne Marie) Lopez Jr., Arthur Lopez (Ava), Catharine (Paul) Russell and Tina Shatters (Chris "The Weed Hacker" Klymko); six grandchildren, Tiffani (Matt), Mark, Angel, Jessica (JoVon), Nicole and Christopher (Corinne); two great-grandchildren, Olivia and Haley; as well as many other relatives, extended family members, and very dear friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Peter D. Lopez Sr.; and a daughter-in-law, Terry Lopez.
A memorial gathering will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at Rush Creek Park in Harvard. All other services will be private.
Linda's family would like to give a special thanks to her grandson Christopher, for everything he has done while being stationed in Afghanistan; and to her granddaughter Tiffani, for being her angel on earth.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family for designation at a later date.
For information, call Schneider Leucht Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home at 815-338-1710 or visit www.slmcfh.com.
Published in the Northwest Herald on Aug. 27, 2013