Linnard, Jean K. CLIFTON PARK Jean K. Linnard, 71, of Clifton Park, passed away unexpectedly, yet peacefully, on Sunday, June 24, 2012. Jeannie was born and raised in Bay City, Mich. and was the daughter of the late Geraldine Larssen Holmes and Wendell "Spin" Larssen. Jean-nie's journey as a loving wife and mother began one summer day as she stood barefoot on a gravel road by Walloon Lake, Mich. and a young man stopped to ask for directions. This chance encounter evolved into a beautiful, lifelong commitment to her loving husband, Larry, and the family they raised together. Jeannie graduated from Bay City Central High School and attended Central Michigan University. Jeannie and Larry married in 1960 in Bay City. Together, they built a "home cottage" on Lake Charlevoix, which began a long tradition of having a family cabin to enjoy. They started a family and lived in Ohio and Pennsylvania before settling in the Capital District in upstate New York. In addition to raising her family, Jeannie worked as a hospital liaison for the Hospital Association of New York State in the historic Kenmore Building in Albany. Jeannie enjoyed the simple pleasures in life such as "going for a little drive" or a walk in the woods with her husband. She appreciated the beautiful view of Lake Champlain from the deck at "camp," their mountaintop cabin in the Adirondacks. She relished cheering "Go Blue!" to tease Larry during annual University of Michigan/Ohio State football games. Jeannie's artistic talents included Rosemaling and Tole & Decorative painting. She enjoyed baking cookies with her grandchildren and spending time with her family. Jeannie leaves a legacy of love and dedication to her family. She had a tireless energy and creativity that nurtured independence and a creative spirit in each of her children. She was a warm, strong, and loving woman whose selflessness and dedication to her family was endless. She was loved and respected by all who knew her. Jeannie is survived by her husband of 51 years, Lawrence Murray Linnard; her children, Michael Linnard, Thomas Linnard, Deborah Azuaje, and Nancy Biskup; and her only sister and best friend and confidante, Janet Marie List. Though many miles may have separated them, they were never further away than a phone call, email, or Skype. Jeannie is also survived by eight grandchildren who absolutely adored her, Elena, Tanya, Christopher, Julia, Michael, Patrick, Christine, and Janine. Arrangements have been entrusted by the family to the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home in Clifton Park. A private memorial will be held for the family. To express your sympathy or share a treasured memory visit Legacy.com. Those wishing to remember Jeannie in a special way should embrace life and take the time to hug a spouse, parent, sibling, child, friend, or complete stranger.
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Published in Albany Times Union on June 29, 2012
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