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Glenna M. Linder nee McKillip, 92, of Riverside, IL at rest January 10, 2019, beloved wife of 51 years of the late William Dyer Linder; devoted mother of William Glenn and Curtis Arthur (Nancy); dearest sister of the late William David (Carol) McKillip and sister-in-law of the late Arthur and Gail Gerken; dear aunt of many; fond cousin of Virginia Scott Heinemann. A lifelong resident of Riverside (Shenstone and Lawton Roads), she attended Riverside Brookfield High School (Class of 1944), was an active member (and former Deacon) of the Riverside Presbyterian Church and The Frederick Law Olmsted Society, and spent countless hours playing bridge and doubles tennis as "Big Red" at the Riverside Swim Club, for which she was among the founding members. After graduating from Blackburn College, she attended the Katharine Gibbs secretarial school and worked at the Western Electric Company Hawthorne Works in Cicero. She later attended Triton College, earning a degree in criminal justice, which she applied in her 34-year career at Carson Pirie Scott & Co. as an undercover detective, where she assisted in innumerable shoplifting pinches. With her ever-present camera and adventurous spirit, she traveled extensively through North/South America, Europe, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, and Africa with husband Bill, and later with sons Bill and Curtis and dear Riverside friends, and snapped the fateful photo in Tanzania of Curtis meeting "her Nancy" to be. An avid autograph collector, among her fondest memories of celebrity encounters was drinking with Errol Flynn and meeting Joe Louis. The family thanks the dear staff of Caledonia Senior Living/The Scottish Home for their loving care. Family and friends are invited to visit on Monday, January 14, 2019 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Ivins/Moravecek Funeral Home, 80 E. Burlington St., Riverside, 708-447-2261 or www.ivinsfh.com.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Jan. 13, 2019
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