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Norma "Janie" Linnecke


1923 - 2019
Norma "Janie" Linnecke Obituary
Norma "Janie" Linnecke

Reno - Janie Linnecke died on October 31, 2019. She is survived by her three children, Judy O'Neil, Carl Linnecke, and Sue Councilman, and her five grandchildren, Shellie O'Neil, Stephanie Downing, Kyle Councilman, Dakota Councilman and Nicholas Councilman. Janie's husband of 65 years predeceased her in 2014.

Janie was born in 1923 in Pennsylvania and moved to Arizona at the age of three. Upon graduation from high school she went into nurse's training at St Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona and started with the Cadet Nurse Corp. After completing nurse's training in 1945, she joined the Army and upon completing basic training became a 2 nd Lieutenant. Janie signed up to go overseas and was stationed at Bremen Haven Germany as part of the occupation forces after the end of WWII. Janie and other nurses traveled by train around Germany taking wives and children to where their husbands and fathers were stationed. She returned to Reno in 1947 and joined the reserves. In 1949 she married Harry Linnecke and in 1950 she was called back to duty as a 1 st Lieutenant stationed at Camp Cook, Lompoc, California which is now Vandenburg Air Force Base. Janie was active in the Masonic order and Daughters of the Nile. Janie and her husband were matron and patron together of Eastern Star and Janie served as Queen of Ammon-ra Temple, Daughters of the Nile. She would host the sewing group of the Daughters of the Nile at her home for a day of making things to sell at the annual bazaar to raise funds for the Shriner's Children's Hospitals. That would involve 20 to 30 ladies and their sewing machines set up on card tables around the house.

Janie was always on the go. Janie loved to go bowling. She was on a number of different leagues around Reno. She won a number of trophies and even bowled a 300 game. Janie enjoyed playing bridge. It was more of a social event with lunch and conversation, but always with a few games of bridge thrown in. She was involved with 4H, helping with refreshments and food at the horse shows her kids rode in.

Janie loved to cook. She had a fruit orchard at her home and made pies, jellies and jams and canned fruit all summer as it ripened. She had three large chest freezers that she kept stocked with fresh fruit pies, spaghetti sauce, corn on the cob and other frozen delights. Friends will remember the brandy-soaked fruit cakes at Christmas. She enjoyed organizing parties and feeding groups of 8 to groups of 100 at her home.

A memorial service will take place at Mountain View Mortuary, 425 Stoker Avenue, Reno, Nevada on December 5, 2019 at 11 am. Please consider a contribution to in memory of Janie. A donation to the or dementia research would be appropriate.
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from Nov. 18 to Dec. 1, 2019
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