Yvonne Mary (Dirkswager) Linnemann, 90 years old, Edina and formerly from St
July 30, 1931 – August 26, 2021
The Christian Burial Mass will be held at 10:30 am on Friday September 3, 2021 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Joseph for Yvonne Mary (Dirkswager) Linnemann, 90 years old from Edina and formerly from St. Cloud, passed away peacefully on Thursday August 26, 2021 in Edina. Interment will take place in the parish cemetery.
Visitations will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and after 9 a.m. on Friday at the Daniel Funeral Home in Saint-Joseph.
Yvonne was born July 30, 1931 in St Cloud, Minnesota, to Edward and Alice Dirkswager (Donahue). She was raised and educated in St Cloud. Yvonne graduated from Cathedral High School and attended St Cloud Hospital School of Nursing before graduating from Minneapolis General Hospital School of Nursing in 1953. She was a nurse at St Andrew’s Hospital in Minneapolis for four years before that. to leave to raise his family.
Yvonne’s greatest joy was being a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. His legacy and his family of 36 spans three generations: five children, one son-in-law, three daughters-in-law, 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She embraced every moment, phone conversation, card or simple note. Being together as a family was when she was happiest. Although he lives across the country, each member of the family traveled to Minnesota to visit him in the last six months of his life.
Originally from a small town in central Minnesota, Yvonne traveled the world with her family as the wife of a military doctor. She lived in Germany twice for a total of seven years. Two of his five children were born in Germany. When she first moved to Germany in 1958, Yvonne had to travel alone with three children, aged 18 months to five, for a 16-hour propeller flight. The family moved to Germany for the second time in 1965 on a Navy personnel carrier, the Good Ship Darby. It took 10 days to cross the Atlantic. During her stay abroad, Yvonne traveled through Europe and Scandinavia. The family returned from Europe in 1968 and lived in Philadelphia for 15 years. She was very active in the city’s theatrical and artistic community. Yvonne moved to Minnesota in 1983. She resumed her nursing career at Presbyterian Hospital in Philadelphia and Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina for 15 years before retiring at age 70.
Yvonne was an accomplished artist. There are over 25 oil paintings prominently displayed and proudly hung in his home. The prints of all paintings have been arranged in a book titled “The Art of Yvonne Dirkswager Linnemann”. She also had a portfolio of over 100 water-based dyes which she gave to her children and grandchildren at a recent family reunion.
Yvonne was an extraordinarily warm, kind and generous person. Everyone considered Yvonne a close friend. At several times during her life she hosted a friend or extended family member who was going through a move, school or other life event and needed a place to live for a few weeks and in some case of months. She never repelled anyone. When she moved to Vernon Terrace in Edina, she was the welcome representative for her floor and helped new residents acclimatize to life in Vernon Terrace.
Although Yvonne will be sadly missed by all who love her; her smile, her warmth and the twinkle in her eyes will live on forever. We are more than blessed to have had her here as a matriarch of our family, but we will find peace in knowing that she is now joined with so many other family members who will welcome her with open arms and embrace each other. will be happy that she is at home.
Yvonne is survived by her sons Tom and wife Noreen, Chip and wife Patty, Kurt, Nick and wife Deborah, daughter Kippy Bracke and husband Warren, brother Edward Dirkswager and wife Dianne. Sister Susan Quispe and her husband Roy.