Linda Darnell Hajek of Tyndal, S.D. and formerly of Caledonia, Minn. passed away following a courageous battle with cancer on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at her residence in Tyndall at the age of 59 years, 10 months and 9 days.
Linda was born on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 1952 in Caledonia to Harold, Sr. and Alice (Twite) Heaney. She graduated from Caledonia High School in 1971. She was united in marriage to Jerry Hajek on Dec. 30, 1971 at Brookings, S.D. She was a cook for the Senior Nutrition Site, Semcac, and later ran a daycare in her home. Linda loved to cook and also enjoyed working crossword puzzles and collecting dolls. She was a member and past president of the American Legion Auxiliaries in both Brownsville and Tyndall, and was a member of the VFW Auxiliary in Caledonia. After moving to Tyndall, she worked at the Tyndall Bakery and the Corral.
Linda was the beloved wife of Jerry Hajek of Tyndall; loving mother of Kimberly Jo Heaney (deceased); Angela (Scott) Dolle, Caledonia and Dennis (Amy) Hajek, Eyota; cherished grandmother of Alexander Hajek, Jacob Dolle, Samantha Hajek, Jena Dolle and Olivia Hajek; a loving daughter to Harold, Sr. and Alice Heaney, Caledonia; a dear sister to Harold (Susie) Heaney, Jr., Caledonia, and deceased brothers Lyle and Mark Heaney; daughter-in-law of Leonard and Audrey Hajek, Tyndall; and sister-in-law of David Hajek, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Dwight Hajek, Deadwood, S.D. and Dianne (Arthur) Klein, Cedar Falls, Iowa. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 7 at the United Methodist Church in Tyndall with Rev. Duane Coates officiating. Kathy Koenig will be organist and Bill VanGerpen will give the eulogy. Inurnment will take place at a later date in the Bon Homme Cemetery, rural Springfield, S.D. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the church. There will be a memorial service in Caledonia on Saturday, July 21 at 11 a.m. at the Caledonia Methodist Church. Lunch will follow in the fellowship hall.
Arrangements are under the direction of Goglin Funeral Home of Tyndall and online condolences may be left at www.goglinfh.com.