ELKHART — Linda M. Willard, 69, of Elkhart, entered eternal life after a long courageous battle with ovarian cancer Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at the Center for Hospice in Elkhart.
Linda was born Aug. 10, 1949, in Ferndale, Michigan, to Donald and Lois Clune.
Linda graduated from St. Joseph High School.
She married Richard Berndt, who preceded her in death. They had two daughters. She and Don Willard just celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on May 29.
Linda worked at Western & Southern Insurance Co., Starbucks and she retired from Martin’s Supermarket.
She and Don traveled to Florida in their motor coach to avoid the cold winters.
She loved spending time with family and friends, especially celebrations of birthdays and holidays.
Linda was a people person, kind hearted with an easygoing personality.
A special thanks to her caregiver and stepdaughter Julie for all the love and support given to Linda.
Linda is survived by her husband, Don; her two daughters, Kathy Berndt of Seattle, Washington and Kristie (Frank Moran) Kederis of Naples, Florida; her stepdaughters, Joyce Long of North Port, Florida, Julie (Alan) Boggs of Elkhart and Donna (Mike) Long of Bristol; and her grandchildren, Ellie, Frank, Jonathan, Ashley and Colton.
Also surviving are her sister Lisa (William) Lennon of Marquette, Michigan and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Mark Clune.
Friends may visit with family from noon to 4 p.m. Friday June 21, at Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home, 1531 Cobblestone Blvd, Elkhart, where her funeral service will be at 4 p.m. with Pastor Brian Whidden officiating.
Memories with the family may be shared on the funeral home website.