Mrs. Linda Marie Wikoff, Galesburg Chapel

wikoff_Linda64, of Galesburg, Ill. passed away peacefully in her sleep at 3:50 a.m. Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at OSF St. Mary Medical Center, Galesburg.
She was born June 5, 1949 in Kansas City, Mo. to Paul Norbert and Helen Marie Pickering Hawkins. In 1969, she married Winn Finley Wikoff who currently resides in Galesburg.
Also surviving are two sons, Paul (and Rachel) Wikoff of Rocklin, Calif. and John (and Nikki) Wikoff of East Peoria, Ill., three daughters, Ann “Marie” (and Mark) Lehmann of Reno, Nev., Brigit (and William “Bill”) Hollis of Hamilton, Ill. and Carrie (and Michael) Paden of Friendswood, Texas, two brothers, Paul Robert (and Judy) Hawkins of Riverside, Calif. and William E. (and Elizabeth) Hawkins of Alta Loma, Calif. and eight grandchildren, Jadon Wikoff, Davin Wikoff, Hayden Wikoff, Reese Wikoff, Bailey Hollis, Benjamin Hollis, Thomas Paden and Josephine Paden.
Linda was a farmer and insurance broker for 44 years. She graduated from Glenbard West, Glen Ellyn, Ill. in 1967 and Knox College, Galesburg, Ill in 1990. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Galesburg where she was active in the choir. She was the women’s committee chairwoman for the Knox County Farm Bureau. She was the state representative to the Illinois Rural Health Association and the Illinois Council on Food Agricultural Research, for the Illinois Farm Bureau. Linda was a 4-H leader in Rio and Oneida, Ill. and a Girl Scouts Troop Leader in Rio.
Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 24, 2013 at First United Methodist Church. Mary Runge will officiate. Visitation will be 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Ontario Cemetery. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church or Gift of Life Transplant House. Online condolences may be made at

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13 Guestbook Entries to “Mrs. Linda Marie Wikoff, Galesburg Chapel”

  1. Carrie and Family- My family and I are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts and prayers are with you and your families

  2. I have worked with Brigit Hollis and been a close friend for nearly 20 years. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. May your sweet memories of your mother and wife help heal the loss.

  3. So sorry to hear about your loss!!! I have to work on Saturday, but you all are in my thoughts and prayers…….

  4. So sorry for your loss.I have many fond memories of Linda from Girl Scouts and slumber parties with Carrie. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  5. Expressing sympathy is always difficult, but all we can say is how sorry we are.
    Mike and Donna

  6. So sorry for your loss

  7. While the sorrow is so great right now, we are so encouraged by knowing that Linda’s faith is now sight….and we can continue to see her strength, her devotion and commitment to family and friends, and her enduring perseverence, intelligence and love through her wonderful children and grandchildren. We are so grateful for her gifts. She will be missed greatly but the memories will remain strong.
    Wishing you all the peace that only God can give at this time. Sending our deepest sympathies to the family.
    From Rachel Wikoff’s Mom and Dad – Darryl and Kim. We love you, Paul.

  8. Carrie- I’m so sorry to hear of this. You and your family will be in my prayers.

  9. My condolences to you and the rest of the family. Sending my prayers.

  10. We were so very sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. We knew her through the church when her son Paul and our Adam were in the Logos program. She was a lovely person and we considered her our friend. Our deepest sympathies and heartfelt prayers are with all of you. May God bless.
    Janeen and Bill Marshall

  11. The Illinois Rural Health Association was saddened to hear of Linda’s passing. We greatly appreciate all her years of selfless service to our organization. Linda was talented in all aspects of her life, whether it was being a mom, businesswoman, farmer or community advocate. She will be greatly missed. We will be keeping her loved ones in our prayers during this difficult time.

    Margaret Vaughn, Executive Director
    IL Rural Health Association

  12. Winn so sorry to hear about Linda. Saw Fran and Rollie Moore this week as they are at the farm show outside my building in Rantoul. I will not be with Bob tomorrow for the visitation as we recently lost our neighbor that was next to us for 34 years. Will be getting her daughter at group home tomorrow to take her to lunch and movie. Will have you in my thoughts and prayers tomorrow!

  13. My heart goes out to each of you at this time of such great sorrow. Linda helped major positive changes take place in my life and the life of my youngest son and his father at a time when we needed it most. What a blessing it was when we moved into that little yellow house on the hill south of your home and my son’s father began working as a farm laborer for the Wikoff’s! I saw Linda a few years ago and we had a wonderful visit and I am so thankful. I pray God will comfort each of you in this time of such sorrow and grief of Linda’s passing.


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