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Linda Jacqueline Mitchler
September 27, 1948 ~ December 13, 2023 (age 75) 75 Years Old
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Linda Jacqueline Mitchler (nee Buffi) passed away peacefully with family by her side on December 13, 2023 at the Brandon Hospital. Linda was born on September 27, 1948 at the Neepawa Hospital, only child to Jacob and Emilie Buffi. She was baptized in October 1948, confirmed in August 1962, both at the Waldersee Lutheran Church. She attended the Lucania and Glenella schools. Following school years she lived and worked in Neepawa where she cleaned rooms and did accounting books for a few years before marrying Leonard Mitchler on May 11, 1968 and moving back to the Glenella area.
Over 55 Years of marriage, Linda and Leonard had four sons Lawrence Leonard, Mark Cory, Duane Aaron, Noewel Darryl, daughter Holly Leanne and a stillborn daughter in 1976, Linda, Leonard and the family moved a few times farming in the Glenella area with moving one last time in 1976 to a farmstead they purchased near Glenella.
Linda (mom) loved to be busy with her big garden, canning, cooking, tending to the animals – pigs, geese, chickens and milking cows. All Linda’s children have stories about being chased by the gander and the rooster. Luckily she took care of that one rooster, with one quick swing of a 5 gallon pail! She also had the important role of following behind the farm equipment to help Leonard and the boys move fields in seeding and harvest and delivering tailgate suppers. She was always doing something. In winters she would pass the time with hours of crocheting and sewing. She achieved her goal with crocheting a blanket for each of her grandchildren and Godchildren. A keepsake of her they will cherish forever.
Mom was the most amazing cook. Every meal was a big meal with her cooking, always needing dessert and of course always having ice cream in the freezer. “Grab the pail and spoon, forget the dish!” she’d say. She passed this love of sweets and ice cream onto her family. She taught her children and grandchildren many lessons through her life – lots of baking, cooking and crocheting. She enjoyed clipping recipes out of the newspaper to pass onto the kids “This would be a good one to try!”
Linda was very strong in her faith and served for many years with the church. From coordinating lunches, volunteers, to helping with Vacation Bible School and Sunday School.
Linda didn’t know the words ‘retirement’ or ‘slow down’ and this shows with her being active in the church and on the farm right up until she suffered a severe stroke. She loved to help where she could and would do anything for anyone. She had a heart of gold.
Linda is predeceased by her stillborn daughter, parents Jacob and Emilie Buffi, her father in law and mother in law Emanuel and Katherine Mitchler, brothers in law Edwin and Mervyn Mitchler.
Left to mourn are her husband Leonard, sons Lawrence (Trena), Mark, Duane, Noewel and daughter Holly (Matthew). Grandchildren Devin (Kamrin), Bailey (Ryan), Emmalee, Matthew, Dustin, Chloe, Mylee, Kaytee and Caitlin. Sisters in law Beverley (Lloyd), Shirl and Laura. Brothers in law Delmar, Kelvin (Laurie), Howard (Susan), Dale. As well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and her four-legged buddy, Hatchet.
As we mourn, we can find comfort in something mom said often…’don’t say goodbye, that’s too final, say see you later.’