Obituary of Lucy Margaret Linko
Lucy Margaret Linko, age 94, of Joliet, IL, passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2023 in her home surrounded by the love of her family. She was born July 10, 1928 in Sublette, IL the daughter of the late John and Veronica (Spohn) Goy.
She is survived by her nine children, Jacalyn Linko, Marilyn (William) Wierschem, J. David (Diane) Linko, Donald (Rose) Linko, Janine (John, III) Gudac, Dean (Ann Marie) Linko, Daniel Linko, Colleen (Jeffrey Blankenship) Linko, Eileen (Martin) Fitzgerald; ten grandsons, Matthew Wierschem, Nicholas (Rebecca) Wierschem, Alex (Ashley) Linko, Tim (Kim) Linko, Robert Linko, Scott (Cira) Linko, Patrick (Margaret) Gudac, John P. (Kristen Schmidt) Gudac, Joseph Linko, and Michael (Samantha) Linko; 17 great grandchildren with two more on the way; brother, Eugene “Gene” (Donna) Goy; and sister, Sharon (William) Kane. Many nieces, nephews and dear friends also survive.
Preceded in death by her beloved husband of 32 years, Joseph Linko, who passed away in 1982; her parents; sister, Shirley Malach; brother, Joseph Goy; and infant grandson, Mark Edward Linko.
Lucy grew up in rural Sublette/Maytown, IL. She graduated from Amboy High School in Amboy, IL and completed her nursing training at St. Charles Hospital in Aurora, IL. She worked as a registered nurse at the old St. Joseph Hospital in Joliet, IL and moved with the hospital to its current location. She worked continuously part-time since 1964 in the post-partum dept, until she retired in 1985.
She volunteered in many roles in support of St. Mary’s Assumption Church including President of the Mother’s Club. She then went on to support and volunteer at St. John the Baptist Church as a Eucharistic Minister, member of the choir, St. John’s Food Pantry and various leadership roles with the Council of Catholic Women. She also volunteered with the Will Grundy Clinic, two medical missions to Bolivia with the Joliet Diocese, Daybreak Shelter, and assisted with charity work in Mississippi through the Franciscans of Dubuque, IA.
She is a member of the St. Anthony Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan and an Affiliate of the Franciscan Province of the Sacred Heart.
Lucy enjoyed gardening, canning, baking, and crocheting. She loved to watch Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, and cheered on the Chicago Cubs. She was an avid Scrabble player and a card shark at Euchre!
Mom was an inspiration to all of us. She was always upbeat. She had a strong work ethic - even when she was dying, she requested her funeral to be on a Saturday so people wouldn’t have to take off work.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate, 1433 Essington Rd, Joliet, IL 60435; Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart, 9201 W Saint Francis Rd, Frankfort, IL 60423; Franciscan Province of the Sacred Heart, 3140 Meramec St, St Louis, Mo 63118-4399; or to St. John the Baptist Church, 404 N. Hickory St., Joliet, IL 60435.
Visitation for Lucy Margaret Linko will be Friday, February 3, 2023, 2:00-8:00 p.m. at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black Rd. (at Essington Rd.), Joliet, IL. Additional Visitation Saturday, February 4, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. until the time of Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 404 N. Hickory St., Joliet. Interment will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Joliet.
For more information please call (815) 942-5040 or visit her Memorial Tribute at www.fredcdames.com where you can share a favorite memory or leave a condolence.