Linda Lee Kanke, age 66 of Marengo, died Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at her home. Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Saturday, March 23, 2013, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo with Rev. Andrew Gray officiating. Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Friday, March 22, 2013, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.
Linda is survived by her husband, Wayne; her children Stacy McMann (Travis) and Jock Kanke (Mandi), all of Marengo: eleven grandchildren, Stephanie and Nathan Ballard, Katelin and Andrea Healey, Molly and Macy McMann, Tre and Lorenzo Gonzalez, Sahara, Carli, and Hayden Kanke, all of Marengo; and her siblings, Sam (Carole) Slaymaker of Marengo, Alice Rohrer (Richard) of Hartwick, Lee (Suni) Slaymaker of Marengo, Don (Shirley) Slaymaker of Marengo, and Steve (Jan) Slaymaker of Conroy; and sister-in-law, Gerry Formanek of Marengo. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Clement Slaymaker in 1996.
Linda Lee Slaymaker was born September 25, 1946 in Iowa City, Iowa, the daughter of Ray and Violet Ziegler Slaymaker. She graduated from Iowa Valley High School with the Class of 1964 and attended Paris Beauty School in Cedar Rapids. Linda married Wayne Myron Kanke on April 12, 1969 at First United Methodist Church in Marengo. She was owner and operator of her own beauty salon for many years.
Linda was a member of the Marengo American Legion #76 Auxiliary, and St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo. She enjoyed Nascar, especially Jeff Gordon, playing jokes on people, and just having fun. She loved to reminisce of her younger days, doing hair and manicures with her granddaughters, and listening to Elvis music.