Linda A. Koenig, “Lindy Lu”,” Nana”, “Mama Linda”, was welcomed into the arms of our Lord on October 14, 2022. She didn't lose her battle with Ovarian cancer, it just took seven years for Jesus to prepare heaven for her arrival. Those angels were pretty busy cleaning!
Linda was a devoted and loving wife to Kurt for exactly 44 years. Exiting this earth surround by her family, just as they were when they said their vows.
Linda was born in Menominee, MI to Gordon (Philibeck) and Fay (nee Tremblay) on July 8, 1955. She lived a busy life on Philibeck Farms where, as the second oldest of six, she helped take care of her siblings. She loved horses, showing the family farm’s Holsteins at the fair, and she was active in the FFA throughout her school years. Upon graduation from Menominee High School in 1973, she did the bravest thing of her life and traveled cross-country to live in Scottsdale, Arizona to help a family friend with her children after the death of her husband. It was in Arizona she found a career, her independence, and began to make her way through the world as an adult.
She returned to the Midwest, finding a job at Marshfield Hospital where she worked as a PT aide. It was in Marshfield where she met the love of her life, Kurt Koenig at a wedding. The two quickly realized they were meant to be and were married October 14, 1978 at Holy Redeemer in Menominee, MI. In 1980 they welcomed their first daughter, Kami (Strunsee) and in 1983 another daughter, Kari (Niepow). It was in Mukwonago, WI they chose to grow their roots. The family of four lived a fun and faith-centered life. Attending St. James Catholic Parish, supporting and attending all activities that their daughters participated in; from dance, to basketball and soccer, to the performing arts. She loved decorating her home, planting flowers and taking care of her park-like yard with her husband. Her life always centered around family.
Linda worked in the medical industry the entirety of her career and forged countless friendships wherever she went. She was frequently the one arranging department parties, she brought people together, went out of her way to welcome new co-workers, and was known for her beautiful smile, loving heart, captivating personality, and sense of humor. Everyone loved Linda.
She was blessed with son-in-laws, Shawn (Strunsee) in 2005 and Matt (Niepow) in 2015. She became “Nana” in 2007 after the birth of her oldest granddaughter, Halle (Strunsee), followed by another granddaughter, Hayden (Strunsee) in 2010, then two more granddaughters Mia (Niepow) in 2017, Madelyn (Niepow) in 2018, and finally her one and only grandson, Max (Niepow) in 2022. She loved her grandchildren with everything she had and excelled at doing all the fun things that Nanas get to do. From sleepovers, to vacations; baking special custom birthday cakes, making the best tapioca known to man, showing up at sporting events, plays, school concerts; making fun personalized gift for different holidays, and always, ALWAYS giving smoochy-kisses to her grandbabies. It was always a memorable time at “Nana and Papa's” house.
Linda is survived by her husband Kurt, daughters Kami (Shawn), Kari (Matt), her grandchildren, Halle and Hayden, Mia, Madelyn, and Max. Her mother Fay (nee Tremblay) Philibeck, brothers Terry (Katie) Philibeck, Neal (Linda) Philibeck and Alan (Michelle) Philibeck. Sisters, Lisa (Bart) Francour, and Lori (Andy) Dominiak. 17 nieces and nephews, countless cousins, in-laws, and many friends. Her smile was sunshine and the her warmth of character makes us miss her beyond belief.
She is preceded in death by her grandparents John and Gertrude (nee Moeller), Clement and Lucielle (nee Oiser) Tremblay, her father Gordon Philibeck, Uncles John Philibeck, Al Philbeck, and Millard Philibeck. Her brother-in-laws Bruce Koenig and Jack Meaders, and her dear friend Nancy (nee Maitland) Proctor.
Words cannot express our gratitude towards the amazing doctors, nurses and staff at Pro Health Cancer Center in Pewaukee, the Greenwald Cancer Center in Mukwonago, Waukesha Memorial Hospital and Angels Grace Hospice Center. We especially want to thank Dr. Turner and Dr. Hake for helping Linda and her family navigate cancer treatments.
Visitation and funeral will take place Saturday, October 22, 2022 at St. James Catholic Church 830 E Veteran’s Way, Mukwonago.
Visitation 9:00 am - 10:45 am
Funeral Mass 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Luncheon to follow at Thelen Funeral Home at W309 S4840 Commercial Dr, North Prairie, WI 53153
Interment will be private.
Flowers can be sent to St. James Catholic Church 830 E Veteran’s Way, Mukwonago.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the memorial fund being formed in Linda's honor, make checks out to “Lindy Lu Angel Feathers” sent to Thelen Funeral Home at W309 S4840 Commercial Dr, North Prairie, WI 53153
For those unable to attend, those wishing to share a memory or those wanting to just sign the on-line guest registry, please click the Share A Memory link below Linda's name.
Thelen Funeral Services of North Prairie/Genesee is honored to be assisting the family. 262-392-4251