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We sadly announce the passing of Linda Kay Hogan, age 72, of West Valley City, Utah. Linda passed away on April 17, 2023, at home, following a courageous battle with pneumonia.
She was a fighter! She suffered a severe stroke in 2004 and after a very long hospital and rehab stay, she recovered with few side effects. In 2017 she was diagnosed with throat cancer and made a full recovery after many radiation and chemo treatments. She had one previous bout with pneumonia.
Linda was born on April 4, 1951, in Wadena, Minnesota, to Robert and Mildred Bickford. She grew up in Nimrod, Minnesota, and was a lifelong member of Nimrod Lutheran Church. She attended and graduated from Sebeka High School.
After graduation from high school, Linda was employed by Honeywell for a period of 6 months. She later went to work for Munsingwear, where she was employed until 1979, when she moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, with Kent Hogan.
On September 21, 1979, she married Kent J Hogan. She proceeded to help raise Kent's three children from a previous marriage, Kaylyn, Patrick, and Michael.
Once settled in Utah she was employed at Espree as a graphic artist, until the company was sold to Blue Coral in the early 1980's. That's when she became the crossword queen and retired.
She loved her crossword puzzles and word jumbles - note: she did both in ink! She taught herself to become semi-ambidextrous; if the puzzle was on the left side of the puzzle book, she would use her left hand to write the answer and likewise if the puzzle was on the right side of the book.
She loved her cats and, believe me, they were spoiled.
Linda is survived by her loving and devoted husband Kent and his children Kaylyn Brown (Scott), Patrick, and Michael (Chantelle). 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, sisters Marilyn Nolte (Norman) of Milaca, MN., Jackie Fredericksen (Donald) of Nimrod, MN., and brother-in-law Jack Palokangas of Menahga, MN.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and sister Sharon.
She asked to be cremated and that her remains be held by her husband Kent, and that hers and his remains be buried together.
A memorial will be held at a future date.
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