Linda Rae Gotta, age 84, of Knoxville, Iowa, passed away Thursday, September 24, 2020 at MercyOne Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.
Linda was born on July 11, 1936 in Knoxville, Iowa, the daughter of Florence Stewart and John Earl Agar. Florence later married Foster Kissinger and Linda took the Kissinger name.
Linda was married to the love of her life, Harold Gotta on October 18, 1953 and to this union were born five children: Steve, Tim, John, Lisa, and Valerie.
Linda enjoyed baking, flower gardening, antiques, and she was an avid reader. Most of all, she loved and enjoyed her family.
Linda is survived by four children, Tim (Betsy) Gotta, John (Terri) Gotta, Lisa (Dave) Ridnouer, and Valerie Gotta, all of Knoxville; daughter-in-law, Phyllis Gotta; six grandchildren, Clint (Andrea) Gotta, Courtney (Derek) Christenson, Lindsey (Tim) Thomas, Shannon (Chelsea) Gotta, Alissa (Jeff Houser) Gotta, and Emma (Devin) Kline; ten great-grandchildren, Austin Gotta, Lily Stream, Kamden Thomas, Braelyn Ensor, Maddox Houser, Jace Houser, Jack Christenson, Chloe Jayne Kline, Clayton Richards, (and a baby boy named Jackson to be born in December); sisters, Susan Churchill and Nancy Hall (David); brother-in-law, Wendell Caulkins; and several nieces and nephews.
Linda is preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Harold Gotta; son, Steven Gotta; grandson, Sam Ridnouer; her parents; sisters, Sally Caulkins and Glendora Woods; brother, Jerry Kissinger; daughter-in-law, Kellie Gotta; and brother-in-law, Arthur Churchill.
Linda’s wishes were to be cremated. Visitation will be held on Monday, September 28, 2020 at Winfield Funeral Home in Knoxville from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. with Linda’s family present. A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. at Celebrate Community Church in Knoxville. Following services, a private family burial will be held at Graceland Cemetery. Due to COVID 19, face masks and social distancing are required.
If desired, memorials may be given to Knoxville Hospital Pulmonary Division and Your Life Matters (in honor of Sam Ridnouer).