July 10, 1929 – September 10, 2020
COLUMBIA Gerlinde "Linda" Clegg, widow of Richard Walter Clegg Sr., passed away Thursday, September 10, 2020, at Life Care Center of Columbia. Linda was born July 10, 1929 in Czechoslovak to Henry and Anna Langl. As a child, Linda, her sister, Isle and her parents were forced to flee their home at the start of World War II. They fled to Germany as her grandparents settled in Bavaria.
Linda enjoyed the simple things in life. She loved to draw, paint, knit, crochet and embroider and was great with crossword puzzles. She loved traveling, especially around the state with Caughman Park Seniors. She was very thoughtful and kind by leaving daily snacks for her mail and newspaper carriers. Linda loved sending letters of appreciation to people who were very helpful to her, no matter how great or small.
Linda was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; sister and brother-in-law, Isle and Ehrfried Sattler; and her best friends, Brigitte and Eugene Keller.
Those left to cherish her memory include her godchildren, Loretta Marshall (Steven) and their children, Katrina, Jeremy, Gerald Keller (Gloria); Donald Keller (Deborah) and son, Austin, all of Michigan; special friends, Irma Santana, Cassandra Rush (Thomas), Kathy Mathis, Wanda Porter and Vaugh Reddie; caregivers, Ruthie Hall and son, Louis Jr.
Special thanks to Life Care Center of Columbia, especially the CNA’s and nurses, for the care provided to Linda during her stay there and a heartfelt thanks for all the acts of kindness and love shown during this difficult time. May God continue to bless you richly. Also special thanks to Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, for your professionalism, care and understanding.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 15, 2020 in Fort Jackson National Cemetery. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family.
Memorials may be made to American Heart Association, 190 Knox Abbott Drive, # 301, Cayce, SC 29033.
Memories may be shared at www.dunbarfunerals.com.
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Thomas, Cassandra, and Amanda Rush
September 13, 2020
Linda you will always be loved, remembered, and cherished.
Missing you much....
Thomas, Cassandra, and Amanda
September 13, 2020
Anyone who knew Linda likely heard her tell her story, of the day she became a citizen of The United States of America. She was a fiercely proud American and loved her country.
Her stories and recollections were fascinating, and her eloquent and carefully chosen words made you want to listen. Linda spoke three languages beautifully and she could knock out a crossword puzzle in record time. She had a steel trap memory when it came to recalling her younger years. Her days with Walter and all of the “young people” at the Colonial Villa pool and clubhouse were, I suspect, some of the happiest times in her life. One of those young couples “adopted” Linda and shared family time, love, life, loss, and every single special occasion with Linda for decades.
Linda was known for her letter and note writing. Even the smallest gesture would be followed by a thank you note. She sent birthday cards to everyone she knew, and received Christmas cards from around the globe. She was proudest of the handwritten and signed Christmas cards received each year by Sheriff Leon Lott. Linda also enjoyed visits to her home by the members of Project Hope and praised their work and kindness.
Linda loved animals and had a tender and generous heart, especially when it came to her hummingbirds. Sometimes it seemed as though every tiny bird headed for South America stopped for a sip at Linda’s home in Hopkins.
Although I did not have the pleasure of meeting her beloved Walter, I felt as though I knew him. Linda found the love of her life in Walter, and she never grew tired of telling the story of how they met working together at the newspaper. I hope they have met again, and that her heart, mind and body are strong and free.
September 10, 2020
What a kind, loving soul, Gerlinde had. Her loyalty was strong yet her words were gentle. Gerlinde was my Mothers best friend. They had such a strong friendship, gossiping on the phone weekly. Such a good friend that she was then my Godmother. Could not have asked for a better Godmother than she. I will miss her stories and her cheerful voice. I take comfort that she is with all whom she loved. I will always ❤ you meine liebe Gerlinde.
September 10, 2020
I am going to miss you. I'm going to miss your kindness, the laughter the long nights watching DWS. It was a privilege to have known you. RIP and enjoy seeing your parents, your sister and especially your dearest husband. You will be missed.💜💜💜