Mary Margaret Linstrom
January 26, 1933 – June 15, 2020
Mary “Marge” Linstrom, 87, passed away at Poppen House in Muskegon, Michigan, Monday, June 15th, 2020, after a brief battle with lung cancer. Mary was born January 26th, 1933, in Houghton, Michigan (she was a proud Yooper!), where she was immediately adopted by John and Margaret Vardian. Mary lived in the UP until she was 9 at which time the family moved to Lansing, and then to Muskegon. It was here that she met her lifelong girlfriend group with whom she had lunch weekly, until only a few months prior to her death. Mary graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Muskegon in 1951. Mary’s first marriage in 1952 gave her two beautiful children, daughter Vicky and son David. After working at Brunswick intermittently from 1951-1961, she met the love of her life, Eugene “Jack” Linstrom, and they were married in 1963. They relocated to Marion, Virginia in 1969, where Mary worked for the Virginia State Library, then to California, Missouri, where she obtained her real estate license. In 1977 they moved to Davey, Florida, where Mary was the assistant to the headmaster at the Nova Southeastern University. After eight years in Davey, the Linstroms moved to Port Richey, Florida, where Mary lived until 2000, when she returned home to Michigan. Central to Mary’s life was volunteer work. She volunteered at the Smyth County Regional Hospital as a pink lady, and as a volunteer coordinator for the Democratic party in Marion, Virginia. She also volunteered at the Hudson, Florida Library, and was a volunteer receptionist at Poppen house for the past 12 years. Her passions were reading, crossword puzzles and the news. She read the newspaper daily for her entire adult life. She once remarked that she couldn’t remember a time she didn’t read a daily newspaper. She loved Lake Michigan and loved to drive to the beach and sit and watch the waves. She had friends everywhere, the UP, VA, FL, IA and MI, who remained present in her life until her death. She loved her friends dearly. A plaque above her door reads “Friendship doubles our joy and divides our grief”, so friends let your grief be divided, because the memory of her love for you, and yours for her, lives on. She was preceded in death by her husband Jack, son David, grandson Ryan, and stepson Gene. She is survived by daughter Vicky Music, granddaughters Emily Music and Beth Little and great grandchildren Hudson Arnold, Adler and Lenox little, and Daisy and Mikaela Paddock, brother-in-law Russ Linstrom (Jan) and nephews Jeff, Scott and Stephen Sanderson and their families. Mary didn’t want a service and requested that anyone wishing to make a donation in her memory be made to the Poppen House. The family extends their heartfelt gratitude to Mary’s medical team, and especially to Poppen House for their wonderful care of their friend, Mary.