Linda Huizenga

Date of Death: Jun 03, 2016
Linda Huizenga

1956 - 2016

Linda Lou Huizenga left this world on June 3, 2016, for her promised place in heaven. Lin spent 59 glorious years on this earth, the last 40 in the arms of her lifetime love, Marty. We celebrate her life with memories of how she lived.

Lin was born December 15, 1956 to Marvin and Agnes (Posthuma) Schmidt, the youngest of six siblings, joining Karen, Butch, Sue, Rita, and Lorna. Her childhood in that house on Hwy 68 in Fox Lake made memories that she would share throughout her life: the angry rooster, “standing on our heads picking pickles”, sliding across the kitchen floor on sugar, a purple bedroom, and the one attempted spanking by her gentle-spirited mother. Her life on a farm was the backbone for a life of faith, family, and hard work. In 1976 she married Marty Huizenga Jr., the man who caught her attention two years earlier when he asked her to “sit on Santa’s lap, and tell him what you want for Christmas.” His cheesy lines stole her heart forever, and theirs was a life filled with laughter and love and excitement. A walk always included holding hands, sitting down next to each other meant she would always be nestled in his arm, and a kiss always accompanied a goodbye. Together they went on family vacations with their girls, Amy and Abby, to California, Myrtle Beach, and an unforgettable 3-week trip that spanned 13 states. They built a house together, and filled it with memories and love, and oh, how they loved. They went on motorcycle rides together, spend hours “digging in the dirt” planting flowers, and spent countless weeks away on vacations with friends where they enjoyed warm sand and cold drinks. When not with Marty, Lin spent her time at coffee, out to lunch, making crafts, baking cookies, shopping, and just enjoying time with her daughters and her friends. Her greatest testimony of a loving marriage was the influence it had on her girls, who chose adoring husbands, Mike and Matt, who balanced our family in all the right ways and brought another level of love and laughter into her home. In 2006, Lin became “Nana” for the first time, and was blessed with six beautiful grandchildren, Gage, Logan, Cole, Kendyl, Mackenzi, and Ryanne. She enjoyed their energy, spoiled them endlessly, hugged them nonstop, taught them stuffed animal tag, created a weeklong lake vacation tradition, rocked them to sleep, or let them crash on the floor at sleepovers, if that’s what they wanted; their joy brought her joy. Lin worked as a secretary for Waupun Christian School for over 12 years and, for the last 20 years as a secretary, and later a bookkeeper, for the Waupun Area School District. It was in these roles that she influenced many children’s lives with her kindness and generosity, and made dear and forever friendships. She could always be counted on to bring laughter, a prank or two, and a smile to work and she was dearly loved for it. She worked side-by-side with Marty in his barn for over 20 years, getting up early to get him off to work, and teaching her family an invaluable work ethic.

Lin lived life with an emphasis on the little stuff, and this was never more evident than when she was diagnosed with brain cancer in January 2015. She soaked up the minutes going to dinner and lunch with friends she hadn’t seen in years, and spent even more time with those she held dear. She cried tears of gratitude at benefits held in her honor, blessed to be part of a small, close knit community. She brought her family to a beach house on the ocean, and spent the week listening to the laughter, and watching her kids and grandkids live out what she had taught. She spent lunch breaks and days off and weekends and nights with her girls and Marty, talking about the future, and life without her here. All the unsaid had been said, and she held their hands as she talked with peace about going home forever. So, please join us to celebrate her life. Don’t wear black. Mom wore bright colors and it was her wish that you do the same. Laugh at the memories, and through the tears remember the blessings. We always will. We are overwhelmingly grateful for the love, support, friendship, kindness, meals, cards, thoughts, prayers, hugs, and pure generosity of the hearts of those that have lifted us up over the last 18 months as Mom fought this brave fight.Lin was greeted in heaven by her mom and dad, Marvin and Agnes Schmidt, her father-in-law, Martin Huizenga Sr., and brother-in-law Stuart Huizenga. She is survived and celebrated by her husband, Marty, her daughters, Amy (Mike) Runte, and Abby (Matt) Pluim, and her grandchildren Gage Runte, Logan Pluim, Cole Runte, Kendyl Pluim, Mackenzi Pluim, and Ryanne Pluim; her siblings, Karen (Marv) Mielke, Marvin “Butch” (Kathy) Schmidt, Sue (Bob) Schmeichel, Rita (Lowell) Meidam, Lorna (Carl) Pluim; mother-in-law Janice Huizenga, and siblings-in-law Darlene (Dan) Price, Diane (Ed) Westra, Steve (Brenda) Huizenga, and Paul (Sue) Huizenga and too many aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews, and friends to count.


Following the service the family will receive friends and relatives for a celebration of Linda’s life at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun from 5-8 p.m.


Memorial services for Linda Huizenga will be held on Monday, June 6, 2016 at 3 p.m. at Alto Reformed Church with Rev. Gregg Pusateri officiating.

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Aaron Gerrits Rhemody Foundation.

Memorial Video



  1. Tim and Sue Ulrich Says: June 3, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    So very sorry to hear about this. We send our deepest condolences and most heartfelt prayers. Blessings.

  2. Jack and Nancy Berghoef Says: June 3, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    Dear Marty, Amy, Abby and families,
    What a beautiful tribute you have written about your wife and mother! I can hear her hearty laughter, see her warm smile. What amazing ways God used her in a life cut all too short! What wonderful memories we have of her from our six years in Waupun, right up to the time you and Lin stopped in, Marty, to visit us in Holland several years ago. She was much more than a secretary; she was a friend, she was an advisor (to a rookie principal), and she was the face of Jesus to all those who came through the front door of Waupun Christian School. Know that you are in our prayers.
    All our love,
    Jack and Nancy Berghoef

  3. Valarie Hessel Says: June 3, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Rita & family, So sorry to hear of your loss. Your sister sounds like she was a wonderful person and I can tell she touched so many lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with you! Valarie & Ron Hessel

  4. Kevin and Julie Budde Says: June 3, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    Our deepest sympathies to all. May you forever cherish the wonderful memories she leaves behind. Prayers for peace and comfort.

  5. Gloria Schwarze Says: June 4, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Remembering the memories of playing cards with the family and celebrating New Years Eve!!! Lin’s laughter was catchy and always ready to encourage!!
    Prayers for you all and may you feel the arms of Jesus giving you strength and peace in this difficult time!
    Wayne and Gloria Schwarze

  6. Judy Hein Says: June 4, 2016 at 9:11 am

    I did not know this beautiful woman at all, but thanks to this wonderful touching tribute, I feel like I did. And I definitely wish I had! What a fabulous piece of writing about your mom. I am positive she is so proud and grateful for the nuances and memories you listed here. Thank you for sharing your mom with us in this way. I am filled with tears and gratitude that someone so wonderful walked this earth. I am sad for her struggle with the brain tumor and the pain both physically and emotionally it caused. “Perhaps the stars are just holes to Heaven.” Look up in the night sky often. That bright shining star is Lin. God bless.

  7. Not sure if you remember me, Tami’s sister from Michigan. Your family always was so warm and welcoming…especially your mom. You are in our prayers. I read this bible verse and thought of you all… Romans 12:12 says, “Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer.”

  8. Rita Lodas Says: June 4, 2016 at 10:54 am

    What a lovely and well- written tribute. All of my memories of Lin include smiles and chocolate. Although she was our secretary, she was also a friend and counselor. It was so Lin that she requested no black clothes:) She will truly be missed, but heaven is lucky to have her. Prayers and peace be with you all.

    Rita Lodas

  9. Rick and Karen Beek Says: June 4, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Dear Marty and family
    We want to extend our deepest sympathy to you for your loss. Linda was a kind and generous person who will be dearly missed. We are not sure if you knew this, but it was Linda who first encouraged Rick to ask me out while rolller skating at the the Alto Community Center 42 years ago. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Rick and Karen Beek

  10. Sue (DeVries) MacDonald Says: June 4, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    Marty, Amy and Abby, I am so sorry for your loss. Linda was so much fun to work with at Waupun Christian that year I taught Amy in 3rd grade. Each time we would run into each other after that was easy to reconnect.
    I am thankful that she is home with Jesus. My prayer is that God will continue to wrap His arms around you and comfort you during this time.

  11. Diana Donovan Says: June 5, 2016 at 12:09 am

    To the family of the people who had already have died and to the family of Linda Jessica Tyler I’m so sorry for ur guys people’s losses and to Linda’s family sorry for your guys loss I miss her and the others I had knowing that died years she and all of the others will be missed and always in our hearts and family’s and guys people are all in my thoughts and prayers and respects to the people who lost loved ones in our hands and arms so my message mail of sympathy comdilaces and thinking of us people’s family’s the grief and sadness and pain I miss all of them so much they’llre in heaven with the lord god Jesus in heaven makes me cry to it’s hard for all of us Americans people I do know that every thing will be al writeht it’s ok to cry in tears

  12. Arlyn & Lois Glewen Says: June 5, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Marty, Amy & Abby,
    What a tribute to your mom who loved her family and our Savior. We have and continue to cover you in prayer as we also long to be with our Redeemer who will take us home to be with him for eternity! For His glory, Arlyn & Lois Glewen

  13. Amanda and Neil Says: June 5, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    Dear Abby and family,

    We are thinking of you during your time of loss! Many prayers to you and your family and all that love your mom. May her love and memories fill your heart.

    With much love,

    Neil, Amanda and Girls

  14. Susan Tucker Says: June 6, 2016 at 6:43 am

    My deepest condolences to Lin’s family and friends. From knowing Lorna, I know that Lin’s was a life well lived and that she was very loved by all who knew her. May God’s comfort and the memories you all share give you joy and peace.

    With Sympathy,
    Susan Tucker

  15. Jessie (Arndt) Schlumpf Says: June 6, 2016 at 8:22 am

    I worked with Linda at Wisconsin Farmers (I was Art’s secretary when Linda left). She was a joy to be around. My husband and I ran into Linda and Marty at Benvenutos about 2 years ago – and I was happy to see that she still brought a smile to everyone. My condolences on your loss. God Bless!

  16. Howie,Deb,Corey,and Adam Bednarek Says: June 9, 2016 at 8:45 am

    So sorry to hear of the loss of Linda and a neighbor of mine from growing up on Lakeland Rd. Deb and I will always have her in our prayers.

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