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July 27, 1938 ~ September 15, 2022 (age 84) 84 Years Old


Hope Lane Weidendorf (nèe Linder), [b July 27, 1938; d September 15, 2022] was a lover of the beautiful and the interesting. At one time a librarian, she had a vast curiosity, a thirst for experience of the world, and an abiding fondness for words and language.

She was, in her day, an avid gardener, growing and tending myriad blooms for which she earned dozens and dozens of blue ribbons at the county fair. While cooking was not her favorite thing to do, she WAS known to make notably delicious beef-barley soup and particularly piquant mustard pickles from cucumbers she grew herself.

Hope collected vases and knick-knacks and stuffed animals. Her sense of humor ranged from the wry to the ridiculous, and was perhaps too often willing to make fun of herself, if she thought it would garner a laugh.

While not a musician herself, she loved music—which she kept on continuously (except for when the Minnesota Twins were playing ball). Her collection of LPs ranged from Belafonte to Beethoven and all points in between, though at the end of her life she preferred Conway Twitty over anyone else, except, perhaps, for Johnny Cash.

Hope is preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Elsye Linder, her brother Gary Linder, and her former spouse with whom she remained close, Jerry Weidendorf. 

She is survived by her daughters, Sheila Weidendorf (Mahendra Singh) and Shari (Todd) Hall; grandchildren, Jordan, Olivia, Noah, Allen, Ada, Devyn, and Lauryn; great-grandson Grayson; brother David (Le) Linder; sister-in-law Helen, and her many nieces and nephews and their families. 

There will be no memorial service at this time; a simple celebration of her life will be held on the first anniversary of her death. If so moved to honor her passing, please plant a flower, create something beautiful, say a prayer, donate money to a nature conservancy or animal rescue organization, read a really good book, and be kind to all you meet. 

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