Laura M. ‘Laurie’ von der Linden

April 23, 1922 - Jan. 9, 2008

Laura M. "Laurie" von der Linden Of Muskego went peacefully to be with her Lord with her family at her side Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008, at age 85. Laura was born April 23, 1922, in Northfield, Ill., the daughter of Fred and Ella (nee Knoll) Butzow.

She married Armin von der Linden on April 19, 1947. Laura was a member of the Emanuel Lutheran Church Choir in Glenview, Ill., and enjoyed sewing. Laura gave us all a glimpse of God's true love in her passionate and devoted love for her family

Laura was the devoted wife of Armin, her husband of 60 years, and the loving and nurturing mother of Carol (Neal) Elliot of New Berlin, Sherry (Brent) Pitsch of Avondale, Ariz., and Al (Julie) von der Linden of Shawnee, Kan. She will be sadly missed by her eight grandchildren, Michael, Amy, Shawn (Lindsey), Justin, Lindsee, Angela (Bryson) and family, Kurt and Steven, and five great-grandchildren, Brady, Travis, Cheylynne, Neeley and Aiden. Laura is further survived by her brothers, Edward Butzow of Faribault, Minn., and Arthur Butzow of De Pere; her sisters, Margaret Werner of Glenview, Edna (Chaska)Yehl of Minnesota and Adeline von der Linden of Morton Gale, Ill.; other relatives and friends.

Laura was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Ervin and Fred Butzow; and great- grandson, Colten Pitsch.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the 1 p.m. funeral service Saturday, Jan. 12, at Peace Lutheran Church, 17651 W. Small Road, New Berlin. The Rev. Kenneth Rankin will be officiating. Burial will take place at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Laura’s name may be directed to Peace Lutheran Church, 17651 W. Small Road, New Berlin, WI 53146.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Preplanning Services is serving the family. For further information, call 542-6609 or for an online obituary, directions or to leave a condolence, go to