Linnea S. Van Winkle

12/20/1934 –


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  • Visitation
Date: 11/15/2021
Time: 6:00 pm
 – 8:00 pm
Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers

6025 82nd Street Lubbock, TX, US, 79424

6025 82nd Street Lubbock, TX, US, 79424

  • Funeral Service
Date: 11/16/2021
Time: 10:00 am
 – 11:00 am
Sunset Church of Christ

3723 34th St., Lubbock, TX 79410

3723 34th St., Lubbock, TX 79410


The family of Linnea S. Van Winkle will celebrate her life of 86 years at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at the Sunset Church of Christ. Her family will host a time of fellowship and remembrance from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Monday, November 15, 2021, at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. If you cannot attend, we invite you to view the live-streamed service on this page, sign her virtual guestbook, and download her memorial keepsake folder to your device for printing. We also ask you to consider viewing her Life Tribute, a video of photographs set to her favorite music.

Linnea Swanson Van Winkle, 86, of Lubbock, Texas passed away on Thursday, November 11, 2021. Lin was born December 20, 1934, in Lowell, Massachusetts, to Paul F. Swanson and Beulah Kimball Swanson. Linnea graduated from Concord High School in 1952 and Bates College in 1956.  While teaching at an air force base in the Canadian province of Newfoundland, she met and married a dashing, young pilot, Thomas R. Van Winkle, Jr., on December 27, 1959.

Linnea is predeceased by her husband, Tom, her first child, Thomas R. Van Winkle III, and her grandson, Isaac Neff.   She is survived by her four children, Tammy Tucker (husband, William); Paul Van Winkle; Steve Van Winkle (wife, Terri); and Sarah Neff (husband, Tim); 9 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.

As a devoted military wife and mother, she was well practiced at making her house a home in the 20+ places the family moved.

Linnea was an avid quilter. She could almost always be found with a needle and thread in her hand.  Lin belonged to the Ogallala Quilt Society and her work frequently won awards at the Ogallala Quilt Festival each year.  Lin was an active member of the LCU Associates hand quilting group for many years. She has many fond memories of their times together, from birthday cakes to coffee breaks.

Linnea was very fond of word puzzles. One of her favorite past times was to do the daily crossword and jumble in the local newspaper. She also was a faithful Jeopardy watcher.

Lin Van Winkle was a longtime member of Sunset Church of Christ, dating all the way back to the time her husband studied at the Sunset International Bible Institute (formerly known as SSOP).  She supported Christian education through gifts to Oklahoma Christian University and Lubbock Christian University as well as contributing to the Children’s Home of Lubbock.

Linnea’s sweet quiet spirit will be greatly missed by all who knew her.


If you wish to honor her with a memorial contribution she was very supportive of the Sunset International Bible Institute and the Sunset Solar Mission project.

Celebration of Life


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