Linda Flaherty

Linda Flaherty

October 10th, 1948 - March 2nd, 2020
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The world takes on a new configuration. Oh, it still spins on it’s axis; the sun still rises in the East and sets in the West; the wind still blows in South Dakota; but it does so without the direction and commentary of Linda Flaherty.

Linda died at 3:19 pm, March 2, 2020, of a massive spontaneous brain hemorrhage.

Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m., Thursday, March 5, 2020 at the Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel in Watertown.

Private family burial will be held.

Linda Jane Zubke was born in the Peabody Memorial Hospital in Webster, South Dakota, on October 10, 1948, to Bill and Lucille Zubke. Subject to the desires of W.A., her father, Linda spent her early years in Waubay, South Dakota, Lidgerwood, North Dakota, Canby, Minnesota, and finally graduating from Glenwood High School, Glenwood, Minnesota. She went to Moorhead State College and received a bachelor of science degree in English education.

Upon graduation, Linda married the boy next door (Ray Ogdahl) and moved to Baker, Montana, where the first two of three children were born. She returned to South Dakota—Milbank—and welcomed child number three. During this time, she worked in the school system in Revillo, and Corona, South Dakota. The marriage was dissolved, and Linda eventually ended up moving to Ipswich, SD, and, teaching English, where she met and married Larry Flaherty.

Throughout her career, Linda was recognized as a phenomenal teacher and exceptional writer. Upon Larry’s death in 2015, she moved to Watertown and immediately made great friends, all in search of the illusive 7 No Trump bid. Likewise, she and her across the hall neighbor, Elaine, became best of friends, sharing meals and stories. It was a life lived with its share of demons and delight.

Linda is survived by those three children, Mark (Crystle Gehring) Ogdahl of Aberdeen, Greg (Robyn) Ogdahl of St. Joseph, Missouri, and Becky (Jeff) Schuurmans of Sioux Falls, 9 grandchildren, Taylor (Travis) Swisher, Brady Ogdahl, Madyson Ogdahl, Jenna Clarkson, Samantha Ogdahl, Dylan and Dru Stengel and Bentley and Jaycee Schuurmans, 1 great granddaughter, Molly, and a 17/18 great grandson to be named at a later date, and her amazing brother Bill (Cathy) of Watertown.

If you wish to memorialize Linda’s life, use good grammar, be kind to one another, and treat everyone with respect!

Arrangements by Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel, www.wightand
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  • Visitation

    Thursday March 5th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Thursday March 5th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel
    1111 4th St NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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Mitchell Weers

Posted at 07:21pm
You were a great teacher to us three Weers boys. You will be missed. Rest now.

Mitchell Weers

Pamela Peterson Neet

Posted at 11:47am
I am so very saddened at the passing of dear friend Linda. We met at the public school in Canby, kind of lost track of each other but the last few years rekindled our friendship. We had some very meaningful conversations about life, her career and the lives we both have lived. I will miss her deeply and I send my deepest condolences to her family.

Arlene and Myron Schopp

Posted at 10:40am
We were saddened by the news of Linda's sudden passing. Arlene and I have wonderful memories from being on the Ipswich Public School faculty with Linda. We remember not only her wonderful personality and ability as a classroom English teacher, but the wonderful Rhubarb patch in the backyard that Linda and Larry so generously shared with us.
We send God's blessing to Linda's family, Mark, Greg and Becky and of course her wonderful brother, Bill.
Our deepest and most heartfelt sympathy. Arlene and Myron Schopp

Cathy Carlson

Posted at 08:49am
We'll miss all the memories that will be shared at the visitation and regret that we can't be there. Linda was an inspiration to all who met her-we've had lots of tears remembering the times we spent with her and Larry in Ipswich and the stops we made in Watertown. Rest in Peace, my dear friend, we will miss you.

Lynette Heitz

Posted at 11:20pm
Our heartfelt sympathy to Linda's family. Linda and I (Lynette Heitz) had classrooms were very close and I spent much time in her classroom before and after school enjoying her wonderful wit and humor on many topics. I loved her laugh and contagious smile . . . she was a wonderful friend and colleague. I always felt better after laughing with Linda. Oh my goodness, we had many wonderful school teacher talking sessions! I wish I could have had one last talk with her! I can hear her laugh now! I will cherish our friendship with endless wonderful memories of our teaching experiences together. I was always amazed at her speed reading/correcting skills and how she would take numerous term papers home one night for correcting and have them totally corrected the next day. Amazing!!! She was by far the best English teacher, ever! We were blessed to have her as our English teacher. . . our students were the benefactors of her excellent teaching style! Love and miss you so much, my friend. Rest in peace, faithful friend! And as Linda always told me "only one exclamation mark is very sufficient"! Lynette and Harlan Heitz

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