Margaret Davis (Simpson)
Linda Sue Beier, 68
Linda Sue Beier, 68, of Walloon Lake, passed away peacefully on June 9, 2014, surrounded by her loving family, close friends and excellent nursing staff of the Hiland Cottage of Hospice of Little Traverse Bay.
Linda is survived by her husband, David; two children, Kristin (Sam) Clark of East Lansing and Jason (Erika) Keiswetter of Petoskey; mother, Dorothy Bowne; three grandchildren, Charlie, Taylor and Christopher; and by three siblings, Brian (Kathleen) Bowne, Connie (Jim) Sullivan and Don (Cheryl) Bowne. She also has 20 nieces and nephews scattered about the country.
Linda was born on July 21, 1945, in Ann Arbor, the daughter of Donald and Dorothy (Morris) Bowne. After graduating from the University of Michigan's Medical School Dr. Bowne moved his wife and young family to New Jersey where Linda secured his first patient, a passer-by at the family sidewalk in Asbury Park
From a young age, Linda visited her maternal grandparents, Sara and William W. Morris, in Cross Village on summer vacations where she met her first husband, Paul Keiswetter. She graduated from Asbury Park High School, followed in her father's footsteps, attended the University of Michigan, graduating with her bachelor of science in nursing in 1967. Linda worked as a nurse getting her start in the burn unit which she always spoke of fondly. She also worked in public health in Grand Rapids and relocated to Petoskey and started her family. She accepted a job at the Northern Michigan Hospital where she worked until she began Bayside Travel with two business partners, earning a living in the travel industry which was another passion of hers.
You could often find Linda outdoors hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing, or gardening. She developed great friendships with people who loved similar activities.
After meeting at a New Year's Eve party at the Walloon Lake Inn, Linda married David Beier in Birmingham, Mich., on March 14, 1983. Together they made their home in Walloon Lake where they owned and operated the Walloon Lake Inn for the past three decades. They enjoyed many fantastic trips together and also made regular bike rides into an adventure.
Linda was an active volunteer at the Community Free Clinic, which she was forced to give up after she received her diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. She gracefully fought that disease for 13 months implementing her plan for living a fun year enjoying all of her favorite people, places and things.
Those wishing to honor Linda's memory are asked to make a donation payable to the Linda Beier Nursing Scholarship Fund to be used at North Central Michigan College and mailed to the First Community Bank, 200 East Main St., Harbor Springs, MI 49740.
The family will receive friends noon-1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 12, at Stafford's Perry Hotel Rose Garden in Petoskey. A memorial service celebrating Linda's life will follow at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, also in Petoskey. Arrangements are in the care of the Stone Funeral Home, Petoskey.
Dare Winterstella (Kaplan)
Linda was a wonderful, sweet, friend for over 60 years, she will be greatly missed.....
Linda was always one of my favorite classmates. She was also a great
cheerleader in all the games I played in. Her life was special and she will
always be remembered. Rest in Peace, Linda. We all are thinking of you.
Holly Huntington (Rock)
I am glad she is not suffering now, rest in peace. Linda was a kind freindsly sweet lady and freind in highschool years. Peace to those who mourn her passing ,,but then that sweet smile will always be with us.
Janice Whiting (Woods)
I have so many wonderful memories of Linda from grammar school through high school, we had so many good times together. I am so grateful that I got to see her again at the last reunion and spend time catching up with her about our lives then and now. She was a dear friend and will always remain close to me because of all those happy memories I have of her. Rest in peace Linda. Jan Woods