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Linda E. Dybsetter
September 30, 1949 - August 21, 2006

Funeral Service
Linda Dybsetter

held at
Mt Calvary Lutheran Church
Eagan, Minnesota (USA)
Thursday, August 24, 2006
11:00 a.m.

Lynda Dybsetter passed away from cancer on August 21, 2006, and her funeral was held on Thursday, August 24, at Mt Calvary Lutheran Church in Eagan, Minnesota, where she and Doug had been attending.

There was good representation from the Tanzania community, as can been seen in the eulogy by Shoonie Hartwig. Click here to read that.


"This is the middle of a memory board they put together for her.
There were lots of pictures from Tanzania and of her family."
                                                             -- Sharon Bangsund


Preliminary note on the service from Sharon Bangsund:

There was an open casket which was shut just before the service started. A trio sang "I Went Down to the River to Pray". The readings were Ps. 23, 2 Tim. 4:7-8 and John 14:1-6. We sang "Here I am Lord" and the recessional was "Amazing Grace". Pastor David Lillejord gave a brilliant sermon - he obviously knows the Dybsetter family well. He said that we could go on and on all day about Linda, but eventually we have to answer the question "why was she so wonderful?" Because, of course, of her Maker and that we can rejoice, even in our sadness, that she has "already made heaven a better place". ;)

A lot of her family was there, of course, and I ran into a lot of people hwo had served on the mission field in TZ. There was so much support.

Father, Thank You

Father, thank you for your revelation about death, and illness, and sorrow.

Thank you for speaking so plainly to us,
     for calling us all friends and
           hovering over us;
     for extending your arms to us.

We cannot stand on our own;
we fall into death without you.
We fall from faith, left to our own.

We are really friendless without you.

Your extended arms fill us with joy, expressing love, asking and receiving trust.

You have our trust, Father, and our faith, with our bodies and all that we are and possess.

We fear nothing when we are with you, we are safe to stretch out and help others, those troubled in faith, those troubled in body.

Father, help us to do with our bodies what we proclaim, that our faith be known to you and to others,and to be effective in all the world.

A prayer from the Maasai tribe in Tanzania


Linda passed away on August 21, 2006 after a courageous 2 1/2 year battle with pancreatic cancer. She was surrounded by her loving family at her home in Eagan, MN. Not only will Linda be remembered for her true love of life and her generosity in sharing it, she will be remembered for her work and dedication to helping people.

Her work included missions in Tanzania and Papua New Guinea, and also work locally with Home Instead and as Guardian Ad Litem. She was always there if you needed her. She believed in giving people a chance, saw the beauty in the world, and had a special way of helping people to see it.

She was preceded in death by father, Harold Lueck. She is survived by husband, Douglas; sons, Jarrod (Annie) and Juston (Amy); daughter, Jodi (Eddy) Orwenyo; grandchildren, Jadyn and Kymani; mother, Vivian (Armin) Altmann; sisters, Luann, Chris and families.

Funeral service was at 11 AM Thursday, August 24 at Mt Calvary Lutheran Church, 3930 Rahn Rd., Eagan. Inurnment followed at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.

Linda was a blessed gift to this world; her spirit will live on in all of us.



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