Linda Louise Hornseth, age 73, of Thief River Falls, MN passed away on Friday,
September 23, 2022 at her home.
Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Monday, October 3, 2022, at Our Saviors Free
Lutheran Church, Thief River Falls, MN. Burial will follow the service at
Greenwood Cemetery, Thief River Falls, MN.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM with a 5:30 PM Prayer Service
Sunday, October 2, 2022 at Johnson Funeral Service, Thief River Falls, MN.
Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the funeral service on Monday at the
On May 25, 1949, Linda was born to Lyle and Elvira (Oberdick) Degroat, in
Callaway, MN. She was one of the fifteen siblings in the Degroat clan; family was
always important. She attended school at Detroit Lakes and graduated in 1967.
She attended art school in Minneapolis, MN, and cosmetology in Thief River Falls,
MN. She met Elton while in school and after he replaced her mom’s furnace she
decided to marry him.
They were married on June 15, 1968, in Callaway, MN. For a time, they lived in
Seattle, where Melinda was born but returned to Thief River Falls to raise their
family. As they built their own farm on the Hornseth homestead, Todd born and
During this time, Linda was a homemaker, wife, and active in the community.
Whether working as an occupational therapist, cooking for the school district, or
volunteering for the church she found time for tea. Being a passionate collector of
art, she also enjoyed creating her own. Collecting vintage clothing and jewelry
lead her to displaying her collections at pioneer shows in the area. However,
WMSTR at Rollag was her favorite place to show her collection.
Linda is survived by her children: Melinda (Neal) Helle, Thief River Falls, Todd
(Mary) Hornseth, Prairie Du Chien, WI, and Jesse Hornseth, Thief River Falls;
grandchildren: Stephen (Alyssa) Sorenson, Joshua Sorenson, Connor Helle, Brooke
(Patrick) Larson, Maryn Hornseth, Jonah Hornseth, and Grace Hornseth; great-
grandchildren: Miles Larson and Clara Sorenson; siblings: Doris (Tom) Straw,
Geneva (Ray) Geweke, Angeline “Angie” (Chet) Boen, Caroline “Carrie” (Don)
Nicholson, Edith (Byron) Huseby, Darlene (Larry) Hynding, and Danniel Degroat;
and many cousins, nephews and nieces.
She preceded in death by her husband, Elton, parents, Lyle and Elvira Degroat,
baby, Michael, grandchild, Matthew, siblings: Floretta Swetland, Summery “Bud”
Degroat, Willis “Woody” Degroat, Gloria Kuehl, Lyle Jr. Degroat, Timothy Degroat,
Terry Degroat, and baby, Cindy Degroat.