Maija "May" Karlsons McLinda

Died: Tue., Sep. 26, 2017

Funeral Service


4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Sun., Oct. 01, 2017
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

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Maija "May" Karlsons McLinda, of Granger, passed away in her home on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at the age of 80. 
May was born in Latvia and immigrated to the United States when she was just 8 years old. After her family worked for two years in North Carolina to pay for their passage, they moved to Grand Haven, Michigan. There, May attended and graduated from Grand Haven High School in 1956. While working at the town soda counter, she met her true love, Stewart, and they were married in 1958. The couple then moved to South Bend, Indiana, and May worked at National Bank as a cashier for ten years. After devoting her time and love to her children during their young childhood, she went back to work as a teacher's assistant at Swanson Elementary School where she stayed for twenty years. 
She is preceded in death by her husband Stewart, her parents Arnohds and Zenta Karlsons, and her brothers, Andrejs and Martins. 
May leaves behind her son and daughter-in-law Stewart and Betsy McLinda of Norfolk, Virginia, as well as her daughter Jennifer McLinda and Jennifer's partner Tracey Parrish, both of Granger, Indiana. May has two beloved grandchildren Shelby, 18, and Liam, 14, both of Norfolk, Virginia. She is also survived by her niece Erin Von Tom of Grand Haven, Michigan, and three nephews Kevin Kauth, Michael Kauth and Chris Kauth, all of Michigan. 
Visitation will be Sunday, October 1, 2017, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Road. A graveside funeral service will be held in Grand Haven, Michigan, on Monday, October 2, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Lake Forest Cemetery where she will be laid to rest next to her husband. 
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be directed to the Center for Hospice Care, 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, IN, 46545, or the Shriner's Hospital for Children, 2211 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60707. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at 

Charitable donations may be made in Maija's memory to the following organizations:

Center for Hospice Care,
501 Comfort Ln., Mishawaka, IN, 46545

Shriners Hospitals for Children,
2211 North Oak Park Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60707

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Erin VonTom
   Posted Fri September 29, 2017

RAY OF SUNSHINE was sent by Erin Von Tom.

I will always cherish the beautiful memories of my beloved Aunt May. She will be greatly missed but her love, kindness, and gentle spirit will be remembered forever.

Marilyn, Ann and Nancy Vander Veen
   Posted Fri September 29, 2017
May was such a kind and sweet woman. We have shared moments of joy and sorrow over the years that we knew each other. Stewart and Jennifer, Ann and Nancy and I send you our deepest sympathy. She will live on in your hearts.