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Linda L. Daraska

Published: Monday, June 30, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
Linda L. Daraska

DIXON – Linda Lee Daraska, 64, of Dixon, died Friday, June 27, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her family following a brave fight with cancer. She worked at Dixon Direct for 28 years, before her retirement in 2010.

Linda was born Oct. 2, 1949, in Dixon, the daughter of Grant Logan and Lavina Mary (Helfrich) Lawson. She married Norman Daraska on Dec. 18, 1977, in Dixon. He preceded her in death on Oct. 14, 2002. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Dixon. First and foremost, Linda loved her family. She was an excellent cook and was well-known for her baked goods, especially her pies. Linda loved to fish and was an avid Chicago Bears fan.

Survivors include two daughters, Laurie (Jim Rodriguez) Pickett of Dixon, and Camery (Mark) Peterson of Mount Morris; one son, Christopher (Anita) Daraska of Dixon; four brothers, Charles (Joan) Lawson, Raymond (Carol) Lawson, Dale (Dory) Lawson, and James (Debra) Lawson; eight sisters, Dolly (Dave) Gugerty, Judy Kemp, Karen Lawson, Diana Lawson, Nancy (Steve) Smith, Constance Barone, Susan (Gene) Johnson, Jane (Mark) Imfeld, all of Dixon; four grandchildren, Seth Pickett, and Lindy Pickett, both of Dixon, Shannon Daraska of Franklin Grove, and Emmett Peterson of Mount Morris. 

She was also preceded in death by her parents and five brothers, William, Thomas, John, Tim, and Ron “Boog” Lawson.

Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon, followed by a 1 p.m. memorial service at the funeral home with the Rev. Wayne Epps, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, officiating. Cremation rites have been accorded.

A memorial has been established.

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