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Plantsville Congregational Church
Thursday October 14th, 2021

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Ilse Linkletter

Ilse Linkletter, age 87, Southington entered into eternal life peacefully on October 6th at her home after a long illness. Ilse was born on May 9, 1934 in Lussdorf, Germany to the late Franz and Antoine Zorn and spent her early childhood on her family’s farm in Sudetenland. During the war, Ilse and her mother were relocated to Blankenburg, Germany. Ilse graduated from the “Institution of English Ladies” in Augsburg Germany in 1951. While in Augsburg, she met and married an American Service man, Orville Wight and came to the United States where both of her children, Sigmund and Susan were born. On July 20, 1979, Ilse married John Linkletter, the love of her life, and they spent the next 24 years traveling the globe, dancing, golfing, spending time in Florida and enjoying all that life has to offer.

Ilse loved spending time her with family, especially her grandchildren and great- grandchildren, teaching them small sayings and songs in German and playing numerous card and board games with them. The other very important part of Ilse’s life was her 2nd family, the many friends and parishioners at the Plantsville Congregational Church where she spent a great deal of time volunteering in the many charitable events for the community. Ilse also had a great love of nature, particularly all of the birds of New England as well as a passion for gardening. She took great pride in knowing the names of every flower and passed her love of gardening on to her family and friends.

Ilse was predeceased by her husband John Linkletter and his son Jonathan Linkletter and is survived by her two children, Sigmund Wight and his wife Claire of Bristol, CT, Susan Piatek-Revoir and her husband Leonard of Southington, CT, and John’s children, Karen Frazier of Fairfax, VA and Jill Thayer of Bristol, CT. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Donations is Ilse's memory may be made to Plantsville Congregational Church, 109 Church St, Plantsville, CT 06479 or to American Cancer Society, https://donate3.cancer.org.

Please join us in celebrating Ilse’s life at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday morning, October 14th, 2021, at the Plantsville Congregational Church, 109 Church St, Plantsville, CT. Plantsville Funeral Home has been entrusted with handling the arrangements. For online condolences and directions, please visit www.plantsvillefuneralhome.com.

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Sigmund, so sorry your mom has left us! I am glad she's no longer suffering, think of all the time we spent together! Hope you have nice memories also! With love ❤️, Annie.

Annie Willequer Oct 16 2021 5:23 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Ilse Linkletter

Annie Willequer Oct 16 2021 5:16 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. I am so grateful to have had Ilse as my kaffeklatsch friend. Sending you my heartfelt prayers and condolences.

Karin Null Oct 14 2021 4:07 PM

Ziggy, so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. My sincere condolences.

Jimmy Z Oct 14 2021 3:34 PM

Susan and Ziggy. Sorry to hear about your mom.

Dora Oct 14 2021 11:48 AM

Lise you will be missed in our Song bird community. Always a smile on your face and yes thank you for all the gardening tips. I'm sorry we never got our little group together for tea. I will miss you.

Mary degumbia Oct 11 2021 11:11 AM

Aunt Ilsa was a such sweet lovely lady. She was a kind and gentle person to everyone more so with her family. Our entire family was blessed the day Ilsa came to the United States to be part of our family. Ilsa you will be missed by so many. 🙏💖

Carol Kearney Oct 11 2021 7:59 AM

Dear Susan, Zig and the family, I am so sorry about your mom passing away. I will always remember her bright smile, her talents, her sincere regard for others and the care she gave to John when he was ill. She was a special lady. Rest in peace Ilse.

Kathy Connolly Oct 11 2021 7:15 AM

Whenever I wrap up in my prayer shawl, knitted by Ilse, I think of her. She was so easy to talk to, I will miss chatting with her at church.

Diane Pisko Oct 10 2021 7:55 PM

I will always remember Ilse when I use the prayer shawl I have knitted by her. Ilse was always so easy to talk to, I'll miss chatting with you at church.

Diane Pisko Oct 10 2021 5:25 PM

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