Glenna M. Linder (nee McKillip), 92, of Riverside died Jan. 10, 2019.
A lifelong resident of Riverside (Shenstone and Lawton Roads), she attended Riverside-Brookfield High School (Class of 1944), was an active member (and former deacon) of the Riverside Presbyterian Church and The Frederick Law Olmsted Society, and spent countless hours playing bridge and doubles tennis as “Big Red” at the Riverside Swim Club, for which she was among the founding members.
After graduating from Blackburn College, she attended the Katharine Gibbs secretarial school and worked at the Western Electric Company in Cicero. She later attended Triton College, earning a degree in criminal justice, which she applied in her 34-year career at Carson Pirie Scott & Co. as an undercover detective, where she assisted in innumerable shoplifting pinches.
With her ever-present camera and adventurous spirit, she traveled extensively through North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia/New Zealand and Africa with husband Bill, and later with sons Bill and Curtis and dear Riverside friends, and snapped the fateful photo in Tanzania of Curtis meeting “her Nancy” to be.
An avid autograph collector, among her fondest memories of celebrity encounters was drinking with Errol Flynn and meeting Joe Louis.
Ms. Linder was the wife of 51 years of the late William Dyer Linder; the mother of William Glenn and Curtis Arthur (Nancy); the sister of the late William David (Carol) McKillip; sister-in-law of the late Arthur and Gail Gerken; a dear aunt to many; and a cousin of Virginia Scott Heinemann.
The family thanks the dear staff of Caledonia Senior Living/The Scottish Home for their loving care. Services have been held.
Ivins/Moravecek Funeral Home, Riverside, handled arrangements.