Linda Susan Rusenovich, age 64, of Elgin, IL, passed away on March 1, 2022. She was born in 1957 in Elgin, IL to her loving parents, Edmund Stumme and Frances (née Beck) Diehl.

Linda attended St. John’s Lutheran School, Elgin High School, Wheaton College, and University of Illinois Chicago. She worked as a WIC Nutritionist at the Well Child Center in Elgin for 15 years.

Linda met her husband Anthony at a singles’ group at South Park Church in Park Ridge. They wed on May 17, 1986 and were married for 35 years.

Linda had a strong faith in God. She loved her family and was a devoted wife and mother. She was also very service oriented, volunteering her time often.

Linda loved attending concerts and going on family camping trips across the United States. She also enjoyed reading, writing, playing music, gardening, cooking for her family, and various handicrafts, such as knitting, crochet, sewing, and quilting. She combined two of her passions, writing and quilting, when she wrote a story about making a quilt for her daughter, Paula. Her story was recently published in the national magazine, Country Woman.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Edmund and Frances; aunt, Ruth (Martin) Plote; and cousin, Elvera Stumme. She is survived by her husband, Anthony; children, Paula, Michael, Jana Lynn, and Robert; brother, Phil Stumme; sister, Beverly Forster; cousin, James M. Plote; and nieces, Aviel Forster, and Serena (J.D.) Laurich.

Visitation will be 3:00pm until funeral service at 6:00pm, Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park Street, Elgin, IL 60120.  Rev. Steve Maske will be officiating.

Mourners are encouraged to review the funeral home COVID-19 public health policies ahead of time.

To access the visitation remotely, loved ones are encouraged to log on safe from home via (Meeting ID: 882 6639 0521, Password: 381088).

A private interment will take place in June, 2022 at Bluff City Cemetery, 945 Bluff City Boulevard, Elgin, IL 60120.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Linda’s name to MAP International.

Final arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home. For more information, call 847-741-1128 or visit

13 Replies to “Linda Susan Rusenovich”

  1. Tony, I’m so sorry for your and your families loss.
    You’re in my thoughts.

  2. Tony, we are so sorry to hear about Linda. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you feel Gods presence as you walk thru this

  3. I met Linda decades ago when we both worked in the kitchen at Wheaton College’s Honey Rock Camp in Three Lakes, Wisconsin. She was like the big sister I never had: wise, fun-loving, godly, true-blue, courageous, not afraid to take risks or to say difficult things for the sake of truth and relational rightness. I’ll never forget the conversations we had — the kind that boost your joy and engage your mind and heart. I’ll never forget the LAUGHTER — we laughed so much when we were together, at such silly and hilarious things! Linda was single when I met her, and she and Tony were courting, and planning to marry. I recall their exitement, their perfect partnership, their beautiful wedding, their progress as a family from newlyweds to first-time parents, and then parents to each of their beautiful and gifted children. I’ve always been a free spirit, and Linda has been one of the most empathic, grounding and foundational, bedrock people of my life. We didn’t see each other often as the years went by, but she always reached out to me through the years, checking in, sharing milestones, driving out the NW Indiana to share in fun reunions, sharing news, praying for me. A great light has been dimmed on earth as Linda’s earthly journey has ended. I got the news of her passing yesterday, and today, the loss is settling in. But I know that Linda trusted in Jesus Christ as her savior, and that she is now in His presence. And because of our shared faith in our Savior, I will see her again. My prayers for comfort, peace, strength, and the total inside-to-outside-and-all-around-and-sustaining TLC of Jesus Christ to Tony and each of Linda’s children and loved ones. I will be praying for you. ~ “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.” ~ Psalm 56:8

  4. I’m so sorry to hear of Linda’s Passing, I’ve known Linda since Jr High School. Last I saw her was about 3 years ago, always the same Friendly Linda. I do remember her strong belief in God, and she always had a strong faith. My sympathy to the whole Family. Treasure your Beautiful memories.

  5. Tony, It breaks my heart to hear of Linda’s passing, she was a warm and wonderful person, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. I am so very sorry for this tremendous loss to your family. Linda as a very intelligent and interesting woman. She was so proud of her children. I feel lucky to have met her via Boy Scouts and continuing to see her at the Elgin Hispanic Network meetings in later years. She was truly a gift.

  7. My heartfelt sympathy to all of you. Please know you are being prayed for specially these days. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. ” May the Lord comfort each of you & draw you ever closer to Himself.

  8. Tony I am praying for you and your family. I have always remembered Linda for her her sweetness and loving ways. God bless you my friend.

  9. Tony, Paula, Michael, Jana and Robert,
    I was sad to hear the news that Linda passed away. I was even more grieved to learn that I will not be able to attend the viewing or funeral. I am performing as a piano accompanist for a local Solo and Ensemble contest that afternoon and evening. With deep regrets, I will have to send my condolences by written word. Actually, in a way it is a tribute to Linda that I send it this way since she had worked toward getting her writing published. I was so proud of her for that! Please know that Jim, our children, Nathan, Daniel, Margo and Melody and I have prayed for you as you adjust to life here without her. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

  10. Tony and kids,
    Please accept our heartfelt sympathy on the home-going of your wife and mom. I was shocked when I heard she passed. But I know she’s in a far better place where there is no more pain, no more sorrow, forevermore! We’re told to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. The second Linda took her last breath, she was immediately with her Savior. Angels ushered her to Him! I remember Linda at Elgin Bible Church as a devoted wife and mom, very interested in nutrition, of course, since that was her career choice. She was a hard worker and gave everything she approached her all. We pray that God will comfort you now and in the future.

  11. I am so sorry. Linda was a wonderful, thoughtful person. She had wide interests and enjoyed reading challenging books. She was a valued member of our Great Books discussion group at the Gail Borden Library. Please accept my heartfelt thoughts and prayers.

  12. We are sorry for your loss. Keeping your family in our prayers. The Rothamer’s and Kriz’s made a donation in Linda’s honor.

  13. Deepest Condolences to all of the family.

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