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Marina said:   May 22nd, 2015 8:57 am
I am a writer, and Linnea touched my life in a very unexpected way. I never knew her, and I did not know this was a memorial site, though I have been reading it for flower facts for many months. I came upon this page because I've been writing a story about a beautiful, kind-hearted young woman named Linnea...a young woman whose hair is fiery red. She had a dog whom she loved very much when she was a child, but he was killed by an abusive parent (an experience taken from my own childhood). As a result, she became a woman of extraordinary compassion and tenderness, with a strong desire to protect those who cannot protect themselves. I have been using the flower facts as epigraphs for each chapter for their beautiful symbolism (for example: "Linnea: a small, fragile wildflower... There is nothing else like it in the northern wilderness."). But everything changed when I came back today, looking for a new fact for the next chapter, and it hit me that this was a place of loving remembrance. And for a truly wonderful person. The fact that she looks just the way I have been imagining my character to look for so long, and was said to have been such a special person, is enough to bring me to tears. I saw her and I just cried immediately. The physical resemblance and the personal similarities were so uncanny. Writing about my Linnea has been my way of releasing my own pain and celebrating the things I've been lucky to have. I feel so much love for the real Linnea whom I have discovered today. Her name inspired me; her story is so much like my story that the two cannot be separated in my mind anymore. I will always think of the real Linnea whenever I write about her namesake. She truly is continuing to change lives for the better. I will never, ever forget her, and I will do my best to honor her memory as well as a stranger can. The fact that she lived and loved will stay with me forever. Always with love and gratitude, Marina

Aunt Lori said:   May 6th, 2014 3:03 am
My sweet Linnea it is so hard to believe another year is upon us. Yet I find myself drawing strength from you and a sort of peace that Grandpa and Kyle are now with you. What havoc you and Kyle are causing with Grandpa smiling. All the memories of your spot-on humor always at the right time. I miss that fiery red hair and the spirit that was a perfect match. And thank you for watching over us & sending the pennies, just when you know we need them. Forever and everyday in my heart....Love, Aunt Lori

Valencia Delphi said:   April 15th, 2014 10:19 am
I just came upon the name Linnaea in a baby name site and knew about Linneaus from Botany. I like how the name sounds and its meaning and found your site. I too am a volunteer for animal rescue agencies. You look beautiful and maybe I was drawn to your site because you do pray for us. If so, pray over Lucas the dog and his new home with a family in Texas.

Linnea Giovanna said:   February 27th, 2014 7:09 am
Maybe, just maybe, it is our name that bonds us and makes us alike in so many ways. Linnea is such a rare name in the states. It is always an interest to me to see new Linneas' and more pics of the flower. Thank you! What a wonderful story yours is! It has brought a new warmth to my heart! I rescue and rehome many house pets and farm animals. I pray that your spirit will live on also in the animals that I care for too! ~ Linnea Giovanna

Linnaea Marie said:   November 25th, 2013 7:18 pm
Hello, my name is also Linnaea. I stumbled upon this website while searching for information about the Linnaea flower for which I'm named. I'm so sorry to learn of this tragic loss. As an animal lover myself, I can imagine that I would have had a lot in common with you, had we ever met. You are clearly someone who is deeply loved and missed by many. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family, and I am grateful to have had the chance to learn about your life and passion, and get to know what a wonderful person you were - even if it is through your memorial website. With sincere sympathy, Linnaea


Melissa-Cousin said:   December 31st, 2012 5:14 am
Another year is about to pass and not a day goes by that i dont think about you and miss you. We continue to rescue and adopt out animals in your name and hope you are watching over them. You are missed, your spirit, your smile, your sweet energy. With Love.

Brit said:   December 29th, 2012 8:48 am
L, hey there…I have been thinking about you a lot lately…always praying to you and thanking you for watching over us all. Everyday I think about you and I always try to bring up a funny story or memory to share or laugh about with old or new friends. You probably are just up there in Heaven laughing with me and Alex because of the old funny stories we tell and reminisce about. I love you and miss you so much…PS Britney Spears is back!! I think of you and our “Cinderella Sequel” video we did at Tavelli in 5th grade everytime I hear her. I see you in my dreams and can hear your voice, your contagious laugh…we’re always laughing and you are more alive than ever. I can’t wait to see you again…I miss and Love you so much!! Always and Forever…Britt.

Lindsey S. said:   December 29th, 2012 8:45 am
Linnea, I think about you all of the time. In everything I do, I try to positively impact the world around me. You had a smile and a laugh that I, and I know your other cousins, will never forget. I prayed for you every night for over a year. However, last fall I suddenly had one night that changed everything. I found the “peace that passes all understanding” that you are in heaven. A place that I cannot even fathom how beautiful and wonderful it is. There is no sadness or hate there, only pure joy. A place you belong. I know God is taking care of you everyday for the rest of your eternal life. I love you and miss you everyday! Love, Lindsey

Kelli said:   December 29th, 2012 8:44 am
Linnea, I was looking at your cousin Ashley’s facebook page and noticed that she had this link. I immediately went to it and what I found is so amazing. I remember you as a little girl and coming to our farm. You were such a precious little person. I will promise to visit this site often because it is so beautiful and a heartwarming place to visit that comforts all who loved you. Kelli

Aunt Janet & Family said:   December 29th, 2012 8:43 am
Linnea, I just wanted to let you know that we think about you often and include you and your family in our prayers. I see your beautiful picture everyday amongst the family pictures in our living room and remember what a sweet person you always were whenever we got to spend time with you. I also look at our sweet dog Cooper, who we adore and are so glad we adopted from the Humane Society, and it reminds me of you and your love for animals. We all miss you. Love, Aunt Janet, Uncle Terry, Ryan, Laura and Lindsey


Cristie said:   December 29th, 2012 8:42 am
Thank you so much for hosting the walk! My Malie and I had a great time, she had to rush to the front. I would like to tell a short story about our day. We visited with the friends at the Shiba Scout Resuce, as we have opened our home in the past to foster dogs. Before we left it came to our attention that one particular dog, Kyouki, was in need of a sleep over for a few nights. We offered our home and love. Long story short, Kyouki has not left and he is in his forever home. Kyouki is the ONLY friend she has shared food, toys, and a bed with. Today they are inseparable. When I call one they both come running. They stick up for one another at the dog park, they cuddle at night, and well they both melt my heart. Again, we – Malie, Kyouki, and myself, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for the wonderful day! Because Kyouki was a rescue dog with no recorded history, we claim June 6, 2009 as his FIRST birthday! for he now has a future and forever family!

Kirsten said:   December 29th, 2012 8:42 am
Being a part of the walk was really, truly, such an honor for me. Through this experience I feel as if I knew Linnea and now know what a wonderful person she was and what a wonderful family she has to honor her memory in this way, and to keep her love for animals flowing through these amazing events. I cannot even begin to imagine what you have gone through over the past year… although I know how strong you are and again, I am so happy to be a tiny part of your healing process. The walk was incredible… I had chills going up and down my spine the entire weekend, and I feel that everyone else did too!

Erin R said:   December 29th, 2012 8:41 am
My family and I continue to keep Linnea’s family and Linnea in our thoughts. I wish I had taken the chance to catch up with Linnea when she came into Home Depot just over a year ago. I guess I always thought there would be more time. I’ve taken that lesson to heart and keep in much better touch with those I care about. Linnea, you were always a beautiful inspiration with such a caring heart and soul. I am forever grateful to have known you. I attended the Adopt-a-thon and I want to say I think it is a wonderful idea. Thank you for your strength and passion for keeping Linnea’s memory alive.

Britt said:   December 29th, 2012 8:40 am
L, I came to see you today, it was so peaceful and real. I miss you more than anything right now and can still hear your laugh every day. Every time I see an animal I think of you, whether it�s just a soaring bird or someone walking their dog, I know you appreciate every single one. I�ve got you in my heart every day and pray that you give me strength and watch over us all. I know you know that, because I honestly believe that you hear us and our prayers. I�ve got a picture of me and you super glued to my guitar, so every time I play I always think of you and how much you appreciate music. It will be on there until - forever!!!! I love you L and miss you every day. Your friend, Britt.

Alex said:   December 29th, 2012 8:38 am
Hi Linnea, I just wanted to share a funny story that happened yesterday. Brittany went in to get her tattoo for you (which she wanted me to draw, but apparently she didn’t like my cursive) but she couldn’t stop laughing because we were sharing stories that reminded us of you. The tattoo guy was getting so mad at her but she wouldn’t stop. I told her about the crystal clock you got me for my birthday even though we weren’t friends yet and how even after the clock stopped working I still kept the crystal vase it came in. So random, but you would know what I am talking about. We both think of you every time we see instant mashed potatoes and every time I see Nutella. I hated that stuff and you and Danielle would eat it like crazy. I can still smell it. We miss you so much Linnea. Although our lives threw some curve balls I will always remember the good time we shared. The dock, the stairs, the turtle we found on the lake, going to buy soda at Adriel Hills, camping in my backyard, and so many more. Instead of feeling so down all the time I am going to just remember our friendship for all these good times we had. I got my tattoo for you and it is a constant reminder that I will never have a best friend like you no matter what anyone says. Forever and ever Linnea.


Mom said:   December 29th, 2012 8:34 am
Hi Sweetie, just needed to tell you how much I love you and miss you. Every moment of every day I think of you. I know that will never change. So many wonderful people joined us for your remembrance walk and pet adopt-a-thon. So much love and caring for people and animals was present that day. You are spreading your love and goodwill even though you are not on this earth. Lage didn’t get the prize at the chihuahua races, but you would have been so proud of both Lage and Bentley. Andrea, Eric, Aunt Rose, Uncle Don, Melissa, Dawood, each committee member and volunteer generously gave their time, expertise and love to an event that was spectacular. Linnea, the stream of participants and dogs stretched out behind us in a constant stream so far we could not see them all. They were there to honor you and the wonderful person that was taken from us wrongly and so early. I know you were smiling and your eyes sparkling. Those are only two of the remarkable things I miss. There are so many more. Pets, rescues, vendors with pet supplies came together for the day. A day that also saved several animals. I know that meant so much to you. In each of our own ways, your work is continuing and I think you are guiding us. We stumble, but you are determined that we continue. You continue to be my love and inspiration. I still want so much to hold you and talk with you. I love you….Mom

G&G Snyder said:   December 29th, 2012 8:33 am
10. Linnea, We watched you grow up and we never could have imagined that you would be gone before us. We cry along with your mother, father, and sister. We can not attend the walk in your honor, but our spirit will be following with you and your family. The thing about being older is that we will walk beside you sooner than most, and give you all those hugs everyone will be sending. We love you, Grandma and Grandpa Snyder.

Ashley said:   December 29th, 2012 8:32 am
Linnea, It has been one year…..there has not been a day since then that I have not thought about you. You are and will always be in my life. I watch the beautiful things that are happening in your honor and I know that you would be proud. It still is not fair. I try to rationalize….but I can’t. I can only remember all of the wonderful things you brought to this unfair world. I told some of my students about your big heart and now they are following in your footsteps (or at least trying to) and bringing in every ladybug, frog, butterfly, and lizard to my classroom so we can take care of them. I try to tell them those things might want to stay outside, but they never can agree with me! In two weeks Andrew and I will be getting married and I know that you will be there at the ceremony with everyone watching over us. I just wish that I could hug you and see your gorgeous, smiling face. I love you Linnea with all of my heart.

Pat N. said:   December 29th, 2012 8:30 am
Linnea…The last time I saw you was at your sister`s wedding. You impressed me so much with your beauty, spirit and energy. A picture of you on that day is in my living room where it will remain the rest of my life as a memory of you and the love I feel for your family.

Al said:   December 29th, 2012 8:28 am
It was “by chance” that I happened on your site as I was googling for some pictures I could use for a birthday card for our grand daughter Linnea who turns 17 tomorrow. I have since seen the ancillary sites about your lovely daughter, sister as well as details of her death. Her interests so parallel our Linnea’s it is amazing. We are sending for a shirt and medallion and will let our Linnea know all about your lovely girl and what you are doing in her memory. She will live on through our grand daughter Linnea, whose soft heart will be deeply touched. My wife and I can only imagine but not fully appreciate the pain and suffering that you have and continue to experience. But from the account of Linnea’s funeral, and your pastor’s remarks we know that she loved her Lord and that you must be finding his grace and presence continuing to be with you all in these difficult days. We send our heartfelt sympathy and love in Him to you and all your families.


Britt said:   December 29th, 2012 8:27 am
Hey L! I miss you everyday and will never ever forget all the great times we shared…our friendship was one of the best I have ever had. We were always laughing and having a good time, no matter what…whether it was swimming in your pool, walking home from school everyday on the ditch, New Years Millenium party at your house, junior high dances, going to the mall almost every weekend, Souper Salad, all our inside jokes, the lake, Camp T, Spice Girls and dancing all around your house…!! I could go on and on… We grew up together and you helped shape who I am today, and I am honored to have known such a beautiful person. I think about you everyday and I know that you are watching over all of us and especially your beautiful family. You are my guardian angel and I know you can hear me when I come and visit you! I can feel you there, and it is such a peaceful feeling. I love you, L… Your friend, Britt

Andrea said:   December 29th, 2012 8:26 am
To my lil’ sis: I want you to know that I love you very much and I think about you every day. Although we didn’t always agree and most people would say we were complete opposites, you always made me look at things from a different perspective and made me have a more open mind. I miss you showing me Lage’s latest trick, watching you show me how you taught Gunnar to swim after the ball, and you telling me Cobi is not even a “real” dog. I am proud to call you my sister, as you were truly one of the sweetest, most compassionate, and caring people that I have ever known. I will remember all the fun times we had together, and hold those beautiful memories close to my heart. I love you so much, and I would have given anything for this not to have happened to you. Your absence from my life is painfully present, but I know you are in a safe place now where no one can ever hurt or betray you again. You were my lil’ sis, but you were also my best friend, and I will miss you every day for the rest of my life. I love you.

Aunt Rose said:   December 29th, 2012 8:20 am
Linnea ~ I know that you are so proud of your mother, father and sister. They have worked so hard to let the world know what a beautiful young woman you were. Your passion and love for your family, animals, and humanity will become known to all. Each time I take in a new foster, I know you sent it to me. I feel your spirit, encouragement and approval. I will continue your work and hopefully someday our work will be done. It is hard to see the beauty in the world some days, but I know that is what you want us all to see, feel, and never take for granted. Your smile was like the rising sun, it lit up the room, and your hair was the color of the most beautiful sunset. I was so very proud of you. We all miss you so much!

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