Posted 2 years ago

By Corey Sorenson

A memorial mass for Linda (Gatzemeyer) Van Loan of New York, formerly of Chadron, will be held on Tuesday, September 17, at 11:00 AM at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church, with Father Tim Stoner officiating. Inurnment will be at Calvary Cemetery.

Linda Van Loan, 68, of Mountaindale, N.Y., died on August 18, 2013. She was born on October 30, 1944 in Chadron, NE, to Leon and Rose Gatzemeyer. She graduated from Oelrichs High School in South Dakota and attended Chadron State College in Nebraska, subsequently moving to Rapid City, SD.

There, while working at Duhamel Broadcasting, Linda met Joe Van Loan. She married him on August 26, 1967 and relocated to Paso Robles, CA, where he was stationed in the Army.

An avid lover of horses from age four, Linda was always happiest when riding her horses — and when rolling across the U.S. in a motor home acquired after Joe retired, in 2004.

Linda made new friends wherever she went, and is beloved by all who had the good fortune to know her candor, wit, and confidence.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Scoliosis Research Society, 555 East Wells St., Suite 1100, Milwaukee, WI 53202-3823, Contact: 414-918-3044, or

Online condolences can be made at

Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron is in charge of arrangements.