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Linda Lancaster, age 75, of Ravenna passed away  on January 03, 2020 at Heartwood Lodge Hospice Facility under the loving care of her family and Hospice of North Ottawa.

The daughter of Grover Lobdell and Lorraine Grace (Shaffer) Soful, she was born on March 15, 1944 in Muskegon.  On , at Spring Lake, Michigan, she married Everett Lancaster, who survives her. Together, they enjoyed 38 years of marriage.

Linda loved her AKC Field trial Black Labrador retrievers.  She trained non stop and did field trial competitions all over the United States. She earned hundreds of ribbons and trophy’s. Two of her dogs are in the AKC Hall of Fame. She was one of the best dog trainers out there. Linda loved to garden. She was very proud of her flowers and vegetable garden.

She was preceded in death by her father, Grover Lobdell; mother, Lorraine (Shaffer) Soful; step-son, Kelly Lancaster; and step-grandson, Austin Lancaster. Surviving are her husband, Everett Lancaster; daughters, Jackie & Mike Powell of Oregan, and Lorie & Steve Kiebach of Grand Haven; grand kids, Lindsay LaFrance, and Ashley LaFrance; great-grand kids, Cameron Brown, and Haley Brown; siblings, Barbara & Edward Bowen, Gary & Karen Lobdell, and Benjamin Rose Clock; step-children, Debbie Lyn, Kim, Tim, and Scott; and her very special friends, Maggie (Lynn) Mcgreavy, and Marsha Praay Vanportfliet along with her amazing neighbors

A Celebration of life will be announced soon!

Instead of flowers, Linda would have appreciated contributions in her memory to Hospice of North Ottawa Community, Grand Haven, MI 49417.

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12 Condolences

  1. Lorie Kiebach on January 6, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    I sure am going to miss our daily talks mom……..I know your training dogs up in heaven…

    Love you so much

    Your daughter
    Lorie Kiebach

  2. Kim and Bob Boston on January 6, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    So very sorry for the loss of your mom, Lorie. I don’t think there is anything more difficult to experience in this world. May God give you peace and comfort knowing that she is with Jesus, pain free, and with her puppies, I’m sure! It’s only her body that is gone…her soul will be with you forever!!! Love to you and Steve and your family!

  3. Sandy Morritt on January 6, 2020 at 1:52 pm

    Lorie, you are in my prayers. Its the hardest thing to go through losing your mom, your friend, your mentor. She sure raised an amazing daughter… May God keep you close and help you get through these tough times,,,

  4. Jennifer Zylstra on January 6, 2020 at 3:34 pm


    You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. I know to well the pain of losing your mom. She was your rock and the one always there for you. Praying for comfort and peace in the coming days, weeks and months.

    Jennifer Zylstra

  5. Maggie (Lynn) McGreavy on January 6, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    this is a sad time for family and friends and my heart goes out to all the family
    Linda and I have been friends for 57yrs and is going to be greatly missed as we made many memories together
    with our families and friends.

    love you
    Maggie (Lynn)

  6. Larry and Debbie McRae on January 6, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    Abe, we’re so sorry for your loss of the love of your life. We remember when you and Linda moved in near my parents. We will always remember the good times of going to the movies, going out to eat, and playing cards.
    Jackie and Lorie my heart goes out to you during this time of great loss. Just knowing that your mom is safe in Jesus arms, may that comfort you.


    Larry and Debbie McRae

  7. Sharon Stefani on January 6, 2020 at 6:56 pm

    Prayers for you all! So sorry!♥️

  8. Colene Lewis on January 8, 2020 at 9:11 am

    Words cannot express my sorrow for the loss of this beautiful woman LINDA and all her love and accomplishment here on earth that she is now in the loving arms of our Lord. I only hope for the wellbeing that her family finds the time of healing. God’s love from my deepest heart.

  9. Ashley LaFrance on January 9, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    I will miss you Grandma… There is not any time that passes without you on my mind…. May you protect me and be with me in spirit until I meet up with you again… I love you so much….

  10. Marsha Praay VanPoortfliet on January 10, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    Lori, Jackie, Abe and family, Such a sad time to lose such a wonderful and good friend. We made some wonderful and great memories and I shall always remember my sweet friend. It has been a sentimental journey for us but she is with Jesus now her journey is now forever. I shall truly miss her ,

  11. Mike and Leslie Ostyn on January 10, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    Gary, Barbara and Benny,
    It must be so difficult losing a sibling. I am so sorry for your loss. I always appreciated Linda smile and cheery demeanor.
    Mike and “Turkey”

  12. Jane on January 28, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    Lori and family,
    You mom was very dear to me. She was a caring, smart, and full of life gal. My sympathy goes out to you and your family.
    Jane Chandler

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