Alma Vanderlinden

Resided in Gladstone, MI
Died November 29, 2008

Alma Arlene Vanderlinden, 72, of 420 Minnesota Avenue, Gladstone, passed away Saturday morning, November 29, 2008 at the St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba following a lengthy illness.
Alma was born April 22, 1936 in Gladstone the daughter of Henry and Doris (Smith) Skoglund. Alma was raised in Gladstone and she was a 1954 graduate of the Gladstone High School. Alma was united in marriage to Richard Vanderlinden and they made their home in Gladstone where they raised their 5 children. Richard preceded Alma in death in 1972.

Alma was an avid Chicago Bears fan, and when she was healthy, she enjoyed traveling with her longtime companion of 35 years, Steve Belanger. She also cherished spending time with her family and friends.

In addition to her longtime companion Steve, survivors include;

4 sons; Jeff Vanderlinden of Escanaba: Tim (Mary Jo) Vanderlinden of Gladstone; Richard (Kathy) Vanderlinden of Virginia; Kenneth (Debbie) Vanderlinden of Gladstone

1 daughter: Tina (Gary) Rudden of Gladstone

3 brothers: Harry (Arlene) Rajala of Marquette; Kris (Beverly) Skoglund of Skandia; Bill (Patricia) Rajala of Blaine, Minnesota

1 sister: Dianne Crandall of New Jersey

2 brother-in-laws: Ronald and Bob (Kay) Vanderlinden of Gladstone

2 sister-in-laws: Betty Roberts and Kay Pepin of Glastone

11 grandchildren: Jason, Kelsey, Kyle, Shannon, Ashley, Josh, Nichole, Zachary, Stephen, Trenton and Skylar.

2 great grandchildren: Kayleigh and Kaycee

Special cousin, Carol Sailors of Hobart, IN

Numerous nieces, nephew, cousins, aunts and uncles

She was preceded in death by her parents.


0 Tributes for “Alma Vanderlinden

    Mom, I miss you more than anyone could ever imagine. I miss the time lost while I was away and my inability to be there with you and Steve.
    Love Always, Rich
    Burke, VA

    Tough as nails, with a heart of gold. That was my mom. She cherished her time with family and friends, always being quick witted. Her impact on us is immeasurable, her absence unbearable. We’ll forever have a void in our hearts. She left us on her terms; refusing nursing homes, accepting Steve’s love, care and compassion. We’ll meet again.

    Gladstone, MI

    I’m sorry to hear of Alma’s passing. I met her once and thought she was a cool lady. (In case you don’t recognize the name I’m Pete’s ex-wife).

    You are in my thoughts.

    Dyani and Fisher

    Dyani Bath
    Iron Mountain, MI

    Tim and Tina,

    We are sorry to hear about your Mother, we are thinking about you and all of your family in your time of sorrow.

    Barb Caswell & Jack Lehman
    Bark River, MI

    Steve and the family of Alma. I can’t begin to express my heartfelt sympathy for your loss. Alma was such a character. She left an impact on anyone she met. I have so many great memories of her from all the times I cared for her. She will never be forgotten. My prayers are with you.

    Jaylene Brown,RN
    Wells, MI

    Steve and family, Ron and I were very sorry to hear of your great loss, our hearts go out to you all. Alma was loved dearly by so many. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. We would also like you to know we would certainly be there for the services; however, we are both in Illinois for work. May God Bless you during your time of need. Ron and Bev Bissett

    Ron and Bev Bissett
    Gladstone, MI

    My prayers are with you steve and family of Alma.

    I will truely miss seeing my little ray of sunshine, she made me smile everytime she was here at the hospital, When with her you couldn’t help but have fun and laugh. God blessed us when he allowed us to be a small part of her life.

    Anne Bricker (Frick)
    Escanaba, MI

    No words can express the lost of a loved one. Just letting you know thoughts and prayers are with you in this time and always.

    Debbie Schetter
    Iron Mountain, MI

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