Former Record-Courier columnist Linda Marie Monohan, who delighted readers for years with stories about her family and neighbors in Fish Springs, died Nov. 15 at her home. She was 70.
Linda was diagnosed with dementia 4-1/2 years ago which developed into Alzheimer's disease.
She was cared for at home by Norbert, her husband of 52 years, and her children and grandchildren.
"She died early Thursday with (daughters) Cindy, Christy and Lisa, and her sister Bonnie by her bedside," Norbert said.
Linda was born July 2, 1942, in Pacoima, Calif., to Eva and William Rosten.
She married Norbert on July 9, 1960, and became a "Navy wife" until September 1968.
She stayed home with her three daughters until they started school, and she worked as a school nurse for 10 years in Lakeside, Calif.
After the Monohans moved to Fish Springs, Linda worked as a secretary at Gardnerville Elementary School for 20 years and began writing for The Record-Courier.
She was an EMT/firefighter for the Fish Springs Volunteer Fire Department for 20 years.
"Her favorite hobby and pastime was writing a local column for The Record-Courier, the 'Fish Springs Flier,' and the Sierra Scoop, 'Behind the Sagebrush,'" Norbert said.
In her farewell column published in October 2009, Linda said she wrote 1,150 columns in 24 years for the "Fish Springs Flier."
She also wrote numerous articles published in motorcycle, fire, medical and travel magazines.
Linda also enjoyed country-western dancing, touring and camping by motorcycle, and visiting with family and friends.
Norbert said Linda had 62 first cousins, many of whom came to visit during her illness.
She was a member of St. Gall Catholic Community and attended 8 a.m. Mass every Sunday until the last few weeks of her life.
As incapacitated as Linda became, Norbert said the family vowed to continue to care for her at home.
"As good of care that she took of me, I could do no less for her," he said. "The last time she said my name, it was three months ago. We were sitting out on the deck, and she looked at me, and said, 'Norbert, darling, would you take me home, please?'"
He said he was struggling with her loss.
"Every time I would go someplace after I couldn't take her out anymore, people would ask me where she was. Last night, after she died, I was thinking I live in the biggest house in the world. It went from a reasonable size to way too large," he said. "When she died, Lisa was holding her hand."
In addition to her husband and daughters, Linda is survived by six grandchildren, a great-grandson, sisters Rosalyn Doyon and Bonnie Rieger, brothers Michael, Dan, and Tim Rosten, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service is 12 p.m. Dec. 8 at St. Gall.
Donations may be made in memory of Linda Monohan, the Alzheimer's Association of Northern Nevada, 1301 Cordone Ave., Suite 180, Reno, NV 89502.