Linda Waldhoff White

Profile Updated: April 15, 2016
Residing In: North Branch,, MN USA
Spouse/Partner: Harold White (Class of '65 and brother of Jean White)
Children: Joseph James, born Feb 4. 1977
Jay Sool, born Aug. 1 1979 (adopted from Korea)
Occupation: since retired.

I haven't wandered far from home. I met Jean White's brother (home from Viet Nam) in August of 1969 and we were married September 5, 1970. We have a home a few minutes east of town on Hiway 95 and have lived here all of our 44 years. Our sons have graduated from North Branch High and one has gone on to live and work in St. Cloud. (This son has since moved back in with us.) The other has moved to California and works out there. **I must stop here and say that simply everything has changed. When I read the words I wrote earlier, I realize that everything is different. Harold ended up retiring much earlier than he had planned, when the recession hit, and I was diagnosed with Follicular Lymphoma, a blood and lymph cancer, on January 2 of 2009, and had to quit work as well. Our financial situation changed overnight. No more trips to England. Now it was trips to the University of Minnesota and the Masonic Cancer Care Center next door. It has been 6 years since I first wrote here, and my current situation is getting slowly more difficult. Chemotherapy came more and more frequently until finally there was only three months before I was ill again. My doctor is now planning a stem cell transplant but I must wait until January when I can apply for Medicare Part D which is Pharmacy. Disability allowed me to start Medicare early, which has helped with the cost of medical insurance. But I foolishly failed to apply for Part D. Believe me, you will need it if you have major health problems. We have not been to England since, and I don't think we ever will be. Travel is more expensive now, and security's unpleasant, and I always seem to have a doctor appointment in the way. Harold has been having his own health problems, now that he's 66, and he sees the Veteran's Administration doctors regularly. Son Joe has moved home and in some ways is very helpful to us, as we need someone young and strong to help with heavy lifting. I don't think we'll ever be grandparents.... our sons do not seem inclined to marry?! So I got myself a "furry" grandchild; a shelter cat nicknamed "Weiner" whom Harold calls "the grandchild we never wanted?!" Very true. He is so spoiled, and always the center of attention. Things are going as well as can be expected, and I am content. And everything is on-going. I hope and pray God will let me live awhile longer, as Harold does NOT know how to feed himself properly! lol?! I will try hard to stay well.

(Quick note: Claudia and the girls of our graduating class have been praying for me. The stem cell transplant was a failure... but even better... I have went into complete remission and am feeling quite well at the moment.) It just took me this long to figure out how to change this write-up. How quick we forget in "old-age"?!

Best Wishes to All of YOU!

School Story:

I don't know why this even came back to me but I thought about it when I was making a nice supper with all the trimmings for Harold and Joe. I remembered how our teacher, Mrs. Satterstrom, in one of our early 7th or 8th grade Home Economics classes, where we were putting up photos of things we could provide as homemakers to make our homes comfortable, one of the girls had a marvelous picture of "Little Joe Cartwright", Michael Landon, glorious in nature without his shirt on. The girls wanted to place it dead center on the bulletin board because he was so handsome. "Oh Please!", they all said, and to Mrs. Satterstrom's credit she said: "Why not? It's who we all want to make up our homes for?!" And Michael Landon was posted, without his shirt, for the rest of the season. Good old Mrs. Satterstrom..... she certainly knew how to motivate her girls!

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Posted: Mar 08, 2014 at 12:00 AM
The only time we go away from home?! Waiting at the Minneapolis Airport for the plane to take us to England.
Posted: Mar 08, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Taken with some of our friends outside a Bed and Breakfast in York last year.
Posted: Mar 08, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Harold, ready for a day of sightseeing.
Posted: Mar 08, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Closer to home. Me at the Rose Garden in Duluth.
Posted: Mar 08, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Harold doing his favorite thing. Fishing on Fish Lake, late in the evening.
Posted: Mar 08, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Older and with much more grey, but still us. Thirty-eight years on. It's been nice.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:03 AM