Linda Rae (Shimmin) Lokensgard

May 21, 2020


Linda Rae (Shimmin) Lokensgard, 58, of Saint Paul passed away peacefully at home on Thursday May 21, 2020. Her strong Christian faith supported her and gave her peace.

Linda was born May 6, 1962 in Virginia Minnesota to William (Bill) and Frances (Fran) Shimmin.  She grew up in Virginia and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1980, as well as the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1986.  She worked at the University of Minnesota Law School as Director of Facilities and Events for 28 years. She married the love of her life Jim Lokensgard on a beautiful spring day (March 20, 2004).

Linda loved adventure with her friends. She was active throughout life participating in gymnastics, waterskiing, swimming, biking, running, gardening, and especially curling. She loved the wonderful grace and etiquette of the game and was always willing to share her love. Some of her many curling accomplishments are: Gold Medal- 2000 Minnesota State Mixed Championship, Silver Medal - US Mixed National Curling Championship, and winner of numerous bonspiel competitions. She was also an active member of the international Margarita Curling Club traveling to their bonspiels throughout Europe and North America. She provided her leadership as the St. Paul Bonnie Spieler Club President (1998-2000), as well as the first female president of the St. Paul Curling Club (2014-2016). Her hard work was recognized by being honored as an Honorary Lifetime Member of both the St. Paul Bonnie Spielers and St. Paul Curling Club.

Linda was preceded in death by her father Bill Shimmin and mother and father in law Kay and Bob Lokensgard. She is survived by her beloved husband Jim of St. Paul; mother Fran Shimmin of Virginia; sister and brother in law Joy Shimmin-Olson and Rob Olson of Minneapolis; niece (Jana); nephews (Andy and Alex); and beloved dog Rexi. 

Memorials to the St. Paul Curling Foundation are preferred in lieu of flowers. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

Linda "Luci" "Lu" "LuluBelle" "Pinsky" "Little Pie" was dearly loved and will be sorely missed.

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