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“I am so sorry to hear of this just now my thoughts and prayers to a very nice lady may she reat in peace ”
1 of 8 | Posted by: Sabra Wagner - Friend

“Linda was a wonderful , loving , caring woman . She also was sweet and kind and thoughtful . I loved her . She was my cousin . Ill miss her My...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Julie Enderson - Family

“Linda was a great neighbor. I always enjoyed our chats across the fence. I'll miss her. Prayers being sent for the family. ”
3 of 8 | Posted by: Lori Petitgoue - Neighbor

“May you Rest In Peace my friend. All you ever wanted to do was give back and help the children and families and that’s exactly what you did....Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Sonia Alonzo - Friend

“Omg! Linda you were the best I love you for all you did for my family. You helped me through rhe worst time of my life. I'll never forget you. U were...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Tacura Wilkinson - Friend

“I will miss you very much .you were beautiful on the inside and outside and the kindest lady I ever met. You are reunited with Den and I know you are...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Carolyn Scott Steien - Friend

“We are so sorry for your loss. She was a funny, sweet Lady. She will be missed. Our Love, Big hugs, and our Prayers for all of you. ❤❤ ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: Gayle&Marv - Friend

“My Sympathies go out to all of you she was a kind good person and I worked with her and for her for many years at Borg Warner. Rest in peace Linda ”
8 of 8 | Posted by: Eileen Considine - Coworker


STERLING – Linda S. Handel, 71 of Sterling died Tuesday September 29, 2020 at her home.

Linda was born on September 11, 1949 in Sterling the daughter of Norman and Clara (Schutt) Knowles. She married Denis L. Handel on June 22, 1985 in Rock Falls. He died December 9, 2015. Linda was employed for 36 years at Borg Warner in Dixon before retiring. For the past 5 years she worked at Help at Home. Family was of utmost importance to Linda and her special bond and love of her horse D.J.

Survivors include her daughters: Justina (KC) Waters of Robertsville, Alabama, Brooke Depauw of Walnut, Mista (Kevin) Helms of Rock Falls, Chariti (Brant) Douglass of Sterling and Dena Handel of Sterling; her sister Rena (Tommy) Miller of Sterling; her brothers: max (Jan) Knowles of Sterling, Curt (Vicki) Knowles of Rock falls and Brett Knowles of Avilla, IN; 12 grandchildren: Kelsey (Rusty) Holt, Alyssa (Damon) Leffelman, Draven Waters, Jalen Waters, Jennifer Merdian (Tricia Swearingen) Kalib (Molly) Helms, Cheyanne Handel, Cobie Douglass, Bailea Douglass, Brea Douglass, Dalton Handel and Tylo Handel; 9 great grandchildren including Rylie Mae with whom she shared her love of horses.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Paula Panice.

Masks and social distancing rules will be in effect to allow for 25 person s at a time to rotate through a public visitation to be held on Saturday October 3, 2020 from 9 – 10:30 AM at the McDonald Funeral Home, 1002 12th Avenue in Rock Falls. Private family funeral services will follow with the Reverend Dalmus Meeks officiating. Burial will conclude at Oak Knoll Memorial Park.