Linda Pieper Kirkland
October 9, 1956 - May 29, 2024

Linda passed away peacefully on May 29th, 2024 at the age of 67 following a brave battle with cancer. Her final days were spent surrounded by her loved ones admiring nature, wildlife, and beautiful sunsets along the water. She was born on October 9th, 1956 and raised in Whitewater, WI with fond memories of sleigh rides with her two ponies, snowmobile sledding, visiting her grandparents’ farm, and large family gatherings with her many cousins. Her college years were at the University of Arizona – Tucson where she enjoyed days in the sun and hiking the surrounding mountains. Following college she spent summers living and working on Geneva Lake where she met her husband and lifelong partner, Kevin. They married in 1983 and lovingly raised their two daughters in Fontana, WI, where they’ve remained since. Linda spent summer days tending to her wildflower gardens, at the beach with her kids, boat rides on the lake, and daily walks through Hildebrand Nature Conservancy (which she affectionately called ‘Nana’s Secret Garden’). In winter, she enjoyed snowshoeing along local trails with her husband and dog, Zoey. For nearly 20 years she passionately devoted herself to her work as an autism therapist, working alongside children with special needs at Denison Elementary School. Those who knew Linda will forever remember her very caring, fun-loving, adventurous spirit along with her love for nature, family celebrations, dancing, travel, her dogs, and her granddaughter who brought her so much joy.


Her spirit and memories live on through the loves of her life: her husband of 44 years (Kevin Kirkland), daughters (Kate and Liz), father (Dale Pieper), three sisters (Rosann, Connie, and Lori Pieper), and her beloved granddaughter (Emma). She will join her mother (Dorothy Pieper) in heaven. She will also be missed dearly by her son-in-law, sisters/brother-in-law, nieces and nephews, and close friends. Linda left a beautiful footprint during her time spent here on Earth, touching everyone around her. Her life will always be cherished by everyone who knew and loved her.


A celebration of her life will be held with family and friends at a future date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her memory to the following organizations: Autism Speaks, Geneva Lake Conservancy, Breast Cancer Research Foundation



“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,

Love like you’ll never be hurt,

Sing like there’s nobody listening,

And live like it’s heaven on earth.”

(William W. Purkey)

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