Linda Bohnstedt

March 4, 1940 - May 6, 2020

Linda Bohnstedt Van Sandt passed away at her home on May 6, 2020 after a 9 month battle with pancreatic cancer.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father,Verlie and A. J. Bohnstedt. She was a lifelong resident of Florence, Alabama. She graduated from Coffee High School in 1958 and Florence State University in 1961. She is survived by her three children and three grandchildren, the pride and loves of her life, John Thomas Van Sandt, Sharel (J. B.) Hooper and Audra (Robby) Taliaferro, Mills Hooper, Anne Thomas Hooper and Ellie Taliaferro. She cherished time spent with her
grandchildren and will be greatly missed by her family. She is survived by her brother, Bob Bohnstedt and sister, Marjorie B. Falkner as well as her nieces and nephews, Anna Bohnstedt Stephens, Jennifer Falkner Cabbage, Justin Falkner, Devon Ridens and Ashleigh Ridens.

As a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church since baptism in 1941, she served on the church council, taught Sunday School, and was the Ladies Guild president for several years. She cherished her church and was instrumental in the
narthex renovation and creation of the memorial garden. She was a member of the Muscle Shoals District Service League where she served as Vice President and Treasurer. Previously, she was the Associate Director of Shoals Inc. In addition to being the manager of Keystone Business Center, she enjoyed owning Fabulous Finds, a furniture consignment business during the last 10 years. She was past chairman and an active member of the City of Florence Beautification Board and was influential in reviving the Christmas tree installation on Court Street for the holidays. As an avid gardener, she then became a Shoals Master Gardener. Her group of lifelong friends provided essential support and companionship, especially during these last months and for that the family is extremely grateful. She loved tennis, Callaway Gardens and traveling.

The family would like to express our gratitude to Dr. Lyman Mitchell, Amedisys Home Health and Hospice, Katie Looney, RN, Shane Terry, PTA, Dr. Jordan Berlin and Amy Hayes RN of Vanderbilt Medical Center, Dr. Thomas Johnson, the nurses and staff at Clearview Cancer Center and Marilyn Brown. A private family burial is being held with pallbearers, Robby Taliaferro, J. B. Hooper, Mills Hooper, Justin Falkner, RyanCabbage and Johnny Falkner.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 630 North Poplar Street, Florence, Alabama.

No services listed.

25 Comments on “Linda Bohnstedt VanSandt”

  1. John,Sharel and Audra, I am so sorry for your loss. Linda was such a sweet person and a friend to many. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. I wish to express condolences to Linda’s family on their loss. May your grief be assuaged by the confidence that she made a difference for good through her service to family, church, and community.

  3. Shannon are very sorry for your loss. She was a sweet friend to us & to the friends that we were a part of from Coffee High School. God bless all who knew her. Virginia Phillips.

  4. John – Our love and prayers are with you and your family. If we can help in anyway, just let us know. Your neighbors –

  5. To Andrea, Cheryl and John Thomas Our condolences on the loss of your mom. Pray His peace will be with u as you lay her to rest. Teresa Sloan Peck and Jo Ann Sloan

  6. I have many fond memories of Linda. My deepest condolences to all of you. She made such an impact on her family, her church, her friends and the city .

  7. I was so deeply saddened to hear of Linda’s passing. She was a vital part of the church I grew up in..Our Redeemer Lutheran. She always welcomed me back when I was there to visit. My wife and I extend our sympathy to her beautiful family. May God bless and comfort you.

  8. Linda and I went to high school together and shared many happy times together. she made a positive impact on all who knew her. It was a magical time! May the joy she shared with her family bring peace and comfort at this time!

  9. Linda was a wonderful lady. Our deepest sympathy to John, Audra, Sharel and the entire family.

  10. My deepest sympathies to all of you. Linda was so kind to me and I will always remember her for that.

  11. My prayers are with all of you! Linda was a great person and I really enjoyed knowing her

  12. I started in first grade with Linda and graduated from high school. She was a wonderful person and will be missed by all who knew her.

  13. I am so sorry to learn of Linda’s passing. I met her in the 80s when she and I were members of a small group who took German classes together. When the classes ended we continued to meet at our teacher’s home and then for the last three decades
    Linda invited us to her lovely home to converse and eat. She was a master cook and decorator, skilled at repurposing ordinary
    items into collector’s treasures. Although our group has dwindled to a fraction of its original number, Linda was a loving, kind,
    creative part of treasured memories of lifelong learning and friendship.

    May her family find peace and comfort in their memories of Linda’s well lived life.

  14. My deepest sympathies. I rented my first office from Linda, with David Musselman, 34 years ago and I’ve enjoyed knowing and working with her ever since.

  15. To Linda’s family: Please accept my sincere condolences. I am so sorry to learn of Linda’s passing. Many years ago, Linda and I played tennis together on the same USTA league tennis team. We traveled to many local and regional tournaments throughout the years and had so much fun competing in the tournaments. She was very competitive! I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers as you search for peace and comfort during this sad time.

  16. Mrs. Linda was a wonderful neighbor to us when we lived beside her. We admired her beautiful yard with the changing seasons. She was always so kind to us and patient with our noisy dog. I know she will be missed by her dear family and friends.

  17. Audra,
    I’m so sorry for the loss of your sweet mom! I will be praying for you and your whole family.
    Much love to you!!!

  18. Suzy Spalding Robbins
    My sympathy to all of Linda’s family and friends. She was a very talented, loving & kind
    person who will be missed by many..

  19. Emily and I are so very sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. She was a wonderful and caring person and will be greatly missed.

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