Cheryl Linn-Vitan


Cheryl Linn-Vitan closed her final Earthly chapter on Sunday, February 11, 2024, at the University of Iowa Health Care Medical Center Downtown. She transitioned peacefully that morning with sunlight on her face, surrounded with love from her husband, daughter, sister and nieces.

Daughter of Orris and Margaret Linn of Keosauqua, Iowa, Cheryl was born on July 12, 1954. She graduated from Van Buren Community High School and Indian Hills Community College. She raised two children, Cory Hotle of Ankeny and Tonia Pfeifer of Ollie. A life-long resident of Keosauqua, she wore many hats in the village and surrounding areas—from retail, dining, and bar management to administrative support and medical coding. Her infectious smile and upbeat attitude will be sorely missed.

Cheryl loved flowers, music, dancing, baking, turquois, Native American art, decorating for holidays, computer games, and visiting casinos, but most of all she loved spending time with her family and friends. In August of 2003, she married her best friend and soulmate, Terry Vitan. Their love and support for one another was a beautiful thing clearly seen by all who spent time with them.

Mourning her loss are husband Terry, son Cory and his wife Courtney, daughter Tonia and her husband Nate, granddaughter Maycee, grandson Riley, brother Larry Linn and wife Wanda of Edinburg, TX, sister Sandra McClure and husband Darrin of Fairfield, IA, nieces and nephews Haley and Nathan Westercamp of Keosauqua, Matt and Kim Linn of West Liberty, Jessica and Derek Lyons of Ankney, Dylan McClure of Fairfield, several great-nieces and nephews, cousins, and a vast array of friends.

Her parents, grandparents Fuller and Marie Bartolomew, Clarence and Mary Linn, sister Teresa Dickinson, aunt and uncle Clarence and Phyllis Linn preceded her in death and certainly were waiting at the gates with open arms, lots of stories, laughter, and always much love.

Her body has been cremated as per her wishes and a celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be sent to the family to help with funeral expenses and a contribution to a charitable cancer organization will be made in her name.

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