Scholarship established for former Devils Lake?resident; memorial planned

Sue Kraft, Lifestyles Editor
Left to right:?Lois Isakson, Elizabeth Linde, Clark Linde, Laurel Nybo, Jace Nybo and Bryce Nybo.

Former Devils Lake resident Todd Linde was a teacher for more than 20 years before he passed away earlier this year.

Now, with the help of his family and nurse, his name will be attached to a scholarship that will provide educational opportunities for generations to come.

“He was a teacher, I was a teacher and his sister is,” said his mother, Lois Isakson.

The Todd Linde Memorial Scholarship will be given to one student each year at Lake Region State College, who is majoring in elementary education/special education.

“He attended Lake Region State College,” Isakson explained. “He graduated from UND with an elementary education degree and taught in Chicago for two years. He has taught in California for the past 20 years.”

The scholarship was established by family members and Todd's nurse, Rita Graves. Todd's surviving family includes his mother, step-father Earl Isakson, brother Clark Linde, sisters Laurel Nybo and Elizabeth Linde, and nephews Jace and Bryce Nybo.

“It's a good way to honor him,” Isakson said.

Linde, 47, died in California on Feb. 23.

In addition to being a dedicated special education teacher, Linde opened his home to his sister Elizabeth, who had lived with him for the past 15 years. He enjoyed traveling, visiting Sweden, Australia, Russia, Greece, Europe, Egypt, Caribbean and Mexico, to name a few.

“Todd will be sorely missed by his many relatives and friends,” it read in his obituary.

A memorial service for Linde will be held in Devils Lake on July 2. The service will be held at 11 a.m. at St. Olaf Lutheran Church.