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Linda’s life began on Jan. 10, 1951 at Mercy Hospital in Benton Harbor to the parents of Theodore Carr and Francis (Jerrell) Carr. She grew up in Watervliet and graduated in 1969 at Watervliet Public Schools. Linda passed peacefully surrounded by family on Nov. 30, 2022 at home.

Linda had three children; William T. Ricketts, Tonya Kierstead, Theodore (Tanna) Ricketts.

On June 26, 1982 Linda married David L. Haase who brought three children into the marriage; Angela Haase, April (Nathan) Haase, Sarah (Dave Ott) Haase. Linda then became Mom to six children who refused to put the word step in front of their sibling’s names. They called themselves the Brady bunch. Linda prided herself with being a mother and grandmother and quickly became the matriarch of their family. She was the rock that held them together.

Linda loved to help people; you could see it in how she cared for ailing family members or in her cooking and baking. For many years she was a staple volunteering for Watervliet Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary. Linda loved putting a smile on people’s faces, especially when it involved laughing while on her adventures with David.

She leaves behind a loving family to cherish her memory including: her husband David; her children William, Tonya, Theodore, Tanna, Angela, April, Nathan, Sarah, and Dave Ott; her grandchildren Brooke, Shane, Katelyn, Brianna, Samantha, Nick, Casey, Brian, Briar, Courtney, Rayanna, Noah, Kristina, Kody, Alyssa, Kyle, Jesse; great-grandchildren Paisley, Charlotte, Spencer, Hayden, Rogan, Bentley, Liam; aunt and uncle James and Ruth Ann Ricketts; cousins and multiple church families.

Linda is preceded in death by her parents Theodore and Francis Carr, her brother James Carr, and her sister Jane Carr.

Funeral services were celebrated Monday, Dec. 5, 2022, at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet. Burial followed in Fairview Memorial Cemetery in Watervliet. Memorials can be made to Riverside United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 152, Riverside, Mi 49084 or Townline United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 373, Bloomingdale, MI 49026. You are invited to leave a message of comfort for Linda’s family at


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