Linda Mary Tufvesson, a long time Gillette resident, passed away Oct. 6, 2022 at her home due to complications from cancer. Linda was born in Jackson, Minnesota on Jan.2, 1949, to Neil and Mary (Schmitt) Tufvesson. She was the first born, with 3 brothers to follow, and was raised and educated in Minnesota. In 1976, Linda moved to Gillette, WY to start her teaching career in the Campbell County School District as a Physical Education teacher in various elementary schools. Linda was ahead of her time with her belief that all children, regardless of their skill level or disability could be successful in PE and sports activities. She readily accommodated those in need, much like Adaptive PE specialists do now. She also was ahead of her time in recognizing the multiple and varied benefits of having a Ropes Course. Linda facilitated many students and staff through the course providing them with physical, mental and leadership challenges. Also, every summer from the time she was an undergraduate through 2006, she was a counselor in the Bemidji, Minnesota area at the Tamahay Camp For Girls. This sports camp provided opportunities for girls from 8 -18 years old to participate in various sports, horseback riding and water sports. After Linda retired from teaching, she volunteered at several elementary schools with her Sussex Spaniels, Finley and Hartley. Linda and her much loved therapy dogs provided extra reading opportunities and positive emotional support for students with a variety of needs. Because of this, she was featured in the News Record’s 10 Who Made A Difference. Linda assisted Diane Ernst in dog obedience training classes through the Rec Center for years. She also taught classes introducing dog sports such as agility, rally, free style and scent/nose work. Her personal dogs won many awards and certificates for their skills in obedience and nose work trials. Linda was a valued volunteer to Fur Kids Foundation for more than eight years, spending most of the time as a Case Manager; working with families who were needing financial assistance to cover their pet’s emergencies. If there was a case that needed a little extra financial assistance, Linda would pay the difference that FKF couldn’t cover. She always did this anonymously and in her Mom’s memory. Linda meant a lot to many people in the animal community! Linda was an avid Minnesota sports fan! She closely followed the Vikings, Twins, Timberwolves, Gophers and Minnesota Wild. Basically any Minnesota team! If she wasn’t able to watch a game, she listened to it on her phone or computer! Her independent, strong willed nature, incredible sense of humor, kindness and compassion toward others and animals, her love for her dogs and family as well as her deep sense of sisterhood will be greatly missed. Linda was an inspiration to so many people! Linda is survived by her beloved brothers, Dave Tufvesson and Pete Tufvesson, both of Minnesota, and Rick Tufvesson of CA, 5 nephews, 1 niece, 2 great nephews, 4 great nieces, and several heart/soul sisters. A private family service will be held in Minnesota at a later date. Condolences can be sent to Pete Tufvesson 314 East King St., Winona, MN. Please consider donating to Fur Kids Foundation in Linda’s honor.
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