Linda A Church-Flynn, 72, of Evansville, passed away on Thursday, June 23, 2022, at her home.

She was born on Oct. 21, 1949, at Stoughton Hospital, the daughter of Lois R. Flynn Thompson and William B. Flynn, Jr.

She graduated from Brodhead High School in 1968, and she graduated from Madison Accredited Cosmetology School in 1969.

Linda was married in 1970 to Keith Church, and they had two sons together, Bret K. Church and Bradley W. Church. They owned Stone Tavern.

Family and friends remember her as an awesome mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother; a loving, caring, thoughtful, respectful person, who always helped everyone and considered everyone as her family.

She got divorced in 1977 and never remarried.  She said “Once was enough!”

In 1974, she worked for her mom, Lois Peterson, and step-father, Pete Peterson.  She worked with her mom for 22 years and then purchased the family business in 1997. She worked at Pete’s for 48 years total.  She also owned Lins Main Street Salon and also had Flinnagans Bar and Grill in Brodhead for 9 years.

Her fondest memories were getting her driver’s license, graduating from high school, having two sons, opening her own salon and two bars, getting to be with grandchildren and great-grandchildren, having a great-grandchild, Savannah, born on her birthday, Thanksgiving to give out food and be open so everyone had a place to go, Christmas for the children, working with her mom for 22 years, then working with her sons in the family business, helping everyone, trying to give family everything they needed and just being with them, Colin Reese most loyal customer of Pete’s and getting a tattoo of Pete’s on his leg.

She is preceded in death by her father and mother, step-father Pete Peterson, son Bradley W. Church, grandson William B. Church, daughter-in-law Rhonda Church, niece Stacey Flynn, ex-husband Keith Church, in-laws Roy and Lee Church.

She is survived by Gary Topp, significant other for many years; Bret (Sheri) Church and their children, Joshua (Katlyn), and kids, Ethan, Lara, Bryce (Claudia) Blake, Phil (Alicia) Hoops and kids, Westly (Aimee) Hoops and kids, Jordan Steig, Jason (Lisa) Sonnentag, Justin (Toni) Sonnentag, LeAnn Alf and kids, Kelly (Ryan) Luedy and kids, daughter-in-law: Robin Milbrandt and her children: Breanna (Will) Cottrell, Rochelle (Matt Fisher) Church, Jon (Alison), Becky, James,  and Jesse Cothard; great-grandchildren, Bentley Church, Savannah Cottrell, Hallie Cottrell, Marley Church; step-son, Tony Wickersham; brother, Steve Flynn and his children, Jenny (Nick) Oppedahl, Julie Flynn and kids; sister, Shirley (VicterBeggs) Sauer and her children, Todd (Lisa) Sauer, Matt Sauer, Eric Sauer and their children, Aunt Queenie and her children, Larry (Sheri) and Terry (Jill); cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

If we forgot to name anyone, just know everyone who came to Pete’s, you’re all family and she loved all of you very much.

She wanted everyone to be happy, party, have fun, not to be sad.  She loved all of you forever, and her famous line was, “Thank you for coming to Pete’s Inn, the fun spot.”

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 1, at the Ward-Hurtley Funeral Home.

Burial will follow at St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery in Albany.  Visitation will be held on Friday at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until the start of services.