Linda J. Furlong
October 22, 1949 - January 2, 2022

Linda J. Furlong

Linda J. Furlong
Oct 22, 1949 - Jan 2, 2022

Linda J. Furlong

MUSCATINE, Iowa -Linda J. Furlong, 72, of Muscatine, passed away on Sunday, January 2, 2022, at her home.

A graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, January 7, 2022, in the Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1:00 pm. until 3:00 p.m. on Friday, January 7, 2022, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital or the Alzheimer's Association. Online condolences may be made at

Linda Furlong was born on October 22, 1949, in Davenport, the daughter of Woodrow and Clara Brugman Fletcher.

Linda earned her degree in nursing at St. Anthony's Hospital in 1969. She worked as a nurse at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. Linda enjoyed hunting for antique treasures, playing cribbage, and listening to music. She was a people person and loved spending time with friends and family.

Those left to honor her memory include, her son, Chad Furlong of Iowa City, two grandchildren, Emma and Jack; and two brothers, William R. Fletcher of Muscatine and Roger Fletcher and his wife, Betsy, of Muscatine.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Woodrow and Clara; a sister Carolyn, in infancy; and a sister-in-law, Millie.


Angie on Jan 13, 2022

Chad, your mom was one in a million! I worked with her at Goodwill back in the day and she went with me to pick out my wedding dress. She will be missed ❤️

Jan Ransom on Jan 12, 2022

Chad So very sorry to read of your Mom's passing. I have fun memories of her. She had such a wonderful smile.

Dan Paetz on Jan 11, 2022

I did not realize the connection between my dear friends---all the have a wonderful sister and we love you all....Sending the comfort of Jesus Your Way today and always...

Dan Paetz on Jan 11, 2022

What a lady...Linda was so kind and fun...amazing lady....thinking about the entire family and especially my special friend Chad during this time....You are a great son and Mom loved you dearly---you were her SuperHero...Blessings and Love To You and Your Family today and always....

Kathy and John Witte on Jan 9, 2022

We were very saddened to hear of Linda's passing. I have a lot of childhood memories living across the street from the Fletcher's. Great neighborhood to grow up in. Linda was always smiling and had a great laugh. She will be remembered and her family will be in our prayers.

Joanna Minder on Jan 8, 2022

CandleChad Furlong & family -
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. Last time, I had saw her was at Riverside Casino with Peggy Shield. I can’t remember if she was winning, but she was smiling.
My apologies for missing the services. I live out of town now.
Prayers to you and your family.

My Condolences,
Joanna Minder & Kids

Craig Axel on Jan 7, 2022

So sorry to hear of Linda's passing...

Ty Schliesman on Jan 7, 2022

Chad my heart broke when I heard the news of your mom's passing. She was an awesome lady and absolutely loved all of your friends. Her smile was contagious. I pray for you and your family for your loss. Love you buddy! Ty Schliesman, Christy, Ben .and Julia.

Diana Kuhlenbeck. on Jan 6, 2022

Chad, Atari, Emma,and Jack, Your Momma and Nana adored you with all her heart! Loved hearing the stories and praise she shared poured on all of you! She will be missed SO much by so many. My deepest sympathies and love to all.

Anita Arington Wingerter on Jan 5, 2022

Linda was a gentle and kind women without a mean bone in her body! After my sister Gayla died Linda was a companion to my Mother taking her places my Brother was hesitant to go. She knew how to find her some fun! Anita Wingerter .

Emma Furlong on Jan 5, 2022

Some of my fondest childhood memories are of spending time at my nana’s. Searching for lady bugs she hid in the house for me to find, playing video games on her TV, swimming in the pool in her backyard, having easter egg hunts on easter, and especially going to her house every christmas. She absolutely loved Christmas and always made it so magical for me and my brother when we were little, she spoiled us so much. Christmas will never be the same without her. I always thought the vintage things she had in her house were so fun. My brother and I were obsessed with this old him all machine that she had in her kitchen. She was the most fun and loving lady, and she loved being a grandma. She always let me and my brother know how much she loved us, and we loved her too. We’re going to miss her so much.
Love you Nana

Tribute Store on Jan 5, 2022

With heartfelt condolences - we will miss Nana

Carla and Gene Paxton on Jan 5, 2022

Our heart goes out to Chad and the rest of her family, she will be missed.

Tom Brugman on Jan 4, 2022

Hey Cuz' --you and your smile will always be in my prayers. Your Parents gave me a home for many years -- Thanks for sharing! Tom Brugman & Mary

Bob Fiedler on Jan 4, 2022

Roger and Bill, sorry to hear of Linda’s passing, I remember her always with a smile and ready to have fun. Take, Bob Fiedler

Nancy Taube on Jan 4, 2022

I'm so sorry to hear of Linda's passing. Working with her at Hon for a number of years was great fun. She always brought joy to the day.

Mike Witte on Jan 4, 2022

I am saddened at hearing this news of Linda’s passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to Chad and his family and to Roger and Bill and their families. We lived across the street from Linda, Clara, Woody, and the boys for 10 years. She was “ one of the guys”, part of what one of the neighbors called the West End gang which included Greg Lindle, Mike Lazio, Jimmy Luedtka. Linda and I shared a birthday and I last spoke with her in October, 2020. I called her on her BD last October and didn’t make the connection that time, regrettably. She was a great help to our family by helping take care of my younger sisters after my mother died. I renewed my friendship with her years after me moved from town when I attended the U of Iowa. Mike Furlong and I were on a flag football team called “The Furlongs” and we came in second place in the 180 team all University tournament and, boy, did we celebrate, including Baby Chad at the time. Linda had an infectious laugh and a winning smile. My birthday next year will not feel quite the same. Despite her death, thoughts of her will always bring a smile to my face. God rest her soul. Mike Witte

Ted Blaesing on Jan 4, 2022

Chad and Family,
Linda and I were classmates for 13 years from kindergarten until graduation from Hayes in 1967. Linda and my wife Loretta looked so much alike that the nuns often comfused the two of them at Hayes. So many wonderful memories of her. She was a HUGE part of our lives. We would often sit on the steps in front of her house after the guys had played football, baseball or basketball across the street and talk for hours...until the street lights came on and I had to peddle my bike as fast as I could back home. Please know that we loved her and will miss her. Our sympathies!

Mike Lazio on Jan 4, 2022

So sorry to learn of Linda's passing. I spent significant time at her home with Mike Witte & Greg Lindle while we were growing up in her neighborhood. We shared many fond memories of our times together. Mike Lazio

Raine Daufeldt on Jan 3, 2022

To Chad and the rest of the Fletcher and Furlong family
Linda and I were always pushing the boundaries of what we could get away with from taking shopping excursions between classes to “borrowing” her neighbor’s motorcycle and learning how to drive it as we went around town
It was making our own fun and we sure had some adventures along the way
Her quick wit and charm kept us safe from the authorities…at school as well as at home
She came on a surprise visit to SF and yelled my name out as she entered my place of work, I knew right away it was her, only Fletcher would do that
Even though distance and different lives kept us apart, we could always pick up where we left off and found such pleasure in reflecting on our past
She was a pleasure to know and call a great friend
She will be missed but memories of her will always be with all of us
Raine Daufeldt

Mike Morrissey on Jan 3, 2022

Linda was a good friend and always fun to be around. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Matt Barnhart on Jan 3, 2022

Chad and family,
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. I enjoyed her so much when we were young. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Matt Barnhart & family

Heather Miller Hjelle on Jan 3, 2022

Chad and family,
I am so sad to hear of your loss. I have such happy memories of Christmas Eves when Rose and your Mom lived next to each other. My thoughts will be with you.
Heather Miller Hjelle

Jane Daufeldt on Jan 3, 2022

My sincere condolences go out to the Fletchers and Furlongs, especially to Chad and his family.
Linda was a bestie of my sister, Raine and like a little sister. Those two were always up for an adventure… riding motor cycles, cruising Muscatine, causing a whole lot of fun… Loved to hear Linda’s laugh-it was infectious! I’m sure she is having a blast in Heaven!
God bless you!



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Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home
1931 Houser Street
Muscatine, IA 52761
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Graveside Service

Memorial Park Cemetery
3300 Mulberry Avenue
Muscatine, Iowa 52761
3:00 PM

Celebration Of Life

Overlook Ballroom
101 W Mississippi Drive
Muscatine , IA, United States 52761
3:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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