Linda Lerch Vitek

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Linda Lerch Vitek
June 16, 1949 to July 17, 2018

Linda Sue Lerch Vitek, 69, passed away Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at the Elkader Care Center. She was born June 16, 1949, in Oelwein, to Lawrence and Erma (Stannard) Lerch. She completed grades K-12 at Oran and Elkader Schools, graduating with the Central Class of 1967. Following graduation, she went to St. Luke’s School of Nursing, graduating in 1970. She worked 3- plus years at St. Luke’s on 3 West and 5 Central, and later at Gastroenterologists, P.C. She was a very sweet, caring, loving person and her personality certainly helped her be an awesome nurse.

She married John Bateman and to this union, son Mike Bateman, was born. The couple later divorced. Linda met Gary Vitek and was married on May 6, 1978, and to this union, son Joe Vitek was born. She had much pride and love for her family, especially her three granddaughters. She enjoyed many a conversation with her special friends and classmates over the years.

Survivors include her son Joe (Tanya) Vitek; granddaughters, Riley Bateman, Trini Vitek and Lillie Vitek; step-mother, Edith Seitz; brothers, Larry (Janis) Lerch, Lon Lerch, Loren (Evonne) Lerch; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Linda was preceded in death by her mother, Erma (Stannard) Lerch; father, Lawrence Lerch; husband, Gary Vitek; son, Mike Bateman; stepmother, Marie (Katschkowsky) Lerch; sister-in-law, Chris Lerch; mother-in-law, Margaret Vitek and father-in-law, Floyd Vitek.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials be directed to Central Community Ambulance, Elkader.

A visitation was held from 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 29, 2018, and after 9:30 Monday, July 30, 2018, all at Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 30, 2018, at Peace United Church of Christ. Inurnment was at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.

Leonard-Grau Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Elkader assisted the family. Online condolences may be left with

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