Linda Mae Bothe
Linda Mae Bothe died September 4 at her home in Brisas de Chapala at the age of 76.
Bothe was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 30, 1937. After graduating from Mary D. Bradford High School, Kenosha, Wisconsin, she attended nursing school in Oak Park, Illinois.
In 1956, Bothe moved with her family to Mt. Calvary, Wisconsin, where she met her husband Ron Bothe from the Ron Harvey Orchestra. They were married for more than 40 years, and had one child, Bill Bothe. Her husband predeceased her on August 16, 1998.
Bothe became an interior designer and worked at Kramer Bros. Furniture Store and then as a kitchen designer for a large lumber company. Later she worked as a radio show host at KFIZ radio, and as the marketing director for Star Cablevision of Wisconsin. She was sent by Star Cablevision and Jones Communications to start a cable company in Mexico City. Bothe also worked for Uecker-Witt Funeral Home before retiring in 2003.
Bothe met Chuck Balnis on March 2005 and two years later moved to their “paradise” by Lake Chapala, where they enjoyed seven glorious years together.
Bothe was a caring person who loved life. She was admired and loved by many for her positive attitude and effervescent personality. She was an inspiration to all who knew her. Rain or shine as in sickness and health she greeted every day with a positive remark.
Bothe loved spending time with her son Bill, daughter-in-law Betsy and granddaughter Paisley. She is survived by her life partner Chuck Balnis, sister Diane (Jim) Hausinger, and three brothers, Bill (Patsy) Mowery, Frank (Dawn) Mowery and Don Mowery; as well as many nieces and nephews and her loyal dogs Chas, Ally, Bo and Rambo. She will be forever missed.