Linda Marek, former owner of County Cafe on Main in Grantsburg, died Monday at her home in Grantsburg, surrounded by family. She was 62.

Linda worked for many years at the Kozy Kitchen in Grantsburg before purchasing the downtown Country Cafe, which she ran until her retirement last winter.

The full obituary appears below.


May 20, 1955 - March 19, 2018

Linda Kay Marek, age 62, of Grantsburg, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 19, 2018 at her home, with family by her side.

Linda was born in Grantsburg on May 20, 1955 to parents, Jerry and Sharon (Clark) Marek.

Linda attended Grantsburg area schools from elementary to high school. She worked for 30 years in the restaurant and hospitality industry, beginning her career in 1988 at Kozy Kitchen in Grantsburg. Linda later hosted the community at her Country Café on Main until her recent retirement last winter. Linda loved the work that she did and her customers were always made to feel like family. She found joy in helping others by organizing teddy bear drives for local hospitals and police departments.

Linda had a knack for decorating and was always on the hunt for the next piece to add to her collection. She was also very creative and talented in sewing, crafting, quilting, and needlepoint. She enjoyed plant and flower gardening and spending time outside. Above all, Linda cherished time with her family and friends while hosting them at her home or lake cabin.

Linda is survived by her father, Jerry Marek of Grantsburg; daughters, Kelly (Shawn) Anderson of Lynnwood, WA and Danielle (Brian) Defreese of Marysville, WA; grandchildren, Alex, Joscelyn, and Kaitlyn; sisters, Sue (Steve) Van Meter of Springbrook, WI and Coke (Bruce) Scheider of Grantsburg; nieces and nephews, Dawn, Shawn, Jeremy, Justin, Jeremiah, and Jerry; numerous great-nieces, great-nephews, other loving family and many friends.

Linda was preceded in death by her mother, Sharon Marek; grandmother, Midge Marek; brother, Scott Marek; and brother-in-law, Allen Albee.

A Memorial Visitation honoring the life of Linda Marek will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at the Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home in Grantsburg. Online condolences may be expressed at

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