In loving memory of

Linda L. Shield
February 15, 1948 - May 18, 2020

MUSCATINE, Iowa - Linda L. Shield, 72, passed away on May 18, 2020, at her home.

A private graveside service will be held. Reverend Brandon Nygaard will officiate. The pallbearers will be her grandchildren. The Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. Online condolences may be made at

Linda was born in Iowa City, on February 15, 1948, the daughter of Wayne and Chrisetta Cox Paulson. She married Michael S. Shield Sr. on August 31, 1968, in West Branch.

Linda was a member of Mulford Evangelical Free Church. She enjoyed her family, cooking, and nature.

Linda is survived by her husband, Michael Shield Sr. of Muscatine; one son, Michael Shield Jr. and his wife, Susanne, of Muscatine; two daughters, Stacy Olson and her husband, Bret, of Muscatine and Julie Hansen and her husband, Scott, of Iowa City; twelve grandchildren, Benjamin, Samuel, Rebekah, Leah, Elizabeth, Hannah, Caleb, Tyler, Kate, Eli, Isabel, and Emmitt; one great granddaughter, Faith; one brother, Wally Paulson of West Branch; and one sister Jennette Thomas of West Branch.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Jayson Paulson.


Linda Zimmer Gilbride wrote on May 23, 2020:

"Mike, I am so sorry for your family's loss of Linda. I remember so well all of you on Sundays at Mulford."

Beth Kightlinger wrote on May 21, 2020:

"Stacy, I am so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed getting to know Your Mom in the years I was Kate?s babysitter. She loved spending time with her family and I am privileged to have known her. "

Karen Hessel wrote on May 21, 2020:

"I have so many good memories of time spent with Linda. She had a beautiful Christian soul and I will miss our times together. The last year has been difficult for us to connect and I am sorry that all the years she supported me I wasn't able to do the same for her. The memories I have of her will be with me forever and I will remember her as a cherished friend. My heart goes out to Mike and all of the family. I know that there will be difficult days ahead and all of you will experience it in your own way. Linda fought hard to be with you as long as she could and her love for you is unending, you will always have place in your heart. So many things will bring both good memories and some sadness. I loved her as a friend and will certainly hold tight to the memories of good times. Prayers to all of you and may God's peace that passes all understanding help you through this time. Karen Hessel "

Wanda Bryant wrote on May 20, 2020:

"Julie, Scott & Family: I want to express deep sympathy to your family in the loss of Julie's Mom. My heart knows this kind of hurt and it is so difficult to carry on without that wonderful Mom being by your side. I will hold your entire family up in my prayers. I also know Mike and Bret casually and want to extend my sympathy to their families as well. Mike & I did some business together when I owned a shop in downtown Muscatine many years ago and Bret I know from his HS sports days and from seeing him at the Y and he is acquainted with my husband, as well. I hope it helps knowing others will pray for your aching hearts to ease and that having friends & family to share your pain alongside you will enrich this difficult time now and in the future. May you all find comfort in the love you all have for your Mom (MIL), Grandma and for one another. Lean on each other and remember that she will always be in your hearts and minds. I remember the best piece of advice I was ever given was to remember that everyone grieves at their own pace and in their own way, don't be hard on another family member because your pace is ahead of theirs or say you think "it's been long enough, and you need to move forward or let go." Be kind and loving. Wishing all of you peace at heart knowing your Mom is whole and healed and sitting at God's right hand waiting for her wings to use to watch over all of you for the rest of your lives. Wanda Bryant "

john manjoine wrote on May 20, 2020:

"Very sorry for the loss of wife & mother. Our prayers always. John & Sherri Manjoine"

Betsy Fletcher wrote on May 20, 2020:

"Dear Stacey and Family, Your Mother is now at peace in the loving arms of God. Our prayers are with you. Love, Roger and Betsy Fletcher"

Carrie Schroeder wrote on May 20, 2020:

"So sorry to hear of Linda?s passing! She was like a second mom during my early years - always welcoming, providing snacks and meals, keeping the candy jar filled;), and sharing her infectious laugh. My heart goes out to all the family! "

DONMAHRAUN wrote on May 19, 2020:

"So sorry for your loss she was a great lady and will be greatly missed by all. Don Mahraun"

Kathy Potter wrote on May 19, 2020:

"Linda was one of the most helpful, friendly person that made us feel welcome when we first came to Mulford. She drove to my house once and got lost so she went the PO for directions. Went to a ladies retreat with her once angry got to know her better. Will miss her a lot. Sweet Lady."

Dyann Roby wrote on May 19, 2020:

"May memories comfort your grieving heart. Peace be with you. Dyann & Dave Roby"

Joelle McConnaha wrote on May 19, 2020:

"I am so sorry for your loss. Praying you will have peace in the memories of her. I know how special she was to all of you. "

Marti and Steve Walker wrote on May 18, 2020:

"Mike, Michael, Stacy, and Julie - so sorry to hear of Linda's passing. She was such a sweet and tender woman. May God comfort you and give you peace. Marti and Steve Walker"

Sharon and Tom Hatfield wrote on May 18, 2020:

"Linda was devoted to her faith, to Mike and to her wonderful family. She so enjoyed talking about the family and her twelve grandkids. She loved to cook and to care for Mike through nearly fifty-two years of marriage. She also loved her flowers and watching the birds, especially the cardinals. She had a wonderful sense of humor and was a good friend to all. We will miss our evening visits around the fire pit as we watched the Mississippi flow by and sipped on a glass of her favorite wine. Sweet dreams dear friend. Sharon and Tom Hatfield"

Charles Velasquez wrote on May 18, 2020:

"I am saddened by this news. My early years at Mulberry School was a special time, and Linda, Mike and the Shield family was a part of that. She was always willing to help in any way she could. Mulberry School was better because of parents like Linda. - Mr. V."

Rose Danay wrote on May 18, 2020:

"I am so sorry for your loss especially at this time with the Covid . You are in my thoughts and prayers. Rose Danay"