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In Memory Of Linda Hogeland Schlender

In Memory Of Linda Hogeland Schlender

Linda Hogeland Schlender, age 67, of Villa Rica, Georgia, passed away earlier this month after a brief illness. Although she was a legal resident of Villa Rica, Linda still considered her hometown of Gardendale as home.

Linda was employed by Wadley Holdings (Meadowcraft) and served as vice president of Sales until her death. She was a 50-year, dedicated employee of Meadowcraft and loved the patio furniture industry. Linda loved people and loved life, but family always came first.

She will be dearly missed by all who came in contact with her, especially her family. Linda was a very giving person who always put others first. She was preceded in death by her father, William P. “Blackie” Hogeland. She is survived by her mother, Eloise, brother Stan, and Stan’s wife Susan, who she considered a sister that she never had, She was also very close to her niece and nephew, Krisi Handley (Chase) and Keith Hogeland (Diana).

Linda started working for Meadowcraft just after High School, starting in customer service and working her up through the company, eventually being named national sales manager. She also represented Meadowcraft as a sales representative in the early 2000s, along with representing Castelle and Gloster. In 2008, she went back to become the national sales manager for Meadowcraft where she worked every day until her death. 

Linda was truly an icon in the patio furniture industry, and she made an impact on everyone she came in contact with. Rory Rehmert, senior vice president of Sales with Castelle Furniture, worked with Linda for many years at Meadowcraft. Rory shared the following tribute:

“Linda Hogeland and I first met when I joined Meadowcraft in 1991. Working alongside of Linda was always a pleasure. She was a hardworking, honest and sincere person with tremendous passion for the brand. She would take on any task given that would elevate the brand and was a true asset to the company. Very few companies have employees like Linda who dedicated 50 years of her life to one business. She always put the company first and was loved by her sales team and customers.

“Linda loved her family and spoke of them often. Her mom, brother, sister in-law, nephew and niece meant the world to her. She enjoyed time spent with them at the beach and in the Smoky Mountains. Her holidays were always spent surrounded by her family. My daughters grew up while I was at Meadowcraft and they referred to Linda as Aunt Linda. Her passing hit us all hard. She will be remembered as, first and foremost, a warm, friendly, loving person with a great personality.”