Linda Dorothea Oswald

September 15, 2023
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Linda Dorothea Oswald, age 72, passed away on Friday, September 15, 2023.  She graduated from Marcus Whitman in 1969 and went to Rochester Business Institute. 

Linda was proud of her “career in the service industry” and often commented on how under-appreciated those folks are. She worked at Sigsbees Giant Market in Elmira Heights for two decades and at Tops, True Value and BJ’s in Geneva.

Despite having many health challenges, Linda set the goal of walking 1-2 miles every morning through all weather and achieved that goal up until the day before she died. She died at Strong Memorial hospital of complications of an aneurysm.

Although she never married and lived  alone for most of her adult life, family and loyal friendship were very important to Linda. She was a frequent babysitter for her niece and nephews; and was a devoted caregiver to her mother and to her Aunt Marjorie Oswald Baker in their final years. During the decades she lived in Elmira, Linda  considered Harold and Joyce Wester and daughter Vickie Wester Westbrook as family and enjoyed keeping in touch with them always. Linda had a circle of friends that she called everyday.

Linda is survived by her sister, Gail Oswald; and her brother, Sam Oswald and his partner Regina Rugg; as well her brother’s children, Jeff (Katrina) Oswald, Jill (Randy) Oswald Mickey and Kirby (Tanya) Oswald , and their mother, Carol Oswald.

Linda never wanted a traditional funeral or memorial service and chose to donate her remains to the University of Rochester Anatomical Gift Program. She was proud of being able to help others even after death.  Her remains will be spread on Bristol Mountain by the Gift Program once her work for them is complete. 

In lieu of donations, you may honor Linda’s memory by offering extra support to an aging person in your life, showing extra appreciation to a service provider, or by adding 1000 steps to your daily routine.

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Claudia Carroll from Penn Yan NY on Sep. 17, 2023

This is very sad news. Linda was always so nice to everyone. Sending regrets to her entire family ?

Dorothy Oswald from Stanley, NY on Sep. 17, 2023

So sorry to learn of Linda's death. I'm thinking of you all.

Sincerely, Dorothy

Shirley Oswald-Estruch from Wayland, NY on Sep. 18, 2023

I am so sorry to know of Linda's passing. My thoughts and prayers are for Sam, Gail and their families. Love you all.

Jennie Ewing from Auburn NY on Sep. 18, 2023

I had the pleasure of working with Linda at Valu Home for a number of years. I felt I knew her family and she enjoyed all of you. A very dedicated person and had great faith. I have stayed in touch with her. God welcomes her with open arms. My condolences to all that knew her as she was a gift.

Marion Webb from North Port, Florida on Sep. 18, 2023

I am saddened by Linda's passing. My condolences to her family.
I went to RBI with her and enjoyed our time together during our time there. We did have a few times visiting after that year, she was a good friend. She will definitely be missed. RIP dear friend. Love you

Kathy Smith from Geneseo, NY on Sep. 18, 2023

I was so sorry to hear this sad news. I attended Rochester Business Institute with Linda and lived in the same dorm (across the hall). We had many wonderful times together there and have kept in touch throughout the years. She was a very giving and generous person and I will miss her. My sincere condolences and prayers for her family and friends during this very difficult time. Rest in peace, Linda, we all loved you.

Gail Haines from Port Townsend, WA on Sep. 18, 2023

I only met Linda once, but I remember stories told by Gail, about what a wonderful, “trooper’ she was in helping her get settled in Dominica many years ago. I will pay attention to following her lead on being kind, helpful, appreciative and walking each day.

David Baker from OVERLAND PARK on Sep. 19, 2023

I am so sad to hear this news but I am so blessed to have had Linda in our lives. She was a wonderful person who was so kind, generous and loyal to all that knew her. She cared for my grandmother, Marjorie Baker, which allowed her to continue living in her home throughout her life because of Linda and her serving and caring heart!! Thank you Linda for all you have done for our family and especially my Grandma Marjorie as you will be greatly missed. Your loving and caring spirit will live on through all of us that knew you!! Rest in Peace Linda, as you were loved and appreciated and I know you are smiling down on us from Heaven !!! We love you Linda !

Carol Hallifax from Overland Park, Kansas on Sep. 19, 2023

Linda was such a loving niece to her Aunt Margie. She was a blessing, both a companion and a friend. They did many things together which helped Margie greatly during her later years. My family always enjoyed being with Linda and her extended family when we visited in the area. Linda will be remembered as a kind and loving person. From Carol & Rob Hallifax

Allen Young from Orange on Sep. 29, 2023

Extending sincere sympathy wishes to grieving friends and family members. I'm a friend of Linda's sister Gail in Massachusetts, and Gail spoke often about her sister. My thoughts are with you in a time of loss and sorrow.

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