Linda Jean von Hacht, 75 of Ridgway passed away peacefully at her home, on Saturday, November 6th, 2021 following a brief illness. She was born in Ridgway on October 31st, 1946 to Alice (Park) and William McCloskey. Linda received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Pittsburgh and later earned her Master’s Degree in Education. Linda was a devoted teacher at the Ridgway Area School District for 34 years. Her teaching career brought her great joy.
Linda lived most of her life in Ridgway where she was a member and Senior Warden of the Grace Episcopal Church, on the board of CAPSEA, the Elk County Historical Society, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Service and the Ridgway Mausoleum. Linda was a die-hard Elker fan who rarely missed a sporting event. She, along with several of her closest friends, were affectionately known as the “Gramma Squad.”
One of her greatest gifts was to make those in her life feel welcome, loved, and important. She was often a voice for those who could not find their own. When someone was in need, Linda was the first in line to be there. A teacher by profession and in everyday life, Linda taught us so many lessons. She instilled her core values of gathering, acceptance of others, compassion, and a healthy optimism. A mother to her own children, and a second mother to many, Linda always gave the best of herself to others.
She was preceded in death by her parents William and Alice (Park) McCloskey of Ridgway, and a brother David M. McCloskey of Miamisburg, OH. She is survived by a daughter Kimberly (Charles) Jaques of Ridgway, a son William G. von Hacht of Chula Vista, CA and a daughter Sandra (Stephen) Lawrie of Ridgway. Additionally, she is survived by a sister Sandra J. (Kevin) Gamble of Granby, CT, a brother William P. McCloskey of Oak Park, IL and a brother John P. (Lisa) McCloskey of Cranberry Twp., PA. She is also survived by six grandchildren, two great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at Grace Episcopal Church at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 13 with Rev. Timothy Dyer presiding. Friends and family are invited to a luncheon immediately following the service at the Ridgway Country Club. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CAPSEA, PO Box 464, Ridgway, PA.
Linda will be sadly missed by many but fondly remembered for her larger than life Christmas trees, her expansive maroon and white wardrobe, her door always being open, and her famous chocolate covered strawberries!
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Thompson Funeral Home. Share your online condolences at thompsonfuneralhomepa.com
P.O. Box 464, Ridgway PA 15853