May 20, 1949 - June 10, 2014 It is with great sadness that the family of Linda Beth MacDonald announces her passing in Ottawa, Ontario on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 aft er a courageous battle following a stem cell transplant.
Linda was born on Friday, May 20, 1949 in Fort Frances, Ontario to the late Frank and Fern Pochailo and lived her life in Fort Frances. She attended commercial business school in Winnipeg following graduation from the Fort Frances High School and worked as a secretary at the Fort Frances High and Westfort Schools.
On May 2, 1975 she married Jim MacDonald and became his partner in love, life and business at MacDonald Motors Ltd. For 32 years as they built their business, they were two who truly stood as one.
Linda lived life with great style and generosity. Her family and friends were especially important to her and she cherished each moment shared with them.
For many years she and Jim enjoyed weekends at their lake home at Bears Pass. Linda was a wonderful homemaker and enjoyed spending time in her home and yard. She took pride as a business woman supporting many local causes and charities both in Fort Frances and International Falls. She participated in many community and business events all with a radiant smile and great enthusiasm.
She was also a member of St. Mary’s Church, CWL and the Hospital Auxiliary.
Linda is survived by her husband Jim along with her brother Jim (Lori) Pochailo and sister Barbara Kircher. Also surviving are nieces Christina (Chris) Green, Nicole (Matt) Bowering, nephews Frank (Kristy) Pochailo, James (Kristyn) Asplund, Ross Kircher, great nieces Cadence, Alice and Hazel Bowering, Scarlett Asplund and great nephews Casey, Kyle, and Tyson Green and special family friend Donna Lowey. Linda was a very caring person and will be greatly missed by all.
She was predeceased by her parents Frank and Fern Pochailo, sister Janet Asplund, brother-in-law Greg Asplund, niece Lauren Asplund, father-in-law Bill MacDonald and mother-in-law Vivian MacDonald.
Funeral mass was held on Monday, June 16, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church with Father Victor DeGagne offi ciating.
Friends visited with the family on Sunday, June 15, 2014 from 7 until 8 p.m. at Green Funeral Home.
Vigil prayers were off ered at 7:30 p.m.
Th e honourary pallbearers were Joe and Joan Bolzan, Bill and Peggy Johnson, Lawrence Eustace, Larry Phillips, Norma Carter, Lolly Brunetta, Donna Lowey and Verna Roy.
Th e active pallbearers were Ross Kircher, James Asplund, Frank Pochalio, Bob Pochailo, Bill Pochailo and Chris Green.
If friends so desire in memoriam donations may be made to then Canadian Cancer Society, Box 444, Fort Frances, Ontario P9A 3M8 or in care of Green Funeral Home, Box 427, Fort Frances, Ontario P9A 3M8.
On-line condolences may be made in care of www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com