Linda Jean Hamilton, 61, of 21697 Star Route, Meadville, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, at UPMC Hamot Medical Center, Erie.
Linda was born in Meadville on April 30, 1952, a daughter of the late Robert “Ace” and Gertrude “Gert” (Vega) Hornstein. On June 17, 1972, she married Gary F. Hamilton; he survives.
Linda was currently employed by the Pennsylvania State Police, Meadville, as a communications officer. She had previously been employed by Erie Industrial Electric and the Crawford County District Attorney’s office. Linda was a 1970 graduate of Meadville High School.
She enjoyed baking, cooking, knitting, playing cards each month with her card club and spending time with family and friends at “the cottage.” In addition to being a mother to her children, whom she loved very much, she was also known as “Mother Linda” to many friends and coworkers at the Pennsylvania State Police Barracks in Meadville. Linda’s greatest passion in life was spending time with her beloved grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, Gary, of 41 years, Linda is survived by a daughter, Marcie Ann Pifer and her companion, Shawn Rhoades, of Meadville; a son, Matthew A. Hamilton and his wife, Kate, of West Springfield, Mass.; five grandchildren, Kayla, Morgan and Sara Pifer, Dillon and Luke Hamilton; three brothers, Ronald Hornstein and his wife, Carole, David Hornstein and his wife, Judy, and Tom Hornstein and his wife, Christy, all of Meadville; nieces and nephews, James Hornstein of Alaska, Jeff Hornstein and his wife, Rebecca, of Meadville, Shawn Hornstein and his wife, Jackie, of Pittsburgh, Holly Ruggiere of Texas, Alicia, Samantha and Libby Hornstein of Meadville; great-nieces and great-nephews, Macy and Isaak Hornstein, Carmen Catalano and Savanah Hornstein; and best friend, Sally Howles of Venango.
In addition to her parents, Linda was preceded in death by a brother, William Hornstein.
Calling hours were on Friday and are also today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Stephen P. Mizner Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc., 404 Chestnut St., Meadville, where funeral services will be held at 1, with Pastor Kenneth Hough of Watson Run Church of God officiating.
Interment will take place in Greendale Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
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