Linda R. Kurella
July 16, 1939 ‒ October 24, 2018
Mount Vernon, Ohio
Linda Railingshafer Kurella, age 79, of Hall Drive, Mount Vernon, Ohio passed away Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at OSU Ross Heart Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Pittsburgh July 16, 1939–the daughter of Carl and Elizabeth Railingshafer.
She attended Penn Hills High School in Pittsburgh. Linda met her husband John while they both worked at the University of Pittsburgh. They were married June 30, 1962. Their abiding love for one another informed and defined their life with their children, grandchildren and friends. Every life Linda touched was made better by the kindness, compassion, and unconditional love she shared.
Linda’s life in Mount Vernon was centered around family and friends; church and her creative endeavors. Linda and John shared their commitment to faith as members of Gay Street United Methodist Church. She loved singing in the church choir, attending Sunday school, Bible Study, and serving on the church’s board. Her passion for sewing and creativity flourished as an avid quilter and in her participation with several quilting groups. She enjoyed her book clubs and bridge groups and her many, many friendships. Linda and John shared a passion for jazz, dancing, and gourmet cooking.
Linda contributed to her community while also working several meaningful jobs. She proudly worked at the New Directions Women’s Shelter, with hospice care in Mount Vernon, and dedicated many years to Kenyon College as the Secretary to the Dean of Admissions.
Linda is survived by sisters Beth Snoke and Shelly Gebar; son Eric and wife Carol Kurella; daughter Amy and husband Dave Jones; son James and wife Jordan Kurella; niece Julia Gebar; grandchildren, Allen and wife Heather Kurella; Kaitlyn and husband Geoff Rosenaw; Karleighana and David John Jones, III; John Paul and Stacey Brown; Tausha and Jon Terland; her great-great grandchildren, Alexis, Jonny, and Alivia; and Brittney, Ashley, Zoey.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, July 27, 2019 the Gay Street United Methodist Church, 18 North Gay St.., Mount Vernon with Rev. Karen Oehl officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Linda Railingshafer Kurella.
Memorial contributions in Linda’s name can be made to New Directions of Mt. Vernon Ohio, visit www.NewDirectionsShelter.org.
To share a memory or leave condolences for the family, visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
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