18 November 2016


ON Monday, 14 NOV 16, I was driving home to Scandia, PA for a family funeral when I heard Gwen Ifill died, having lost her fight with cancer. My Aunt Linda lost her fight with cancer on 10 NOV 16. Cancer doesn't care if you are famous, it strikes all kinds of people. Both were strong ladies of faith that cancer took from us too soon. The church was full of family and friends who loved Linda and are missing her. I'll bet the same was true at Gwen Ifill's funeral too. I know you will rest in peace Aunt Linda until that day the trumpet sounds! If you would like to honor my Aunt Linda's life, or the life of anyone you know who is fighting cancer, is a cancer survivor or has been taken from you by cancer please make a donation to your local chapter of the American Cancer Society . 
Linda Schwanke

Linda E. Schwanke, 69, of Greenhurst, passed away Thursday, November 10, 2016 in WCA Hospital surrounded by loved ones.
She was the wife of Donald A. Schwanke, whom she married July 16, 1983.
Linda was born March 10, 1947 in Pomfret, NY, and was an active member of Fluvanna Community Church.
Her family was her number one passion and they will forever remember her love and kind hugs. Heaven has now gained a beautiful soul.
An avid NASCAR fan, Linda knew all of the drivers and teams and enjoyed talking about any race.
In addition to her husband, surviving are two daughters, Michele (Anthony) Carey and Shannon Schwanke, both of Denver, CO; four granddaughters: Chanelle, Ashley, Nicole and Lauren and a grandson, William; as well as five greatgrandchildren, two sisters and three brothers.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Fluvanna Community Church. The Rev. Dayle F. Keefer will officiate. The family will greet friends in the fellowship hall of the church following the service Tuesday.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in honor of Linda Schwanke to the American Cancer Society, Memorials Center, P.O. Box 7, E. Syracuse, NY 13057.
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