Linda A. Sholander

Born on 12/09/1948

Departed on 07/26/2013

Resided in Spotsylvania County, Virginia

Linda Armstrong Sholander, 64, of Spotsylvania County, passed away Friday, July 26, 2013 at Mary Washington Hospital.

Linda was a teacher for more than 30 years and a librarian for Stafford County Elementary Schools.

Survivors include her mother, Betty Armstrong.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, August 2 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made in her name to the Fredericksburg SPCA, 10819 Courthouse Rd., Fredericksburg, VA 22408.

28 thoughts on Linda A. Sholander

  1. Susan Combs on said:

    Linda was such a joy to know & work with at Hampton Oaks Elementary. She has left us way too soon.

  2. Renee Sellers on said:

    She always had a smile and a kind word to say to you. I will miss our talks. Rest in peace my friend. God Bless

  3. Mary Weaver Mann on said:

    Dear Betty,
    The care and devotion Linda afforded you was deeply felt.
    I could tell this from our conversations about you. So, remember her love and all the good things, and know that God loves you both very much.

  4. Elizabeth Broadstone on said:

    I had the pleasure of working with Linda at Hampton Oaks Elementary for many years. She was a classy lady filled with love for her students. Linda was Hampton Oak’s first math lead teacher as well as a fourth grade teacher. As such, Linda helped initiate our first Math and Science Nights which were huge successes. Linda then became our school’s media specialist. She captured students’ interest for books and made the children enthusiastic about reading. I am sure there are many students who have fond memories of her. I feel privileged to have known Linda. Her light will always shine in the memories of those who were fortunate to know her. Blessings to those who loved Linda.

  5. Linda Nesbitt on said:

    I had the privilege and pleasure to work with Linda at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library. She and I had many good talks over the years. Both being such dog lovers we had many discussions about our canine companions. Linda was a wonderful person and I am blessed for having known her.

  6. Vickie Clinehens on said:

    I knew Linda as a practicum student in her 4th grade class and later when I came to work at Hampton Oaks. The thing I will remember most about Linda was her sense of humor. She had a special way of putting you at ease with her dry zingers! She was a very special lady who commanded respect because she was such a formidible presence yet had a heart of gold. She will be greatly missed. My prayers and sympathy are with all who mourn her loss.

  7. Betsey Ellis on said:

    Linda was one of my favorite co-workers at CRRL. We were both former Stafford teachers and also enjoyed exchanging stories about our dogs. Linda’s sense of humor was contagious, and I always felt happier after working with her at the library. She was a good friend, and I will miss her.

  8. Jeanne Grab on said:

    I had the privilege of working with Linda at CRRL, but as retired school librarians we could take walks down memory lane. Many times she made me laugh as we related our similar experiences in our schools. It is with great sorrow that I say – she will be missed.

  9. Dotty Lin on said:

    I will forever remember Linda who welcomed me into the Hampton Oaks family my first year of teaching. I will always think of her fondly.

  10. Jean Ross on said:

    I had the pleasure of working with Linda at Hampton Oaks ES. She was a wonderful teacher. She will be sadly missed.

  11. Benjamin Leitner on said:

    Ms. Sholander was my fourth grade teacher at Hampton Oaks when I was in 4th grade. She inspired me to become a teacher. 15 years later I am a teacher for SCPS. Ms. Solander was my favorite teacher and she will be missed. I remember her picking me out of my third grade class, while we stood in line for the restroom, that I was the one that she wanted to have in her class because I stood tall and was quiet when we were asked. From that day she had me hooked. She loved Cool Ranch Doritos and during snack time students begged to please her by bringing in her favorite snack. If you were lucky, you were the student chosen to go to the vending machine to get her favorite soda, Diet Coke. Being so young, we loved to please her. I will miss her so much.

  12. Sharon Leyva on said:

    Linda Sholander was a great colleague and master of teaching. I will always remember her fondly. I loved receiving her fourth graders into my fifth grade classes because I knew they had been well prepared. I admired Linda because she cared for others, had a great sense of humor, and stood up for what was right. Rest in Peace.

  13. Nancy Coll on said:

    I was Linda’s Principal for 5 years at Hampton Oaks. she was one awesome lady who loved children and was very dedicated to her students and colleagues. She will be missed by many.

  14. Maureen Wade on said:

    Linda was a teacher and/or librarian for all 4 of our children. She knew how to bring out the best in her students. I enjoyed Linda’s sense of humor and heart of gold. May she rest in peace!

  15. Janice Raspen on said:

    Linda and I were librarians in Stafford together, and I had the great privilege of introducing Linda when she won School Librarian of the Year for our region several years ago. She had a great sense of humor, and I am very sorry to hear of her passing.

  16. Kim Austin on said:

    I had the honor of working with Linda as a first year principal to Hampton Oaks. Her sense of humor, kind heart and passion for our profession were evident on a daily basis. I remember her willingness to help out and her uncanny ability to make new people feel at ease. Her contributions to the many lives she touched will certainly be remembered forever.

  17. Matt Strine on said:

    I had the pleasure of working with Linda at Hampton Oaks when I began my teaching career. As a principal now, Linda is exactly the type of educator I’d love to have in my building as she was not only a ray of sunshine for the students, but a true inspiration for the type if educator we should all strive to be. She will be greatly missed by many!

  18. Jo Fitzgerald on said:

    I had the pleasure of working with Linda at Hampton Oaks. She was a wonderful classroom teacher and media specialist. She had a great sense of humor and a kind heart. She was dedicated to the success of our students and our school. She will be missed. Rest in peace, Linda.

  19. Carolyn Jeanine Hunt on said:

    Mrs.Sholander was my fourth grade teacher at Hampton Oaks, and has always been my favorite teacher. My deepest sympathy goes out to her family and close friends in these times.

  20. Christine Carlson on said:

    I knew Linda during my years teaching at Hampton Oaks Elementary, and funnily enough we met up again when I began working for the public library (CRRL). Linda was part mentor, all friend. She was funny, honest, and to the point. She loved her kids and books fiercely, always standing up for what was important in a school library. I was so sad to hear of her passing and wish I could have given her one last hug.

  21. Annie Hocter on said:

    Linda was so welcoming to me as a new employee here at the library, and five years later, she still had a smile for me whenever I saw her. Her shining presence will be sorely missed by all who were blessed to know her.
    Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of the faithful departed, through the Mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

  22. Catherine Thoerig on said:

    I remember Linda when she taught at Widewater Elementary. She was my son’s beloved 2nd grade teacher. He remembers her love of football and how she would throw the ball around with the boys at recess. She interacted loving with her students and they enjoyed every day in her classroom. She’ll always be remembered fondly by me and my family.

  23. Laurel Steckel on said:

    Linda was the fourth grade teacher for all 3 of our children at Hampron Oaks ES. Our oldest son was lucky enough to be assigned to her classroom and I requested her for the next two. They each adored her and will always remember her. I was room mother and frequently volunteered in her classroom during those 3 years and it was a pleasure to watch her teach. It is clear she has touched so many lives and will be greatly missed!

  24. Sue Griffin on said:

    Linda and I had a wonderful 24 year friendship. We were colleagues and teammates in 4th grade at Hampton Oaks where we were always pranking each other. We continued our friendship outside of teaching. I will miss our dinners and long talks. My thoughts and prayers are with Linda’s mother and her beloved dog Katie. I know Linda will be missed by all those whose lives she touched. Friends forever and ever, rest in peace.

  25. Michele Kawood on said:

    I was very fortunate to get to know Mrs. Sholander when she was the librarian at Hampton Oaks Elementary School. She had such a terrific sense of humor and positive outlook on the teaching experience. We were early birds, and we shared a love of General Hospital. Almost every morning, as I passed through the library to get to my classroom, we chatted about the ridiculous soap opera story lines and the gorgeousness of Dr. Patrick Drake, her secret crush at the time. May she rest in peace, and may her memory be eternal.

  26. Laureen Ivanchishin on said:

    I remember Linda with a smile because she was always ready to share one. I owe my first teaching job at Hampton Oaks to her recommendation. She was a generous mentor, and I was always inspired by the connections she made with her students. Thank you, Linda for touching so many lives and making a difference.

  27. Betty Del Toro on said:

    I had the pleasure of working with Linda at Hampton Oaks in the library. I cannot remember a day that we did not laugh. She made that library an inviting magical place for her students. I remember how much she enjoyed changing the library to reflect either a holiday or a different genre she would be teaching. The reading contest she would have to motivate our young readers. Thank you so much for all those great memories. If I may quote John Steinbeck, “It’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.”
    Rest in peace my friend.

  28. PETRA HOBSON on said:


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