Mary Linda Kaila, 74, of Stafford County passed away Thursday, May 18, 2017 at her home after a courageous struggle with multiple myeloma. Her life was dedicated to her faith, family, teaching, and her friends.
Born in 1942 at Fort Sill, Okla., during World War II, Linda was the daughter of Beatrice and Herman Laatsch. When her father was deployed to France, Linda, her mom, and sister moved to Akron, Ohio to live with her grandparents. After the war, her father worked for Goodyear and the family lived in Massachusetts and Alabama before returning to Akron in 1956.
Linda graduated from Our Lady of the Elms High School as class valedictorian. She received a four year scholarship to the University of Akron where she majored in political science. She was active in college life, she joined Theta Phi Alpha sorority and served as president of the campus Women’s League. After graduation, Linda entered the Peace Corps and taught English in Diyarbakir and Ankara, Turkey where she met her first husband, Paul Guy, and they returned to Fredericksburg and had four children.
In 1979, Linda met and married Robert Kaila. They combined two families and raised seven children.
For 35 years, Linda taught at Grafton Village Elementary School in Stafford County. She earned her masters of education degree from the University of Virginia in 1986. She became a member of Alpha Delta Kappa education honorary where she served as president.
Linda tutored many children after school, she also taught CCD at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception. Education was Linda’s passion, she delighted in teaching her first graders to read. She loved supporting and encouraging her own children in all of their endeavors. Linda and her husband, Bob, always emphasized the importance of family.
Survivors include her seven children, Cynthia Able of Stafford, Angela Bush (Ron) of Rowlett, TX, Paul Guy (Terri Bard) of King George, Brenda Dunn (Steve) of Vienna, Robert Kaila, Jr. (Melissa) of Spotsylvania, Amy Clower (Kevin) of Stafford, Laura Hitt (Randall) of Spotsylvania; the joys of her life, her 21 grandchildren, Caitlin Rowley, Brandon Able, Austin and Alex Bush, Ellie, Macey and Sophie Guy, Sydney and Landon LaFleur, Torin and Kiley Dunn, Cody, Erin, Zach and Bryce Kaila, Makenzie and KC Clower, Brooke, Randy and Payton Hitt; great-granddaughter Rylee Huyck; sisters Ellen Coughlin (Don) of Stow, OH, Gretchen Laatsch (Jim Switzer) of Akron, OH and Bea Harwich of Spotsylvania; brothers Morris Laatsch (Pam) of Akron, OH, Frank Laatsch (Suzie Reiter) of Hattiesburg, MS and Michael Laatsch (Sue) of Cincinnati, OH; brothers-in-law Chris Kaila (Patti), John Kaila (Charlene) all of Spotsylvania and Mark Kaila (Brenda) of Salt Lake City, Utah; sisters-in-law Judy Metz of Miss., Gracie Brown of Miss. and WinnIe Sullivan (Dwight) of Stafford; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, colleagues and friends.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 24 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 25 at St. Mary Catholic Church. A reception will be held in the St. Mary Church activity center following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made for Mass offerings, in Linda’s name, to St. Mary Catholic Church 1009 Stafford Ave., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401.
Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg
Wednesday May 24th, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm
4801 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Celebration of Life
St. Mary Catholic Church
Thursday May 25th, 2017
1009 Stafford Ave.
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Special Instructions: Reception to follow in the St. Mary Church activity centerText me the address
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To all of Linda's family, I know you must be so very proud of the woman your mom was. I know she was very proud of her family. I loved getting her Christmas card every year. I am proud to call her my friend as well as colleague at Grafton Village. In the past 5 years, I loved talking and
laughing about our years at Grafton at our monthly retirement lunches. She taught both of my daughters, Carly and Catelyn. Linda was such a caring and compassionate teacher. She will be missed. Tina Renninger
Submitted by Tina Renninger on May 23 2017 07:48:52 PM
Mrs. Kaila was our neighbor for over 31 years. She was a wonderful person. We will truly miss her. Her family is in our thoughts and prayers today and in the days ahead.
Achilles Woods, Marcia and Stefany Robinson
Submitted by Marcia Robinson on May 23 2017 03:15:01 PM
Ronnie, Karen & Brandon Martin lit a candle for Linda Kaila
Ronnie, Karen & Brandon Martin lit a candle on May 23 2017 10:31:43 AM
Linda was the best! She was one of the most compassionate teachers I have ever known. Not only did I have the privilege to teach with her but our son was one of the lucky ones to have her as his teacher. Linda knew how to bring out the best in people. She was an angel with a great sense of humor. She will be missed here on earth by her friends and family but I know heaven has welcomed her with open arms!
Brenda Trant and Mike
Submitted by Brenda Trant on May 23 2017 09:42:38 AM
Rest in Peace Linda. I will never forget our conversations and the many kindnesses you bestowed on our family. God bless you.
Dick Weart and family
Submitted by Dick Weart on May 22 2017 05:01:22 PM
I spent a weekend with Linda at Mike Stalling"s and Christine Schendel's wedding in Minneapolis a few years ago. We became friends as well as roomates and contact each other each Christmas. I have great respect for her and her deep faith. My prayers are for her and with your family at this sad time. I'm sure she will continue to be in God's loving care. With sympathy, Lynn Stallings
Submitted by Lynn Stallings on May 22 2017 11:11:30 AM
Those we love don't go away,
They walk beside us everyday,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.
Submitted by The Dave & Buster's Family on May 22 2017 09:58:52 AM
Linda taught all 4 of my children. She was a wonderful teacher, and a very special person who will be sorely missed.
The Philpott Family
Submitted by Dillard Philpott on May 21 2017 05:03:55 PM
Linda was my son's first grade teacher and definitely one of his favorite teachers. When we homeschooled him in sixth grade, we went back to Linda's classroom to volunteer. She was an outstanding teacher, and an amazing woman. I will miss the family picture she sent to us every Christmas. She loved her family and was proud of every one of you. I know you will miss her terribly, but our loss is definitely Heaven's gain! My sincere condolences to you. I will be praying for you! Tricia, Ray, and Daniel Burgess.
Submitted by Tricia Burgess on May 21 2017 04:22:03 PM
My deepest condolences to Linda's whole family during this difficult time. I totally enjoyed the time I spent with Linda every weekend that I visited her to give her Holy Communion, Linda was a beautiful soul and I am really going to miss her and our conversations. Maria Costa
Submitted by Maria O Costa on May 21 2017 11:05:49 AM
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