Linda Kaila



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.