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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I want to offer condolences on the death of your dear love one. I hope these words brings your family comfort during this time. In the near future, our loving father Jehovah offers hope to mankind that will permanently get rid of death for all mankind and resurrect all individuals who have fallen asleep in death onto a paradise earth. That hope can be found at the scripture found at Revelation 21:3, 4. Please take the time to check out the website jw.org to receive encouraging hope for yourself during this time of grief as well as offer hope for your dead loved one. Hope this brings you comfort during this time of grief.
Submitted by Brittany Jones on Jun 14 2017 02:36:01 PM
I will miss my aunt deeply as so many will. To my cousins I just want to say what you already know, how special she was. I grew in adult hood to realize how deeply she cared for everyone and fortunately that included me. In my malcontent malaise I often wondered why and unfortunately I wasn’t the symbiotic partner I should have been. But luckily that didn’t matter because she was. When my father was diagnosed with cancer Aunt Linda was a rock for my family and I in more ways then she ever could know. I wish I could scream that thanks from the mountain tops. Her care for my mother in particular, but it transcended to all of my immediate family. For my mother it was the contact and advice but more importantly a unwavering consistent shoulder to lean on. Even while dealing with her own fight she was consistently there for us. And for me, she was a pillar in my mental health for life after diagnosis with my father. Her fight and longevity after diagnosis and when on tough times with cancer gave me hope that not only we would fight tooth and nail but that quality times would be had and lasting memoires would be made. No matter what would come we would be strong and we would get every last sliver. I hope these words find the closer of kin some joy and comfort in knowing (what you already did) that Linda was a beautifully strong and caring woman. I also thank you for letting this be a therapeutic release of a journal entry for this moment in life. Most of all I hope this finds my aunt that I will dearly miss and please excuse the tardiness of its arrival, thank you for everything you did for me.
Submitted by Tim Harwich on May 25 2017 02:06:24 PM
I am so sorry for your loss. She was a doll and I will miss her dearly.
Elizabeth M Attreed, DDS
Submitted by Elizabeth Attreed on May 25 2017 10:22:28 AM
Rosemary Dodd lit a candle for Linda Kaila
Rosemary Dodd lit a candle on May 24 2017 10:25:36 PM
Our condolences to the Kaila family. Linda was a very kind lady, devoted to her Faith and her family. ✝️ Our prayers are with you all. God bless. Tina and Vic
Submitted by Christine Scavo on May 24 2017 09:58:48 PM
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
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