Linda Lerch Obituary, A Member Of St. Mary Of Grace Church Has Passed Away

Linda Lerch Obituary, Death Cause –  Following a nine-month struggle with pancreatic cancer, Linda Suzanne Lerch, 71, of Meadville, passed away at Meadville Medical Center on Saturday, March 30, 2024, just minutes before her 72nd birthday. She was surrounded by her family at the time of her passing. As the daughter of the late Maurice and Marian (Carroll) Hartle, Linda was born on March 31, 1952 in Brookville. Her parents have now passed away.

Linda tied the knot with Emil “Jack” Lerch on June 2, 1973; he is still alive today. She had been a member of St. Mary of Grace Church, where she had worked as a greeter, an usher, and the manager of the Prayer Line among other positions. Additionally, she was a Eucharistic Minister at St. Brigid Church during her time there.

Neason Hill, East End, Second District, and West End Schools were among the primary schools that Linda taught at throughout her 18 years of service to the Crawford Central School District. She retired from the district after serving there for 18 years. At one point in her career, she worked as a Registered Nurse at the facility that was formerly known as Meadville City Hospital.

Linda was a member of the final class of nursing students to graduate from the Meadville Spencer Hospital School of Nursing, which was formerly there. In spite of the fact that nursing was her initial profession, Linda had a strong desire to instruct small children. Despite the fact that she was a mother of four young children at the time, Linda made the decision to pursue a career in education. She attended Edinboro University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education.

After some time had passed, she would eventually complete her Master of Education degree. Linda always had a positive attitude toward life, regardless of what she was doing. Besides being an amateur golfer, she enjoyed going on adventures, tending to her garden, and basking in the sun. One of her most cherished activities was going to the Crawford County Fair, and she particularly enjoyed seeing the six horse hitch competition.

It was being a “grammy” to her grandchildren that brought her the most happiness in life. The loss of her will be deeply felt. Linda is survived by her husband of fifty years, Jack; her four children, Matthew Lerch (Becky) of Kildeer, Illinois; Heather Lynch (Mark) of Unionville, Connecticut; Amanda Buxton (Jeff) of Grove City; and Brad Lerch (Robin) of Erie; eleven grandchildren; a sister named Janet Lauer (Ron) of Lucinda; a brother named Terry Hartle of Lucinda; and a large number of nieces, nephews, and wonderful friends.

From three to seven o’clock in the evening on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, family and friends are welcome to pay their respects at the STEPHEN P. MIZNER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, INC. located at 404 Chestnut Street in MEADVILLE. A Scripture Service will take place at six forty-five minutes past the hour.

On Thursday, April 4, 2024, at eleven o’clock in the morning, a Mass of Resurrection will be held at The Epiphany of the Lord Parish, St. Mary of Grace Church, which is located at 1085 Water Street in Meadville. The celebrant will be Father Philip Pinczewski. The church of St. Brigid Cemetery is where Linda will be laid to rest.

Your memorial contributions can be donated in Linda’s honor to the Yolanda G. Barco Oncology Institute, located at 16792 Conneaut Lake Road, the Meadville Medical Center Foundation, located at 736 Liberty Street, or Hospice of Crawford County, located at 766 Liberty Street. All of these organizations are located in Meadville, Pennsylvania 16335.

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