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Linda Ann Westra

September 14, 1941April 27, 2021

Linda A. Westra, 79, of Camp Hill, PA, passed Tuesday, April 27, 2021 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Mimi, as she was affectionately known, was born in Montclair, NJ, the only child of the late Raymond Johnson and Margaret (Rusnak) Bissett. She graduated from Clifton High School, Clifton, NJ and Seton Hall University nursing school. Her nursing career took her from the hospital, to the VNA of Harrisburg and onto retirement from Highmark. She is survived by her husband, the love of her life, Charles “Chuck” Westra, son Dr. Kevin Westra of Camp Hill, daughter’s Betsey Smith of Mechanicsburg and Lynelle Westra of Titusville, FL and seven grandchildren, Gregory, Brody, Garrett, Paige, Riley, Caleb and Grace.

Linda and Chuck grew up neighbors, fell in love and were inseparable in marriage for 57 years. As teenagers, they wanted to get jobs but both realized they lacked required social security numbers. Applying together at the social security office resulted in their consecutive social security numbers coupling mom and dad together forever. Linda was so proud of her nursing career and would never let you forget that she graduated in the second nursing class from Seton Hall University. She loved the fun of life, Sunday dinners and a glass of scotch while sitting around the kitchen table with her family. Her infinite devotion to her family, particularly the love of her grandchildren, brought her the greatest joy in life. She cherished her Rusnak family reunion in Harveys Lake, Pennsylvania every summer. She frequently recounted her motto, “You may be taller than me, but you will never be bigger than me,” to her children and most recently her grandchildren. She excelled as a wife, working mother, grandmother, co-worker and friend. She led by example, with dignity, respect and always putting others first. No matter what it was…making Thanksgiving dinner, smiling, raising her family, ironing dads’ shirts, sending her classic confetti filled cards…she always graced everything with the perfect touch.

Please join the Westra family on Sunday, May 16, 2021 at West Shore Country Club, Camp Hill, Pa from 2-4 pm to tell stories about Linda and celebrate her life. In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Jane Wheeler

May 4, 2021

Linda was my Supervisor at Highmark and it was a pleasure to work with her. She was cheerful and kind. After we both retired, we had many lunches together and it was a joy to have her as a friend too. My sympathy to her family for their loss. I am glad to have known her!

Marie Smith

April 30, 2021

Betsy, Chuck,CJ ,Grace an all family members.I am so sorry for your great loss. I had the privilege of knowing Linda through my grandchildren an Betsy. She was an outstanding grandmother,mother an wife an friend.One to truly imitate. May Jehovah comfort all of u in this time of great sadness.Please except my love an condolences. May she rest in Jehovah's memory

Cindy Lehman

April 30, 2021

We consider it a privilege to have known Linda through Highmark and her children. Linda left an indelible mark of kindness and creativity on this life in her amazing children and grandchildren. We are sad with you all.
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Nancy McMahon

April 30, 2021

I have many memories of cousin Linda (& of Charlie, Kevin, Betsey, and Lynelle) and my family at our reunions, weddings and parties... lots of laughs and good times!

I will never forget the summer after my freshman year of high school that I spent in Pennsylvania babysitting the kids while Linda and Charlie worked. Even though they were family I was homesick, and Linda was kind and loving to me.

I have no doubt Linda is having a wonderful reunion in Heaven with the Rusnaks.

Joseph Thomas

April 29, 2021

My sympathies to the Westra family on the recent passing of Linda Westra.

Wendy Miller

April 28, 2021

Linda was a boss, coworker and a friend. I will always remember her beautiful smile and her confetti filled greeting cards. My deepest sympathies go out to her family. Rest in peace my friend.

Betsey Smith

April 28, 2021

She was an exceptional mother who taught us strong values, kindness and the importance of family. I cannot imagine a better role model or a more caring, hardworking woman. The world has lost a beautiful person and I have lost a part of myself. Love you Mom.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY