Smith-McCracken Funeral Home

63 High St., Newton, NJ


Linda Susan Meola

May 13, 1956September 4, 2020

Linda Susan Meola, 64, of Heber City, UT, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, September 4, 2020, surrounded by her closest family.

Linda was born in Jersey City, NJ, to Ralph M. and Michelina S. (Capone) Meola and raised in Fredon, NJ. She lived in Pennsylvania and Connecticut prior to moving to Utah in 2018. Linda received her bachelor’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University and her MBA in Global Business from the University of Phoenix. Her extensive career saw her hold positions in the fields of technology, marketing, pharmaceuticals, and healthcare. She most recently worked as the Vice President of Client Services for Healogics.

Linda fiercely battled multiple breast cancers over the course of 23 years, working in tandem with medical professionals across the country in pursuit of a cure. Although she ultimately succumbed to the illness, she will forever be remembered for her relentless fighting spirit, endless courage and strength, and unwavering resilience. Throughout this difficult journey, Linda created a beautiful, remarkable life filled with unconditional love, joy, and appreciation.

Linda is survived by her beloved husband, Bob Townley; her sons, Jonathan and Shawn Borton; her mother, Michelina Meola; her brother, Ralph Meola and his wife, Terry; her brother, Joseph Meola; her sister, Brenda Frauenpreis; and many loving nieces, nephews, family, and friends. Linda’s legacy lives on through the many lives she has touched, cared for, and guided.

Visitation will be held from 4-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 10, 2020, at the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High Street, Newton, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be given to the Huntsman Cancer Institute using the link below: https://give.huntsmancancer.org/page/17369/donate/1


  • Robert Townley, Husband
  • Jonathan Borton, Son
  • Shawn Borton, Son
  • Michelina Meola, Mother
  • Ralph Meola (Terry), Brother
  • Joseph Meola, Brother
  • Brenda Frauenpreis, Sister
  • Many nieces, nephews, family and friends

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Amy Hamilton

September 10, 2020

Heartbroken for the Meola family and all of Linda’s loved ones on the loss of dear Linda. She is a she-ro for who she was and all her accomplishments despite the despicable disease that should have been cured millions of pink ribbons ago.

Linda was an extra special support while I was undergoing treatment: She “kept it real.” She’d been through it all herself and understood everything, especially how hard it would be on a protective (Williams) family. I’ll always remember her frank and helpful ways. She was one of a kind.

barbara sanders

September 10, 2020

We are so very sorry to hear about Linda. We've heard some laughter over the last couple days. No doubt you are reliving some wonderful memories. Please let us know if you need anything.
Sending love,
Barb & Rich

Ralph (cousin) Meola

September 10, 2020

Some of my fondest childhood memories are when I visited my cousins in the country. Ralph, Linda, Joe and Brenda...we would have such a good time. Linda would be right there with the boys doing all the "boy things". Swimming in the pond, catching frogs and traipsing through the woods. I miss those days and I miss Linda. I was fortunate to see her last summer and I'm so glad I did. As usual she was her jovial, positive self, always smiling. You would never know she was battling the disease for the past 23 years, such a fighter. Although her life was cut short she accomplished so much. I love and miss you Cuz, rest in peace.

Tara French

September 9, 2020

Jonathan and Family, my condolences. I am very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Her life and her story are inspirational and I know she will always have a special place in your heart. I wish you peace in the days ahead.

Kanda Gabel

September 9, 2020

Where to begin... the many memories we have shared... the good, the bad, the ugly... and all those in between. When I first arrived across the street as your neighbor I never knew how much I would admire and learn from you as a friend, mother, and so much more. You always treated myself and my family as your own. From the popsicles, Yoohoo drinks, sled riding excursions down the driveway, late night drinks around the hot tub, learning how to do just about anything to a car imaginable with your boys just by watching a YouTube video, dog watching my favorite dog ever KC, to soooo much more. The talks about life and how one always keeps moving forward when everything is against them I will forever cherish. I could go on and on and on about how amazing you were and how much your positivity impacted those around you. Your love for family and your boys was always insurmountable. You will be greatly missed and although I am miles apart I would like Bob, Shawn, Jon and your family to know my thoughts and prayers are with you all!

Ralph Meola

September 9, 2020

Hey Cous,

Summer of 93' was special, at least to me anyways. This summer I got to mow Aunt Mickey's lawn and you and the boys were living there at the time. So I got to see you weekly, and spend some quality time with you all. The time we spent together gave me great insight to how incredible of a mother you were. The love, affection and commitment you had for Jonathan & Shawn was profound. You were also just so damn fun to be around. So positive, so funny, and witty! It was like being plugged into an electric socket. I will cherish the summer of 93', I was able to get to know you more in depth and realize how beautiful your soul was. Thanks for all the great memories during our many summer picnics together, fishing, volleyball, and swimming. These memories are ingrained forever, much like your smile. Your exuberance for life is an inspiration to us all, thanks again cousin Linda.

Love and miss you,
Ralph (the other, other, Ralph)

Mary Jean Hanley Lacidonia

September 9, 2020

What a loss.. I'm heartbroken. A beautiful person, a mentor, a truly beautiful soul. I'm so sorry, Bob and Mary etc.. her light will live on.. she left her mark on all who met her.. my sincere condolences.

Maureen Potter

September 9, 2020

Linda & Bob were neighbors to Arthur Hoffman & I when we lived in Shelton CT. Even though Linda was battling her own cancer, she was always ready to listen to Arthur as he shared his cancer story . I will never forget her kindness . I’m sure Arthur welcomed her with open arms as she entered eternal life. RIP to both of them❤️❤️

Judy Buranich

September 8, 2020

I will always remember sitting next to Linda at one of the many of our boys’ soccer games and learning we shared the same birthday. Rest In Peace, my friend.

Lynn Frauenpreis

September 8, 2020

Aunt Lin (duh),
Thank you for being a wonderful sister to my mom and aunt to myself, Laura & Carl. Your memory lives within us, each and every day through the memories, laughs, tears, and time shared. You are our hero for your courageous fight, never giving up and the positivity you showed when most would have receded. We will carry your love and light in us each and every day. Rest easy, we miss and love you always!
Lynnie (the other Lynn)


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