OBITUARY

Linda Marie Karnosh

March 30, 1948February 7, 2020
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Linda M Karnosh went home to her Lord and Savior in Salem, Oregon on February 7, 2020. Linda’s life was filled with service to others, devotion to family, and faith that influenced and enriched every facet of her career and calling.

Linda’s children often talk of the awe they have for her- especially now that they have children of their own. Not only did Linda “do it all” – sewed her kids’ clothing and costumes, prepared home cooked meals and baked sale cookies, canned and froze the produce she helped raise in the huge backyard garden, stayed on top of appointments, and games and recitals and rehearsals, hosted birthday parties and sleep-overs and holiday gatherings, organized family outings and vacations, and also managed several small businesses and earned her college degree along the way – but as her youngest daughter observed, she made it all look so effortless.

Linda was an exemplary mother, and a role model of faith in action to her children and to her community. She took her Catholic faith and the call to be Jesus’ hands and feet very seriously. At various times she taught Catechism, was a Eucharist Minister, and participated with her husband Jim in the Knights of Columbus events. She and Jim helped build several homes with Habitat for Humanity and served as leaders in Stephens Ministry, which offered emergency aid to members of their local community. They also provided financial support to several children in orphanages across the globe.

Linda and Jim enjoyed serving others and they shared a number of other interests. After retirement, they spent many summers traveling in their RV and serving as work-campers and volunteers in places like the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and Crater Lake.

Linda loved the outdoors – from cross-country skiing with her children in Idaho to hiking with Jim and their hiking club in Arizona. Linda loved being around her family, especially her nine brothers and sisters. She loved laughing with them, loved laughing in general; could take a joke and she could be absolutely hysterical in her own right. She loved singing in the church choir, playing mah jongg (especially when she won), loved rock hounding, mariachi music, and the Native American Flute.

Above all else, Linda loved the Lord. Later in life, Linda felt called to join the Lay Order of Discalaced Carmelites, founded by St. Teresa of Avila, the order dedicated to contemplative prayer and deep personal communion with Jesus.

Linda’s deep and personal faith never shown brighter than during her battle with cancer. She often remarked that she was in total peace whether the Lord chose to heal her or to call her home. Linda was a woman of great faith, worthy of honor, and we honor her today. Linda, you are loved and admired by your family; you were a source of inspiration and comfort to many. We take comfort now in knowing you are with the Lord who has called you home, and in knowing we will see you again.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to St. Germaine's Pregnancy Center, 3855 Wolverine St NE, Suite A2, Salem, OR 97305.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, February 14, 2020
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 14, 2020

Memories

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Renee Villani OCDS

February 18, 2020

Sweet and dear sister in Carmel. My heart aches yet rejoices in our loss and her victory.
Remembering our treasured drives to Tucson. ⚜️⚜️⚜️

Mary Chernoski

February 18, 2020

These are the words written on the wall of Mother Teresa's home for children in Calcutta and these words are Linda’s credo.

"People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway."

Linda gave her best!

Claudia Gary

February 17, 2020

I’m very saddened to hear of Linda’s death.
I remember Linda dearly from the Secular Carmelites in Tucson. She was an inspiration to me, with her acceptance of all the trials sent her way and her love of God. She never wavered in her Faith, her trust in the Lord, nor her love for His Mother.
She no longer -“has too long to see his face”. I’m sure she was welcomed home with loving arms and a face glowing with love for her.
May Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity, our Blessed Mother, and the Holy Trinity bring you comfort and consolation at this time.

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