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Kohler, Linda D. (nee Schmit) Linda passed away peacefully at 5:35pm on Saturday, October 16th, surrounded by her sons and husband. For those close to her, her limitless strength and courage will remain an inspiration; her second battle with cancer was the only fight she ever lost. Linda was fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church on Thursday, October 14, 2021. She was the beloved wife of Jeff Kohler for 37 years; the dearest mother of Matthew (and Susan), Mitchell, William, and the late Stephanie Kohler; the loving grandmother of Forrest Kohler; the beloved daughter of William and Helen Schmit; the dear daughter-in-law of Rodger and Mary Kohler; the dear sister of Dave, Ruth, Valerie, Tim, Betsy, Christine and Jane; and to all else, a dear sister-in-law, niece, aunt, cousin, and friend.

Throughout her life, Linda was a pleasure to be around and a beacon of light. She enjoyed every moment and appreciated the many, many gifts she had. Though painfully short, her life was filled with enough activity and happiness for two lifetimes. One of her biggest passions was travel—she dreamed of seeing every National Park in the United States, and frequently went hiking, camping, and fishing. Cancer and arthritis couldn’t stop her from doing what she loved, even to the very end; she had planned a trip to pick pumpkins in Grafton, Illinois with her family on the weekend of October 23rd.

Linda had many other hobbies besides travel. She was a lover of arts and crafts, and was always working on a new project. At various times she could be found sewing, making pottery, painting, using her Cricut machine, training her dog Elli, marble hunting, and, most of all, taking photos. She always loved photography, and had an amazing eye for composition. Those close to her know her also as a great cook. If someone took one bite of her meatloaf, her lasagna, or one of her other famous dishes, it was hard to stop. Whenever she wasn’t busy with her many hobbies, she enjoyed relaxing to a Hallmark movie. For Linda, it was always Christmas in July, in movies and in life.

But first and foremost, Linda’s primary passion was her family. She always put herself second to the needs of her children and husband. For 24 years she spent numerous days at the bedside of her daughter Stephanie, who had many challenges in life. She fought even more fiercely for her family than she did for herself.

Though Linda will be missed, she returns to Stephanie’s side, and they both now are dancing together in Heaven, without pain or wheelchairs.

We wish Linda well on her one last, great trip, and hope she is smiling up there like she always was down here. We love you.

SERVICES: Funeral from KUTIS SOUTH COUNTY Chapel 5255 Lemay Ferry on Saturday, October 23, 11:30am to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Catholic Church for 12pm Mass. Interment at Shepherd Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, send memorials to the Stephanie Kohler Scholarship Fund at CFC International, which helps to ensure that her daughter Stephanie’s legacy lives on in the hearts of other families whose children have CFC syndrome. Donations may be made to: CFC International, 8720 W. Bent Tree Dr., Peoria, AZ 85383 or at https://www.cfcsyndrome.org/stephanie-kohler-scholarship-fund. Visitation Friday 5-8pm.