She was born Jan. 26, 1947, in Shelby, to Gordon Vernon and Marrietta Mae (Schiefer) Sharpless. She was a 1965 graduate of Shelby High School and attained a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University.
Linda had a 40-year career in food production management working at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna, Mansfield General Hospital, and Fisher-Titus Medical Center Carriage House Assisted Living facility in Norwalk from where she retired in 2013.
When her children were young, Linda was a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and enjoyed crocheting blankets and giving them to others to enjoy, watching classic movies and reading poetry and art.
On April 4, 1970, Linda married Dr. Trent Arthur Sponseller and he survives. Also surviving are three children, Christa (Jonathan) Russell of Olmsted Falls, Rachel (Steven) Robinson of Tiffin, and Kevin (Annette) Sponseller of Leander, Texas; eight grandchildren, Natalie, Nicholas, Michael, Nathan, Matthew, Olivia, Anthony, and Nicholas; a sister, Gwen (Bernard) Rush of Etters, Pa.; and two nephews, Zac and Joel Rush.
Family and friends are welcome from 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, until funeral services at 7 p.m., at Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 W. Main St., Shelby.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF.org) or the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF.org).
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