Zarrella, Linda Jean (Einik)
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Brighton: August 20, 2014: Mrs. Linda (Einik) Zarrella, (January 5, 1951-August 20, 2014) of Rochester, New York, and Nantucket, Massachusetts, loving wife of Ronald Zarrella and beloved mother, sister, and daughter, passed away peacefully in her sleep after battling a long illness while surrounded by her family at her home in Rochester. She was 63.
Linda was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, on January 5, 1951 to Elena (Tiso) Einik and the late John Einik. She was a graduate of Waterbury Catholic High School and Anna Maria College, and trained in medical technology at the Yale University Medical Center, where she supervised the hematology lab. Later in life, Linda developed a strong interest in and connection to Native American healing practices, and earned her master's degree in medical anthropology from the University of Rochester. She traveled and lived all over the world, both on her own and with her husband, Ron, whom she married on May 6, 1972. They were high school sweethearts. The couple resided in Hamden, Connecticut; York, Pennsylvania; Sydney, Australia; Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; and Rochester, New York. Linda's magnetism, warm heart, and open mind allowed her to instantly make lifelong friends wherever she went.
Linda was a deeply spiritual woman, as well as a selfless one. She worked for Haven in Detroit, Michigan, as well as EquiCenter and Daystar in Rochester, New York. She was a lover of nature, and was passionate about preserving the world's oceans. This passion inspired her to write a children's book, Sea Saw, which she completed in the final months of her life. Her hope was that the book would educate today's youth about the importance of healthy oceans to all life.
Linda is survived by her spouse, Ronald; her daughters Katharine K. Zarrella of Manhattan, New York, and Lily Zarrella of Boston, Massachusetts; her sister, Lori Wilkas of Manhattan, New York; and her mother, Elena, of Watertown, Connecticut.
Linda had a true zest for life—she would (and did) try almost anything once, and her joy, curiosity, and infectious energy rubbed off on everyone who met her. Linda will be greatly missed, but she will most certainly never be forgotten.
Linda's family would like to extend a special thanks to the skilled and compassionate nursing staff at the palliative care unit of Rochester's Strong Hospital, the nursing staff at Isaiah House who provided her in-home care, her doctors, and all of Linda's and our friends who have offered so much support.
A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, August 23, 11 AM at Church of the Transfiguration, 50 W. Bloomfield Rd., Pittsford. Reception to follow at the Genesee Valley Club. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Linda's name to EquiCenter and Daystar. To share a memory of Linda or to send a condolence to the family visit www.anthonychapels.com.
Anthony Funeral & Cremation Chapels
2305 Monroe Avenue Rochester, NY 14618
Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle from Aug. 21 to Aug. 22, 2014