Linda L. Kesterson (1952 - 2018)

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Former Assistant Attorney General and long time Alaskan Linda L. Kesterson, 64, passed away on July 21, 2018, at Providence Hospital, from several serious health issues. She fought valiantly but finally lost the battle. She now rests in peace. Her many beloved friends and family miss her with a vengeance. She was a person who loved life, cherished her friends, and made the people around her happy.
Linda started her life in Ohio. She was born to Henry and Cora Kesterson on Nov. 29, 1952. She was raised in Cleveland, Ohio, along with her younger brother Larry. She went to college thinking she would become a librarian. Instead, Linda went to law school at Cleveland State University and became an attorney. When she first got out of law school she clerked for the Ohio 8th District Court of Appeals. She then worked for several years as a trial lawyer for a large firm doing class action asbestos litigation.
Linda loved her life in Ohio. She used to ride motorcycles with her boyfriend Tony through the farmland and wilderness on the "off-the-beaten-path" roads outside of Cleveland. She had great friends in Ohio who joined her on other wild and crazy adventures, as well. And she loved being near her beloved family, coming home regularly for family dinners cooked by her mother and going to monthly movies with her brother, Larry.
But then, one day, she decided to come to Alaska. She took her Chrysler LeBaron convertible, aka "Babycakes," with her stuffed gorilla riding shotgun, and drove herself up the Alcan Highway. And the rest is history. The Alaska Department of Law snapped her up in the spring of 1991 and tapped her as an Assistant Attorney General, where she remained for more than 25 years. Over those many years she represented clients in the areas of child support enforcement and child protection. She also represented the Alcohol Beverage Control Board, the Medicaid Rate Commission and the Division of Motor Vehicles. Linda's work ethic was one of "no nonsense." She was always ready to go to trial. But she also could "problem-solve" with her clients, and the opposition, to avoid nasty and costly litigation. She could see the big picture and come to a just result.
Linda was rich with close friends. She loved her friends and her friends loved her. She was always up for an adventure - a train trip to Seward or a road trip to Talkeetna. She loved going to movies or just spending an evening out to eat dinner and enjoy the company of her friends. Her smile and her laugh were infectious. And she was always there for her those who needed her. She saw them through their good times and the times when they suffered hardships. Her shoulders were large and strong.
Linda's father Henry died in Ohio in 1993. A few years later, Linda's mother, Cora, came to live with Linda in Alaska. Linda took excellent care of her mother for many years, even as her health steadily declined from Alzheimer's. She was a wonderful daughter to her mother until she passed away at age 96.
Linda loved to read and was part of a book club that is still going strong after 30 years. She also enjoyed community theater, especially Cyrano's.
Surviving Linda are her brother, Larry Kesterson and his wife Patricia of Willoughby Hills, Ohio. Also surviving Linda are her nieces, Jessica Piccirillo and Jessica Hryckowian and their families. Finally, her beloved dog Maddie survives her and lives in a good home. Linda is now up in heaven with her mother; father; and her other precious dog, Desdemona. She no longer suffers from illness.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. at Cyrano's Theater Company, 3800 DeBarr Road in Anchorage. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cyrano's Theater Company, the Alaska Democratic Party, Planned Parenthood or the ACLU.
Arrangements were made through Legacy Funeral Home.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Sept. 16 to Sept. 18, 2018