AMHERST - Linda M. Ramirez, 67, of Pondview Drive, Amherst, passed away Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, after a long battle with renal disease.
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Daughter of the late John J. and Marion Fazio, Linda was born May 9, 1947, in Malden, and raised in Wakefield. After graduating from Wakefield High School in 1965, she continued onto Fitchburg State College and graduated in 1971.
Linda channeled her love for special education by teaching for the Central Berkshire Regional School District in Dalton, from 1971 to 1974. She impacted the lives of many children through her work as a home daycare provider for over 15 years while raising her own three children.
Valuing relaxation and healing practices, Linda soon became a Reiki Master. She was an active part of the Pittsfield community for 36 years then moved to Amherst, in 2010 where she loved listening to Classical music and especially enjoyed the sounds of Josh Groban.
Linda was loved like no other and is survived by her husband Angel G. Ramirez, Jr.m of Amherst, daughter Bethany K. Ramirez and her husband Arthur Prokosch, son Christopher J. Ramirez and his wife Andrea Nivling Ramirez, and son Brandon S. Ramirez and his wife Myneco Taylor Ramirez. Linda is also survived by two grandchildren, whom she loved and adored, Owen W. Ramirez and Maria C. Ramirez; a brother John A. Fazio and a sister Patricia Fazio Franklin of New Hampshire; a sister Jean Fazio Dale of Rhode Island; and a brother Peter Fazio of Arizona. Her brother Edward Fazio passed away in 2008.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Linda's memory to the Palliative Care Department of Baystate Medical Center, the Hospice Program at Baystate, or the renal dialysis department also at Baystate.
There will be a celebration of life memorial service Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 10 a.m. The service will take place at the Douglass Funeral Service, 87 North Pleasant St., Amherst, MA. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.
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Douglass Funeral Home
87 North Pleasant Street Amherst, MA 01002
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Aug. 14, 2014