LACH, LINDA LYDIA (CHMIEL) - Age 65, born in Gary Indiana. Graduated from Lew Wallace High School in 1968. Moved from Gary to Demotte IN and finally moved with her husband and four children to Knoxville TN in 1991. While living in Knoxville, in order to assist with the family expenses, she was employed by Buy Low grocery store, which was Red Food at the time. Then she went to Home Place and finally Steinmart until she had to quit in 2008 and go on disability because of her COPD, the debilitating disease caused from cigarette smoking. The progression of her condition was horrible. To watch her struggle just to take a breath, and to be confined to a bed and an oxygen bottle plus medications just to keep her alive. We love her so much and will miss her dearly. In the early morning hours of April 25th. 2014 she took her last breath. She was at home with her family around her. It was a bitter sweet time for us. I say that because we know that even though she has left this earth. She was prepared, and her soul and spirit are now with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And we will be with her again one day. No more pain and suffering for our Sweet Wife and Mother Linda. In following Linda's wishes, there won't be any visitation service here in Knoxville. Linda wanted to be cremated and her ashes taken back to her home church, The Calvary Assembly of God in Demotte, Indiana. We are planning a celebration service there with Pastor James Clark officiating. Linda is survived by her husband of 45 years, Carl A. Lach; daughters Jennifer A. Lach, Janet L. Wilson (Michael), JoAnne L. Crouch (Jeremy) and her dear granddaughter Aalivia Lach, daughter of JoAnne and the apple of Grammy's eye; son, Jason A. Lach; husband; children and Yorkie, Malachi are all residing in the Knoxville area. Also surviving are mother, Gizella E. Chmiel of Portage IN; sister, Carol A. McMullin (Edwin) of Valpariso IN; nephew, Bryan McMullin (Veronica) of Valpariso, IN. Preceded in death by her father Stanley J. Chmiel of Gary, IN; sister-in-law Debra A. Lancaster (William) of Wheatfield IN; nephews, Mark Parks (Jodie) of Mellott, IN, Matthew Parks (Tiffany ) of Chesterton, IN; brother-in- law Robert L. AKA Dutch Lach (Toni) of Hobart, IN; nephew, Robert Lach Jr. (Nicole) of Appleton, WI. I also want to recognize the outstanding attention that Linda always received from first of all her Pulmonologist Dr. Albert D. Slutzker and his group. I even heard Linda refer to him as Brother because that is how much she trusted his decisions. Also the Angels of Mercy, by that I mean the nursing staff on 7 north of Fort Sanders Regional to include the RN's the CNA's and the Respiratory Therapists. They just loved Linda and the opportunity help her. A big Thank You to Paula from house keeping and Wanda from Food Services who called everyday to ask Linda what she wanted to eat. Thank You to the Covenant Home hospice group who made the transition back home seamless. Last but not least Larry Click from Click's Funeral Home who personally came to our home that morning. They were all a God send and I will be forever grateful. Thanks so much!!! Click Funeral Home and Cremations - Middlebrook Chapel, 9020 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, Tennessee 37923 is serving the Lach family. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.clickfh.com
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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Apr. 28, 2014