Linda Jean (Karkut) Zayas, Age 69, of Bellows Falls, VT, passed away in the comfort of her home on Friday, October 23 after a courageous two year battle with cancer. Born December 10, 1950 in Derby, Connecticut, she was the daughter of Eugene and Ann (Sarna) Karkut, who both predeceased her.
She is survived by her husband, Richard, three sons and their families, Jeffrey, married to Amy (Coleman) and grandchildren Keira, Ethan and Zachary of Woodstock, VT; Kevin and partner Beth of Concord, NH; and David, married to Stephanie (Ciesla) and grandchildren Pierce and Maisie of Boise, ID. She is also survived by her sister, Betty Karkut of Norwalk, CT and brother Gary Karkut of Southbury, CT.
She graduated from Ansonia High School and attended Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, CT earning her degree in Medical Laboratory Technology. She then went to work at Griffin Hospital, in Derby, CT. Shortly after getting married in October of 1972 in Shelton, CT, she moved to Bellows Falls, VT and worked at Rockingham Memorial Hospital. She would later work at Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, NH and at Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont, NH. After retiring from healthcare, she managed her son's jewelry store, Zayas Jewelers in Woodstock, VT.
Linda was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Her passion was her family and she devoted her life to her children and later her grandchildren, selflessly setting aside her own time, to be involved in their lives and activities. As a child, she spent numerous summers in Montreal with her beloved Baci Sarna. She warmly welcomed all into her home and was proud of her Polish heritage. She taught her children and grandchildren about their roots from both Montreal and Connecticut, and ensured that the family carried on numerous traditions that will continue with future generations.
She volunteered countless hours of her time to organizations in Bellows Falls including Little League Baseball, Cub Scouts, Project Graduation, and The Parks Place Community Resource Center, among other worthy causes.
You never had to guess where she might be found on a Saturday morning, either deeply immersed in the soil of her flower gardens, meticulously shaping them into a feast for the eyes, sewing intricate quilts, beautifying her home, baking, or experimenting with a new recipe. Among her favorite things were Halloween, Christmas, and hosting wonderful parties.
Linda had many amazing relationships. She particularly cherished her closest friendships with Mary Ann, Sandy, Betty and Lynda.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Linda's name to Visiting Nurses & Hospice, PO Box 881, Brattleboro, VT 05302.
Memorial services along with a celebration of life will be planned during the spring/summer of 2021.
Published in The Brattleboro Reformer on Oct. 31, 2020.