Linda M. Darlington
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LINDA M. DARLINGTON CROWN POINT, IN
Linda M. Darlington, age 42, passed away Sunday, December 15, 2013. She is survived by her husband of 13 years, James N. Darlington; three children: Michael Dunavant, Emily Darlington, and Jack Darlington; mother, Gail (late David) Keith; sisters: Lisa Grandbois, Kathleen (Brian) Blumka, and Kari Keith; many nieces and nephews; and her loving dog, Bailey. Linda was preceded in death by her father, David E. Keith; and nephew, Ethan J. Blumka. Linda was born in Chicago, IL and grew up in Schererville, IN. She graduated from Lake Central High School, 1989 and graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts, 2009. Linda was a beloved first grade teacher at Joan Martin Elementary School of Hobart. Linda was a fitness enthusiast and enjoyed a good football game, especially watching her team, the Green Bay Packers. She was a graceful and kind companion to all who knew her. Linda was a positive influence on the lives she touched with her charisma, vibrant sense of humor and style. She was a truly genuine person that looked towards the future with optimism and hope. She will always be remembered for her contagious laughter and smile. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 21, 2013 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel Lawn Funeral Home (8178 Cline Ave., Schererville, IN). Friends are invited to meet with the family on Saturday, December 21, 2013 10:00 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Joan Martin Elementary School (301 E. 10th Street, Hobart, IN 46342). For information, please call (219) 365-9554. Condolences may be offered by visiting: www.chapellawnfunerals.com



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Miss you.
Suzy Wallace
November 18, 2014
Miss Swike, thank you for recognizing the loss of Riley Knight.
Angie Lowe
May 4, 2014
i am so sorry for your loss i love her she was so nice she would stop in the hall way and give me a hug i wish all you guys luck and hope i pray every day
jenna waugaman
May 3, 2014
Dear Jim, I am truly sorry for your loss. Linda will be missed and she will never be forgotten, may her soul rest in peace. -Mark
Mark Hogenson
January 2, 2014
Our hearts are heavy and our thoughts are with you. Linda was such a light in the room. Her warmth touched all of us and gave us so much happiness knowing our good friend found such a loving and beautiful person. I know the strength you need is in you but your Oklahoma friends are hear for you always.

Lovingly,
Tammy, Bob & Robby LeBlanc and Joyce Carle
Tammy LeBlanc
December 29, 2013
Dear Jim, Michael, Emily, Jack
I am deeply saddened by your loss of Linda. I did not get a chance to see her very often when at your house but was always happy when did and talked with her. The last time I did she was showing me how Bailey was taught to say "I love you". I laughed when she said "That's not good enough," and Bailey would try again. Keep strong. When you feel sad think of one of the many happy times with her. She will be looking down on you smiling!
Valerie Lesko
December 25, 2013
Dear Jim and family:

I am tremendously saddened at the death of your beloved wife and mother. I can only imagine that it is but a fraction of the grief and sorrow you carry. Please know that Kathleen's and my prayers have been with you regularly and will continue to be. I pray that you will be comforted and that your tears will be wiped away.
Wade Scheil
December 23, 2013
Dear Jack,
I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your precious mother and the brave man who tried to help her.
Miss Swike
December 23, 2013
Jim,
We were broken hearted to learn of your wife's sudden passing. We have held you and your family in prayer and will continue to. Dave and I are Kristen Dixon's parents. Please know we care.
David and Betty Schoolfield
December 22, 2013
May God bless and keep you all during this very precious time. God heals all wounds. My prayers are with you.
Dr. Kay McDuffie (Purdue University Calumet).
Kay McDuffie
December 22, 2013
Linda is missed by so many. She lit up the world around her with her fantastic sense of humour. We teased each other for being at opposite ends of the height spectrum, for the different vocabulary that we both use and all sorts of other things. My friend "tall bird or chuck" was there for me when we lost our son Henry. She texted me often and encouraged me to start working out with her. I will never forget the "stupid o'clock" bootcamps that we did together. The conversations we had in the morning would keep me laughing all day. Linda always put her family first and loved to talk about Jim, Michael, Jack, and Emily. I still can't believe I am talking about her in the past tense. My love goes out to everyone who loved my wonderful friend.
Lil Brit/Chuck/ Sarah Penegor
December 22, 2013
Dear Jim, our deepest condolences on your loss. We both have fond memories of time spent with you and Linda at LabWare functions. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Adam & Michelle Hartsell
Adam Hartsell
December 21, 2013
I knew Linda from Forest Ridge Academy. She was the kind of person that just made you smile when you saw her. She and my son, Mitchell used to have an on-going "smack talk" battle about the Packers and the Bears that was highly entertaining. She was a lovely person, and she will be missed. We are so sorry for your loss. Mitch says, "Go Packers, but only this once."
Kim Gray
December 21, 2013
Holly Tilford
December 21, 2013
Dear Jim, we are very saddened to hear about your loss. Please accept our heartfelt condolences in this tragic event. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family always.

Niroop & Pulla Hegde
Niroop Hegde
December 21, 2013
Jim, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
The DeHoneys
December 21, 2013
Linda,you will be missed by a lot of people,so happy and funny and always trying to make someone laugh,,,,,,,,,,,,you will be missed, we love you Linda,Joe and Donna O rosz
December 21, 2013
RIP Linda. I have lots of great memories with you. I am happy we reconnected through FB. I enjoyed our conversations. I really enjoyed being able to see the person you grew into and the wonderful life you were living. I am deeply saddened by the tragic loss of such a special lady. My heart goes out to Linda's family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Shannon Hibbard- Chojnacki
December 21, 2013
My family joins me in wanting to convey our sorrow to you and your family. We wish we could do something to change the events, but we know we are powerless to do so. We can only offer our support which which we hope eases your pain even a little bit.
Richard Posner and Family
December 21, 2013
I remember Linda from choir, singing with Kristin Kennedy. They're both now singing with the angels. Two dedicated teachers. God now holds them both in His arms.
Paul and Angie Lowe
December 21, 2013
My deepest condolences to your family at such a difficult time. She was the best teacher anyone could ask for. My daughter savannah was a student of hers this year..The memories mrs.D would shared of our children working hard in class. The the knowledge her students came home with from her hard work to make our children be the best they could be.. will deeply be missed.. words can't describe the pain these first graders feel to not only lose a teacher but a mother figure.. my prayers are with the family of Mrs.D
danielle
December 20, 2013
I'm so sorry for your lose... Linda was best friends with my sister LaNette from Jr high on up and I watched her grow up to be the remarkable woman that she was... She will be greatly missed by everyone....
Michelle Walker
December 20, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss. Mrs. Darlington was such a beautiful person inside and out. She had a huge impact on my daughter, Madalyn, last year and still this year. She was the best teacher ever, according to Madalyn. Madalyn will miss seeing her smiling face in school and will miss giving and getting hugs.

Your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Kristen RIggle-Madalyn Riggle
Kristen Riggle
December 20, 2013
Cassie Schumacher
December 20, 2013
I am so sorry for your guys loss. She was an amazing person, so upbeat and positive and the best teacher my son has ever had. She will be greatly missed!
Cassie (Chevy Wilson) Schumacher
December 20, 2013
I graduated from Lake Central with Linda! Never did you see her without a smile or helping hand. Very very sorry for your loss!
Tracie Stooksbury Schlittler
Tracie Stooksbury Schlittler
December 20, 2013
Robin Siecker -croell
December 20, 2013
Our thoughts and prayer for the Darlington family in this devastating time. May your faith in God comfort and help to heal your hearts in order to celebrate this beautiful woman's life and legacy. Peace and comfort. Our sincerest sympathy.
Jodi and Steve Kvachkoff
December 20, 2013
Three Cheers for a Life Well Lived!! Even 82 years is not enough, 42 is CERTAINLY not enough. What a testament to your human beauty that you lived them well. Love you Linda!!! <3
Nikkalynn Foster DeLaurentis
December 20, 2013
Darlington family, we didn't personally know Linda, but we are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Fellow Brickie.
Joann Reimer
December 20, 2013
I didn't know you,but you were my sister-in-laws BEST FRIEND. LaNette King Heselton. prayers to you and all the family...so sorry for your loss.
Shirley Warden
December 20, 2013
Jim, so sorry to hear of Linda's death. You and your family are in our prayers. If there is ever any way I can help with anything let me know.
Jim McCready
December 19, 2013
Jim, Michael, Emily and Jack - my family's hearts are with you all at this time and forever more. Our memories of Linda as wife, mom, friend and teacher are some of the best we will ever have. God bless you all; I know she will always be near to you all; she loved you all so so much and was so proud of her family and happy with her life. She was a true blessing and will forever be missed by me so many others whom she so lovingly touched. Our deepest and most sincere condolences.
Dave and Shelley Sharkey
December 19, 2013
So sorry for your loss, such a tragic accident.
Chambers Family
December 19, 2013
My deepest sympathy to all this wonderful woman's family and friends.
Mary Anderson
December 19, 2013
Jim,
Words can not express the grief we feel about your devastating loss. You, your children and everyone who loved her are in our prayers and our hearts.
With deepest sympathy,
Deb Adelman
Frank Hobson
Oberod
Deb Adelman
December 19, 2013
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Keith family. So sorry for your loss of Linda.
Glenn and Cathy miller
December 19, 2013
Our deepest sympathies to the Darlington Family
David Tripp
December 19, 2013
Jim, Emily, and Jack,
I know there is nothing anyone can say right now to make the pain you feel any better. Loosing Linda is a tragedy that will be felt by many. I loved her sarcastic witt and her caring personality. She had a funny personality and a good heart. I am glad I had the chance to know her by her and the kids being at FRA. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers that in time you will live in peace with her memory.
Lovingly Lindsay Haskell and family
December 19, 2013
Jim and Family, we are so sorry for your tremendous loss. We offer our deep felt condolences. It was great having you and Linda and your family as our next door neighbors in Schererville. May God help you through tis difficult time
Ray and Irma Rivera
December 19, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
TammiSheumaker Baird
December 19, 2013
Jim, Pam and I are so sorry to hear about Linda; please accept our deepest condolences over your loss. Know that you and your family are in our prayers.

Remember we will see her again.
Kevin & Pam Douglas
December 19, 2013
Jim and Family,
We would like to express our deepest sympathy for your loss. Linda was a great wife, mother and teacher. She will missed my all. May God give you all strength. Our prayers are with you and your family now and forever.
The Wojciehowski Family
(Joe, Kelly, Kimberly and Joseph)
St. John, IN
December 19, 2013
So, so sad for all whose lives must go forward without this dynamic, happy spirit. We were only "virtual" friends, but all the messages we exchanged were full of life and passion for her students, education, and her family. ( I hope she got you the flashlight, Jim) Steve and I are saddened by the loss of this member of our extended radio "family." My words are a clumsy effort to say how sorry we are. May you be guided to peace, and comforted by loved ones and memories.
Janet Dahl
December 18, 2013
Cousin Jim, Words can not express our sadness. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and your children for days to come. May God give you strength and comfort. Much Love from Texas. Mike and cousin Lyn Casey
December 18, 2013
I worked with Linda at Carolyn's Caring Corner years ago. She always made me laugh!!! I will miss her smile and generous heart!
Amy Hill
December 18, 2013
Dearest Emily, Jack and Jim,

My daughter had the best teacher I could've ever hoped for last year with your wonderful, loving, caring, smart, beautiful mother and wife. Thank you for sharing her with all of us.
'Mrs. D.' was always sharing stories about all of you, and of course Bailey, with the class... My daughter would often come home and tell me of the shenanigans that your family was getting into!

I would like to share the letter she wrote to Santa:
Dear Santa,
For Christmas I want Mrs. D. back for her kids. I feel really sad because she went to heaven. If you can't it's fine. We'll still have her in our hearts. I miss her. I am very sad.
-Ashlyn-
Tanya Reynolds
December 18, 2013
Jack, just wanted to let you know I am thinking about you and sending prayers your way, I don't have the words to explain how my heart is breaking for you. We sure did have a lot of great memories, when your mom was our 1st grade teacher at FRA, hold on to your memories…this will help you find comfort one day. My mom always tells me, Love the people God gave you, because He will need them back one day! Remember your mom will always be with you and your family!
Garrett Clemons
December 18, 2013
I am sending prayers to Linda's family. I graduated with her and she was the "mom" of our Purdue group. We are going to miss you so much. You were so full of laughter and had the best smile. May you RIP. XOXO
Kimberly Floyd
December 18, 2013
With love and prayers to all of you, we remember what a remarkable person Linda was to every life she touched. We are part of her Montana family and are saddened by your loss.
Debbie, Jack May
December 18, 2013
Debbie Stipe May
December 18, 2013
Debbie Stipe May
December 18, 2013
Debbie Stipe May
December 18, 2013
Debbie Stipe May
December 18, 2013
Jim, you are in my thoughts and prayers. My deepest sympathy for your loss. Hang in there Jim.

~Jim Matteson
Jim Matteson
December 18, 2013
I have kept in touch with Linda through Facebook over the last few years. Her energy was so contagious, even through her posts and pictures. I remember growing up near the Keith family, and sometimes, Linda babysat for my brother and me. (We laughed about this a few years ago, because she was only 3 years older than me!) The news of this tragedy has weighed so heavily on my heart. The world has lost an amazing person. My deepest sympathy to her mother, husband, sisters, children, family, friends, co-workers, and students. I am thinking of you all.
Jennifer Thompson (Zych)
December 18, 2013
Our Children are deeply saddened as I'm sure every student is in her passing will be.
Our prayers to her Family & Friends.
A donation: St. Jude Children Research is in order.
Melissa & Samuel Meadows
December 18, 2013
Gail, words can't express how sorry I am for your loss. May God give you the strength to heal. My condolences to the Keith/Darlington family, you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Colleen Murphy
December 18, 2013
I am so sorry for the loss and the grief your family is suffering with. Sending strength your way
December 18, 2013
My heart breaks for Linda's family. I am so very sorry for your loss. Linda was always a ray of sunshine for me while we went through the education program together at Purdue. She had a wonderful sense of humor that helped many of her classmates get through some of those challenging times.
Crystal Parks (Davis)
December 18, 2013
Jim, Emily and Jack,

Words cannot express how saddened I am for your devastating loss. You have been in my thoughts and prayers constantly since I heard this horrible news. Please accept my deepest condolences.

With Sympathy,
Ted Olson
December 18, 2013
Our hearts are breaking at Columbia School in Hammond. Although I only worked with Linda a year, I cherish the time we had as colleagues. I'll always remember her enthusiasm.
Jill Morrison
December 18, 2013
My condolences to Linda's family, especially to her mother Gail. I remember Linda as a child with an infectious smile,so kind. In this time of sorrow you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
December 18, 2013
Jim,
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We were so sorry to hear the devastating news. Linda was such a wonderful person. Our deepest sympathy for your loss.
Larry Vaerewyck & Amy Carmody
December 18, 2013
God bless you in this time of sorrow. I only new Linda as my daughter's first grade teacher. I want you know that she had a huge impact in Brooke's life. She loved going to school just to see Mrs. Darlington. I wish Brooke could have such an influential teacher, like Mrs. Darlington, every year, but Mrs. Darlington is one-of-kind. My deepest condolences to your family from mine.

Adam Royce
Adam Royce
December 18, 2013
To the entire family, My deepest condolences to you all during this difficult time!! Hugs and prayers!!
Amy Majchrowicz
December 18, 2013
Jim,
I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Denise Appleton
December 18, 2013
Jim, we extend our deep and sincere sympathy to you and your children. We enjoyed being your neighbors on hawk drive way back when. keeping you in thoughts and prayers.
Gordon, Sandy, Alex Duke
December 18, 2013
I worked with Linda a few years ago when she taught at Columbia Elementary in Hammond. She was always smiling and full of funny, spontaneous comments. Every one who knew her has been blessed to have had such a charismatic friend. Her loss instantly makes us question "Why?". However, that is not for us to know at this time. We have to trust in Him. Faith is trusting even when we don't understand and that Faith will pull us through.... I am so sorry for your loss. Hugs to all of you who are hurting....
jackie peters
December 18, 2013
Dear Jim and Family, Please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of Linda. Know that you all are foremost in our thoughts and prayers.
Mark Mullett
December 18, 2013
I only knew Linda for a short time, but immediately I saw her passion and love for life, her family and friends. I will remember her by her smile and infectious positive attitude. Linda, you have forever touched my heart!
Kellie Gray
December 18, 2013
Jim, you and your family are in Patti and my thoughts and prayers.Our deepest sympathy for your loss.. Tom and Patti Weatherred.
Tom Weatherred
December 18, 2013
Jim and family, we have no words to express our grief. I will miss my social media friend and the open door she was to stay up to date with your beautiful family. My heart aches for us all but knows that God has chosen a beautiful spirit to watch over us all. Our family will always be there for you with open hearts and open doors. We love you!
Teresa, Troy, Taylor and Tia Williams
December 18, 2013
Your Family is in our prayers. We are happy to have had the opportunity to know Linda as a parent and later as an educator. Please give Jack a special hug from Myles his former classmate.
Will, Vickie and Myles Davis
December 18, 2013
Linda was a beautiful person and a wonderful friend. She will be missed.
Susan
December 18, 2013
Jim, I'm so very sorry for your loss. Hopefully the love of family and friends will see you and the children through your grief and to celebrate Linda's life. You and your family will be in our prayers.
Demi Trojan
December 18, 2013
Jim, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Sending strength and warmth your way to help get through this most difficult time. Our deepest sympathy for your loss.
Nate Regouski
December 18, 2013
We don't know the Darlington Family, but wanted you to know “Our thoughts and prayers go out to ‘Linda's Husband, their 3 children, and also her Mother', in this sad time. May you find all the comfort, strength and faith you need to get through and celebrate the love and wonderful memories of your Wife, Mother and Daughter.”

The Parker Family
Crown Point IN
December 18, 2013
Jim, Emily and Jack,
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. May you find comfort in all the fond memories she left behind.
Your neighbors, The LaMeres.
Donna LaMere
December 18, 2013
I didn't know any of you, but this is a horrible, horrible tragedy. My prayers to all involved.
December 18, 2013
To the whole family
i extend my deepest condolences during this difficult time. Hugs and prayers!!

Amy Majchrowicz
December 18, 2013
Linda was always full of spirit and her words always made me laugh. Deepest sympathy to all the family, especially Jim, Jack & Emily. With love, Shelly, Brian, Brooke and Brayden.
December 18, 2013
Jim,
We would like to extend our deepest condolences to you and your family. Linda was a wonderful lady.
The Gagner Family
Lou Gagner
December 18, 2013
My Heart felt sympathy to you and your family!! Nancy
December 18, 2013
Linda was a wonderful caring person with such a zest for life. She loved her family greatly, she loved being a teacher. The world lost a bright and shining star.....Rest in peace.
Dorothe Menke
December 18, 2013
So very sorry for this terrible turn of events.
Prayers going out to ALL involved.
My deepest of sympathies.
God bless.
December 18, 2013
I love. I miss you. I wish I could hug you one more time. My world will never be the same without you in it...
Kathy Blumka
December 18, 2013
Gail and Family, Words cannot express our very Deepest Sympathy for you and your family. Please know our hearts go out to you and yours and you are all in our prayers.
Sue and Glenn Eisfelder
December 18, 2013
Gail - so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Heather Schmitt-Klepinger
December 18, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers for the Darlington family and the Keith family.
With deepest sympathy, Butch and Joan Grimmer
December 18, 2013
So Sorry 4 Your loss.
December 18, 2013
I don't know your family at all. but my prayers are with you all during this most difficult and sad time in your lives.
December 18, 2013
Linda touched so many people in so many ways. We were blessed to have known her. Our prayers and thoughts go out to Jim and her kids as well as all of her family. She will be missed.
John and Jennie Maier
December 18, 2013
I am so sorry. RIP
Bernadette Duda
December 18, 2013
It was so tragic what happened to you. Hearing all the good people said about you its sad that someone with a passion for teaching children was taken way to soon. God bless your family and peers. RIP
jim fitzgerald
December 18, 2013
Gail,There Are No Words , For This Tragedy Is Far Worse Than Anything That I Can Imagine. We Are So Saddened By Your Loss We Will Never Understand Why. we Are Praying For You And The Girls May God Bless All Of You. I'm Just So Incredibly Sorry. Our Deepest Sympathy,
George & January Michels
December 17, 2013
Words can not express how sorry we are for tragedy. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Dave, Carol, & Kim Jaroszewski
December 17, 2013
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