St. Timothy's Episcopal Church
2575 Parkway Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Saturday, Oct 04, 2014
Aug 19, 1956 - Aug 28, 2014
Linda Diane Kloote, 58, Winston-Salem, NC, formerly of Kalamazoo, MI, died peacefully on Thursday, August 28, 2014 in Winston-Salem, NC at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home after a courageous battle with cancer.
Linda was born August 19, 1956, in Grand Rapids, MI to David A. Kloote and Gayle L. Kloote (Bowbeer). Her family moved to Spring Lake, MI in 1971, and she graduated from Spring Lake High School in 1974. She continued her education at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where, in 1978, she received a Bachelor of Science degree In Environmental Advocacy. After graduating college Linda decided to travel. She first headed out west, then eventually settled in the Florida Keys in the winter of 1978. Linda gave birth to her first son Travers in December 1979. Linda’s personality meshed well with the Keys’ lifestyle, and she would continue to live on Big Pine Key working for plant nurseries and waitressing until moving in January of 1993. That January she moved back to Michigan, and eventually settled in the Kalamazoo area. She gave birth to her second son Cody in April 1994. Linda would remain in the Kalamazoo area until September 2013 when she relocated to North Carolina for a warmer climate.
Linda was a true Christian with unwavering faith in Jesus Christ and compassion for all. She was a devoted mother of two sons, never failing to make them feel like the most important part of her life. Linda was a dreamer, free-spirit, and a relentless seeker of knowledge. A book was never far from her reach and she could contribute to any discussion on almost any topic. She had a life-long passion for nature, plants, gardening, and the environment which will live on through the legacy of her sons. She loved all music ranging from Bob Marley to Andrea Bocelli to Gospel hymns, all of which she listened to until her last breath. Linda will be greatly missed by many friends and family, but will continue to inspire those fortunate enough to have known her with her angelic love and light.
Linda is survived by her two loving sons, Travers Kloote Bohenstiel, of Winston-Salem NC, and Cody Peter Gall of East Lansing, MI. Her father David A. Kloote, brother David C. Kloote (Debbie Marie), and her two sisters Debra L. Kloote, and Barbara A. Boyd (Josh) along with several nieces and nephews . She is preceded in death by her brother Paul R. Kloote, and her mother Gayle L. Kloote.
The family would like to extend a special heart felt thank you to the faculty and staff at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice. You provided comfort and peace in the most difficult of times, thank you.
A memorial service will be held October 4th 11 A.M. at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem with a celebration of life to follow. Send condolences to 1741 Hausman Dr. Winston-Salem, NC 27103 or online at www.salemfh.com.
Memorial contributions can be made in Linda Kloote’s name to Kate B. Reynolds Hospice or The Children’s Home in Winston-Salem, NC
As a fellow Class of '74 graduate, I was really surprised to learn that we lost another class member. She is in a far better place now. No pain and no suffering.
Fr. Joseph Neiman
Linda was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Paw Paw, Mi while I was pastor there. She was a joy to know. I also met Travers and Cody served as an acolyte.
May Linda rest in peace and rise up in glory.
Michelle (Byl) Davis
I was fortunate enough to go through my high school years with Linda. Neither of us knew what our futures would hold but I am really happy to know that Linda not only lived life as a mother to sons but that she also, somewhere along the line, became a believer in Christ. In the end, that is all that matters, isn't it? And she found 'the life that is truly life' as Paul states it in the Bible. Linda, by God's grace, we will continue our friendship on the other side. Love, Michelle
Penny - Hillcrest Baptist Church
My heart is saddened today to hear of the passing of Linda but I rejoice in knowing that she is with the Lord.
It was such a blessing and joy to our team that was serving lunch on Saturday, August 23, to meet Linda and her family. When we walked into the room you could feel the presences of the Lord. Linda's beautiful smile just lit up the room. To hear her singing hymn touched my heart in such a special way. I think of that day often and remember what a special person Linda was but also what a loving family she has.
I know she will be missed but rest assured knowing that she is at peace with the Lord and in know more pain. We will see her again one day.
Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to pray with your family and to meet such an inspiring lady. It was an honor that I will never forget.
My thoughts a prayers remain with your family. May God bless you all and carry you through this difficult time.
The proof of what an amazingly loving and kind spirit Linda was is evident in her sons. For the 15 years I have been friends with Travers I have seen his limitless generosity firsthand and I know it is a way of living learned from his parents. I only met Linda once, but she was so open and interested in everything about Travs life and his friends, it was obvious how much she loved her sons. I hope she has found peace.