Linda L. Yingling

November 22, 1949 — December 23, 2021

Linda L. Yingling

Linda L. Yingling (nee Nickison), 72, of North Ridgeville and formerly of Avon Lake, has gone home to be with our Lord on Thursday, December 23, 2021. She was born November 22, 1949, to Kenneth and Frances (nee Stilgenbauer) Nickison in Lorain, OH.

Linda, along with her husband Gary of 52 years, were 1967 graduates of Admiral King High School in Lorain. Upon graduation Linda enlisted in the U. S. Navy and served as a Hospital Corpsman. Subsequently, she trained at St. Joseph School of Practical Nursing and worked as an LPN in Honolulu while Gary was stationed at Hickam AFB. Returning to Ohio in 1972, Linda completed two degrees at LCCC, including one as a Registered Nurse. She then worked as an RN at what used to be the Lorain Community Hospital, where she, along with Dr. Robert Marks founded the Spinal Cord Injury Center and Arthritis Clinic and associated support groups. Linda founded the first warm water exercise programs at the local YMCA's and was employed at Medina Hospital.

Accompanying Gary to Milwaukee, Wisconsin during his career growth, Linda was Director of Nursing at what was the Mitchell Mansion - childhood home of General Billy Mitchell - now a Nursing Facility. While residing in the Milwaukee area, Linda completed a bachelor's degree in World Literature and Religious Studies at Alverno College.

Upon Gary's next assignments to Singapore, Hong Kong, and Korea, she furthered her religious interests in cultures and religions throughout Asia. After a year-long assignment for Gary in Europe, they returned to Avon Lake and Linda obtained a master's degree in Divinity and Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary and then completed all coursework there for a Doctor of Ministry degree. Unfortunately, her progressive disabling disease and blindness prevented her completion of the dissertation.

Linda fought the devastating effects of severe rheumatoid arthritis starting at age 23, having 15 joint replacements by the time she was 30, and numerous other surgeries, including fusions in her neck and ankle which followed. With doctors treating her with many experimental medications like injections of gold salts, nitrogen mustard, chemotherapy, and steroids, Linda's immune system was weakened. Still, she persevered with motherhood, work, and education.

In 2008 it was discovered that blindness, due to retinitis pigmentosa, was a new challenge she faced. That's when she accelerated her global travels and education. Linda set an example for their children, grandchildren and all who knew her as a tremendously loving individual who never complained and never gave up.

When COVID became a reality, Linda was among the first in line to get her vaccinations and, in time, the booster. Still, with these precautions her immune system was too weakened to fend off the dreaded virus. Linda's battle this time took only two weeks to overcome her.

Linda was widely recognized as "Nana" cheering on her granddaughters and grandson, along with her certified Service Dog, Tina, and husband Gary - whether it was at events for cheerleaders, flag corps, at the Avon Lake High School, or Ohio University bands.

Linda was twice Past Worthy Advisor in Rainbow Girls, and Grand Representative to Arizona. She was also a member of the Eastern Star and the NRA.

Linda is survived by her beloved husband Gary; loving children Brent Yingling of No. Ridgeville and Leigh (David) Floran of Avon Lake; cherished grandchildren Mikinzie "Miki" Wallace of Orlando, Olivia "Livi" Yingling of Orlando, Alex Wallace of Ohio University, Enrique and Adriana Floran of Willowick, Ohio; dear siblings Nancy DeVore of Melbourne, Fl, and Scott Nickison of Gaston, SC; her loving and caring Service Dog, Tina; her very special cousin and her husband, Cheryl (nee Stilgenbauer) and Don Strehle; along with many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends around the world.

Donations in Linda's name will be graciously accepted by Canine Companions for Independence: https://canine.org/location/north-central/

The family wishes to thank all the wonderful doctors and nurses who graciously cared for Linda and provided their services throughout her life at the Cleveland Clinic, the Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, and VA Blind Rehab Center in Cleveland.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm for a visitation with a 6:00pm service at Busch Funeral Home 163 Avon Belden Rd (Rt. 83, next to Avon Lake High School) Avon Lake, OH. Burial will be in Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery on Thursday, December 30, 2021 at 2:00pm.

For those that wish to view the services online, the following link will be "live" at 5:30pm on Tuesday, December 28th. https://my.gather.app/remember/linda-yingling

www.buschcares.com 440.933.3202

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Visitation

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

4:00 - 6:00pm (Eastern time)

Busch Funeral Home, Avon Lake

163 Avon Belden Road, Avon Lake, OH 44012

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Funeral Service

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Starts at 6:00pm (Eastern time)

Busch Funeral Home, Avon Lake

163 Avon Belden Road, Avon Lake, OH 44012

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Burial

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Starts at 2:00pm (Eastern time)

Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery

10175 Rawiga Road P.O. Box 8, Rittman, OH 44270

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