Linda Ann Klemm

January 7th, 2021

It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Linda Klemm at the age of 74 years due to complications from injuries sustained in a car accident. 

Linda was predeceased by her parents Mary (2003) and Bruce (2006) Devitt and her brother Doug (Jan) Devitt (2015).

She is survived by her husband Ed Klemm; sisters Pat Geran of Calgary Alberta, Peg (and Doug) Reid of Creston BC; nieces and nephews and their families.   Linda was always warm and supportive of Ed’s family; she was loved and will be dearly missed.  Linda will also be remembered by her neighbours and the many loving friends she made throughout her life.  

Linda was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan.  After high school spent two years at the University of Saskatchewan where she earned her teaching certificate.  Then she moved to Edmonton AB where she began her career as an elementary school teacher and later worked as a school librarian with the Edmonton Public School Board.  Through evening and summer courses, Linda completed her Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Alberta.  In 1966 she married Ed, her high school sweetheart, they spent 40 years working in Edmonton and 25 years living on their acreage near Spruce Grove.  In 2000, after 34 years, Linda retired from the career she loved.  In 2005, Linda and Ed moved to Sorrento, British Columbia to spend their retirement near Shuswap Lake.

Linda was an avid reader; she loved a great story with a happy ending.  She enjoyed travelling and gardening.  Her wonderful talent in the kitchen delighted guests at the many dinner parties she hosted over the years.  She had a very soft spot in her heart for her pets; she loved her dogs Sammy, Jasper, Speedy, and Howie.

Linda was a kind, caring and generous person.  Her gift was her smile and she gave it freely to those who knew her.  

The sad day has come when we can no longer be together, we will keep you in our hearts, there you will stay forever.

Cremation has taken place.  A celebration of life will be held at a later date when conditions allow. Donations can be made to World Vision Canada, a charity Linda supported for many years. 

Messages:

Thinking of you Ed & extending our heartfelt sympathy. I remember Linda as a cheerful, kind & understanding person. I have many memories of Linda and you. I appreciated a special invitation to “Folk Singers” at Sammy’s Pizza in Regina. Wonderful memories of a vacation in Edmonton and how I learned from Linda all about pizza making. I immensely enjoyed an introduction to excellent Chinese dining. Especially, the time spent at Wizard Lake where in a peaceful environment I tried to re-evaluate my life. Her amazing devotion to nature and passionate love for hummingbirds. The gentle care of “Speedy” the shy chihuahua was extraordinary. May you find comfort in your memories.

Thinking of you Ed with a heavy heart. You and your dear Linda were so well matched in so many wonderful ways. I remember meeting Linda at the many staff functions we had through the years that you and I were on staff at Victoria school in Edmonton. Linda’s warmth was extended to everyone. Her untimely passing is tragic. I am so sorry. Please be comforted Ed by the happy memories you have of the many years you were able to spend with this wonderful woman - your high school sweetheart. Know in your heart too that not only are my thoughts with you but so are comforting thoughts of love and friendship going out to you from your old Vic colleagues to help you cope with your loss through the days and weeks ahead. Take good care of yourself, dear friend.

Ed my deepest condolences,Linda was a good friend and neighbor back in our Cecil Crescent days.May your good memories help you through this difficult time.

We are so sorry for your loss, Ed. Linda was a wonderful person who we enjoyed chatting with regularly during many summers, on Blind Bay Rd., on her dog walking route. We always talked to and about Howie as well in our conversations, and we enjoyed Linda’s warmth and smile so much. We will miss her. Please accept all our condolences. May she Rest In Peace. Willy and Jayne

Our deepest sympathies Ed, so sorry for your loss. Vic and I have fond memories of the years we were neighbours in Alberta. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Hugs

I am so sorry to hear of Linda's passing - we taught together in our early years of teaching and she was truly a dedicated, talented, and enthusiastic teacher who was loved by her students and respected by her colleagues. She had a terrific sense of humour which she shared generously with others and a terrific smile that brightened our days as teachers new to the profession.

Our deepest condolences, Ed. We were so sad to learn about Linda. We have so many fond memories of the "good" times spent all together on 126 St. and at your cabin on Wizard Lake. Dave and Linda had so many great years together at McArthur School too. You could always tell when Linda was around by her wonderful laugh. I will always keep the memory of that laugh in my heart. At our ages now, we start to lose friends and colleagues that were dear to us. Inevitable, but still hard to accept, like this one. Your loss will be profound. Our thoughts are with you. Lorraine & Dave

Ed I am deeply saddened to hear of Linda's passing. I have fond memories of her and working along side her benefitting from her positive attitude and compassion for students and learning.

Linda exemplified everything that was the best about kindness, spirit, empathy and compassion. She was an outstanding teacher and generous mentor to many. My experiences as a working colleague with her at McArthur School were some of the most fulfilling of my life. She brought joy, laughter and good humour into all interactions. Ed, I send you my sincere condolences on your great loss.

Linda and I taught together at Dunluce School. I will always remember her bright smile and warm personality. Any child who passed though Linda's classroom had a very memorable and rewarding experience. She had a way of bringing out the best in each student. Rest in peace Linda.

I am beyond sad to have lost a very special friend. I will always remember her as someone I could always talk to about anything. The gatherings at their home were numerous and memorable. I shall miss her every day ! Thinking of you, Ed, with compassion and friendship.

Ed, I was shocked and saddened to learn of Linda’s passing. My deepest sympathies for your loss.

Dear Ed, We just want you to know that we are so very sorry to hear about Linda, she was a wonderful person and was cherished by everyone who knew her. We offer our heart felt condolences on the passing of sweet Linda. It was an honor to have known such a great person and she will be dearly missed. May God embrace you in comfort during this difficult time. “When I awake in heaven I will be fully satisfied, for I will see you face to face” Psalm 17:15 ❤️

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