November 8, 1945 ~ September 12, 2021

Born in: Pittsburgh, PA
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Malinda Pauline Petrak was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She quietly left this world on 12 September 2021 at age 75.

She was born to Margaret and Ignatius Urban on 8 November 1945. After graduating from high school, Linda worked at Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Pittsburgh, PA. Shortly after marrying Daniel R. Petrak, they moved to Dayton, Ohio, where she worked in a ballistics lab on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, while Dan was enlisted. There, they had 2 children: Deborah L. and Daniel C. Adventures followed with the family’s several moves back to the Pittsburgh area; Lynchburg, VA; Midland, MI; and Herndon, VA.

Although her primary attention was devoted to her family, Linda invested her talents in many capacities: as a reporter/writer for a community newspaper, an “air traffic controller” for a radio station, a historian for Dow Chemical, a real estate assistant, and as a friendly volunteer at Mission Hospital where Linda and Dan retired in Asheville, NC. Linda was a naturally talented artist, and she enjoyed creating delicious vegetarian meals and tracing her family’s genealogic history.

No funeral services are scheduled, given the nature of the pandemic.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations in Linda’s name be sent to the Hospice Foundation of America or ABCCM (Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry). Please use the following links to donate; https://hospicefoundation.org/ and https://www.abccm.org/.

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Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road
856 Tunnel Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805

(828)299-4416
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

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  1. Dearest Linda, My S., Our lifepaths took both of us to work at Blue Cross of Western PA where we were Blessed with a Friendship that lasted all these years. You’ll always have your own Special Place in my Heart. May you Rest in Peace and be kept busy drawing and painting all the Wonders of Your New Heavenly Home.
    Love and Treasured Memories, Anita B. Jr., Your S.

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