Wednesday, March 20, 2013
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Linda Jane Chynoweth, 63, of Sauquoit, N.Y., and Big Pine Key, Fla., passed away on Monday, March 18, 2013, losing her courageous five-year battle with cancer.

She was born in Utica, N.Y., on Jan. 21, 1950, to John and Mary Jane (Jones) Chynoweth and was a 1968 graduate of Sauquoit Valley Central School. Linda became a flight attendant with Mohawk Airlines, where she worked for two years, then spent eight years as a ski instructor in Breckenridge, Colo.

She traveled extensively in the U.S. and around the globe. Linda, called "LC" by her good friends, eventually settled in Big Pine Key and spent 35 years in paradise living life on her own terms. Her hobbies included softball, sailing, fishing for square grouper and other trophies, plus hosting her friends on reality TV night.

LC worked for 17 years as the floral designer for Little Palm Island Resort and Spa and moonlighted at Big Pine True Value. LC was a member of the Moose Lodge.

Her survivors include her mother, Mary Jane of Sauquoit, and her two sisters Nancy Chynoweth (Dyan Wessinger) of Sauquoit and Jacki (Tom) Gaskell of Sauquoit. She also leaves niece Lauren Gaskell; nephews Brian Gaskell, Ross (Jen) Marshall and Dean Marshall; great-niece Brook Marshall; great-nephew Noah Marshall; her trusty canine sidekick, Serenus; and a huge network of loving friends from all over the world.

She was predeceased by her father, John "Jack" Chynoweth, and her sister Janice Nemcek.

A memorial celebration of LC's life will be announced later in the spring.

Please consider donations in her memory to either the Stevens-Swan Humane Society,, 5664 Horatio St., Utica, NY 13502, or Hospice and Palliative Care Inc.,, 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, NY 13413.

Her family would like to thank Dr. Samir DeSai and Windy Mitchell, the staff on the sixth floor at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, and Hospice and Palliative Care for all their assistance during LC's illness.

Arrangements are with the Smith Funeral Home, 3022 Oneida St., Sauquoit.

To view LC's online memorial, please go to