Linda R. Zelnar

Born: 02/23/1949 Passed:

God called Linda Zelnar home early in the morning on Saturday, February 9, 2019, two weeks shy of her 70th birthday. She spent the last nine years of her life battling aplastic anemia, and we are so glad that she never has to have another blood test or worry about hemoglobin levels again.

Born in Barberton to William and Marjorie Reeves, Linda called the Barberton area home all of her life. She studied abroad in Austria during college and spent her daughters’ youth making certain they visited America’s cities. In 2010 she retired from Tech Center, where she was an account manager, and began the role she loved most: devoted grandmother to Declan and Faustin, in whose lives she was a steady and loving presence. They will never forget her.

Linda was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Ron Zelnar, and her siblings William, Darla Richards and Jerry. She is survived by her sister, Helen (Ted) Young, brother-in-law, Robert Richards, daughters, Meredith (Neal) Terzola, Melissa (Michael) Kelly, grandsons Declan and Faustin Kelly, and grand-dogs Abbey, Berneen, and Maeve. She was also a beloved aunt to many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will take place at 11:00 AM at Barberton First Baptist Church on Saturday, February 16, 2019. The family will receive friends one hour before the service. A wake will follow at the Ancient Order of the Hibernians, 2000 Brown Street, Akron. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Aplastic Anemia MDS International Foundation, or the American Heart Association. Condolences can be shared with the family online at

Heritage Cremation Society


2 Tributes to Linda R. Zelnar

  1. Adam says:

    Always smiling, spreading love and happiness, rarely complained and will always be remembered as “the fun aunt!”

    Mere and Melissa, I am truly sorry for the tremendous loss you’ve suffered. I love you and your families very much. May your mother’s strength and general good nature be forever a part of you forever.

  2. Patty Reeves says:

    Dear Aunt Linda,
    You were so loved. Thank you for always making me feel welcome and still a part of the family. I will miss your funny and touching Facebook posts. You made me laugh. A true blessing.

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