Linda Ann King

Linda Ann King – devot­ed wife, mother and friend – of Milford, N.H., died peacefully in the company of her family Thursday eve­ning, Oct. 20, 2016, at Com­munity Hospice House in Merrimack, N.H. She was 54.

Born Aug. 16, 1962 in Brooklyn, N.Y., Linda was the youngest child of Joseph and Flora (Jentile) Mirasola. The family spent Linda’s child­hood years in New York and Florida. Linda graduated from Cooper City High School in Coo­per City, Fla., in 1980 and received her associate’s degree from Adirondack Community College in Queensbury, N.Y.

During her time at Ad­irondack Community Col­lege, Linda was a waitress at a Lake George, N.Y., resort. At that job, she met her husband, William King of Queensbury. The couple married Sept. 21, 1985 in Lake George.

The newlyweds settled in Utica, N.Y., where their first three children – Pa­mela, of Arlington, Va.; Joseph, of Milford; and James, of Mendham, N.J. – were born. The family later relocated to Milford, where they welcomed their fourth child, Zach­ary. Linda worked in the Milford Middle School cafeteria for 18 years.

In 1996, Linda accepted Jesus Christ as her per­sonal savior. She was an active part of the Bridge Community Church, but she believed God’s work extended beyond the building’s four walls. She helped establish a local chapter of Young Life, an adolescent outreach min­istry, and invited friends from outside her church to attend a weekly wom­en’s Bible study.

Linda’s children were her priority. She volun­teered in their class­rooms, chaperoned their field trips and coordinat­ed their sports schedules. All four of her children participated in the Pop Warner and Milford High School football and cheer­leading programs. Linda’s positions with those orga­nizations included assis­tant coach, team mom and cheerleading coordinator. She could often be found volunteering in the Mil­ford Community Athletic Association concession stand; arranging carpools for her children and their teammates; and social­izing and cheering from the sidelines of the town’s football fields, baseball diamonds and basketball courts. Her youngest son, Zachary, is currently quar­terback for the Milford High School varsity foot­ball team, and Linda en­joyed attending his games during her final months.

Linda’s pas­sion for athlet­ics also extended into her own life. She enjoyed at­tending spinning, Body Pump and yoga classes at Hampshire Hills and walking her beloved dog Dori around her neighborhood. She participated in CROP Hunger Walks and a du­athlon. She loved to watch professional football and rooted for New York teams. She enjoyed goad­ing her New Englander friends about the rivalry.

Beyond her nuclear family, Linda enjoyed re­lationships with her many relatives on her mother’s side. Her mother, Flora, was one of 10 children, and Linda was her maternal grandparents’ youngest grandchild. She thought of her cousins like brothers and sisters and enjoyed visiting them during an­nual family reunions in New Jersey. The Jentiles emphasized the impor­tance of treating their fam­ily members’ new spouses and friends like blood rel­atives. Linda adopted the same attitude when estab­lishing new relationships with neighbors, coworkers and her children’s friends and significant others.

Linda is predeceased by her mother, who died in 2015. She is survived by her husband and four children; her father; her brother Ste­ven Mirasola; her brother-and sister-in law Jim and Terri Gray; her nieces An­drea Mirasola, Leah Howe, Emmi Massey and Lauren Mirasola; her nephews Cliff Howe, Luke Massey and Connor Mirasola; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, great-nephews and a great-niece.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Satur­day, Oct. 29, at Merrimack Valley Baptist Church at 517 Boston Post Road in Merrimack, N.H. A recep­tion at Milford Middle School will follow. In lieu of flowers, the King fam­ily requests donations to Young Life, in memory of Linda King, 65 West Street, Milford, N.H. 03055.

Arrangements are in the care of the Michaud Funeral Home, 32 Maple St., Wilton, NH. To view an online obituary or leave a condolence, visit our website at www.michaud funeralhome.com.