Linda Puhallo 1955 — 2018

Linda Puhallo

With sadness we announce the sudden loss of Linda Puhallo.  Linda passed away on December 4, 2018, at the age of 63.  She closed her eyes and slipped away into the arms of her soul mate, her late husband Mike Puhallo who awaited her in the heavens.

Linda is survived by her children, Paul Puhallo (Marilee) and Sharlene Wauters (Mitch) and her grandchildren, Michael Puhallo, Chasen Wauters and Colton Wauters.  She is also survived by her mother, Shirley, and her sisters, Kathy and Wendy. She also leaves behind numerous loved cousins, nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles and friends.  Linda was predeceased by her brother, Terry, her father, Robert, and her husband, Mike.

Linda was born on October 25, 1955 in Port Arthur, Ontario, to Robert and Shirly Hand.  Linda was the second of four children. She grew up in Thunder Bay before moving with her family to Kamloops in 1972.  It was there that she met the love of her life, Mike, and the couple married in 1976.  Mike and Linda enjoyed many years together raising their two children, Paul and Sharlene, on their family ranch in Westsyde.

Throughout her life Linda was best known for her kindness and generosity.  She was a loyal friend who was always genuine in thought, word and deed.  She was hard working and soft spoken …unless she was watching one of her favorite sports teams play.  Linda absolutely sparkled as a grandmother, leaving a trail of pixie dust that captivated her grandsons.  She was truly a lovely woman.

Linda contributed greatly to the community of Westsyde as she co-managed the High School Cafeteria since 1993.  She was also very active as Girl Guide Leader within Westsyde.  Linda was involved in Guiding within Kamloops for nearly three decades; as a leader she took groups of girls to camps across the world.  Her guiding trips brought Linda throughout the province, across the country to Toronto, to Mexico, as well as to Europe.   Linda remained active with the Trefoil Guild at the time of her passing.

Linda – we will always treasure our time with you and yearn for more,

 but we’re so happy you’re with Mike.


A Service in memory of Linda will be held at The Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Valleyview, at 2481 Sunset Drive, on Saturday December 8, 2018 at 2 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mike Puhallo Scholarship, through the BC Cowboy Heritage Society scholarship fund.

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14 Tributes

  1. Faye Tennant
    Posted December 5, 2018 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    Paul & Marilee and Sharlene & Mitch and other
    family members I am so sorry for your loss and
    I want to say that I will miss the soft voice
    and gentle smile that was always there. May you be comforted to know that she will be with
    Mike for eternity. Sorry that I can not be with you at this time. God Bless you all.
    Aunt Faye

  2. Alice & Bill Price
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 6:59 am | Permalink

    Sending our sympathy to the family . Sorry for the loss of Linda.

    Sympathy go to Shirley, Kathy, & Wendy. We were friends for ever.

  3. Krystal Wiwcharyk
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    So very sorry to hear of Cousin Linda’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Krystal, Justin & Krystin Wiwcharyk

  4. Megan
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    Such sad news. If the sign of a life well lived is a large amount of people who will fondly remember you, she nailed it. I will remember one of the last times I saw her happily chasing one of Shar’s boys down the hallway at westsyde. My thoughts are with you Puhallo family.

  5. Linda Oldfield
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    Sorry to hear about Linda’s passing. I know her from the days of guide leader.
    Sincerely Linda Oldfield

  6. Ida Warren
    Posted December 7, 2018 at 6:24 am | Permalink

    It saddens my heart to hear the loss of your wife. Please accept my condolences to you and you and your family Mike.

  7. Carol (Price)Makarec
    Posted December 7, 2018 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    I am saddened to hear about Linda’s passing. She was a kind and gentle soul and will always be remembered. My thoughts are with you, Shirley, Kathy, and Wendy.

  8. Stephen Maunula
    Posted December 7, 2018 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    Our heartfelt condolences to the Puhallo and Hand families. I will fondly remember Linda from the times of playing with the cousins at the farmhouse in McKenzie to the cowboy way of life out West. Linda was a gentle soul.
    Sorry we will not be there at this sad time but we keep you in our thoughts, Stephen & Susan Maunula

  9. Ali Campmans
    Posted December 7, 2018 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    Shar, Paul, Kathy & Wendy. Though I really never met you I felt I’d known you my whole life as your mom spoke of you every day. Yes the good the bad and the ugly… the stories she told…You could tell from the way she spoke of you how much she loved you all. My heart is truly broken. She was the best person that I have ever worked beside or even known. I’m so fortunate I have the time I did with her especially last Sunday. I will miss her for the rest of my days. You can not replace her she truly was one of a kind.

  10. Shirley Martin
    Posted December 8, 2018 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    Sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. She will be fondly remembered. Are thoughts are with you.
    The Martin family at Blackpines – Gus, Shirley, Sandy & John

  11. Eileen Mikkelsen
    Posted December 9, 2018 at 5:01 am | Permalink

    We are sharing your loss, Paul, Sharlene, Shirley, Kathy and Wendy. Our hearts are broken as well. We are so grateful that we spent time with Linda on our last trip to BC a year ago. Linda was one of my first playmates growing up since we were only four years apart in age. My nieces and nephews were my friends. We had a lot of fun together. Over the years since she moved away we enjoyed Linda and Mike’s hospitality. They are together again. We send our love to all. Auntie Eileen and Uncle Chris.

  12. Mona Mattei
    Posted December 10, 2018 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    My condolences to friends and family on your loss. Mike and Linda were very special and shared their love of life with so many. Linda is now back in his care.

  13. Renae
    Posted December 10, 2018 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

    Shirley, Kathy, Wendy and the rest of the Family

    We are so sorry for your loss. We are sending prayers and lots of hugs your way. May you hold your memories in your hearts forever.

    James & Renae Young

  14. Arlene North Jen,
    Posted December 11, 2018 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    Linda was a sweet gentle soul. So sorry she is gone to be with Mike. From our North family condolences to the Puhallo family. All the best to Paul and Sharlene and their families.

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