Linda Marie Kress

December 21, 1946 - March 22, 2022
Linda Marie Kress


Linda M. Kress, 75, of Toledo, OH, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 22, 2022 in Hampstead, NC with her loving family by her side.

Linda was born December 21, 1946 and she attended Flower Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1967.

Linda was a woman of great character and strength, with a strong work ethic and an independent spirit. She was pragmatic, sharp witted, and exceedingly intelligent. All of these attributes provided her a successful 45 year nursing career that began at the pediatric bedside. Linda quickly advanced into leadership, managing multiple specialties and projects throughout her dynamic career. She retired from her role as the Administrative Nursing Director of Patient Care approximately 10 years ago.

Linda was the proud, loving, dedicated mother of 3 children. She enjoyed family, travel and especially enjoyed time spent with her grandchildren.

Linda was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Donald ; brother, Jim Kerins; parents, James and Marjorie Kerins; and daughter in law Kristy Kress.

Linda is survived and will be lovingly remembered by her children, Chad (Colette) Kress, Jenean (Mark) LaCorte, and Lexy (Robert) Batey; grandchildren Caleb, Isabella, Mark, Brad, Hunter, Grayden, Ava, Miles, and Lucy.

A Celebration of Life for friends and family will be held privately, date and time yet to be determined.

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  • March 26, 2022
    Kate Falconer says:
    So honored to have known and spent time with this amazing woman. Thank you for sharing her with all of us at ALH. Sending love and light to all.

  • March 27, 2022
    Debbie Fritz says:
    A lovely picture of Linda as I knew her. She was my boss for a number of years and a colleague for others. I specifically recall some very supportive words from her when she was the manager of the neonatal intensive care unit and I was a fairly new nurse there. We agreed later it was a difficult place to work. She could be sharp spoken but was witty and had a great heart underneath. I very much respected her. I am sorry for her loss; my condolences to her family and close friends.

  • March 27, 2022
    Becky Zechman says:
    When I read Linda’s obituary I experienced a flood of memories from our time together at Toledo Hospital. My condolences to her family. I am so glad that whoever wrote her obituary knew our wonderful Linda and the Linda at home. Her treasured grandchildren will have many stories about their grandmother to share. Members of the Toledo nursing community miss her.

  • March 27, 2022
    Sharon Serres says:
    The picture of Linda is just how I remember her. I have many fond memories of the 20 some years I worked with her at Toledo Hospital. She has been missed since her retirement and I’m glad she got to enjoy N Carolina. She spoke so often about her children - you were her world. Lexy, I only got to meet you; thoughts and payers to uour entire family.

  • March 27, 2022
    Christine Wasserman says:
    To Linda’s beloved family, I am very sorry for your profound loss. I knew her for many years while working in PR at Toledo Hospital, and I always had the utmost respect for her. (They don’t make nurses like her anymore!) Wishing you all many fond memories and the assurance that Linda’s myriad contributions mattered greatly and will long be remembered.