Linda Eschler was born May 7, 1945, to Pete and Harriet Heny. She was raised on a farm on the Willwood in Powell. Linda passed away Sept. 11, 2019, with her family by her side after battling dementia.
Linda attended school and graduated from Powell High School in 1963, where she was always the life of the party and had many friends.
On Dec. 1, 1963, Linda married her high school sweetheart, Al Eschler, and they were blessed with three amazing children: Eric, Michelle, and Aaron.
Linda’s passion in life was teaching, and she began that career at Ponderosa Elementary and retired from Riverside Middle School in 2010 after 28 years.
Even as the end was near, mom asked: “Did I teach them all good?” and “Are they all going to be OK?” But this was mom—always making sure everyone else was OK and never worried about herself.
She also loved doing crafts and liked to paint. Linda had a natural ability to make you feel welcome and would always cook as if the whole neighborhood would be coming over. She enjoyed spending time with her family, and her “sister-time” meant the world to her, playing cards and laughing with them in Red Lodge.
She was an amazing mom, sister, grandma, great-grandma, aunt, and a dear friend who will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Linda was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Al Eschler, and her parents Pete and Harriet Heny.
She is survived by her three sisters: Mary Lou Bales, Mona (Bob) Model, and Diane Dietz; son Eric (Marcy) Eschler, daughter Michelle (Jeff) Hobbs, son Aaron Eschler, and brother-in-law Steve Eschler; grandchildren James Sherman and Danielle (Brandt) Myers. She was a proud great-grandma “GG” to Aiden and Hailey Sherman and Caysen and Reagan Myers, as well as a loving aunt to numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers please donate to The Alzheimer’s Association in the memory of Linda Eschler at act.alz.org.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Cremation and Funeral Gallery, 29 Eighth St. W. in Billings.
Cremation and Funeral Gallery is handling the arrangements. To leave condolences for the family, please visit www.cfgbillings.com.