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Linda L. (Murray) Yuoconis
October 14, 1944 ~ December 30, 2023 (age 79) 79 Years Old
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ORANGE- At the age of 79, Linda’s perpetual reign of earthside kindness took a pause on Saturday, December 30th after a brief period of failing health.
She was born in Orange in 1944 and attended both Mahar Regional and New Salem Academy. After working as a bus driver for several years, she determined she liked adults more than children and embarked on a four decade career as a local mixologist.
She had a dedicated following at the Lionden Pub in Orange until she shifted towards a 30+ year career as ringleader at The Lithuanian Club in Athol.
She leaves two daughters; Laurie Chiasson (Mike) and Lisa Whipps (Evan), two granddaughters; Ella and Nicole and great granddaughter Emma. She leaves brother Dan Hammock and niece Michelle Sullivan (Andy, Aiden, Brianna) as well as nieces Jessie Corrente and Stephanie Malek.
Her tribe was massive with too many relationships to mention but special shout outs go to (every single day visitor and friend) Peter Pianka, as well as Linda Rajaniemi, Sandy Dupell, Sally Boomer and Suzanne Dahlstrom Shaker.
Linda was predeceased by her mother, Ella Hammock; brother David Murray and most recently, long time partner Ken Dahlstrom. We all know there were dozens more open arms anxiously awaiting her arrival to the heavens.
This gem of a woman loved hard. The weight of her concerns for dozens of people simultaneously were heavy - but she knew no other way. She wore the responsibility of being everyone’s cheerleader on her sleeve, a gracious and thoughtful friend to all. Her kindness had zero limits and so did her tomfoolery. Always at the ready (with that smirk!) for a joke or prank.
She loved gardening and took great pride in her yard. She was crazy about her birds and other small animals scurrying about. Regular trips to Turners Falls for swan sightings were a must. She was an extremely talented oil painting artist, skilled mushroom forager and great cook with everyone clamoring over her cabbage salad.
Our one-of-a-kind loving woman will be honored on Friday, January 12th at Witty’s Funeral home from 3-5:30pm with a reception at the Lithuanian Club, 365 South Street, Athol, immediately following. Graveside service will be private.
Although she LOVED flowers, please consider an alternative donation to Care Central VNA & Hospice in her name. Donation forms, online payment options and address can be found at