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Linda Jill Husvar
August 12, 1945 ~ December 25, 2023 (age 78) 78 Years Old
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Linda Jill Husvar, 78, of Alliance, Ohio, passed away on December 25th, 2023. She was born to parents, Harlen J. Ashcraft and Reva Loraine (Smith) Ashcraft, on August 12th, 1945. Linda graduated from Jefferson Union High School in 1963. She went on to study Sociology at Bethany College in 1967 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. She received a Masters Degree in Applied Sociology from Kent State University in 1978. She also possessed a folder full of certifications and achievements.
Linda met John Paul Husvar while attending the same high school and their respective parents had horses and homes in Taylortown, Ohio. John and Linda were both close and affectionate from the beginning. They dated and eventually married on July 13th, 1968, in Jefferson County, Ohio. Their honeymoon involved a horseback camping trip. Together they raised 2 children: Jerod J. Husvar, Ruth I. Brock.
Linda’s lifelong passion was horses. She had horses growing up, even boarding her horse near Bethany College while attending, and bought a home with her husband that had enough property to allow her to have a barn with pastures and riding areas. She worked side by side with John and the kids to turn a property that included an abandoned trolley car right of way along which people tossed their trash while on the ride from Alliance, Ohio to Ravenna, Ohio. The family worked diligently to transform a dump into a hobby farm. They removed countless truckloads of glass and old trash, dug fence post holes through sandstone and rip rap and the rail bed, and built a barn from an abandoned coal tipple donated by the railroad. Linda was armpit deep in all of it because she loved horses that much.
Linda wore many hats in life. She was a mother and wife. She worked as a groom and horse trainer as well as an independent living advocate and social worker. She took on side jobs with horses to fund her hobby and to contribute to the family’s well-being. She was known as a dedicated and hard worker in any job she took on. Linda founded Witzend Therapeutic Riding Program and offered one of the first disabled accessible horse-riding programs in the country. While it eventually tapered off and was replaced by agencies and companies more funded and with more resources, she made it work and taught many disabled riders who would otherwise have been unserved. She also taught able-bodied students, trained horses, and rehabilitated rescue horses.
Linda is survived by son; Jerod, daughter; Ruth, and seven grandchildren; Samantha, Mikayla, Hadley, Caulin, Chloe, Jay Marie, and Hunter, sister-in-law, Janice (Husvar) Sanchez, niece; Elaina (White) Gill, nephew; John Mason Sanchez, as well as their spouses and children. There are also many cousins who mostly reside in Texas.
She in preceded in death by sister; Nancy Ashcraft, father; Harlen “Heavy” Ashcraft, mother; Reva (Ice) Ashcraft, husband; John Paul Husvar, as well as a host of much-loved in-laws and other relatives.
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD...plans to give you hope and a future...You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart" Jeremiah 29:11,1
A memorial service followed by, and Ice Cream Social reception will be held at New Baltimore Community Church, 7761 Pontius St NE, Alliance, OH 44601, on January 13th, 2024. Visiting will be from 12p-1p, Pastor Ken Baker will preside over a service from 1p-1:30p followed by the Social until 3p. Guests are invited, but not required, to bring a dessert to share. Ice cream, coffee and soft drinks will be provided. Attire for the day is clean and casual. Please come as you are! In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a local hospice, 4-H club or livestock rescue of your choice.
The family has entrusted Arnold Funeral Homes & Cremation – Hartville, Ohio with her final arrangements. A private interment has already taken place at New Baltimore Cemetery.