LINDA J STILE

November 2, 1940 - June 4, 2022

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Linda J. Stile, the beloved mother and wife, artist and dedicated school teacher over a three-decade career in Wildwood, N.J. and Brooklyn, N.Y., passed away peacefully June 4, surrounded by her family and in her home in Cape Canaveral, Fla. She was 81.
She was born Nov. 2, 1940 in Babylon, L.I., N.Y., the oldest of six children of Walter and Marion Siegel, longtime residents of Mineola, N.Y. She graduated from Mineola High School in 1957, and enrolled in Hofstra University, majoring in fine arts. It is there she met her husband, Charles Stile, an English major.
The two were married at Corpus Christi Church, Mineola, Feb. 7, 1960, and raised four children on Long Island. In 1973, the family moved to their summer idyll in Cape May, N.J., where Linda was hired as an art teacher for the Wildwood public school system.
She brought the full force of her artistic talent and imagination to developing sets and backdrops for high school musical productions in 1970s at Wildwood High School and Lower Cape May Regional High School, where her husband was on the faculty.
A packed auditorium for the 1976 production of “Oliver!” erupted into standing ovation when Linda’s burlap scrim depicting Fagin’s den slowly unfurled on the stage. She also designed and produced the promotional posters for each play with her own silk screen process.
Linda worked in Wildwood for the next eight years until the family returned to New York in 1981, settling in Brooklyn. For the next two decades, she taught art, reading and math at the Jackie Robinson Intermediate School 320, located on the site of Ebbets Field, former home of the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Linda was passionately devoted to her students, often meeting with parents throughout Flatbush after school hours and counseling them on the phone into the late evening. She was also deeply engaged in the after-school activities, painting signs and banners for school events. She was also commissioned to do a range of art projects for faculty, students and local residents.
Linda was an avid painter who left an imprint on the local artistic community in Bellport, Long Island, Cape May, Brooklyn, Catskill, N.Y. and in Florida, where the couple eventually retired in 1998.
Linda’s love of the arts began at an early age. She was inspired by artists John Singer Sargent, Matisse and Renoir. She received a master’s degree at Brooklyn College and continued her studies in art as a member of the Art Student’s League of New York while teaching full time.
Linda was also a member of the Council of Fine Arts in both Columbia and Greene counties in New York. She also exhibited work in events such as the ArtsWalk in Hudson N.Y.
Linda is survived by her husband, Charles of 62 years, and her four children, Charles Jr., of Princeton N.J., Marie, of Brooklyn; Elizabeth of Carlstadt, N.J., and John of Cape Canaveral; and four grandchildren, Marion Stile, Kayla Wynne, Nicholas Stile and Natalie Stile; and two great-grandchildren, Aiden, and Kai.
A memorial service for family and friends is being scheduled for the fall.

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