Linda Sorber, age 68, passed away on February 1st, 2021. When she was born in 1952, doctors told her mother Margaret and father Andrew that it was best to tell family and friends that she had died during childbirth. At that time, down syndrome newborns had a life expectancy of 5 years. They were sent away and never heard of again. Luckily for Linda's sake, and for the sake of everyone who has had the privilege of meeting or knowing her, Linda's young parents were brave enough to say no and to love and cherish their first-born child as the perfect gift that she was.
In her 68 years, Linda never hated, cursed, or wished a living soul ill. In the end, it was because of her "handicap" that Linda managed to live an entirely blameless life. Before she cruelly fell victim to early-onset dementia, she dedicated her life to helping others. While her mother was alive, she attended mass weekly, volunteered at the Catherine McAuley House for homeless women and children, and volunteered at the Hampton House Nursing Home. She spent her years caring for others, watching General Hospital, cheering on the Northwest Rangers, Myrtle Beach Pelican’s, Notre Dame, Philly’s and the Eagles. When in SC she attended daily mass and enjoyed going to water aerobics, but she still found time to crochet blankets for everyone she knew.
While many then, and unfortunately still now, view a developmentally disabled child as a burden, Linda was an unmatched gift. She drove her mother, when widowed in her early 50's, to pursue a bachelor's and master's degree in special education. Linda was the reason that both her brother and sister, pursued similar careers. She was an unquestionably loving aunt and babysitter to her nephews and niece. She instilled in all of them a lasting compassion for those who are different and a true understanding that a person's ability for kindness and love are the only things that matter.
Most importantly, Linda had so much love for her nephews and niece that she refused to name a favorite. Despite their competition, even with bribes, and her favorite, chocolate cake, she would insist. It was the epitome of who she was that she would never pick a favorite, but she clearly had one.
Unfortunately, a few years after her mother's death and at an advanced age for an individual with down syndrome, her symptoms of dementia set in, and she ended up a patient at the same nursing home where she spent years volunteering. Despite her life of innocence, she had to suffer the final indignity of forgetting who she was and sometimes forgetting the love and devotion of her family. Due to pandemic, she was forced to live out her last year without seeing her family. Linda is survived by her younger brother Andrew Sorber and his wife Lori, her younger sister Rebecca Kowalek and husband James, three nephews, one niece, and a great-nephew and great-niece.
Suz, you were our real-life angel, thank you for letting us love you!
Due to the ongoing pandemic, no funeral will take place at this time. When it is safe for us to gather, a mass will be held to celebrate Linda’s life. Kearney Funeral Home Inc, 173 E Green St, Nanticoke, is honored to assist the family at this time.
Suzie was a very nice woman i had the pleasure to take care of. She had a warm smile which lit up the room. Her sister was very decated to her and made sure her needs were met. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.R Diehl (11 months ago)
What a beautiful tribute to a special woman who’s love and example touched so many. May you find comfort in the beautiful memories knowing that she is finally home.Jill capece (11 months ago)
Without a doubt, Linda was a treasure. Mandy's senior project was on Down's Syndrome. I'll never forget her interview with Linda. During the conversation, her world travels came up. When asked her favorite place in the world? Venice was her answer! How wonderful that she and Peggy were able to share their magical life together! Swamp Road holds some of my best memories! XxooBrenda Yaple (11 months ago)
This loving tribute to your sweet angel tells the story of not only a special gal, but a special family. The compassion, love and meaning of "family" were always attributes we respected and admired. May you find comfort in knowing she is at peace and will watch over all of you until you meet again. Our deepest regards with prayers and love.....Nancy & Michael Tkatch (11 months ago)
Andy & Becky,sorry to hear about Linda. I can still see you all playing together.Linda is with Carol Ann and her mom and dad. I know she is happy love MargeMarge Moyer (11 months ago)
Andy & Becky , I remember it all, especially how you all played together in the creek and got wet in your clothes when you were told not to. I remeber suzie helping Carol Ann. when she struggled to keep up. sSuzie is very happy where she is now especially with Mom and dad.M argaret Moyer (11 months ago)
I never met Linda, but had the good fortune to read this obituary. She was the epitome of an angelic being living an earthly life. I am more than positive she was fitted for her wings the moment she entered paradise!Charles Umphred (11 months ago)
I was so touched to read Linda's obituary. Clearly, she was an amazing woman. She truely showed God's love in her life. Thank you for sharing her inspiring life. My condolences to her family.Rev. Rocco DeMelfi (11 months ago)
Dear Andy, my memory is fading as the years go by, and l don't recall if l knew that you had a special sister. I believe this may have been a motive for your chosen profession. My prayers are with you and Lori at this time of greif. I'm sure your angelic sister has united with other angels in Heaven.Al Gordon (11 months ago)
How fortunate we are that we knew Linda Sue. She blessed our lives and left such wonderful memories. “Angels Among Us” remains our favorite song from our wedding. Thank you to the Sorber family for so graciously sharing Linda with us. She will be forever missed.Joe, Nancy & Molly Pegarella (11 months ago)
Lori and Andrew, so sorry for your loss of a wonderful sister (in-law). Our family's thoughts are with you during this time.Ryan and Holly Stoa (11 months ago)
Linda was truly one in a million! One of the sweetest angels to walk this Earth! So many great memories growing up with her around! Sending your family lots of hugs and prayers during this difficult time. Love, the Urbanski’sAlyssa Heppding (11 months ago)
What an awesome and loving tribute this is to your sister. I'll keep your family in my prayers.Scott Crispell (11 months ago)
Heaven gained an Angel ! Lori was truly blessed to have such a loving and supportive family. May She Rest In Peace !James Carey (11 months ago)
So sorry for your loss. What a beautiful person inside and out.Debbie ninotti (11 months ago)
Becky and Jim, Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your sister. Wishing you comfort and peace.Tom and Judy Pribula (11 months ago)
Dear Andy and Lori, we are so sorry about Linda's passing. We remember how she was devoted to your mom and to her whole family. Please know that our thoughts and prayers go out to you during this difficult time. Sincerely, Judy and BobJudy and Bob Gardner (11 months ago)
What a wonderful person she must have been. People with special needs give us so much love and teach us how to live our lives without judgement. I will pray for your family for comfort and God Bless You.Jim Kennelly (11 months ago)