May 29, 1949 - July 01, 2016
May 29, 1949 - July 01, 2016
Dateline: Middle Grove, NY
Linda Susan Van Alstyne, age 67, of Benzal Road, died peacefully in her home on Friday, July 1, 2016, after a five-year journey with Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma. She was born on May 29, 1949 in Detroit, MI, the daughter of the late Milburn and Dorothea (Bennett) Floyd. Linda was a 1967 graduate of Lee M. Thurston High School in Redford, MI. She received a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 1973 from Wayne State University in Detroit. She graduated in 1989 from Russell Sage College in Troy, NY, with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. In 2008, she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Russell Sage.
Linda was a Physical Therapist at Physical Therapy Associates of Schenectady from 1989-2013. She specialized in treating the pelvic floor and loved caring for her patients. In December 2010, her study on management and treatment of the pelvic floor was published in Physical Therapy, a highly selective peer-reviewed academic journal. Prior to her career in Physical Therapy, Linda was an Occupational Therapist at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, DC, and also headed the Occupational Therapy Department at Welborn Hospital in Evansville, IN.
Throughout her life, Linda mastered many arts, including basket weaving, gardening, and a wide range of fiber arts. She was skilled in knitting, dyeing, spinning, and weaving. She discovered the art of felting wool, and carved a personal niche in that medium, using the sculptural ability of handmade felt to create masks, caricatures, collages, and artful wearables. Her work has been shown by invitation nationally and internationally. She shared her gift with others through her work as an instructor, offering workshops for children, and taught several classes at the famed Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, WV. Her art appears in Uniquely Felt (Storey Press) and How They Felt (Interweave Press). She co-authored NeedleFelting: Art Techniques and Projects (Craft Works Publishing) with Anne Vickery and Pat Spark. She was a past president of the Northeast Feltmakers Guild and recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award. Linda authored several decentralization grants with both the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Public Library and the Frederick Allen Lodge in Saratoga Springs.
Linda was the beloved wife of Bill Van Alstyne of Middle Grove; loving mother of son Andrew (Liz) of Wenham, MA; daughter Hillary (Nobuyuki) Takahashi of Saratoga Springs. She is predeceased by her brother, James Richard Floyd. She is survived by sisters Melanie (Lloyd) Smith of Hayes, VA; Patricia (Don) Inman of Prudenville, MI; Barbara Scappaticci (Tony) of South Lyon, MI; Ann McGarrh (Cary) of Henderson, KY. Brothers Jon (Liz), and Tom (Debbie), both of Henderson, KY. Linda was blessed to be the grandmother of Shayla, Lucy, and Julia, of Wenham, MA.
A memorial service to honor Linda is being planned by the family in September. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Linda’s memory may be made to the Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Research Foundation, (accrf.org) PO Box 442, Needham MA 02494, or Kelly’s Angels Inc., P.O. Box 2034, Wilton, NY 12831.
With confidence, the family has placed their trust in the loving care of the Townley & Wheeler Funeral Home, 21 Midline Road, Ballston Lake NY, and they encourage you to view and leave messages on Linda’s Book of Memories at www.TownleyWheelerFH.com
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