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Linda Margaret Krausnick
  • November 05, 1944
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  • December 09, 2020

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Linda Margaret (Robertson) Krausnick, 76, of Ocala died on December 9, 2020, shortly after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. The date was notable, as it was also the 20th anniversary of her father’s death. Linda grew up in North Syracuse, New York, the oldest child of Walter Robertson and Beatrice (Manning) Robertson. She graduated from Liverpool High School and attended Central City Business Institute (CCBI). In 1965, she married Edward Krausnick and moved to Connecticut, settling in Clinton in 1972. She later attended Middlesex Community College and St. Joseph’s College, received her bachelor’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University, and did graduate coursework in public health.
Linda led an active, unconventional life, full of diverse interests and talents. Her artistic talents included stained glass, basketry, and kiln-fired pottery, particularly raku. She worked for several years as a pottery studio assistant at Southern Connecticut State University, where she was beloved by many of the students. Linda’s creative talents extended to her ambitious DIY projects (and a few hilarious misadventures) with Ed. Together, they added many custom features to their Clinton home and later completed a full renovation of their Ocala home.
Linda loved traveling throughout the Southwest and was especially fond of Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she and Ed made numerous visits to their daughter Jennifer. Linda’s adventurous spirit also took her to Haiti for charity work, to Italy and Sicily with family and, most recently, to Costa Rica and Guatemala with Ed.
Linda’s world revolved around her love of nature and animals. In the 1970s, she founded Oakwood Standard Schnauzers and finished many American Kennel Club (AKC) champions. The Oakwood lineage continues to this day and is well known for enhancing the breed’s aesthetics. To date, five Oakwood schnauzers have been named National Specialty Winners. In her forties, Linda started riding horses and taking lessons in English riding and dressage, keeping two of her own horses. Over the years, she also cared for cats, chickens, ducks, a goat, and several abandoned baby birds.
After settling in Ocala in 2005, Linda developed her talent for gardening and landscaping. She loved “wild Florida landscapes” and applied her passion to creating a dynamic garden that enveloped her home, which included a beautiful butterfly garden, a habitat for her chickens, a koi pond with aquaponic features, and roaming space for her three beloved Jack Russell Terriers. She was fascinated by the bees, butterflies, lizards, toads and snakes inhabiting her garden, and she loved to photograph and research the many species of flora and fauna.
Linda found her true Florida “home” when she joined the Marion County Master Gardeners (Class of 2008), where she expressed her passion for lifelong learning and was known for her plant propagation skills, her technical presentations, and her contributions to the plant clinic and annual plant sale. In 2013, she received the statewide Outstanding Master Gardener Award. Linda loved spending time with her fellow Master Gardeners and formed many lasting friendships. In her last days, she wanted her MG friends to know how much they had enriched her life these last 12 years.
Linda is remembered by her husband of 55 years, Edward Krausnick; her two daughters, Jennifer Krausnick and Elizabeth (Carl) Giuffre; her brother, Robert Robertson; her sisters-in-law Joan Liggett and Violet Deborah Robertson; and her nephews, Benjamin, Andrew, and Robert Robertson. A memorial service for family, friends, and the Marion County Master Gardener community will be planned for Spring 2021.
Linda’s family would like to thank the staff of the Cates House at Hospice of Marion County for their compassionate care during her final days. Those who would like to honor Linda’s memory may make a charitable contribution to the North American Butterfly Association (/www.naba.org/), the Leukemia Research Foundation (allbloodcancers.org/) or Hospice of Marion County (hospiceofmarion.com).
Arrangements by Baldwin Brothers Funerals & Cremations 11250 SW 93rd Ct. Rd., Ocala 352-236-7813.


Tribute Wall

  1. 28 Feb 2021
    John Sarto lit a candle:
    Lit since February 28, 2021 at 2:42:47 PM

  2. 18 Dec 2020
    Ed Krausnick lit a candle:
    Lit since December 18, 2020 at 12:06:21 AM

  3. 17 Dec 2020
    Linda Brown says:
    Linda, I will always remember your kind spirit and willingness to help all the Master Gardeners and especially me during many of the plant clinics we shared, along with the loads of information and pictures you shared with me
    You will be greatly missed by all the lives you touched human and animal.
    Goodbye, my friend may we meet again. R.I.P. Condolences to your family. Linda Brown

  4. 17 Dec 2020
    Robert Robertson says:
    You're with Mom and Dad now, my heart is broken that you are gone. I have no words that can express how hollow I feel. I miss you so much.

    Love you sis, your little brother

  5. 17 Dec 2020
    Robert Robertson lit a candle:
    Lit since December 17, 2020 at 12:28:18 AM

  6. 17 Dec 2020
    Jennifer Krausnick posted an image:
    Mom and me, Moon Lake, near Theresa, NY (Grandma & Grandpa's camp).
    Mom and me, Moon Lake, near Theresa, NY (Grandma & Grandpa's camp).

  7. 17 Dec 2020
    Jennifer Krausnick posted an image:
    The family foursome, Liverpool NY 2015.
    The family foursome, Liverpool NY 2015.

  8. 17 Dec 2020
    Jennifer Krausnick posted an image:
    Mom and Dad at Greek restaurant in Ocala a few years ago.
    Mom and Dad at Greek restaurant in Ocala a few years ago.

  9. 17 Dec 2020
    Beth posted an image:
    At Little Italy in Inverness.  Maybe 2015?
    At Little Italy in Inverness. Maybe 2015?

  10. 17 Dec 2020
    Beth posted an image:
    This was so much fun.  It was 10/5/07, the night before Carl and I were married.  We celebrated Dad’s birthday under the tent.  I love this photo❤️
    This was so much fun. It was 10/5/07, the night before Carl and I were married. We celebrated Dad’s birthday under the tent. I love this photo❤️

  11. 16 Dec 2020
    Marylou Klein says:
    Linda We will all miss you.

  12. 16 Dec 2020
    Elizabeth Giuffre posted an image:
    Mom’s Wedding Portrait
    Mom’s Wedding Portrait

  13. 16 Dec 2020
    Elizabeth Giuffre posted an image:
    July 2013?  Dallas, GA
    July 2013? Dallas, GA

  14. 16 Dec 2020
    Anne S Mil says:
    I first met Linda in 1979, so she has been my friend for a very long time. I bought my first Standard Schnauzer from her and that became a life long passion for me. We lived close to her in Clinton Connecticut and I followed her lead into many future pursuits. Basketry, Dressage and ceramics to mention a few. I will miss our friendship but treasure a continuing connection with Ed, Jennifer and Beth.

  15. 16 Dec 2020
    Jennifer Krausnick says:
    Mom, you have been the most influential woman in my life. You showed me how to bushwhack my way off the beaten path. And that fitting in is boring. And that I'm tough enough to handle whatever comes my way. And that life is more usually more interesting when things don't go to plan. I've loved you fiercely, even when we didn't agree. But I know you know that. I'll miss our phone calls, you patiently listening to my latest geeky health obsession, your tales of mating toads and chicken coop rats and the snake living in the garage. You created a rich life and have left me so many memories to warm my heart when I'm missing you. Thank you!

    Love, Your Little "Trooper"

  16. 16 Dec 2020
    Pat Caldwell says:
    It was such a privilege to know her and get to work with her. I will
    never forget her. My condolences to all of her family.

  17. 16 Dec 2020
    Ruth Conger Crespi says:
    I remember Linda from our days working together in the ceramic department at SCSU . These words come to mind: creative, funny, kind, and intelligent. I had not been in touch with Linda since I left the New Haven area, so reading her obituary filled in the gaps from then forward. I am not surprised about her love of animals, nature, and gardening, nor about her activities and many friends. She was a lovely person. I send sincere condolences to her husband and her daughter, and to all who loved her.

  18. 16 Dec 2020
    ANN BROWN lit a candle:
    Lit since December 16, 2020 at 12:37:05 PM

  19. 16 Dec 2020
    ANN BROWN says:
    My friend Linda Krausnick left our world for a much better place on December 9, 2020. Linda always had a smile and was concerned about me and my husband's health. I always wanted to know how Ed was doing too, especially after his cancer diagnosis. She filled my idea of a true Master Gardener. We attended several statewide Conferences for Master Gardeners together. Linda always seemed to have the answers for the questions Marion County residents called the Plant Clinic. Linda made a difference in my life's journey. God Bless Linda and her family.

  20. 16 Dec 2020
    Jennifer Krausnick posted an image:
    Walking the tomato house at Slack Hollow Farm in Argyle, NY, 2017.
    Walking the tomato house at Slack Hollow Farm in Argyle, NY, 2017.

  21. 16 Dec 2020
    Jennifer Krausnick posted an image:
    Mom and Dad in the pumpkin patch while visiting Jen in Troy, NY, October 2017.
    Mom and Dad in the pumpkin patch while visiting Jen in Troy, NY, October 2017.

  22. 16 Dec 2020
    Jennifer Krausnick posted an image:
    Christmas in Ocala, 2014.
    Christmas in Ocala, 2014.

  23. 16 Dec 2020
    Jennifer Krausnick posted an image:
    Mom, Dad & me, Ocala, 2017.
    Mom, Dad & me, Ocala, 2017.

  24. 16 Dec 2020
    Jennifer Krausnick posted an image:
    At a favorite Greek restaurant in Ocala a.few years ago. I love this photo of mom.
    At a favorite Greek restaurant in Ocala a.few years ago. I love this photo of mom.

  25. 16 Dec 2020
    Jennifer Krausnick lit a candle:
    Lit since December 16, 2020 at 12:18:16 AM

  26. 16 Dec 2020
    Donna Dibble lit a candle:
    Lit since December 16, 2020 at 12:02:31 AM

  27. 16 Dec 2020
    Donna Dibble says:
    Linda was such an amazing, interesting person, She was always a wealth of knowledge, no matter what the subject, and had so many talents. Her quirkiness always made me smile!!! I will miss you Linda!!

  28. 16 Dec 2020
    Thomas, LeAnn, Joey, & Jimmy says:
    We love and always remember our dear neighbor and friend Linda. She will live in our memories as a caring dear lady. We thank God for giving us chance to meet and know each other.

  29. 16 Dec 2020
    LeAnn Consolato lit a candle:
    Lit since December 16, 2020 at 12:14:07 AM

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