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Linda K. Hegner

  • On December 22, 2018

“The oft-imitated but never duplicated Linda K. Hegner, 71, of New Brighton, PA, passed December 20th around 3pm after a prolonged illness. Born on June 22, 1947 in Pittsburgh, she is the widow of the late Frank A. Hegner of Sewickley, PA, and the mother of Julie E. Hegner of Brooklyn, NY.

A single parent for most of her daughter’s life, she taught Julie to be fiercely independent, to keep going in the face of adversity, that willpower and sheer stubbornness are just as much of a superpower as flying, that caring about others is our privilege and duty, and to always, Always, ALWAYS vote. The past five months since she became ill have been the very definition of “Nevertheless, she persisted,” and she fought long and hard. She is out of pain at last, and reunited with her husband after nearly 40 years apart, but as she passed on the eve of the Winter Solstice, may things only get brighter for her from here on out.

She is survived by daughter Julie Hegner, son in law Rick Ross, her grandchildren Amelia Ross, Sage Ross, Samang Phokompe, and Beckham Bumgardner, and was eagerly anticipating the arrival of Beckham’s little brother this June. She is also survived by her siblings Norm White, Beth Bakey, Sloane White, Eileen West, David White, and her nieces and nephews Meaghan Bakey, Rebecca West, Matthew West, and Dave White, along with many devoted friends.

Linda requested that no memorial be held, but those who wish may donate to their local Humane Societies or animal shelters in her memory, as all of Linda’s pets were rescues or shelter pets, and it would make her happy to know that animals were being cared for in her name.”

Arrangements entrusted to Pittsburgh Cremation and Funeral Care, Robinson Township. Please view and sign the family’s  online guestbook at www.PittsburghCremation.com.

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Karin Miller
  • Dec 26 2018
Linda was a brilliant, strong, and generous woman as well as a wonderful, loving friend of many years. Drew and I miss you so much, but are thrilled that you are finally free. Fly high, Lin!
Susan & Peter Traub
  • Dec 27 2018
We are truly sorry you lost your mother, but she had suffered quite enough.
Vince Franco
  • Dec 27 2018
Julie, My deepest sympathy and condolences to you and Rick. You're mother was an amazing woman and raised just as amazing a daughter. May the Lord grant you peace and comfort in your time of sorrow. You will always remain in my prayers.
Lori Bumgardner
  • Dec 27 2018
GoGo was a life force that will continue to beam within her grandkids - and especially within her amazing daughter. Beckham will always remember her through the dozens of books (and of course the Penguins attire) given to him from this incredibly kind woman. We love you, GoGo - and hug my Padre for me.
Lorraine klinger
  • Dec 28 2018
So sorry for the loss to your family.
Jan Buttram
  • Dec 28 2018
I'm so glad I got to know Linda, precious memories. She will be missed!
Rosie and Avi
  • Jan 1 2019
We all loved Ms Linda and will miss her dearly, her generosity, and her compassion. We have been friends for the past fourteen years and us kids will miss her and all the good times we had with her. All our love and prayers go to her and her family. Signed, Roseanne Downey Linda, and Avi, Ashie, and Ari Brautigam
Kathy Cohen
  • Jan 2 2019
It was an honor to care for Linda during her last months; thank you for allowing me to be part of her life. I’m so sorry for your loss.
Cathy D
  • Jan 25 2019
So sorry to hear about lindas passing. I worked with her at AGH for many years. She was a very giving person and nurse. Sorry this is late, my deepest condolences.
Mj Hooper
  • Jan 25 2019
I'm so sorry for your loss. Linda was a very kind, generous, caring person and an awesome nurse. Prayers fir you and your family.
Sandy Dixon
  • Jan 25 2019
Just heard about the loss of your mother. I worked with her for many years at AGH. She was such a hard worker and always wanted you to have the best life. She was so proud of you and loved you. I am so sorry for your loss.
Ellen Price
  • Jan 25 2019
I met Linda when I was very new nurse at AGH. I learned much from her in our years shared at AGH. She helped my daughters get to Girl Scout camp every summer with the generous amount of cookies she ordered each year. My deepest sympathy to her family. Ellen Price
Cathy Stiddart
  • Jan 26 2019
Julie, I am so sorry for your loss. Linda was filled with live for others. I witnessed her kindness each day I worked with her. She went to Haiti in the middle of the disaster to help others, she was the oldest nurse to go but se did it with a determination to help, to show love, and provide much needed medical care. She loved and spoke of you and how proud she was to be your mom. May Angel's guide you to your husband and comfort your family.