Linda Yolanda Palmer of Monroe, a former Westport resident and loving mother and grandmother, died April 22 of complications from coronavirus. She was 72.
Linda Palmer: former Westporter. Contributed photo
Linda spent most of her life as a homemaker, cooking delicious food and caring for the people she loved. She was kind, gentle, and charitable—a family woman who had a special gift of seeing only the good in people.
She was born Nov. 21, 1947, and raised in Westport, graduating from Staples High School.
She spent her last few years in Monroe, living with her daughter and son-in-law, Yolanda and Stephen Kostenko. She enjoyed her essential role in helping raise her grandchildren, Kyle and Alyssa, who called her “Grangra.”
She is also survived by two sons and their partners, William McMaster and Tari Onthank of Fairfield, and Ronald McMaster Jr. and Andrea Plati of Pennsylvania; her sister Patricia and Ronald Rudolph of Fairfield; her brother Peter Pagliaro and Phyllis Denke of Westport; and brother Benjamin Palmer of Bridgeport. A niece Gabrielle Rudolph of New york City; Nephew Benjamin Pagliaro of Los Angeles, and Taber Onthank of Los Angeles. Two special friends Joann Palmer of Trumbull and Lynn Hyman of Monroe.
Linda lost both of her parents, Yolanda China Luizzi Palmer and Benjamin Palmer, at an early age, and she took on guardianship of her younger siblings. Shortly afterward, she married Ronald McMaster Sr. and started a family of her own.
They moved to upstate New York, but eventually returned to Fairfield County and lived in both Fairfield and Bridgeport.
Linda loved animals, including the family’s dogs, cats and ferrets, and she liked watching nature programs on television. She had a very special connection with a cocker spaniel, named Tucker. He was originally her daughter’s dog but soon it became clear that he loved Linda best. Tucker, who kept Linda company along with his running mate, Rocky, saw right through to her sweet soul and would not leave her side.
A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.