GRANVILLE – Linda M. Mihlek, 72, beloved mother, daughter, aunt, and friend passed away at her home on November 17, 2022 after a short but courageous battle with lung cancer. She was surrounded by her loving children Rebecca and Jason Mihlek, and her dear and devoted friend Dottie Lou Bettinger. She was the daughter of the late Lena (Hansen) Perla and Louis S. Perla of Granville, MA. She was the sister of the late Lizabeth Urbanoski of Granville, MA. In addition to her children, she leaves behind her nephew Seth Urbanoski of Boston, and niece Robyn Urbanoski and wife Sherry of Chicopee. In addition to family, Linda leaves behind countless friends, including the “Lunch Bunch” whose friendships spanned over three decades, and later in life her card groups including Dottie Lou, Jan, and Marg as well as Marg, Dee, and Chris at the Southwick Senior Center. Linda was a loving “cat mom” to her beloved Emma.
Linda was born in Hartford, CT and primarily resided in Granville, MA her entire life. In 1985 she built her home in Granville, one of her great personal accomplishments. Linda was a graduate of Westfield High School. Her career started at Digital Equipment Corporation as an assembler where she worked her way up the ranks to senior buyer. Linda always valued education and obtained her associates degree from Holyoke Community College while working full-time and continued her education to the age of 55 when she graduated from Bay Path College in 2004 with a Bachelors in Business Administration.
Linda was a young single mom who instilled in her children at a young age to do what is morally right and to have empathy and compassion for others. Linda cared about her community serving as a member of the Granville Council on Aging, chair of her local Democratic committee, and a member of Indivisible. Justice was always important to Linda. Linda loved to travel; she took almost every day trip imaginable throughout the New England states. Additionally, she loved Sedona Arizona, and was fortunate to take a trip of a lifetime to Italy in 2016. Linda was the heart at the center of her family, and she leaves behind a tremendous void.
Her family will receive friends on Sunday, November 27, 2-4 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 4 p.m., at the Hayes-Huling & Carmon Funeral Home, 364 Salmon Brook St., Granby. Burial will be private in Silver Street Cemetery, Granville, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Southwick Animal Shelter, 11 Depot St., Southwick, MA 01077. For online condolences please visit, www.carmonfuneralhome.com.