Linda Ritchie Tryniecki (November 23, 1948 - September 24, 2013)
Linda Ritchie Tryniecki, a resident of Amite, died at 8:15 am on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. She was born November 23, 1948 in Bogalusa and was 64 years of age. Linda was a devoted wife, a loving mother, grandmother and a faithful friend. Her memory will be cherished by her loving husband, Jim Tryniecki of Amite; her daughters Melissa Bordelon and husband Nic, Mandeville; Debbie Gallagher and husband Mike, Alexandria; Angela Tryniecki of Mandeville; eight grandchildren: Kelsey, Bryce and Karley Bordelon of Mandeville; Madison, Kaitlyn and Shawn Gallagher of Alexandria; Alex and Adam Dumestre of Mandeville; and a sister, Juanita Trout and husband Larry of Red Deer, Alberta Canada. She is preceded in death by her parents Robert Virgil and Nita Ritchie of Bogalusa. Linda devoted her professional life to the countless students that she taught and teachers that she mentored over her 26 year career. She earned both her Bachelor’s and Master's degrees in Education from Southeastern Louisiana University. Her first few years of teaching found her at Amite Elementary, Holy Ghost Catholic School and Merryland Kindergarten and PreSchool. She then found her home at Mater Dolorosa Catholic School in Independence where she taught Kindergarten and 2nd grade for eight years. Her desire to help Mater Dolorosa flourish brought her out of the classroom and into the leadership role as Principal of Mater Dolorosa for six years. These years spent with the students, teachers and families of Mater Dolorosa Parish were her most cherished. After retiring from her role as Principal, she returned to her alma mater of Southeastern to share her expertise and experience as an Instructor and University Supervisor of Student Teachers for six years. She always expressed her joy in being able to mentor these future educators. The family wishes to thank the doctors and ICU nursing staff of North Oaks Hospital for their devoted care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Linda Tryniecki Scholarship established for Mater Dolorosa Catholic School set up at Chase Bank. Visitation will be held at McKneely Funeral Home in Amite, from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm on Thursday, September 26, 2013 and at St. Helena Catholic Church, Amite, from 8 am until Religious Services at 10:00 am on Friday, September 27, 2013. Services will be conducted by Fr. Mark Beard. Interment will be at St. Dominic Cemetery in Husser. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.