Linda Ann Greenway (Gonsler), 63, of Grayling, MI, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family Saturday, November 5, 2022, at Munson Medical Center.
Linda was born at McLaren Hospital in Flint, MI on October 21, 1959, the third of three children to Joseph William and Frances Constance (Glowacki) Gonsler. She was a graduate of Carman High School Class of 1977. It was at Carman where Linda met the love of her life, David Greenway. She attended Michigan State University and later graduated from Ferris State University in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. Linda was named to the Dean’s List at Ferris and was recognized on the Who’s Who List.
Dave and Linda married on September 8, 1984, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Grayling. Linda loved Grayling and her and Dave never left, raising their children Rachel and Joseph in beautiful northern Michigan.
Linda was a homemaker, mother, and enjoyed her career in Grayling. She used her creative marketing talents in radio and newspaper advertising, tourism, and banking. What gave her the most fulfillment was empowering people who needed help getting back on their feet. For 26 years she worked at Michigan Works, taking on various roles as case manager, classroom training instructor, and sometimes just a listening ear. She helped people with the little things. Filling out a resume, landing a job, and providing resources. Linda’s professional standards in career development earned her a certificate as a Global Career Development Facilitator in 2018. She was an active member of the Grayling Promotional Association, taking the lead on the GPA Cookbook that both raised money for the organization, but also earned her the GPA Woman of the Year award in 1992.
For 30 years she enjoyed the family cottage on Houghton Lake, boating, tubing, skiing, swimming, loving the water. She loved being on the beach, gardening, camping, and most of all she had a deep connection and passion for her cats and dogs during her lifetime.
Linda is survived by her husband, David Wayne Greenway, daughter Rachel Ann Greenway, and son Joseph David Greenway of Grayling; brother James W. Gonsler and wife Leta of Flint; sister Mary Jo Herbig and husband Jeffrey of Flint; nieces Kala (Will) Day; Paige (Nick) LaPeen; Kristin (Nick) Moore; Ashley Gonsler; Lilian Herbig; nephews John Gonsler and Billy (Crystal) Gonsler; grand-nieces and nephews, dear friend Kay Golnick, and many loving family members and close friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph William and Frances Constance Gonsler.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 12, 2022, at Sorenson-Lockwood Funeral Home, 1108 W. North Down River Road, Grayling, MI, 49738. Dear friend and neighbor, Terrie Lockwood, will officiate. The family will receive visitors from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with a luncheon to follow. Condolences may be sent to the family at sorensonlockwood.com. Arrangements by Sorenson-Lockwood Funeral Home.