Linda Cameron Michalak of Oberlin died at 3:30 AM on January 29th, 2020 at the Cleveland Clinic, Main Campus in Cleveland Ohio, following a massive stroke. She was born in Oberlin. Linda was born in Oberlin on August 29th, 1957 to William “Speck” Cameron and Nancy Oliver Cameron. She was married to Kyle Michalak for 40 years and they were married in Fairchild Chapel in Oberlin on May 5, 1979 and he survives.
Also surviving are two sons; Travis of Beaver Creek, Ohio and Cameron of Vermilion, Ohio; one daughter, Caitlin Michalak Ortner of Massillon; one grand-daughter, Ophelia Rose Michalak of Vermilion and one brother Chris Cameron, of Lewis Center, Ohio.
Linda’s father and mother preceded her in death.
Linda was a lifelong resident of Oberlin and a graduate of Oberlin High School. She worked at Gibson’s Bakery, Watson’s Hardware, and Lyman Photo after high school, she then raised her children through school while coaching Odyssey of the Mind and taking her Firelands teams to World Competition twice. She was also a 4H adviser for many years. Linda was the Executive Director of Oberlin’s MAD* Factory for the last 20 years. The MAD* Factory was her passion, her second love and life and she touched the lives of hundreds of children and their families.
Linda enjoyed cooking, volunteering, mowing (of all things) and spending as much time at the Lorain County Fair as possible, sitting out back behind the pig barn and eating cheese sizzles, and some great road trips.
After leaving the MAD* Factory in September, she had developed a new passion of donating her time and resources to the less fortunate, including the First Church of Oberlin homeless program, the Second Harvest Food Bank, and Goodwill.
In Lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the Second Harvest Food Bank at 5510 Baumhart Road, Lorain, Ohio 44053 in her name.
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