Linda Diane Westre passed away at home on Monday, April 16, 2018, from a brain tumor. She was born May 10, 1944 in Madison, Wisconsin to Sterling Wallace Westre and Ursula Amanda Krantz. She spent her childhood in Prairie du Sac,Wisconsin. She graduated from Prairie du Sac High School in 1962, and from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota with a BA in Art Education in 1966, and received her Master of Education from UAF in 1994. Linda married William (Bill) R. Pfisterer on July 23rd, 1966. She taught art in Monroe and Portage, Wisconsin. Linda and Bill moved up to Alaska to teach in the village of Savoonga on St. Laurence Island on the Bering Sea in 1969. Their first child was born in Feb. 1970. They lived in Fort Yukon, Alaska on the Yukon River from 1970-1979 where their next two children were born. Linda and Bill moved to Ester, Alaska in 1979 and their fourth child was born in October 1979. She was active in 4-H, running her neighborhood 4-H group, and her family was awarded Family of the Year for 4-H in 1988. Linda spent many years focusing on her family and raising her four children. She taught in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District from 1984 until her retirement in 2007, first as a classroom teacher, and then as an Art Specialist.
Linda enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, teaching, gardening, traveling throughout the world, and painting. She loved cooking at home with her daughters, with her favorite foods being anything adventurous and healthy. She often said of their home cooked meals that their kitchen was “the best restaurant in town.”
She is survived by her husband, William (Bill) Ruppert Pfisterer, and their children: Carl Thomas Pfisterer (spouse Nan, children: Lenore and Fern); Genevieve Rae Pfisterer (children: Lovisa and Finn Kunkle); Westre Sims Pfisterer (spouse Viola, children: Helena and William) and Amanda Jo Edwards (spouse Ryan Edwards, children: Asa, Willow and Lichen); her siblings: Steven Westre, Elaine Zuelsdorf and Susan Westre.
Should anyone wish to make a gesture in Linda’s memory, she requests that they perform a random act of kindness wherever it may do the most good or make a donation to the Noel Wien Public Library. A private memorial service will take place later this summer.
Linda’s family would like to extend their thank you to all of the friends and family who have been so supportive, as well as The Cancer Center of Fairbanks, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, and Home Hospice Services for their attentive care in the time preceding her death.