Franklin, NJ: Linda Esther Amato, age 84, passed away peacefully on March 31, 2022, with family by her side. Linda was born and raised in Franklin, New Jersey. She was the daughter of Ellsworth and Esther Estell.
Linda was a long-time member of Hamburg Baptist Church. After raising her
three sons, she met and married the love of her life, Jack Amato. In her 50’s, Linda was one of the first students to attend Sussex County Community College, where she earned a Paralegal Certification. She worked for Weichert Realtors thereafter, until she retired to spend wonderful years traveling around the world with Jack. She was heartbroken when she lost Jack in October of 2018.
Linda is survived by her three sons, Ralph Van Auken and wife Tracy, William Van Auken and wife Jayne, and Russell Hammell and wife Joyce, in addition to a niece and nephews, step-daughters and step-son, and grandchildren and step-grandchildren.
A graveside ceremony will be held at North Hardyston Cemetery on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. Funeral arrangements under the direction of F. John Ramsey Funeral Home, One Main Street, Franklin, NJ.