Linda (Rufo) Earle

  • Born: February 13, 1948
  • Died: June 23, 2017
  • Location: Stoneham, Massachusetts

Barile Funeral Home

482 Main Street
Stoneham, MA 02180

Tel. 781.438.2280

Tribute & Message From The Family

Linda M. (Rufo) Earle, 69, passed away on Friday, June 23rd, 2017
after a long battle with cancer. She confronted her illness with
optimistic determination and unwavering courage. As a survivor, Linda
lived each day to the fullest and never took anything for granted. She
persevered through adversity and left the legacy of her love, strength
and courage to her family.

Born on February 13, 1948, Linda grew up in Malden and was a graduate
of Malden High School. She and her husband, Albert Earle, moved to
Stoneham in 1976. Linda became an active member of the community. A
loving mother to four sons, Linda dedicated herself to volunteer work
at Colonial Park Elementary School, where she worked for 14 years.
Linda was also very involved in Stoneham's Cub Scout program. Linda
later became a receptionist at a local tax firm, where she truly
enjoyed her work and her colleagues.

Linda loved socializing and keeping in touch with old friends. She
enjoyed organizing her class reunions. She brought a smile to all her
friends on Walsh Ave. The tight-knit neighborhood was like family, and
she cherished the social gatherings, 4th of July parties, and the
close friendships she maintained through the decades.

Linda was devoted to her family and found great happiness in the
simple things such as family dinners, birthday gatherings and
holidays. Linda loved singing and dancing to Kenny Rogers songs, and
his concerts brought her such joy. She and her husband were married
for 45 years, and she loved her walk through life by his side.

Linda was the beloved wife of Albert W. Earle; the daughter of the
late Anthony and Graciella (Constantino) Rufo; loving mother of Bryan
Earle, Kevin Earle and his former wife Kerry Lewis, Todd Earle and his
husband Jody Murray and David Earle and his wife Kathryn; grandmother
of Emily Earle and Matthew Earle and sister of Robert Rufo and his
wife Ann; she was also the aunt to many loving nieces, nephews, and
great nieces.

Funeral Services will be held from the Barile Family Funeral Home, 482
Main St. (RT28), Stoneham on Tuesday, June 27th at 9am followed by a
Funeral Mass Celebrating Linda's Eternal Life at St. Patrick's Church,
71 Central Street, Stoneham at 10am. Interment will be in Lindenwood
Cemetery, Stoneham.

Family and friends are cordially invited to gather and share memories
at the funeral home on Monday, June 26th from 4 to 8pm.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Linda's memory to
Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Breast Oncology Unit, 450 Brookline Ave,
Boston, MA 02215.

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Condolence & Memory Journal


Merry Christmas Mom!

Posted by David Earle - Stoneham, MA   December 26, 2017

So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you all.

Posted by Joanne M - ME   July 01, 2017

Bryan, so sorry for the loss of your mom, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Kim Coogan-DeCrescenzo - Reading, MA   June 28, 2017

Dear Al, Bryan, Kevin, Todd and David,

I am so sorry to hear about Linda's passing. I was thinking about the summer cookouts and Christmas eve at my parents house. She will be missed.


Posted by Tony Augello - Newport Beach, CA - Family   June 26, 2017

The first time I met Linda, I knew, immediately, I would love her - not like, but love her - in the true sense of loving a person you could tell was kind, truly genuine, thoughtful and caring.

Yes, I knew, right away.

The first Christmas Linda and Al came to our house, they brought a gift to my husband and me. We had not thought ahead to have gotten a gift for them. But receiving was not in Linda's vocabulary - giving was all that mattered.

So, I came to learn, over a short period of time, how remarkable Linda truly was and I subsequently decided I could never have possessed the amazing qualities she exhibited during the last years of her life.

I could not have been as stalwart. I would not have had the ability to always make others feel at ease. And I could not have been so very, very brave.

I wish I had known Linda long before my daughter, Kathryn and Dave were married. But, I do know that during the short time I did have the privilege of knowing her that I learned the true meaning of love, honesty and true courage.

Posted by Susan Hartmere - woburn, MA - Family   June 26, 2017

It can be so hard to face the first year without your loved one, but the love of family and friends can carry you through.

Posted by Anna & Patrick Papa (frends of Todd.... - Fitchburg, MA   June 25, 2017

Dear Rufo family,
I am so sorry to hear about Linda. Her niece, Lindsey, shared some great memories about what a wonderful person Linda was and how much she meant to Lindsey. Wishing you all the best, as you find your strength during this tough time. Love, Nisha, Lindsey's best friend

Posted by Nisha Shah - Silver spring, MD   June 25, 2017

Al and family,
May this time cause reflections of happier times. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all..

Love Jerry and Mary Ann

Posted by Jerry Quaglia - Tewksbury, MA   June 25, 2017

Al and family,

Tom and I are so sorry to hear of Linda's passing. May you know that she is in the comfort of Gods arms.

Tom and Linda

Posted by A friend   June 25, 2017

Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.

Posted by - MA   June 25, 2017