Linda Rae McClearn, age 69, formerly of Cambridge Springs, PA, passed away at her residence in Canadohta Lake, on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. She, along with her twin sister, Karen, were born on February 9, 1944 in Meadville. They graduated together from Saegertown High School in 1962 and continued their education taking IBM Data Processing classes together.

McClearn, Linda RaeLinda was one of the founding members of Cambridge Area Volunteer Ambulance Service which was established in 1975. It was monumental in bringing emergency response services to the Cambridge Springs area. Following her twin sister’s passing in 1990, Linda assumed the mother role to Debbie Kibbee, Patti Courtney, and Cheryl Collins with great joy.

Linda married her loving and devoted husband – Judson McClearn on October 2, 1992 after being introduced in 1990 by her best friend – Cathy Williams and her husband, Dan. Cathy and Linda have remained friends for more than 20 years. Linda and Jud have been dedicated foster parents for 18 years and have opened both their hearts and their home to more than 120 children for whom they have received numerous awards including “Foster Parents of the Year”.

Surviving Linda is her husband – Judson C. McClearn of Canadohta Lake and their children – Marc Johns and his wife, Wendy and their three sons – Jordan, Kevin, and Greg of Centerville; Edward Laird and his wife, Mary and their son Anthony of Springboro; Rick Johns and his two children – Katie and Nicholas of Cleveland, OH; Kimberly Laird and her husband, Dave and their two sons – Travis and David of Meadville; Judson McClearn, Jr. of Linesville; Carla Collins and her husband – William and their children – Kristen and Billy of Guys Mills; Crystal Delp and her two daughters – Sydney and Emily of Espyville; Steven Thomas and his wife, Jennifer and their two daughters – Ainsley and Taegen all of Sumter, SC and Jacob Thomas and his fianc???, Mallorey and their daughter – Brooke of Edinboro. Surviving siblings include Ronald Wrye and his wife, Marcia of Laurel, MT; Judy Wrye of Cambridge Springs; Rebecca Timco and her husband, Robert of Saegertown; and Timothy Wrye and his wife, Kim of Mohnton as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Preceding Linda in death were her parents – Norman A. Wrye and Marian R. McClain Wrye, her identical twin sister – Karen Timco, and her grandson – Jacob Laird.

Friends may call at the Van Matre Family Funeral Home in Cambridge Springs on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 and are invited to attend funeral services there on Saturday morning at 10:00. Reverend Rod Beardsley, pastor of Cambridge Springs First Baptist Church, will officiate.