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    Linda L. Bitner, 65 of Cherokee, KS died unexpectedly November
16th, 2013 at her home.

    She was born July 3, 1948 in Pittsburg, KS the daughter of James
and Betty (Mauter) (McCabe) Steel.  She attended Cherokee school
and graduated from Southeast High School in 1966.  Linda lived most
of her life in the Pittsburg area except for brief stays in Connecticut,
New York and Key West, FL as a navy wife.

    Linda married Dennis F. Bitner on June 5, 1966 in Pittsburg; he
preceded her in death on February 4, 1986.

    As a young woman Linda worked for 20 years as a hairdresser after
attending Cosmetology School in Connecticut.  At the age of 41, Linda
fulfilled a lifelong dream by pursuing a career in nursing.  She
graduated from Pittsburg State University with both her Bachelor of
Science in Nursing (1996) and Masters of Science in Nursing (1999)
degrees.  Her true passion was educating nurses.  She began teaching
career at Pittsburg State University in 1999 and was currently serving
her 15th year at the School of Nursing where she specialized in
psychiatric-mental health nursing.  At the same time Linda began
teaching she continued to further her education and graduated from
the PSU College of Education with an Education of Specialist degree in
2003.  Linda was licensed as a Registered Nurse in Kansas and
Missouri and was board certified as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in
Gerontology; she maintained an active practice at Girard Medical
Center’s Senior Behavioral Health Unit and Heartland Behavioral
Services in Nevada, MO.  As a Certified Nurse Aide and Certified
Medication Aide instructor of the Kansas Department of Aging and
Disability, Linda taught over 600 nursing assistants over the past 10
years at PSU and Ft. Scott Community College.  Professional
memberships include the American Nurses Association, KSNA District
#20; Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society-Gamma Upsilon
Chapter; Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority for Educators; National
Gerontological Nursing Association; Pittsburg State University Nursing
Alumni Association; Pittsburg State University Alumni Association and
Phi Kappa Phi-National Scholastic Honor Society.

    Survivors include her son Eric Bitner and daughter-in-law Christine
of Cherokee; four granddaughters-Korie, Kalyn, Katie and Kalle Bitner
of Cherokee; one great-granddaughter Marley also of Cherokee.  Her
son and grandchildren were her life.  She was preceded in death by her
parents and husband.

    Funeral services will be 6:30 p.m. Thursday November 21, 2013 at
the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home in Pittsburg with Pastor Mark Lehman
officiating.  The family will receive friends following the services until 8 p.
m.  Following the services and visitation Linda will be taken for
cremation.  Condolences can be sent to www.bathnaylor.com  Memorial
contributions in lieu of flowers can be made to the Pittsburg State
University, Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing Scholarship Fund.  
Memorials may be brought by or mailed to the Bath-Naylor Funeral
Home 522 S. Broadway Pittsburg, KS 66762.