BURLINGTON - Linda M. Ilse, 60, passed away Feb. 1, 2013, at a Bangor hospital. She was born June 15, 1952, in Phoenix, the daughter of James and Marie (Rollins) Ilse.
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Linda grew up in California and Texas. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M, master's degree from University of Maine and her doctorate from Oklahoma State. She joined the Wildlife Ecology Department at the University of Maine in 2008 and had since acquired the role of research assistant professor. Her earlier research allowed her to work with a variety of mammals including whales, wolves, deer, caribou and coyotes. Her current research involved studying porcupines on Schoodic Peninsula in Acadia National Park, and she was also known as "woman who walks with porcupines." Linda was a licensed pilot, a master diver and a member of Burlington Volunteer Fire Department. She was an avid organic gardener and volunteered at the local food cupboard. Her volunteer efforts also included the creation of a garden for the residents of Lincoln Manor. Some of her favorite pastimes included bird watching, paddling, hiking, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing and watching pro tennis tournaments.
She is survived by two sisters, Susan Ilse Littlejohn of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Carolyn Ilse Burklund and her husband, Hollis, of San Marcos, Texas; a brother, Kurt Ilse and his wife, Lileette, of El Campo, Texas; nieces and nephews, Hillary Littlejohn Scurtis, Elizabeth Littlejohn, Neal Littlejohn, Nathan Littlejohn, Hunter Waltz, Anne Marie Esman, Max Esman, Keenan Ilse and Cade Ilse; an uncle and aunt, Rod and Elsie Ilse; and her cat, Allie. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Gretchen Ilse Waltz.
There will be a gathering of family and friends for a celebration of Linda's life noon-2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3 at Ammadamast Grange Hall, Enfield. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Lincoln Area Food Cupboard or Penobscot Valley Humane Society. Arrangements with Clay Funeral Home, 7 Lee Road, Lincoln. To sign an online guest register and to leave written condolences, please visit www.clayfuneralhome.com.
Published in BDN Maine on Feb. 2, 2013