Family and friends gathered to remember Linda Stastny. She died Saturday after falling or jumping from the Highway 50 bridge onto I-80. Her family says they are hoping to make a difference in the lives of others as a result of their loved ones death.
“She was very kind, very gentle, she always had a smile on her face,” said David Stastny. “She was loved by everybody who knew her.”
Tuesday night friends and family gathered at West Center Chapel to remember her life.
“It was definitely a shock, we'll never know exactly what happened but the family, we'll get through it together,” said David.
Linda Stastny jumped or fell from this bridge off Highway 50 onto Interstate 80 Saturday. She was taken from the scene via helicopter and pronounced dead at the hospital.
“The family is rallying together and we're holding each other up. We'll get through it,” said Stastny.
He says his mother battled Multiple Sclerosis most of his life and that she moved to Omaha this summer, when, he says, her condition had been improving.
“We had a lot of plans but life doesn't always work out the way you plan it,” said David.
Now as they mourn the sudden loss of their family member, they find strength in each other.
“It's good to share stories, and remember how much she meant to all of us,” said David.
The family hopes to raise awareness about Multiple Sclerosis and instead of flowers they are asking people to donate to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation or the MS Gym in Omaha.
David says his mother was extremely involved in the organization and hopes some good can come out of a terrible situation.
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