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Oklahoma wildfires: Family members mourn animal lover, organic gardener missing since Norman blaze

Linda Zoldoske, 67, of Norman, is presumed dead after a wildfire destroyed her home Aug. 4. She is the only casualty from a rash of wildfires that burned more than 300 homes in Oklahoma.
BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Modified: August 14, 2012 at 7:22 pm •  Published: August 14, 2012
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“She was an environmentalist,” her brother said. “Organic farming was her passion. She believed in raising her food organically whether it be the meat she ate or the vegetables in the garden.”

Linda Zoldoske was a teacher with bachelor's and master's degrees from Oklahoma State University. She taught in numerous districts during her career, including Burns Flat.

Family members picked through the remains of Zoldoske's home Monday evening.

“She was our family photographer,” Lannie Zoldoske said. “She had all the photographs. She had all the history of our family. We just kind of left it like that. There was nothing to be salvaged except a few goldfish.”

Linda Zoldoske was a supporter of the Second Chance Animal Sanctuary in Norman, and family members encouraged well-wishers to donate to the group in her honor.

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