Linda A. Greco, 69, teacher's aide, horsewoman

March 28, 2006

Linda A. Greco, a former teacher's aide who enjoyed horseback riding, died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, March 21 at her Ellicott City home. She was 69.

Linda Johnson was born and raised in New Haven, Conn., and was a graduate of the Gateway School. After earning a bachelor's degree in biology in 1957 from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, she traveled to Germany, where she worked as a university research assistant.

Mrs. Greco moved to Ellicott City in 1968 and later attended Howard County Community College, where she earned an associate's degree in education. She worked during the 1980s at St. John's Episcopal Church, caring for young children and as a teacher's aide for Howard County public schools.

She was an avid gardener, and for several years her Christmas decorations won awards from her local community association.

Mrs. Greco was a member of the Forest Hills Swim Club, where she enjoyed playing tennis. In her youth she had been an equestrian, and in recent years she resumed riding and competed in various trials with her horse, Nutmeg.

"The three things that she was best known for were her love of children, being a soft touch for stray cats and her wonderful lasagna dinners," said her sister, Caryl Sue Johnson of Catonsville.

Mrs. Greco was a communicant of the Roman Catholic Church of the Resurrection in Ellicott City, where a funeral Mass was offered Saturday.

Also surviving are her husband of 38 years, Leopold Greco, who is retired from the U.S. General Services Administration; a son, Peter E. Greco of Waynesboro, Pa.; and two grandchildren.

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