Services: A mass celebrating her life will take place at 1PM on Friday, June 10th at St. Matthew Church 216 Scribner Ave, Norwalk CT. Wake: Calling hours will be held on Thursday, June 9th from 4 to 8 PM at The Collins Funeral Home 92 East Ave, Norwalk CT. Donations: In lieu of flowers please send donations to The Bennett Cancer Center, 1351 Washington Blvd, Stamford CT 06902

Linda Flowers

July 24, 1949 - June 4th, 2011

Linda Flowers lost her final battle with cancer on June 4th, 2011 surrounded by family in her Norwalk home.  She courageously fought cancer for over 17 years.  Linda’s passion for people was evident by the warm smile and open heart that greeted everyone. Linda’s infectious smile, warm greeting of “Hi Darlin”, her courageous nature, strength, fortitude, her unconditional love and kindness will surely be missed by all those who loved her and certainly by the many lives she touched ever so deeply.  An angel has earned her wings.

Linda was born in Boston MA on July 24, 1949 daughter of Josephine Castleberry and the late Kenneth Castleberry. She was raised in Miami FL and graduated from Palmetto High School. After traveling through Europe she returned to Miami and along with her mom built a successful retail dress business.

Linda had many adventures through the years including attending Ronald Reagan’s Inauguration and sailing on the QEII to attend Princess Diana’s Wedding. Linda enjoyed cheering on her favorite teams including the Dallas Cowboys and the NY Yankees. Linda loved celebrating the holidays especially Christmas and was the proud owner of over one hundred Santa Clauses.

Linda met her husband, Jerry in 1986 and moved to Connecticut where they married. Following in her father’s footsteps she entered the insurance industry and joined Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance. Several years later partnering with her husband, Jerry they started their own firm Capital Brokerage in Norwalk CT.

Linda was deeply involved in The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) the insurance industry’s only organization to strictly represent the insurance agent.  Linda served as Executive Director of the Fairfield Chapter of The American Society of Financial Service Professionals 1992 to 2001 and, in 1993, accepted the Executive Directorship of NAIFA’S Southwestern Connecticut Association, serving both until 2001. In 1999, Linda accepted a role as State Executive for NAIFA-CT, a post she retired from in December 2010.   Linda remained a licensed producer while becoming a staunch advocate for her industry.   She has been recognized with multiple awards, exemplifying her attitude and good nature, in 2002 Linda was awarded Agent of the Year; in 2005, Linda was the recipient of the coveted Thomas J. Wolff award, NAIFA-CT’S highest honor, given for excellence in service to the Connecticut Life and Health Insurance industry. Nationally, Linda was recognized with the Jack E. Bobo Scholarship in 2004 and served for eighteen years on the NAIFA Credentials Committee and has been its co chair the past eleven years.

Linda is survived by her loving and devoted husband Gerald S. Flowers. Additional survivors along with her mother Josephine are: Kathleen Castleberry of Norwalk; Sheila Broome and her children Michael and Lynda of Roslindale MA; Kim Daly and her daughter Brielle of Melbourne FL; Craig Castleberry and his children Adam and Ciara of Scottsdale AZ ; Keith Castleberry his wife, Leslie and their son Kyle of Niceville FL; Kevin Castleberry his wife Jennifer and their son Kale of Melbourne FL and
her cousin Keith Pagan and his son Justin of Orlando FL; her Aunt Jackie Robinson of Worchester MA; Mother-in-Law, Bonnie B. Flowers of Indian Rocks Beach FL; Father-in-Law, Ronald C. Flowers and his wife Joan of Cathedral City CA; Sister-in-Law, Roni E. Flowers and her daughter Katrina of Indian Rocks Beach FL; Brother-in-Law Rick Flowers his wife Ann and their daughters Nicole and Michelle of Norwalk CT; Brother-in-Law Gary Flowers his wife Joy and their children, Christopher, John and Victoria of Torrington CT.

The family would like to thank Dr. Paul Weinstein and his team at The Bennett Cancer Center for their many years of loving care.

A mass celebrating her life will take place at 1PM on Friday, June 10th at St. Matthew Church 216 Scribner Ave, Norwalk CT.  Calling hours will be held on Thursday, June 9th from 4 to 8 PM at The Collins Funeral Home 92 East Ave, Norwalk CT.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to The Bennett Cancer Center, 1351 Washington Blvd, Stamford CT 06902

  1. Linda, you will always be in our hearts, you were our sunshine and our inspiration in life. You will never know the impact you had on our lives. Jerry, our hearts are heavy knowing you are going through so much … you were a loving and caring husband and Linda and you enriched so many lives with the love you two shared. Love to you both, from all of us <3

    September 28, 2011
    Joy and Gary -
  • Linda touched so many lives and in Maine as well as around New England, we mourn her loss, but celebrate her life. There will never be another person like her. Our caring thoughts go out to Jerry; never has there been a more devoted husband. Thank you for sharing your lives with us.

    September 28, 2011
    Sue McKay -
  • Jerry you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. It is comforting to me to know that Linda is at peace and pain free. It is also difficult to know that we will not see her infectious smile or hear her enthusiastic greetings, except in our memories. Keep those memories close to you, Jerry, and let them comfort you. Peace be with you, Julie ~ NAIFA Fargo-Moorhead

    September 28, 2011
    Julie Phillips -
  • Jerry, I am so sorry to learn of Linda’s passing. She was a truly remarkable person and loved, and will be missed, by many. I admired her resolve and your joint strength fighting her battles. I remember our discussions regarding her challenges as we served a presidents together at the NLC. Seeing the two of you every year at the NAIFA conventions provided a fresh breath of order amid the chaos of registrations. I hope you know that if I can help in any way, let me know. Be thankful for the joyous memories you have of the good times you two shared. She may be gone, but will never be forgotten. Your friend, Woody (NAIFA-WI NC Chair)

    September 28, 2011
    Woody Syverson -
  • Gerry, Please accept my deepest condolences for you loss. Your love and support of LInda through her many years of treatment was inspirational to all our staff at BCC. She will truly be missed. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    September 28, 2011
    Linda Bates, RN -
  • Jerry & Family: Words cannot express for the loss of Linda. We will forever miss her bright smile & great hugs! Now as Linda has earned her victory over death, she will join with the other angels watching over us. I pray that you find comfort knowing that so many of us care deeply for you both. May God continue to bless and watch over you, always! Jeff Diehl

    September 28, 2011
    Jeff & Traci Diehl -
  • My sympathies and caring thoughts to the family and friends of Linda Flowers

    September 28, 2011
    Bill "Biggins" Bresee -
  • Linda will be missed by the NAIFA federation and all of the executive secretaries. She had much to offer us at all times. She will be remembered in my prayers. Mary Ann Jahnke NAIFA Saginaw

    September 28, 2011
    Mary Ann Jahnke -
  • I am so very sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. I have come to know Linda recently and know that many will miss her. She was a beautiful person and we are all lucky to have known her.

    September 28, 2011
    patty pulisciano -
  • To Jerry & Linda’s entire network of family & friends, You have my deepest sympathy, please know that you can call on me any time as we learn to live without Linda’s presence here on earth. While we miss her, it is comforting to know that Linda will always be with us in a much greater sense, and I will always cherish my memories of Linda. I know that Linda enriched every life she touched, always finding the good in people, always more concerned about others than she was about herself, and never complained about her illness. Linda was an amazing role model for all of us! I aspire to live up to the standard that she set. I am especially thankful for the many wonderfully ways in which the two of you touched my life. And I am sure that Linda & Phyllis are in heaven, telling stories to one another about all of us, laughing as they look upon our antics as we stumble through our lives. Although I miss Linda, I am glad that she is at peace & no longer suffering.

    September 28, 2011
    Ed Riley -
  • Jerry and family- I was deeply saddened that Linda has left us but I give thanks to God that her long battle is over. She was such a kind, courageous, loving person and I am so glad that I knew her.

    September 28, 2011
    Mark Yavornitzki -
  • Jerry – My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May you find comfort in the fond memories of your life together. Warmest Regards, Linda

    September 28, 2011
    Linda Troiano -
  • Dear Jerry, We love you and are sorry for your loss. Linda touched our hearts with her ever radiant joy. We will always love and appreciate both of you for being such angelic role moles as lovers and friends. When we first met you, we were newly weds, we both instantly noted we wanted what the two of you have. Thank you for bringing Linda into our lives, we will remember her forever. Love, Russell and Michele (Idaho always has an open door)

    September 28, 2011
    Russell and Michele Robison -
  • Gerry, We were so saddened to hear this news. We always asked Pat about Linda. Blessings to you and your family.

    September 28, 2011
    Tim, Thomas, & Kathleen Hiscock -
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