Linda passed away on Jan. 29, 2018 in Walnut Creek. She is survived by her husband Steve of 43 years, proud mother of children Terri (Matt), Danny (Stevie), her grandchildren Jordan, Ben (deceased), Ian, Anya, and brother Paul (Elaine).
Born in Watsonville, Linda’s early childhood was spent in Boise, Spokane, Salem and Fremont. She cherished the time spent with her many cousins, aunts, and uncles. Especially extended summer’s spent at the home of her Aunt Gladys in Costa Mesa.
Linda proudly attended Bishop O’Dowd high school, moving to Campolindo (Class of 68) as a junior following the death of her father. While at Campolindo she met and briefly dated her future husband Steve. The two were reunited 5 years after graduation while Linda was attending DVC and working at Macy’s. They married at the Carmel mission in April of 1974.
Together Linda and Steve settled in Concord where Linda dove head first into raising her children and making her home a beautiful and welcoming place. Linda found incredible joy in getting to know and work with neighborhood parents while providing opportunities to enhance the lives of their kids. The Gehringer Park family was especially dear to her as was the thrill of being a CYC Cheer and Terrapin grandma.
For Linda, rooting “GO” at swim meets meant, “Do the best you can, you will be fine, you are loved!” Blessed with a fun sense of humor and being keenly empathetic, she let those she met know she was rooting for them too.
Linda retired after 20 years with the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Starting as a teachers assistant serving students with special needs. She then progressed to various administrative support roles throughout the district. The bonds she made with people in the neighborhood and with whom she worked carried over into retirement and gave her much joy and comfort.
A celebration of life is planned for Saturday March 31 at 1pm Gehringer Park Recreation Club 1790 Lynnwood Dr. In Concord. In lieu of flowers donations to Gehringer Park In honor of “Wonder Woman” would be appreciated. PO box 794, Concord, Ca. 94522.