Obituary: Linda Lee Bertolero

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Linda Bertolero passed away in Davis, Calif., on August 2, 2022. Born April 13, 1942, in Ohio, she was the daughter of Robert and Janet Williamson. Linda was a graduate of Hillsdale High School in San Mateo, Calif. She attended San Mateo Community College and received her associate’s degree, then transferred to University of California, Davis, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in home economics in 1964.

Linda met Leroy at a college dance at UC Davis. Leroy says he chased her until she caught him. When they were courting, Leroy would leave three red roses at the front desk of Linda’s dormitory every week. When asked why three roses he said, “That’s all I could afford.” Upon graduation, Linda worked as the Associate Director of R&D developing new almond flavors at California Almond Growers in Sacramento for three years until she had children.

Linda was a dedicated life-long learner and an avid reader. She enjoyed reading newspapers daily, loved the Sunday comics, and thoughtfully clipped articles for whomever she thought would benefit or enjoy reading them. Linda spent approximately 25 years doing the bookkeeping and running the family farming business. She later worked at H&R Block in Davis preparing tax returns.

Her priority first and foremost was always her family. Linda supported her husband as he started and grew his farming business. She loved to plan holidays and activities for her children and grandchildren. Sunday family dinners at her house were legendary with fantastic meals and smiles. Her kids remember how she always supported and encouraged them.

She was a volunteer 4-H leader for more than a decade, helping with every aspect and looking for ways to improve the experience for members of the Dixon Ridge Club. Her grandchildren fondly remember her delicious homemade meals and incredible desserts, swimming in the backyard pool, and sleepovers with the cousins at her house while attending summer camps.

Linda loved to laugh, and will be remembered for her great sense of humor. She was a good sport when being teased, and her grandchildren regularly tried to get her laughing uncontrollably. She would often surprise us with humor that would bring the room to life.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years Leroy Bertolero of El Macero; and four children: Jill (Dave) Hess of Champaign, Ill.; Carol (Scot) Moore of El Macero, Calif.; John Bertolero of Chicago, Ill.; and Mark (Ari) Bertolero of Lake Oswego, Ore. Linda is also survived by 10 grandchildren: Lauren, Carr, Spencer, Christiana, Juliana, Evan, Byron, Joey, Meredith, and Cambria; two great-grandchildren Riley and Beckett; and siblings: Janet Roberta (John) Spears of San Carlos, Calif., Diana (Ronald) Brozowski of San Mateo, Calif.; and Bob (Joni) Williamson of Napa, Calif.

Memorial services were held on Thursday, Aug. 4 at the Christ Church in Davis, Calif., and were followed by a celebration of life dinner at the El Macero Country Club.

Donations in Linda’s memory can be made to Lewy Body Dementia Association at www.LBDA.org.

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