On Monday, November 13, Linda-Louise (Buklad) Schmidthuber passed away at the age of 78. Her departure leaves a void in the countless hearts enriched by her camaraderie, laughter and love. Linda was born in Miami Beach, Florida, and left her home town to live with her Grandma-Bernardo while attending college. After earning her degree in Liberal Arts, she joined the westward migration of the 60's to San Francisco during its heyday and the cultural revolutions.
She was well liked in the Bay-Area community, formed many lasting friendships and had the opportunity to meet many famous entertainers during their formative years. Linda spent time working for Levy-Strauss and as an entrepeneur doing interior remodeling and decorating.
She later moved to Illinois to raise her two sons and work for a local library. She was a life-long volunteer for animal welfare and the law-enforcement community. Her work with local animal shelters led to the rescue and adoption of over 300 cats & dogs in need. Prior to retiring, she proudly served as an Auxiliary Traffic Officer for the Berwyn Police Department.
She also enjoyed her time reading from her extensive library of books. Always industrious, Linda constantly worked on various crafts and projects, creating decorations and clothes for herself and friends, using her prized Singer sewing machine she kept running for over 60 years. An avid music fan, Linda often listened to her extensive collection of Rock and Roll albums from bands old and new alike, including going to Ozzy Osbourn concerts with her sons. She enjoyed many daytrips and travels with her closest friends.
Linda will be fondly remembered as a radiant and sharp-witted friend, loving mother and supportive figure to those around her. She had a gift for being able to brighten anyone's day and make them feel like the most important person in the world. She encouraged those around her to think outside the box and stay true to themselves. Prior to her passing, she was working on her autobiography titled "Not Born Bitch, Had to Learn" and the sequel "...and now Qualified to Teach".
She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Elea Buklad (Bernardo), her brother, John Viano and her ex-husband Jerome. She is survived by her two children, Brett and Andrew Schmidthuber, her neices and her many close friends, including JoAnne Walker, Rhonda Romero, Rodney Hurd, Sheldon Harrison, Kathy Borucki Mastej, Amanda Carelli, Kyle Cronin, Sean Markel, Faruk and Tarik Rahmanovic, Rick and Sandy Toman and many others.
In life, she reminded us not to mourn her, but to celebrate her. She is missed by all who knew her with a shared hope that we'll be reunited someday, somehow and somewhere, over the rainbow.
"Happy Trails, Until we Meet Again".
A memorial visitation and service will be planned for the near future. Please check back for updates.