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Linda Diane

October 5, 1947 – December 19, 2019

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Obituary for Linda Diane Engeldinger

Linda Diane Engeldinger passed from this life on December 19 of this year at Kaiser Permanente in Ontario California to begin her eternal life with our Lord. Born Linda Diane Williams on October 5, 1947 to Leatrice Joy and Dan B. Williams in Salinas, California.

Linda is survived by her beloved husband of 50 year Lyle K. Engeldinger, 1 daughter Katie, and son David.

A private graveside service will be conducted at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella, California at 2 pm Thursday January 2, 2020. A Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Linda will be at 2: pm, on Saturday January 4, 2020 in the Light of the Valley Lutheran Church, 9270 Bruceville Rd. Elk Grove, California 95758

The funeral arrangements were handled by the Highlands Funeral Home.

There are so many memories that can be shared about the life of Linda. The best come from those who loved her. The following remarks are from Katie sharing her thoughts about her loving and devoted Mom

From Katie:

Here are some words about my mother.

A child’s view of their parents is so narrow. We have a difficult time seeing them as “real people” with feelings, desires, and lives outside of raising children. My mother spent my whole life dedicated to her husband and children. She was the perfect housewife. She was completely and totally devoted to our wellbeing. She volunteered at our schools. She hosted all our friends at the house without complaints. She cooked and baked endlessly for her family. She was devoted to her church and, along with my father, spent much time with the youth group. She would do anything for anyone. When people learned of her passing, all echoed the same sentiment. My mother was an amazing woman and my inspiration for how I am as a mother to her grandchildren. I wouldn’t be the mother I am today without her influence.

Linda Diane Engeldinger grew up in Salinas, Ca. She didn’t talk much about her childhood or what it was like growing up in a small town. She did talk about her accomplishments, though, and I never realized how defining they were for her until recently. She went to Salinas High School and then graduated top of her class with an AA degree in business from Hartnell College in Salinas. She was then recruited to work at the Fort Ord Military Base as a processor where she met my father. I’ve always loved the story of how they met. When the privates would be sent to Fort Ord, she was the one to process their papers. One day she came across the name Lyle Engeldinger and she claimed she laughed and laughed and just had to go meet the man with a name like that. The next part of their story I remember that she would share is shortly after meeting my mom, she was sitting in her car, a powder blue Ford Mustang, and my dad proudly exclaimed that my mom’s car was lopsided when she sits in it. The rest is history and they were married after 3 short months of dating on February 8, 1969. She just loved his sense of humor.

They moved up north to Redwood City after they were married and eventually settled in Milpitas, Ca. They always wanted a large family but faced many challenges. During this time they became heavily involved with the church and youth group. Even though they were not able to have their own children at this time, children were still their focus. My cousin, Erik Williams, would spend summers with my mom and dad. They opened their doors and hearts to anyone in need without question. After 11 years of marriage, they opened their hearts and home once again and adopted their first child. Then, at the age of 39, my mom gave birth to her first son.

David and I have many great memories of growing up. Our family was always doing something or going somewhere. My mom was always ready for all of my dad’s crazy activities. We spent much of our time skiing on Lake Berryessa or camping at Kennedy Meadows. My favorite memory, though, is of a road trip our family took to Lake Powel. My mom and I drove together in one truck while my dad and brother drove in another. I was probably around 14 years old and in the stage of life where I was not the easiest for my mother. And yet we had the best time on that trip. I will never forget laughing about how messy we made the car or singing Locomotion at the top of our lungs as we drove down these lonely roads.

My mom was my best friend for many years. I wish I had the chance to ask her about her hopes and dreams. I wish I had taken the time to really know and understand her better. My mom was so selflessly devoted to her family and a great example of what unconditional love looks like. I will always cherish the time we had together.

This is the very last picture I have of my mother. Taken on her 72 birthday this year.

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Service Information

Saturday January 4, 2020 2:00pm
Light of the Valley Lutheran Church
9270 Bruceville RD
Elk Grove, CA 95758
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