I just learned of Linda's passing. We attended Stevens Academy together and were locked in a competition for the first in the class. It was a healthy competition. We lived almost across the street from each other, and we actually worked together from time to time. It appears that she had a most successful and rewarding life, both professionally and personally.
I did not know your mom. I just went to her twitter page to follow her because I liked a lot of her posts from last fall. From those posts, I know I would have loved to have known her. Please accept my condolences on your loss of such an accomplished lady and my congratulations on having the privilege of knowing and having her in your lives.
I was recently informed of Linda's passing. I was one of her classmates at Rutgers Medical School, back in '66 - '68 and again at Mt Sinai '68 - '70. Linda was one of the brightest students in the class. Although we lost contact with each other after graduation, I understand she was successful in both her professional and personal life and left meaningful and loving memories to all who knew her. That is all one could ask for. She will be missed.
I am so honored to have known Linda through cat rescue and also through FB. I was also so thrilled that she lived nearby and to learned that she had had such a full and accomplished life. What an inspiring woman.
I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom. I only just learned of Linda's passing. It seems like I had just "talked" to her about a rescue kitty and a transport and now she is gone it is so hard to believe. She touched the lives of so many both human and fur. She will be deeply missed in the rescue community.
The Rescuer's Quilt
As I arrived at the Bridge, I faced all the animals that had gone there
before me. Before each of us go to the Bridge, we live our lives like the
squares of a quilt in many piles, mirrored in the eyes of the animals
awaiting us. An animal Angel sits before each of us sewing our quilt squares
together in a tapestry that is our life. But as my animal Angel took each
piece of cloth off the pile, I noticed how ragged and empty each of my
squares was. They were filled with giant holes.
Each square was labeled with a part of my life as a rescuer that had been
difficult, the challenges I was faced with in my quest to save lives and the
times I had been tempted to take the easy way out and avoid the controversy
rather than speak for the animals who could not speak for themselves. I saw
hardships that I had endured for the sake of the animals, which were the
largest holes of all.
I glanced around me. Nobody else had such squares. Other than a tiny hole
here and there, the other tapestries were filled with rich color and the
bright hues of worldly fortune. I gazed upon my own life and was
disheartened. My animal Angel was sewing the ragged pieces of cloth together
threadbare and empty, like binding air. Finally, the time came when each
life was to be displayed, held up to the light, the scrutiny of truth. The
others rose, each in turn, holding up their tapestries. So filled their
lives had been with the riches of the Earth.
My animal Angel looked upon me, and nodded for me to rise. My gaze dropped
to the ground in shame. I hadn't had all the earthly fortunes. I had love in
my life, and laughter and the sweet kisses of the precious animals who
honored my life with their presence. But there had also been the trials of
illness, and death, and false accusations that took me from their world as I
knew it. I had to start over many times.
I often struggled with the temptation to quit, only to somehow muster the
strength to pick up and begin again. I spent many nights crying and praying
that somehow the strength would come to go on, asking for help and guidance
as I tried to help the helpless. I had often been held up to ridicule, which
I endured painfully, each time enduring it for the sake of the animals who
looked at me with trust and love in their eyes.
And now, I had to face the truth. My life was what it was, and I had to
accept it for what it was. I rose and slowly lifted the combined squares of
my life to the light. An awe-filled gasp filled the air. I gazed around at
the animals gathered there, who stared at me with wide eyes.
Then, I looked upon the tapestry before me. Light flooded the many holes,
creating an image of an animal who had depended on me. All the animals at
the Bridge stood before me, with warmth and love in their eyes. They said,
"Every time you gave over your life to help us, it gave us life. Each point
of light in your life is when you stepped aside and let us shine through,
until there was more of us than there was of you."
May all our quilts be threadbare and worn, allowing the animals to shine
Roads of Hope Animal Rescue Transport
I met Linda through Facebook. We played a game together and became quick friends. She was a very beautiful and giving woman and actually purchased Girl Scout cookies from my daughter last year even though we lived states apart. (We live in Florida.) RIP dear friend.
Dearest Mercer Family. We met your mom during the summer of 2012, when we drove to her home from Woodhaven, Michigan. She had never met us before then, and only heard of us through Jennifer & Alma Rosa, yet she graciously opened her home to our family, all five of us for three days and two nights. We will never forget her generosity and compassion. I'm thankful we got to meet her. God Bless your family in this time of sorrow.
On behalf of my sisters (Karen, Patty, Jeanne, Kathy); my family, and me - We send our heartfelt condolences on the passing of your mom. We just found out from Uncle Don. We wish we had known sooner so that we could have paid our respects in person. We know all too well what a difficult time it is; especially at the holidays. Find comfort in knowing you were loved very much. I'm on FB if you would like to get in touch.
Mary Alice (Vogt) Mittelheuser and family
Jenn and John, I am so sorry for your loss..Your Mom was a very unusual human. I watched first hand how she dealt with patients and the genuine concern she showed..She picked a wonderful man for a husband and to be the Dad to her children..Her caring for cats was just an offshoot of her caring for humans..she will be very missed.I am so glad to see you both carrying on in the Mercer tradition..much love, Mili Appell
WOW what a shock...I had a feeling Linda was not feeling well but this is a shock!! What a nice lady and such a HUGE contribution to the Persian breed and the 1000's of rescue kitties she help find good homes!! Linda is an awesome lady and I am sorry for your loss of your Mother..always know she was a true humanatarian in every sense of the word!
We are all so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a wonderful woman.
All of our Love,
John and Diane Kuberski, Kevin and Jennifer Gray, and Paul and Amy Davis
In honor and memory of those animals in need you've helped....
From one cat rescuer to another. God bless and be with you now and forever. Now you can help the homeless cats that passed before into gods home
I am so sorry for your loss Jenn. I have some great memories of her. Especially realizing that I do like lasagna, or hers at least.
Dear Jennifer, Johnathan and Family,
I met your Mother years ago at a cat show and we shared a love for BiColor Persian cats. She gave me a kitten out of her first National Winner - Wishstar TRiumph - and I Granded him...Triumph's first Grand out of over 30! I have always been grateful to your Mom for that gift and "Sensations" desendants still live with me. I always valued her friendship and I will always remember her generosity. Although I never met you all, your Mom spoke so proudly of you and loved you so much! God bless you!
MacGlen BiColor Persians
St. Louis MO
R.I.P.Dr Linda Pollack Mercer I'll miss you ! You were an amazing woman . We got our way ,electing President Obama we were right doing so . I will miss you !
Merc, my deepest condolences.
Heaven received another angel. May she rest in peace.
Goodbye Linda,you had a great ride and did a lot of good things.Well done.
RIP Linda, you will be missed.
Jenny you are in our thoughts at this sad time. We love you.
I first knew Linda through the cat fancy and always maintained a connection through her passion for social issues tempered by good sense and will miss her. My condolences to the family.