Linda Reuther |
Coming full circle, Linda Ann Reuther passed away at Zen Hospice of San Francisco on Sept. 20, 2013, at the age of 71. Linda was surrounded by sunflowers and love ~ and she had a smile on her face.
She was born Aug. 24, 1942, the first child of Walter P. and May Wolf Reuther of Detroit. Walter Reuther was an ardent and highly respected labor leader, the founder of the UAW.
After graduating from U of M(ichigan) in 1965, Linda came to San Francisco to teach in Head Start. In 1972, she and her lifelong friend, Julie Silber followed a passion for antique quilts and opened a store ("Mary Strickler's Quilt") in Marin.
Linda had many interests; music was a major one. She sang in choirs, and performed with women's percussion groups. She was passionate about many socially progressive causes ~ deeply involved with nature and environmental causes.
In 1997, Linda moved to Albion, CA to create a retreat center, which she named "Heart and Hands."
Between 1997 and 2009, hundreds of people came to Hearts and Hands to be restored through writing, yoga, meditation, movement, and other workshops. They felt welcomed and sheltered by Linda's inimitable style and the bountiful beauty and sense of abundance she had created in what has been described by many as "the quintessential home."
Linda is survived by her sister, Elisabeth Reuther Dickmeyer; brother-in-law, Bruce Dickmeyer; a niece and two nephews; her aunt, Chris Reuther Richey; many cousins; her life-long pal, Julie Silber; and her life companion, Michele Tellier of Albion.
Donations can be made to Hospice of the No. Mendocino Coast or a
A potluck in Linda's honor will be held in Albion, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26. Call 510-409-0826 for details.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Oct. 16, 2013