Linda Pappas passed away Sept. 28. A devoted wife, loving mother, caring sister and selfless friend, her memory will be cherished and presence missed each day by so many who knew her.
Born Oct. 30, 1943 in San Jose to James and Marie Orlando, she was the second of five children. She attended Andrew Hill High School in San Jose. As a teenager, her family relocated to Yuba City, where she met the love of her life and husband of 48 years, Alex Pappas. She graduated from the University of California, Chico with a degree in English and pursued a career in teaching. She went on to earn a masters degree in education from Walden University.
After putting her career on hold to raise her sons, Matthew, Vincent, Stephen and Michael, she took a position at Cedar Lane Elementary School, where she taught for 15 years.
She loved to read, and was passionate about literacy and education. Linda was a dedicated educator who made a difference in the lives of hundreds of students and colleagues in the Yuba-Sutter area for nearly three decades. She was a member of NEA, CTA and MUTA.
Upon retirement, Linda enjoyed spending her time with her husband and grandchildren, as well as gardening and quilting. She was a member of the Valley Quilt Guild, Sacramento Italian Cultural Society and the American-Portuguese Club. Linda was always ready to help anyone in need.
Linda was preceded in death by her parents and brother Tom.
She is survived by her husband; sons; daughters - in - law Donna, Adriana and Angie; grandchildren Alex and Isabella; brothers John and David Orlando; and sister Maria Anderson.
A service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ullrey Memorial Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to
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Published in Appeal Democrat from October 3 to October 5, 2012