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Linda Haltinner

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Linda B. Haltinner

1952 - 2016 "Stop. Breathe. Look inside. Remember and trust in the Divine love and light flowing through your body and your life. Soften your heart to receive. Laugh." These simple words, when recited by Linda Beth Haltinner, born November 10, 1952, in Appleton, Wisconsin, to Donald Owen Haltinner and Betty Verone Haltinner (Nee Reichard) served as a mantra for her throughout her life, which ended on Saturday, July 16th, 2016, after a nearly 4-year journey with metastatic breast cancer. An extraordinary woman, mother, partner, sister, healer, teacher and artist, Linda leaves a legacy in the hearts and souls of those she touched, literally and figuratively. She is survived by her spouse, Cynthia N. Moore; her three cherished sons: Lucas Balamuth, Adam Balamuth and his wife Angela, and Daniel Ewald; her mother Betty; her siblings Dennis and his wife Joanna, Bruce, Brian, Lisa Jameson and her husband Tim, and their families including beloved nieces, nephews and great nephews as well as several goddaughters and many, many other members of her circle of loved ones, too numerous to mention but never forgotten. She was predeceased by her father, Don and her brother, Brent. Her absence will also be mourned by myriad friends, colleagues, patients and community members who were fortunate enough to share a part of her life journey with her. Those of us who know Linda's life story from the very beginning agree that she was truly a love child. Her young parents were passionately in love with one another and were overjoyed with their first born child. Throughout her lifetime, Linda embodied and cultivated that love and passion in all aspects of her life; in both action and attitude. She had an exquisitely beautiful ability to make everyone she spent time with feel seen, special and connected. Linda's spirituality was at the core of her being. From an early age she experienced a deep connection with Spirit, and spirituality played a large role in her work and all aspects of her life. At various times, she considered studying theology and becoming a member of the clergy, but ultimately, she chose to create a ministry in healthcare because she believed that "Love is truly the only thing that heals." After receiving her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin in nutrition and biochemistry, she attended New York Chiropractic College and received her Doctor of Chiropractic in 1981. She described the decision to become a chiropractor as an opportunity to use physical touch as a means of "bringing people back into their remembrance of their wholeness and thus to allow healing to occur." In 1985, Linda and her young family moved to Saxtons River, Vermont, from Long Island, where she established her chiropractic practice that would later become the catalyst for her vision of Sojourns Community Clinic which she founded in December of 2000. In founding Sojourns, Dr. Haltinner wove together her skill as a healer with her expertise in Functional Medicine and Biological Medicine and her passion for integrative, client-centric care and created a wonderful model of healthcare based on partnering with patients and walking with them as a guide on their healing path. As founder, medical director, and lead practitioner, Linda served as the charismatic leader, visionary and mentor of Sojourns until her retirement in 2015. Her guidance and inspiration are woven into the fabric of the clinic and will continue to guide and shape the practice forever more. Linda was a visionary in many aspects of her life and has inspired countless others through her touch, attention, example, teaching, mentorship and collaborations. She delighted in the dance of parenting, treasured the opportunity to collaborate with other gifted practitioners and her clients, and was an inspiring friend, sibling and spouse. One of the most extraordinary gifts Linda gave to all who had the pleasure of engaging with her in this lifetime, was her incredible generosity, acceptance and encouragement for our exploration of our dreams, passions and potential. She believed in, mirrored and brought out the best in people, and thus inspired our faith in new possibilities, healing and forgiveness. Linda's passion and delight in the physical world was manifest in her artistic accomplishments as well. She was an exuberant gardener and loved to spend her free time burrowing in the dirt, attending to her glorious garden beds. After nearly 30 years of developing and perfecting her gardens at home, she started anew after her initial cancer diagnosis when she designed and created an extensive peony labyrinth as a sanctuary and healing practice. It also made for a magnificent wedding chapel! Linda was also an accomplished writer and an extraordinary paper artist. Her origami creations can be found throughout the clinic, and in the homes of loved ones, and reflect years of dedicated exploration of pushing the limits of paper folding and sculpting. A life-long lover of fantasy novels, Linda would delight in attending the Origami USA convention in Manhattan, where she would spend days sitting with adolescent young men folding the most complex models of fantasy-inspired dragons, dinosaurs, monsters and other creatures. Linda was not afraid to die. In fact, she used to say that "we don't die, just our bodies do, our spirit and our energy live on eternally." During her last several months she expressed that her only regret was of leaving a life she loved too soon. She died as she lived; with extraordinary grace, beauty, peacefulness, presence and faith; continuing to inspire those who supported her during her final weeks. All who knew her will honor her spirit and carry on her legacy when we "Stop. Breathe. Look inside. Remember and trust in the Divine love and light flowing through your body and your life. Soften your heart to receive. Laugh." FUNERAL NOTICE: A celebration of Linda's life will be held on Saturday, August 6th, at 4 pm at the Putney School, Putney ,Vermont with a reception and display of Linda's origami creations to follow. In lieu of flowers or other gestures of remembrance, Linda requested that tax-deductible donations be made to Sojourns Community Health Clinic, 4923 US Route 5, Westminster, VT 05158. http://www.sojourns.org
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on July 30, 2016
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