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Linda Tindel Heilmann

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Linda Tindel Heilmann, 72, of Lafayette, CA, died at home July 11, 2015 after a long illness. She leaves her husband, Paul, two sons, Eric and Peter, and four grandsons, as well as a brother, Thomas Tindel, and many cousins.

Linda was born to C.D. and Betty Tindel on Feb. 5, 1943 in Richmond, CA. When she was two, her father was re-assigned to Hawaii, and the family joined him. At the end of World War II, they moved to Linda, CA, where they had many relatives. She attended elementary school in Linda, and went on to Marysville Union High School. Smart, pretty, modest and graceful, she was a popular student.

In 1960, during her senior year, a mutual friend, Barry Davis, introduced Linda to Paul Heilmann. He told Paul she was one of the "bright lights" of Marysville High: a top student, ladylike--someone who really stood out.

The couple both attended Yuba College for a year. Then Paul transferred to University of California--Berkeley, and Linda began a nursing program at Highland Hospital in Oakland.

They were wed on June 17, 1962 in Marysville. After a honeymoon in Oregon, the couple moved to Reno, where Paul transferred into the School of Mechanical Engineering at University of Nevada.

When Paul graduated, he was hired by Pacific Gas & Electric Company. They moved first to Burlingame, CA, where their son Eric was born in 1965, and then to Concord, where Peter was born in 1968. Paul and the family were transferred to Oregon for a PG&E construction job in 1969. They then moved back to Concord, until 1972. Then they moved to Lafayette, living at 1051 Brown Ave.

Linda was a wonderful wife and mother, raising two fine young men, and giving Paul support and feedback as he rose through the ranks of PG&E.

Linda taught Sunday School and confirmation class at Our Savior Lutheran Church, and went back to work in a series of part-time jobs after her sons were grown. She made many close friends over the years in Lafayette.

Survivors include her husband, Paul; two sons, Eric of Los Altos and Peter (Jennifer) of San Francisco; four grandsons, Connor and Nicholas of Los Altos and Justin and Max of San Francisco; her brother Thomas (Jeannie) Tindel of Winters, CA; a cousin, Eileen Tindel Nordquist of Nehalem, OR; and many other Tindel relations.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Published in Appeal Democrat from July 17 to July 19, 2015
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