Linda Kristoffersen Rondeau
1948 - 2020
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Linda Kristoffersen Rondeau
Resident of Pleasant Hill
Linda Kristoffersen Rondeau, 71, died on January 24, 2020 at John Muir Hospital in Concord, California. Linda was born on March 26, 1948 in Hamburg, Germany, the eldest child of Grete and Arthur Rondeau who are both deceased.
Linda received a B.A. from San Diego State University, and an M.A. from St. Mary's College in Moraga, California. A lifelong educator, Linda was a teacher, then a Principal in West Contra Costa Unified School District. She was the Director of Curriculum in Mount Diablo Unified School District. Linda concluded her 40-year career in education as Superintendent of Pittsburg Unified School District.
Linda is survived by her loving partner, Abe Doctolero of Pleasant Hill; her beloved son, Alex Nicoli (Tanis), and her adoring granddaughter, Collette Nicoli of Concord, California. She is survived by her siblings: Erick Rondeau, who is deceased, (Meg); David Rondeau (Vikki) of Charleston, South Carolina; Nancy Carlson (Don) of Rockville, Maryland; and Jon Rondeau (Tracie-Lynn) of Charlotte, North Carolina. Linda is also survived by her nephews and nieces: Jason, Travis, Adam and Olivia Rondeau; Peter Fleming; Heather Rondeau; LilyAnn Mangela (Varun), and Davis Carlson.
Donations may be made in her name to Hospice of the East Bay.


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Published in East Bay Times on Jan. 29, 2020.
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February 23, 2020
Linda first came into my life as my teacher during my Masters Degree program. By far, my favorite teacher in the program as she had a calm, engaging and fun teaching style that I hadnt seen since early elementary school. Little did I know the very same week shed come to work at the administration office. She brought the same calm demeanor to leadership that made her unique yet effective. Eventually she became the best superintendent Ive ever worked for. She was the same person in a meeting as she was talking one on one. I loved her integrity and her humility. I knew I could always come to her for advice. Always a mentor, forever a teacher, beloved by everyone whos ever met her. I missed you Linda when you retired and I miss you even more today.
Jim Goble
Teacher
February 3, 2020
Innovator, Professional, Thoughtful, Inclusive, Respectful, Teacher, Learner, Traveler, Listener, Mentor, Role Model, Best Boss ever. As her Administrative Assistant during part of her tenure with Pittsburg USD, it was apparent from the first day Linda walked into the Educational Services office she came with a vision and purpose like no other administrator I had worked with. By the end of her first day, I knew that PUSD was in for some powerful and positive changes. What I didn't realize was that I was in for years of the most fulfilling work of my career. Thank you Linda, for sharing your vision, positive work ethic and leadership with all that knew you. Thank you for knowing me better than I knew myself at times. Thank you for hiring Abe when you moved on to Superintendent. Thank you for accusing me of being too kind at my retirement party. And best of all, for the trust you offered me on day one of our working relationship and the friendship that lasted beyond.
Sue Ferguson
January 31, 2020
Linda interviewed me 35 years ago when I joined Mt Diablo Unified where she played such an important role to educators at all levels. Again, after I left the District after fifteen years, I was able to work with Linda in Pittsburg. She was loved and revered by all who crossed her path because she was professional, fair, and dedicated to the students and families under her care. This is a huge loss of a great woman. Im very sad to hear of her passing. May she Rest In Peace. My sincere condolences to her family.
Margaret Haller
Coworker
January 30, 2020
Linda was my boss beginning in 92. Her absolute professionalism was an inspiration. I learned that if you ask Linda a question, she will have an answer that considers the students affected, the current perspective of the experts, the local impact, and the practical application. She more than likely would tease the answer out of you through questions. I have never met anyone more deserving of respect than Linda.
I am deeply saddened by her passing.
Gary Marcus
January 29, 2020
My heart is broken. Linda was a wise and caring boss, mentor, and friend. My career benefited from the opportunities, guidance, and support she provided me. She had such a positive impact on all of us who had the good fortune of working with her. I'm so grateful to have known her.

My heart aches for Abe and her family. I hope that our love for Linda gives them comfort and strength at this time.
Joyce Densmore-Thomas
January 29, 2020
Thank you for your beautiful smile for all of the students and staff at PUSD. We will always remember your kindness to all.
E Croskey
January 29, 2020
Linda was one of the best superintendent's we had she always came by to see me at the high school when she was on site. Always a kind word a very caring woman. She will be missed. God bless her family.
Rose Conklin
January 29, 2020
Linda you are an Angel. God needed you to help him up there. We will always miss you.
Abe and family we are with you at this time. May our Lord bring you comfort.
Lorena A.
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