Fairhaven Memorial Park & Mortuary

1702 Fairhaven Avenue, Santa Ana, CA


Linda Sue McDorman Bartholomae

November 22, 1942August 30, 2019

Linda Bartholomae passed away peacefully on Friday, August 30th, at her home in Orange, California. She was born on November 22, 1942 in Berckley, WV, to the late John D. McDorman and Helen M. Reaves McDorman.

Linda grew up in Coal City, West Virginia, where she attended Stoco High School. In the words of her class yearbook, she was noted for her long blonde hair, being head majorette and for always wearing a smile. This is also where her passion for education began, culminating in her achievement as salutatorian in 1960. She went on to attend Marshall University, where she majored in education and later earned her Master's Degree in Elementary Education. Her career as an elementary school teacher was mostly spent at Gates Elementary in Lake Forest, California. She taught in the Saddleback school district for over 30 years and was proudly awarded the Teacher of Distinction in 2002-2003.

Linda was the most loving mother you could ask for and known by all for her overwhelming kindness, generosity and hospitality. She loved playing the piano, raising her two children, shopping and spending time with her beloved and devoted husband, Bill.

She was preceded in death by her father John D. McDorman and her mother Helen M. McDorman. Survivors include her husband Bill Bartholomae of Orange, CA her daughter Christy L. Bennet Serafino (Husband Nick Serafino), her son Billy Bartholomae (Fiancé Naomi Ciggaar), and two grandsons Ryan Sweeney and Devin Sweeney.

Family, friends and others whose life she touched are invited to her Celebration of Life at 2:00pm, Monday, September 9, 2019 at the Taft Avenue Community Church, 1350 E. Taft Avenue, Orange, CA. Chaplain John Adams will be officiating. A reception will follow in the Taft Avenue Community Church Family Center. A separate service will be held in Beckly, WV at a later date, to be determined.

In lieu of gifts or flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation https://www.alzinfo.org/


  • Celebration of Life Monday, September 9, 2019
  • Reception Monday, September 9, 2019


Linda Sue McDorman Bartholomae

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Patty Joy

September 8, 2019

Dear Christy, I’d like to share the time your mom took us to Merle Norman for a makeover😊 Goodness knows your mom was very beautiful and was kind enough to share beauty tips. I felt so special that day and grateful to your mom. When it was time for my girls to learn about makeup I took them and their friends to Merle Norman too! Sending peace and love and a little sparkle dust your way.
Love and kindness,
Patty Joy