Linda Elaine Riedmann
January 18, 1947 – April 8, 2021
Linda Elaine Riedmann was born on January 18, 1947 in Southern California. Her mother, Alberta Schilling, was raised on a farm in Kansas and her father, Varsh Hartunian, was raised in Los Angeles by immigrant parents from Armenia. Her family started out in a small duplex in L.A. and moved into their first house in Compton, where Linda was born. They moved to Brea shortly thereafter. She has one younger brother named Jerry and they have remained close over the years.
Linda was baptized as an older child and loved many social activities with her church youth group when she was younger. She played sports and also was a flag twirler in high school. She always made friends wherever she went and was a happy child. Linda graduated from Brea-Olinda High School in 1964. She was also named Honored Queen for Job’s Daughters this same year and went on to be the Grand Bethel State Representative.
In the spring of 1965, Linda met a Marine stationed at the Santa Ana Air Base named Wayne Riedmann. They became engaged shortly thereafter and then he was shipped out to Vietnam. He was there for a year and when he came back, the two married in November of 1966. This same year, Linda was chosen by Walter Knott to be one of his first 20 tour guides for the “new” Independence Hall across the street from Knott’s Berry Farm. Walter Knott personally interviewed her and hired her. She was very fond of her memories and lifelong friends she made there. Linda also attended Fullerton Junior College while working for Mr. Knott and received her AA degree in Home Economics in 1966. She was given the award of “Woman of Distinction” at Fullerton Junior College.
In 1969, they were blessed with their first son Jeffrey Adam, followed by Varessa Anne in 1971, then completed their family in 1974 with Kristina Lynn. Linda stayed at home with her children as Wayne went to work for the Costa Mesa Police Department. When Kristina was 18 months old, Linda went back to work for the State Board of Equalization as a permanent part-time clerical worker from 9am-1pm. Linda loved being a mother and doting on her children. These hours gave her the opportunity to be home with them before and after school. She believed in “private” education for her children because she felt, “…Christianity is not something that you leave at church on Sunday mornings, but that it is a way of life and that everything we say and do in life is a reflection of that Christianity.”
Linda’s faith began as a child and grew as she lived her life. From 1973-1981 they attended All Saints Episcopal Church in Fountain Valley, California as a family. She taught Sunday school there and also became the director of their very first Vacation Bible School and directed it for many years. In 1981, they brought their family over to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School in Orange, California in order for their children to continue their Christian education from Grand Avenue Christian School in Santa Ana. Linda and Wayne divorced in 1986 and in 1987 Linda went to work full time for the State Board of Equalization in order to provide for her children. After 10 years of working part time, she was promoted to a full time position of Secretary to the District Principle Auditor. She was so proud of her job and loved her co-workers who became dear friends to her. Even though she worked full time, she ALWAYS took time off work to come to the kids games or special events.
Life was a challenge for Linda raising 3 teenagers while going through a difficult divorce. She decided to pick up a second job two nights a week at The Pink Lady (later sold and called The Bible House). In a few years, she became the Assistant Manager at The Bible House. During this time, she also began taking classes at Rancho Santiago College one night a week in order to become a Paralegal. Throughout this time, she never complained and always put her children above anything else she was facing.
In 1992, she received her A.A. degree in Legal Assisting and she continued in school at Hope International University where she completed her B.S. degree in 1997 in Organizational Management. After working in Kristina’s classroom, Linda decided to go back to her calling and get her teaching credential through California State University Fullerton in 2002. Unfortunately, there was a hiring freeze for teachers at that time, so she decided to substitute teach while she looked for a job. She substituted for both Orange and Garden Grove Unified School Districts. As Linda continued looking for a job, her friend helped her to work with families from Holy Family Cathedral School in Orange. She spent time developing her own curriculum to get these children back up to grade level. She tutored various students 4-5 days a week in her own home until Covid hit in 2020. She loved these children and worked hard to help them.
Linda continued to watch live streams of her church at her home and even did the drive-up communion that was offered. She loved her church and before Covid, could be found right up front on the right hand side of church with all of her lovely church friends around her. She loved her church family and Pastors.
Linda’s life was a testament to everyone to put Jesus first in life. Through all of her adversities and pain, He brought her out of it every time as she trusted Him completely. He had a plan for her and used her life to bring others to Jesus. She always had joy in her heart and a smile on her face. She loved others and could always be found with a listening ear or giving humble advice when asked or needed. Her hugs and demeanor were warm and cozy and full of love. She had such a deep love for her children, especially her grandkids; Zachary, Adam, Micah, Noah, Trevor, and Taylor. They all loved their grandmother so much. Her legacy will continue to live on through all of them and through the people she touched. All the bibles she gave to her children, grandchildren and friends were an example of how much she cherished God’s word and wanted to share the Good News with everyone she met.
Linda’s life verse is Jeremiah 29:11 and her life was exemplified in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. She lived her life as an example of what Jesus expects for all of His children. She always loved big and shined for Jesus every day of her life.
In lieu of flowers, Linda’s family asks for a donation to be made to any of the following charities. These were her favorite charities that she supported over the years. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, in Orange California www.stpaulsorange.org The Sheepfold www.sheepfold.org Living Well Pregnancy Center www.living-well.org California Family Life Center www.cflckids.org Focus on the Family www.focusonthefamily.com
Linda’s funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 15th at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1250 E. Heim Avenue, Orange. If you are interest in attending Linda’s service, please reach out to Kristina at 714-595-8905.
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
Linda Elaine Riedmann
April 28, 2021
Linda, was my neighbor my family bought the corner house next to hers about 30 years ago when I was a teen. A wonderful memory we all have is receiving her awesome gift every year of an assortment of homemade Christmas cookies. This really was a treat because Linda was an excellent baker. When I became a mother and needed help she tutored my son Daniel, he was the first kid she tutored when she started tutoring. Linda was more then a neighbor & friend she became a bonus grandmother 👵🏼 someone I really needed. I sat on her couch 🛋 many times crying & being ministered to. She became very dear to me & my family. We were so privileged to have had Linda in our lives. She made & continues to make an impact in our lives. We will all see her again. I imagine her with a NEW BODY ( when your older that’s exciting news ) dancing & rejoicing with our Lord & Savior. Thank you to Linda’s family for sharing her & making space for all the people she touched & loved. I love you Linda R.
Xoxoxo, Monique Angiano
April 27, 2021
Linda was a coworker at State Board of Equaliztion. She was very wonderful lady she had 2 of my nieces in prayer whrn they were ill. I really enjoyed working with her.
April 27, 2021
Linda and I went to Hawaii it was her first vacation in 18 years! We did all the attractions! When we rode behind a motorboat from a parachute it was the highlight. She had a listening ear and we spoke often. She was my best friend. Please know I treasured her friendship but will not speak at the open mike. Absent from the body present with the Lord Jesus Christ