May 14, 1945 – November 5, 2021
Linda Ann Berndt passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by family and friends on November 5, 2021. She was 76 years old.
Linda was born in Seattle to Ira and Dorothy Hemingway, the eldest of 5 siblings. She graduated from Immaculate Conception High School and later from Washington State University. In the summer of 1963, Linda received the Red Cross Award for her bravery in leading 20 young campers to safety after their boat capsized in Puget Sound. Soon after, Linda met the love of her life, Jerry Berndt, while teaching at Ollala Elementary School. They married in 1969 and had a great life together. After Jerry’s job, they lived in Oregon, Virginia, and Colorado. Albany, Oregon has been her home for 40 years where she raised her 4 babies, Matt, Spencer, Nathan and Emily.
Throughout her life, Linda has been passionate about contributing to her community. She joined the parish of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Albany. She has volunteered for many people including: FISH, Soup Kitchen, Cubs, Habitat for Humanity, CASA, many school camps and the League of Voters. Linda was a leader of the ERA movement and an elected member of the Watseco Water District in Rockaway.
In her professional life, Linda taught elementary school, ran after-school programs, and became a program director at the Albany Boys and Girls Club. She liked to mentor young people. She later became a Professional Counselor at Childrens’ Farm Home & GED Instructor at Linn Benton Community College.
Linda was very passionate about sports. She played basketball in high school and college and enjoyed fishing, beach combing, and camping. Linda was passionate about all the sports teams her children and grandchildren played in. She loved the Blazers, Mariners and Beavers.
Her children and her husband were her main priorities. She loved them all to the moon and back. Linda’s heart was big. She was the mother of many friends. She has always opened her home and her heart to those in need.
Linda and Jerry retired to their home on the Oregon coast. Here she loved being surrounded by the beauty of the coast, fishing in the bay and enjoying family visits.
Linda has battled non-Hodgkin lymphoma for the past 11 years. She and her family have met many amazing and dedicated healthcare professionals over the years during this fight. We would like to thank them for the love and skill they provided to help us all through this process. Linda died on November 5 of complications from COVID even after being vaccinated twice.
Linda is survived by her husband Jerry, her children Matthew, Spencer, Emily and Nathan, and her grandchildren Henry, Sam and Jonica. She had many siblings, nieces, nephews and cousins. Linda asked that if you would like to donate in her memory, your donations go to the Oregon Food Bank.
There will be a celebration of Linda’s life at noon on December 10 at Camp Magruder in Rockaway Beach. A buffet lunch will be served. Space is limited with the COVID protocol in place. RSVP to [email protected]