Viola Grace Linderman
RESEDA, Calif. — Viola Grace Linderman of Reseda, Calif, died suddenly at the Northridge Hospital Medical Center on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018, after an emergency heart operation. She was 92 years young.
Viola was born in Port Huron, Mich., on May 19, 1926, the youngest surviving child of John and Veronica (Boariu) Sasu. Upon her mother’s death the following year, she was sent to live with her aunt and uncle, Nick and Anna (Sasu) Tatu of Salem, Ohio, who raised her as one of their own alongside their three children. She graduated from Salem High School in 1946.
After graduation, Viola traveled to California to visit family and during a reluctant blind date at the Egyptian Theatre, she met the love of her life, Robert Lee Linderman. The couple married in 1948 and remained so until Robert’s death in 2016.
Viola was a loving wife, mother, and homemaker. Her passions included tending to her garden, traveling the world, and cooking for her family (especially her famous Romanian cabbage rolls). Her last great adventure was a 2016 trip to Romania with her grandsons, Robert and Anthony, to discover her family’s roots.
Viola is survived by one sister, Sylvia Kilgore of Grand Haven, Mich.; her four children, Cheryl Navarro of Carl Junction, Mo., David Linderman of Stephenville, Texas, Mary Linderman of Reseda, Calif., and Barbara Grimes of Oxnard, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She is united in death by her husband; all four of her parents; her brothers, John Tatu, John Sasu Jr. I, Nick Sasu, John Sasu Jr. II, Mike Sasu, Nick Tatu Jr. and Theodore Sasu; and her sisters, Anne (Tatu) Mattevi, Betty (Sasu) Bending and Mary (Sasu) Sangmeister.
A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, at her home in Reseda, Calif., 7528 Newcastle Ave., Reseda, Calif. 91335, and is open to all family and friends. A private burial will take place at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park in Ventura, Calif., at a later date.