Linda M. Padulo
October 03, 1944 - June 02, 2021
Linda's life story will be shared during her visitation on Sunday, June 6, 2021 from 2-4 pm at the funeral home, 1411 Vintage Lane (between Rte. 390 & Long Pond Rd.). Linda's family is requesting all guests wear face masks. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, June 7 at 10:30 am at the Cathedral Community at Sacred Heart, 296 Flower City Park. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
Linda was fiercely loyal to her family and friends. She loved her parents to the very end, especially her mother Jennie, and always loved talking about them. She loved to reminisce and tell funny life stories. She grew up on Lyell Avenue in a 3-apartment house: she and her brother Joe lived in one upstairs apartment, her mother's sister Josephine Andolino and her family also lived upstairs in another, and her mother's other sister Lucy Bruno and her family and her brother Sam Mosca lived downstairs. Her third aunt Angie married Burt and lived elsewhere. She always said her cousins Chic Bruno and Andy Andolino were like surrogate brothers to her. Linda attended school at St. Anthony's, then went to Nazareth high school. After graduation, she became a civil servant working for the US Government at the Social Security Administration for 43 years until she retired.
She worked for Social Security as a Claims Rep where she made many lifelong friends. After Joanne began working for the government as well, many employees in the building also began calling her "Aunt Linda" - and some still do to this day! She loved to travel in her younger years and to spend time with her childhood friends like Carm and Geri, and her co-workers like MaryLou, Betty & Tony, Dick & Nadia, Kathie, Marc, and her cubicle mate Dick, as well as numerous others.
Family was always at the forefront of everything she did though. She adored her only brother Joe and sister-in-law Betty. Dating since 7th grade, they would often bring Linda along with them. After they married, she continued to be a constant presence in their lives and loved every minute of it. Although she was with her companion Dick Salah for 23 years, she never married or had children of her own, but her niece Joanne and nephew Billy always felt like she was their second mother. She took them places, taught them to drive (in the cemetery), and they could definitely count on her to buy them something if Mom and Dad said no. She was always so generous and would easily give you the shirt off her back if you needed it. Everyone always wanted their own Aunt Linda!
Linda held a special place in her heart for Joanne's daughter when she was born and named Jennie. She was honored to be her Godmother and felt like that was a continuing connection to her now deceased beloved mother. She also loved Billy's daughters Hannah and Sarah and would often brag about how sweet they were and loved to keep up on the details of all of their accomplishments. More recently, the apple of her eye was Jennie's daughter, her great-great niece, Tessa. Visits from her always put a smile on her face no matter what. She never failed to mention what a sweet, loving and caring little girl she was and loved all of the hugs that Tessa so generously would share with her.
Linda loved music, specifically Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra and The McGuire Sisters. A sure way to get a rise out of her was to tell her you didn't like one of them or that they couldn't sing. That would start a heated debate. She loved movies and in her younger days would be first in line at the theater for all the new releases. She enjoyed reading and always had interesting biographical books around. In her later years, she turned to magazines and would get quite riled up if her People magazine didn't arrive on time!
The title of family historian definitely belonged to Linda. She could always be counted on to remember names, faces, dates, and events in very specific detail. If you didn't know something, just call Aunt Linda! And sure enough, she had the answer! She was never afraid to speak her mind, but would give you the shirt off her back if you needed it. She tended to be a "glass half empty" type of person, when in reality her glass was always overflowing. Her nephew-in-law Larry (who she adored) summed it up best by saying "she was like a loaf of Martusciello's bread: sometimes a little crusty on the outside, but always soft and warm on the inside."
Linda will be so very dearly missed by everyone who knew and loved her - especially her family.