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Rhea Lindstrom
Date of Death: November 3, 2020
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Rhea passed away peacefully on November 3, 2020 at Westminster-Canterbury after having contracted Covid. She was born 89 years ago in Los Angeles and was a proud graduate of UC Berkeley. From there Rhea went on to travel the world. She lived for many years in Alexandria, Virginia with her beloved husband, Skip (Dr. Ronald …
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Dana Henry left a message on March 22, 2021:
I just learned that Mrs. Lindstrom - my 5th and 6th grade teacher in Virginia in the late 1970’s, passed away in November. She had an incredibly profound impact on my life in a positive way. From Rhea, I learned to love learning, to believe in myself, to notice and respect everyone’s unique skills and talents, to want to learn about far away places and people, to ask for help. We studied Spanish and Shakespeare, algebra and the architecture of the National Cathedral, dyed Ukrainian Easter eggs and composed and performed our own music, studied mealworms and rock sections, built igloos out of styrofoam and learned how to make kites and how to fish. She was an extraordinarily gifted educator and was a visionary when it came to working with children who had different skill sets, but her secret weapon was that she LOVED us. All of us. Fiercely. And we knew it. And we loved her back. She is the reason I went into the Peace Corps and the reason I became a teacher. Today my heart is breaking, but her spirit lives on in so many of us. 😔❤️
Amy Spear Hampton left a message on March 22, 2021:
I am so sorry just now to see this. This was posted on the Facebook Group I made called “Mrs lLindstroms 5th and 6th grade class”. So that right there shows you how her memory has lived on. We were fortunate to have had her for two years back in the late 70s due to some kind of teaching changeover (and Hi to Mrs Rothrock who we had for 4th). She was a profound-the most profound- influence. I still remember the bones in the body and lots of Shakespeare from her. It’s hard to say how much Old Keene Mill shaped our life, but our class has gone on to many impressive careers. Thank you for posting.
Kathy Kirch left a message on March 9, 2021:
My memories of Rhea began when I asked Madison College to allow me to student teach at The Stratford Landing Elementary Gifted & Talented Center. Little did I know how fortunate I would be to have Rhea as my mentor. I soon realized I was in the presence of greatness. Knowing Rhea professionally was tremendous but the personal relationship that we developed was tremendous and one of the most memorable highlights of my life. Being in my 20s and spending time with Rhea and Skip was so enlightening and cherished. Eventually my parents met them and began spending time with them too. There are many, many memories making it hard to single out just one. I love them all and especially every moment I spent with Rhea. We need more Rheas in the world. Rest in peace my friend.
Randy Blosil left a message on January 24, 2021:
Sweet Rhea. Looked fabulous in black. Whether she walked into the room or you walk into the room she's in, her presence was all encompassing and always about the people she was with, never about her. Always interested in others' stories. Then there were her stories. Stories from her travels in Europe after Berkeley that kept me captivated. Rhea and my mother Georgia were college pals and remained so until my mother's passing two years ago. My siblings and I never had any aunts, uncles or cousins so Rhea and Tal, and later gentle and kind Skip, were like family, visiting often, and we'd stay with them in Alexandria. My little family and I lived in Vienna twice and both times we lived there, Rhea and Skip came on business to the U.N. I insisted they spend one night with us after dinner and not go back to the hotel. They slept on our sofa hide-a-bed and I could hear them laughing below, realizing later how awkward and uncomfortable it was. Always kind and generous. That big laugh. That big presence. We love you, Rhea. We're grateful you're with Skip and Georgia.
Bethia Sherman (Betsy) left a message on December 31, 2020:
She taught my son for two years and was an inspiration to him. And to us all! A vibrant, alive woman, she threw the book for teachers out the window and did it by the seat of her pants. She was simply wonderful and I think that all kids who had her would say so.
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Gail A Richardson left a message on December 8, 2020:
I am saddened to discover the passing of Rhea. She was one of my most cherished relatives as my mother's cousin. I always enjoyed our talks on the phone and the special time I was able to visit with her back in 2002. She was truly a treasure and gave so much to others. I praise God she accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior and is with Jesus now, freed from her earthly body with Alzheimer's. I will rejoice when I see her again.
Blake Curtis left a message on November 30, 2020:
I shall long remember Rhea's smile and wonderful sense of humor. Rhea was always caring about how others were doing. I shall long remember Rhea and all those many conversations we both enjoyed.
Becky Duckwortj left a message on November 21, 2020:
While my children attended the Gifted Center at Keene Mill elementary school, Mrs. Lindstrom came on board. She was like a breath of fresh air to her class. I was fortunate enough to hear many of her stories second hand. At Christmas time, she invited all the girls to her home in Old Town for tea and cookies and to stoll the streets and view the holiday parade. Her influence was profound. My daughters both became elementary school teachers, one went on to live in Old Town. It was always a pleasure to run into her or to hear about her activities from others who did. She was a treasured gift to her students and friends.
Omps Funeral Home left a message:
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