Linda Elaine Berg died peacefully Sept. 1, 2021 at the Swedish Cancer Institute in Seattle, Wash., with Jon Meads, her devoted life partner of over 30 years at her side after a lengthy illness which she bravely fought.
Linda was born June 6, 1959 and raised along with five siblings on a family farm up Bussey Hollow, Andes. She loved learning and had insatiable curiosity as well as empathy.
After graduating as valedictorian of her class in Andes, she attended SUNY Binghamton and chose to do a double major of history and Spanish romance literature. She spent one semester at the University of Seville and another at the University of Cuernavaca. Her thirst for travel had begun. During her school breaks she worked at the Alpine Inn of Oliveria, owned by the Greiser family who became a second family to her.
After graduating from SUNY, Linda took on Manhattan. She ran the sales membership department of the Association of Computing Machinery. She set up conferences in various states and traveled to garner new members. Linda loved all the city had to offer - concerts, exhibits, theaters, ethnic food. She actually worked off some of that food running the New York Marathon in the early 80s (and completing it).
What touched Linda’s soul throughout life was music. The subject is too vast for this writing, but she would surely be glad to have one name mentioned here: Van Morrison. Happily, Van performed in the city many times in many venues during her eight years in New York.
At one computer conference in Seattle for ACM, Linda met Jon Meads. They became a couple and Linda decided to leave New York for Kirkland, Wash. Jon started the company Usability Architects which specialized in designing easy to use computer software. Linda became the one person office for the company providing clerical support including payroll and doing most of the administrative work as the company grew, and worked with several Fortune 500 companies on their software programs.
Linda and Jon traveled a lot, mostly Europe and Canada, and took different routes traveling across the U.S. They visited national parks-Linda especially loved Yellowstone. She actually has spent time in all 48 contiguous states. When at their home Jon was always available to be a tour guide for the Northwest and they certainly lived surrounded by beauty and majesty.
Linda was predeceased by her father Kaare Berg, her mother Adele Berg, sisters Patricia Berg and Lise Berg. She is survived by Jon Meads, sisters Ellen Berg (Joseph Teixeira) and Kathy Berg (Ed Fersch), brother Paul Berg (Donna DeLucca Berg), brother-in-law Steve Brown, nieces Kristina Brown, Alisa Fersch, Amanda and Maria Berg, nephew Gabriel Fersch and grandniece Aleya Fersch.
Cremation was entrusted to Cascade Memorial, Bellevue, Wash.
Linda’s legacy includes the love and loyalty she gave and received, the many connections from school days, college days, employment, housemates, and so many who stayed in her life and loved her.