SEVERNA PARK, MD – Linda H Haller, 83, of Severna Park, MD, passed away on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. She was a beautiful person full of love and kindness. Linda was born to Margery and Percival Hall on December 29th, 1937. She grew up in Washington DC on the Gallaudet College campus with her twin sister, Nancy Hall of Denver, CO, and older sister Sara Todd of Denver, CO. Her father was a math professor and her grandfather was the president of the college. She graduated from Eastern High School, and went on to attend Carnegie Tech, where she studied home economics, and was on the basketball team. After college, she moved to New York City, where she worked for Betty Crocker Test Kitchens, and met husband John Haller on a blind date on Friday the 13th.
Linda and John had 4 children (including twins), and raised them in New York. Linda was a great seamstress, making outfits for the girls and for her formal events. She loved to cook, and she always went out of her way to make people their favorite foods and desserts. She has some of her very ‘famous’ recipes that she was known for, including cinnamon rolls and ice cream dessert. Her greatest joy was music – she loved show tunes, knew all the words, loved to harmonize, and was always humming.
Several years after husband John passed away in 2008, she met her friend Dave, and had many years of great companionship, traveling together and going to concerts and museums. Like her mother, Linda suffered from dementia, and eventually moved to the Eddy Village Green nursing home in Cohoes, NY. Through the progression of the disease, she maintained her sense of humor, her desire to always be a hostess, her love for music, and her terrific smile and laugh.
Linda is survived by her children Karen Haller of Saratoga Springs, NY, Anne Gowdy and husband Jim of Phoenix, AZ, John Haller and wife Michelle of Saratoga Springs, NY, and Jennifer Moore of Phoenix, AZ; and by 10 grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, Linda would have appreciated a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org).