July 29, 2021
“People die, I think, but your relationship with them doesn’t. It continues and is ever changing.” – Jandy Nelson
Today we celebrate the life of Linda Rospendowski, she passed away earlier this month and is remembered fondly by all who came in contact with her.
A true “California girl,” Linda was born in San Francisco and raised on the Peninsula. She led a colorful and eventful life that included owning several businesses around the Bay Area and Central Valley. Later in life, Linda fell on hard times and found herself homeless and living out of her car. With her amazing tenacity and her drive to be happy and healthy, and with a little help from Curry Senior Center, she sought help and moved into the Curry apartments right next-door to our facility, which houses 12 formerly homeless clients of Curry.
Linda would regularly see her providers in the clinic, downstairs, and participated in as many social programs as she could fit in her busy schedule. Linda was well known around the Tenderloin as the “lady with the fancy dog,” as people would say regarding her dog Lolli’s many colorful outfits. As a member of Senior Community Service Employment Program, she even worked as a receptionist at Curry Senior Center’s front desk happily greeting clients with a smile. Linda was well known around the center, knew all of the staff by name, and always had time to say hello or have a quick chat.
Linda always let us know how appreciative she was for all that Curry Senior Center assisted her with and our staff felt her warmth with every encounter. Linda will be missed by Curry staff.