Passed Away On: July 17, 2021
Linda Sue Killian-Bisceglia, 69, passed away on Saturday, July 17, 2021 following a courageous battle with cancer.
Linda was undoubtedly the brightest of fireworks when born to Oscar Ross Killian and Claudia Crisel Killian in Salinas, California on July 4, 1952. The Killian family moved to the Monterey Peninsula only 10 years earlier and were among the earliest of settlers of Marina, California. The family secured 5 acres and eventually built their own house from scratch, which was framed by Linda’s oldest brother, Wendell, and fully assembled by their 9 family members. Linda and her 6 siblings grew up with both parents on the same 5 acres until she graduated from Seaside High School and embarked on adulthood. Linda was adored by all and admired for her undeniable beauty, grace, strength, loving nature, fabulous cooking and quick-witted humor. Linda gave nothing but love, generated unending laughs and took great pride in caring for others. Her hospitable nature drew her to one of her most favorite jobs in life; head waitress at the Tee-N-Turf Restaurant, where she met her dear friend, Ardell Gilbert. During this time, Linda enjoyed bowling and was a contributing member of a bowling team that was good enough to participate in tournaments. In fact, Linda almost bowled a perfect 300 game that was only spoiled by an overly eager announcer drawing nerve-racking attention to her very last roll.
Linda worked for many years in the plumbing wholesale business as the Operations Manager for the Hollister Branch of Western Utility. There she met and became close friends with her current husband, Joe Bisceglia. Linda ended up buying her favorite restaurant, The Cutting Horse, in San Juan Bautista which she operated as a family-owned business for many years; with her daughters’ side-by-side, waitressing in her foot-steps. She also owned La Scuola Restaurant in Castroville.
In November of 2000, Linda’s life led her into the path of George, Cathy, Carlos and Valerie Amaral of Salinas; who’s entire Amaral family whole-heartedly welcomed her and her family into their lives with life-changing love and unwavering acceptance. No one would ever guess Linda and her family were actually “adopted” by them as the family-fabric was tightly woven with effortless and seamless love. On December 27, 2010, Linda and Joe upgraded their friendship and took a second chance on love following the passing of their beloved spouses. Together, they’ve spent the last decade of life loving each other and enjoying the company of their blended families; inclusive of 4 children, 9 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and numerous individuals considered extended family; along with dearest friend, Eileen Rosa, of course.
Linda is survived by her adoring husband, Joe Bisceglia of Hollister; her 4 daughters: Liz Killian of Woodland, Jacqueline Turner of Elk Grove, Misty Rimassa (John) of Hollister and step-daughter Tammie (Charles) Schlesinger of Hollister. Linda is also survived by sisters: Shirley Killian of Weaverville, Brenda Killian of Los Molinos; brothers: Cleo Killian (Donna) of Salinas and Randy Killian of Kentucky.
Linda was predeceased by her father, Oscar and mother Claudia; sister Glenda; brother Wendell; husband Charles; and granddaughter Ariana.
Linda has chosen cremation. A local Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, July 31 at 11:30 a.m. at the Amaral Arena, located at 23616 Parker Road, Salinas, California 93908.