Joyce W. Linder, a 46 year resident of the South Bay, passed away on Tuesday, November 6, 2007 in Pasadena after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Born in St. Louis, Mo. Joyce was 75 when she died. She was an 8th grade English teacher at Calle Mayor Middle School for 40 years including faculty advisor for the school paper, and coordinating graduation dances among other things. Joyce was an accomplished world traveler who enjoyed fine wine and playing the piano. She was a writer and poet who admired Shakespeare, Keats, and Edgar Allan Poe. She loved Jeopardy, Murder She Wrote, and crossword puzzles. An avid bowler and bridge player who loved Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Bette Davis movies, Joyce showed Collie dogs and eventually became a cat lover. She volunteered her time with the elderly and at her Great-Grandson's school, and was involved with her Son's, Granddaughter's, and Great-Grandson's sporting activities. She is survived by her Son, Christopher Linder of Redondo Beach, CA, Granddaughter, Andrea Linder of Redondo Beach, CA, Great-Grandson, Christopher Santos of Redondo Beach, CA. Sister, June Guitteau of Henderson, NV, Nephew, Nick Passiglia of Henderson, NV, and Niece, Connie Hill of Santa Cruz, CA, and her 2 sons Mike and Sam of Santa Cruz, CA. Preceded in death by her Loving Husband, John W. Linder, Father, Benjamin Guitteau and Mother, Velma Pleau. A gathering of family & friends will be held at McCormick Redondo Beach Chapel on Monday, November 12, 2007 from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. The funeral Mass will be held at St. Lawrence Martyr Church on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at 10:00 A.M. Burial will follow at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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  1. I wish to express my condolances to the family of “Mrs. Linder”. I was an English and journalism student of hers in 1975-1977, and was glad I got a chance to thank her in person before she retired. She was one of those teachers whose lessons challenged you to think and stuck with you for many years. She will be missed.

  2. Please accept my deepest sympathies in the loss of your beloved mother/ grandmother/great-grandmother. I was a student of her’s in the mid to late 1960’s. She was a wonderful teacher and positively impacted countless young lives. She’ll always be our “Mrs. Linder”…

  3. They just don’t make teachers like Mrs. Linder anymore! She was my English teacher at Calle Mayor in the 70’s. My condolences to the family. I always respected Mrs. Linder. She was a great teacher and I’m sure she impacted many students in a positive way. May she rest in peace.

  4. Mrs. Linder was my 8th grade homeroom teacher at Calle Mayor when it was still an elementary school, and one of my all-time favorites. I am saddened to learn of her passing, and yet find comfort in the many happy memories I have of being in her class and having her in my life at that time. The Calle Mayor Class of 1972 will be gathering next summer to celebrate the occasion of our 50th birthdays; I know Mrs. Linder will be with us in spirit, and forever in our hearts.

  5. I was saddened to hear the news of Mrs. Linder. Mrs. Linder was a very kind and compassionate teacher/person. She really motivated and inspired her students to do well. Mrs. Linder truly was a breath of fresh air! My thoughts and prayers go out to Mrs. Linder and her family. From another former student that was touched by Mrs. Linder’s kindness-CMMS Class of 1976

  6. Andrea, Chris, and Christopher, Your Grandma/Mom/Great-Grandma was such a special person. She will be so missed by you and by us. Please know that we are with you in spirit at this difficult time even though we can’t be with you in person. Our thoughts and prayers are with her and with you. Love, Mom, John, Grandma Roe, Russ, Megan, Jennifer, Isabelle, and Joyelle.

  7. To the family of Joyce Linder: She will always be “Mrs. Linder” to me, as I was fortunate to have her as my english teacher back in the day when Calle Mayor was still an elementary school. I remember her well and fondly. I come from a family of 7 children and I know at least 4 of us were in her class at one point or another. Friends I’ve kept since those days also remember her as a wonderful and inspiring teacher. If she touched our lives this way, I can only imagine that she touched many lives as she pursued the endeavors that mattered to her. She had a life with meaning and for that we must all be grateful. Her student, Jackie Cleveland

  8. To the family and friends of Mrs. Linder, I am sorry to hear of her loss. I was her student at Calle Mayor, she was a wonderful teacher and person. I share the sentiments of my sisters who also posted here, they do not make teachers like this any more. She was always so involved and so creative and all that I know of English, I learned from Mrs. Linder. Bless her heart, she will be missed by so many, and had such a huge impact on so many others.

  9. I just wanted to take a moment to THANK everyone for writing such nice things about my grandma-Joyce Linder. My grandma was an exceptional teacher, and I am so glad to hear that you, her former students feel that way about her too. I remember playing in her classroom when i was a little girl, always trying to write on her chalkboard, always looking at the wonderful projects she had displayed on her wall, watching her grade mounds of papers day after day. She has taught 3 generations of children! She truely loved her job, and I was lucky enough to have her as my teacher and my loving grandma for 28 years, and I have learned SOOOOOOO much from her. I just want you all to know that myself, and my family thank you for taking the time to share memories of my grandma with us and everyone else. I also want everyone to know how PROUD i am to call Mrs. Linder my Grandma….

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