Linda Marie (Nelsen) Aarni, 57, passed away on Thursday, June 5, 2008 at her home in Rolling Hills Estates, CA, following a long illness. Linda was born in Minneapolis, MN to Charles and Marietta Licater. She moved to California with her mother and stepfather (Harold Nelsen) when she was 10 years old. After completing high school, she worked as a flight attendant for Continental Airlines for 13 years prior to Continental's bankruptcy filing in 1983. Linda experienced serious health problems in recent years, but kept alive her passion for personal growth and she loved interior decorating and floral arranging. She is survived by Charles Aarni, her husband of 23 years, and her mother, Marietta Nelsen, of Mesa, Arizona. In addition, she is survived by 2 half-sisters, Ann Licater, who lives in the San Jose area and Suzanne LaLicata of Palm Beach, Florida, and by three half-brothers, Tony Licater of Dallas, Texas, Michael Licater from Minneapolis, MN and Dan Licater of Alhambra, CA. A Memorial service will be held at Rice Mortuary Chapel on Thursday, June 12, 2008 at 4:00 PM. A reception will follow immediately in the Lighthouse Reception Room at 5:00 PM.

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  1. I am so glad I was able to view Linda’s memorial service on the webcast. It was a beautiful service and it was so nice to be able to hear Charlie speak of his loving wife and hear him read my great-aunt Marietta’s letter. Charlie and Marietta – I am sorry for your pain and pray for you. My memories of Linda include visiting with her in California when I was four years old and lived in CA. She was beautiful, kind and funny. She will be missed. Leah

  2. We are so sorry to hear of Linda€™s passing, and our thoughts are very much with you, Charlie and Marietta. Your reminiscences and tributes during the service were so touching–Linda was lucky to have the two of you in her life. Wishing you well in the days ahead, Mary and Tom

  3. Dear Uncle Charlie – We’re so very sorry for your loss. Words are always inadequate at times like this, but please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers and we trust that Aunt Linda is now at great peace. May you be as well. With love, Dave and Eden

  4. I miss my cousin Linda but I am happy she is no longer in pain. I am ever so grateful that she had such a devoted and loving husband, Charlie. I fondly remember Linda in 1968 when my best friend, Kathy and I went to California.Linda and her best friend, Kathy and I drove our newly aquired 58 Cadillac down to Encinada and were 4 Wild and Crazy 18 yr olds. About 8 yrs later Linda opened her home in El Segundo to me and helped me find a cute little house to rent. Though I was only there for about 6 months we spent many days going to lunch at the Slender Spoon and shopping at the Mall. Linda had a dazzling smile and sparkling eyes and beauty inside and out. I am sure Heaven is a brighter place now that she is there. Love you forever cuz.

  5. The last time I saw Linda was at her Grandmother Edna’s memorial service. I am her mother Marietta’s cousin. Charlie and Marietta, you have my deepest sympathy. Sincerely, Amy L. Olson

  6. Dearest Linda, I will miss you, but I know you are with your ‘sister’ Sharon. Charlie, God be with on this day. My thoughts and heart go out to you. I will call you soon. David Wagemaker, Dallas, Tx

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