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Linda Carol “Cricket” Piasecki

Linda Carol Piasecki

March 26, 1949 – January 18, 2022

Linda Carol “Cricket” Piasecki

passed away unexpectedly doing what she loved best, quilting in her art studio at home. Linda was born in San Antonio, TX to an Air Force father and a Texas homemaker. The family soon moved to Hawthorne, CA, where she grew up.

She attended Hawthorne High School along with members of the Beach Boys(Wilson’s) who lived two doors away. She was very musical and enjoyed performing in her high school choir. At age 15, she grew to 6 feet tall and always stood out in class photos.

On Monday, July 5


1965, while surfing at Playa del Ray beach near her home, she “bumped” into her future husband George Micheal Piasecki Jr. He was just 17 and working at the Hollywood Park racetrack with his uncle, a thoroughbred race horse trainer. It was the first serious relationship for both. They became inseparable and were married on Sunday January 8


1967. At the time of marriage, their net worth was $97 in cash, clothes in their suitcase, and a beat-up 1955 Chevrolet sedan. Neither the car nor the money lasted long. On their wedding night, the couple and a few friends partied away at night clubs in Tijuana, Mexico, the only place they could get alcoholic drinks! After honeymooning on the beach in Del Mar, CA, George enlisted in the United States Coast Guard and served for four years from 1967-1971. Their first duty station assignment was as lighthouse keepers at the San Luis Point Lighthouse at Avila Beach. They found immense compatibility living together in an isolated situation and bonded for life.

After the service years, they resided in the LA area, where they both graduated with Associate in Arts degrees from Los Angeles Harbor College. Linda majored in business accounting and would eventually graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, TX. Her husband graduated with a Bachelor in Biological Sciences from California State University and went on to work at StarKist Foods.

Their son, Joseph Alek Piasecki, was born on July 11


1974. In early 1976, StarKist transferred her husband to American Samoa where they lived in Pago Pago. Their second child, a daughter named Iza Marie, was born on that island on May 16


1976. They resided in the South Pacific for over 5 years enjoying the Polynesian people, culture, and lifestyle.

Returning to the states and Southern California, they acquired an ice cream parlor in Laguna Hills, where they lived. After four years of operating it, they sold the business and their home, bought a 36-foot RV motorhome, and traveled the U.S. with their two small children while Linda home schooled them via the Montessori curriculum. Iza went on to earn a Bachelor of Business degree from EIU in Illinois and Joe attended school for a couple years at UT at Austin. After a year of wonder lusting, they settled on the coast in Corpus Christi, TX. Linda worked as an accountant for a large company, while her husband entered automotive sales. In the mid 80’s, they started a consulting business and traveled around the country advising automotive dealerships how to become more profitable. Eventually they purchased their own GM franchise in Danville, IL, which they sold and retired from in 2005. Following their daughter to AZ, they eventually settled down in Sun Lakes at the Cottonwood Palo Verde retirement community.

Linda was a very intelligent woman with varied interests and passions. She was a master at quilting and an amazing artist. Her works spoke for themselves. She was a founding member of the Sun Lakes Desert Threads quilt club and served as its treasurer. She loved attending quilt shows and online quilt classes. She always had an enormous appetite for learning, which she could never get enough of, no matter what the subject or topic.

Besides being married to George for 55 years, raising their children, and working professionally, she enjoyed adventure! In her lifetime, she lived in or visited 42 of the 50 states in America. In addition to having lived outside of the country, she travelled to 29 different countries around the world. Mexico and Scotland were her favorites.

Linda was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Gila Butte Chapter. She was humble regarding her lineage, but took tremendous pride in her heritage dating back to a circa 1741 ancestor, Isaac Bowers from Groton, MA.

Linda recently had acquired a passion for the physical activity of water aerobics, participating as her health would allow. She loved every minute of it especially since she got to experience it with her best friend Chris Callahan who attended these fun classes with her.

She was also a life-long member of the Girl Scouts of America, having reached the highest achievement, the Golden Award. She enjoyed being her daughters troop leader and always strived to lead cookie sales in her area.

Between her numerous activities and volunteer work, Linda loved on-line video games, especially EverMerge, where she attained the top ranking of “Master Merger.” This despite never having invested a dime to play it.

Another of her passions was playing in Blackjack tournaments with her husband throughout AZ, NV, and CA. Even though she didn’t gamble per say, she loved the comradery of it and through it made lasting friendships with the participants and card dealers. She was especially delighted when she competed with her “best buds” Andrae Begay, Noemi Loppolo, and Dennis Delaye.

She could often be found listening to 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s music. After 1 to 2 notes, she could name that tune and sing it with her beautiful voice, which her husband found joy in despite being tone deaf. She even shared a love of Beatles music with her son-in-law Jeff Shewan and would be delighted when he played it on his guitar.

She enjoyed the occasional cocktail while relaxing or hanging with family and friends. Some of her favorites were single-malt scotches, mango margaritas, Jack and Diet Coke, and Heineken beer. She stayed healthy and on track with Weight Watchers and enjoyed getting outside to go for walks with her husband.

Some of her ashes will be scattered at the beach where her and her husband met and at the lighthouse in Avila Beach where they formed their forever bond. When it’s her husband’s time to join her, their wishes are to have their ashes combined and the process repeated. She was her husband’s love of his life, they were soulmates, best friends, companions, and partners in everything they did. She was his moral and ethical guiding compass.

Her and her daughter Iza, had the strongest bond a mother and daughter could have. They called each other daily, vacationed together, and enjoyed every minute they had. She leaves us all with a large hole in our hearts, as she was a good person in all respects. She was a “giver” not a taker, which we will always remember her for and her enduring smile that she greeted everyone with will live on in our hearts.

She had recently prepared a 2022 list of goals, things she wanted to do and places she wanted to go, including the beaches in Mexico. Always so positive and optimistic, Linda was taken away too soon, but she is in Heaven now joined with all the angels. We will forever keep her memories close to our heart and always remember her kind soul and beautiful smile.

A Celebration of Linda’s Life will be held on Saturday February 12


2022, at Sisk Park in the Cottonwood Palo Verde Country Club community.
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