Linda Maria Orlandini Heffern, of Springfield, IL, passed away at 2:15 pm, Thursday, February 10, 2011 at Capitol Care Center in Springfield.
Linda was born April 1, 1940 in LaSalle, IL, the daughter of Gaetano and Angelina Calbri Orlandini. She married Thomas Heffern on February 9, 1974 in Springfield. He preceded her in death in 2003. Her parents, two brothers, Louis and Vincent and one sister, Genevieve Cook Thorson also preceded her in death
She is survived by her sister-in-law, Josephine Orlandini of Peru, IL, along with numerous nieces and nephews and her long time close friend and care giver, Carole Harton of Springfield.
Linda had been a resident of Springfield for the past 33 years. She graduated from Chillicothe, IL Township High School and attended Mary Crest College in Davenport, IA. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Science from St. Louis University. She worked as a social worker and employment counselor for the State of Illinois.
She was a member of St. Joseph Church of Springfield. Linda and Tom were both animal lovers and fostered many stray & abandoned animals through the years. She enjoyed reading and playing golf.
Funeral Mass: 11:30 am, Thursday, February 17, 2011 at St. Joseph’s Church with Monsignor Thomas Holinga Officiating. A private burial will be held at a later date.
The family requests that Memorial contributions be made to the Animal Protective League.