Linda Irene Kawer, age 72, died on May 29th, 2021 at home in the town of Olive, NY. She was born on January 8, 1949 in Manhattan and raised in The Bronx. Linda was the second daughter of Polish immigrants, Milton and Celia Feldhendler.
Linda attended Bronx High School of Science before admission to Barnard College at age 16. She graduated in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Chemistry. A Fulbright Scholarship took Linda to Hamburg, Germany to continue her studies in biochemistry from 1969-1970.
A Master of Social Work degree from Adelphi University in 1985 became the foundation of her life's work. Linda's understanding of psychodynamics, neurobiology and human development led to a psychotherapy practice integrating the mind, body, and spirit.
In 2005, Linda with colleagues, created and built Stone Ridge Healing Arts, a facility providing professional health and wellness services.
Linda was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Sandy Mann of Denver, Colorado.
Survivors include her life partner, Joan Zinter, her niece and nephews, Lisa Berkow of Denver, Bruce Mann of Toronto, Elliot Mann of San Clemente and their spouses and children.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your local food bank. As a reflection of Linda's life, the family suggests providing an act of kindness to a friend, neighbor or stranger.
A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, June 9, 2021at 10:00 AM at The Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge, NY 12461
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Olivebridge, NY, United States 12461
The Marvelous Women
by Mohja Kahf
All women speak two languages:
the language of men
and the language of silent suffering.
Some women speak a third,
the language of queens.
They are marvelous
and they are my friends.
My friends give me poetry.
If it were not for them
I’d be a seamstress out of work.
They send me their dresses
and I sew together poems,
enormous sails for ocean journeys.
My marvelous friends, these women
who are elegant and fix engines,
who teach gynecology and literacy,
and work in jails and sing and sculpt
and paint the ninety-nine names,
who keep each other’s secrets
and pass on each other’s spirits
like small packets of leavening,
it is from you I fashion poetry.
I scoop up, in handfuls, glittering
sequins that fall from your bodies
as you fall in love, marry, divorce,
get custody, get cats, enter
supreme courts of justice,
argue with God.
You rescuers on galloping steeds
of the weak and the wounded–
Creatures of beauty and passion,
powerful workers in love–
you are the poems.
I am only your stenographer.
I am the hungry transcriber
of the conjuring recipes you hoard
in the chests of your great-grandmothers.
My marvelous friends–the women
of brilliance in my life,
who levitate my daughters,
you are a coat of many colors
in silk tie-dye so gossamer
it can be crumpled in one hand.
You houris, you mermaids, swimmers
in dangerous waters, defiers of sharks–
My marvelous friends,
thirsty Hagars and laughing Sarahs,
you eloquent radio Aishas,
Marys drinking the secret
milkshakes of heaven,
slinky Zuleikas of desire
, gay Walladas, Harriets
parting the sea, Esthers in the palace,
Penelopes of patient scheming,
you are the last hope of the shrinking women.
You are the last hand to the fallen knights
You are the only epics left in the world
Come with me, come with poetry
Jump on this wild chariot, hurry–
Linda being one of the kindest souls I have ever known, she will be greatly missed.
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.Love of Pink was purchased for the family of Linda I. Kawer by The Calderale Family. A tree was also planted in memory of Linda I. Kawer
I will be forever grateful for the path we shared. You led me to my best self.
My condolences to her life partner and family. Rest In Peace , dear Linda.
Linda helped me through one of the hardest times in my life back in 1998 and I have never forgotten her for that.
My condolences to her partner and family.