Linda Frances Saladino – The Endless Summer
July 29, 1948 – October 28, 2018
Linda Frances (Bierbower) Saladino was born in Oceanside, CA, to Audrey Grace Benjamin Bierbower and Edsel Francis Bierbower. Linda and her twin brother, Marc, were considered the first twins born in San Clemente, CA.
Linda leaves behind two sisters; Sandy Farrell of Oklahoma City, OK, and Dina Yankoff of San Juan Capistrano, CA; and her son, Nicholas Marc Saladino and grandson Tristan Saladino of Queen Creek, AZ.
Proceeded in death; her husband, Anthony Saladino; two brothers; Dean Bierbower and Marc Bierbower; and her dogs; Queenie, Smokey, Max and Kali.
Linda dreamed and lived a life best remembered by the movie and music from The Endless Summer. As she often told people, “I was a shy, skinny surfer girl who lived near T Street. I loved swimming, surfing, sailing, and scuba diving.” When she wasn’t near the water, she loved snow skiing, riding motorcycles, and long road trips.
One of her favorite road trips was in the summer of 1964 on a Greyhound Bus. As an active member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in San Clemente, she was a “Beachcomber for Christ,” a youth group started by Pastor Paul C. Oas. The Beachcomber’s cross-country trip spanned nearly 3 weeks and over 6,000 miles.
Linda was an avid and voracious reader with thousands of titles in her library and on her Kindle. She loved to learn and attended the following schools in San Clemente and Orange County; Las Palmas Elementary, Concordia Elementary, San Juan Capistrano Union High School, San Clemente High School graduated in 1966, Orange Coast College, Santa Ana College, Cal State Fullerton and Saddleback College. She also attended Fairfield University in Connecticut.
Poem and Concluding Thoughts
One of Linda’s best loved poems is found in Marianne Williamson’s Return to Love Book in 1992. Nelson Mandela used this quotation in his Inaugural Address in 1994.
Our Deepest Fear
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won’t feel insecure about you.
We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.”
For those who knew and loved Linda, the Deepest Fear reveals the essence of who she became and the legacy she leaves us. Often a recluse, she challenged herself to ask tough questions, to “think outside the box,” and overcome the obstacles she encountered on her life journey.
Linda was a brilliant, gorgeous, and talented professional who nurtured others. She was a caring mother, compassionate hospice worker, and generous philanthropist.
She believed God was in her and everyone in her life. Ready or not, Linda would challenge us to be more thoughtful, independent, and grateful for our blessings. Her presence freed us from our fears; and ignited our love of Christ, Truth and Freedom.
Linda did not want a memorial service. “Everyone in my life knows I love them.” She believed in “agape forever” – God’s unconditional love.
We don’t need a memorial service to remember Linda. Just connect her middle name, Frances, to Cape St. Francis; the town in South Africa. In 1964, this is where Bruce Brown discovered and captured “the perfect wave” in his movie, The Endless Summer.
Endless Summer – Theme song
Endless Summer – The Perfect Wave at Cape St. Francis
With agape forever in her heart, Linda knew she would be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Let us be joyful and grateful knowing her Endless Summer continues; that she will be riding on perfect waves for eternity.
Linda Frances Saladino. Brilliant. Gorgeous. Talented. Shy. T Street Surfer Girl.