Linda Stamm, 76, of Beachwood, passed away June 19, 2019. She was a lifelong resident of the Cleveland area.
Born to Morris and Eleanor Stamm in Cleveland on Feb. 17, 1943, Linda graduated from Cleveland Heights High School. She went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Ohio State University.
Linda was active in the Cleveland community throughout most of her career.
In 1970, she worked for the City of Cleveland Health Department to engage residents of the near west side in planning decisions concerning the new McCafferty Heath Center being built.
In 1979, Linda helped organize “WELCOME” (West-East Siders Let’s Come Together) to promote a safe and peaceful start of busing to achieve racial balance in the Cleveland schools.
During the industrial decline of the 1980s, she organized the Cleveland Council of Unemployed Workers, which prevented home foreclosures for many laid-off workers and addressed issues important to the unemployed, such as extending unemployment benefits.
In 1986, she helped defuse a violent reaction on W. 88th Street when an African-American family moved to the predominantly white neighborhood.
In the 1990s, Linda managed community outreach at St. Vincent Charity Hospital, bringing health education programs to the surrounding neighborhood and developing a weekly free health clinic and state-licensed pharmacy to a homeless drop-in center.
Before retirement, she was director of volunteers at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston, Mass. and Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.
Linda loved gardening, traveling, reading, fishing, archaeology, politics and volunteering. She nurtured a lifelong caring and curiosity about the world around her and tirelessly crusaded to improve society to be more just, fair, peaceful and tolerant, particularly for the dispossessed and disadvantaged.
She adored her children and grandchildren, always seeking to expand their horizons.
Linda is survived by her sons, Steven (Safura) Watkins and Daniel (Paige) Watkins; grandchildren, Maya, Sezny, Ellie and Claire Watkins; grandniece, Allison Davis; great-grandnephew, Landon Sommerville; cousins, Sheila Adler and Joanne Laidman; and sister, Shirley (Rick) McDonald of Atlanta.
A memorial service will be held in early August. Contact Steve Watkins at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Contributions in Linda’s memory can be made to the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives, 239 W. 14th St., Suite 2, New York, NY 10011; the ALS Association Northern Ohio Chapter, 6155 Rockside Rd., Suite 403, Independence, OH 44131; or the Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104.