August 24, 1945 — November 21, 2018
CLIFFSIDE PARK, N.J. — Linda Shiers of Cliffside Park, 73, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018 at Villa Marie Claire hospice in Saddle River. She was born at Hackensack Hospital on August 24, 1945 to Paul and Vivian Shiers and grew up in Jackson Heights. She graduated from the High School of Music and Art, studying viola but making the piano her lifelong joy. Linda played beautifully, from classical to hymns, Broadway and standards, and was the accompanist for many family sing-a-longs.
After beginning her working life with a variety of jobs, including with Lanson Rainwear in the Garment District, working the switchboard at AMEX and doing some modeling, Linda found her true calling as a stage manager, following in the footsteps of her father, Paul. In addition to theater productions, she worked at WOR-TV, on such shows as the news, Sally Jesse Raphael, Montel Williams and Joe Franklin. She also worked the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for CBS-TV, often with her father — as far as we know, the only father/daughter stage manager ‘team.’
Linda was an excellent cook and baker, carrying on beloved family recipes of her parents and grandparents. She also enjoyed and excelled at needlecrafts, crossword puzzles and all word games. Linda was a prolific reader, with a focus on Jewish and Holocaust history.
Linda loved animals: as a teen, she worked at a dude ranch and later at a veterinary hospital. After a variety of animal companions, she discovered an affinity for pugs, with whom she shared many years.
Linda and her family have had a connection with the Adirondacks since 1956. In addition to relationships formed there over the years, she swam, rowed, hiked, fished and rode horses, forging a deep bond to the area.
Family was important to Linda, and the loves of her life were her daughter Aimie and her grandchildren. She was predeceased by her father, Paul. Linda is survived by her mother, Vivian; sister, Diana (Sean McCoy); daughter, Aimie Hanlon (Tim); grandchildren, Tyler and Kaley; and loving and faithful friends.
Linda was confirmed as a teen into the Lutheran faith, but later in life felt personally called by the Virgin Mary to become Catholic. A funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Church of the Epiphany in Cliffside Park.
In lieu of flowers, her family would appreciate consideration of a contribution in Linda’s name to Villa Marie Claire of Saddle River, New Jersey; The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation; or The ALS Association.