Linda Waisala – Mercado writes:
I lived at Kallman Home from 1957 through 1960 or 1961. My name then was Linda Waisala. I doubt you would remember me as I was not particularly popular or memorable in any way. I was one of few “private” cases in the home so I never really fit in with the rest of the kids(not my choice). I do remember your mom and several of the names listed. These are names that go back so many years and have given birth to memories I thought were gone forever.
I resided in the “green room” with Mrs. Hines (?Heinz?) when I first came to the home then I went to the “blue room” with Mrs. Deech (or Deitz)as I got older. I remember the Bennett family-Mary Ann, Michael, Geraldine, Linda & David, Jean and Andy Kliarski, Helen Ross, Tina, Chiquita & Norman Maneely, Lorraine & Linda Heglund, Paul Abilquist, Robert Elliot (didn’t he have a brother?), Valerie Trinka also had a brother but his name escapes me, Rudy, James & Leo Garnto(James was in the band), Anita & Freddie Perez(the twins), Mark Nelson(his mom & my dad were dating), Rose Morales (played piano at the concerts). Glad to hear that Carl & Marie got married, but sad to hear that Carl passed away. Marie was really nice. I had a crush on David Suominen and always wondered what happened to him. I can remember being thrilled when Gilbert Reed asked me to dance with him. He was one of the “real cool” older guys and only danced with girls who were good dancers.
As I write this many things are coming back to me. I wish I had pictures to share with you but they were lost over the years. Some of the spelling of the names I must have gotten wrong. After all I was only 10 years old when I got there. Did “Uncle” Don marry the nice girl who came to teach Bible study? She had a brace on her leg. I can’t remember her name just yet.
I would love to hear from you.