Helen (Rooney) Lindemann Paradiso
Helen Rooney Lindemann Paradiso
December 20, 1919 – May 15, 2012
Helen Rooney Lindemann Paradiso, 92, was born in Los Banos on December 20, 1919 to Tom Rooney and Stella Soper Rooney, and remained a lifelong resident of Los Banos. She died on May 15 following a short illness.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Rudy Lindemann, their son, George Lindemann, their daughter, Nannette Clark, her granddaughter Kaysie Duval and her three brothers Tommy, Al (Bud) and Ray Rooney.
She is survived by Bernard, her devoted husband, who has been her best friend and constant companion for more than 41 years. She is also survived by her daughters Sue Stephens and Evie Lindemann and her son Tom Lindemann, in addition to 13 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. She was always affectionately addressed as “Garcy” by her grandchildren. She was an amazing wife, mother and grandmother who cared deeply for her family and will long be remembered for her gracious manner and beauty. We will especially miss all of the family gatherings and remarkable meals that all of us and many friends enjoyed over the decades.
Her roots in the Rooney and Soper families run deep. Her maternal grandmother was part of the Knight family (founders of Knights Landing) and she married George Soper. The Knights crossed the Sierras into California behind the Donner Party, but they camped for the winter and did not meet the same fate as the Donner Party. She said if they had tried, she wouldn’t have been here.
She volunteered for many duties over the years, but her favorite place to spend free time was at the New Bethany Residential Care where she was a benefactor and instrumental in many facets of the facility, especially her beloved rose garden. She was highly respected by the staff and residents alike, and will be deeply missed by her good friend Sister Julia.
She was a highly skilled gardener, and created beauty through the plants and flowers that she so artfully arranged in her extensive gardens. She gifted others with plant cuttings, advice, and most of all, the pleasure of sitting in her well-crafted gardens.