copyright the Chronicle February 5, 2014
by Bethany M. Dunbar
WESTMORE — Linda Schneck’s father died, in front of her, when she was nine years old. The family was on vacation in Florida and he died suddenly and unexpectedly, and she was there. That changed her life in all sorts of ways.
At first, she became withdrawn and uncommunicative. She had been extremely close to her father and was devastated at the loss.
Her family did all they could to console her.
“My uncle traded a woman a roof for a piano,” she said. Her uncle was a roofer, and he put a roof on the woman’s home in trade for a player piano. Young Linda had been begging for piano lessons for a long time. Her uncle made it happen.
“I think music is what really helped me,” she said.