RosaLinda Canchola

My name is RosaLinda Canchola a retired senior citizen born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. I am a lesbian. I was one of nine children of migrant parents who picked cherries and apples at the age of 10. As my first paying job I worked full time, night shift at a paper company while attending high school during the day. I dropped out of school in the eleventh grade. Married at eighteen had my only child at nineteen before I divorced my husband. Later while raising my daughter as a single parent, I earned my G.E.D. and then I took the next thirty years to obtain my B.A. in Anthropology from Northeastern Illinois, Chicago, Illinois in 2014.

I had so many dreams, Opera singer thanks to the Ed Sullivan Sunday night TV show, Jacques Cousteau wonderful underwater adventures television series made me want to be an Oceanographer, My grandmothers death and the fact they left off her glasses made curious and wanting to be a Funeral Director and Embalmer. Lastly, while taking college courses I found Anthropology and now wanted to be Anthropologist. When I retired I held the position of Director for Budget and Personnel for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) for almost 20 years.

So I never was a great singer, never learn to swim, never worked in the Mortuary business (assisted only) and I did study Howler monkeys in Costa Rica!

I am interested in participating in the project to educated myself on our community. It's history and future.

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