Zorine and Burt Lindner
The couple's bodies were discovered Thursday in Glenview in the wreckage of a collapsed railroad bridge, which fell under the weight of 28 derailed train cars. Mr. Lindner was 69, and Mrs. Lindner was 70.
The couple, married for 46 years, initially met because they both lived in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood and both owned a Chevrolet Corvair. Mr. Lindner was washing his Corvair when his future wife stopped to talk to him.
Colleagues said Burton and Zorine Lindner championed the underdogs in their respective professions. Mr. Lindner, who became a lawyer in 1971, always cared more about his conscience than making money, his son said.
In the 1970s, Mr. Lindner represented a gay couple who couldn't agree on the division of property after a breakup. The judge, angry that Mr. Lindner was treating the end of the relationship like a divorce, held him in contempt.
"That was his proudest moment," his son said.
Avi Poster, the retired middle school principal who hired Mrs. Lindner as a school guidance counselor in 1978, said Mrs. Lindner made herself available to students 24 hours a day, seven days a week. He marveled at the couple's connection. When Mr. Lindner had to select a jury for a court case, he asked his wife to sit in the courtroom and offer advice.
The couple's "20-minute rule" -- that family should live no farther than 20 minutes apart -- kept the children connected too, their son said.
The couple's caskets, covered with white roses, were also covered with blanket-stuffed animals put there by their youngest grandchildren, Noah and Anna.