Production designer, art director worked in film industry

Published in the March 11, 2016 edition

Linda-Sena-obit-webLOS ANGELES, Calif. — Linda Anne Sena, of Los Angeles, formerly of Melrose, passed away peacefully on Feb. 27 at the age of 49.

Linda was born in Melrose on Oct. 29, 1966 to Frederick and Rose (Bruzzese) Sena of Melrose. She was raised in Melrose and graduated from Melrose High School. Linda was a gifted artist ever since she was a young girl. She went on to graduate from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, and later worked as an animator for Olive Jar Studios in Brookline. Linda decided to further her education and was accepted into the prestigious American Film Institute in Los Angeles, where she earned a master’s degree in 2001. Linda remained in Los Angeles to pursue her career in the film industry as a production designer and art director. She was an extremely talented artist and filmmaker; she applied her vast knowledge in the field and resourcefulness to assist her colleagues with any problems they faced.

Linda was a member of the Art Directors Guild and her recent films include, Alex of Venice, The Spectacular Now, Nobody Walks, Smashed and What do we have in our Pockets. Other films include Wrist Cutters and Captain Abu Raed. She loved living in Los Angeles, particularly the Echo Park neighborhood, where she developed a dedicated community of friends. When she was not working, Linda had a beautiful garden that she maintained and enjoyed hiking in Griffith Park and bike rides along the L.A. River. She was a passionate woman who cared deeply for her family and friends, all of whom will miss her dearly.

She was the beloved daughter of Frederick L. and Rose A. (Bruzzese) Sena of Melrose. She was the loving sister of Dr. Laureen M. Sena of Jamaica Plain, Frederick J. Sena and his wife Patricia of Groveland and Stephen F. Sena and his wife Rula of Washington, D.C. She was the caring aunt of Michael Magrath and his wife Megan and Omar Giovanni Sena. She is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Visiting Hours were held on Monday, March 7 at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 West Foster St., Melrose. Family and friends gathered at Gately Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 8 prior to a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary Church, Melrose. Interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance, 1410 Plaza, Suite 1710, New York NY 10122, To leave an online message of condolence, please visit