Linnea A. DePew

November 10, 1946 - June 23, 2010

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Linnea Adela DePew

Linnea Adela DePew, 63, of Kendallville died at 9:50 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, 2010, at the I.U. Medical Center, Indianapolis.

She had lived in the area since 1958, a native of Nebraska. She graduated from Kendallville High School as salutatorian in 1964.

Mrs. DePew was a 20-year survivor of a liver transplant. Along with her husband, she owned and operated their dairy farm, Knob-Hil-Vue. She was also a homemaker and Avon Representative. For the past 12 years, Mrs. DePew worked for A&H Specialties in Kendallville.

Linnea was very active in her four daughterís education and was supportive of all their extracurricular activities, including but not limited to: East Noble High School Theatre, East Noble Band Boosters, East Noble Show Choirs, Business Professional of America, gymnastics, FFA and science competitions.

In 2009, she was named the Grand Marshal of Noble County Community Fair Parade recognizing her involvement in 4-H, Home Extension and the community. She and her husband were instrumental in the start of the 4-H Dairy Steer Project. Mrs. DePew continued her support of the project by being secretary. She was also involved and in the building of the Beef/Dairy Steer Barn at the fairgrounds. In addition, she consistently served in the youth organizationís Dairy Project for more than 30 years.

Mrs. DePew helped start the Noble County Preview Dairy Steer Show 12 years ago and has served as secretary/treasurer since the beginning. She served in all of the offices of the Noble County Home Extension Club and was a member of the Fun ĎNí Fancy Homemakers Club. She was a treasurer of Gaslight Playhouse, Inc. She also loyally worked the elections for the Republican Party for more than 30 years.

She was born November 10, 1946, in Hastings, Neb., to Jacob and Edna (Maaske) Heathers. On January 1, 1965, she married Robert Earl DePew in Corunna.

Surviving are: four daughters and two sons-in-law, Lee Ann DePew of Kendallville, Robin and Steve Fuhrman of Avilla, Lori Bowman of Peoria, Ill., and Renee and Sid Carty, Jr. of Indianapolis; 11 grandchildren, Heidi and Wes Spencer, Nick Fuhrman, Heather Wade, Philip Bowman, Elizabeth Bowman, Faith Bowman, Jakeb Bowman, Grace Bowman, Derek Carty, Arlan Carty and Morgan Carty; and her mother, Edna (Gram) Heathers of Kendallville.

Preceding her in death are her father on December 31, 1983, and her husband on March 26, 1997.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, June 28, 2010, her fatherís birth date, in Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 S. State St., Kendallville, with the Rev. Doug Keenan officiating. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Kendallville.

Calling is from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 27, 2010, and 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to the 4-H Dairy Steer Leadership Award, Gaslight Playhouse, Inc. or Indiana Organ Procurement Organization.

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Carol Stienbarger
July 13th, 2010 9:00pm

So very sorry for your loss. Think of you often, Edna, God bless you and all your family with strength and peace. Love, Carol Stienbarger

Ron & Karen Henschen
June 30th, 2010 4:35pm

I am very sorry to hear of your loss. We followed the kids through band and were together in 4-H for many years.

Arlene (Beanie) Taylor
June 30th, 2010 4:34am

I just wanted to tell you all how sorry I am about Linnea. I know how much you all love her and I am sure you will miss her. I hope all the wonderful memories of the time you had together comfort you at this time. Beanie

neta heller
June 29th, 2010 1:46am

Aunt Edna, Girls and Family, I spent alot of time with Linnea growning up. She always had the best dollies and we had so much fun playing house and store. I'll always remember her teaching me to play jacks on the front porch. I was very blessed to have her in my life as you were to have her as such a wonderful Mother and Daughter. She will be missed greatly. Thinking of you all. Love, Neta Heller

Debbie Mountz Arnold
June 28th, 2010 11:07pm

I graduated from KHS with Linnea and always enjoyed her company.I am sorry for your loss. Debbie Mountz Arnold

Arvill & June Brown; LuReign & Anita Bro
June 27th, 2010 5:55pm
Kendallville, IN

We planned to be there with you,but the storm is raging right now. Also, Arvill can't walk very well & the weather would be bad for him to try it. We certainly have been praying for ALL of you in this time of loss and sorrow. With our love & prayers, The Browns

Beth Rogers Banks
June 27th, 2010 4:20am
Adrian, MI

Dear Girls, I am so sorry to learn about your mother's death. I did not know she was ill and not doing well. I know she loved you dearly and I know you will miss her. She was a brave woman to go through the liver transplant and was a model to those around her of the power of being brave and trying something new. My prayers are with you. Beth (Rogers) Banks

Rex and Ellen Cochard
June 26th, 2010 4:30pm
Ft Wayne, IN

Sorry to hear of the death of your mother. She was a wonderful person. We know she will be missed.

Barb Hofmeyer
June 26th, 2010 2:38pm
Auburn, IN

Lee Ann and family, so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Your stories of family working together on projects was an inspiration. It's clear your mom left a great legacy in all of you. Barb

Jeanne Keiser
June 25th, 2010 9:24pm
Rome City

My deepest sympathy to the DePew family. Linnea was a joy to work with in the Extension Homemakers and I will miss her smiling face at our executive meetings.

Anita andelin zerkle
June 25th, 2010 12:53am
auburn In

Leeann and family, I'm sorry to hear of your moms passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Anita and family

Dorothy and Mike
June 25th, 2010 12:47am
Franklin, TN

Dearest Gram, Lori and all the family, Our hearts go out to you just now, we're praying that you will feel the loving arms of our Lord and Savior lifting you up in the days ahead and comforting your aching hearts. Linnea was a special friend, so kind, loving and tender-hearted. Our love to all, Mike and Dorothy Vorndran

Leslie & Family
June 25th, 2010 12:25am

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families... especially LeeAnn, Robin, Renee, and Lori.