- Special Sections
Linda E. Hollenbaugh, 75, of rural Roanoke, died at noon Saturday, April 6, 2014 at Country Meadows Nursing Home, Fort Wayne, where she had been a resident for the past two weeks.
She was born July 15, 1938, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of the late Clarence and Altha (Simons) Raichart.
Her formative years were spent in Jefferson Township, Whitley County. She graduated from Jefferson Center High School as valedictorian of her class of 1956. She then earned her bachelor of science in elementary education at Manchester College in 1960.
On Aug. 5, 1961, she was united in marriage to Kermit R. Hollenbaugh. They made their home in Jefferson Township. Mr. Hollenbaugh died July 3, 2010.
She was a second grade teacher at Churubusco from 1960â€“1965 and a full-time homemaker.
She was a member of Pleasant Chapel United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school and Bible school. She and her husband served as youth leaders for 16 years. They participated in the Conference Senior High Bike Camp seven times. She sang in the church choir, and was a past-president of the United Methodist Women. She served as secretary for Church Women United of Huntington County.
A charter member of the Genealogical Society of Whitley County, she served as the first recording secretary and is a past-president. She was a charter member of the Roanoke Area Heritage Association and Jefferson Extension Homemakers Club where she served as secretary, vice-president, president and devotional leader.
Surviving relatives include a niece/foster daughter, Candy Raichart and three nephews, Kevin Raichart of Roanoke, Richard VanDuyn, II of LaHabra, Calif. and Randall VanDuyn of Elgin, Ill. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Larry L. Raichart.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3, 2014, at Pleasant Chapel United Methodist Church, 880 E. 1100 N., Roanoke. Visitation will be from noon until the service at the church.
Arrangements are by Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Preferred memorials are to Pleasant Chapel United Methodist Church. Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.