Linda Jayne (Gates) Vandivier Sabo, 73, succumbed to a long bout with cancer on Wednesday, February 20, 2013, at St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis.
She was born in Ft. Wayne on April 7, 1940, to Jayne (Sample) and Benton Earl Gates, Sr. and grew up in Columbia City. She graduated from Columbia City Joint High School in 1958.
In 1962, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University, where she studied radio, television and film. There, she was initiated as a member of the Xi Chapter of Chi Omega Sorority.
After graduation, she worked as an assistant buyer at L.S. Ayres & Co. flagship store in downtown Indianapolis. In 1966, she worked public relations for the Indiana Sesquicentennial Commission.
In 1984, she began work as an administrative assistant to history, economics and accounting departments and to the Roger D. Branigin chair of history at Franklin College, retiring in 1994.
She served as president of the board of the Franklin Symphonic Council, president of the Franklin Swimming and Diving Club Boosters and was longtime board member in several capacities of Charlotte Emerson.
Her first husband, Richard W. Vandivier, preceded her in death March 4, 1998. They were married in 1966, and have three surviving children, Hugh Vandivier, 44, of Indianapolis, David Vandivier, 42, of Washington, D.C. and Miriam Metzinger (nee Mary-Jayne Vandivier), 41, of Jerusalem, Israel; five surviving grandchildren;stepdaughters from Richard’s first marriage, Elizabeth Vandivier of Washington, D.C. and Jennifer Corry of Sacramento, Calif. and seven stepgrandchildren.
She married her surviving husband, William Julius Sabo, 75, April, 26 2003.
Also surviving are six stepchildren, Michael Sabo, 52, of Chicago, Gregory Sabo, 50, of Dayton, Ohio, Timothy Sabo, 48, of Hollywood, Calif., Monica Figler, 48, of Jupiter, Fla., Jerome Sabo, 47, of Schererville and Stephen Sabo, 44, of Chicago and eight stepgrandchildren.
Visitation and wake will take place at Flinn and Maguire Funeral Home, in Franklin, from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday with a mass of Christian burial at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Indianapolis at 10 a.m. Monday. Burial arrangements are pending.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her name to the Pelvic Reconstruction Research Fund with donations payable to Memorial Sloan-Kettering to MSKCC, c/o Jane Weyl, 633 Third Ave., 28th Fl., New York, NY 10017.