July 26, 1931 - July 17, 2014
Brighton, Michigan | Age 82
Patricia Jane Brown Lindemann died July 17, 2014 in Brighton, Michigan at the age of 82. She was born July 26, 1931 in Massillon, Ohio to the late Myron and Irene (Fleetwood) Brown. She graduated from Brewster (Ohio) High School in 1949 and from Indiana University in 1953 with a degree in education. She married the late Welman Louis ("Lindy") Lindemann in 1952.
Following college graduation, Pat was a reporter for the New Albany Tribune. From 1963 to 1972, she was a beloved teacher of high school English and journalism in New Albany and Kokomo, Indiana. She was faculty advisor for the yearbook and literary magazine. She subsequently worked as a sales representative for Jostens American Yearbook Company with a territory comprising the northwest quadrant of Indiana. She was the first woman sales representative in the company. The job required long hours on the road and late nights working with young staffs on deadline, but Pat excelled at it. She became a top salesperson for Jostens, gaining recognition for reaching $500,000 and $1,000,000 in sales in multiple years. She was a passionate and demanding teacher as well as a gifted writer and editor. Daughter Marilee edited one of the yearbooks Pat's company published and can attest to the skill, energy, and creativity she brought to this complex collaborative process.
Pat was also a talented actress and lover of the arts. In 1962, she received the Clarksville (Indiana) Little Theatre's best actress award for her performance in the comedy Three Men on a Horse. Her children recall being mesmerized by seeing their mother on stage in roles as varied as Rebecca Nurse in Arthur Miller's The Crucible and Norma Hubley in Neil Simon's Plaza Suite. She loved music, though she could not carry a tune, and enjoyed attending symphony concerts or cleaning the house to Broadway soundtracks or radio broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera. She was also active in philanthropic and civic organizations, including Tri Kappa and various Chi Omega alumni groups.
Pat lived in many places over the course of her long life and delighted in filling the family's homes with antiques, china, and artworks picked up in the course of their travels. Lindy served in the Air Force after college, which took the couple and their first child, Luanne, to Cheyenne, WY and Wales from late 1954 to early 1956. Lindy was a supply officer at Royal Air Force Station Sealand, which at the time garrisoned United States Air Forces in Europe. After Lindy left active duty, the family settled in his hometown of New Albany, where they lived until 1970. Then, a series of promotions took the family to Kokomo, Valparaiso, South Bend, and, in 1988, Portage, MI. She and Lindy owned a lakefront vacation home in South Haven, MI that was the site of many happy gatherings with friends and family in the late 1970s and 1980s. They retired and moved to Peoria, AZ in 1990, and Lindy died in 1991. Pat moved to the Indianapolis area in 1994, where she became an active member of Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, making fast friends with members of the Lunch Bunch, Bridge Marathon, and book club. She was a fabulous cook and hostess and was known for years as "Aunt Pie" to her family. She was also a football nut and enjoyed watching many Colts' games with her son and his family. Wherever she lived, Pat made her house a home. She developed gardens of beautiful flowers, became immersed in her community and church, and cultivated cherished friends. She moved to Michigan in October 2011 to be near her youngest daughter, P.J. She lived at Ashley Court Assisted Living in Brighton for most of her time there and soon became one of the staff's favorite residents. She was known for her quick wit and flair for the dramatic, even as her Alzheimer's progressed.
The family would like to express heartfelt thanks to the entire staff at Ashley Court for the wonderful, loving care they gave "Patty" in her last years. They would also like to extend gratitude to Heartland Hospice of Ann Arbor for their guidance and care in the past year, especially her nurse, Robin Bow. We truly could not have done it without you all, and we are so grateful that Mom was comfortable and happy during her time in Michigan.
She is survived by her daughter Luanne Roth and her husband Robert of Cary, NC, and their daughter Kelly Hyde; son Bradley Lindemann and his wife Elaine of Carmel, IN, and their children Joshua, Emily, Ashley Zeller, Caleb, and Bradley; daughter Marilee Lindemann and daughter-in-law Martha Nell Smith of Takoma Park, MD; and Patricia Lindemann of South Lyon, MI, and her children Caitlin and Ethan Ehlers. She also has seven great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Marjorie Brown Overman (in 2005).
The family will hold a visitation on Friday, August 1, from 6-8 p.m. at Flanner and Buchanan- Carmel, 325 E. Carmel Dr., Carmel, IN. The funeral service will take place on Saturday, August 2, at 11:00 a.m. at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 1605 E. 106th St., Indianapolis, with a brief visitation at 10 a.m. prior. Burial will follow at Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park, New Albany, IN.
Donations may be given in her memory to Orchard Park Presbyterian Church http://www.orchardpark.org/default/index.cfm or Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund http://heartlandhospicefund.org/. Arrangements by Phillips Funeral Home, South Lyon, MI, and Flanner and Buchanan-Carmel, Carmel, IN. Condolences may be made through www.phillipsfuneral.com.