The Rev. Jeanne Linderman
The Rev. Jeanne Linderman died at Christiana Hospital on Tuesday evening, February 21, 2012 following a long illness. Jeanne was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Clark in 1982. She served our diocese in many ways through the years. She was priest-in-charge at Christ Church, Delaware City in the 1980's. Since 1997 she has served as pastoral associate at the Episcopal Church of Sts. Andrew & Matthew, Wilmington. She was an active leader in the diocese serving on numerous committees and commissions. Most recently she chaired the committee organizing events for diocesan retirees. Funeral plans are not complete. Our prayers are with her husband, Jim, and their family as they mourn this loss. May this faithful servant rest in peace.
Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, Jeanne Herron Linderman spent her childhood and youth in Buffalo and Rochester, New York. After graduating from Cornell in 1953 and working in business for a short time, she married Jim Linderman and spent much of her adult life raising six children and being grandmother to 17 grandchildren.
In 1981, Jeanne graduated from Lancaster Theological Seminary and, as a Deacon, was appointed Chaplain at the Cathedral Church of St. John in Wilmington. Next she served seven years as Priest-in-Charge and then Vicar of Christ Church, Delaware City. She was called to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in 1991 to serve as Associate Rector under the Rev. Robert Schiesler. In the years following, Jeanne returned to St. Andrews a number of times to serve as needed. After Lloyd Casson was appointed the first Rector of The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew, he invited Jeanne to join the staff, focusing on pastoral care. Most recently, she served as Associate Priest at SsAM.
Jeanne had been active throughout her life in church and community causes. In 1971 she began involvement in The Episcopal Women's Caucus and other organizations that pressed for the ordination of women in the Episcopal Church. Her travel to the Women's Witnessing Community at the 1980 Anglican Lambeth Conference in England supported the ordination of women in the Church of England. Her involvement in the Diocese included serving as chair of the Human Sexuality Task Force, the Diocesan Council, the Clergy Compensation Committee, and the Diocesan Standing Committee with one year as President. She served as mentor to four different Education for Ministry Groups and her abiding interest had always been in the healing ministry of the church. In the community, she served on the Boards of Directors of St. Michael's Day Nursery and Geriatric Services of Delaware. She also served for ten years as a volunteer guide at Winterthur Museum.
Text of the Rev. Jeanne Linderman's sermon of Christmas Day, 2007. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
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