Julia E. "Judy" Linder

July 29, 1937 - September 4, 2020
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Julia E. Linder, servant of God, passionate fundraiser, and friend to all, passed away peacefully into the arms of God on September 4, 2020, in the Community Hospice Truman House, following a period of declining health.

Born in Hillsboro, Ohio on July 29, 1937, she was the daughter of the late N.S. “Casey” and J…

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Julia E. Linder, servant of God, passionate fundraiser, and friend to all, passed away peacefully into the arms of God on September 4, 2020, in the Community Hospice Truman House, following a period of declining health.

Born in Hillsboro, Ohio on July 29, 1937, she was the daughter of the late N.S. “Casey” and J. Eileen Jones.

After completing her formal education at St. Mary’s High School and Ohio Wesleyan, where she pledged Alpha Delta Pi, she began her professional career with New Holland Farm Equipment.

While at New Holland, Judy met and fell in love with her devoted husband of 45 years, Walt Linder. After they wed, they relocated to Dover and Judy shared her talents with Richard Hoy at his State Farm Insurance agency for 21 years prior to retirement.

Her passion for Community Hospice began in 1986. She devoted a tremendous amount of time and energy as a volunteer with the organization. She was a “consummate” board member, chairing it for two years. She was also on numerous committees including fundraising and the planning and development committee. Judy and Walt raised hundreds of thousands of dollars so Community Hospice could continue to provide exceptional end-of-life care for area residents.

She was also instrumental in the purchase and creation of the Community Hospice Truman House, which was more than 20 years in the making. She did not know then that in her final weeks, she would be the recipient of its peaceful environment and exceptional care.

The National Hospice Foundation recognized Judy’s outstanding volunteer service in support of the hospice cause in 2003, when she was nominated for the Volunteers Are The Foundation of Hospice award. She was also selected as the 2014 Midwest Care Alliance Volunteers recipient of the Heart of Hospice Award.

Additionally, Judy’s faith was nurtured at The Church of the Holy Trinity in Zoar, where she was an active member. There she was instrumental in raising funds for the church, chairing the Monte Carlo Auction committee for several years.

She also loved to travel, especially cruising with Walt and her grandson, Alex. Judy enjoyed quiet time reading also.

Judy deeply loved her family, always looking out for their best interests. Her legacy will continue on in them, including her husband, Walt Linder, of Dover; her children, Michael McKenzie, Chuck (Michelle) Linder, Cindy (Roger) Web, and Karen Heard; her grandchildren, Alex and Morgan McKenzie; her brother, Peter (Karen) Jones; and her niece, Stephanie Jones.

In addition to her parents, Judy was preceded in passing by her sister, Salle VanCooney; and son-in-law, Idris Heard.

Visitation will be held Sunday, September 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Geib Funeral Center, 5600 N. Wooster Ave., Dover. Father Ed Keck will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial in the Church of the Holy Trinity, 1835 Dover Zoar Rd. NE, Bolivar, on Monday, September 14, beginning at 11 a.m. A graveside service in Delaware, Ohio will be held at a later date.

Due to Covid 19, safety precautions will be taken. The 6-foot rule will be honored and all guests are asked to wear a mask. For the safety of everyone, and to allow other guests to pay their respects, we politely ask that visitors do not linger after greeting the Linder family.

Please honor Judy’s life and fundraising efforts by directing memorial contributions in her memory to either Community Hospice, 716 Commercial Ave. SW, New Philadelphia, OH 44663 or Church of the Holy Trinity, 1835 Dover Zoar Rd. NE, Bolivar, OH 44612.


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Visitation Information

Date: Sunday, September 13, 2020

Time: 1:00 pm

End Time: 4:00 pm

Geib Funeral Center at Dover


5600 N Wooster Avenue, Dover, OH, 44622

Service Information

Date: Monday, September 14, 2020

Time: 11:00 am

Church of the Holy Trinity


1835 Dover Zoar Rd. NE
Bolivar, OH 44612

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Community Hospice

716 Commercial Ave. SW
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
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Holy Trinity Church

835 Dover Zoar Rd NE
Bolivar, Ohio 44612

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Born: July 29, 1937
Died: September 4, 2020

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Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.


Carol McHale posted on 9/13/20

All my sympathy to the Linder family on the passing of one of the most beautiful souls I have ever met in my life. The last time I saw Judy was in 2014 in Columbus when she received the Heart of Hospice Award which was truly deserved. I can't imagine the number of hours she dedicated to Hospice. I valued her and loved her...she was never "rattled" and was always a calm, loving presence. You will be missed, Judy.


Cris Nixon posted on 9/13/20

Judy was a dear friend that I met through St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dover and a member of a study club that I was part of. I always liked her very much. It was an honor to have known her. So sorry for your loss.


DOUGLAS L SCHMUCKLE posted on 9/12/20

Walt and Family: We are very sorry to learn of the recent passing of Judy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We remember Judy so fondly, and are glad we had an opportunity to meet and visit with her, several times during our years with New Holland. May the Lord provide you and your family comfort in knowing Judy left a very positive impression with everyone she met. Doug & Carla Schmuckle


Mike Leisure posted on 9/12/20

Walt, we have you in our thoughts and prayers. Judy was an amazing person and you made a very nice couple. I remenber her most from her credit job with Sperry New Holland in Columbus, OH. Always helpful. She will be missed. Mike and Debbie Leisure


Bob phipps posted on 9/11/20

Judy was one of the most compassionate and purpose driven volunteers I ever had the opportunity of working with. She was a good friend who always put the needs of hospice patients, volunteers and staff above anything else. The community, the charities she seved, and most of all those of us who worked with her will dearly miss her.


George and Zoe Trautman posted on 9/11/20

Walt and family, George and I offer our sincere condolences on the loss of Julia. There can never be enough time on earth to spend with those we deeply love. We hope that memories of Julia will bring you strength and peace in the days to come. Sincerely, George and Zoe Trautman


Lorin Cook posted on 9/10/20

Walt, you have my sincere Sympathy. May God Bless you and give you peace at this time.


Gordon Mac Donald posted on 9/10/20

Walt, sorry for the loss of Judy. My thoughts will be with you.


connie Finton posted on 9/10/20

already missing a wonderful friend...whether just a friendship or working on a project or committee, it will not be the same without her


Marissa Handrich posted on 9/10/20

I will miss you my friend. Your smile and laughter will live on in my memories. It was a joy working with you on the Auction committee and going out to lunch. Prayers of strength and healing go out to the family, especially Walt. Sending love, Marissa


Sharon Dietz posted on 9/9/20

Another angel in heaven. God bless you Walt, and your family.


Kristine Grill posted on 9/9/20

My sincere sympathy to Walt and family. I will miss her.


Mary Ann Lauber posted on 9/8/20

Judy will be greatly missed by so many. She had the biggest heart for others, lived and breathed for Community Hospice and ensuring everyone had the chance to receive end of life care, regardless of their ability to pay. She was a devout, faithful woman and my prayers are with her soulmate and wonderful caregiver for so many years, her husband, Walt. I know she went directly to heaven and is whole, again.


Maureen Drabik posted on 9/8/20

Judy was the backbone to Community Hospice in so many ways. Her passion for fundraising was infectious. I’m especially grateful for Judy because she set my husband and I up on our first date over 10 years ago. I would always tell her that without her coordinating, I’m not sure he would have had the courage to ask himself. She will forever hold a special place in our hearts. Walt, we are so sorry for your loss. Judy was a wonderful woman, inside and out. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.


Patti Brown posted on 9/8/20

Walt, I am so sorry for your loss. I always loved taking care of your travel plans. She was such a sweet sweet lady. Prayers to you.


Vicki Indorf posted on 9/8/20

Judy was one of the first volunteers I met when working for Community Hospice. She had a beautiful smile and attitude. She had a conviction and love for the work of Hospice that benefitted Community again and again. You couldn’t say no to Judy, she made you feel like you just needed to help. Her work will be missed and her shoes will be impossible to fill. Many heartfelt hugs to Walt and her family, Vicki Indorf


David & Linda Reese posted on 9/8/20

So sorry for the loss of your loved one. Peace be with each of the family members


Blair Hillyer posted on 9/8/20

My deepest sympathy to Walt and his family on the passing of a true Angel of Community Hospice, Judy Linder. What a wonderful lady and the greatest fund raiser EVER! I will miss you my dear friend..............


Bob and Cindy Mathias posted on 9/8/20

With deepest sympathy to Walt and family. May she rest in comfort and peace in the loving arms of our Lord.


John and Joyce Herzig posted on 9/8/20

This wonderful lady will always be remembered as a major backbone of our wonderful hospice. Was privileged to serve with her for the beginning several years and would love to know the amount of dollars she raised to support this great organization. She will be sorely missed by many including me. Sending my thoughts and prayers to Walt and her family.


Mary Ellen Wardell posted on 9/8/20

Heartbreaking loss for so many. She was a great friend with a wonderful, always upbeat attitude. Rest in Peace, Julia; you certainly deserve it.