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LINDA A. DAHM

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LINDA A. DAHM, 82, peacefully died Friday, June 13, 2014. She was born in Fort Wayne, March 6, 1932, the daughter of James and Dorothy (Blaising) Leondard. "She was a cherished daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother." After graduating from Central Catholic High School, Linda worked for Bishop John Francis Noll and The Rev. Msgr. Charles J. Feltes at the Fort Wayne Chancery of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend for four years at which point she met her future husband, Ed. While she wanted to go to college after high school, she did not have an opportunity until she was 35 years old, and the mother of five children! She received her undergraduate degree in sociology from Indiana University and her master's degree in counseling psychology from Ball State University. After obtaining her master's degree, she worked as a supervisor for a partial hospitalization program at Park Center, Fort Wayne, where she forged strong relationships with her patients. She also taught at St. Jude Catholic School in its CCD program, and for many years she was very active in an apostolic movement of the Catholic Church, Cursillo. She was an ardent supporter of civil rights and a member of the Fort Wayne Urban League during its formative period in the community. She loved music and volunteered for 15 years at WBNI hosting a weekly four hour classical music program, "Matinee." Linda and Ed were subscribers to the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and regularly attended concerts until she had difficulty walking. Her biggest joy was nurturing her children and grandchildren. She had the rare ability to perceive each of her family member's unique gifts and to help them cultivate those gifts, always making them feel loved, special, and distinctive. She and Ed opened their Wawasee summer home to family and friends for over 50 years. She ensured the pantry was fully stocked, the basement fridge was full of cool refreshments, cheese and cracker platters were on the lake deck, and children's movies, high chairs, and "sippy" cups were at the ready. No trip to her lake home was complete without plenty of welcomes and "I love you" in every good-bye. She savored cultural events, especially New York theater productions. As her grandchildren grew, she and Ed took them, in pairs, to New York, Chicago, Portland, and other exciting cities. She appreciated beauty and treated her children and grandchildren to fine dining, luxurious hotel stays, and even a few spa trips. She was a voracious reader and always enjoyed discussing her most recent novel. Later in life, she loved "Law and Order" reruns and looking at the wildlife in her backyard. She never forgot a birthday or Feast Day, and was generous with all that she had and was. She was known for her vivid dreams and often would recount with amazing detail her rich dream life. In later years, she had difficulty walking but remained rich internally and steadfast to her family despite her many physical trials. She overlooked her pain to listen to, pray for, encourage and love every family member. "Linda will remain in our hearts with deep gratitude for all that she was and did." To her husband Ed she always will be "Dinam," to her children, the "best Mom ever," and to her grandchildren, the "best grandma ever!" "Thank you, Linda Leonard Dahm, for sharing your love, wisdom, and wit. We are enriched forever because of you. With profound love and gratitude, your family!" Surviving are her devoted husband of nearly 62 years, Edward Dahm; her sisters, Rosalie Westropp and Kathy (Doug) Bailey; brother, Jim (Sarah) Leonard; and her five children, Jerry (Ann) Dahm of Fort Wayne, Anne (Mark) Alderfer of Indianapolis, Joe (Joanne) Dahm of Chicago, Bert (Yvonne) Dahm of Fort Wayne, and Maureen Hunzicker of Indianapolis; her 16 grandchildren also survive her, James, Patrick, Casey, Henry, Claire, Sam, Peter, John, David, Andrew, Catharine, Mary, Ben, Jane, Grace, and Edward. Funeral Mass is 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at St. Jude Catholic Church, corner of E. State Blvd. and Randalia Dr., with visitation one hour before Mass. The Rev. Robert D'Souza officiating. Visitation also from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 7, 2014 at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Chapel, 1140 Lake Ave., with a Rosary at 7:30 p.m. "The family sincerely thanks the Towne House Retirement Center staff, Parkview Regional 5th Floor Nursing Staff, and Parkview Home Health & Hospice for their loving care of our mother." Memorials to: St. Jude Catholic School Tuition Fund, 2110 Pemberton Dr., Fort Wayne, (IN 46805) (www.stjudefw.org) or USA, 333 7th Avenue, New York, (NY 10001-5004) (www.doctorswithoutborders.org). To sign the online guest book, please go to www.mccombandsons.com

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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on June 15, 2014
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