LINNABARY Margaret Engelman Linnabary "Pegi", age 54, of Sunbury, died Tuesday, December 12, 2012 at Wexner Heritage Village while surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with cancer. She fought her illness with grace and dignity. She was born December 7, 1958, in Cincinnati, to the late Helmuth and Jean Stinson Engelman. A 1977 graduate of Whetstone High School, Pegi began playing the harp at age 9 and her professional music career took off in her early teens as a soloist. While she was pursuing her degree at the Ohio State University School of Music, a class project turned into the local and regional touring Jazz group, Arrival. She was well known for her eclectic style of classical, pop and jazz on the harp and eventually moved to Ramagen, Germany in the mid 80's to start a business selling harps and performing extensively around Europe. Pegi also recorded and toured with a group of local musicians in Israel. Having lost both parents and her harp instructor to cancer, Pegi was inspired to get involved with music therapy where she was active in forming and performing for the Music Care program at the James Cancer Hospital. She also volunteered at other area hospitals and hospices and performed annually for the Lifeline of Ohio Donor Reception. After returning to the to the states in the mid 90's, Pegi decided to pursue her true calling and went back to school to obtain a Master's Degree and Adult Nurse Practitioner Degree from the Ohio State University. In 2006, she received a very competitive fellowship in Liver Diseases from the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. She was an integral part of the Liver Program and the Liver Transplant Program at Ohio State. Pegi was instrumental in the development of the patient teaching program in Liver Diseases at the Ohio State University. She was a compassionate and a well respected provider by patients, peers and physicians. She will be greatly missed by her friends and colleagues at the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Ohio State and the Ohio State University Liver Program. With a deep, abiding faith, Pegi was a member of Vineyard Church of Delaware County where she served in the medical clinic. Pegi dearly loved dogs, especially her schipperkes that she showed as a youth and later worked part time training at American Canine. An avid distance cyclist, she first rode the Tour of the Scioto River Valley (TOSRV) in 1972 at the age of 13. Her last event was the first Columbus Peletonia in 2009, the year before her own diagnosis. She and her husband could often be found riding their tandem bicycle all around central Ohio. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, David Linnabary of Sunbury; stepson, Ryan Linnabary of Columbus; sister, Marti (Rick) Foster of Cookeville, Tennessee; nephew James (Patti) Jansen Bremerton, Washington as well as a many close friends. Friends may call from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 18 at the Vineyard Church of Delaware County, 1001 W Cherry St, Sunbury, OH 43074. A celebration of Pegi's life will be at 7 p.m. Friday, January 4, 2013 at the Vineyard Church of Delaware with Pastor Danny Myers officiating. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the James Cancer Hopital, c/o The James Development Office, 660 Ackerman Road, P.O. Box 183112, Columbus, OH 43218-3112 or those who wish may sponsor David in his future Peletonia ride. DEVORE-SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, Sunbury is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be made at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com
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Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Dec. 14 to Dec. 15, 2012