Thomas Henry Lindeman

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Douglass Funeral Home
87 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA

AMHERST –  Thomas Henry Lindeman, 84, of Applewood, Amherst, died peacefully Saturday, February 11, 2017 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.

Born in Duluth, Minnesota, son and first child of D. N. and F. Belle (Jones) Lindeman, he graduated from the University of Montana in 1954. He attended seminary at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, graduating magna cum laude. (He later earned a second masters degree in history.)

Ordained as a United Methodist minister in 1958, he began a long career in campus and parish ministry, including as a staff member of the United Christian Foundation at University of Massachusetts Amherst from 1966 to 1974, and as senior pastor of Westfield United Methodist Church from 1981 to 1988. Throughout his career and after "retiring" in 1995, he was active in a wide variety of anti-racism, social and economic justice, interfaith, higher education, and community programs and movements.

He is also remembered for his love of birding and hiking, his passion for biblical study, his ready ear and wide-ranging conversations, his deep appreciation for and knowledge of jazz and gospel music, and his delight in Mille Bornes and other family games.

He is survived by his deeply beloved wife Joan (Wright) Lindeman; by his sisters and their husbands, Kathryn and Gilbert T. Bremicker Jr. of Toledo, Ohio and Dorothy and Lauris Eek Jr. of Vienna, Virginia; by his three sons and their wives, Robert and Teresa Lindeman of Glenshaw, Pennsylvania and their children Thomas and Elinor, David Lindeman and Jennifer Werth of Columbus, Ohio and David's children Magi and Alec, and Mark Lindeman and Lucy Miller of Kingston, New York, and their children Margaret and Harriet; as well as by Joan's children, Susan Baust, Janet Stevens and her husband William, and Britt Godsell and his wife Stephanie, Joan's brother Kenneth Wright and his wife Pamela, and their families. His first wife Margaret died in 1992.

A memorial service will be held at First Congregational Church in Amherst February 25 at 2:30 pm, with a reception following. His body is to be cremated and buried at Wildwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the Peace Development Fund, P.O. Box 40250, San Francisco, California 94140.

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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Feb. 18, 2017
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