Laura Jean Lindemuth, 56, of Anchorage, Alaska, died Wednesday morning, November 26, 2014, at home, due to complications from cancer. She was a lifelong Alaskan, born July 3, 1958. The daughter of Joan A. Lindemuth and the late Brigadier General Paul W. Lindemuth, she graduated from West High School in 1976 and earned a Bachelor's degree in Music Performance from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI. Laura was a violinist and teacher, and played for 40 years with the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra. She also played with the Anchorage Opera. A well-known and enthusiastic member of Alaska's classical music community, she taught her passion to her students from her tiny, cozy studio in South Addition. She had great intelligence and skill, and an amazing ability to concentrate. It was obvious in how she played the violin and in her teaching. Complicated word games were child's play to her and she beat her siblings and anyone else at them with a pleasant and sincere matter-of-factness. A woman of generosity and thoughtfulness, her house was filled with beautiful pottery from local kilns, which she often gave as gifts. She loved good food like she loved good music. And like her mother, she could pile a plate high, belying her small frame. Both a book- and dog-lover, she named her beloved first beagle Mr. Darcy, from her favorite Jane Austen novel. Laura easily extended that affection to her brothers' and sisters' dogs, loving them in spite of the poop piles they might have left by her beautiful rosebush. She loved to be outside and her garden reflected her natural elegance and thoughtful nature. A true Alaskan, Laura knew that berry picking was serious business, something passed on to her by her dad. Cranberries or blueberries, she had her special bucket, her lucky shirt and a secret spot. Her absence is strongly felt but so is her presence. Her family and friends will miss her greatly. Matthew 5:8. Laura is survived by her mother and brothers and sisters, Paul, Charles, Eve, Vernon, Steven and Helen, and their families. A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Anchorage on December 3, 2014, at 3 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to: Anchorage Symphony, 400 D Street, Suite 230 Anchorage 99501, or the Alaska Orchestral Music PTSA, P.O. Box 243506, Anchorage 99524, which provides scholarships to music students in need. Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel
Published by Anchorage Daily News on Dec. 2, 2014.