Laura Jean Lindemuth
1958 - 2014
Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel - Anchorage
737 E Street
Anchorage, AK
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.
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Oh, this makes me so sad. I studied violin with Laura in the 1980s, and consider her a major force in my development as a musician. I had no idea she was ill. Thinking of her family.
Dave Belden
December 22, 2014
My heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the Lindemuth family. No words can express a way to ease your grief.. May God Bless and keep you all.
Sharon Abrahamson
December 19, 2014
It's always a shock to learn of someone's passing when it comes too soon. I did not know her personally, but performed with her many times when the Anchorage Concert Chorus needed the Symphony. I worked for her father in the Air Guard and with her brother Vern. I have always had enormous respect and admiration for the Lindemuth family. RIP, Laura. Thanks for your contribution to our world. Enjoy the rewards that the Good Lord has for you in heaven.
Steve Kreinbrink
December 18, 2014
I was up late not long ago watching 60 Minutes online. A recent episode focused on the violin-making industry in Italy. Watching it made me think about the many experiences I had growing up as a violinist. Coincidentally, almost immediately after finishing the episode I received an email from my mom with a link to Laura Lindemuth's obituary. Her death most certainly came as a shock. Laura was my private violin instructor in Anchorage for a number of years in the late 1990s. I hadn't been in touch with Laura but my mom recently shared photos of my daughters on Facebook. Laura left a sweet FB message saying I had beautiful children. Regardless of how long ago I knew Laura or the frustrations I often experienced as a student and in hindsight would attribute to my own immaturity, Laura played a role in helping to develop my character. As many teachers know, educating is not just about helping a student to be better at an instrument or to be more informed. It's also about teaching perseverance, responsibility, and commitment. I am grateful for having known Laura and am sincerely sorry to hear of her passing.
Scott Schulz
December 15, 2014
I just received the news that Laura had passed. I was so shocked because I didn't know she was ill. I had moved away from Anchorage in 2007. Laura made comments to me on Facebook but never mentioned her illness. I am so very sorry to hear that she is gone. She was a wonderful teacher to my two children 20 years ago and I enjoyed my relationship with her as a fellow musician and violin teacher.

Annette Kebsch
December 12, 2014
So sorry to hear of your loss. May God bless you through your time of grief. Paul will be waiting for her in God's arms.
Ed & Barbara Granger
December 9, 2014
I will remember the very special joyous violin lessons Laura gave my son, in the very cozy studio. I will think about her when I see the Rocket plant bloom Laura gave us from her garden. Thanks Laura, for the music and love you shared with us.
Louke Ellenbroek, Anchorage, AK
December 9, 2014
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Bonnie Lind
December 9, 2014
My heart and prayers go to Laura's family. Laura will always be in my heart. I remember how she and Lori were "big sisters" to me in our church family and also in school. Miss Wheat, the memory of your music, the light you brought into so many lives will soften the loss of your gentle presence. You are missed by so many.
Melanie Lynch
December 8, 2014
So sorry for your loss. From, Jim and Jane Flanagan
December 6, 2014
To Laura's family, please know that Laura had made a wonderful difference to life here in Anchorage. Laura, I will miss your smile, kindness, and musical talent that you freely shared with us here. You shared your peace and beauty with us, now enjoy that peace and beauty a hundred fold in heaven. I went to all your concerts at the ASO. If you can see us, please enjoy the concert that we will dedicate to you. You will be missed and cherished by all you have touched in your life. Thank you for being a friend.
Warren West
December 5, 2014
Dearest Joan,
I was so sorry to hear of your loss of Laura. I often saw her at the Performing Arts Ctr. So sad but you know she's now with her father, and that helps I would imagine. I now live in Chambersburg, PA, but went to First Pres for many years. Find peace Joan knowing Laura is where she is. God bless all of you. RIP Laura. Mona Borst (Papoutsis)
Mona Borst (Papoutsis)
December 5, 2014
Our prayers are with you all. May God's comfort surround you and give you peace.
Dave & Ann Bleivik
December 5, 2014
I'm so sorry to learn of Linda's passing. We played together in the first violin section of the Anchorage Symphony for many years. She was such a talented violinist and will sorely be missed. Susan, Wasilla
December 5, 2014
Laura was a friend from O'Malley, and although I haven't been in touch in 45+ years, the moment I heard of her passing, memories came rushing back. She was a gem!
Sylvia Schneiter Mollers
December 5, 2014
Lovely Laura, one of the most gentle, graceful, gracious people it has ever been my privilege to know. I hope it is a comfort to her family to know she's got a special place in the hearts of many people.
Lauri Stewart
December 4, 2014
Dear Eve and Family,

This made me think of you and your dear Laura.


God looked around his garden
And found an empty place.
He then looked down upon the earth,
And saw your tired face.

He put His arms around you
And lifted you to rest.
God's garden must be beautiful,
He always takes the best.

He knew that you were suffering,
He knew that you were in pain.
He knew that you would never
Get well on earth again.

He saw the road was getting rough
And the hills were hard to climb.
So He closed your weary eyelids
And whispered “Peace be thine.”

It broke our hearts to lose you
But you did not go alone…
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home.

Author: unknown

Love, Sanya
Sanya Richardson
December 3, 2014
Laura was a lovely talented lady I am saddened to hear of her passing. My condolences to the Lindemuth family. Colleen Sullivan-Leonard
December 3, 2014
Laura touched the lives of so many us with her generosity, her warmth, and her boundless enthusiasm for life. She was a gift we lost too suddenly and far too soon. But how lucky we all are to have had her in our lives!

For me she has been a treasured friend since the 8th grade, and I will always miss her. My deepest sympathies to her dear family.
Debbie Periman
December 3, 2014
My condolences to all the Lindemuths. Laura was my violin instructor back in the 80's and her zest for teaching is unforgettable. She was a delightful person as well as a dedicated teacher. We shared a love of beagles and Jane Austen and I still think of her beagle friend, Darcy.
Michele (Wegh) Beech
December 3, 2014
My deepest sympathy and prayers for all of the Lindemuth family who cherished Laura in their lives. I feel blessed that I was able to speak with her the last time that I was in Anchorage at First Presbyterian Church when she personally came over to welcome me into God's presence there! Peace be with all of you.
Millie Redmond Wedel Cowgill
December 3, 2014
As a good friend of Eve's I was lucky enough to get to spend time with her warm, quirky and ever-inviting family. Laura always took the time to talk to me about my life, ambitions, and interests and her generosity of spirit gave my teenage sensibilities a much needed lift. We are all so lucky to have known her.
Kym Croft Miller
December 3, 2014
Yong and I wish to send our sincere condolences to the family for their loss.
Dennis & Yong Rundle
December 3, 2014
Laura and I went to high school together. ALthough we didn't see each other often, whenever we did she greeted with the pleasure of a long lost friend. I was always happy to run into her and exchange news. I always felt it was a sign of her immense graciousness that she always made it feel like a special occasion to see me. I am saddened by her loss to our world. My greatest sympathies to her family.
Patti Irwin
December 3, 2014
Our condolences to all of you. We have a lot of amazing memories with your family we'll keep forever.
December 3, 2014
I will miss so much playing with Laura in the ASO and the opera. She was such a sweet and gentle person who was so kind to everyone.
Corliss Kimmel
December 2, 2014
Those of us fortunate enough to have known Laura understand that the world has lost an extraordinary soul. Laura will always be in my heart, and every time I hear a violin play I will smile and think of her.
My deepest condolences to Laura's family. I will be thinking of you tomorrow.
Dianne Finch
December 2, 2014
Dear Mrs Lindemuth, Eve, and family I am so sorry for your loss. I loved the music that surrounded your home. I remember all the beautiful talent in music. Our prayers and our love go out to all of you. Love Lonnie
Lonnie McGuire ( miles)
December 2, 2014
I only saw Laura on my visits to Anchorage in our adult life but I miss her anyway. She was a special friend to me and will always be part of my memories, where she will live forever. I am so sorry for your loss.
December 2, 2014
Joan and family, we are saddened to learn of Laura's passing, but as believers we know she is basking in God's presence. May He comfort all of you and give you peace!
Cindy and Larry Dodd
December 2, 2014
My condolences - Laura was such a kindhearted and generous person to know and play music with. She will be much missed and thought of at every concert!
Karyn Grove-Bruce
December 2, 2014
Dear Eve and Family,

We are so saddened to hear of your loss. May you take comfort in the beautiful memories you share of a beloved sister, daughter, friend… Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Lynn Merwin & Family
December 2, 2014
Dear Ms. Lindemuth and family,
My prayers and thoughts are with you.
John 14:1-4 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.”

Love, Michaella
Michaella Davis
December 2, 2014
My condolences to the Lindemuth family. I am so sorry to hear about Laura's passing. Such a beautiful obituary for a beautiful soul. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Midori Shaw
December 2, 2014
My thoughts are of the family. I was privileged to know them. My sincere condolences to Joan and everyone.
Jay Cross
December 2, 2014
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and pprayers are with the Lindemuth family during this very difficult time God bless you all.
Randall and Billye Oefelein
December 2, 2014
RIP dear Laura, you will always be remembered.... You were always so kind, inspiring, and full of love to give. The community will certainly miss you, as well as all of us as neighbors. Love to your family Laura. thank you for sharing Laura with us for so many years...Leslie Andrewa
December 2, 2014
So sorry for your loss. My family, dad & I send our love and prayers.
Lynn Shaw
December 2, 2014
For the Lindemuth family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Laura she was truly a gem. You only lived on Our Road for a short time, but I made a bond with Laura and she is forever woven in the fabric of my life.
I am working remote, but want you to know my prayers are with your family. God Bless you all.
Mary Keen (Burke)
December 2, 2014
To all the Lindemuth's,
I am saddened to read this. Prayers are for all at this time of healing. Such a beautiful young lady...RIP Laura RIP
Luci Brown
December 2, 2014
We are so honored to have known Laura. We will miss her smile, laughter and gracious presence. We extend our condolences to her family.
Johnnie & Charlene Wallace
December 1, 2014
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