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Born: Mon., Jan. 12, 1948
Died: Tue., Aug. 27, 2013


2:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Aug. 30, 2013
Location: DeMoney-Grimes, a Life Story Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Aug. 31, 2013

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Linda S. Hutton-Reiling, age 65, of Churubusco, IN passed away at 9:56 a.m. Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne after a courageous battle with cancer and with her loving family surrounding her.  Born on January 12, 1948 in Fort Wayne, IN,  she was the daughter of Alfred S. and Eileen V. (Holmes) Hutton-Rennecker.

Linda spent her childhood in Fort Wayne, graduating from Northside High School with the Class of 1966. As a child she was very active with the Allen County 4-H Club, competing in the dairy, sewing and floral divisions. She married Dennis Richard Reiling on November 30, 1968 in Fort Wayne. She continued her education by attending Hixson Floral Design School in Lakewood, OH and then returned to train in wedding designs. She also was certified in St. Louis, MO with American Institute of Floral Design. Linda became the owner of the Watering Can Florist in Churubusco on December 1, 1978. She then expanded and opened The Watering Can on the Square in Columbia City in the early 2000's. She also served as President of Telefora Educational Division traveling to numerous cities training other florists in design work. Linda was a member of St. Andrew Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Auburn, where she served on the Mission Board and was a mentor for young children growing up in the church. She was a member of Churubusco Chamber of Commerce, Churubusco Rotary Club, Kappa Delta Phi and served as a director of the Churubusco Holiday Home Tour, which served as a fund raiser for the Churubusco Library. Linda also served as one of the directors of Turtle Town Anniversary Celebration.    

Survivors include her husband of 44 years, Dennis Richard Reiling of Churubusco; 3 children including, Christina Leigh Reiling-Bingham, Timothy James and Travis Lee Reiling all of Fort Wayne; 2 brothers, Steven (Vicki) Hutton of Fort Wayne and Barry Hutton of Largo, FL and 2 sisters, Cynthia Fahl of Larwill and Laura (Tim) Beucler of Columbia City; 3 grandchildren, Greggory, Fauline and Charyce and 4 great grandchildren, Trent, Addison, Kadie and Orion.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be held on Friday, August 30, 2013 from 2-8:00 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 31, 2013 at the funeral home with Reverend Glen Francis officiating.  Burial will follow at Highland Park Cemetery, Fort Wayne. Memorial gifts may be given in Linda’s memory to the Churubusco Library or St. Andrew Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Please visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.

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Brett Gerber
   Posted Tue August 27, 2013
May each of you find courage to face tomorrow as you rest in the knowledge that we truly care about each of your needs and that we will walk beside you in your journey of grief.

Brett Gerber and the Staff of DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home

Janet Johnson
   Posted Wed August 28, 2013
Dear family,
Linda was a dear and gracious friend. I also was Delt sister with her and worked with her for several years in her shop. She has remained and always will be a true friend. I along with many others will miss her terribly. My condolences and thoughts of sympathy go out to you all.
Janet & Mike Johnson

Lea Ann Herron
   Posted Wed August 28, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Linda was so dear to me, she will be missed. I am sure I will never again get a floral delivery that includes a hug! What a special lady, she will live on in our hearts and memory.

Sheila Hutton
   Posted Wed August 28, 2013
My heart goes out to all family and friends. Miles may separate us but our hearts are forever entwined, we are family! One day we will all be together again in a perfect state of mind, body, and soul! God Bless! Stay strong for it is ourselves that we weep for!

Eddie & Diane Jones
   Posted Thu August 29, 2013
To Linda's Family,
She will be truly missed by her family, co-workers and the Churubusco community. She was the best I can't tell you the times she went out of her way to make things right. She fought a long and hard battle and never gave up.
We all loved Linda she will be missed but always in our hearts. Linda thanks for the memories Heaven has been blessed with a good one.
Love and prayers, Eddie, Diane, Raye Ann & Randy Jones

christine shumway
   Posted Thu August 29, 2013
Linda was a delightful person and a happy moment in my day. She will be missed by many. May she rest in peace.

Tom and Sue Gilbert
   Posted Thu August 29, 2013
Saddened to hear the news of Linda's passing.She was a true artist the way she could express your true feelings in her floral designs.Her kindness and friendly disposition will be missed in our community.Our thoughts and prayers our with you.

Keith & John Clement/Postiff
   Posted Thu August 29, 2013
We'll miss Linda very much. She was a good friend, a beautiful designer and had a marvelous sense of humor

Leanna Gearhart-Theye AIFD
   Posted Thu August 29, 2013
On behalf of the North Central Chapter of the American Institute of Floral Designers, we would like to express our deepest sympathy.

Kathy Ford-Sauers
   Posted Thu August 29, 2013
I am so sorry to hear of Linda's passing. What a remarkable lady! Linda went above and beyond to make sure every floral piece was perfect! Both the Churubusco and Columbia City communites have lost a a tremendous lady! She always had a smile no matter how tired or busy she was. Several roses in my flower beds came from Linda and I will now cherish them even more than ever!

Mae & David Pettie, Jr
   Posted Thu August 29, 2013
Dear Dennis,

I am so sorry to hear about the death of your wife, Linda. I remember the talks we had at work (ITT/Exelis) about the business and life.
Know that my husband and I will keep you and your family in prayer especially during this difficult time.

David and Mae Pettie, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Carol M Scherer
   Posted Thu August 29, 2013
What a beautiful and dear friend and so creative. I always felt better after talking with her even if she was having a difficult time. She was so instrumental in the fund raiser's for the Churubusco Library and served faithfully on the Library Board for several years. She not only was a dedicated individual but a dear and true friend. I personally will miss her tremendously but I know GOD has a special place for her.35

Larry & Ellen Till
   Posted Thu August 29, 2013
We have known each other for close to 60 years and I am sorry to hear about your loss. Ellen and I had our 44th anniversary this year too and I can understand your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Joyce Mason-Monheim AIFD
   Posted Fri August 30, 2013
To all family and dear friends,
Know that Linda will be missed by her AIFD family. We were proud to have her as a member. My deepest condolences.

Suzie Kostick AIFD, CFD, PFCI
   Posted Fri August 30, 2013
On behalf of the National Board of Directors and the entire membership of AIFD our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. The floral industry will miss Linda's dedication and creative talents.

Rick Ritter
   Posted Fri August 30, 2013
I was saddened to see Linda's obituary - hadn't known she was sick but I know many will miss her as will I - I won't be able to attend but know that I am here - peace to all who know her for she is indeed at rest now.

John and Reva Allen
   Posted Fri August 30, 2013
Dear Dennis and Travis, John and are were saddened to hear of Linda's passing. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Vickie Peppler
   Posted Fri August 30, 2013
Dennis, We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Vickie and Bob Peppler

Bobbi Ecker-Blatchford
   Posted Tue September 03, 2013
For Linda's family - A flower spent should not be sad- instead
we should be glad, that we were privileged to view - a miracle
as she was passing through.
We're sorry for your loss and celebrate her presence
in the ranks of AIFD. Sincerely
Bobbi Ecker-Blatchford AIFD

Kim Wood, AIFD
   Posted Tue September 03, 2013
I am so very sorry to hear of Linda's passing. She not only was a great talent, but more importantly, I kind, generous, giving person. May she rest in God's arms now.

Eddie Payne AIFD
   Posted Tue September 03, 2013
Please accept my heartfelt sympathy on the loss of Linda, I was Vice President when she was inducted into AIFD, it was a honor to know her.

Ardith Beveridge AIFD
   Posted Tue September 03, 2013
My deepest sympathy to Linda's family. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of loss and grief.
Always, Ardith

Teresa Godfrey AIFD
   Posted Tue September 03, 2013
On behalf of the Southern Chapter of the American Institute of Floral Designers I would like to express our deepest condolences to Linda's family. We are saddened by the loss of one of our AIFD family members.

Michael Reader AIFD
   Posted Tue September 03, 2013
Deepest Sympathy To All who loved her and will miss her. Memories are what we hold onto to carry her with us in heart and mind. She had beauty on earth with surroundings of flowers and beyond she will have peace, joy , and I trust beautiful flowers as well. Good bye Dear AIFD Friend...we will meet again and enjoy the beauty of flowers together again.

Patrick C. Hopper AIFD
   Posted Wed September 04, 2013
Sincerest Condolences to entire family. God bless all during this most difficult time.
Patrick C. Hopper AIFD

Franklin Brinner AIFD
   Posted Wed September 04, 2013
My deepest sympathy to the family as they bear such a loss.
You are in my thoughts and prayers,

Franklin Brinner AIFD

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