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Linda Lee Hasenmyer

Birth Date: November 8, 1947
Death Date: May 16, 2017

Linda DeMar Hasenmyer, age 69, passed away at her home Tuesday May 16, 2017 with her family by her side.

Linda was born November 8, 1947 at her family’s farmhouse outside New Haven, Kentucky. She was born to Malachi and Katherine DeMar. Linda began her education in a two room school house and studied there until 5 the grade then she moved to Bardstown, Kentucky to complete grade school and high school.She and Wayne Hasenmyer married August 31, 1968. They attended Campbellsville University where Linda received a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She taught school in Louisville, Buffalo, and Shepherdsville, Kentucky.

After those years Wayne and Linda joined the Southern Baptist Missionary organization and served as missionaries to Japan from 1971-78. Their time was spent in Tokyo, Hokkaido, and Sapporo. Their furlough time was spend speaking at churches sharing about our experiences in those locations and raising money. In 1978, her family returned to America and lived in Southern Indiana and then moved to Evansville, Indiana where Linda taught at Evansville Christian School. Wayne’s job took her to Decatur, IL where he became a regional buyer for PPG and she worked for Decatur Public School, including the Washington Elementary, Gifted Coordinator and Franklin Elementary School. Linda taught from 1988 to 1993.

Linda left the Decatur school district to begin SAFE school program, where she was hired as a teacher and then became director of SAFE school for the Macon Piatt Regional Office. In 2000, worked for ROE offices for Ullin county and Lee Ogle counties in Southern Illinois. She remained employed by them until 2007. She covered all 24 counties in Southern IL and retired in 2007. She was then hired as a part employee for the Consortium for Educational Change. She began her work in Carterville, IL at IEA office. Later Linda moved to back Decatur IL where she did tech support for “Growth through Learning”. She volunteered her time working with the Decatur Sister City Program and was a Member of Central Christian Church.

Linda was a loving and devoted Mother. Her love of teaching influenced her own children and the many children she taught in her career. She loved art, gardening, photography, and creating crafts with her granddaughters.

Surviving are her loving son, Michael Hasenmyer and his wife Stephanie Hasenmyer, her daughter, Kimberly Miller and husband Kevin Miller. Her

granddaughters Ella and Emma Hasenmyer and Audrey Miller. Sister, Sally Music, step sister, Barbara Moen, and several nieces and nephews.

The following preceded her in death: her father, mother, husband Wayne of 27 years and half-brother Bobby DeMar.

Memorial services for Linda will be held at Central Christian Church on May 27th at 11:00 am. Visitation will be from 9-11am at the church.

The family of Linda Hasenmyer is being served by the Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Avenue, Decatur, IL 62526. Condolences and memories may be left at

Memorial Service
May 27, 2017
11:00 am
Central Christian Church
.650 West William Street Decatur, IL 62522
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May 27, 2017
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.650 West William Street Decatur, IL 62522
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  1. Dear the Family of Linda Hasenmyer Sensei,

    Praise the Lord for the memories of Linda Hasenmyer Sensei.

    The pastors and congregations of the Japan Baptist Convention wish to express their deepest condolences to the family of Linda Hasenmyer Sensei upon receiving news of her going home to be with the Lord.

    The work of Linda Sensei had a splendid impact here in Japan, especially at Shiroishi Baptist Church (in Hokkaido). We express our sincere thanks to the work of Linda Sensei. We also rejoice in the work continued through her family of God.

    We give heartfelt thanks to God for your continued prayers on behalf of Japan and for the sake of His gospel mission here.

    May God give you His special peace and comfort at this time.

    Sincerely yours in Christ,

    June 16, 2017

    Kano Yoshitaka
    Executive Secretary
    Japan Baptist Convention

  2. My thoughts and prayers are with Linda's family. She was always so creative and cared so much for her students.

  3. The best teacher I ever had! She brought food into the classroom for all of us all the time, different things to try that we might otherwise not have the chance to, squid, seaweed, etc. We would all walk to Krekels and the candy store often. She invited us all to her home for Christmas. I could go on forever about how that one year of being in her classroom affected me and I've never forgot her or the lessons learned in her class. Prayers go out to her family.

  4. Her smile, her love of family, friends and life radiated from Linda everyday. My first job in Decatur in 1998 was working with her at SAFE School. Her passion for education was a part of her soul. My friend, thank you for being an important part of my life! Your smile will live forever etched in my heart. Peace be with you!

  5. My condolences to Linda's family and friends.
    I worked with Linda for a few years at DPS #61 – District Learning Resource Center or Woodrow as it was called then.
    Linda worked very hard at her job. She had a strong commitment to her work. She was definitely driven to work with each of the gifted children children at each of "her" 8 schools. She had "the fire" to take care of business or school in this case.
    Linda, wherever you are, keep the fire burning and work with the children who will benefit from your talent and teaching ability.
    Rest In Peace Linda.

  6. Mrs. Hasenmyer was an outstanding teacher and I feel that it was a privilege to be one of her students. I remember that she gave every student a hug before we left everyday. What a treasure she was!

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