Created on Tuesday, 05 February 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Jennifer L. Linnabary, 52, of Cincinnati, began her next journey on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, after a four-year battle with mantel cell lymphoma, a rare, aggressive cancer.
She was born in Bellefontaine, a daughter of Lois Cline of Bellefontaine and the late Edward Cline; survived by husband, Tim, daughter, Rebecca (Andrew) Asmuis, son, Benjamin M.; brothers, Ed (Pam) of Huber Heights and Gene (Sue) of Fairborn; sisters, Nora (Susan) Cline of Boston, and Mary Lucas, Carolyn Caskey and Karen (Bryan) Scott, all of Bellefontaine; many nieces and nephews; and countless friends worldwide.
A 1978 Bellefontaine High School graduate, she also graduated from Otterbein College and received a master’s degree from Xavier University. She was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Greenhills.
She helped to create Project SEARCH, an award-winning international program that helps individuals with disabilities get long-term jobs with competitive salaries. Project SEARCH is based at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and has program sites in nearly all 50 states and in countries worldwide.
As an employment coordinator of Project SEARCH, Mrs. Linnabary worked extensively with the international business and health care communities. She conferred with national and international leaders such as Assistant U.S. Secretary of Labor Neil Romano, England’s Prince Edward and Ohio Rep. Steve Chabot.
Saturday evening, in a special ceremony in Mrs. Linnabary’s hospital room, Rick Glatfelter of N superintendent of Northwest Local School System, accompanied by Principal Maureen Heintz and representatives of Colerain High School, conferred a graduation diploma on her son, Benjamin, so she could see him graduate before her death.
A Celebration of Life service is 1 p.m. Thursday at Messiah Lutheran Church, Greenhills.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jennifer’s name to: Messiah Lutheran Church, 10416 Bossi Lane, Cincinnati, OH, 45218, where a foundation to honor her work is being established.