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Linda S. Hutton-Reiling, 65, of Churubusco, passed away at 9:56 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne, after a courageous battle with cancer and with her loving family surrounding her.
Born Jan. 12, 1948, in Fort Wayne, 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 Nov. 30, 1968, in Fort Wayne. She continued her education by attending Hixson Floral Design School in Lakewood, Ohio, 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 Dec. 1, 1978. She then expanded and opened the Watering Can on the Square in Columbia City in the early 2000s. She 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.
Surviving relatives include her husband of 44 years, Dennis Richard Reiling of Churubusco; three children, Christina Leigh Reiling-Bingham, Timothy James and Travis Lee Reiling all of Fort Wayne; two brothers, Steven (Vicki) Hutton of Fort Wayne and Barry Hutton of Largo, Fla. and two sisters, Cynthia Fahl of Larwill and Laura (Tim) Beucler of Columbia City; three grandchildren, Greggory, Fauline and Charyce and four great-grandchildren, Trent, Addison, Kadie and Orion. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will be held Friday from 2 to 8 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Reverend Glen Francis officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Park Cemetery, Fort Wayne. Memorial gifts may be given in Lindaâ€™s memory to the Churubusco Library or St. Andrew Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.