Dorathea Ann Lindbeck, age 54, of Hamden, passed away on September 5, 2011 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Ann was the wife of William D. Stempel; mother of Adam Lindbeck Stempel of Washington, DC; sister of John Lindbeck & his wife Cathy of Devens, MA, Sarah Perkins of Los Angeles, CA and Kathy Lindbeck of Hamden, CT and aunt of Jennie and John Perkins of Los Angeles, CA and Emily Lindbeck of Worcester, MA. Born in Washington, DC on November 25, 1956, Ann was a daughter of the late John M.H. Lindbeck and Dorathea Wehrwein Lindbeck. After graduating from the Hopkins Day Prospect School, she went on to attend Vassar College and graduated from Wesleyan University with her BA degree. She later attended Massachusetts College of Art where she received her M.F.A. degree. Ann had a long and accomplished career as an artist, bookbinder, and teacher. Friends are invited to attend a memorial gathering on Sept. 11, 2011 at 1:00 pm at the Eli Whitney Museum, 915 Whitney Ave., Hamden. Burial will be held privately with her family. Arrangements are in care of Beecher and Bennett Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden.

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  1. It is rare that a soul lives her art in her life. Ann was such a person. She always brought life into her art and art into her life. The many people to whom Ann brought art will miss her so much. She touched the lives of so many, with her gentleness and warmth an easy bridge for communication. Her love of the beauty of life was special and those who knew her will always remember her bright smile and the twinkle in her eyes. To Bill, Bobby, Sarah, and Kathy, and those family members I didn’t know well, I send my deepest sorrow at your loss, knowing that the family bond you share will help you through this sad time.

  2. Dear Bill and Adam, Ted and I both send condolences. We always felt so lucky that you and Ann became our next door neighbors in Palo Alto. Ann was such a special person. We shared interests in gardening, books, art. Her quiet ways and wise outlook won our hearts. I had the special experience of being in several of her book art classes. I learned so much from her. I still get a special pleasure even when I just measure and paste some ordinary thing…Art can be a part of the everyday and she showed the way. The four of us enjoyed many dinners together in our homes. Ann and I exchanged many plants. We were so happy we could visit you in Hamden during your 1st year. Ann was so excited to share your 1st apartment, your 1st house, and the highlights of the Yale campus. We even ran into Adam that day. Please know that our sympathy is with both of you. Your family has a special place in our memories of good times and special friendships. Cathy and Ted Dolton

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