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Memorial Service For Linda Lee Columber
Died on April 25, 2015
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Dwell here to remember our dear Linda and bid her farewell.

This is a memorial composed from Episcopal Book of Common Prayer.


As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives
and that at the last he will stand upon the earth.
After my awakening, he will raise me up;
and in my body I shall see God.
I myself shall see, and my eyes behold him
who is my friend and not a stranger.

The Lord be with us
Let us pray

We remember before you this day our sister Linda.
We thank you for giving her to us,
her family and friends,
to know and to love as a companion on this earthly pilgrimage.
Console us who mourn.
Give us faith to see in death the gate of eternal life,
until, by your call, we are united with those who have gone before;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Old Testament Lesson is a reading from Book of the Wisdom of Solomon

The souls of the righteous are in the hands of God,
and no torment will ever touch them.

In the eyes of the foolish they seem to have died,
and their departure was thought to be a disaster,
and their going from us to be their destruction;
but they are at peace.

For though in the sight of others they were punished,
their hope is full of immortality.

Having been disciplined a little,
they will receive great good,
because God tested them and found them worthy of himself;
those who trust in him will understand truth,
and the faithful will abide with him in love,
because grace and mercy are upon his holy ones,
and he watches over his elect.

Here endeth the reading.

The Hopeful Psalm 42 (Episcopal Hymn 658)

As longs the deer for cooling streams in parched and barren ways,
So longs my soul for God, for thee, and thy refreshing grace.

For thee, my God, the living God, my thirsty soul doth pine:
Oh when shall I behold thy face, thou Majesty divine?

Why restless, why cast down, my soul? Hope still,
And thou shalt sing the praise of him who is thy God
Thy health’s eternal spring.

To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, the God whom we adore,
Be glory, as it was, is now, and shall be evermore.

The New Testament Lesson is a reading from St. Paul’s Letter
to the church in Rome

I consider that the sufferings of this present time
are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us.
For the creation waits with eager longing
for the revealing of the children of God.

Who will separate us from the love of Christ?
Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine,
or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through
him who loves us.

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life,
nor angels, nor rulers,
nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,
nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate from the love of God
in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Here endeth the reading.

Let us say the Shepherd’s Psalm 23 together

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want,
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;
He leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul;
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his Name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil; for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies;
thou annointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. John

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Jesus said:
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.
The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep,
sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away -
and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.

But I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me,
just as the Father knows me and I know the Father.
And I lay down my life for the sheep.

I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold.
I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice.
So there will be one flock, one shepherd.

Here endeth the reading of the Gospel of our Lord.

Now please remember the Linda that you know.

Linda Columber

Linda L. Columber Linda and Ernie Columber

(Obituary Provided to Sentinel-Tribune Newspaper and Newcomer Funeral Home
Posted at Sentinel-Tribune on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 11:10 am)

Linda Lee Columber, age 76, of Weston, passed away April 25, 2015 at the University of Toledo Medical Center.
Linda was born August 23, 1938 in Bowling Green to Paul and Lola (Seem) Armstrong.
She enjoyed movies and collecting autographs from movie stars. She was also an avid cook and baker and was an animal lover. Linda was well known for being generous and taking care of her fellow man and any animal in need.
She was also a member of the Bowling Green Historical Society.

In addition to her parents, Linda was also preceded in death by her loving husband Earnest, sisters Rose Klink, Irma Zabowski and Shirley Ponceby and her brother Jim Armstrong.
She is survived by her sons, Robert (Ginny), Michael and Tracy Columber, daughter, Debra (Denny) McDonald, sister, Louise (David) Watts, grandchildren Chris, Bobbi (Scott), Leigh Ann (Lee), Lacey (Brett), Amanda, Jared and Olivia, great-grandchildren Leyna, Ivan, Sage, Zofia, Colton, Samara, Jacob and Robert Lincoln, special friends Rosie Crowe and Pam Bloomfield, along with many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her beloved canines Chiquita and Peanut, felines, Cow, Boots and Molly.

The family will hold a Celebration of Life at a future date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Nature’s Nursery in Linda’s memory.

To leave a special message for Linda’s family, please visit

(Newcomer Funeral Homes Guest Book Entry,
April 26, 2015, by Gayle Iacofano)
" To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die "
All my love to the many family and friends that were a part of Aunt Linda's life....she will always be with us.

(Newcomer Funeral Homes Guest Book Entry,
April 26, 2015, by Vicky Graf)
Linda watched my kids while I worked. She became a friend. She was a very caring and modest who loved her family above anything. She will be missed.

(Newcomer Funeral Homes Guest Book Entry,
April 29, 2015, by Kathy Jaques)
So sorry for the loss of Linda, she was such a great lady, my mom (Beverly Hill) and Linda were good friends, going to movies, garage sales, etc. They are back together again. I'm sure mom was at the Gates to welcome her there.sorry again but god got one good angel.

And now, let us say the Lord’s Prayer together

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

Prayer for those who mourn

Almighty God, Father of mercies and giver of comfort:
Deal graciously, we pray, with all who mourn; that,
casting all their care on you.
they may know the consolation of your love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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The Commendation

Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant Linda.
Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you,
a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock,
a sinner of your own redeeming.
Receive Linda into the arms of your mercy,
into the blessed rest of everlasting peace,
and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.

The Blessing

The peace of God, which passeth all understanding,
keep our hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God,
and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord;
and the blessing of God Almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost,
be amongst us, and remain with us always. Amen.

The Dismissal

Go in peace to love and serve each other and the Lord. Amen.

Ernest J. Columber in Weston, Ohio Cemetery - front Ernest J. Columber in Weston, Ohio Cemetery
Ernest J. Columber in Weston, Ohio Cemetery - stone Ernest J. Columber in Weston, Ohio Cemetery - plaque

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This page last updated on 5-5-2015.