Judith C. Lininger, 57, heart transplant patient

September 08, 1998

Judith Colwell Lininger, a heart transplant patient whose illness inspired her to help others, died of heart failure Thursday at her Lutherville home. She was 57.

A native of Teaneck, N.J., Mrs. Lininger graduated with a degree in art from Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, in 1964.

In 1962, she married John L. Lininger, whom she had met in college. The couple lived in Havre de Grace and in Bel Air before moving to Lutherville three years ago.

Mrs. Lininger was a homemaker and substitute teacher who enjoyed painting portraits of children.

After she was diagnosed with congestive heart failure about 10 years ago, Mrs. Lininger began volunteering at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Hospital, St. Joseph Medical Center and Sheppard Pratt Health System. In November, she received a heart transplant at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Services will be at noon tomorrow at First Presbyterian Church in Bel Air.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Lininger is survived by two daughters, Krista L. Koronios of Baltimore and Noelle V. Lininger of Haddonfield, N.J.; three sons, Geoffrey M. Lininger of Haddonfield, Jonathan G. Lininger of Los Angeles, and Brett S. Lininger of Baltimore; a sister, Diane C. Napolitan of Pottersville, N.J.; and two grandsons.

The family suggests donations to the Heart and Lung Transplant Foundation, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 600 N. Wolfe St., Baltimore 21287.

Pub Date: 9/08/98

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