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Date published: 1/12/2014

Carolyn 'Lynne' Hoepfl

Lynne passed away at Fish Memorial Hospital in Orange City, Fla., on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013.

She was born in Montclair, N.J., on March 26, 1930, to Norville and Edna Walsh. She grew up in Huntingdon Valley, Pa. In 1950, she married Robert "Bob" Hoepfl and accompanied him to postings in the Middle East, Europe, and Asia from the 1950s to the 1980s, and lived in Annandale when not overseas.

Lynne was a busy stay-at-home wife and mother, "professional volunteer," and artist. She volunteered in the Fairfax County schools her children attended and was a longtime member of Hope Lutheran Church in Annandale. After moving to DeLand, Fla., in 1991 she joined the DeLand Museum of Art Guild and the DeLand Garden Club. She taught art to young people at several DeLand venues. She was a member of the DeLand Women's Golf Association, "the Niners," and loved to play bridge. She was a member of the Garden Club at Lake of the Woods after taking up part-time residence there in the early 2000s.

Art was a major focus in her life. She studied Chinese brush watercolor painting in Asia with a master artist, who had fled China's Cultural Revolution. After returning from Asia, she joined the National Capital Area Chapter of the Sumi-e Society in the 1980s and the Northeast Florida Chapter after moving to DeLand. She was a frequent participant in Sumi-e Society exhibitions and competitions. She was inducted into the DeLand branch of the National League of Pen Women in 2002 in art.

She is survived by her husband, Bob; sons Craig, Scott and Patrick; daughter Holly Ritter; and eight grandchildren.

The family asks that donations be made in her name to one's favorite charity.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Lake of the Woods Church, 1 Church Lane, Locust Grove.