By Rebecca Goodman
The Cincinnati Enquirer
VILLA HILLS - Alice L. Linnemann, 83, former co-owner of Linnemann Funeral Homes in Northern Kentucky, died Mondayat Madonna Manor in Villa Hills.
The Northern Kentucky native was a dutiful daughter, wife and mother, as well as a devout Christian. She gave her time to bereaved families and money to help the needy.
"Anybody that was underprivileged - that was Mother's ministry," said her son, Guy Linnemann of Ryland.
"She was the original 911 operator," her son said. When she and her husband, George E. "Bud" Linnemann, opened their own business in 1955, it was customary for funeral homes to operate an ambulance service.
"Phone calls would come to our apartment above the funeral home relating to things like plane crashes, heart attacks, car accidents and any other number of emergencies that my father had to respond to," her son said.
Mrs. Linnemann also kept the funeral home's books and helped during visitations.
A member of the first graduating class at St. Henry High School in 1937, she received a full academic scholarship to Villa Madonna College. But because her father had been disabled in World War I, she had to go to work to help support her family instead.
In July 1943, she married George Linnemann, a fourth-generation funeral director, before he was shipped out to London during World War II. His grandfather, Henry, had opened the Linnemann and Moore Funeral Home in Covington in 1882.
In 1955, the Linnemanns, with four children and a fifth on the way, decided to start their own business. They bought the Hub Buckner house, former home of a Civil War soldier on Commonwealth Avenue in Erlanger, and turned it into a funeral home. The family lived in the upstairs apartment.
The Linnemanns opened two more locations before selling the funeral homes to their son Guy in 1987.
Mrs. Linnemann was a member of St. Henry Parish in Elsmere, the St. Henry Altar Society, the Blessed Sacrament Plus 55 Club, the St. Agnes Social Club and the St. Pius X prayer group.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1993.
In addition to her son Guy, survivors include a daughter, Laurie Linnemann of Fort Wright; three other sons, Hank Linnemann of Villa Hills, Mark Linnemann of Edgewood and Alan Linnemann of Charleston, S.C.; a sister, Elizabeth E. "Bessie" Hinzman of Park Hills; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
Visitation is 4-8 p.m. today at Linnemann Funeral Home, 30 Commonwealth Ave., Erlanger. Mass of Christian burial is 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Henry Church, 3813 Dixie Highway, Elsmere. Burial will be at Mother of God Cemetery in Latonia.
Memorials: Madonna Manor, 2344 Amsterdam Road, Villa Hills, KY 41017; United Ministries, 525 Graves Ave., Erlanger, KY 41018; or St. Walburg Monastery, 2500 Amsterdam Road, Villa Hills, KY 41017
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Obituary: Alice Linnemann