Wendy Jo Hinman

Wendy Jo (Crouse) Hinman, 64, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away surrounded by her loving family on May 20th, 2023 at UnityPoint Health, St Luke’s in Cedar Rapids.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 26th, 2023, with service to follow at 6:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Internment will be at a later date at Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Wendy was born on December 26, 1958, to Frank Jesse Crouse and Shirley Ann (Novak) Crouse, in Ames, Iowa. She married David Lee Hinman on July 18, 1988, and lived a 34-year loving marriage.

Wendy was a life-long dedicated and talented musician who played french horn. Through her musical career she performed with the Decatur Symphony Orchestra, Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, Muscatine Symphony and Clinton Symphony, The Grand Opera House, Dubuque Chamber Winds, Various Brass and Woodwind Quintets, NISOM, Clark University, Loras University, the University of Dubuque, The Tri State Wind Symphony and The Julien Winds. She served on the board for the Julian Winds for a number of years. She taught French horn to many talented and award winning young French musicians.

Wendy is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, David Hinman, three daughters Ashley (Judd) Billmeyer, of Farley, IA. Courtney (AJ) Leib of Dubuque, IA. Holly Hinman of Dubuque, IA, three beautiful grandchildren Cole, Kamrynn, Freya. She is also survived by three brothers Michael (Eleanor) Crouse of DeKalb, IL, Corbin (Sherri) Crouse of Florida, David (Julie) Crouse of LeClaire, IA; and two Sisters Robyn Crouse, Leigh (Wayne Gurda) Crouse of Dubuque, IA.

She was preceded in Death by her parents Frank and Shirley Crouse.

Special thanks to Kevin and Paul Price-Brenner the Kennel Club and Arts Communities as they were very meaningful to her life.

This life is just a symphony
Each section is a stage
It ebbs and flows,
it crescendos With love,
and pain, and rage
There’s melodies of laughter
That fade away to tears
There’s strings of hope & chaos
And drumlines made of fear
Trumpeters of honesty
Winds of magic change
And a Maestro that directs it all
From the front of every stage
Its woven all together
Like the Fates upon a loom
All the tragedies and triumph
The glory and the gloom
And when the symphony is over
When the final notes are played
With a bow unto the angels
The Musician leaves the stage.

Mandy Kocsis©2020 (modified)

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