Peter Lindtner, age 79 of Wilmington, DE, passed away suddenly on Friday, March 23, 2018.
Peter is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Gabriella Lindtner; children Gabriella M. Lindtner of Bear, DE; John Lindtner (Jamie) of West Grove, PA; and grandchildren, Asher and Hannah.
Peter’s life was an amazing journey. It began when he was born in 1938, in Czechoslovakia, to the late Vojtech and Elizabeth Lindtner. In his early childhood, he witnessed the atrocities of WWII. From an early age, he embraced his passions and became a dedicated and lifelong student of horticulture, beekeeping, photography, and numerous other hobbies and interests. In Czechoslovakia, he received his first master’s degree in agriculture and forestry. He was an expert in horticulture and authored his first book in 1965. During the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, in 1968, Peter fled the country and eventually landed in Canada before coming to the United States to pursue the American Dream in 1971.
He devoted 35 years to Hagley Museum to restore and nurture the E. I. DuPont gardens. His espaliering, pruning, and grafting skills were highly sought out along with his expertise in beekeeping. He practiced and preached organic gardening and composting long before it became trendy. He received another master’s degree in plant science from the University of Delaware in 1981. His passion for sharing his knowledge was evident in the hundreds of slide shows, lectures, and presentations he gave.
He visited Longwood Gardens over 1,000 times and volunteered countless hours there. Once retired, he spent more time traveling the world with his wife and enjoyed being a grandfather. In 2014, he authored Garden Plants for Honey Bees, a lifelong compilation of his photographs, research, and dedication to saving honey bees. He became more active in the Delaware Photographic Society and also various beekeeper organizations. Beginning in 2008, with the Delaware Center for Horticulture, he played a vital role in the Delaware Urban Farm and Food Coalition to establish community gardens and bee hives in downtown Wilmington, DE.
Peter was devoted to his faith and dedicated his life to the beauty of God’s creation. He was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6-8 pm, on Friday, April 6, 2018 at McCrery & Harra Funeral Home, 3924 Concord Pike (Rt. 202 South of Silverside Road), Wilmington, DE 19803. Additional parking will be available at the Brandywine YMCA rear lot with a connecting path to the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 4701 Weldin Road, Wilmington, DE 19803. Burial will follow at St. Joseph’s on the Brandywine, 10 Old Church Road, Greenville, DE.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the “CCBA Save the Bees Fund.” Checks should be made to “Peter Lindtner Save the Bees Fund c/o CCBA.” Please forward donations to: Jack McMichael, CCBA Treasurer, 1118 Cotswold Lane, West Chester, PA 19380-3704.