Remembering a friend and classmate, Deanne Elizabeth Binde
Sept. 4, 1986 - May 22, 2008
At the end of May term, the Goshen College community suffered a tragic loss: Deanne Elizabeth Binde, a junior communication and theater major, died on May 22 in an automobile crash while driving home to Lake Park, Minn.
Deanne’s death prompted widespread expressions of love and support. What was most extraordinary was the outpouring of love and sorrow expressed on her online Facebook page, on a separate site set up by classmates and on a memorial Web page set up by the Public Relations Office.
On May 29, 38 students, faculty and staff attended Deanne’s memorial service in Minnesota. Simultaneously, the college community gathered on the Umble Center stage to pray, sing and share memories of Deanne, while Study-Service Term (SST) units in Nicaragua, Perú and Senegal also paused for prayer.
What she meant to Goshen College
Deanne played the lead in the fall mainstage play “Step on a Crack” and in the spring she was in the cast of the mainstage play “Absolutely! .” During May term, she was the technical director assistant for the musical “Quilters.” Deanne also was a DJ for The Globe, played on the softball team, recycled with Eco-PAX, and was a member of the Catholic Student Association. During the spring of her sophomore year, she participated in SST in the Dominican Republic. In the community she volunteered with Meals on Wheels and La Casa, and regularly attended St. John’s Catholic Church.
A campus memorial service for Deanne is scheduled for Sept. 12. Go to www.goshen.edu/deanne-memorial/ to learn more about Deanne, to view her May term “Mother’s Day” project, to read remembrances, to write a reflection or add a note of condolence for her family. Cards and letters of condolence may be sent to the Binde Family at: 16479 134th Ave., Lake Park, MN 56554.