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Marilyn "Lynn" Lindert
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Obituary for Marilyn "Lynn" Lindert

Marilyn “Lynn” Laun Lindert, a durable Christmas gift in 1923, returned to her Lord December 22, 2017, from Sharon S. Richardson Hospice in Sheboygan Falls.

She said farewell to her three beloved, loving, always supportive children, Stephen Gardner Ray, Cynthia Ray Walker and Lisa Alison Laun. And also to Sharon Ray, Garret Walker and Todd Mardon, and to delightful granddaughters Catherine Ray Rugg (Aaron), the Rugg’s twin sons Edward and Phillip, and Elisabeth Ray Manning (Mitchell). And to those who knew her as “Gma Lynn”, Sabrina, Vanessa and Elliot. And finally, to Skyler, friend and premium dog walker.

How do you say goodbye to children you acquired at age 79? The Lindert children were as dear to her as her own -– Henry, Ann Hoffmann (Bob), Thomas and John. They accepted her with open hearts –- she loved them for that, and for being the fine characters they are. And one more Lindert - dear Ironton, MN friend Marlys.

Lindert graduated from Stephens College, where she studied drama with Maude Adams, the original Peter Pan. Continuing her interest in horsemanship, she did exhibition sidesaddle riding during college horse shows. Next stop was the University of Iowa, where she joined Kappa Kappa Gamma and majored in Communications, serving as feature editor of ‘The Daily Iowan’ in her senior year.

She married her college sweetheart, Roger Ray, in 1948. First Stephen, then Cynthia joined the family. After a divorce and marriage to her beloved Arthur Laun, Jr., a third child arrived, miracle baby Lisa. God is good!

In 1983, the Launs moved from Mequon to Cedar Grove. She was the first female elected to serve on the Town of Holland Board, and was a weekly volunteer at the Cedar Grove Library.
She was active in her community. A member of Lawyers Wives of Greater Milwaukee, she served in many capacities. While president of the group, the Books Behind Bars program (for Wisconsin prisons) was instituted.

A volunteer at St. John’s Home, active with the Auxiliary and Friends, she was honored in 1985 to receive the Key Woman of the Year award.

Six years after Art Laun’s death, she married her dear “Dutch”, Dr. M.C.F. Lindert, in Bethlehem Chapel at the National Cathedral. He preceded her in death in 2010.

St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church has been her church home for over 50 years. She served in many capacities – on the vestry, as junior and senior wardens –- but her greatest delight was reserved for editing the church newsletter, “The Occasional Episcopalian.” While living in Elkhart Lake, she also became a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Plymouth, where she served as a social secretary writing thank-you notes to donors.

Washington National Cathedral was high on her interest list. After serving many years as Wisconsin Area Chair for the National Cathedral Association, she was invited to join the National NCA board. In this capacity, she traveled to DC for board meetings four times a year. At the Cathedral’s 107th birthday weekend in September 2014, the Lynn Laun Lindert Sustained Achievement Award was created to celebrate her exceptional service to the NCA and to the Washington National Cathedral. At the age of 91, she flew to DC to attend the formal blessing and be the first honoree of the award.

At the age of 90, in collaboration with illustrator and friend, Ted Mueller, she published a children’s book, “ONCE WHITE, NOW BRIGHT – How the Birds Got Their Colors.”

Family times were favorite times, which she shared as often as possible on the family’s Canadian island, The Rock. Flowers inside and outside in raised beds were a second love, along with watching wild birds at her feeders, spending time with her dog and enjoying the everchanging moods of Lake Michigan. She was a past member of the WI Unit of the Herb Society of America, an affiliate of Town and County Garden Club, a member of the Elkhart Lake Study Club and an avid bridge player.

A strong believer in many things, her two most important words were “Please” and “Thank you”. May you remember her by remembering these.

A final “Thank you” must be given to the Eugene Teunissen family, for their love, kindness and continuing support over the years. The same goes for dear friend Kathy Nock.

A Memorial Service will be held at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in River Hills on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. Friends may gather at the CHURCH at the time of services.

A Memorial Gathering will also take place on Tuesday, January 2, 2017, at 11:00 A.M. at the Cedar Landing Clubhouse in Elkhart Lake. Friends may gather at the time of service, with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, please remember St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, River Hills; St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Plymouth; Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice, or the animal shelter of your choice.

Her family thanks you for caring.


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