She grew up on a farm in Eyota, Minnesota, that her parents bought from her mother’s uncle after World War II. Her great-great-grandparents on both sides of her family came from Germany in the 1860s and homesteaded in Stewartville and Eyota. Her father’s family spoke German all their lives and even started school speaking German. On her mother’s side, her family founded the church that she attended, which was also a German School at one time. She says, “With this heritage, the family values revolve around faith, service to the community, and education. Heritage, culture, and the integration of all who live in the USA make our nation rich and vibrant as we live our daily lives.”
Lynn’s husband of 52 years, David, was born and raised in Winona. Theurer Boulevard is named for his late father, William, who served on the Winona City Council for decades. David and Lynn have one daughter, Sarah, who is married and has three teenaged children: Will, Lucy, and Tate. Sarah is a Special Education teacher for children, ages birth to 5 years old. Her husband, Brad, is a financial executive in the Twin Cities.
Since she retired in 2010, Lynn has had a busy schedule volunteering for Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center, Winona Health Volunteers, Winona League of Women Voters, AAUW Winona Branch, Winona County Criminal Justice Outreach and Diversity Committee, Winona County Fair, and Faith Lutheran Church. She also likes reading, gardening, and traveling.
When approached about joining the Board of Directors of HCO, Lynn shared that it was a privilege to be asked. “In my position at Winona County, I was very familiar with the agency, and I remember why it was created. It’s an important role in our community to serve families with individuals who are living with disabilities to maintain their lifestyle to the fullest extent possible. My personal belief is that each of us can benefit from help from our community in many ways.”
Lynn’s passion is to see all members of our community be active participants and enjoy their daily lives. “I was raised by parents who faithfully visited family members in institutions that cared for them. Having supported this concept to becoming a reality, it is my privilege to serve on the HCO Board,” she says.