Lynn M. Stearns
October 9, 1948 – November 20, 2019
Lynn M. Stearns (née Schnabel), age 71, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at the Hospice of the Panhandle in Kearneysville, West Virginia. She is survived by her husband, James “Jim” Stearns; her son, Kyle Stearns; her “bonus daughter” Stephanie (Kyle’s wife); her grandchildren, Stone and Sydney Stearns; and her sister, Pamela Schnabel. She is predeceased by her parents Howard and Joan (née Longnaker) Schnabel, and infant son, Sean Stearns. Services will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, December 7 at the Pilgrim United Church of Christ at 2201 Briggs Road, Silver Spring Maryland. Relatives and friends are welcome. The family has designated the COPD Foundation for memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers. Lynn was born on October 9, 1948 in Akron, Ohio to Howard Schnabel and Joan Longnaker. She was a 1966 graduate of Cuyahoga Falls High School. Lynn married James “Jim” Stearns on August 26, 1978 in Hudson, Ohio. In their 41 years of marriage, Jim and Lynn shared many adventures living in multiple states and making great friends everywhere they lived, including Houston, TX; Derby, KS; Alburquerque, NM; Yorktown,VA; and Martinsburg, WV. A few of her greatest sources of pride are her son, Kyle Stearns (age 36) and grandchildren Stone (age 5) and Sydney (age 2). Lynn was busy devotedly raising her son; actively volunteering in the community; and serving as a loving wife, daughter, sister, and friend. Some of her notable accomplishments (in addition to the beautiful family she supported) include her achievement of two Golden Apple Awards from the Derby Unified School District for her numerous volunteer efforts and her service on the Derby Public Library Board. Lynn was an avid golfer (she was quite proud of her long drive!) and deeply enjoyed socializing with family and friends over games like Bunco, Farkle, and more recently, Settlers of Catan. Her face lit up when she smiled and her joy for those she loved was contagious. She will be sorely missed by all who were fortunate to love and be loved by her.
- Memorial Service Saturday, December 7, 2019
Lynn M. Stearns
November 30, 2019
Hello everyone, I'm Mike Parrish, former next door neighbor of The Stearns. We were separated only by the fire wall between our townhomes. They were such good neighbors! We have missed them so much since they moved to West Virginia to be closer to Kyle, Stephanie and their grandchildren. I am glad Lynn got to be closer to them for the time they lived so much closer. Lynn was a beautiful person! I have missed seeing her smiling face in her kitchen window while I work in the yard. So sweet and supportive to Jim. She truly loved her grandchildren as seen in the photos. I regret very much not making the time to go visit her and Jim before her health took a turn for the worse. I will get my visit with her soon after she is ressurected in good health God's newly restored earth. John 5:28 says, "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out." Jesus's ressurection of Lazarus was a foregleam of the greater ressurection to come. One thing to note is, Lynn is not conscious of anything, including time. This means that the second she fell asleep in death, the very next instant she will be awakened by Jesus. I cannot wait to see her smiling face again! We love you Jim and the rest of yours and Lynn's families.
November 29, 2019
Lynn was a great friend. She and Jim were our neighbors in Yorktown. Many accolades have been mentioned; however, I introduced Lynn to the fabulous card game of Hand and Foot She played here in the neighborhood. She became a regular with my country club group. She was having breathing problems then. One of the folks in the card group had a very light wheel chair. She would meed us in the back of the club. There was a pretty could climb to get to the club. Sandy Smead, Carolyn Lambroff and I helped to get her up that hill to play. There were 12 players, and they graciously welcomed her into the group. Was SO sorry when Jim and Lynn moved. They were a big, positive influence on the community. We miss you, Lynn.