Lynn F. Riley

June 14, 1948July 23, 2018

It is with great sadness that the family of Lynn F. Riley announces her passing on July 23, 2018 in Merritt Island, FL at the age of 70.

Lynn will be lovingly remembered by her husband Denis, her sons Patrick of Los Angeles, CA and Kevin of Washington D.C., her daughter-in-law Sandra and her grandsons Jacob and Zachary. She was the beloved daughter of Ruth L. Fitzgerald and the late John G. “Yogi” Fitzgerald of Dunkirk, NY and dear sister of John H. Fitzgerald of Fredonia, NY.

Lynn was born June 14, 1948 in Dunkirk and attended St. Mary School and Cardinal Mindszenty High School. Lynn then attended Catherine McCauley School of Nursing at St. Jerome Hospital in Batavia, NY, graduating as a licensed practical nurse.

While Denis was serving in the U.S. Navy, Lynn lived in four states in four years and worked at Virginia Beach General Hospital. After returning to their native Western New York, settling in the Buffalo suburb of Williamsville, Lynn stayed at home to care for her sons. An interest in small business in the ’80s saw her start two home-based enterprises before becoming co-owner of a retail shop, the Dublin House of Fine Irish Imports, for 17 years.

In 2007, Lynn and Denis retired to Merritt Island, FL, where she enjoyed trips to the beach; membership in the P.E.O. Sisterhood, a women’s philanthropic organization; and card games with friends – all while fighting cancer with great perseverance and tenacity. She was a brave and gracious lady who maintained a positive attitude through all of her terrible pain and suffering. She never complained, maintaining her sense of humor even in her last days. Lynn’s love for her family was the center of her life. She was and remains the heart of her family.

A funeral Mass will be held on Monday July 30th at 11:00 a.m. at Divine Mercy Church in Merritt Island. Interment will be at a later date in Dunkirk. In lieu of flowers, donations to the P.E.O. Sisterhood, the child sponsorship charity Unbound, or the St. Boniface Haiti Foundation would be greatly appreciated.


  • Denis G Riley, Husband
  • Patrick Riley, Son
  • Kevin Riley, Son
  • Sandra Sitar, Daughter-in-law
  • Jacob Riley, Grandson
  • Zachary Riley, Grandson
  • John G. "Yogi" Fitzgerald, Father
  • Ruth L Fitzgerald, Mother
  • John H Fitzgerald, Brother


  • Funeral Mass Monday, July 30, 2018

Lynn F. Riley

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Chris and Steve Saretsky

July 29, 2018

"Nothing is so strong as gentleness; nothing so gentle as real strength."(St. Francis De Sales). Lynn, you will be missed. Chris and Steve

Carolyn & Ray McDermott

July 28, 2018

When we met her we became friends instantly.
Always positive and kind. We have ten years
of great memories that will keep her alive
in our hearts forever. How blessed we are to
have shared time with this wonderful lady.
Denis please know our love and prayers are
with you and your entire family. Carolyn & Ray

Kristine VanDenVouver

July 26, 2018

Dear Denis, Patrick and Kevin, Uncle Ed and Aunt Ginny along with Paul, Gretchen and myself want to extend our deepest sympathy to you. Lynn was a wonderful person and we know she fought a long hard battle with Cancer. She’s free from pain now and although it’s so hard to imagine life without her please remember all the good times, her smile, her laugh and her love for all of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this very difficult time. Sending you all hugs and kisses. We will always keep her and all of you in our hearts❤️ Kristine