Lynne K. Dowell

April 17, 1949April 2, 2019

Lynne Kestner Dowell, 1949 - 2019

Lynne Kestner Dowell age 70, daughter of Edgar(deceased) and Betty(deceased)Kestner, wife of 48 years to Richard and mother to Aaron and Kate(Jesse), loving sister of Mark(Wendy) Kestner and Paul(Karen)Kestner and life long friend to Carol Cameron Sizer, sister-in-law to several and aunt to many nieces and nephews, passed peacefully April 2, 2019 after a four year battle with MSA.

She was a graduate of Nazareth Academy and a 1972 graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art where she majored in painting and printmaking. Her early career as a commercial artist was put aside as she dedicated herself to raising her children while maintaining her art work for personal pleasure. Several of her works are in the permanent collection at the Butler Institute of American Art. She became interested in woodworking and filled the home with many unique and pleasing works of art ranging from furniture to cabinetry to bird houses. Lynne was also active in maintaining several gardens in the yard assuring a beautiful color palette of flowers through out the summer and fall months. She also had a soft spot for cats with several being ever present as members of the household, “Hotshot” being her favorite.

Visitation is Saturday April 27 from 4-7PM at Craciun Funeral Home, 14925 East Bagley Rd. Middleburg Heights. In lieu of flowers the family requests a donation be made in Lynnes memory at the Parma Animal Shelter (, 6260 State Road, Parma OH 44134 or Mid Hudson Animal Aid (, 54 Simmons Avenue, Beacon NY 12508


  • Edgar Kestner, Father
  • Betty Harbaugh Kestner, Mother
  • Richard Dowell, Husband
  • Aaron and Kate (Jesse), Children
  • Mark (Wendy) Kestner, Brother
  • Paul (Karen) Kestner, Brother


27 April


4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Craciun Funeral Home

14925 East Bagley Road
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130


Lynne K. Dowell

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Carol Sizer

April 19, 2019

Lynne and I were friends for over 50 years. She was a loyal and true friend and I will miss her all the rest of my life. We have so many memories with our children, husbands. But the best times were probably visits in the evening with a glass of wine and talking into the night. She was intelligent, multitalented, devoted to her family, but I am proud that she was my friend!

Linda Stahl

April 18, 2019

Many memories of fun, laughter and tears. Always kind and thoughtful. Book club discussions, breakfast humor and so many more times of friendship. I will miss your humor, your artistic abilities to brighten our world and your love and dedication to your family. Peace and blessing. Linda

Roger and Roseanne Dowell

April 12, 2019

It's difficult to find words to express our feelings We are deeply saddened at the loss of our sister in law, Lynne. She will be deeply missed.
Wishing you peace to bring you comfort, courage to face the days ahead,
and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.

Pamalee Dworznik

April 11, 2019

Once in a while you find a friend who will be a true friend forever. I found that in my sister in law, Lynne. Shy, quiet and soft spoken in nature and a sense of humor that would tickle your “funny bone”! A beautiful artist whose talents had no boundaries.
We shared laughter, tears, triumphs and fears. What will I most miss, the fact she made such a difference in my life. Bless you my friend, my sister.