I am survived by my husband of 47 years Lew Stamp, son Lewis Stamp III, daughter-in-law Halie, grandson Lewis Keith Stamp IV, and oh what a joy he is! Here in Akron and across the country I have been fortunate to have many wonderful friends with whom I have shared the joys, and tribulations which make life as we know it so rich a tapestry. I am blessed that so many of them have been able to give of their time and energy to pause and visit with me as my time draws short. I am especially blessed to have also been able to share in the lives of the young children of my close friends, and family.
Those close to me know I have a passion for conserving and managing natural resources, energy issues and environmental protection. I see the broad lakes region just south of Akron as more than just isolated communities, but as a living environmental economic district that needed a big picture approach, where quality water was the life blood flowing through the region. My zealousness for these topics is rooted in my growing up next door to a several hundred acre farm and a sprawling Nike missile site, while living only 20 minutes away from the robust culture of Pittsburgh, with my dance class at the University of Pittsburgh and my music lessons in Squirrel Hill. Over those years I volunteered as a Candy Striper at the hospital, and as a camp counselor. At Chartiers Valley High School I became editor of the school newspaper, followed by a journalism scholarship at Ohio University, where I met and married my husband Lew, we also worked together on the Ohio University POST. We both followed our journalism careers on to Dayton, Ohio, where I worked at the Kettering Oakwood Times, and Fairborn Herald. Then after a brief stay in Kansas with the wonderful people at Meseraull Publishing, we moved on to Columbia, Missouri, where I furthered my education at Columbia College and worked at the Daily Tribune. In 1978 we moved to Akron to work in newspapering, I at the Suburbanite. Later I joined the American Cancer Society to lead the Summit County residential donations campaign. There is a notable irony in that. In addition, I worked in communications for LifeCenter Plus fitness center in Hudson.
In my volunteer life, I was active in and held the position of Secretary for the Friends of Metro Parks Serving Summit County for 20 years, which included traveling to Columbus frequently to meet with Ohio State legislators on environmental issues. I helped found the Friends of Portage Lakes State Parks, a Cub Scout pack (3336), a Boy Scout troop (336) Go Frog Patrol!, served as trustee of Friends for the Preservation of Ohio State Parks, became the president of Portage Lakes Advisory Council for over a decade, sitting on the Technical Advisory Committee, for the purpose of spreading the vision of sustainable living in the Portage Lakes Watershed, Summit County and beyond, where I was active until my death.
There will be a gathering of family and friends to celebrate the Life of Lynn on Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 1 to 4 P.M. at the Schermesser Funeral Home, 600 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Road, Akron, Ohio 44319. Memorial contributions can be made in Lynn’s name to the American Cancer Society, 3500 Embassy Parkway, STE 150, Akron, Ohio 44333. To leave a special message online for the family, visit our website at www.schermesserfh.com.
American Cancer Society
3500 Embassy Parkway
Akron, Ohio 44333
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