Dolores (Doly) Lynch
Friday, June 27, 2014 9:14 AM
Dolores (Doly) Lynch, 84, of Decorah, died Friday, June 20, 2014, at her home after a ten-month, courageous battle with cancer. Mass Of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 25, at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Decorah, with Father Phillip Gibbs officiating. Welcoming address was by Charles Lynch. Organist was Mary Beth Bouska. Cantor was Cindy Schissel. Prelude selections were “Precious Lord, Take My Hand,” “Waltz of the Angels,” “Here I am, Lord,” “Amazing Grace,” “Ave Maria,” “Hail Mary, Gentle Woman” and “Blest Be the Lord.” Lectors were Mandi Jacquinot, Emily Lynch and Tori Dahlen. Offertory giftbearers were Breahan Lynch, Molly Lynch and Shannon Lynch. Eucharistic giftbearers were Ardith Triska and Sue Kuene. Special memories were offered by Dorothea Dahlen. Casket bearers were Brian Lynch, Jeff Lynch, Mitch Dahlen, Elliot Lynch, Sam Agusta, Rhys Koukkari, Oliver Lynch, Joe Jacquinot, Drew Sears and James McKenzie. Interment was at St. Benedict Catholic Cemetery in Decorah. Arrangements were handled by Schluter – Balik Funeral Home, Decorah.
Dolores Mae “Doly” (Frana) Lynch was born June 2, 1930, the daughter of Frank and Regina (Shindelar) Frana, on the family farm near Decorah. Doly attended rural country school and a private girls high school in Omaha, Neb. before graduating from Decorah High School in 1948. Doly was united in marriage to Thomas R. Lynch Oct. 26, 1949. Throughout her life, Doly was a busy homemaker. She was a stay-at-home mom and provided daycare in her home for years. Later on she worked as a cook for the Decorah Schools. She was an active member of St. Benedict Catholic Church, St. Theresa Circle, The Catholic Daughters of America and the Rosary Society. In recent years she volunteered at Eastern Star Nursing Home, Birthright and at the hospital. Her hobbies included gardening, doing embroidery, exercising and playing cards. She was a fabulous cook and baker. Above all, Doly was a strong, Catholic woman, an incredible, loving mother and a wonderful friend.
Dolores is survived by her nine children: Theresa Lynch, Decorah; Dr. Charles (Karen) Lynch, Iowa City; James (Kris) Lynch, Decorah; Mike (Ann) Lynch, Rochester, Minn.; Dorothea (Roger) Dahlen, Decorah; Tom (Michelle) Lynch, Eau Claire, Wis.; Mary (Dr. Mark) Koukkari, San Jose, Calif.; Lori (Victor) Agusta, Cary, N.C.; and Bob Lynch, Decorah; 22 grandchildren: Brian (Rachel) Lynch, Jeff (Alyssa) Lynch, Jenny (James) McKenzie, Katie Lynch, Emily Lynch, Abby (Drew) Sears, Molly Lynch, Eliza and Elliot Lynch, Mitch Dahlen, Mandi (Joe) Jacquinot, Tori Dahlen, Shannon, Meghan and Breahan Lynch, Lia and Rhys Koukkari, Sam, Sophia, Bella and Grace Agusta, and Oliver Lynch; eight great-grand-children: Isaac, Peter and Nora Lynch, Avery Lynch, Charlie McKenzie, Livia Sears and Maddy and Jake Jacquinot; siblings and spouses: Dennis (Darlene) Frana, David (Marie) Frana, Dale (Gloria) Frana, all of Decorah; Vivian (James) Rongner, Spooner Wis. and Virgil (Janet) Frana, Springfield, Mo.
Dolores was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Regina (Shindelar) Frana; brothers, Francis Frana and Donald Frana; sister, Diana Frana; husband, Thomas Lynch; father- and mother-in-law, William and Grace (Donlon) Lynch; brothers- and sisters-in-law: Norman (Ann) Lynch, Anastasia (Jim) Sadler, Mary Utley, Bill Lynch and Dorothy (Allan) Lynch.