Obituaries

Inez Lynne Irving

September 24, 1941 - February 27, 2020

Inez Lynne Irving passed away on February 27, 2020 in Geneva surrounded by her family. She was born on September 24, 1941 in Geneva to Ralph Harold and Inez Linnea (Peterson) Schacht.

Lynne was fortunate to experience her final decades in Batavia, Illinois, the city where she grew up. Her extended family has roots in Batavia since arriving from Sweden in the late 1800s. Lynne’s parents owned the popular Schacht’s candy shop and restaurant located in the Anderson Building near the former high school (now the Batavia Library). As such, Lynne had a deep knowledge and appreciation of Batavia and its history.

She graduated from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. Lynne devoted her professional life to education, working as an elementary teacher in Minneapolis and Hopkins public schools in Minnesota, as the Education Director at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Excelsior, Minnesota, and then retiring at age 72 after serving nearly three decades with Ombudsman Education Services which offered an alternative path to high school graduation for students who did not feel at home in the public system. She felt deep satisfaction in positively impacting thousands of young lives through the course of her work.

Lynne and her peers from the Batavia High School Class of 1959 were an unusually tight-knit group. Over the years they grew from ten-year reunions to enduring friendships. At the time of her death, Lynne was responsible for coordinating and planning these events with her classmates who met annually, travelling to meet up in locations ranging from Memphis to Saint Louis to Big Sky, Montana. Branson, Missouri was a particularly enjoyable trip. Her classmates remained a very important part of her life, and she was grateful for their friendship and various misadventures.

Lynne was baptized, confirmed, and married in Bethany Lutheran Church and remained an active member of the congregation throughout her life. She served on numerous committees, participated in Altar Guild, volunteered in community dinners, played in the Bell Choir, and enjoyed quilting and knitting prayer shawls. At the time of her death, Lynne was assisting the church to document its history as part of Bethany’s 150-year anniversary celebration.

Lynne will always be remembered by her children as a strong and resilient individual and a devoted parent. She worked tirelessly to support her children, from sewing their clothes as youngsters, to raising three children while working full-time, participating in all the extracurricular events, and engaging in school activities. She persevered against what seemed to be insurmountable odds. She was a wise, funny, and supportive parent.

Her children will also remember Lynne for trying to file a stolen vehicle report with the Batavia Police after losing her car one Saturday night… which as it turned out, she had parked just outside the station. She also had an eye for photography, often seeing artful things in the background that justified placing the subject of the photo far off on the edge, or just beneath her finger which invariably hovered across the top.

Lynne leaves behind her three children: son Greg and his wife Saengduan Irving of Bangkok, Thailand; daughter Teri Reutiman and her husband Matthew of Maple Grove, Minnesota; and daughter Laurie Irving of Batavia. She was particularly fond of her beloved granddaughter Katie Reutiman.

She is preceded in death by her sister Jane Schacht and her parents.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday March 4, 2020 at Moss Family Funeral Home, 209 S. Batavia Avenue, Batavia, Illinois from 4PM – 8PM. A funeral service will be held 11AM on Thursday March 5th at Bethany Lutheran Church, 8 South Lincoln Street, Batavia, Illinois. Lynne will lie in state from 10AM until the time of service.

Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations on Lynne’s behalf will be accepted for Bethany Lutheran Church.

Arrangements entrusted to Moss Family Funeral Home 630-879-7900 or www.mossfuneral.com.

Guest Book

  • Judith Carlson Kent To me Lynne was "A quiet Saint among us" I have know Lynne since we were little girls walking to elementary school and on to Jr. High, H.S. and then we went to Augustana College together. She was such a loyal, giving, selfless friend, a buddy. She is gone too soon, the world still needs her, her friends still need her and I hope she knew what a gift she was to me in our younger life together. May she rest in peace.
  • Theresa Crawford Lynne was an inspiration! She worked so hard and poured her whole heart into everything she did for her students. I am honored and privileged to have worked with her for many years. I'll never forget all the classroom hours we spent together nor the many end-of-the-week dinners and margaritas! She was kindhearted, caring, warm, and funny. She told the best stories. She was a hoot! Thank you, Lynne, for everything. You are missed.
  • Angel Ku Thank you for all the inspirations and delegations you brought to us. You are an amazing teacher. I miss your smile and your sparking sandals!
  • Brian Parrott I am deeply saddened by the news. However, I am thankful for all of the great times and many laughs we shared throughout our time working together. Thank you so much for all you did!
  • Teri Reutiman Goodbye Mom. Terribly sad but am relieved you are free. I will miss you. Thank you for all you did for us. Peace and Love.❤️