Lynn L. Haren

November 04, 1951 ‒ March 10, 2019

Lexington, Ohio

Lynn Louise Haren went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, March 10, 2019 in Ohio Health Mansfield Hospital surrounded by her family. She was 67.

She was born November 4, 1951 to parents Jack & Helen (Eynon) Haren in Berea, Ohio. After Lynn graduated from Strongsville High School with the class of 1970, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree in education from Ashland University.

Impacting many second grade lives, Lynn worked as a teacher for nearly 30 years at Lucas Elementary. She was a gentle soul who loved and cared for those around her. She also had a great love for animals and for cats in particular.

Because of Lynn’s faith in Jesus Christ, she was a servant to others; especially to those that attend the Mansfield 1st Evangelical Presbyterian Church. She was very active within the church and coordinated the prayer chain. Lynn also volunteered at the Kingwood Center and enjoyed having lunch with the Colony Club.

She is survived by her mother Helen Haren; her brother Ray (Linda) Haren; niece and nephew Amanda (Dan) Kephart, and Kyle Haren; her Aunt Barbara Twitchell; and other extended family.

Lynn was preceded in death by her father Jack Haren; and her sister-in-law Janice Haren.

Lynn’s family will receive friends Thursday, March 14, 2019 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Mansfield 1st Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 399 S. Trimble Road, Mansfield with a funeral service immediately following at 11 a.m. Rev. Denny Finnegan will speak. Burial will take place on Friday at 11 a.m. at Sunset Memorial Park in North Olmstead, Ohio.

Contributions in Lynn’s memory to Mansfield 1st Evangelical Presbyterian Church may be made at the service.

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  • It is with a heavy heart that I am writing this to Lynn’s family and friends. I am so sorry for everyone’s loss. Lynn was my first roommate at Ashland College. I have so many silly and memorable photos of our times together. She was a very kind and sensitive woman. I regret that with the business of life that I did not keep in better contact with her, but I am glad that we reconnected in recent years…via phone calls and texts…but not enough. My lesson in all this to not put off your plans and intentions…I had plans to visit Lynn and should have when I first thought of it…because there are no guarantees in life…time runs out. I pray that Lynn is now resting in peace and may God be at her side through eternity.

  • Breaks my heart. I have known Lynn since 1964. My wife and I took my mom to Kingwood several years ago and Lynn gave us a private tour. Afterwards we all went to lunch together. It was one of the last places or things I did with my mom before she passed. And now we lost Lynn. I thanked Lynn of course, but don’t think I ever told her how much my mom enjoyed the day. Surely I would have told her if she and I ended up at the next reunion. I regret so much now not telling her sooner. There’s clearly a lesson here. Lynn was the kindest and most giving person. Earth lost an angel; heaven gained a saint. So while she is looking down and smiling at all of us, I can’t help but shed tears.

    • Very nicely and well-said, Terry! Kind and gentle, seems like an apt personality trait that she carried forward from Strongsville days. Second grade teacher for 3 decades, amazing, God Bless you, Lynn.

      Very sorry for your loss, Mrs. Haren and Ray!

  • My condolences to Lynn’s family and friends. Lynn and I lived on the same floor at Ashland College and we had many classes together during our four years, culminating with graduation in 1974. Lynn was such a sweet soul that powered through any pain she was feeling to help others whenever she could. Imagine my surprise to find Lynn teaching at the same Lucas Elementary where my son began to teach in 2000. Many teachers and students were touched by Lynn during her years at Lucas Elementary. Rest well, Lynn in the arms of our Lord.

  • My condolences to Lynn’s family and friends. I graduated with Lynn from Strongsville High School. She was a sweet, gentle, caring person. She will be missed by many. Lynn, may you Rest In Peace. 🕊

  • Having Lynn as my roommate at Cedar Point in 1971 made an otherwise dreary summer fun. Over the years I came to appreciate her quite but clever wit, and, of course, her kindness. My children always looked forward to Lynn’s visits to Dayton because she was so genuinely interested in their lives. Everywhere she was, she made the world a kinder place. Rest in Peace, dear friend.

  • What a loss! We shared a love for children and gardening. I was always amazed how she could get stuff to grow so easily. She had a natural gift for it. We shared a love for cats and would trade silly cat adventures over the years. When computers became popular we reconnected and it was easier to stay in touch. We talked about the difficulties caring for aging parents. She was so caring and loving towards her mother. Once Lynn settled in Mansfield it was Mr and Mrs Haren who frequently visited the libray where I worked and would share news about Lynn. Mrs Haren – my heart goes out to you as well as to Lynn’s brother , Ray. I had always hoped that Lynn would come back to Strongsville. But, I realized that Mansfield had become her home and family! Lynn will be missed ….

  • Lynn was not “just” a teacher, she was a life changer. My son had her as a 2nd grade teacher nearly 20 years ago, and she still asked about him by name each time I saw her. She was so proud of her students, and remained their fan throughout their lives. What a treasure.

  • Miss Haren was a personal blessing to myself in the second grade, I had broken my leg and spent 6 weeks in the hospital and then another 6 weeks at home in a body cast. She took time out of her life to come to both places several times a week and tutor me so that I didn’t fall behind in my school work. She will be dearly missed by all that knew her!

  • Mrs. Haren was one of my favorite teachers. She was beyond kind, very caring and always encouraged us to be the best we could be. She was truly an inspiration. I don’t remember a lot from elementary school but Mrs. Haren definitely had a lasting positive impact on my life. She was a gift to this earth. My deepest condolences go to the family during this hard time. She was a walking angel and now she’s home. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Prayers for the family in this time of sorrow. Miss Haren taught all 3 of my children at Lucas Elementary. She was a great teacher. All of my children are saddened with the news of her passing. Heaven has gained another angel for sure.

  • In 2005, my husband and I bought our first home. It was November, and Lynn came over with a plate of homemade cookies to welcome us to the neighborhood. I’ll never forget her telling me that the people in the neighborhood were “like butterflies” and we would see everyone in the spring. She was right. Over the years, life changed for my husband and I – our family grew and Lynn was there every step of the way. She somehow remembered every child’s birthday and like clockwork would call to see if she could come over to wish a happy birthday to whomever was celebrating another year – always with a book, a toy car, a gift certificate for ice cream.
    Lynn’s house was the first stop every year for Trick-or-Treat, and the first stop ever for each of the kids, and Lynn would have something special for the little one; a bag of goldfish or other non-candy treat. The boys would often ask if the could go see “Miss Lynn” and she would watch them swing in our backyard from her living room, or garden. In the summer she would come over for dinner on the deck, and every time I brought a baby home, she would hold that little one and smile.
    She would get the mail when were out of town, and had a key to the house. We had a key to hers too. Lynn was easy to trust, and easy to love. When we moved this past October, Lynn was the hardest part of leaving – knowing how easy it was to chat and to visit, and how we had been friends for so long it was hard to say goodbye to being her neighbor. Today it’s even harder to just say goodbye.
    Lynn was kind and gentle, a great listener, a wonderful neighbor, and a true friend.

    My deepest sympathies to the family, love to you all.

  • My heartfelt condolences to the Haren family. She will be truly missed by many loving family and friends. May God’s loving kindness comfort and help your family through this difficult time. (Psalm 119:50, 76)
    With deepest sympathy,

  • I want to send my condolences to the entire Haren family. You certainly know just how special Lynn was and how lucky you were to have her as a part of your lives. Lynn came into my life as a freshman at Ashland University. We became life-long friends that year and I treasure our many times together. She was always interested in my three sons and never forgot a birthday. I am happy to say that, in addition to being a bridesmaid in my wedding, she attended the weddings of two of our sons. When our grandchildren arrived, she was there with more cards and gifts.
    To say that she had a heart of gold, is an understatement. She was a uniquely caring and compassionate friend who will be sorely missed. I will forever treasure our summer visits and will never again take a friendship for granted. Life is short so tell your loved ones how special they are to you!

  • To the Haren family may I offer my deepest condolences. I knew Lynn from Ashland University. We were also ADPi sisters. We recently reconnected through facebook. She was probably the most honest person and kind- hearted person I ever knew. Rest in Peace Lynn

  • I am sorry that Lynn has gone. She was so sweet and helpful at Kingwood Center. I will miss her.

  • Lynn and I became friends in 1978 through mutual friends at Lynn’s and my sister’s church in Mansfield. I had moved there because of my first post-college job and my sister living there. Lynn and I shared various friends through our active singles group during my 4 years in Mansfield before I accepted a job transfer to the Chicago area. We kept in touch yearly even though we saw each other only several times since 1981. Cindy, one of our friends who also left Ohio, learned of Lynn’s passing through Facebook and informed me, which I was shocked to learn about. I was visiting family in another part of Ohio at the time.

    Like many others, I appreciated Lynn’s gentleness, thoughtfulness, love for her family, friends, and students, and her quiet strength and joyful countenance in face of health challenges — testimonies to her faith in our gracious, sustaining God. Her humility, sincerity, and attentiveness allowed her to build wonderful and long lasting friendships. Her devotion to her mother was remarkable. How many lives Lynn helped through her care and prayers for them! I join many others in expressing my sympathy to Lynn’s family and friends. Thank you all for enriching her life.