Jane K. Lynch, 89

Jane K. Lynch, 89, of Rehoboth Beach, formerly of Seaford, passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2008, following a lengthy illness. A graduate of Selbyville High School, she earned her bachelor’s degree in home economics from the University of Delaware. She retired in 1981 as chairwoman of the Seaford High School’s Home Economics Department, following 27 years of teaching in Delaware, including at Lewes and Bridgeville High Schools, as well as in New Jersey schools in East Orange and Springfield.

An accomplished mezzo soprano, Lynch began singing as a teenager in numerous venues throughout the state, including the University of Delaware Department of Music productions and chorales, church choirs, the State of Delaware Bicentennial Chorus and numerous weddings. Her memberships included St. John’s United Methodist Church in Seaford, the Seaford Golf & Country Club, the Seaford Historical Society, the American Association of University Women and a Seaford chapter president, National Education Association, Delaware State Education Association, Sussex County Education Association and Delta Kappa Gamma, an honorary educational society for teachers, for which she served as president on state and local levels, and the American and Delaware Home Economics Associations.
Lynch was preceded in death by her parents, Nellie B. Neese and Lew Wallace Kenney; and her stepfather, L. Russell Hill. She is survived by husband of 60 years, Thomas P. Lynch of Rehoboth Beach; three children, Patricia L. Haas and her husband Theodore of Lewes, Del., Sandra L. Hayden and her husband Joseph of Elkton, Md., and Dr. T. Gregory Lynch and his wife Patricia of Bear, Del.; six grandchildren, Kristen Perez, Gretchen Wyshock, Benjamin Hayden, and Colleen, Lauren and Thomas Lynch; and two great-grandchildren, Kathryn and Tanner Wyshock.

A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held Saturday, March 29, 2008, at 11 a.m. at the Hastings Funeral Home, 19 S. Main St., Selbyville, Del., where friends may call one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. John’s United Methodist Church, 300 N. Pine St., Seaford, DE 19973.