Lynn Ann Rathsack, age 64, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 23, 2022. Lynn was born on August 20, 1958 in Appleton, and graduated from Appleton Xavier High School in 1976. Lynn was very passionate about her work, spending countless hours perfecting her craft. For half of her career, Lynn spent late nights putting together floral arrangements and then craft shows on the weekend before opening Wood-n-Things store in Appleton.
For the second half of her career, Lynn was a manager at Van Abel’s of Hollandtown for 23 years where she developed long-lasting relationships with hundreds of folks around the Fox Valley. Whether it was crafting or managing, Lynn’s welcoming and caring spirit was felt by countless co-workers and customers but most of all by her family. Lynn’s greatest love in life were her three sons and later her granddaughter. She spent the majority of her young adult life running her sons to sports practices and cheering them on during their games. Lynn’s home was always welcoming to her sons’ school and neighborhood friends where she was known to give free dance lessons to James Brown or Carole King songs. Lynn was a kind and caring soul and a true people person who will be dearly missed by many.
Lynn is survived by her children, Jason (Sara) Rathsack, Jacob Rathsack, Justin Rathsack and granddaughter Lola Rathsack. She is further survived by her siblings Ed (LeeAnn) Steenis and Theresa (Ron) Bouchard; nieces and nephews Nicole (Bryan) Hoerning, James (Bethie) Steenis, Betsy Rachubinski, Katie Bouchard, Jennifer (Jeff) Berndt, and Stephanie (Josh) Konkle; and many special friends and extended family at Van Abel’s. Lynn was preceded in death by her parents Edward and Carolyn Steenis. It is comforting to know that Lynn is reunited with Big Ed and Grandma Carol in Heaven.
A private service was already held by immediate family however a celebration of life is scheduled for Saturday, 14 January from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at Van Abel’s of Hollandtown. All are invited and rest assured, Bob Seger will be playing. Families are welcome and casual dress is fine.