CALCUTTA - On June 25, 1960, a beautiful red haired, green eyed baby girl was born to John and Louise Barnett. They named her Lynnelle Marie. She already had an older brother John and the family grew to include her brother Scott, sister Kelly, and her brother Michael. The family started in Toronto, but moved to Wellsville, where they bought a home on Commerce Street.
Lynnelle spent her school years at MacDonald Elementary, Daw Jr. High, and Wellsville High School. During these years she learned that the clarinet was not her "thing" but that track, volleyball, basketball, theater, journalism, photography, and cheerleading were. Aside from her beauty and outgoing nature, her singing voice was her most outstanding feature which she displayed by singing in the school choir and in the Ohio Junior Miss Pageant.
During her adult years, she tried a few careers and found her happiness working for Pennsylvania Learners Online (PALO) in Pittsburgh, Pa. While living in the Pittsburgh area, she was an active member of the Aliquippa Christian Assembly. She had a passion for Notre Dame, college football and for the Pittsburgh Steelers. She loved kayaking, rock climbing, antiquing, baking, and spoiling her many nieces and nephews. She moved to Enterprise, Alabama, in May 2010 after reconnecting with and marrying high school classmate Dan Byers. In May 2013, she moved back to Ohio to live with her parents in Calcutta, while being treated for her illness.
During her treatment, everyone she encountered from her Oncologists to hospital staff learned of Lynnelle's faith in Christ. She remained strong, faithful, and humorous throughout her illness. Early in the afternoon on Sept. 26, 2013, Lynnelle passed away quietly at her parent's home. She spent her final days surrounded by friends and family and the unfailing love and support of the Northside Community Church.
Services celebrating Lynnelle's life will be held at Arner Funeral Chapel in Chester on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Visitation will be from 3-6 p.m. and the funeral will be at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at Northside Community Church immediately following the funeral service. Lynnelle will be buried next to her maternal grandparents, Harold and Nellie (Grimm) Taggart in Sugar Grove Cemetery in Toronto. Memorial donations can be made in Lynnelle's name to the "Hospice of the Valley" 5190 Market St. Youngstown, Ohio 44512.
You may view this memorial and send condolences at www.arnerfuneralchapel.com