Jan Lois Lynch of Evansville, Indiana, unfortunately passed away last month, but her obituary has made national headlines for capturing her badass spirit. A mother of 4 and grandmother of 8, family always came first for Jan… well except, for the New England Patriots, the Boston Red Sox, Tom Brady, cold Budweiser, room temperature Budweiser, cigarettes, dogs, mopeds, clam chowder, and a litany of other things, but family made the list… somewhere in there.
Also, rather than having a funeral service, Jan’s last wish was for everyone to “write a note of farewell on a Budweiser can and drink it in her honor.”
Like I said, a legend.
The full obituary reads:
Jan Lois Lynch of Evansville, Indiana and native of Boston Massachusetts passed away on October 18, 2018. Her sudden and untimely death came as quite a shock as she was only diagnosed with advanced COPD, advanced emphysema, advanced heart disease, cystic fibrosis, chronic bronchitis, stroke, extreme stubbornness, restless leg syndrome, and arm chair quarterback.
Jan is survived by her four loving sons, Jeff (Missy) Patterson, Greg (Billie) Patterson, Jake (Emily) Lomax, and Luke (Mabel) Lomax and eight grandchildren whom she loved more than anything else in the world…except the New England Patriots, the Boston Red Sox, Tom Brady, cold Budweiser, room temperature Budweiser, cigarettes, dogs, mopeds, clam chowder, boating, fishing, Florida, the Atlantic Ocean, grouper sandwiches, adventures, road trips, the beach, Sunday Night Football, Monday Night Football, fall foliage, airplane food, ingrown toenails, the OJ chase, and the OJ trial – in that exact order.
Jan graduated from the University of Evansville with a degree in English Literature achieving magna cum laude honors, while working 2-3 jobs and raising her four sons – one of whom turned out OK. It’s still unclear who her favorite son was, thus the final ruling must be litigated in family court…or at a bar.
Jan will be missed dearly by all who knew her. She was an incredible woman. She had an unparalleled zest for life and an infectious laugh that thankfully was passed down to her sons and their children. From standing on a bridge in the middle of a hurricane, to jumping off the highest cliffs at Rough River, to dangling her feet over a 5,000 foot cliff at the edge of the Grand Canyon so she could “see what it felt like to feel that fear”, she taught us that all the really good things in life are beyond the “Do Not Enter” signs. She always put her children first – her selflessness was beyond reproach. She will live on in our hearts, minds, thoughts, prayers, and laughs forever.
Following her wishes, there will not be a funeral service. However, well-wishers are encouraged to write a note of farewell on a Budweiser can and drink it in her honor. And remember to live life to the fullest and laugh, laugh, and then laugh some more.
The family would like to express a special and sincere thanks to Teresa, Dana, and Ashley with Deaconess VNA Home Care and Hospice for their passion, dedication, and patience.