Elmwood Life Member Beth Lynch Passes
It is with deepest sadness that we share the news that long time Elmwood Playhouse Life Member Elisabeth Lynch passed away on October 7, 2015.
Elizabeth H. Lynch passed away on October 7 at Central Vermont Medical Center after a brief illness. She was 97.
Beth was born in New York City on November 11, 1917 to Anton and Anna Marie (Gotwald) Schrama. She graduated from Wayne University in Detroit with a degree in physical education. She taught in the Detroit public schools system, and then returned to New York City where she married Don Lynch on July 11, 1947. In 1950 they moved to Upper Nyack, NY. She resided in Montpelier, VT since 2006.
She taught physical education in elementary schools and the high school in the Nyack Public Schools system for 22 years. During that time she coached several sports teams, conducted summer tennis clinics, and helped create the Nyack High School dance troupe known as the “Indianettes” that performed at major sporting events.
Beth’s interest in athletics began at an early age which led to her career in physical education. In a single year at Commerce High School in Detroit, she was captain of the field hockey, basketball and tennis teams. During that same year she was the highest scoring basketball player in Detroit and played the number one position on the tennis team.
She was the winner of nine Rockland County, NY tennis titles including one singles, four mixed doubles and five women’s doubles. After retiring from teaching she joined the Eastern Tennis Umpires Association (ETUA). She officiated many professional tennis tournaments at the US Open, Madison Square Garden, Virginia Slims and several amateur and professional tournaments in the tri-state area. In 1983, she was the first recipient of the Jack Stahr Award for her outstanding work with the ETUA. In later years, she remained an avid fan of the New York Yankees and professional tennis tournaments.
Throughout most of her life she was active in theater as an actress and costumer. In a story written about her it was said: “The director whose show is costumed by Beth Lynch has a feather in his cap”. A critic’s review of one of her productions referred to her as “Rockland County’s First Lady of Costumes”. A designer of impeccable taste and imagination, she was known for her meticulous research and accuracy when costuming historical eras. Beth costumed theatrical productions for Elmwood Playhouse for 23 years. She dressed Coupe’s Nutcracker for seven years. She costumed productions for off-off Broadway, regional theaters, PBS TV, independent movies and public schools. She toured her vast collection of costumes in styles going back to medieval times primarily as fundraisers for volunteer and charitable organizations. In 1991, she was presented the Rockland County Executive Arts Council Award for her longtime contribution to the arts. She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Nyack and for many years sang in its choir.
She is survived by her daughter Beth Ann Lynch of Raleigh, NC, and sons James and his wife Margaret of Barre, VT, Peter and his wife Diane of Duxbury, Vt and grandchildren Petr Lynch of Raleigh, NC, Elizabeth Phillips of Tampa, Fl, Shane, Justin and Daniel Lynch of Montpelier, VT, Nicholas Lynch of Milwaukee, WI, and three great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Donald in 1998.
Special thanks go to Millie Brumback, Laurie and Danielle Kelty, Meri Nielsen and Robin Rattazzi; friends who helped with her basic needs and brightened her days.
A funeral service will be held on October 17 11:00 at Bethany Church, Main St., Montpelier. Funeral arrangements are handled by Guare and Sons in Montpelier. Information about floral arrangements can be obtained from the funeral home.
Guare & Sons Funeral Home – Montpelier
30 School Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
Condolences may be sent to:
Dr. & Mrs. James Lynch
26 Pine Ridge Rd
Barre, VT 05641