Obituary for Marilyn "Lyn" Mathews
Marilyn “Lyn” Mathews (nee Srebnick) passed away on December 5th peacefully in her sleep at her home in Lake Forest. Lyn is survived by her beloved children David (Kelly) Mathews and Karen (Tom) Pedersen, and by her four beautiful grandchildren Jack, Mark, Ellie and Jenna all of whom she was so very proud. Lyn’s cherished husband, Michael F. Mathews, preceded her in death in 1991. She was also preceded in death by her wonderful brother Richard Srebnick.
Lyn and Mike moved to Illinois from New Jersey in 1971 making Lake Forest their home and planting deep roots. Lyn immediately became an active community member in many local organizations and clubs: Woodlands Garden Club, Illinois Children’s Home & Aid Society, APT, Knollwood Club, and the MQ chapter of P.E.O. just to name a few. Lyn was an avid golfer, a loyal theatre goer, a devoted White Sox fan, and a talented gardener, but the game of bridge was her passion. Lyn enjoyed her daily walks at the beach, going to the symphony, and getting together with friends and family as often as possible. Lyn’s relationships and connections throughout the community were strong and plentiful. Her network of friends was such a blessing to her. She cherished each and every one of her dear friends and family.
Lyn was born on April 18, 1931 to Emmanuel and Grace Srebnick. After graduating from Montclair High School in NJ, Lyn attended Michigan State University, and the Spartans were HER team! An overall sports enthusiast, Lyn never missed an MSU football or basketball game, often taping them on tv not to miss any of the action. Moving back to the east coast after college, Lyn began her professional career as a writer at J. Walter Thompson in New York and quickly became a city girl, enjoying her life on the Upper East side. Her second career came when her children were grown, becoming a real estate broker here in town.
A Memorial Service to honor and celebrate Lyn’s life will be held on Friday, December 15th, at 2:00 p.m. with a reception to follow at The First Presbyterian Church, 700 N. Sheridan Rd., Lake Forest, IL. In lieu of flowers Lyn would have loved for you to donate to a charity of your choice.