CALUMET – Lynn Isabelle (Schmitt) Lanyon, 61, of Calumet, gained her Heavenly Wings on Sunday, January 16, 2022 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. She fought until the end.
Lynn was born on January 18, 1960 in Laurium to Melvin and Ann (Beaudoin) Schmitt.
The Schmitts resided in Tamarack, where Lynn and her siblings shared many fond memories. While attending local schools, Lynn was a candy striper at the Houghton County Medical Center. She graduated from Dollar Bay Highschool Class of 1978. Later in life, Lynn also attended Gogebic Community College for Business Administration.
In her early adult years, the “meeting place” was Uphill 41 in Hancock, with her best friends Dawn, Tammy, Donna, Dennis, Shelly, Debbie Lepage and family.
It was there that she met her lifelong love, John Lanyon, in 1987, and later married on November 4, 1989. Together they resided in Hubbell, raising “the loves of their life” son, Justin, and daughter, Jessica, later moving to Calumet, in 1999.
Lynn liked to work and keep busy. Her most recent job was as a dedicated food service worker at Pats Foods IGA in the deli for eight years until her retirement in December 2021.
Making memories with his family, especially his children, cooking, camping, going out to eat, shooting darts, bowling and his newfound love of hitting the trails in his side-by-side exploration were his favorite pastimes. She and her husband were longtime fans of the Green Bay Packers, which disappointed them for many years.
His main passion in life was helping others, known as “Mom Lynn” to so many people. In 2008, she underwent life-saving surgery and battled hard with stage 4 kidney cell cancer. Lynn has dedicated her life to restoring the blessing of becoming a survivor. For the past 14+ years until her death, Lynn proudly assumed the role of co-director of the non-profit Copper Country Angel Mission of Calumet (formerly New Beginnings Angel Mission).
Over the years, this incredible woman has spent countless hours helping those in need in any way she can and has touched the hearts and helped the lives of many. She organized annual giving programs for school supplies, coat/jacket drives, and the Angel Tree. Each year, the Angel Tree has enabled hundreds of children to spend Christmas during these difficult times.
Lynn made sure no one was turned away and everyone got the help they needed. The community has lost one of its earthly angels, but its mission now continues in heaven watching over us all.
Pursuing her in death, she is reunited with her beloved husband, John Lanyon (2021); father, Melvin A. Schmitt; in-laws, John J. and Eva E. (Juntunen) Lanyon.
Survived are his loving children, daughter, Jessica Lanyon of Calumet and son, Justin Lanyon of North Dakota; “son of another mother”, Curtis Tatman, Calumet, and Jeremy Beaudoin of Calumet; fur babies, Diesel, Bandit and Silvy from Calumet; mother, Anne (Beaudoin) Schmitt of Lake Linden; sisters, Debra Schmitt-Codere (Mike Hannay) of Minnesota, Renee (Tony) Salani of Laurium, Brenda Schmitt-Englund of Lake Linden, Janet (Jeff) Dulong of Lake Linden; brother, Mike (Candice) Schmitt of Tamarack; sister-in-law, Janet (Ed) Diple of Troy; and many nieces and nephews whom she loved very much.
Special thanks to my dear friends, Kathy and Rita Kanniainen for all you have done for Lynn and John over the years.